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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
Chapel Garth Ref: CC233096
Chapel Garth is a large, detached Edwardian house nestled in a secluded location close to the quiet, picturesque village of Great Broughton, on the edge of the North York Moors. The property dates back to 1909 and has a wealth of original features from this period. With 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 3 cloakrooms, this spacious property is the perfect choice to celebrate that special occasion or to simply enjoy a relaxing break with extended family and friends. The décor and furnishings have been done to a very high standard in keeping with the tradition of this grand Edwardian house. The farmhouse kitchen is extremely well-equipped to meet all guests’ requirements and the large table and chairs is perfect to enjoy breakfast and lunch. There is a separate formal dining room for enjoying your evening meal which will seat up to 15 people comfortably. There is also a games room with various activities to keep the children amused and a snug where you can enjoy peace and quiet, giving you plenty of areas throughout the house where adults and children can congregate. It boasts of large gardens and grounds surrounding the house enabling you to take advantage of the sun any time of the day. There is even access to tennis courts at the rear of the property - so bring your rackets and tennis balls. You can enjoy views from the master bedroom of the Cleveland Hills.

Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With TV/Freeview, DVD and open fire
Kitchen: With AGA (winter months only) range cooker with double oven and 5 ringed gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave
Dining Room: With table and chairs and log burner
Snug: With TV/Freeview and WIFI
2 Cloakrooms: With WC and basin
Washroom: With washing machine

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite shower, WC and basin
Bedroom 2: Master double bedroom with walk in dressing room and en-suite bath, shower cubicle, double basins, bidet and WC
Bedroom 3: With double bed
Bedroom 4: With single bed
Bedroom 5: With twin beds
Bedroom 6: With double bed and 2 single beds
Bedroom 7: With double
Bathroom 1: With bath, WC and basin
Bathroom 2: With bath, WC and basin
Bathroom 3: With bath and WC
TV/Games room: With table football, darts board, piano, TV, DVD player and radio/CD player

All power, heating, bed linen and towels are provided. Travel cot and highchair available Large garden with furniture and BBQ. Parking for unlimited cars.

WAS
NOW
£2225-£2430
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
28
Bedrooms
13
Pets
0

"Enjoy the ‘cream’ of Devon at one of the twelve cottages on the Ashcombe Estate..."

Situated in the heart of rolling Devon countryside, the privately owned Ashcombe country estate nestles in a peaceful valley close to the sandy beaches of Dawlish and Torquay. Enjoy walking on the estate’s hills and woodlands, swim in the heated indoor swimming pool, or relax in the sauna at Woodhouse Farm while children play in the indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The owners have made a great effort to ensure that the cottages are both comfortable and practical while the location could not be better for a wide range of Devon attractions.
It might be a family holiday or big reunion, a special celebration, a fun business get-together, a group trip, or a relaxing weekend to recharge your batteries; whatever the reason the facilities are designed to be perfect for winter and summer holidays and the secrets of the Ashcombe cottages’ appeal are presentation, comfort and convenience. The cottages are maintained to very high standards. All have leather sofas, flatscreen digital TVs and very comfortable mattresses - the owners consider a good night’s sleep the most important thing! The cottages either have Italian tiled floors or wooden floors, and some still retain many original features including oak beamed ceilings. The properties cater for almost any party size, sleeping from 4 to 28 people and are all rated either 4 or 5 stars. Ashcombe’s larger cottages provide great value for money for visitors sharing with their friends and families. For meals, an in-house chef can be booked to come and do the hard work. The heated indoor swimming pool is perfect for any rainy days and keep the children happy. Cider Barn sleeping 16 and Nut Tree Farm sleeping 28, which are both 5 star rated, also have outdoor swimming pools for the summer.
For those wishing to enjoy a more adrenaline-charged holiday, the brilliant Ashcombe outdoor activity centre (at extra cost) offers quad bike safaris, clay pigeon shooting, archery, paintballing and more and is located just under a mile down the lane and is available for those 14 years and over. At the end of the day the Ashcombe Village Club provides cheap beer and a cheerful atmosphere.
Both Dartmoor National Park and the historic city of Exeter are only 20 minutes’ drive away while the famous South Devon Coast, with wonderful sandy beaches, is barely 3 miles. Exeter and Newton Abbot Racecourses, several golf courses, loads of family theme parks, zoos, sailing and fishing are all within easy reach, not to mention the many excellent pubs and restaurants that Devon is famous for. The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and water sports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition.

Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and offers the walker stunning views, with a bird’s eye view of many coastal features. From the coast path you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, take in the wonderful towns of Beer, the ‘picture postcard’ fishing village, or Budleigh Salterton. This tranquil and historic seaside town nestles on the edge of a pebble beach beneath spectacular red cliffs, made famous by literary giants such as Noel Coward, P.G. Wodehouse and Anthony Trollope. Visit Seaton with its famous trams or Sidmouth which still has a unique charm and has captivated thousands of holidaymakers. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, clean beaches and friendly shops – it is all here in this lovely seaside town. All in all Ashcombe is an excellent base to explore, experience and enjoy ‘The Cream of Devon’. Main shops 3 miles.


Nut Tree Farm is one of the rare properties in the UK, where a group of people can all stay in one big house and sit down to meals together - making it perfect for extended family groups. Nut Tree Farm sleeps up to 28 people in 13 bedrooms, all with their own en-suite shower/bathrooms. The accommodation is split between the barn wing of the building and the farmhouse, and guests have exclusive use of Nut Tree Farm’s heated outdoor pool and a games barn. Just up the hill are the Woodhouse Farm’s heated indoor swimming pool. Main shops 4 miles.
Farmhouse: Comfortable living room with open fire and leather sofas. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Large double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Cloakroom with toilet. Wide oak stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; one with additional single bed (for +1). Barn: Comfortable 18ft x 18ft living room leading to large dining room with seating for 28 at 3 oak tables, leading to oak kitchen with two ovens. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite wet room (equipped for disabled) and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, each with en-suite wet room and toilet; one double, three twin.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Full oil central heating included
  • Towels included
  • Additional TV
  • Additional DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Additional dishwasher
  • Additional fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Two enclosed lawns, one with shady walnut tree
  • Gas barbecue
  • Outdoor swimming pool heated April-October (24ft x 12ft, level depth 4ft) with changing facilities
  • External games barn with table tennis, pool table
  • Wheelchair access
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity included
  • Bed linen included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Hair dryer
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared payphone (in foyer of heated swimming pool)
  • Garden furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES (at Woodhouse Farm)
* Indoor heated swimming pool with changing rooms (available all year) 10am–7pm.
* Pool table.
* Lounge with TV and broadband avail for early arrivals
* Small indoor children’s playroom
* Sauna
* Sun terrace with furniture (adjacent to pool).
* Enclosed orchard with seating.
* Enclosed children’s playground with swings and slides.
*Village club with licensed bar at Ashcombe, weekly events - 1 mile from Woodhouse Farm.
ASHCOMBE ADVENTURE CENTRE - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND
* Quad biking (woodland safaris)
* Clay pigeon shooting
* Paintball over streams and ravines
* Licensed bar and restaurant
* Conference rooms

WAS
NOW
£2552-£6009
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

Steeped in history, Birdforth Hall Cottages are the perfect base from which to explore the diversity of North Yorkshire, with the dales, moors, coast and the city of York all within easy reach. The properties benefit from shared use of superb leisure facilities with an indoor heated swimming pool, fitness room and an additional area in which to sit and relax, and both are perfect for family celebrations, special occasions and reunions.
Historic York, 16 miles, has a wealth of attractions, with its iconic minster, Jorvik Centre, museums, art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. The magnificent 18th-century house at Castle Howard, NT Beningbrough Hall and the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey provide excellent days out. The World of James Herriot can be found in Thirsk and the theme parks at Flamingo Land and Lightwater Valley provide fun for all the family. Visit the quaint market towns of Easingwold and Helmsley; enjoy walking and cycling trails in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and experience generous Yorkshire hospitality in numerous traditional inns, with award-winning real ales, and tea shops. The elegant spa town of Harrogate, 26 miles, with renowned Harlow Carr Gardens and the cathedral city of Ripon, 17 miles, are not be missed, or perhaps spend a day at the races in York, Thirsk or Ripon. Shop 4 miles, pub 2 miles.Steeped in history, Birdforth Hall Cottages are the perfect base from which to explore the diversity of North Yorkshire, with the dales, moors, coast and the city of York all within easy reach. The properties benefit from shared use of superb leisure facilities with an indoor heated swimming pool, fitness room and an additional area in which to sit and relax, and both are perfect for family celebrations, special occasions and reunions.
Historic York, 16 miles, has a wealth of attractions, with its iconic minster, Jorvik Centre, museums, art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. The magnificent 18th-century house at Castle Howard, NT Beningbrough Hall and the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey provide excellent days out. The World of James Herriot can be found in Thirsk and the theme parks at Flamingo Land and Lightwater Valley provide fun for all the family. Visit the quaint market towns of Easingwold and Helmsley; enjoy walking and cycling trails in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and experience generous Yorkshire hospitality in numerous traditional inns, with award-winning real ales, and tea shops. The elegant spa town of Harrogate, 26 miles, with renowned Harlow Carr Gardens and the cathedral city of Ripon, 17 miles, are not be missed, or perhaps spend a day at the races in York, Thirsk or Ripon. Shop 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

