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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3

Outdoor heated swimming pool

Set amid 101/2-acre grounds, complete with outdoor heated swimming pool and children’s play area, these four holiday properties occupy a beautiful setting. The 16th century, Grade I listed detached thatched farmhouse can accommodate up to 8, and is rich in character features including an inglenook fireplace in both the living and dining rooms. The three adjoining cottages, named after British apples, have been imaginatively converted from former fruit barns. All four properties have a private garden or courtyard, whilst enjoying the freedom to roam the grounds and make the most of the shared facilities. Ideal for exploring South Devon with its stunning coastline, and resorts such as Dawlish and Teignmouth. Rugged Dartmoor is only a short drive, and many family attractions are within easy reach including Castle Drogo (NT), Fingle Bridge and Gorge and Canonteign Falls and Country Park. Within 10 miles of the old cathedral city of Exeter, with its many varied attractions including a race course, shopping, antique shops, guided tours and a host of summer festivals. Fishing on the River Teign, 3 miles. Golf 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Curved stairs to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (one four-poster), one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin, one with additional single (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included. CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Ample parking. NB: Sloping garden to stream.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped and wooded grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue (until December 2014). Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (36m x 13m, depth 0.9m to 2.1m, open 1st May to 30th September) with changing facilities. Shared games room with pool table and darts (April-October only). Mini-gym room with cross trainer, running machine and weights. Shared children’s play area with wendy house, swings and slide. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£986-£2292
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Wayside House Ref: KAAL

This stunning, detached, contemporary farmhouse is set on its own in the heart of the Culm Valley with the most fantastic views across to the Blackdown Hills (designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Wayside House is the perfect place for a short break, an extended holiday or celebration with family and friends. The holiday property provides bathrobes, has a large games room, fantastic outdoor play equipment and a covered, heated swimming pool with separate wet room and changing room - this property really is a fabulous holiday house, and a perfect rural get-away! Adjacent to the pool is a paved terrace with a gas barbecue, and overlooks acres of rolling pasture and farmland. Across the brick pavure parking area is the annexe suite, furnished with a double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet for an additional 2 guests.
The Virginia creeper-covered traditional red-brick and slate roof exterior hides a stunningly contemporary interior of glass doors, underfloor heating throughout, maple hardwood furniture, double-glazed oak-framed windows, halogen downlighters, light wells and all the trimmings in brushed stainless steel. From here there are views across the beautiful Culm Valley into the heart of the Blackdown Hills. There are electric gates and entry phone.
There is so much to see and do locally when visiting Wayside House. This peaceful group of hills which lies on the border of Devon and Somerset has survived almost unscathed by post-war development. To the north the land rises steeply in a dramatic wooded scarp, while to the south it forms a plateau, deeply dissected by valleys. On top of the plateau lie open windswept spaces, while in the valleys, picturesque chertstone, cob and thatched buildings cluster in villages and hamlets, surrounded by a patchwork of small enclosed fields, and accessed down narrow winding lanes with tall hedgerows. Local pubs serving superb food are nearby including a fantastic local shop and cafe in Culmstock village 1 mile away.
Set in a stunning rural location, Wayside House is the perfect sumptous getaway and guests can even take their horse (at an extra cost), as there is spacious comfortable American barn stabling with full livery (optional) just 5 minutes’ walk away. After a long day’s riding, there is the indoor heated swimming pool to relax in. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Large entrance hallway. Spacious living room with leather sofas, maple floor and spectacular views. Dining room with maple floor opening to well-equipped kitchen with electric range and walk-in larder. Utility. Conservatory/sitting-room with air conditioning and 40" TV. Games room with TV. Separate toilet. Open-tread, turning, feature glass and stainless steel staircase to first floor: Galleried landing. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only), dressing room and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Further double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate annexe: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only), and en-suite wet room (no toilet).

  • Gas log-effect fire included
  • Electricity, gas, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair on request
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • Range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Gas barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (in grounds), 32ft x 16ft 6in, depth 4ft - 4ft 9in
  • Games room with Wii, pool table and air hockey
  • Outdoor play equipment including table tennis, climbing frame and swing
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Patio ha-ha (6ft drop from terrace)

WAS
NOW
£1709-£4499
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

"Deep in Tarka the Otter country where the river glides beneath the trees and time stands still..."

