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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Loughrigg Holme sits underneath the much loved fell of the same name and was once the home of Wordsworth’s daughter, Dora and her husband Edward Quillinan, Rich in literary history connections, visitors to Loughrigg Holme have included Charlotte Bronte, the poet Matthew Arnold and Harriet Martineau. This ‘chocolate box property,originally a farmhouse, built in 17th century and extended in the early 19th century is a beautiful example of a traditional Lakeland residence, her 2 1/2 acres of gardens and fellside including croquet lawn blending effortlessly into the slopes of Loughrigg and displaying a wealth of ancient shrubs and flora, cleverly married with more formal patio, lawn areas and natural water fall.  A short stroll directly under Loughrigg Fell will bring you to beautiful Rydal Water, one of Lakeland’s smallest lakes at only ¾ mile long and ¼ mile wide and a favourite of Wordsworth and many other of the romantic poets and still, to this day, magical, peaceful and most inspiring. Ambleside can also be reached on foot within 20 minutes along a country lane, this bustling village offering numerous attractions and activities for all ages with a wide choice of bars, shops and restaurants. Loughrigg Holme is obviously steeped in Lakeland history and exhibits many historic features with dated spice cupboard, flagged floors, exposed beams and original oak stairs and shutters. The house has been beautifully dressed, the owners respecting the obvious age and fascinating literary connections to create a most comfortable and elegant home, a clever mix of 17th and 21st century, the perfect venue for a family gathering and a place where special memories will be created and treasured.

Ground Floor: Loughrigg Holme has gas fired central heating and comprises
Side entrance into beautiful...
Breakfast kitchen: with central island, large feature Aga, further gas double oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer.
Pantry and utility room: with washing machine, tumble dryer, hand basin and WC. 
Snug: with comfy seating, woodburning stove and TV.
 Elegant lounge: with deep cushioned seating, TV, DVD and large open fireplace.
Dining room: with garden views and feature fireplace.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
Bedroom 2: King size bedroom with feature fireplace.
Bedroom 3: Double bedroom.
Shower room: With hand basin, WC and walk in shower.
Bedroom 4: Twin bedroom.
Bedroom 5: Twin bedroom.
Bathroom: With roll top bath, walk in shower and hand basin and WC.

All fuel, electric and bed linen provided. Fuel for fires available locally. Travel cot and highchair available.Ample parking for up to 4 cars. Cottage garden, lawns and patio with furniture provided. This property has a private water supply.

WAS
NOW
£1325-£2905
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

These two charming properties are set in the grounds of Eslington Park, a peaceful and tranquil setting, an ideal retreat for families or groups of friends. The Dower House (ref MRH) is a single-storey property offering comfortable, spacious and relaxing holiday accommodation with a pretty conservatory and garden. The East Wing (ref MTC) is a substantial and gracious self-contained Georgian property which is Grade II listed and enjoys its own large garden. Set midway between Alnwick and Rothbury these properties are surrounded by stunning countryside peppered with friendly Northumbrian villages. A short drive leads to the glorious Northumbrian Heritage Coast AONB with castles, fortresses and golden unspoilt beaches. Excellent walks and golf can be enjoyed in the surrounding countryside, whilst fishing on-site and pheasant shooting in season can be arranged with the owner. Rothbury, set along the river, offers lovely little shops and inns, whilst Alnwick is famous for its majestic castle used in Harry Potter. Many NT properties nearby include Cragside with its magnificent gardens and hall. Visit Craster or Seahouses before taking a boat trip over to the Farne Islands to see the seals and birds. Take in Holy Island for a historic step back in time. Shop 4 miles, pub 3 miles.

Large living room, open fire and door to garden. Large dining room with wooden floor, high ceilings and garden views. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, original stone flagged floor, oil Aga, electric cooker and wine chiller. Separate toilet. First floor: Sitting room with TV. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate large shower cubicle, toilet and Travertine marble floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, dressing area and en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, decorative fireplace and en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Full oil central heating
  • Satellite TV
  • Two DVDs
  • Oil Aga included
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Large lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Parking
  • Pheasant shooting (in season) and on-site fishing by arrangement
  • Catering by arrangement
  • NB: Pond in garden

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Cycle store
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

Note: The East Wing ref MTC may be booked with the Dower House ref MRH to sleep up to 16 people