Birdforth Hall (ref IYV) was built in the 16th century and considerably extended around 1900. The Hall stands detached, in its own grounds, and is adjacent to the other properties. Carefully decorated and lovingly furnished, with a superb large panelled drawing room with wood-burning stove, breakfast kitchen with Aga, four en-suite bedrooms, four further bedrooms, and two house bathrooms, it offers not only an air of grandeur, but a great deal of space in a traditional, yet comfortable style. With well established private gardens up a sweeping gravel drive, it affords complete seclusion in a wonderfully convenient location.
Living room with wood-burning stove and oak panelling. Sitting room. Spacious dining room. Farmhouse-style kitchen with Aga and breakfast area. Second kitchen with electric range. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and wash basin. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Two staircases to first floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1); one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Two further double bedrooms; each with 5ft bed, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with wash basin. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with wash basin. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Two high chairs
  • DVDs
  • iPod dock
  • Aga included
  • Electric range included
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Cycle store

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Microwave
  • Two dishwashers
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (length 32ft, depth 4ft 7in) with shower/changing facilities
  • Fitness equipment
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Circular water feature in garden

WAS
NOW
£1773-£4196
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0
Moor Row House Ref: 26587

This wonderful, imposing detached period property offers extensive holiday accommodation with delightful gardens, a large original orangery, a full size snooker table and a small outdoor pool. The impressive staircase, original open fires and servants’ bells add to the country house ambience. There are splendid sunsets looking across the Solway to Scotland to the north and views of Skiddaw and the Northern Fells to the south. Standing adjacent to a smaller holiday cottage, it is a perfect holiday home for families and friends relaxing together. Located in northwest Cumbria, it is ideally situated for exploring The Solway Coast, the Northern Lakes and the popular lakeside town of Keswick, Hadrian’s Wall in the Northumbrian National Park and the historic city of Carlisle. There are many outdoor and sporting opportunities. Enjoy the seasonal changes in nature whilst bird watching, walking, golfing and cycling. Visit the numerous castles and historical sites. Explore the Georgian town of Wigton, tour the pretty villages and sample the local produce served in the many restaurants and pubs. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French windows. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. Orangery. Utility room. Games room. 1 double bedroom with additional single (4ft). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 4 double, one (5ft) with day bed (for child), two with additional single, two with en-suite shower room, toilet, 1 twin with sloping ceiling, 2 single. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fires in living rooms included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Blu-ray. Oil Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. 2 acres of lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Games room with full-sized snooker table. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (16ft x 12ft, depth 4ft to 5ft) open May 15th-September 15th. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Well, pond and steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£2196-£2196
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
Armswell House Ref: DQT

Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, close to the Dorset Gap, this substantial 18th-century farmhouse stands a mile from the pretty hamlet of Plush with its delightful village inn. Retaining many original features, including ornamental fireplaces and splendid high ceilings, the property benefits from the addition of a games room and spa room in its cellar. With its own large, pretty walled garden, with lawned area and flower borders, it stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland.
The Dorset Gap is nearby, for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market, with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas, with its Tudor architecture, and the nearby Cerne Giant are also a must on any itinerary. There are good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles.