Orford Mill lies alongside the River Torridge in a beautiful wooded valley, nestled below the historic town of Torrington. With its air of peace and tranquillity, abundant wildflowers and river life, it became the setting for Henry Williamson’s magical story of Tarka the Otter. Indeed, the mill wheel in which Tarka hid from the hound Deadlock was at Orford Mill. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away.
The complex consists of a Grade II listed water mill and manor house, now converted into nine delightful cottages, all equipped to Visit Britain ‘4 Star’ standard. Most overlook the charming ornamental courtyard with its ponds and flowerbeds. Riverside is detached and overlooks the river. All cottages retain character features such as exposed beams and stonework, and each is furnished in an individual style to a very high standard. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, with lovely river views, as well as an all-weather tennis court, games room and fenced outdoor children’s play area. There is an on-site cafe with wi-fi (open 9am-9pm). In addition, fishing rights are available on 200 yards of river (bring own licence, or avail locally at cost). All the waterways are safely fenced.
The countryside around Orford Mill is dotted with sleepy villages nestled among the hills, while extensive woodlands, traversed by many footpaths, offer the chance to experience the area’s natural beauty at close quarters. Adjacent to the grounds are the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor, and other local attractions include Dartington Crystal, offering a factory tour and visitor centre. Great Torrington is only a mile away with good shopping and amenities, and there is golf at nearby Hartland. Orford Mill adjoins Torrington Common which extends to 365 acres, incorporating 20 miles of footpaths. The common is a haven for wildlife. The ‘Big Sheep’ and ‘Milky Way’ theme parks are each less than 10 miles away.
The River Torridge runs downstream to the ancient port of Bideford, still with a working quay offering boat trips out to Lundy Island. Just around the corner is the attractive little town of Appledore with its colourful houses and narrow streets. To either side lies Devon’s most spectacular stretch of coastal scenery – a chain of magnificent cliffs and rocky promontories, interspersed here and there by long flat sandy beaches, where the Atlantic breakers roll in to create ideal surfing conditions. There are splendid beaches at Instow and Westward Ho!, the latter bordered by the Royal North Devon Golf Club, and the Northam Nature Reserve. Further west is the supremely picturesque Clovelly, whose narrow, cobbled main street descends at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. To the south, the cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
Orford Mill offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. Excellent as a touring base, it makes a good choice for a holiday whatever the weather. Shop ½ mile.

This three-storey property is a converted former mill enjoying river and countryside views, with the original mill wheel still in place. Open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner and 42in plasma TV. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Family bathroom. Second floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Family bathroom. Separate toilet. Low ceilings on second floor.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • DVD
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
  • Cot, travel cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV with digital terrestrial channels
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi (in on-site café, open 9am - 9pm)
  • Shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture
  • Gas barbecues for hire by arrangement
  • Ample parking
  • Shared games room with pool table, games machines
  • Shared outside area with table tennis
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12ft x 33ft) with changing and shower facilities
  • Shared hard all weather tennis court (bring own equipment, and tennis shoes – no trainers)
  • Professional tennis ball machine with wide speed variation from 12-80 mph for hire (over 16s only)
  • On-site river fishing (bring own licence, or available locally at cost)
  • Children’s play area with swings and playhouse
  • Heidi’s Hideaway (playroom for toddlers and young children)
  • Adventure fort
  • No smoking
  • NB: Securely fenced river on-site
  • Main TV in each cottage is linked (via colour video.audio camera) to its own individual bird box, providing live images on TV

WAS
NOW
£993-£3113
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Balcony View Ref: 28276

Sole use of heated indoor swimming pool

Balcony View, as the name implies, has stunning views across open countryside from the first floor balcony and adjoins the owners’ home. With a spacious dining room/kitchen on the ground floor, there is also a living room on the first floor. Also on the ground floor is a games room, with a full-size snooker table, and guests also have sole use of an indoor heated swimming pool. Centrally located, there is easy access to the countryside and coastline of Suffolk and Norfolk. Nearby attractions include Stonham Barns, with its 9-hole golf course and fishing lake, Needham Lake and Nature Reserve, and the Museum of East Anglian Life. The nearby towns of Needham Market and Stowmarket have a wide range of shops and restaurants. Stowmarket also has a leisure centre and direct trains to London (1½ hours). Situated in the heart of Suffolk, there are many picturesque towns and villages to visit, including Bury St Edmunds, Diss, Eye, Debenham, Lavenham and Long Melford. Also convenient for the Suffolk Heritage coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, and the ancient burial ground at Sutton Hoo (NT). The county towns of Norwich and Ipswich are also within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Games room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 double with single bunk above. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Two sets of open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Although beds for 9 guests, maximum occupancy is 8.

Oil central heating (partial underfloor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Heated indoor swimming pool (5m x 10m, depth 1m to 2m), open 7am to 9pm everyday. Games room with snooker table. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Pond in garden, 10 yards.

