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"An idyllic Lakeland setting in 4 acres of woodland on the western shores of Lake Windermere at the heart of the beautiful Lake District. . ."

A superb detached house with large secluded enclosed courtyard with patio furniture and annexe to the main house with bedroom and shower room. Ideal for couples and extended family groups, sharing all the on-site facilities.
Living room with wood-burning stove in feature slate fireplace. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Utility. Twin bedroom. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with TV, each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Annexe: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Graythwaite Cottages offer the opportunity for an exceptional holiday experience. The original buildings of this unique Victorian ‘model farmstead’ have been tastefully refurbished to a very high standard. They provide not only superb holiday accommodation, but also an outstanding range of facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis and a fitness suite. The stunning location offers plenty of gloriously natural space to visitors and a one-mile walk (which crosses a road) leads to private frontage on the softly lapped shores of Windermere itself. A 2½-acre stocked lake provides free trout fishing and, at the hub of the estate, beautiful Graythwaite Hall’s lovely surrounding gardens are open to the public in the spring.
The cottages form part of the Graythwaite Estate, which has been in the same family since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and remained intact as a large working estate throughout four centuries. The farmstead, from which the cottages have been formed, was built in 1890 and its position was chosen at a time when the popularity of the Lake District was just beginning to rise in wealthy Victorian circles. Thus the tranquillity and beauty which first captivated visitors to this area can still be enjoyed in heavenly surroundings where peace reigns supreme.
Visitors are well placed to explore the extraordinary and dramatic scenery for which the Lakes are so famous. Hilltop Farm at Near Sawrey, the cottage where Beatrix Potter’s imagination was stirred to create Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, is just 4 miles away. At Hawkshead (4 miles) there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings and illustrations. Within 10 miles are Rydal Fell, Rydal Water, Grasmere and the cottage of the poet who made them famous and brought the Lake District to the attention of the world, William Wordsworth.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway (4 miles) runs through the valley of the River Leven; its trains connect with a leisurely steamer going to the busy, cosmopolitan town of Bowness-on-Windermere. The steamer also wends its way further north to Waterhead, the stop for the pretty little town of Ambleside. Shops 4 miles, pubs 3 miles.


  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Oil central heating included
  • Travel cot
  • Additional digital TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed courtyard with patio and
    furniture

  • Electricity and bed linen included
  • Towels available for hire on request (provided for overseas visitors)
  • High chair by arrangement
  • Digital TV
  • Microwave
  • Shared washing machine on request
  • Shared heated drying room
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared patio with furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Shared 4-acre grounds
  • Parking
  • Fly fishing foc
  • Table tennis available
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 5ft), open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
  • Fitness suite with treadmill, bikes and multi-gym £20 per person per week (£15 per short break) poa
  • Bicycle hire
  • Natural purified lake water supply
  • NB:Lakeside frontage (1 mile)

SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool with limited changing facilities, open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
  • Four acres of shared woodland grounds
  • Trout lake, 2½ acres with free fly fishing
  • Fitness suite with aerobic and toning equipment £20 pp pw (£15 per short break) poa
  • Private lake frontage
  • Bicycle hire nearby
  • Dedicated children’s play area

WAS
NOW
£2057-£2057
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
4
Hill Farm Barn Ref: E4252

Set on 250 glorious acres of private farmland, these two luxurious contemporary barn conversions enjoy breathtaking panoramic views to the Lakeland fells and the mountains of Ingleborough and Whernside – the highest of the Yorkshire Dales’ Three Peaks. A haven of tranquillity, this wonderful country holiday location lies at the northern crest of the Forest of Bowland. On the farm, a rural idyll where lambs gambol in the spring, there is plenty of space to relax and unwind, and it’s always fun to watch the cows being milked and gain an insight into farming life. The barns boast spacious and beautifully furnished interiors and each has a separate garden and patio area in the shared enclosed grounds. Bookable as completely self contained properties, or as one large property sleeping up to 14 persons, they are set amidst meadows, 300 yards from the owners’ farmhouse and dairy buildings. Village shops and pubs 2 miles.

Roeburndale Barn and Ingleborough Barn can be interconnected to provide accommodation for 12 + 2 children + 2 cots.
Roeburndale Barn:- Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.
Ingleborough Barn:- Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and beams/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft). 1 twin with two additional pull out singles (for children). Bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and toilet.

