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12
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"Charming cottages situated in a scenic holiday location, which form an ideal base from which to explore the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire Coast..."

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

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

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

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

WAS
NOW
£692-£2169
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
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.

WAS
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£1341-£3196
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

With views over quiet countryside, this attractive holiday cottage is built in mellow Cotswold stone. Set on a small and beautifully maintained rural estate, with its 10-acre aboretum (available daily, no dogs after 1pm), it enjoys shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and a full size snooker/pool room and games area, as well as grassed areas for croquet and golf putting. Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold, 3 miles. Fishing, clay pigeon shooting, and quad-biking nearby. Golf at Broadway and Burford. Riding within 5 minutes. Shop/P.O. ½ mile, local pub is a 2-minute walk.

Set within its own garden of lawn, shrubs and rose beds. Large sitting-room with open fire. Dining room. Fitted kitchen and utility room. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms (5ft beds). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire – fuel at cost
  • Electricity by £1 slot meter
  • Oil central heating £18 per week poa
  • Hot water £14 per week poa
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Own enclosed garden and other shared gardens with furniture and lawns
  • Parking
  • Shared use of full-size snooker/pool table
  • Shared games area
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (June–August £75 per week and short breaks)
  • NB: Sloping bank in garden

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"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.

Delightful small and cosy property. Sitting room with gas woodburner. Well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beams throughout.

  • Gas woodburner included

  • 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
£369-£949
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"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.

Large, beamed sitting room with gas woodburner. Modern fitted, well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Two pretty bedrooms; one double and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Gas wood burner’included
  • Z-bed (for +1)

  • 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
£369-£949
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
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.

Open-plan living/dining room with French doors and well-equipped kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with feature round window, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Further double bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms, each with beams and sloping ceilings; one with TV. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Full LPG central heating included
  • Four Freeview TVs (one satellite)
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large courtyard to front; enclosed lawned garden and furniture to rear
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • 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

WAS
NOW
£396-£1267
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

  • 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
£414-£1325
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Heather and Lavender are a pair of detached, lodge-style cottages set on the edge of a quiet holiday park in the North Devon countryside. Each lodge benefits from its own covered veranda from where you can unwind and enjoy the countryside setting. The park has a good range of facilities that guests can use during their stay including a solar heated, outdoor swimming pool (May to September), a well-equipped children’s play area, a games room, shop and on site bar (summer only). The park also benefits from having direct access to the Tarka Trail, part of the National Cycle Network. The cottages are located a short distance from the Civil War town of Great Torrington which has a good range of shops and amenities as well as the 1644 visitor centre and the Dartington Crystal factory. On the outskirts of the town is RHS Rosemoor, a must for keen gardeners. There are stunning beaches at Woolacombe and Sandymouth. Enjoy a day out at Hartland or visit the lighthouse, Hartland Quay and the historic fishing village of Clovelly. Bideford lies close by with its quay where you can book a trip to Lundy Island or slightly further afield are Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. A day out at The Milky Way and The Big Sheep will keep the younger ones entertained. Shop and pub on site, restaurant 2 miles.

8 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi available at £15per week, £10 per 3 days or £5 per day. Enclosed veranda with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 23-acre landscaped grounds. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared, outdoor swimming pool (12 x 6m, depth 0.85m to 1.5m), open 10am-6pm May half term-September. Shared games room with table tennis, table football, pool table and air hockey. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond 400 yards.

WAS
NOW
£288-£891
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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 vaulted ceiling. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Three Freeview TVs. Microwave. Dishwasher. Parking (2 cars). 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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

"Character farm cottages in glorious countryside above an unspoilt hidden valley...with all-weather leisure facilities"

Robin Hill Farm is set in 14 acres of beautiful rolling countryside in the North Devon biosphere. The six properties, converted from stone farm barns and buildings, are centred around the old cobbled farmyard. The location offers a peaceful and secluded setting away from the daily hustle and bustle, yet it is only 3 miles to shops, entertainment and the beach. Inside the holiday cottages are well furnished and provide a relaxing haven after a long day sightseeing, walking, cycling or on the beach. The heated indoor swimming pool room includes a hot tub and a stunning conservatory attached. From the conservatory and decking area guests can enjoy the beautiful views over the valley towards Exmoor, whilst drying off or enjoy a coffee or glass of wine no matter what the weather. There is a very well equipped games room for all ages and for big and little kids video games can be enjoyed on a 60in plasma screen.
Outside the grounds have been landscaped to create two play areas, one with ball games, the other with playhouse and climbing frame. A communal patio means that adults can relax whilst watching their children play. Guests can enjoy the farm’s 14 acres of land and woodland walk which are host to a variety of wildlife and wild flowers with lovely views of Jennetts Reservoir. Nearby there is plenty to keep visitors busy. Many quaint villages await discovery - the photogenic ‘chocolate box’ village of Clovelly being of particular note. Appledore offers all the olde worlde charm of a fishing village, famous for its arts, crafts and maritime heritage. Beach lovers will delight in the wide sandy beaches, the nearest being Westward Ho!. Walkers can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the coastal path, while the Tarka Trail traces the steps of Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter and provides miles of traffic-free cycling (and walking) - bikes can be stored securely or hired locally. Award-winning farm parks, The Milky Way and The Big Sheep, will fascinate the younger ones. Gardens within 30 minutes’ drive include RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park. Several local pubs nearby, with the nearest in Littleham village serving real ale and home cooked food. Shops 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