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£839-£1864
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Meadow House Ref: 29002

Approached by an impressive driveway, flanked by trees and with stunning views across the peaceful Blyth Valley, this attractively furnished, terraced, three-storey townhouse is set in the impressive grounds of the Georgian grade II listed Byth View, which once served as a workhouse. An ideal holiday location for families, walkers and birdwatchers, the property has the added bonus of an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and gym within the Blyth View grounds. Surrounded by open countryside, it makes a tranquil setting and is just a few minutes’ drive from the pretty, unspoilt village of Blythburgh with its famous 13th century church. Well situated for visits to the coastal resorts of Southwold and Walberswick – both just 10 minutes’ drive away. Slightly further field but all within a half hour drive are the market towns of Halesworth, Dunwich, the RSPB reserve at Minsmere, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and the Norfolk Broads. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor swimming pool (14m x 4m, depth 1.2m), open all year. Shared games room with table tennis and table football. Shared gym. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 4 steps in garden (no handrail).

WAS
NOW
£520-£1611
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location between Sherborne and Blandford Forum, in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nestling under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm, which the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a lovely large indoor heated swimming pool, which also has a gym and sauna, outside guests can enjoy the games room, the grounds with a childrens play area, hot tub and fishing lakes stocked with carp and silverfish. The seven houses and apartments are completely self contained and each can sleep from 2 to 10 guests, and several of the properties can be linked together. The Victorian Barn, originally built in 1849, offers seven properties and in the grounds are two cottages and two lodges, so making a great location for families, or very large groups who want a bit of quality time together. You will have plenty to do onsite which the children will love, or you can explore the lovely county of Dorset. Guests can enjoy days out down on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, taking in Weymouth visiting Aqua World, Time Walk and many other attractions, or perhaps visiting Monkey World or the Tank Museum at Bovington. Other attractions include the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or a trip back in time at the Haynes Motor Museum with its wonderful collection of classic cars . On your return you can take in some lovely country walks that abound in the area or simply relax in the hot tub or swimming pool, or go fishing. Beach 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

External spiral stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, both with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

Five Freeview TVs. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared, large, lawned garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. Friday to Friday.

Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi available, 5GB free, £2 per GB thereafter. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Cycle store. Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6m, depth 1m to 1.38m), open every day, times vary. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with pool table, football table and quiz machine. Shared sauna. Shared gym. Shared children’s play area. Fishing on-site. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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

" Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife "

Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
"a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower bath and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

  • 42in plasma TV
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
  • Travel cots and high chairs on request
  • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
  • Wi-fi
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared courtyard, garden
  • Shared barbecues
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
  • Shared games chalet
  • Shared tennis court
  • Shared children’s play area
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

  • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
  • Tennis court
  • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
  • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
  • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
  • Large courtyard with seats and tables
  • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

WAS
NOW
£884-£2810
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
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.

Fourteen steps to entrance: ‘Upside-down’ style accommodation. Ground floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor, door to garden and modern fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. Twin bedroom.

  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer by meter reading
  • Dishwasher
  • Grassed area with garden furniture
  • Parking

  • 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
£447-£1563
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3

"Fine cottages and facilities – just a mile from one of England’s finest Regency towns . . ."

Occupying a superb position with wonderful rural views, yet within a mile or so of Cheltenham’s elegant town centre, these delightful holiday cottages have been created from a range of 19th-century barns and are furnished and equipped to high standards. All cottages enjoy a good choice of shared facilities including a covered heated swimming pool, an all-weather tennis court and a croquet lawn. The cottages are well equipped, with an automatic washing machine, microwave oven and dishwasher, and each cottage has its own sitting out area with patio and furniture.
All the fascinating corners of the beautiful Regency spa town of Cheltenham are immediately to hand: there is an art gallery, a museum, tempting boutiques, antique shops, plentiful restaurants and inns. Only a short walk away is Cheltenham’s racecourse, famous as the home of National Hunt Racing, which stages the Cheltenham Festival in March, as well as several other top quality race meetings between October and the end of April. The Pittville Pump Room, a magnificent Grade I listed building opened in 1830, has a museum on its top floor. In the ballroom it is possible to taste spa water from the original pump. Historic illustrations, photographs and small displays tell the story of Cheltenham from its beginnings in Anglo-Saxon times. The building is surrounded by attractive parkland with a lake and children’s playground, public tennis courts and golf course. Number 4 Clarence Road, built in 1832 by James Creed, is the house in which Gustav Holst was born on 21 September 1874, and where he spent the first seven years of his childhood. The Holst Birthplace Museum is a memorial to the composer and a rare treat for lovers of music. On the summit of nearby Leckhampton Hill above the Devil’s Chimney, a teetering rock column, is the site of an Iron Age fort; keen walkers can follow the Cotswold Way.
Hunting Butts Cottages provide a perfect base to explore the beautiful countryside and villages of the Cotswolds as well as the attractions of the Heart of England. The Cotswolds cast their spell on artists, naturalists, walkers and everyone with a love for rural peace and tranquillity: Broadway – the ‘Venice’ of the Cotswolds; delightful Chipping Campden; Blockley, described as the most beautiful village in England, and Stow-on-the-Wold boasting England’s oldest pub, are all within half an hour’s drive. The variety of attractions is almost endless. Exploring this region at any time of year is a rewarding experience, each season throwing a different light on the changing scene. Heritage attractions in the area include Sudeley Castle (7 miles), once home of Catherine Parr, containing Europe’s largest collection of toys, arms and armour. Forest of Dean 23 miles. Birmingham, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are all within one hour by car. Sailing and wind-surfing on 15,000 acres of lakes near the ancient Roman town of Cirencester are available within 30 minutes’ drive. Shops ½ mile.

