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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

"Fine cottages and facilities – in a county of unspoilt landscapes, deep dales and winding rivers . . ."

This fine courtyard of old stone barns was part of a working farm, but has now been sensitively converted to offer sixteen beautifully furnished and well-equipped cottages, four of which are featured here. Boasting a wealth of original features, they enjoy shared use of a rich choice of leisure facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool in an adjacent purpose-designed building. With a shallow area for children, the pool has its own changing rooms and a sauna, and there is a separate games room. Brackendale Spa offers luxurious treatments. There are two conference/dining rooms to accommodate large groups, and a separate laundry room with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Close to the cottages are patio and barbecue areas. All set in 3 acres of shared grounds, offering a children’s play area and plenty of space in which to relax.
This is an ideal setting for a Peak District holiday. Knockerdown Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Ashbourne and Matlock, within walking distance of beautiful Carsington Water, a superb windsurfing and sailing centre, which has an area devoted to wildlife and nature conservancy. Throughout the year they have special fun days for children of all ages. At the water sports centre guests can hire (with tuition) kayaks, windsurfers, Canadian canoes and bicycles. Professional fly fishing is available to enable guests to try their hand at fishing this popular, well-stocked reservoir. Fine walking country is virtually on the doorstep, and the renowned Tissington and Middleton cycle trails are both close by (with bikes available to hire). The principal centres of the Derbyshire Dales are nearby - Wirksworth, the market town of Ashbourne, attractive Bakewell (of pudding fame) and Matlock: all are fascinating ancient towns. Matlock Bath (6 miles) is popular as an inland resort, standing on the River Derwent amid lovely scenery, and offering boating, angling, bowls, tennis and cricket. The young (and the young at heart) will enjoy a day out at the National Tramway Museum - where visitors may enjoy the fun experience of trams from around the world! Magnificent Chatsworth House (16 miles) boasts a famous collection of art treasures as well as beautiful gardens. Haddon Hall (13 miles) is England’s most complete and authentic medieval house dating back to the 14th century. It is set in lovely countryside overlooking the River Wye, near Bakewell, which houses one of the National Park’s information centres. One of Britain’s premier theme parks, Alton Towers, within easy reach is amongst appealing countryside close to the picturesque village of Alton, offers a fun-packed day out for all the family. There are several country inns within walking distance. Shop 5 miles, pub 100 yards.

Living room with open fire. Spacious, open-plan, farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area leading to dining room. Single bedroom (for +1). Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with two additional beds (each for +1). Twin bedroom with zip and link beds. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire – fuel available locally
  • Full oil central heating included
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Walled garden

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included (cot linen not included)
  • Cots and high chairs on request (no high chair straps provided)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Shared patio areas with garden furniture
  • Shared grounds of 3 acres with children’s play area
  • Shared barbecues
  • Parking
  • Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool – open all year round, except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (8.30am–6.30pm)
  • Shared sauna
  • Brackendale Spa
  • Shared pool table (coin-operated)
  • No smoking

SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR

  • Indoor heated swimming pool (34ft x 15ft, depth 3ft to 5ft 9in), with changing rooms and children’s shallow area – open all year round, except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (8.30am to 6.30pm)
  • Sauna
  • Shared 3-acre grounds with children’s play area, patios and BBQ area
  • Spa
  • Brackendale function room and Carsington dining room for hire

WAS
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£708-£2195
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Heybrook Court Ref: TPD

