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Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
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Pets
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Dray Cottage Ref: HGGB

Set in the heart of rural countryside, this spacious and lavishly furnished barn conversion shares 3 acres of grounds and an all weather tennis court, as well as free access to superb leisure facilities at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, making it an ideal holiday home for families of all ages all year round. Whether for a holiday in the height of summer, enjoying the many attractions and beaches in the area, or for a family gathering in off peak season for a celebration, Dray Cottage is a superb choice. Dartmouth Golf and Country Club is 10 minutes’ drive. Other facilities at the club include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa and gym. Golfers also receive a discount on the green fees.
Dray Cottage is set in the small hamlet of Fallapit, just outside the village of East Allington midway between the towns of Kingsbridge, Totnes and Dartmouth. This AONB has many sandy beaches and stunning coastline very close by, including Blue Flag beaches Slapton Sands, Beesands, East Portlemouth, Bantham, Bigbury and Thurlestone. The town of Dartmouth is nestled on the River Dart and offers boat trips, exclusive shops, galleries, many pubs and some famous restaurants. Totnes, 5 miles up the river, is a town steeped in history, enjoying a colourful and exuberant atmosphere, while Salcombe is another pretty riverside town, boasting a busy estuary with many yachts sailing by and a myriad of interesting shops and pubs in its winding streets. There are several NT properties in the area to explore and some delightful open gardens. With the South Hams coastal path stretching over 60 miles there is great walking and time can be spent exploring the rugged moorland.
A little further afield and well worth a visit is the Eden Project in Cornwall. Riding, sailing, sea and coarse fishing are available locally, as well as a good variety of shopping. Shops 3 miles, pubs ½ mile.

Large entrance hall. Spacious living/dining room with electric woodburner and beams. Large, well-equipped kitchen with French doors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double (5ft) bedrooms, one with TV. Two twin bedrooms, each with pull-out bed (each for +1); one with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three TVs (Sky in living room)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • 3-acres of shared grounds with children’s play area
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Shared tennis court
  • Free use of Golf and Country Club leisure facilities (10 mins’ drive). Other facilities at the club include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa, gym. Discounted green fees for golf
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in grounds

WAS
NOW
£650-£2033
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Rockley Ref: PLLW

Rockley a former oast house, parts of which date back to 1740, is situated in the small hamlet of Tuesnoad near Bethersden. Providing a very high standard of holiday accommodation with oak and slate floors, a delightful decked terrace accessed via French doors leading off the spacious breakfast room, with a cosy log-burner for chilly evenings and some beautiful exposed beams. Set in spacious well kept grounds with a tennis court and fenced heated swimming pool with changing facilities, it provides ideal accommodation for friends and family groups. This is Darling Buds of May territory and every year at Pop Larkin’s Farm close by a classic car show is held for a perfect family day out. Also close by is a 40 acre reindeer centre – a magical visit at Christmas time. Ashford International is only a short car journey away for trips to Paris or Brussels! Other places to visit include Tenterden, the Jewel in the Weald, Biddenden Vineyard which produces wine, cider and apple juice and offers tastings. The South of England’s Rare Breed Centre provides a wonderful opportunity for children to become more “hands on” with the animals, or take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway. For those looking for something different try a ghost tour around Pluckley, the most haunted village in England according to the Guinness Book of Records. Shop and pub 11/2 miles.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. Dining room with oak floor. Kitchen/breakfast room with French doors to terrace and oak floor. Separate toilet with slate floor. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom (6ft zip and link). Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Some exposed beams throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Sky TV
  • Music system
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Two freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Tennis court
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool (30ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6.6ft) June-September
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£2376-£2376
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Millers Cottage Ref: 28433