WAS
NOW
£964-£3032
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
9
Pets
3

Offering a substantial venue for discerning large families and groups wishing to holiday together, this elegant and spacious farmhouse stands detached surrounded by its own natural meadows, with fenced wildlife pond, enclosed walled garden and seating terrace. The Farmhouse is furnished and equipped to a very good standard, the entrance hall boasts an elegant staircase leading to first floor bedrooms, many with en-suite facilities. The spacious dining room with wooden floor opens to a further sitting area with double-sided wood-burning stove and French door opening to the enclosed walled garden. Additional reception rooms including a drawing room and a sitting room offer alternative space for ultimate relaxation. The well-equipped large kitchen is complete with both an Aga and a conventional cooker. For the enthusiast chef or guests with an interest, the owner offers cookery courses/demonstrations at the farmhouse, the courses will give stress-free ways to create fabulous food using fresh ingredients - all classes can be booked by pre-arrangement. The peaceful village of Sculthorpe is just 8 miles from the Norfolk coastline with its wealth of sandy beaches and RSPB bird and nature reserves. Excellent walking and cycling can be enjoyed from the doorstep, as a footpath leads direct from the grounds. Fakenham, 2 miles, offers good shops, restaurants, bowling alley, cinema and a golf course. Bustling Burnham Market is just 7 miles away, where you can enjoy a spot of traditional market shopping and lunch. Visit Wells-next-the-Sea with its excellent colourful beach huts and dine at the picturesque fishing harbour – popular for its fresh shellfish, beach hut available for guests by prior arrangement with the owner. The traditional seaside towns of Heacham and Hunstanton are close by offering an array of activities for all ages. Enjoy a day out in the city of Norwich with its market, excellent shopping malls and theatre. Visit the famous Norfolk Broads where daily boat hire and river trips are available to explore the expanse of waterways - a natural haven for birds and wildlife. Explore The Royal Sandringham Estate and museum located just a short drive away. Shops 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room. Large dining room/drawing room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Sitting room. Well-equipped large kitchen with electric Aga, electric cooker, breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with two additional pull-out single beds (for alternative sleeping only). Three further twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom (zip and link) with en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Electric Aga included
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Meadow
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Fenced pond in meadow

WAS
NOW
£2895-£5500
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Home Farm Ref: LN2

This magnificent converted detached barn on three levels abounds with elegance, style and comfort to provide a peaceful holiday haven in rural tranquillity. Featuring French oak beams, Lake District slate, lots of exposed stonework, and granite work surfaces in the large kitchen, the barn provides masses of space for couples or family groups. Surrounded by pasture land and woods there are many walks direct from the door down to the Edwardian coastal town of Grange-over-Sands, 2 miles, which has all facilities and two golf courses, or across country to the picturesque village of Cartmel, 4 miles, with its 14th-century priory, many pubs and restaurants, and annual horse racing events. Behind the barn are stabled some ‘resting’ racehorses, which can be seen grazing with sheep and cattle in the 25-acre grounds. Holker Hall, gardens and museum, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall are within 8 miles, whilst Lake Windermere is just 5 miles with the Lake Cruiser, Aquarium of the Lakes and the Lakeside to Haverthwaite Steam Railway. This southern area of the Lake District National Park hosts a multitude of visitor attractions as well as beautiful Lakes and stunning fells for walking and climbing. This property is under the same ownership as Miller Beck (LN4). Shops and pub 2 miles. This property accommodates a maximum of 8 guests.

Large dining room. Large kitchen with TV, wood-burning stove, electric range, breakfast area, granite work surfaces, feature stained glass window, wooden floor and beams. Second small kitchen. Utility. Double bedroom. Fully tiled shower room and toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet and bidet. Two further double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with toilet and bidet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet (access also from landing). Single bedroom (for alternative sleeping only) with additional pull-out bed (for alternative sleeping only). Open-tread stairs to second floor: Spacious living room with games area and superb views over Morecambe Bay. Four steps down to conservatory with pool table.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Two digital TVs (large flatscreen in living room)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • 25-acre shared natural grounds
  • Parking (4 cars)
  • Pool table
  • Non smoking
  • Friday to Friday. NB: 6 steps in garden

WAS
NOW
£883-£2495
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Saughtrees Ref: DCCE