This detached, architect-designed holiday house sits in one of the most enviable positions in Newquay with uninterrupted views across the Gannel Estuary, a haven for wildlife, a watersport enthusiasts dream and an AONB. The property has its own indoor, heated swimming pool which is located on the lower ground floor. The views across the water to the green hills of Crantock are stunning and the footpath that hugs the shoreline can be accessed through the garden gate at the bottom of the well-tended gardens. An old bridge crosses the tidal sands to the village of Crantock. Walks, crabbing, kayaking, horse riding, stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing can all be enjoyed on the Gannel, most of which are available to hire locally. A local tip is to stroll along the Gannel to one of Newquay’s oldest and original cafés to enjoy crab sandwich’s and a pot of tea, overlooking the beach out to the sea. Newquay with its surf and beach culture is a short walk and has many restaurants, shopping, a zoo, leisure centre, swimming pools and a working harbour, where you can take to the sea on one of the many fishing boats and hopefully catch the evening’s dinner! There are many tourist attractions in the surrounding area from man-made to natural, such as Crealy Adventure Park, Lappa Valley Railway, Newquay SeaLife Centre, plus several NT gardens, such as Lanhydrock and Trerice Manor. Watergate Bay, home to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, is nearby and Padstow, with many excellent eateries including Rick Stein’s restaurant and excellent fish and chip shops, is a short drive along the most beautiful coast roads in the country. St Ives, Fowey and Falmouth are all within easy reach and are all essential destinations to enjoy and explore the wonderful and diverse county of Cornwall. Beach ¾ mile. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant ¾ mile.

Lower ground floor: Games room with TV. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with corner bath, separate shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Ground floor: Spacious living room with patio doors to balcony. Dining room with tiled floor and patio doors to balcony. Kitchen with breakfast bar, tiled floor and door to terrace. Utility. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip & link, can be twin on request), walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room with toilet and bidet. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double).

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two 47’’ Freeview smart TVs with blu-ray
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Wii
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Broadband
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with courtyard, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Heated indoor swimming pool (19ft x 9ft) with shower, changing facilities and toilet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Games room with pool table
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: 6 steps, slope and fenced pond in garden.

WAS
NOW
£1344-£3284
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Berwyn Bank Ref: 15825

Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna

This wonderful sandstone barn has been skilfully converted, retaining much of its character, with some flagged floors and beams. A large living room on the first floor gives super views towards the Scottish mountains and Solway Coast. An ideal holiday base for friends and families to return to after exploring this beautiful corner of England. Attached to the farm house (property 13196) with private enclosed garden. Surrounded by beautiful countryside with good access to the Northern Lakes, coast, 4 miles, the market town of Cockermouth 6 miles, Keswick 14 miles, Bassenthwaite Lake 6 miles and Buttermere 12 miles. Private salmon and trout fishing 1 mile. The barn was originally a bank barn, therefore there is an external level access to both the ground and first floor. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shop 2 miles, pub ½ mile. Properties 29673, 17926, 15825 and 13196 can be booked together to accommodate up to 28+1 guests.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, each with en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 4 steps up to en-suite bathroom with spa bath and toilet (shared by adjoining door). 3 steps down to 1 double bedroom. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (no fuel provided). Wood pellet central heating, oil, bed linen and towels included. Electricity by meter reading. Cot. Travel cot. Two high chairs. TV. Video. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Hot tub (£30). Shared indoor swimming pool (5m x 12m, depth 1m). Jacuzzi and sauna available to guests mornings and afternoons at selected hours. Ample parking. Friday to Friday.

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£717-£1803
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

"Charming cottages situated in a scenic holiday location, which form an ideal base from which to explore the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire Coast..."

Killerby Old Hall and its 7 cottages are ideal for a countryside holiday whilst being less than 2 miles from the beach of Cayton Bay. Guests can enjoy the nature reserve and lake area, or relax in the indoor heated swimming pool. The accommodation ranges from the Old Hall, sleeping 10 in period splendour, through to cosy Crow’s Nest which sleeps 2. Set in a pretty courtyard, each cottage is different yet has its own sitting-out area with patio furniture and BBQ.
Killerby Old Hall is situated between the coastal resorts of family friendly Filey, with its cobble landing and pretty promenade, and Scarborough, with its vibrant South Bay and naturally picturesque North Bay, located on part of Britain’s heritage coast. The Stephen Joseph Theatre, famed throughout the county, puts on a number of Alan Aykbourn productions. To the north, across the stunning North Yorkshire Moors, lies the port of Whitby; famous for its connections to Captain James Cook and Dracula. Robin Hood’s Bay, a former fishing village with a smugglers past, has quaint streets which lead visitors to a small, sandy cove and rock pools. Heading inland, find the historic market town of Pickering, where the famous North Yorkshire Moors steam train begins its journey. Access Dalby Forest through the attractive village of Thornton-le-Dale and be sure to stop for an ice cream. The forest offers a range of activities including mountain bike tracks, or for those feeling adventurous there is Go Ape. It is also a popular picnic destination which is surrounded by walks that the whole family can enjoy. Travel a little further afield to Castle Howard with its stunning house and grounds. The ancient, Roman walled city of York sits just an hour up the A64, a famously haunted city with many attractions such as the railway museum, river trips and excellent shopping. To the south along the coast, the Cleveland Way leads to dramatic Flamborough Head and the Bempton RSPB Sanctuary. The village of Cayton is a 500 yard stroll, with its pub, post office and shop. Full amenities are just over 4 miles away in Scarborough. Shop and pub 500 yards.