Millers Cottage, with views over Dymocks Mill pond and the Wych Brook, is situated in stunning countryside down a single-track road. This detached holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property, a corn mill dating back to 1780. Completed to a very good standard, the property has views of the pond and river. Millers Cottage is 3 miles west of the historic village of Malpas, which has two stores, a bakery, two restaurants, butchers, pubs, and a Post Office. It is perfect for exploring the counties of Cheshire and Shropshire as well as North Wales. The Roman city of Chester is within easy driving distance with its amphitheatre, zoo, shopping, and museums. An hour’s drive away is Liverpool’s Albert Dock, Beatles museum, Tate Gallery and the Liverpool One shopping centre. Other places of interest include walking the Sandstone Trail on Bickerton Hills. Beeston Castle is worth a visit, with views over the Cheshire countryside. Cholmondeley Castle with its gardens and tea rooms is nearby, as are National Trust properties Erddig, Chirk Castle and Powys Castle. The Bishop Bennet Way is close by, as are miles of footpaths and cycle ways. For peace and quiet this is the place with an abundance of wildlife to watch; regular visitors are kingfishers, otters, mallards and mandarin ducks, plus garden birds including the Grey Wagtail, nesting in the water wheel. In the evenings see the stars and watch the bats or bring your fishing rod and try to catch your supper. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

9 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with breakfast area, wooden floor and bifold doors. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Video. CD. Gas range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared 1½-acre lawned garden with patio and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.4m) with conservatory, shower and changing facilities, open 8am to 7pm, everyday. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Large pond and brook in garden.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Keepers Lodge Ref: NZ7

This detached fully refurbished Cotswold stone cottage in idyllic surroundings has unspoilt countryside views from every aspect. Set in the grounds of the owner’s own Grade II listed home, it offers the perfect setting for a romantic holiday or retreat with complimentary wine/chocolates on arrival and seasonal use of a 40ft outdoor heated swimming pool with south-facing terraces and sun loungers. Just ½ mile from the quintessential, beautiful Cotswold village of Guiting Power lying on the River Windrush with bakery, P.O./shop and two fine country inns with seasonal food. Within 6 miles are Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe.

Open-plan living space with oak floor, sitting area with countryside views, dining area with French doors, modern oak fitted kitchen and breakfast area. First floor: Double bedroom with period antique 5ft half tester bed. Shower room with marble floor, complimentary toiletries and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Sky TV
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (in external utility store in pool area)
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi broadband
  • Side garden with furniture and lovely views for sole use of guests
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (40ft x 16ft, max depth 8ft) by arrangement with owner (10am to 5pm Mon-Fri, mid June - mid September)
  • Complimentary wine, toiletries
  • No smoking
  • Unsuitable for babies and toddlers

WAS
NOW
£424-£819
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

"Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

A romantic detached ground floor property with its own enclosed garden. Large beamed open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with ‘wood burner’ and French doors to patio. Large double bedroom with contemporary electric fire, LCD TV, free standing roll-top bath with shower attachment and en-suite toilet. Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bunk bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Bamboo floor in all rooms (except bathrooms).

  • ‘Wood burner’ and electricity fire included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Widescreen TV
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Charcoal barbecue
  • Private drive with parking (for 2-3 cars)
  • Wheelchair access
  • Friday to Friday

  • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
  • Two TVs - with Freeview (one TV in DHR, three in DKG)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
  • NB: Pond in grounds

SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX
Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.
* Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)
* Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling
* Sitting area overlooking pool
* Six-person sauna
EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES
Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.
* Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table
* Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker
Outdoor amenities:
* Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres
* Children’s play area with swings
* Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)
* Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Dogs’ exercise paddock

WAS
NOW
£964-£2893
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Situated in rural Norfolk, ten miles from the Sandringham Estate, Ashwood Manor is set by the River Nar and offers both space and comfort, with several sporting activities on offer, and plenty of room to relax amid beautiful surroundings. Adjoining the owners’ home, both properties are located in extensive grounds with gardens, a lake, and an indoor heated swimming pool with sauna. Further facilities include an exercise room, children’s adventure playground and games room.
Ashwood Manor has been renovated and offers comfortable, well furnished rooms, ideal for large parties. There is a spacious sitting room with lovely views over the lake and countryside, separate dining room, and attractive kitchen leading to a conservatory, as well as five bedrooms, one with a king-size four-poster. Ashwood Wing offers smaller but equally comfortable holiday accommodation for a group with fewer people. Guests at both properties have their own enclosed garden and access to the owners’ 7 acres of paddocks; the lake is close to the house but is fenced for safety. Fly-fishing and coarse fishing is available all year round at Narborough trout and coarse lakes ½-mile away. Lake at house available for fun fishing.
The local area offers wonderful woodland/river walks, and the superb gardens and park at Sandringham can be visited when the Royal Family is away. Good places to visit include Castle Rising and Castle Acre. The coast is only 15 miles and is a haven for bird-watchers, with the nearest RSPB reserve at Snettisham, which also has a beautiful church and Park Farm. The long sweep of sandy beach runs from here to Hunstanton and beyond, from where the Norfolk coast path begins. Medieval Kings Lynn, with its handsome waterfront, shops, inns and restaurants is just 8 miles. Swaffham market town, 6 miles. Shop ¾ mile.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms with sloping ceilings; one double with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, and one twin bedroom.