A light, bright ground floor cottage. Entrance hall. Open-plan cosy living/dining room with fully equipped kitchen area. Door to south-facing patio and enclosed garden. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (sleeps 2 guests or 1 guest and cot). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Ground floor facilities
  • Couples and family bookings only

  • Electric thermostatically controlled rads (living room and halls), convector and panel heaters (other rooms), electricity, bed linen and towels (not for swimming use) included
  • Cot and high chair by arrangement
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee machine
  • Wi-fi
  • Own garden and patio with furniture
  • Shared patio area
  • Use of 14-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Cycle storage
  • Delivery service from local take-away restaurants and supermarkets
  • Guide book and local information pack

OUTSTANDING ADDITIONAL FACILITIES (OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND)

  • Superb indoor heated swimming pool with conservatory and decking area. Open daily all year round from 8am–9pm
  • Spa hot tub
  • Games room with 60in plasma TV, Nintendo Wii, table tennis, electric air hockey, small snooker/pool table, table football, Wendy house, tot rocker, baby swing and play tunnel. Open daily
  • Children’s outdoor play area with climbing frame and slide
  • Separate ball games area with goal post and swingball
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  • Tuition for babies, children and adults from ASA qualified and fully insured instructors. One to one tuition available.

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£310-£1014
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Situated on the edge of the Dartmoor Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and within 24 acres of tranquil meadowland, Little Dunley Cottages have been carefully restored and finished to a very high standard. Pristine and tastefully furnished they enjoy pleasant views overlooking the lakes and surrounding countryside. Each of the properties has its own private outdoor secluded seating area and are ideal for family gatherings, celebrating a birthday or anniversary or for those who wish to escape and unwind on a holiday in a truly magical place. Guests can enjoy carp fishing within the grounds, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, all-weather hard tennis court and games room. Just a few miles off the Devon Expressway, the holiday cottages are well situated for all attractions such as sandy beaches at Teignmouth, Dawlish and Sidmouth, and tourist attractions. A haven for birdwatchers, and walkers will enjoy the many stunning walks in the area. Pretty Bovey Tracey, one mile, with its numerous shops, pubs and cafes, is known as the ‘Gateway to Dartmoor’, which has one of the best known national parks, offers stunning scenery to ride, walk and fish in. There are a variety of golf clubs nearby. The locality offers a hugely varied range of walks, through woodland, along the coast or nearby on Dartmoor. Dartmoor has so much to offer from its heather-clad tors to dramatic landscapes, Dartmoor ponies, to quaint villages offering Devon cream teas. For a family day out take a trip to Crealy, or spend a day in Exeter, visit the magnificent cathedral, shops, take a look around the quay where there are little caves turned into shops, or walk the canal path and find the hidden pubs only reached by foot. Torquay offers boat trips from the harbour over to Brixham, or visit Living Coasts where penguins wander freely. Further afield visit the Eden Project or Plymouth to take in the Barbican and the Hoe, or visit the huge aquarium, another great day out. Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway is a must for fans of crime novels. There are many National Trust properties all close to Little Dunley, also visit Dart Valley Steam Train, or Buckfastleigh and see the otters. There are many sandy beaches nearby, or spend a day at Lyme Regis fossil hunting. The Jurassic Coast is spectacular and it is well worth taking a walk on the coastal path. Shop 1 mile.

Spacious open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors either end to sunny patio areas. Modern beech-effect fitted kitchen. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room and toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Laundry room with washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi (£20 per booking)
  • Own patio and lawned area
  • Shared 24-acre meadows
  • Barbecue
  • Fishing by arrangement (licence required)
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (approx 30ft x 15ft, depth 4ft to 5ft, open all year) with changing facilities and coin-operated sauna
  • Games room
  • All-weather hard tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Carp ponds in meadow

Note: Vine Lodge HYK, Lake View HYL, Oaktree Cottage HNNO and Acorn Cottage HGGJ may be booked together for groups of up to 20 people.

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£558-£1299
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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.

Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Comfortable living room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Modern fitted kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area
  • Patio

  • 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

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£418-£1299
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