Situated at one end of the pretty grassed courtyard, this converted barn is an ideal location for a large family gathering. Spacious living room with patio doors leading to a flagged patio area. Traditional dining room with wood-burning stove, TV, double height ceiling, parquet floor and patio doors to patio area. Large kitchen with dining area and large double range cooker. Utility. Double bedroom with dressing area. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; one with 5ft bed and TV, one with arched windows overlooking courtyard. Family room with double bed, TV, additional single bed (for +1) and walk-in wardrobes. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Second bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – logs included
  • Full LPG central heating included
  • Additional travel cot and high chair
  • Satellite TV
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Patio and furniture

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot (included linen)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room (coin-op)
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Shared grounds of 20 acres, with grassed areas suitable for ball games and recreation, nature reserve and small lake (toddlers beware)
  • Barbecue
  • Play area with swings, slide (for under 11s)
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool open all year round with changing facilities (30ft x 16ft 6in, depth 3ft 9in to 4ft 9in, open 8am-8pm)
  • Shared games room with pool table (coin-op), table tennis, darts, arcade games and board games
  • Tourist information available
  • Welcome pack
  • Cycle store
  • NB: Small lake in grounds

WAS
NOW
£692-£2169
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
The Orchard Ref: E5383

A majestic, detached family home complete with an indoor heated swimming pool, The Orchard sits in an acre of land which includes a private paddock for outdoor pursuits. Sitting in a picturesque location in Northiam, adjacent to the last rolling meadow of East Sussex as it joins the Kent border, The Orchard is perfectly located for exploring the many treasures of Kent and East Sussex. There is a steam train just a few hundred yards away serving the Rother Valley with stops at Tenterden and Bodiam. Alternatively, Bodiam Castle can be visited by taking a gentle boat trip or, more traditionally, by car. The village features the Church of St Mary’s which dates back to 1090, and the Great Dixter Tudor House and Gardens are just 0.25 miles away. There are many places to explore including Hawkhurst, Sandhurst, Beckley and a little further afield are Hastings, Tenterden and Camber Sands.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with double sofa bed. Dining room. Dining area/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 6 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 3 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request), two with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room inc. Gas CH, elec and bed linen inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV. Eight Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Paddock. BBQ. Indoor heated swimming pool (9.4m x 4.8m) with seating area and shower facilities. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£1368-£3430
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
20
Bedrooms
9
Pets
0

Leisure facilities available all year
Indoor heated swimming pool/toddlers’ pool (open all year)
All weather hard tennis court
Approach golf
Snooker lounge
Pool table and table tennis
Badminton, skittles, short mat bowls and basketball
Squash court
Children’s outdoor play equipment
91/2 acre landscaped grounds
On-site information centre
Bike and kayak hire (available locally)