Saughtrees is a detached holiday home with a difference, a hidden gem right in the heart of the New Forest National Park and has its own 18 acres of natural woodland as its garden. The house has a light and airy modern feel, the large living room extends into a orangerie that over looks the woodland which is covered in bluebells in May, both this room and the kitchen/dining room have wood-burning stoves, so it is cosy whatever the weather outside. Hatchett Green is in a conservation area and has pretty cottages all centred around the green where cricket is played. A few minutes by car takes you to Woodgreen, which has a village shop and pub. It is an ideal base to enjoy the great outdoors, as off road walking and cycling can be done from the top of the drive. The New Forest National Park has lots to do with popular villages, and a small town to visit to see the free roaming ponies, donkeys and cattle. The small town of Fordingbridge is 5 miles away with its famous stone bridge and fine arches, plenty of shops, pubs, a café and riverside location to enjoy. The coastline with its Blue Flag beaches at Bournemouth and Poole are within easy reach, as is the city of Salisbury with its medieval cathedral. There are many places of interest for the family to visit, including Marwell Zoological Park, New Forest Otter and Owl Wildlife Park or a day out at Beaulieu Motor Museum to name but a few places of interest nearby. Further afield but worth the trip are Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool, Southampton with its maritime history and West Quay shopping centre. Shop and pub 2½ miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove/orangerie with French doors and tiled floor. Sitting room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), TV and French doors. Large well-equipped kitchen with wood-burning stove, seating area, French doors and tiled floors. Utility. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for +1), pull-out single bed (for +1), Juliet balcony and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for +1) and pull-out bed (for +1), one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with separate walk-in shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, underfloor central heating (downstairs), electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone-incoming or local calls only
  • Sitting-out area and furniture
  • Juliet balcony
  • 18 acres of natural grounds/woodland
  • Gas barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Catering available by prior arrangement
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Stream and pond in
    grounds, 200 yards

WAS
NOW
£1139-£3162
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Snooty Fox Ref: HTTU

This detached, early 16th-century, Devon longhouse, close to the owner’s home, is situated in a very secluded location in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. This holiday property, with spectacular views, is just 15 miles from Torbay and within easy reach of Devon’s beaches. The A38 is just 8 miles, and the cathedral city of Exeter and Plymouth are 30 minutes’ drive. Snooty Fox is an ideal base for exploring Dartmoor, Devon and Cornwall. Cosy up in front of the wood burner in the drawing room, which also has comfortable deep sofas and family games. The property has the perfect mixture of rustic country furniture and antiques, canopied and carved beds, exposed stone and a love of horse and hounds throughout - an unashamedly romantic and comfortable getaway. Widecombe-in-the-Moor boasts two excellent, characterful pubs serving locally sourced food, the world famous church known as ‘Cathedral on the Moors’, a National Trust shop, a post office, gift shops and several tea rooms. Castle Drogo (NT) is the last castle built in England in nearby Dartmoor, and there are many other National Trust properties within easy reach. Situated in an AONB is the drama of Dartmoor, with rocky tors, wild ponies, exquisite walks, horse riding, fishing, cycling, falconry and golf at Bovey Castle’s award-winning course. Within 6 - 8 miles are the two picturesque villages of Chagford and Mortenhampstead, historic inns, excellent pubs, tea rooms, curiosity shops, tennis courts and the Miniature Pony Centre. Visit Bigbury-on-Sea, 16 miles, Slapton Sands and Torcross, 22 miles, Dawlish, 15 miles with beach and nature reserve, or Torquay which is within easy reach. A visit to Burgh Island is a must. The Eden Project can be reached in an hour. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Spacious beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Drawing room with wood-burning stove and polished limestone floor. Beamed farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with electric four oven Aga (for cooking) and tumbled limestone floor. Utility with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet. Spiral granite stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft four-poster bed, oak floors and TV. Further double bedroom with four poster bed, oak floor, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with TV, low doorway and oak floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, ‘Econ 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Five Freeview TVs
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Electricity four oven Aga included
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden with furniture
  • Shared 3-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge - to be kept on a lead (sheep country)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£991-£2356
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Dales Chapel Ref: MVR