Hot tub.

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Private water supply. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£1053-£2628
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Hazelnut Cottage Ref: 30402

Hazelnut Cottage is an ideal holiday house for a family or a group get-together. It boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool, private hot tub for six guests and a decked area, great for barbecues, and sits in over an acre of shared lawned gardens where both guests’ and owner’s dogs are free to roam. The River Hamble and the surrounding stunning scenery can be accessed by public footpaths close by. Popular places include Southampton and Portsmouth, both being within easy driving distance and with plenty of maritime heritage where you can discover famous battleships such as Nelson’s ’Victory’ or ’The Mary Rose’. There is also excellent retail shopping outlets, entertainment and harbour-side dining. Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve nearby is great for birdwatchers and The New Forest offers spectacular delights. Within easy driving distance are Porchester Castle, Beaulieu Motor Museum and Winchester Cathedral. Family activities locally include Marwell Zoo, Peppa Pig World and beaches including Lee-on-the-Solent. Further afield you can take the ferry to the Isle of Wight from Southampton, or can travel by train to London within an hour. There are golf courses nearby as well as free use of a tennis court. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with patio doors. Utility room/second kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 4 double, one (6ft) with additional single sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and en-suite shower room (no toilet), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Seven satellite TVs (movie package). Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Electric cooker. Additional gas hob. Two additional electric ovens. Two microwaves. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Two dishwashers. Freezer. Two fridge/freezers. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with decked patio, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Outdoor heated swimming pool (7.5m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 2.4m), open May-August. Hot tub (April-September). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 8 steps to garden.

WAS
NOW
£1080-£2974
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
11
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.

This extensive and magnificent house with its own private patio leading from the spacious kitchen/breakfast room is set in the Mill’s landscaped grounds and enjoys splendid views up the valley over a meadow bounded by a stream. The building was once the ‘fulling and tucking mill’ to the original paper mill, but it has now been tastefully converted to form a spectacular house on two levels offering generous accommodation. There are inner and outer halls, and a palatial 32-ft living room with arched stone fireplace, alcoves and exposed timbers. The fine dining room features a panelled wall (from the original ‘dye room’) and there is a separate sitting room. The enormous kitchen/breakfast room is fitted in farmhouse-style, with modern appliances – including split-level cooker, dishwasher, washing machine/tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. There is a separate utility room and walk-in larder. Cloakroom/toilet. Shower room with power shower. French doors lead from the kitchen to the patio and grounds. First floor: Master double bedroom leading on to balcony with superb valley views. Separate dressing room with additonal 2ft 6in single bed (for +1), sauna and bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet Four further bedrooms; one double with 5ft bed and three twin. Main bathroom and toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
  • Electricity, oil-fired central heating, hot water and use of swimming pools £230 per week or £115 short breaks
  • Travel cot
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • DVD
  • Mini radio/CD
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Extra fridge
  • Private garden
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 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).

Note: This splendid house adjoins Mill Leat and can be booked in conjunction with it – to form superb accommodation sleeping a total of 12+1 people

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
NOW
£1162-£3305
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

"An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

Large living room with multi-fuel burner and beams. Large well-equipped kitchen with three steps down to spacious dining room with wood-burning stove, tiled floor and French doors to terrace. Large wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with wash basin; one with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • High chair
  • Six satellite TVs (two 42’’ plasma)
  • Two DVDs
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Slopes in garden

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Cot (except DQP)
  • TV
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
  • Fridge/freezer (except DQM & DQL)
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone (games room)
  • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
  • No smoking
  • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
* Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
* Sauna
* Hard tennis court
* Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
* Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

WAS
NOW
£1103-£2613
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
9
Pets
2
Hall Farm Ref: CTO