Set in a superb countryside location, off quiet single track country lanes in the heart of South Devon, the properties at Higher Poulston are ideal for all age groups including couples, friends and families. It provides a quiet rural base, yet within driving distance of the many splendid beaches and interesting towns that the area has to offer.
Featuring a fantastic leisure complex, with exclusive shared use for all guests staying here on holiday, the facilities are open all year around and offer something for all ages and abilities. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a separate shallow heated toddlers pool. The badminton and squash courts are purpose built to a very high specification. In addition there is a snooker room, table tennis, skittles and short mat bowls. In the grounds surrounding the cottages, there are large open lawn areas to play and picnic, some BBQ areas, a tennis court and approach golf.
The cottages at Higher Poulston are made up of a cluster of lovely stone barn conversions of varying sizes(, the spacious period Farmhouse, which is fantastic for a large family and the newest addition, Wisteria House(ref 25998), a contemporary barn conversion with a stunning interior, accommodating up to 20 guests.
All the properties are comfortably furnished with leather sofas, pine or oak furniture, well equipped kitchens and modern bathrooms, making this a holiday to enjoy and remember.
The friendly owners live on site and are happy to help. Many visitors find themselves revisiting Higher Poulston year after year. This is a very family friendly holiday complex; the ideal place for mums and dads to relax in, children to have fun, and grandparents to join in too.
Set within its own 9½ acres of private land, tucked away along a quiet country lane and close to a working dairy farm. Away from the farm there are many interesting places to explore. There is a little tourist information room on site and in here you will find plenty of ideas for days out and about . For your local shopping, the little village of Harbertonford, 1 mile, has a small village shop, a pub and post office. Also, the village of Morleigh, 1 mile, has a pub serving food. The ancient town of Totnes, just 3 miles away, has a truly unique atmosphere, with a range of quirky independent shops and bistros and is a vibrant and interesting place to visit, especially on Fridays when the market comes to town.
The South Devon coastline is close at hand, has many beautiful beaches and coves, scenic walks and pretty villages including Blackpool Sands and Slapton. Enjoy a day out in the riverside marine town of Dartmouth and take a cruise along the river to Totnes or the ferry across to Kingswear, and the quaint fishing town of Brixham, then ride on the steam train to Paignton or Buckfastleigh. Within easy reach are the English Riviera resorts of Paignton and Torquay, the boating and sailing centre of Salcombe on the estuary and the historic town of Dartmouth, nestling on the banks of the River Dart. Woodlands Fun Park is a great tourist attraction and fun day out for families, as is Dartmoor National Park, with its hundreds of acres of wild rugged moorland, both about 4 miles away.
Close to Dartmouth you can play golf on an 18-hole championship course (Higher Poulston visitors receive a discount at Dartmouth golf and country club). Bike and kayak hire are available locally.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, both with additional single and en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. Tiled floor throughout. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 4 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 single.

Woodburner in living room. Oil central heating, underfloor heating (ground floor bedrooms), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Nine Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Two electric cookers. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Two dishwashers. Freezer. Wi-fi. Balconies. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Electric cooker. Shared internet office with broadband (ref 25998 has its own wi-fi). Shared 9½-acre grounds. Children’s play area. Parking. Heated indoor swimming pool (12.4m x 6.7m, depth 1m to 1.35m) open all year. Toddlers’ pool (depth 0.85m). Shared leisure complex with pool table, toddlers’ play area, table tennis and indoor ball games room. Tennis court. No pets allowed from mid June to mid September, at all other times dogs must be kept on a lead within the grounds of the complex. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£1840-£4262
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Troy Ref: E5404

Something very special and just 0.5 miles from the beach, this very impressive majestic property with its large garden is situated down a quiet private drive and has its own outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. An ideal property for families sharing or for get togethers whatever the season. Nestling in the beautiful seaside village of Walberswick near Southwold, there are sand and pebble beaches and a wide variety of flora and fauna in over a thousand acres of heath and marshland which will delight ramblers and visitors alike. Restaurants and craft shops complete the picture and across the river (accessed by foot ferry or bridge) lies Southwold with its harbourside huts selling fresh fish, its summer theatre and the famous Adnams Brewery. RSPB Minsmere, Dunwich Heath, Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings famous for its concerts, Sutton Hoo (NT) and the pretty town of Woodbridge with its spectacular harbour are all within an easy drive. Shop and pub under 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory with French doors. Utility room. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Galleried landing. Utility room. 5 bedrooms: 3 double bedrooms, two with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with French doors, 2 twin both with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with French doors.

