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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • 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
£325-£1196
Shortlist
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""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. Fitted kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Dishwasher
  • Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area
  • Patio
  • No smoking
  • 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

OFF SEASON BREAKS AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Greenwood Grange Cottages are the perfect choice for a Dorset holiday at all times of the year. With full oil-fired central heating throughout, the cottages offer a cosy and warm welcome in the off-season months. And, of course, a full range of facilities - including the indoor heated swimming pool - is available throughout the year. This is a festive getaway for Christmas and New Year holidays, too - with decorated Christmas trees in all cottages.

WAS
NOW
£471-£1299
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

"Outstanding variety...situated in beautiful rolling Devon countryside and offering easy access to the many beaches of South and East Devon and the untamed beauty of Dartmoor. With a heated indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities, Newhouse Barton has it all"

Whether seeking an active family holiday or a relaxing weekend to recharge the batteries, Newhouse Barton is the perfect location from which to explore the South Hams, the Dart Estuary and Dartmoor. Located midway between Totnes and Newton Abbott, this collection of sympathetically and carefully restored barns and farm cottages enjoy a superb range of on-site facilities including a Roman-style heated indoor swimming pool (no additional charge), a traffic-free and child-friendly setting with young children’s play area and a furnished games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and toys for younger guests. Nearby there is a range of quality restaurants and pubs serving an excellent range of food to suit all tastes and budgets. The surrounding area offers a beguiling mix of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The seaside towns and villages from chic Salcombe to Torquay on the ‘English Riviera’, with its palm trees and sub-tropical plants, emanate a Mediterranean feel. Totnes is a 10-minute drive away, with a medieval castle and a thriving arts and crafts scene. Teignmouth is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a nature reserve at Dawlish Warren, a hotspot for bird watching. Exeter has a world famous cathedral, quays and a shopping centre. For the more active, there’s surfing at Bigbury or visit Haldon Forest, with its cycle and nature trails and Go Ape! For the children, Torbay is easily reached, with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.
The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and watersports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive, and the East Devon coast is easily accessible with its unique fishing port at Beer and beaches at Sidmouth and Branscombe. Local shops 1½ miles.

Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove and patio doors to fully enclosed, south-facing rear garden with panoramic views. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full NSH included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview
  • Additional Freeview TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD/DAB radio/iPod dock
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Wooden patio furniture
  • Children’s puzzles and games
  • Barbecue
  • Friday to Friday

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (38ft x 16ft, with changing and shower facilities, open all year round 9am - 8pm)
  • Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football
  • Young children’s play area with climbing frame
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£483-£1305
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

"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.

This ‘upside-down’ cottage has far-reaching country views towards Exmoor from the patio of its raised terraced garden. Eight steps to first floor entrance. Very attractive large open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner, extendable dining table seating 12 people, exposed stone walls and sloping beamed ceiling with well-equipped modern fitted kitchen area. Open-tread stairs to ground floor: Three bedrooms; one double, one twin and one bunk. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • 42in plasma TV
  • washing machine
  • Friday to Friday

  • 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
    LEARN TO SWIM at Robin Farm Cottages
  • Tuition for babies, children and adults from ASA qualified and fully insured instructors. One to one tuition available.

WAS
NOW
£433-£1427
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
The Croft Ref: 28359

This stylishly furnished holiday home offers much for the discerning holiday maker. The accommodation is spread over 3 floors and includes a piano and games room with a 3D home cinema with surround sound, pool table and bar on the ground floor. The bedrooms at the back of the property enjoy uninterrupted views across the Fire Hills with glimpses of the sea in the distance. One of the bedrooms has a balcony and there is direct access onto the Fire Hills from the garden. This area covers 660 acres of dramatic headland and clifftops and lies within the High Weald AONB. Most of the area has been designated a SSSI. Within the garden and accessed via 3 steps is a heated outdoor swimming pool (May - September), a decked seating area and table tennis. The closest beach is at Pett Level which also offers bird watching, while in the village there is a play park, skaters’ ramp and tennis courts. Hastings is 4 miles, with beach-launched fishing fleet, the remains of a castle, art gallery and fossil hunting at Cliff End. Rye is 7 miles and the golden dunes at Camber just beyond. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. Games room with wooden floor. First floor: 3 double bedrooms (two 5ft), one (6ft), with en-suite Jacuzzi corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity underfloor heating (separate toilet), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Wii. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked terrace, swing seat and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Private, heated, outdoor, saltwater swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1m to 2m), open May-September. Games room with home cinema, pool table and bar. Table tennis. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 3 steps to swimming pool.

WAS
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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Calgarth Lodge Ref: CC127241
White Cross Bay Leisure Park has been awarded a four star award by Visit England along with the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation, so guests can be assured not only of a high standard of accommodation but also of a location doing its utmost to protect the local environment. Set mid way between Ambleside and Windermere, the park is situated in the very heart of the Lake District within 60 acres of wooded parklands, which run right down to the shores of Lake Windermere. White Cross Bay has an indoor heated swimming pool, with sauna, solarium and gym, all payable on site, as well as a modern clubhouse bar and restaurant with regular daytime and evening entertainment. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the site, details available at reception. Launching is also available should you have your own boat, with prior arrangement.
Calgarth Lodge enjoys a peaceful, wooded location on the site, a short walk from the Lake shore and the excellent facilities that White Cross Bay has to offer.

Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises;
Hallway
Open plan living accommodation with...
Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Dining/Lounge area: Enjoying direct access to the decking, TV with DVD and video and en electric fire place.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail
Bedroom 1: With double bed, good range of fitted units and en-suite with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and fitted units.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi access available throughout the park. Excellent leisure facilities available, payable on site.Outside: Private parking. Decked area with seating, patio heater and BBQ provided. Washer/dryer and bike storage available.