Dating back to the 18th century, this elegant and spacious grade II listed farmhouse stands detached, with lawned gardens and exclusive use of an indoor heated swimming pool with an outdoor spa tub and indoor sauna. It offers a substantial venue for large families or groups wishing to holiday together. The house boasts a well-appointed kitchen with double Aga, spacious bedrooms and a games room kitted out for all ages including a table tennis table. It is set amongst rural countryside with a network of quiet lanes offering good walking and cycling from the door. The highly acclaimed Church Farm, Stow Bardolph Rare Breeds Centre, Denver Windmill, sailing club and pay-and-play golf course, Welney Wildfowl Trust, the award-winning Hare Arms pub and Downham Market with its Friday and Saturday markets, are all within easy reach. There is also easy access to the lovely sandy beaches, RSPB nature and bird reserves along the North Norfolk Coast.
The market town of Downham Market (6 miles) boasts a direct rail link to Ely, Cambridge and London (1hr 20mins). It has a supermarket, shops, restaurants, inns, post office and bank. The medieval town of Kings Lynn (8 miles), complete with handsome waterfront offers an array of good shops, inns, restaurants, theatre, cinema, bowling alley and a sports centre. Both west and north Norfolk have an expanse of sandy beaches and salt marshes along the coastline, as well as nature reserves to protect the birds and plants which thrive here. The coastal road passes through many pretty rural villages, with popular tea rooms serving wonderful local food.
For those who enjoy a visit to the beach whilst on holiday, the seaside resorts of Hunstanton and Heacham boast beaches and array of traditional seaside activities and attractions for all ages. Hunstanton (22 miles) has a pier with lively seasonal entertainment, Sea Life Centre and cliff-top golf course. Heacham (20 miles) is home to Norfolk Lavender and visitors may participate in guided tours of the expanse of lavender fields to observe the harvesting. Sandringham Estate - the Queens country residence, with its Jacobean-style house, museum, superb gardens and park are open to the public when the Royal Family is not in residence. To the south lies Ely Cathedral, ‘Ship of the Fens’, standing proudly in the small city of Ely. Ely has an excellent Saturday market and a good variety of gift shops, as well as a pretty water front and boat hire. The historic city of Cambridge is easily accessible for the day and well worth a visit. One of the nicest ways to explore the city is by punt, which meanders through the city and passes many of the stunning university grounds. There are also many shops, pubs, restaurants and theatres. Norwich, famous for its cathedral is also within easy reach, where a visit to the stunning cathedral is not to be missed, as is the famous mustard shop, with many new and old varieties can be purchased. Shops 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

Entrance hall. Small sunny reading room with open fire. Living room with open fire and French doors to garden. Dining room with decorative old-fashioned Range French door to terrace. Sitting room with TV. Well-appointed kitchen/breakfast room with oil double Aga and two electric cookers. Games room with door to courtyard. Two separate toilets. Galleried floor: 4 steps to twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet (also accessed via separate staircase from dining room). Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: One double bedroom and three twin bedrooms (one double room has interconnecting door to twin). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. Second mezzanine bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: Three twin bedrooms (all with interconnecting lockable doors).

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two cots
  • Three high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Video (small library)
  • Oil double Aga (spring, autumn and winter only) included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • Freezer
  • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (34ft x 15ft, depth 5ft) with sauna, outdoor spa, shower and changing facilities
  • Games room with table tennis table and table football
  • Home-made cakes by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£2472-£5048
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
9
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.

The Mill House (ref ISU) is one of a small group of cottages in a delightful courtyard setting which stands under the shadow of the famous White Horse on the Howardian Hills. Converted from farm buildings that once served the hall, and dating back to 1685, they retain much original character, with a wealth of exposed beams and stonework. The cottage also comes equipped with a fine kitchen fitted with AEG appliances, wonderful bathroom (wth state-of-the-art walk-in showers), leather sofas and large televisions.
Very large sitting room with electric fire, TV and beamed ceiling. Dining room with door to swimming pool. Large, well-equipped kitchen/dining/living room. Second kitchen. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two separate toilets. Central staircase to first floor: Galleried landing. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second separate staircase to three further bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet; two double (one with 5ft bed) and one twin bedroom.

  • Electric fire included
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Two washing machines
  • Washer/dryer
  • Large shared courtyard with patio and furniture

  • 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
£1715-£4196
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
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.

A 16th-century Grade II listed manor house retaining many original features including corniced ceilings, Georgian sash windows with original character shutters and window seats overlooking the gardens. Enter through the stained glass door into the large entrance hall with wide staircase and original oak spindled banisters. Light and airy living room with dual-aspect windows and electric ‘coal-effect’ fire. Traditionally furnished, beamed dining room with ‘living-flame’ gas fire. Each with window seats and shutters. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area, large range cooker and granite worktops. Well-stocked library with open fire in inglenook and many antique books. Lower ground floor: Games room with pool table. Fitness room with multi-gym, sauna, shower cubicle and toilet. Wide staircase from entrance hall to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, original panelled walls and en-suite shower room (no toilet). Further double bedroom with vanity sink. Two cosy twin bedrooms. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Shower room with large walk-in shower, double sinks and toilet. All double bedrooms with TV and seating area.