Woodburner in living room inc. Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Range. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. BBQ. Outdoor heated swimming pool (Jun-Oct). Hot tub. Games room with pool table, darts and table football. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

WAS
NOW
£1078-£2887
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Sandalls Marsh Ref: CCCT

This impressive, detached house stands proudly in two acres of land, which is divided into formal garden and woodland. Furnished to a very good standard by its owner, it creates a relaxing and stylish environment, and with its indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, it is a perfect holiday location for family celebrations or a get together, whatever the season. Sandalls Marsh is ideally situated for exploring Norfolk and Suffolk. The historical market towns of Diss, Loddon and Wymondham are well worth a visit, as is the unspoilt North Norfolk Coast, with its pretty coastal villages and glorious beaches. Alternatively, spend a day enjoying the famous Norfolk Broads. Children will love BeWILDerwood, the treetop adventure park. The Suffolk Heritage Coast and the popular seaside towns of Southwold and Lowestoft are less than 30 miles away. The historical city of Norwich is just 6 miles away, with its cathedrals, museums, theatre, excellent shopping and cosmopolitan cafés. Thetford Forest is only 10 miles for adventure walking and cycle routes. Golf and walking are available locally. Beach 25 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and French doors. Sitting room with wood-burning stove. Dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility. Study. Games room. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Two separate toilets. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Further double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • 2-acre garden and woodland with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool with shower and changing facilities
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Games room with table football, books and board games
  • Natural water supply from borehole
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two steps to lawn. unfenced pond in grounds, 50 yards

WAS
NOW
£1322-£3120
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
The Barn Ref: P14

This uniquely converted beamed barn is situated in the depths of the Kentish countryside with beautiful views, yet only 7 miles from Canterbury. The Barn enjoys some specially commissioned stained glass panels which beautifully illuminate the kitchen, dining area and conservatory. There are also some individual sculptures for guests to enjoy both inside and outside the house. The property is set in almost 2 acres of gardens which exude peace and tranquillity, and have been divided into different areas, one of which boasts a water feature. There is a large outdoor chessboard, and the garden, which is partly lit at night, also houses an indoor heated swimming pool. Beyond the garden lie fields and countryside which are great for walking and bird-watching.
The property is ideally placed for visiting historic Canterbury, which offers a rich slice through two thousand years of history, with Roman and early Christian ruins, a Norman castle and a famous cathedral that dominates a medieval warren of time-skewed Tudor buildings. Ashford is ideal for shopping at the Designer Outlet. Trips to Paris can be taken from Ashford International Station, or Dover is also nearby for ferries to France. Dover also has a castle perched high on the famous White Cliffs, and Second World War tunnels. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is ideal for children and houses hundreds of rare animals including elephants, tigers and lions amongst many others. The mansion is surrounded by 15 acres of spectacular gardens and has a mural room depicting over 300 animals and birds from South East Asia. Shops 4 miles, pub serving good food, 200 yards.

Step to entrance. Large beamed living room with open fire, maple floor, huge inglenook and French doors to terrace. Dining room with terracotta-tiled floor. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with terracotta-tiled floor and living/dining area. Second kitchen with living/breakfast area. Conservatory with slate floor and stained glass windows. Three double bedrooms. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Shower room. Separate toilet. First floor: Galleried bridge landing leading to beamed double bedroom with sloping ceiling, oak floor and superb countryside views. Beamed twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bidet and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

  • Open fire – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, partial oil central heating, partial ‘Econ 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Three TVs (one satellite)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in ground floor shower room)
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Large 2-acre garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Sole use of indoor heated swimming pool (20ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 6ft 6in, open 8am-11pm), with changing facilities, shower and toilet
  • Exercise bike and table tennis
  • Outdoor chessboard
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£3837-£3837
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

"Devon’s best kept secret... Just inland from some of Devon’s loveliest and most natural beaches lies the village of Tuckenhay set along Bow Creek on the River Dart...."

In a setting of stunning natural beauty, Tuckenhay Mill is the centrepiece of a cluster of country homes and cottages with superb leisure facilities including two indoor and one outdoor pools, making it ideal for a family holiday for all ages.
The Mill which once produced some of the finest paper in the land, nestles in the green and shady Bow Creek, a languid inlet of the River Dart where private yachts have replaced the old tall-masted ships and barges. Around the mill are all the buildings which once went to make up a small bustling village port. These listed buildings have been sympathetically restored and converted to a delightful range of holiday properties to suit larger family parties. Awards have been won for the conversion of buildings and the conservation of the area. With so much to do, many holidaymakers return year after year.