WAS
NOW
£425-£830
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
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

"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.

This well-appointed cottage has an attractive, beamed living room with gas woodburner and door to patio. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Two pretty bedrooms; one large double with seating area and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Gas woodburner 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
£427-£790
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

Situated in the peaceful, rural location of Forthampton, in the grounds of the owners’ home, The Stables at Southfield House offers guests ideal detached holiday accommodation from which to explore the many delights of the surrounding areas. Guests will find themselves at the heart of the countryside within reach of many miles of established footpaths, cycle paths, bridleways and treks taking walkers on a journey through three counties, taking in much of the beautiful scenery and countryside whilst passing a few welcome country pubs and restaurants. Regency Cheltenham, with its celebrated gold cup racecourse and world famous jazz and literary festivals, can be reached in 10 miles. The famous Malvern Hills and Cotswold Hills are also within easy distance and really are a must see destination. Also superbly located for visiting the historic cathedral cities of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester there is plenty to keep whole families occupied and interested for each day of the holiday. Only 6 miles away from the delightful market town of Tewkesbury, or take a trip along the River Severn or Avon. Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Winchcombe and Malvern are all within easy driving distance as is Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Second living room with gallery and double sofa bed. Utility room. Twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with roll-top bath and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with gallery, 2 twins, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburners in both living rooms (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Car port. Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared, heated, outdoor swimming pool (June - mid September). Snooker table in galleried living room. External games room with table tennis. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£811-£2271
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Games room
Indoor heated swimming pool

These cottages have been completely renovated, and with their own private gardens, are part of a complex of 14 properties. Claxton Grange lies 6 miles from York and is in 16-acres of private grounds, with swimming pool, games room, garden room, hard tennis court and wildlife pond. York is a city full of history with its minster, cobbled streets, museums, the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and the Castle Museum, as well as an excellent choice of shops, restaurants and riverside inns. The market town of Pickering, gateway to the North York Moors National Park and terminus of the moors steam railway, 20 miles. Filey, Scarborough and Whitby are all within 40 miles. Castle Howard, 10 miles. Clifton Moor with bowling and cinema complex, 6 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub/restaurants 2 miles.

This property is close to the 2014 Tour de France route, come and experience the spectacular scenery for yourself and follow in the trail of some true cycling legends.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Washing machine. Private sitting-out area and furniture.

All properties: Open fire in each living room (fuel at cost). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV/DVD. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin operated tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (in garden room). Shared lawned courtyard at rear. Shared use of 16-acre grounds. Garden room. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8.5m x 4.3m, depth 0.9m to 1.5m), open 9am to 8pm, with shower and changing facilities. Games room with pool table and table tennis. Hard tennis court. No smoking. NB: Large unfenced pond in the grounds (50 yards).

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£227-£643
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Beechcroft House Ref: B4802

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

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

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

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£1341-£3196
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Pretty stone cottages with a shared heated indoor swimming pool
Set in a beautiful valley within the Exmoor National Park
Five acres of gardens and grounds with BBQ area and picnic area and a shared all-weather tennis court
Excellent walking, cycling and riding country
Some cottages boast four-poster beds and woodburners
Allocated parking for each cottage





In a setting of stunning natural beauty in the Exmoor National Park, with indoor heated swimming pool, Triscombe Farm Country Cottages are a combination of 19th century cottages and skilful conversions from existing farm buildings. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and all-weather tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls). Natural water is provided from our own spring. With unspoilt countryside all around, and reached by a long, sweeping driveway, the country cottages are nestling in a sheltered, wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme. Each of the cottages has been individually styled and equipped to offer comfortable holiday accommodation.

The cottages make the perfect base for holidays at any time of the year. There are five acres of lovely gardens for you to enjoy and explore. A stream cascades through the hillside garden, there is ample space in which to sit and relax, or enjoy a family picnic or barbecue. Spectacular views across the valley to Dunkery Beacon unfold as you wander around. Badgers, buzzards, foxes, red deer and an abundance of birdlife can often be seen, so don’t forget your binoculars. Bracken Cottage ref: B5817, Juniper ref: 28060 and Primrose Cottage ref: 30027 are ground floor cottages with valley views, Rose Cottage ref: B5810 and Whortleberry Cottage ref: 29890 are cosy family cottages, Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 is a spacious original cottage and Garden Cottage ref: B5812 and Orchard Cottage ref: B5811 are ‘upside down’ cottages with farmland views.


From Triscombe Farm you can explore the magic of Exmoor, an area of wild natural beauty, inhabited by native ponies and red deer. Exmoor Safaris take you right into the heart of this area of heather clad moors, sheltered wooded combes, pretty villages with thatched cottages and ancient packhorse bridges. The National Park rangers provide guided walks.


A few miles from Triscombe is Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic coastal walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon (1707ft) there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, Butlins, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster (NT castle) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton.


Other holiday pursuits include fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake, and horse riding, mountain biking and hiking across the moor. There is so much to do locally, the owners hope to welcome you back time and time again.
Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - the perfect base for all year round holidays. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
Stream Cottage ref: 27550 and Juniper ref: 28060 can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people and Bracken Cottage ref: B5817 and Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 bunk. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen.

Electric heaters by meter reading. Cots and high chairs on request. CD. Dishwasher. Ample parking.

All properties: Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire £5per person per booking. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (small charge). Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Extensive shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue area. Cycle store. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker/pool table. All-weather tennis court. Heated indoor swimming pool (9.7m x 4.2m, depth 0.8m to 1.9m), closed November-Easter. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream in grounds (young children must be supervised).

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£190-£776
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