Dales Chapel, formerly a Methodist chapel which dates back to the late 1800s, provides a spacious and characterful holiday home. The Grade ll listed chapel conversion combines original character with contemporary living to great effect and is situated in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and historically the most northern of the Yorkshire Dales. The property retains many original features including stained glass windows and an ornate ceiling to the striking second floor open-plan entertainment area with snooker table, home cinema area, two seating areas with multi-fuel stoves set in limestone fire surrounds and bar area with built-in dishwasher and fridge and granite work surfaces. Middleton-in-Teesdale has pubs serving food, shops and tea rooms and there is plenty to keep you occupied. The Pennine Way passes through the village and half an hour’s brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of spectacular waterfalls in the area. One of Middleton’s attractions is High Force Waterfall - England’s largest single-drop waterfall - and there’s a lovely walk popular with families. Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum are easily reached and the area offers walking and cycling for all abilities. Selset or Grassholm reservoirs are nearby for fishing and sailing. The splendid scenery encourages all kinds of outdoor pursuits, from cycling along the C2C route and cross-country hacks, to watersports and wonderful walks. This charming market town is more like a big village, framed by the Pennine Fells and nestling beside the River Tees. Enjoy its delightfully old-fashioned and relaxing atmosphere. The Lake District is a 45-minute drive away and well worth a visit. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

4 steps to entrance. Spacious living/dining room with six chapel windows, solid oak dining table for 14 and well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, all with wooden floor. Utility. Study/playroom. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower cubicle and sauna. Separate toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and wooden floor, one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two staircases to second floor: Sitting/games room with multi-fuel burner, bar, cinema, snooker table, poker table and Wii. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, two additional single beds (for +2), and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • Two iPod docks
  • Wii
  • Home cinema system
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Small enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • On road parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 1 step in garden

WAS
NOW
£971-£2730
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Raydale House Ref: IOS

Dating back to the 17th century, this period house was home to the last act of private and domestic warfare in England, possession of the house was fought over by Sir Thomas Metcalfe, known as the Black Knight of Nappa and Mrs Robinson. Thankfully the house now nestles in serenity amongst some of the prettiest scenery to be found in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, within a working farm environment and shooting estate. In an elevated position, the house is well placed for taking in the views not least from the conservatory where visitors can look over the landscaped gardens to the fields and hills beyond, but also down to Semerwater. Carefully restored, the holiday home combines original features with beautifully and sympathetically decorated rooms, which provide ample space for a group of 12 people.
The bustling market town of Hawes is close by, where one can visit the Dales Centre Museum and Creamery, home to Wallace and Gromits favourite cheese. Semerwater, the large natural lake at the head of the valley, provides a wealth of activities, such as swimming, fishing and sailing. Shops and pubs 4 miles.

This property is close to the 2014 Tour de France route, come and experience the spectacular scenery for yourself and follow in the trail of some true cycling legends.

Spacious kitchen/dining room with Aga, wood-burning stove and limestone floor. Seven steps up to living room with open fire and doors to conservatory leading to cloakroom and boot room. Snug/study. Utility room/pantry. Sitting room with open fire and views. First floor: Staircase leading to double bedroom with 5ft bed and wash basin. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Shower room. Separate toilet. Main staircase leading to master bedroom with 5ft bed, half tester and en-suite bathroom with power shower, double wash basins and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Double bedroom with 5ft bed with freestanding Victorian ball and claw-footed bath and wash basin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fires and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Oil Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone-UK calls only
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Stream 20 yards, steep bank and steps in garden

WAS
NOW
£991-£2241
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Attractively positioned above a mill pond, this outstanding detached property is set within two acres of grounds and has uninterrupted views to the Pennines. The flat plateau of Cross Fell dominates the horizon and creates an amazing backdrop which is ever changing – in particular the stunning sunsets can be enjoyed from both inside and outside from the patio areas. Although a traditional style of cottage, the interior has been totally modernised to a high standard with an excellent level of presentation and attention to detail. This lovely holiday cottage is ideal for families and friends exploring one of the loveliest corners of England.
The peaceful location with its ponds and woodland attracts a variety of wildlife, and is a haven for nature lovers. Beck Mill Cottage is located within the beautiful Eden Valley, which is renowned not only for its scenery, wonderful walking, pretty sandstone villages and quiet country lanes which are ideal for cycling, but it is also perfectly placed between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The cottage is 8 miles from the market town of Penrith.
Some notable attractions in the area include Brougham Castle and the stunning Dalemain. The latter mentioned is a country house set within large grounds – its medieval courtyard and Elizabethan great barn featured in the TV adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
Not to be missed is a trip to Cumbria’s Rheged Discovery Centre which – apart from its huge IMAX cinema showing giant movies – is home to the National Mountaineering Exhibition and the Discovering Cumbria Exhibition.
There is an organic restaurant at The Village Bakery in Melmerby, and a Watermill at Little Salkeld that uses mainly organic produce in their tea room and mill shop - they also have one day baking courses for adults and children.
The Carlisle to Settle railway has a station at Langwathby for a day out without a car. Shop 2 miles.