Entrance hall. Two large living rooms, each with open fire and rugs on flagstone floor. Spacious dining room. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area, range-style cooker, Belfast sink, tiled floor and French door to walled garden. Utility/toilet. Lower ground floor: Games room with table tennis and pool table. Spa room with hot tub/Jacuzzi. Shower cubicle. Two staircases to first floor: Two double bedrooms (with ornamental fireplaces), one with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with sofa-bed (for +2), one with ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Three ‘attic’ bedrooms with sloping beamed ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, two twin, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

  • Open fires – fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating (plug-in oil-filled rads in attic bedrooms), bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs (Teletext)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Access to 650 acres of farmland
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 7 cars)
  • Games room with table tennis and pool table
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

Note: Armswell House (DQT) and The Stables (DXS) can be booked together to sleep up to 28+4 people

WAS
NOW
£1181-£3568
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2

" Between coast and country ... a collection of designer cottages enjoying the best of both worlds "

Situated in a quiet and peaceful rural location on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Tawstock, these four attractive holiday cottages (refs HYA, HYB, HYC and HYD) are only 7 miles from the nearest beach at Instow and conveniently close to all facilities at Barnstaple. The properties have been converted from a range of old stone barns presented in a fresh contemporary style. With the owners living in the original farmhouse, they form part of the traditional farm courtyard, though Park Gate is no longer a working farm. Each holiday cottage is individual in design, well equipped and comfortable, with attractive furnishing fabrics and attention to detail. Each has patio doors from the living room leading to its own decked patio and lawned garden, perfect for al fresco meals while watching the sun set.
This is an excellent location for exploring the magnificent coastline of North Devon, from the ‘Golden Coast’ with fine sandy surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, to the rugged cliffs of Hartland Point. The coastal footpath offers superb walking with wonderful views of the dramatic shoreline, while inland the wild beauty of Exmoor waits to be discovered. Bideford Bay takes in its sweep along Westward Ho!, Hartland Point and the beautiful village of Clovelly – much loved by photographers. Instow and the old ship-building port of Appledore shelter in the mouth of the Torridge Estuary, and regular boat trips to Lundy can be taken from Bideford. Casual cyclists who fancy a spin in the countryside under their own steam will appreciate the Tarka Trail, a popular flat route that is easy to manage and runs from Meeth near Okehampton; it winds its way to Braunton and can be picked up at Barnstaple, just 2 miles from the cottages. There are plenty of places to visit nearby, including a number of family attractions such as The Big Sheep, Funderzone and The Milky Way which have covered amusements for children of all ages. At Great Torrington, there are the famous and stunning RHS gardens at Rosemoor. Whilst there, it certainly worth a visit to the Dartington Crystal factory glass works (7 miles), where molten glass is expertly fashioned into unique works of art by the glass blowers. Horse riding, golf, surfing lessons and fishing can all be organised locally. The nearby town of Barnstaple offers good shops and restaurants, a weekly market and pannier market, theatre, cinema and sports facilities. Shops 2½ miles.

More suited to a larger family group, careful thought and attention to detail has gone into giving Oak a cosy ‘home from home’ atmosphere. An unusual full length window in the main sitting area gives clear views of the countryside beyond and there is a large decked patio leading down to a lawned area, where pleasant balmy evenings can be enjoyed.

Two steps to main entrance. Spacious living room with gas woodburner in central fireplace and patio doors to decked patio. Three steps up to dining room and large modern fitted kitchen with large range and breakfast area. Two bedrooms; one double wtih 24in flatscreen TV and one twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom with toilet, two twin and one bunk. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Additional cot
  • Range included
  • Freezer

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with decked patio, and furniture
  • Large shared communal lawned area
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Play area with swings
  • Tennis court
  • Games room
  • Cycle storage

WAS
NOW
£2113-£2113
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
Overton Bank House Ref: E5617

Set in the centre of the charming market town of Leek, this Grade II listed, large, end-terraced, Georgian town house was formerly owned by the Earl of Macclesfield, and now offers a good standard of holiday home for groups or families. The house combines historic elegance with contemporary amenities, comfortable furnishings and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Within a couple of minutes’ stroll are a selection of restaurants from gourmet to cosy, real ale pubs and, takeaways. The neighbouring pub serves meals from 8am until 11pm. Leek, a former silk milling town, is full of beautiful buildings and is on the edge of the Peak District National Park, a good centre for exploring Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. Roaches Rocks offer a natural adventure playground and Rudyard Lake, 3 miles, has boat hire and a miniature steam train. Tittesworth Lake has a kayak/canoeing centre plus fishing. Cheddleton Steam Railway, pony trekking, cycle trails, canal dayboat hire and superb walking are within 6 miles. Golf is also available nearby. Little Moreton Hall, Biddulph Grange Gardens, Quarry Bank Mill, Lyme Park, Tatton Park and Dunham Massey (all NT) are within easy reach. Alton Towers and Splash Landings, Macclesfield with its silk heritage museum, Stoke-on-Trent with pottery and china centres, and Trentham Gardens and Monkey Forest are within 12 miles. Buxton is 10 miles, whilst Chatsworth House is 25 miles. Shop 0.25 miles, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Second living room. Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft 6in) leading to 1 twin (one bed 4ft) sharing en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. 3 steps to 3 double (one 6ft, one 5ft). Second floor: Third living room with sofa bed/galley kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in second living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH, gas, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (sports package). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Gas BBQ. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£1053-£2628
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
19
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