  • Open fire – fuel included
  • Full oil central heating included
  • Additional travel cot and high chair
  • Four Freeview TVs (one widescreen satellite)
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Secluded walled garden with swings and furniture
  • Parking
  • Games room for sole use of guests at KKU with pool table
  • Fitness room with multi-gym and sauna
  • Friday to Friday

  • 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

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£692-£2169
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
The Granary Ref: PFFK

With outstanding views over the Tillingham Valley at the end of a private drive in a farm setting, this splendid detached, oak-beamed converted granary dates back to 1850 and has been completed to a very good standard, with galleried oak staircase, latch oak doors and part-beamed throughout. For guests’ further enjoyment there is an internal games room and a table tennis table situated in an open bay garage opposite the holiday property. There is also shared use of the owner’s outdoor heated swimming pool by arrangement (May to September). For walkers and cyclists there are tracks and paths to be explored on the doorstep. Visit Rye with its antiquarian bookshops, potteries, antiques and art galleries. The Heritage Centre boasts the Town Model Sound and Light Show and a unique exhibition of working old pier slot machines! Explore the golden sands at Camber; visit Hastings and watch the fishermen land the days catch; ride the Kent and East Sussex Vintage Steam Railway or choose from the many beautiful gardens to explore - Great Dixter, historic castles, Bodiam or local vineyards. Coarse fishing by arrangement and golf locally. Shops 2 miles, pub ½ mile.

Spacious living room with gas woodburner on plinth and oak floor. Kitchen/dining room with Aga, electric cooker and quarry-tiled floor. Utility. Twin bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle, toilet and separate dressing room with single bed (alternative sleeping only for child), and one with wash basin. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Electricity, full LPG, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Gas Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Shared use of owner’s outdoor heated swimming pool by arrangement (May-September)
  • Games room with TV, table tennis, pool table and table football
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£991-£2356
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

"Winner of the Yorkshire Tourist Board’s Self-Catering Holiday of the Year Award four times so quality is assured... indoor pool and sauna . . . delightful location on edge of National Park. . ."

Beech Farm Cottages offer award winning standards of quality and facilities in a quiet village setting at the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors. The pretty cluster of eight cottages, four of which are featured here, not only have ‘4 Star’ or ‘5 Star’ accommodation, but also have additional features such as an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, gardens, sun terrace, paddock, children’s play area, two llamas, ponies, chickens and ducks. Beech Farm Cottages have a Gold Award from VisitEngland for their ‘exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service,’ have won the Yorkshire Holiday Cottage of the Year four times and they also have a ‘Green Tourism’ award.
The cottages are set around a pretty courtyard and gardens backing onto open fields. Converted from Grade II listed stone buildings, they retain much of the original charm and character, with beams throughout. The interiors are superbly finished, furnished and equipped and the three larger cottages are rated ‘5 Star’ by the VisitEngland. The indoor heated swimming pool for the exclusive use of visitors to Beech Farm, has a sauna and spa. All the holiday cottages enjoy the shared use of a walled garden, sun terrace, paddock, children’s play area, barbecue area and two llamas, ponies, chickens and ducks in the field.


The small village of Wrelton - listed in the Domesday book - is on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, which has over 500 sq miles of moorland and forests, and there are country and woodland walks which start in the village. It has a cosy pub within easy walking distance. The North Yorkshire Moors National Park starts only a couple of miles up the road and the heritage coast is within easy reach. Walking, golf, riding, fishing and numerous village pubs and restaurants are all available within a few miles. The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway runs from the picturesque market town of Pickering just three miles away. Pickering also has a castle and museum as well as pubs, shops and a range of restaurants. The delights of the seaside are only just over half an hour’s drive away where unspoilt sandy beaches (Runswick Bay, Filey), historic fishing ports (Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay) and resort attractions (Scarborough) can be found. The walled city of York with its minster, museums and historic centre is within 40 minutes’ drive. Other local attractions include Castle Howard, Flamingo Land theme park and zoo, and Rievaulx Abbey. Shops 2 miles.