Spacious living room with wood burning stove and views to the Pennines. Large beamed well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Two bedrooms; one double with en-suite shower room with toilet and one twin with garden views. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two further double rooms. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full ground source central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large 2-acre lawned grounds with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced mill pond in grounds

WAS
NOW
£553-£1780
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Priory Cottage Ref: PRRX


Priory Cottage is a period, thatched, stone cottage with an abundance of character and detail, dating from the 19th century and appearing on maps and censuses of the 1830s. Originally owned by Lord Tennyson and featuring in the Tennyson Trail, the cottage adjoins another property and features beautiful decorative tiles above its windows and doors that were made by Lord Tennyson himself when he chose the property to house his beloved nanny. Priory Cottage has other famous connections as Tennyson’s good friend G.F.Watts lived next door, and Montgomery’s map-maker is also known to have lived in the cottage. The property is set in an area with a strong smuggling history, and at the back of the cottage there are drawings of ships scratched into some of the stones – traditionally the sign of a smugglers’ safe house. Being set within an AONB, most of the surrounding land is National Trust and includes the West High Down, The Tennyson Trail and the stunning Heritage coastline. Tennyson monument and Headon Warren with its breathtaking views of The Needles are nearby. Although in a secluded area, amenities in Totland and Freshwater are only a 5-minute drive, offering shops, library, tearooms, indoor swimming pool and pubs, and Alum Bay with its famous coloured sands, is about 30 minutes’ walk over the Downs. The historic sailing town of Yarmouth, set in the estuary of the River Yar, is about 10 minutes’ drive, and Colwell, Totland and the popular sandy beach at Compton are 5 minutes’ drive away. As well as the excellent walks from the house locally, there are also many tourist attractions to discover, including The Needles Park - one of the most popular attractions on the island, with chairlift, boat rides, coloured sands, lighthouse, amusements and glass making. Also within easy driving distance are Blackgang Chine, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, traditional pottery making, Calbourne water mill, various NT homes/gardens, vineyards, museums, wildlife centres, a zoo, pearl centre, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Cowes/Yarmouth harbours. Outdoor pursuits include golf (nearby Freshwater), cycling, riding, sailing, fishing and diving. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1 mile, pub 500 yards.

Large, beamed living room with gas woodburner and French doors to garden. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with gas/electric range (for cooking) and period wooden floor. Utility. Snug. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, original feature bay window, period fireplace and en-suite shower room with toilet. Further two double bedrooms, one cabin-style high sleeper with additional single (for +1), period shutters and beams, one with original feature bay window and period fireplace. Twin bedroom with period fireplace. Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower over colour-changing mood bath and toilet. Bathroom with wood panelling, tiled floor and toilet. Changing levels on original flooring.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two Sky Freesat TVs (one smart)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Wii
  • Gas/electric range (double oven) included
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • ½-acre, lawned garden with gravelled patio, terrace, shaded verandah and furniture
  • Enclosed lawned, front garden with swing set and playhouse
  • Gas barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 5 steps in garden

WAS
NOW
£892-£2356
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Chanctonbury Ref: PMMM