South Devon awaits you
Tuckenhay is only a 20-minute drive from the superb Blue Flag beach at Blackpool Sands and about 30 minutes from a surfing beach at Bantham, as well as some of the best natural beaches to be found anywhere in the UK.
There is also extensive access to the coastal footpath for walking and the wilderness that is Dartmoor for walking, climbing and riding.
This is a mecca for ramblers, bird-watchers, swimmers, surfers, horse riders, golfers and those interested in fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing.
In addition, there are many historic NT houses to visit including Agatha Christies’s Greenway as well as a local vineyard (with award-winning wines) at Sharpham.
Tuckenhay is only 5 miles inland from Dartmouth and 3 from the market town of Totnes. Village shop 3½ miles. Riverside inn and restaurant within walking distance.



A superb choice of cottages
Each of the cottages has been individually styled to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation. Great care has been taken to retain the feel of the original buildings and extensive use has been made of traditional materials. Most have garden, terrace or patio. Individual cottage details are shown on the following pages.
Many cottages have more than one bathroom and some have an en-suite bathroom to every bedroom. Kitchens are comprehensively equipped: most have dishwashers and all have microwave cookers.
Couples and honeymooners will feel snug and comfortable in the small cottages: Mill Leat, Mill Stream and Mill Spring. Families can spread out in Papermaker’s or Turbine Cottages, while Mill Lodge, Edgecombe Barn and Tuckenhay Mill House will sleep larger parties in comfort. Of course, combinations of cottages can accommodate bigger gatherings of family or friends.

An attractive detached stone-built house enjoying a delightful position facing west at the entrance to Tuckenhay Mill with a pleasant rural outlook. Entrance hall with oak floor and impressive staircase. Period-style living room with open fire. Conservatory opening on to private garden and patio area with BBQ. Fully fitted kitchen with arch to dining room. Pretty single bedroom with adjacent shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Two large twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Second bathroom. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, hot water and use of swimming pools £190 per week or £95 for short breaks
  • Two cots and high chairs
  • DVD
  • Mini radio/CD
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Conservatory
  • Small garden with patio
  • Summer garden
  • Friday to Friday

  • Bed linen included
  • High chairs and additional travel cots available by arrangement (one high chair, one cot in all cottages unless otherwise stated)
  • Modern flatscreen TVs
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi internet access (badminton/games hall)
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared use of grounds
  • Shared barbecue area
  • Ample parking for cars and boats
  • Two pints of milk on arrival
  • No smoking (cottages and all facilities)
  • NB: Stream in mill grounds
    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:
  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer by £1 slot meter
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including 60-ft outdoor swimming pool (8 am to 8 pm, 1 May to 1 October) and all-weather tennis court
  • Superb indoor leisure complex with two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and drench shower (Roman Pool open daily 8.30 am to 8.30 pm – Wednesdays to 9 pm – for all ages, under adult supervision. Waterfall Pool open daily 8.30 am to 6.30 pm for adults and children over 10 accompanied by a swimming adult)
    FACILITIES FOR SMALL CHILDREN:
  • Outdoor - small children’s play areas with swings, climbing frames, slides, Wendy house and football field. Indoor - a huge play area with slides, puzzles, pool table, table football, snooker and table tennis
  • Extra travel cots and high chairs provided
  • Mother and baby changing facility with walk-in shower/wet room (indoor pool). Roman pool with shallow learning bay.
    DOGS WELCOME:
  • One well-behaved dog is welcome in all cottages (except Mill Leat) (Dogs go free 2 November - 13 December).