This beautiful, traditional stone-built farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century, stands in its own grounds boasting mature gardens and a stone-walled summer house. The buildings spread over 5000 sq feet with a unique layout built in stages over the 300 years. The combination of oak floors, wooden beams, panelled walls and a particularly beautiful dining room with a French marble fireplace and log fire gives the building an abundance of character and charm. It makes the perfect location for weekend celebrations or getaways for the whole family revelling in its size and warmth and activities including local river walks and cycle tracks surrounding the farm, golf, fishing, horse riding or simply exploring. Furthermore, after converting one of the stables into a small but well-stocked gym, the property offers the services of a resident personal trainer. From specialist advice for the keen amateur to a fun-filled, light-hearted introduction to wellbeing for the whole family, the trainer will also deliver a complimentary personal fitness profile. For the more serious, the trainer can be booked for the whole weekend, and the group will be treated to a fully personalised fitness and nutrition programme. Etherley Dene Farm is located in Bishop Auckland, the official residence of the bishops of Durham since the 12th century. The town provides many interesting attractions, including Auckland Castle with its splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Durham with its cathedral is just 12 miles and there is seasonal access to the steam railway and the glorious Durham Dales from the local station; rail enthusiasts can also visit Shildon ‘The cradle of the railways’ and its railway museum, 2 miles. The Dales and Hamsterley Forest are a short drive with cycling and walking routes (cycle hire by arrangement). In winter there may even be the chance to ski or board on fresh snow in Weardale only 25 minutes away. Quaint Barnard Castle with its impressive French-style chateau housing the Bowes Musuem is 12 miles and Beamish open-air Victorian museum is 30 minutes’ drive. Newcastle, with St. James’ Park, The Metro Arena, The Playhouse and The Sage, is within easy reach and Gateshead’s Metrocentre is less than 3 miles. Visit the spectacular World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, the majestic Northumbrian coast which stretches for miles passing Alnwick Castle, Craster, Alnmouth, Seahouses’ Bamburgh Castle and on to Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Supermarket home deliveries can be arranged but most supermarkets are within 1 mile. A garage shop is within ¼ mile. A family orientated pub serving meals is within ½ mile and a more traditional ‘drinking’ pub with TV sport is less than 100 yards.

Two steps to rear entrance. Spacious living room with gas coal-effect cast iron stove, oak floor, sandstone walls. Dining room with panelled walls, oak floors, open log fire in French marble fireplace, patio doors to garden. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area, Aga hob and oven, electric induction hob, electric oven, slate floor, French doors to garden. Snug/reading room with oak panelled walls and electric woodburner. Utility with Belfast sink. Shower room with toilet off ground floor. First floor: Four double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with additional single bed (for +1), one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Large bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional double bed (for +2), one with additional single bed (for +1). Small single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, changing area and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric woodburner included
  • Gas coal-effect stove included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • 50in HD plasma TV (sports package)
  • 42in HD Smart TV/DVD (small library)
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Gas Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture, summer house and a further field
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Hot tub by arrangement at cost
  • Complimentary personal fitness profile and use of gym with treadmill, multigym, rowing machine, elliptical trainer on request
  • Personal trainer by arrangement at cost
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Brook in garden (guarded by wall)

WAS
NOW
£1722-£3156
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Drift In Ref: 19593

Peacefully located only 130 metres from the beach on a small private residential marine estate, which borders on an AONB stretching several miles from Elmer to Littlehampton. The architect designed holiday house comprises of a detached property which can be split into two; one side is the larger main house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, connecting through the living room to a smaller, completely self contained section which sleeps 4 people, with one ground floor bedroom plus a galleried twin bedroom. The fairly open plan modern layout and furnishings are designed to give a relaxed ’beachy’ atmosphere. Conveniently located to explore the many attractions of the south coast, including Chichester, with its beautiful cathedral, festival theatre, Goodwood and Fontwell races, historic Arundel with its many antique shops, wonderful castle and Wild Fowl and Wetlands Bird Centre, bustling Brighton with its plentiful seaside activities and entertainment, plus the glorious rolling south downs close by. The area is also great for walking, windsurfing, swimming, sailing and fishing and has quiet unspoilt beaches even at the busiest time of year. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Second living/dining room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with French doors. Kitchen. Utility room with toilet. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Two electric cookers. Two microwaves. Two washing machines. Two tumble dryers. Two dishwashers. Two fridge/freezers. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (4 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. Family bookings only. NB: Max 12 occupants included. babies and children.