Built in a mixture of brick and stone, this very spacious property has five bedrooms, four bath (or shower) rooms and is graded ‘5 Star’. Entrance through covered patio into, spacious, fully equipped modern kitchen. Dining room. Large living room with second entrance. Second ‘snug’ sitting-room with additional TV. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Large bathroom and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

  • £25 heating supplement for Winter short breaks only
  • Two TVs (one Freeview)
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Covered entrance patio
  • Paddock and meadowland field of 2½ acres
  • Children’s play area
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (open all year round – early morning to late evening) with changing room, shower and toilet
  • Sauna (coin-operated – open at pool times)
  • Spa
  • Adult and children’s bicycles available foc

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fires included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chairs by arrangement
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine, two tumble dryers (coin-operated), ironing facilities
  • Wi-fi
  • Fax and e-mail service available
  • Parking
  • No smoking

OUTSTANDING INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa
  • Sauna (coin-operated), changing and shower facilities
  • Well-equipped children’s play and climbing area
  • Walled garden with koi carp pond
  • Paddock and 2½-acre field
  • Barbecue areas
  • Llamas, ponies, chickens and ducks
  • 29 Freeview digital TV channels and 20 digital radio stations

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£794-£2752
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Beechcroft House Ref: B4802

Set in 3 acres of private woodland, which includes 1/4 acre of lawned landscape garden, this well-equipped, spacious house has good views of woods and farmland. Enjoying a pleasant and quiet holiday location, guests benefit from being able to walk along a nearby bridlepath to Shalden. Although care will need to be taken with children around the fenced pond, with waterfall and pond side patio and during use of the outdoor pool with Jacuzzi/spa feature. The spacious gardens also include an area for badminton, a pergola with seating, a gas barbecue, and a children’s slide. Whilst in the natural woodland clearing, there is seating, picnic tables and parasols. The pleasant town of Alton offers a choice of amenities. Also within easy reach, is Winchester once the joint capital with London, the beautiful Meon Valley and the South Downs, Bird World, Marwell Zoo, Thorpe Park and Legoland; as is Jane Austen’s house in nearby Chawton as is the Watercress Steam Railway and London main line rail services. Fly and coarse fishing within 5 miles (by arr). Close by, watch gliders and balloonists, or have a go yourself. Pub (open all day) 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory/dining room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Z-bed available (for child).

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Digital TV. Video. DVD. Games console. Stereo/CD. Range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone. Spacious grounds and furniture. Two balconies. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. Outdoor heated swimming pool (6m x 2.1m, depth 1m), open Easter-late October. Games room with full-size snooker table, small table for children and darts. Outdoor table tennis (under marquee). NB: Fenced pond and waterfall in grounds.

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£1341-£3196
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
Fairfield House Ref: 19629

Outdoor heated swimming pool (May to September)

Charming family holiday house situated in 1-acre of landscaped gardens. The gardens come complete with koi pond, swimming pool, large covered oak framed barbecue and seating and nine hole putting green. This beautiful property also offers parking for 6 cars, 4 adult bikes and separate games room, which are all surrounded by farmland. It offers a well-equipped kitchen including a tall American fridge/freezer and also two additional fridges. Ideal holiday base for country walks and cycle rides (bike hire available). In addition, there are hot air balloon flights in the village on request and a local golf complex. Ashford town is 6 miles away offering a spectacular designer shopping outlet, rail links to London/Paris, also shuttle/ferry nearby for channel crossings. Local attractions include coastal resorts Camber Sands, Dymchurch and Littlestone. Within driving distance of the property, you can also visit Woodchurch Rare Breeds Centre, Port Lympne Zoo, Leeds and Dover Castles, golf courses, RH&D miniature steam railway and Chapel Down Winery, plus historic Canterbury, Rye and Tenterden. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast bar and slate floor. Breakfast area/utility room with French doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, (two 5ft), one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with shower cubicle, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. CD. Oil Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. 1-acre landscaped garden with decking area and furniture. Ample parking. Wendy house. Outdoor swimming pool (10.5m x 5.1m; depth 0.9m to 3m) heated May-September, with Roman steps and changing room with toilet. Games room with table tennis, football table, pool table and darts. Barbecue and putting available May-September. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a fenced pond in the garden.

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£807-£1814
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