Standing gracefully within its own enclosed gardens with indoor heated swimming pool, this superb family detached house is located less than 300 yards from the beach. It combines modern comforts with plentiful character; there is a huge main living room with vast inglenook and open fire, wood panelling, Tudor style coving and ceiling finishes. The dining room also continues the Tudor theme with the furniture style, and also has a large inglenook with open fire. In addition there is a light and spacious conservatory overlooking the large lawned garden, and a separate TV room. Dining can also be enjoyed in the large well equipped kitchen/breakfast room or al-fresco in the garden during warmer months. The sweeping solid wood staircase with stained glass window leads up to the well laid out first floor including a bedroom with a four-poster bed. Ideal for families, the indoor heated swimming pool is open all year, and the popular unspoilt beach is less than 300 yards away. It lies close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, enjoying scenic walks, birdwatching, crabbing, fishing and swimming. Seaside resorts close by with plenty of seaside family entertaiment include Littlehampton, Worthing and Bognor Regis, or West Wittering is about half an hour’s drive. Chichester is also within easy reach, with its beautiful ornate cathedral and abundance of pedestrianised cobbled lanes with various shops, pubs, restaurants and popular Festival Theatre and famous Goodwood Races or Fontwell Racecourse. Other places of interest include The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, historic Arundel with castle, cathedral and various shops, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, ideal for bird-watchers. Brighton is perfect for a family day out, boasting the decadent Royal Pavilion, art galleries, theatres and Sea Life Museum, plus seaside entertainment. The South Downs National Park has walking and riding with many footpaths. Shops and pub 300 yards.

Large living room with inglenook. Dining room with inglenook. Well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area, Aga and electric cooker. Utility. Conservatory. TV room with piano. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, one four-poster. Three twin bedrooms. Family bathroom with large bath and separate shower cubicle. Shower room with large shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet.

  • Open fire and multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • Four Freeview TVs
  • Satellite TV
  • Four DVDs
  • Wii
  • CD
  • Aga
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Private swimming pool (26ft x 16ft, depth 3.5ft to 5ft)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to
    Friday

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£1332-£2994
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
Heigham View Ref: CBBH

Enjoying a beautiful waterfront location, these three holiday properties (refs CBBH, CBBJ and CYY) have their own private mooring and superb views over the River Thurne and a National Trust wildlife reserve (which featured in the BBC1 TV series Secret Britain). Ferry View, standing detached, and Heigham View, one of a pair, offer spacious accommodation for larger groups and have a first floor balcony where guests can take in the abundant birdlife. They each have a games room with full size snooker and table tennis tables; Heigham View additionally has the benefit of a second sitting room/games room with 65in 3D TV with blue-ray/DVD and surround sound. Ferry Cottage is a detached, two-bedroomed property with rooms all on the ground floor. All offer the very best in waterside living. For the fisherman, this part of the Broads offers some of the best coarse fishing anywhere in the UK (fishing licence required). For the nature enthusiast, everything is on the doorstep - walking and cycling can be enjoyed along a network of quiet lanes and the river and the Broads can be explored by boat, which can be hired directly from the owner. Winterton-on-Sea is a short drive away with its wonderful sandy beach and dunes. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the north beach is home to a colony of grey seals.
The BeWILDerwood Outdoor Adventure Park at Horning offers treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges and more - all adding up to a great day out for children. The fine city of Norwich with its cathedrals, castle, museums, theatre and vast array of cafes and shops is half an hour away. There is a wealth of National Trust properties to visit in the area, which include Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park (one of the finest Jacobean houses in East Anglia), the beautifully landscaped Sheringham Park and the magnificent Blickling Hall with its woodland and lakeside walks. Horsey Wind Pump is only 3 miles away (and a good destination for a boat trip).
For a special meal or family celebration a gourmet meal can be arranged with the owner. There are shops and pubs in the village 1 mile away.

Utility. Games room. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, patio doors to balcony overlooking river and kitchen with tiled floor. Large sitting room/games room with TV. Four bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; two double and two twin. Bathroom with toilet. Spiral stairs to second floor: Double bedroom with two additional single beds (each for +1) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Further double bedroom with two additional single beds (each for +1) and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Two Freeview TVs
  • 3D Blu-ray and DVD (small libraries)
  • Double electric oven included
  • Tumble dryer
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Small garden
  • Large balcony with furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars); additional parking approx 85 yards
  • Two games rooms, one with full size snooker table and full size table tennis table and one with with 65in 3D TV with Blu-ray/DVD and surround sound.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • On-site fishing
  • Private mooring available
  • Gourmet cooking available by arrangement
  • NB: Unfenced river in grounds

WAS
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£1066-£3268
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