THE TUCKENHAY POOLS
Tuckenhay is renowned for its spectacular award winning indoor pools with glass mosaics and hand-painted silk murals, they combine exotic decoration with the most modern dehumidification and purification equipment and full changing facilities.
ROMAN POOL
This dramatic Roman style 32ft pool (4ft 6in deep) has a safe children’s bay reached by separate steps. Completing the experience are sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter), a refreshing cool drench shower fed from the underground spring and a separate Jacuzzi with hydro jets.
Open daily from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Children must be supervised.
WATERFALL POOL
This award winning pool is sculptured in a curved shape over 40ft long (4ft 6in deep), and bounded in part by a natural grotto rock face of tumbling water. It incorporates the ultimate in water movement technology: floor and wall massage jets, water volcanoes, water cannons and swim jets. There are two Jacuzzis - one in the pool - sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter) and hot and cold spring-fed showers.
Separate mother and baby changing facilities with walk-in shower/wet room. Open daily from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Adults and children over ten with a swimming adult.
The extra charge for use of pools and heating, detailed in the cottage descriptions is all inclusive in the final balance.
HEATED OUTDOOR POOL - with heated hot tub with sauna and drench shower
This 60ft pool (3ft - 6ft 6in deep) has landscaped riverside sunbathing terrace and sloping lawn to stream. Open daily 8am to 8pm (1 May–1 Oct). Children must be supervised.

LOTS MORE TO DO AT TUCKENHAY MILL

  • Tennis court - a full sized all-weather court. Please bring your own racquets and balls: tennis shoes, not trainers, please
  • Gymnasium - fully equipped with Polaris stations and Aerodyne bikes
  • Badminton court - outdoor court. Please bring your own racquets and shuttlecocks
  • Sports hall - with indoor badminton court and young children’s play area
  • Snooker room - full-sized period table (experienced players only) with additional small snooker table and pool table
  • Second snooker room (open between 9am and 4pm) - with ¾-sized slate table (experienced players only) with pool table and children’s mini-table. Note Papermaker’s Cottage and Turbine Cottage have their own table.
  • Short mat bowls
  • Croquet lawn
  • Hot tub - with sauna on sunbathing deck (1 May to 20 September)
  • 20 acres of grounds with almost 1 mile of pathways (for dog walking) through meadows, dells and woodland; barbecue area, children’s play area and picnic spots.
  • Use of greens and 18-hole championship course (25% discount) at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

IN SYMPATHY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
Tuckenhay Mill has led the way with most of the pools being heated by ground source heat pumps. Awards have been given for energy saving as well as pool design and conversion of buildings. 2008 saw the extension of the
20 acres of stunning natural landscape opening up nearly a mile of footpaths through dells, meadows and woodlands along with a natural waterfall. This is the place to enjoy a personal ‘Spring or Autumn Watch’ with swallows in the log store, buzzards on the adjacent hillside, owls in the woods and ducks and swans down on Bow Creek. Strolls can be taken with the dog and picnics enjoyed on a bench by the river. Children can stroke the goats and even collect eggs for breakfast from the hens (when laying)!

WAS
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£629-£2605
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

"Character cottages in a countryside setting, ideal for an activity-filled family holiday.."

In glorious Cornish countryside on the edge of the pretty village of Tresmeer, just 6 miles from Launceston, the ancient capital of Cornwall, and 10 miles from the stunning North Cornish Coast, Higher Churchtown Farm offers the ideal holiday location for friends and family to escape and unwind or as a wedding venue as the owners have been granted a licence to conduct weddings on site.
Set beside the historic village church and with glorious views reaching to Dartmoor, these four delightful converted barns are very spacious and beautifully presented with oak furniture, underfloor heating on the ground floors and heated towel rails in most of the bathrooms. They retain much of their original charm with vaulted ceilings, exposed stone walls and beams. Kettle’s On is a detached single-storey barn with its own rear garden; each of the others has its own small patio and all enjoy shared use of a large garden area with 18ft circular above-ground swimming pool (summer only) and an additional ½-acre games field which provides a great place for children to play. For amusement indoors, a selection of reading material is also provided, together with games, puzzles, DVDs and a 42in television. The largest of the barns also has its own games room with pool table, darts and board games. A local artist displays her work in the barns of scenes around Cornwall, which can be purchased and taken home as a memento. Lambing also takes place on the farm during the first few months of the year up to the beginning of April.
Whether surfing, walking the coastal path, playing golf, fishing or simply relaxing this stunning location has something for everyone. Riding, cycling and walking trails are in abundance including a lovely riverside walk from the barns across the owners’ farmland. This really is a superb holiday choice for friends, families or when booked as a whole for a celebration gathering. Launceston has a good selection of local shops, town amenities, and restaurants.
Family attractions include Trethorne Leisure Park and Golf Club, Harlequins Bude, Crealy Adventure Park, Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium. Ideally situated to visit the North Cornwall coastal resorts of Tintagel, Boscastle, Port Isaac and Padstow. For a great day out, enjoy the famous Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Shop 440 yards, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