  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • Washer/dryer

  • Wood-burning stove(s) – fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Shared grounds of 7 acres with fenced lake
  • Barbecue
  • Shared children’s adventure playground
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool with coin-operated sauna and changing facilities
  • Hot tub
  • Small exercise room
  • Games room with table tennis, pool table and darts

WAS
NOW
£295-£925
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Wadadli Lodge Ref: HHHP

Wadadli Lodge is something quite unusual. A contemporary, detached, Swedish-style house built of local stone and oak, offering beautiful interior design. The property stands in its own garden, with its own outdoor heated swimming pool and large play field with lake beyond. From the living room, balcony and decked garden, the pool can be viewed so it is easy to keep an eye on the youngsters enjoying themselves splashing around and having fun. The living area boasts high vaulted ceilings with oak flooring, with large glass windows at one end opening onto a large glass balcony overlooking the swimming-pool, play field and lake beyond. Both double bedrooms are en-suite and have French doors which open onto the decked garden.
The holiday property is located just outside of Ivybridge in close proximity to the A38, in countryside ideal for horse riding; many of the fields surrounding have horses and stabling. Ivybridge is located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and a short drive leads up onto the open moorland. In the other direction heading towards the coast there are many beaches, all approximately half an hour’s drive away, including Mothecombe, Bantham, Bigbury and Wembury. Plymouth city centre is 7 miles away with its historical Barbican and Hoe, as well as theatres, cinemas, bowling, pubs, restaurants, concert hall, ice skating, aquarium, ski slope and night clubs. Shops 3 miles.

Two double bedrooms, both with oak floor, French doors to garden and en-suite shower room with toilet and limestone floor. Twin bedroom with oak floor and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and limestone floor. First floor: Open-plan living room with panaromic windows, door to glass balcony, dining area with vaulted ceiling and well-equipped modern kitchen area, all with oak floor.

  • Electricity, full oil underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair by prior arrangement
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with surround sound
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Decked garden with furniture
  • 1-acre play field
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool (32ft x 12ft, depth 4ft to 8ft, heated June, July and August only)
  • No smoking
  • NB: Large pond and stream in the play field

WAS
NOW
£962-£1997
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

"Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award""Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

A very comfortable cottage, with its own private entrance and garden. Full of character, it has been very well furnished and equipped. Entrance into charming, beamed open-plan sitting/dining room with rugs on flagstone floor, inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove and kitchen area with range (for cooking) and Belfast sink. One small step down to twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Master double bedroom with 5ft sleigh bed, sitting area with contemporary electric fire, LCD TV and designer hand wash basin. Step down to double bedroom with LCD TV. Further step down to twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – logs included
  • Electricity fire included
  • Range included
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden with furniture and barbecue

  • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
  • Two TVs - with Freeview (one TV in DHR, three in DKG)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
  • NB: Pond in grounds

SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX
Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.
* Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)
* Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling
* Sitting area overlooking pool
* Six-person sauna
EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES
Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.
* Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table
* Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker
Outdoor amenities:
* Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres
* Children’s play area with swings
* Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)
* Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Dogs’ exercise paddock

WAS
NOW
£880-£2749
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
8
Pets
3

Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings occupy a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a
500-acre dairy and arable farm. Both are full of charm and character and are set around a shared outdoor heated swimming pool. Manor Farm Barn is detached, the larger of the holiday properties, and is arranged over three floors, offering eight en-suite bedrooms. The spacious living room has a beamed ceiling and French doors out to the courtyard, and there is a large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with range. Churn House offers four bedrooms, and boasts attractive brick and flint walls with pine panelling in the kitchen/dining room. Each has its own patio with furniture and bbq, and shared use of a games room. Children will enjoy watching the farm activities, with ducks and hens on site. There are bridle paths extending from the farm and many lovely walks to enjoy, with several inns nearby and a village pub just 150 yds away. The area is rich in history, and the landscape featured in Thomas Hardy’s novels. Nearby is Tolpuddle, made famous by the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Clouds Hill (NT) where Lawrence of Arabia lived, and Athelhampton, a 15th-century manor house set in fine gardens. The Dorset Coast is only 12 miles away, with unspoilt chalk cliffs, and the notable beauty spot of Lulworth Cove. Shop 11/2 miles.

Entrance hall with cloakroom and toilet. Large central hall with vaulted beamed ceiling, flagstone floor and minstrel gallery. Spacious living room with wood-burning stove, arrow slit windows, rugs on flagstone floor and French doors to patio. Two steps to large dining room with wooden floor and French doors to further patio area. Two steps to well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room with hand-made French-style units, combined fuel range, flagstone floor and French doors to patio. Twin bedroom with zip & link bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet, and two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with zip & link beds, each with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Single bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Range – fuel included
  • Wi-fi

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs (one widescreen)
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared enclosed courtyard
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Games room with table football, pool table, table tennis, children’s toys, two toilets and kitchen
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (15ft x 30ft, depth range 3ft to 5ft, open 15 April- 15 October)

Note: DPU and DPT can be booked together to sleep 23 people, making it an ideal venue for corporate events and large families or groups. By prior arrangement, catering can also be provided and the games room can be converted into a conference room

WAS
NOW
£1337-£3984
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
Copperfield Ref: HOOG

This impressive, detached late Victorian merchant’s house enjoys a delightful outlook across the River Torridge to the pretty port town of Bideford with its pastel-coloured houses alongside a tree-lined quay. The house has been completely refurbished in a light and airy contemporary style whilst retaining much of its original charm and character. Equipped to a very high standard and arranged over three floors, there is plenty of space for family and friends to gather, but also to escape to a quiet corner. Pretty gardens surround the holiday property and offer plenty of space for al fresco dining, summer barbecues and for the children to let off steam. The panoramic views from the living areas and many of the bedrooms are breathtaking, and with a fenced 18ft 6in outdoor heated swimming pool, terrace, hot tub and sheer indulgence of the cinema room with 50in plasma TV, HD projector and 84in screen, surround sound, Xbox 360, Wii and PS3, together with Cat 5 wired network, it will be hard to leave this unique property.
On the doorstep there is plenty to see and do with the famous Tarka Trail 2 minutes’ walk away for walking or cycling. Alternatively, meander around the many delightful shops, pubs and restaurants that Bideford has to offer, with its regular pannier and waterfront markets, all within a 10-minute stroll of the property.
Visitors can take a boat trip to the nature reserve at Lundy Island or explore many pretty fishing villages including nearby Clovelly and Appledore. Instow is just 2 miles away and is a pretty, unspoilt seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes, fishermen’s cottages, shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants specialising in locally caught seafood. The wide, golden sandy beach of Westward Ho!, popular with surfers, is just 3 miles away with Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe a short drive across the Taw Estuary.
There are numerous NT properties in the area including Arlington and Hartland Abbey, as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Hartland Quay and Lighthouse are well worth a visit and for family fun, the Big Sheep and the Milky Way Adventure Parks are close by. Golf, riding, fishing, surfing, mountain boarding, karting and high ropes are available locally and the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin moors are all within easy driving distance, as is the famous Eden Project. With so much to discover in this lovely part of North Devon, this is the perfect holiday choice. Shops ¼ mile, pubs 300 yards.