Spacious and beautifully furnished cottage. Large living room with French doors to conservatory/dining room with rugs on tiled floor and French doors to garden. Compact, modern fitted galley kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two further family rooms each with double bed and additional single bed (for +1) and pull-out bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Cot
  • Two additional single beds (for +2)
  • Two pull-out beds (for +2)
  • Five TVs
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden

  • Electricity, full gas central heating and bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared utility room with tumble dryer and freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Double glazing
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue on request
  • Parking
  • Covered heated swimming pool (38ft x 18ft) – 10am to 8pm, all year (weather permitting)
  • Games room and small gym
  • All-weather tennis court
  • Croquet and boule court
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:

  • Covered indoor heated swimming pool (38ft x 18ft) – open daily from 10am to 8pm, all year (weather permitting)
  • All-weather tennis court
  • Croquet Lawn
  • Games room and small gym
  • Patio with garden furniture for every cottage

WAS
NOW
£782-£2070
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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Millgrove House Ref: KAAM

In a secluded, charming setting and with a pleasant countryside outlook, Millgrove House stands detached within spacious grounds and offers superb well-equipped family accommodation for the discerning holidaymaker. Individually designed, with a beautifully-presented interior, it benefits from a covered heated swimming pool with a hopper profile floor, set in a large sun terrace complete with loungers and barbecue, providing an ideal place in which to relax and dine al fresco. The thoughtful owners have also added charming extra touches including bathrobes, offering guests home from home comforts.
Within the grounds, children are well-catered for with a lawned play area with swings and slide providing amusement, alongside a games room offering a pool table, air hockey and table tennis outside, so there are plenty of facilities to keep the family entertained.
Just outside the county town of Taunton, the holiday property is conveniently located, with the town offering a wide range of shops, restaurants, sporting a wide range of facilities and entertainment opportunities in the local area. Close to the Quantock Hills, there is excellent walking to enjoy, golf nearby as well as horse riding. This accommodation requires sympathetic consideration of a neighbouring property.
Within easy reach are Exmoor and the north Somerset coast, as well as Minehead, Watchet, Blue Anchor and the excellent beaches on the north Devon coast. Other attractions of note include the West Somerset Steam Railway, the National Trust properties of Dunster Castle, Barrington Court and Montecute House, as well as Hestercombe Gardens, Glastonbury, and Wells Cathedral.
Beach 15 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Spacious living room with open fire. Sitting room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Spacious dining room. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with electric Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area and TV. Utility. Conservatory. Games room with TV. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed and TV. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link bed and TV; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Nine satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Electric Rangemaster included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Two American-style fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio area
  • Barbecue (April-October only)
  • Ample parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (3ft 9in x 16ft 4in, depth 3ft 6in to 8ft)
  • Games room with pool table
  • Outdoor table tennis
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£1670-£22999
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1

Indoor heated swimming pool (for use by property 18038 only)
Views across a golf course to the sea

These detached cottages in one of Norfolk’s most desirable seaside villages have views across a golf course to the sea. Both holiday cottages are well equipped and very comfortably furnished to provide good holiday accommodation at any time of year. An ideal base to explore North Norfolk and providing easy access to many other coastal villages. Blue Flag beaches, nature and bird reserves and walking along the coastal path all close by. Hunstanton and Heacham with a variety of attractions. Watersports, fishing and boat trips to the Scolt Head Island available locally. The Royal Sandringham Estate, 5 miles open to the public when the Royal family are not in residence. Brancaster for sailing with tuition and boat hire available. Fishing quay and sandy beach at Wells-next-the-Sea. Medieval town of Kings Lynn, 14 miles. Norfolk Broads and city of Norwich, further afield. Heacham offers child friendly pubs and restaurants. Shops ½ mile and pubs 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining/games room (dining table converts to pool table). Kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one (four-poster) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet.

Bed linen and towels included. Video. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Indoor heated swimming pool (depth 0.9-1.8m). Enclosed garden with patio and furniture.

Both properties: Oil central heating and electricity included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £10per week. Payphone. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£1400-£3284
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