(See second photograph). Access from courtyard to entrance hall. Double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed, dressing room, slate-effect floor and en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft oak bed; one with en-suite shower room with toilet and one with access to twin bedroom with oak beds and door to courtyard. Separate toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with vaulted ceiling with original oak beams, open plan with kitchen with electric range cooker and Juliette balcony overlooking courtyard. Three steps down to utility/hall with access to rear. Double bedroom with 6ft four-poster bed and French doors to patio/barbecue area. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Paddle stairs to second floor (restricted headroom): Attic bedroom with twin beds, Velux window and high vaulted ceiling. Two Z-beds available.

  • Electric range included
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Games room with pool table, darts and board games
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, full oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (in utility)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio with furniture
  • ½-acre shared grounds with games field
  • Barbecue
  • Shared outdoor above-ground swimming pool (18ft diameter, depth 4ft) open 9am to 7pm, May to September
  • Natural water supply from borehole
  • No smoking
  • Catering service available by prior arrangement with owner
  • Chef available for special events by prior arrangement with owner
  • Ground floor facilities

Note: The Place 2 B (THQ), What a Beauty (THR), Proper Job (THS) and Kettle’s On (TKC) can be booked together to sleep up to 30+2 people

WAS
NOW
£967-£2879
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Located just a few minutes from some of the finest beaches and Exmoor’s spectacular coastline, Wheel Farm is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A collection of cosy and get-away-from-it-all hideaways, the cottages are perfect for a romantic escape; or a family retreat. Facilities onsite include shared indoor swimming pool, games and films. Swooping and chirping birds and abundant wildlife make this magical area come alive. Converted from a 17th-century watermill and farm barns, the cottages retain many original features including beams, exposed stone walls and wood burning stoves. Each are brimming over with comfort whilst retaining rustic charm. Hayloft, Dairy, Linhay and Stable are all accessed via the main courtyard, with Lower Mill, Upper Mill and Byre offering superb views. Hayloft, Shippen, Dairy and Farmhouse are pet friendly. Mill Wheel is part of the original watermill, which offers a unique ‘upside-down’ layout. Granary has been converted from the original barn, and Farmhouse is the largest cottage in the complex. All properties have their own private entrance and come fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy a self-catering cottage holiday.
Hayloft (ref 30114) was originally converted from part of the large barn, and is perfect for a romantic break.
Shippen (ref 30115) is a two storey country cottage, originally converted from a large barn.
Lower Mill (ref 30116) has stunning views across the Exmoor countryside and is situated on the ground floor of the original converted watermill - the grand wheel, which can still be seen attached to the building.
Mill Wheel (ref 30117) is part of the original watermill and is comfortably furnished.
Dairy (ref 30118) is originally converted from a single storey barn.
Upper Mill (ref 30119) is the first floor of the original watermill, boasting fabulous views over the rolling countryside.
Farmhouse (ref 30120) has its own garden and log burning stove. From this property you can enjoy the glorious surroundings whatever the weather.
Byre (ref 30121) is a beautiful two storey country cottage, converted from a large barn and filled with character and charm. On the first floor, a double bedroom boasts full length windows, enjoying views over the glorious Devon countryside.
Granary (ref 30122) is converted from an original barn and offers spacious accommodation over two floors.
Stable (ref 30123) is a beautifully converted two storey cottage, which was originally a large barn.
Linhay (ref 30124) is a beautifully and comfortably furnished country cottage.
Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Utility room. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 single, one with additional pull out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas hob. Electric oven. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge (must be kept on lead).

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 7 acres of landscaped grounds. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m), open Thu - Tue, 8am-12pm, 3pm-7pm. Shared sauna. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

WAS
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£861-£22999
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