Large porch. Large living room with open fire, window seat and river view to Bideford. Double door to spacious well-equipped kitchen with quartz worktops, TV and central island, open-plan with large dining room with window seat and river view, double doors to terrace and river views to Bideford. Utility/laundry room. Cinema room with TV. Oak floors throughout ground floor, except cinema room. First floor: Two large double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and river view; one with en-suite bathroom with TV, Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Further small double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for alternative sleeping only). Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Large double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with TV, modern roll-top bath, twin basins, walk-in shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with river views to Bideford, modern roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Open fire - initial logs included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas (partial underfloor) central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Eleven TVs (satellite and Freeview)
  • Five DVDs
  • HD projector, screen and surround sound
  • X-box 360
  • Wii
  • PS3
  • 6-ring hob and double oven
  • Microwave
  • Two washing machines
  • Two tumble dryers
  • Two dishwashers
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Computer with wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking on drive (for 4 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Outdoor, above-ground swimming pool (18ft 6in x 11ft, depth 4ft), heated May-September
  • Hot tub
  • No smoking
  • Friday to
    Friday

WAS
NOW
£1454-£4376
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Tischler House Ref: NJH

A fabulous detached house on the Lower Mill Estate in Somerford Keynes, a development of stunning, contemporary homes situated in a private 450-acre natural reserve. The gated and managed estate comprises woodland and meadows crossed by three rivers and surrounded by serene lakes. Tischler House has an enviable position located on a peninsula on the largest lake, Somerford Lagoon, and has magnificent, uninterrupted views across water. The holiday property is unique on the estate as it has its own heated outdoor pool, a sunken hot tub, changing area, a covered seating area and extensive decking. In addition to the house’s facilities, guests can enjoy the Estate’s ArtSpa (free use with ArtSpa passes, £25 refundable deposit required) comprising indoor and outdoor heated pools (66ft 7in), eco-pool, sauna, steam room, gym and treatments by arrangement and a hard tennis court, nature trails and cycle tracks. Shop 200 yards.

Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, oak wooden floor, French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking decked and paved area, open-plan with kitchen with electric double oven, modern fitted units and black granite work surfaces. TV room with wall mounted plasma screen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed, French doors to small balcony overlooking lakes and en-suite shower room and toilet with heated towel rail and mosaic ceramic tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and built-in wardrobes, overlooking lakes. Twin bedroom with built-in wardrobes. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet, heated towel rail and slate floor. Second floor: Double bedroom overlooking lakes. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet heated towel rail and tiled floor. Airing room.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full gas central heating included (October-March £25 per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Bose iPod dock
  • Electric double oven included
  • Built-in microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large decked area with furniture
  • 450 acres of woodlands and meadows
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 13ft, depth range 3ft to 6ft) open Easter - 31 October, with changing facilities
  • Hot tub open Easter - 31 October
  • Two kayaks and canoe/rowing boat available
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced lake 10 yards, lakes and rivers in grounds

WAS
NOW
£1209-£2879
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

Set in quiet country lane, this well maintained detached cottage is perfect for a family holiday, celebration or get together with friends. Steeped in character, with beams and a wood burning-stove in the spacious family/dining room, it is set in a delightful garden, which is perfect for alfresco dining, with views over open countryside with the added benefit of an outdoor swimming pool heated by solar panels. There is also use of an orchard across the road which is ideal for picnics, and guests are welcome to pick the fruit in season. With a bespoke kitchen and a sitting room with wood-burning stove, there is room for all the family to spread out. Just a few minutes drive away is the historic market town of Framlingham, which has range of interesting shops, restaurants and cafes all housed in buildings of many ages, there is also a 12th-century castle, a splendid example of Norman architecture. Conveniently placed to explore the delights of Suffolk, in one direction are the charming coastal towns of Aldeburgh, famous for its fish and chips and links with Benjamin Britten, and Southwold, famous for its pier and colourful beach huts, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Orford and the RSPB reserve at Minsmere. Whilst in the other direction visitors can enjoy the riverside market town of Woodbridge with a swimming pool and independent cinema, the ancient burial ground at Sutton Hoo (NT) and the Victorian seaside resort of Felixstowe. Shop 1 mile and pub 2¼ miles.

Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors, tiled floor and well-equipped kitchen with Aga (for cooking) breakfast area and oak floor. Sitting room with wood-burning stove. Utility. Twin bedroom with wood-burning stove. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Beams throughout. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, dressing area and en-suite shower room with toilet. Further double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Oil Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, ½-acre lawned garden with furniture
  • Use of orchard
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Enclosed, outdoor, heated swimming pool (open May-September)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£702-£2302
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