WAS
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£934-£1868
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
Cliff House Ref: 17024

Indoor heated swimming pool

Situated in an AONB, aptly named Cliff House, it is located on a cliff top with breathtaking sea views and within easy distance of secluded sandy beaches and coastal walks. This impressive detached family house stands in enclosed lawned gardens, with its own indoor heated swimming pool. Offering substantial and very comfortable holiday accommodation, the home will delight larger family groups. A spacious living room with an open fire, the snug/library room has lovely views of the garden and is perfect to relax in. A downstairs twin bedroom and shower room will suit partially disabled guests. The impressive staircase takes you to the gallery landing. One of the double bedrooms has French doors opening onto a balcony overlooking the sea. Livelier seaside resorts of Cromer and Sheringham are close by. A wealth of bird reserves and historic houses an easy drive. Bird watching, golf and fishing available locally. Further along the coastline are the villages of Wells, Cley and Blakeney for nature reserves, sailing and sea boat trips. Shops and pub 2¼ miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with patio door. Snug/library with sofa bed. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, two with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with French doors, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Biomass central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Gas/electric range. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi available at £7.50per week, £5 per short break. Large garden and patio. Balcony. Barbecue. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (9.1m x 4.6m, depth 1.25 to 1.9m). No smoking. Friday to Friday. Family bookings only. NB: Fenced cliff top.

WAS
NOW
£1160-£2834
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Rowan Cottage Ref: E2330

Set within 30 acres of farmland backed by the Mendip Hills, just 4 miles from the vast sandy beaches at Brean and Barrow, this cottage provides the ideal base for exploring. Sympathetically converted from a former barn to offer comfortable and well appointed accommodation, it all shares a large landscaped courtyard. It enjoys a setting that is rural and peaceful yet is within easy reach of a wealth of places of interest. Cheddar Gorge, with its towering cliffs, stalagmite filled caves and its 10,000 year old man on display in the museum, makes a fascinating trip. So too does Wookey hole, an eerie network of underground caves, rivers and pools plus museums and family attractions. Bath is well worth a visit – an elegant city of golden stone with its Roman Baths and museum, The Royal Crescent and Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, as well as an assortment of shops and restaurants. Visitors to mystical Glastonbury (the site of the celebrated festival) will discover its 13th century ruined abbey, and views from the famous Tor. Also not far distant is Wells, the smallest city in England but boasting one of its finest cathedrals. Traditional seaside amusements can be enjoyed on Weston-super-Mare’s promenade and piers and there are pony rides on the beach at Brean. This is wonderful walking and cycling country and the hills, forests and heathland of the Quantocks and Exmoor are easily accessible. Fishing, riding and golf can be found within 5 miles. Shop and pubs serving food 1 mile

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Oil CH, elec and bed linen inc. Cot. DVD. Video. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated w/machine and t/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre grounds with garden. Patio and furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£1267-£1267
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0

This roomy and most well-equipped detached barn conversion is one of those rare holiday properties that can accommodate the larger family party in comfort and style. It boasts a wealth of old oak beams and half-timbered walls, with twin stairs to each wing, and plenty of space to spread out. There’s a children’s sitting room, plenty of bathrooms and some en-suite facilities, and large gardens with meadows and woodland beyond, forested hills an easy walk. The barn is 2 miles from the border Marches town of Craven Arms, close to Stokesay Castle and Acton Farm Museum, and handy for hill walking on Wenlock Edge, The Wrekin and Long Mynd. Ironbridge Gorge museums, Severn Valley Railway and medieval Shrewsbury all an easy drive. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Twin stairs to first floor: 7 bedrooms: 4 double, one with additional single, two with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 3 twin. Two bathrooms, both with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Two cots. Two high chairs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Lawned gardens with patio and chairs. Adjoining wild areas. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only.

WAS
NOW
£515-£1612
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