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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Tower View Ref: 29574

Situated within the owners’ 300-acre working beef and sheep farm, Tower View as it suggests has magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. Close to the Quantock Hills, the Quantock countryside is one of the finest in England. First to be awarded the national status of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Quantock Common is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. At the heart of the West Country, Somerset is a destination of dramatic coastline, seaside resorts, epic English countryside and historic places. This detached holiday property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard. It benefits from an enclosed garden, which is ideal to watch the birds and see the local wildlife, as well as benefiting from spacious accommodation. There is a woodburner in the living room which makes the property ideal for all year round holidays. Suitable for families and friends to get together for holidays or celebrations. The spacious grounds and idyllic surroundings offer a delightful, relaxing and peaceful atmosphere - the perfect antidote to everyday living. The West Dene way footpaths are well worth exploring and are right on the doorstep. The owner is happy to offer tours of the farm especially for children. Close to Minehead, a great family day out with lovely beaches and a fun seaside town. The West Somerset Railway is close by and Dunster Castle is worth a visit. Exmoor National Park is also on the doorstep. On Exmoor it is still possible to find tranquillity and peace as well as rediscovering your sense of adventure; to catch a glimpse of wild red deer, be amazed by dark skies full of stars and explore villages full of character. There are many NT properties all waiting to be explored. Beach 12 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Study with single sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Range. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared natural woodland grounds. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Games room with table football, air hockey, pool table and giant Jenga. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge, must be kept on a lead at all times, working farm. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£337-£1133
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Mill Pool View Ref: CXF

Elmham Mill stands in one of the loveliest locations, straddling the River Wensum. The watermill (ceased working in the 1960s) is actually situated on an island where the river divides to flow through and round the mill. Mill Pool View, a holiday apartment lies on the second floor with a wonderful view of the mill pond, gardens and surrounding countryside, a SSSI. Guests can relax in the shared grounds or find a quiet spot along the riverbank for a picnic; an ideal place to enjoy the abundant bird and wildlife. Centrally located for exploring the North Norfolk Coast, Norfolk Broads and fine City of Norwich, all within an hour’s drive. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

Lift or stairs to second floor: Beamed living room. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Three double bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared, 3-acre natural grounds
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • No children under 16 yrs
  • NB: Unfenced mill pond in the garden (no fishing)

WAS
NOW
£259-£802
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

In a rural location on the edge of the ancient village of Castle Hedingham, these two detached, single-storey holiday homes, set in the owners’ 10 acres of grounds, have far-reaching views over open countryside. The accommodation is well-presented and has the added benefit of a heated indoor swimming pool - the pool is shared between the two cottages (refs W43379 and W43233) and both are allocated 3 hours of private use per day (one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening - the rest of the time is shared use). There is also a large fully equipped barbecue area which can be hired. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester (20 miles west) and Cambridge (30 miles east); it still retains many beautiful timber-framed, medieval and Tudor buildings including Hedingham Castle (a Norman castle, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Oxford). The area is ideal for walking or cycling. Nearby places of interest include the Colne Valley steam railway, Sudbury and Saffron Walden. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with 2 additional singles. Wet room with toilet.

iPod dock. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Pets free of charge.

Both properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared landscaped 10-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue (at cost, by arrangement with owner). Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m) with changing room, open 9am to 10pm all year (3 hours’ private use per day). Shared games room with pool table. Table tennis. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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£381-£1195
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

A warm welcome awaits you at Wolfen Mill Country Retreats. Dating back hundreds of years, this former mill sits in stunning grounds with a freshwater lake. Located in the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a peaceful part of Lancashire’s stunning Ribble Valley, you are guaranteed a relaxing break to do as much or as little as you like. With its lush green valleys and spectacular scenery, Ribble Valley is host to quaint market towns such as Clitheroe and Longridge, as well as numerous picturesque villages including Whitewell, Whalley, Slaidburn and Waddington, which offer great country pubs, cafés and shops. Whilst enjoying a peaceful, rural location, Wolfen Mill is also very accessible making it the perfect base from which to explore all that the area has to offer. Preston is 12 miles away, Clitheroe, 10 miles, and Lancaster, 17 miles. The Pennines, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Wyre Valley and the Fylde Coast are easily accessible, as well as Blackpool, 24 miles, and Lytham St Annes, 25 miles. The area is great for walking with lots of dedicated trails and footpaths. Other activities available locally include golf, cycling, fishing and horse riding. The area has a great reputation for its pubs and restaurants, or follow the Ribble Valley Food Trail which offers some of the country’s best local produce. Whilst it is the perfect retreat for couples and walkers, there is also lots to do for families, children will enjoy Bowland Wild Boar Park and Clitheroe Castle, as well as Blackpool’s many attractions which include Blackpool Tower, Sealife Centre, zoo, Madame Tussauds waxworks, Sandcastle indoor waterpark and the Pleasure Beach. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and discover all that the beautiful north west has to offer. After a day exploring, what better way to come back to a warm, cosy holiday home. Beds will be made using high quality linens, and fluffy white towels will be provided. For extra comfort, bathrobes will also be provided for the adults. There is ample parking on site and access to the shared gardens. There is also fishing available on site, it is free of charge and a licence will be required. Guests also have use of the laundry area, where there is a washer and a dryer. There is an additional shared guest lounge, located on the second floor of the main building, with patio doors leading onto a decked balcony overlooking the lake and fells. Courtyard Cottage (ref 30613) and Beech Tree (ref 30617) are both detached, with Beech Tree enjoying its own private garden. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 3 miles.

All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft sleigh bed) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

Gas living flame fire in living room included. Fridge/freezer.

All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Shared laundry area with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 7-acre grounds. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and lake in grounds.

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£735-£995
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Only 4 miles from Sheringham and set in the grounds of the owners’ home in 4½ acres. The three old farm buildings in traditional Norfolk flint have been converted into charming holiday accommodation with use of cycle store. Located in farming countryside the properties are at the end of a winding drive, on a lane on the outskirts of Lower Gresham. Enjoy the deserted lanes, walk the many footpaths and bridle paths. Cycle to the coast or inland into deepest Norfolk; Cycle Route 30 runs past the property. Sheringham is a short drive with sandy beaches, the main station for the Poppy Line steam railway, the ‘Splash’ indoor leisure centre, the local market, theatre and traditional shops. The Georgian town of Holt is 5 miles, with shops, artist studios, restaurants and market. The seaside town of Cromer is 4 miles, with pier, theatre, cinema, promenade and cafés. Enjoy the wildlife in the surrounding countryside, and drive along the coast to the bird reserves at Morston and Cley next to the Sea, or take a boat trip to view the seals at Blakeney Point. Within 5 miles are the NT properties at Felbrigg Hall and Sheringham Park. Shop and pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps up to 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Enclosed orchard garden with patio and furniture.

All properties: Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared use of owners’ grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£218-£738
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

Fabulous views of North York Moors National Park

If peace and tranquillity be the order of the day, then look no further. Nestling in the heart of the North York Moors National Park in the stunning Esk Valley, these holiday properties have been lovingly converted from 200 year old farm buildings and are situated just across the courtyard from the owners’ farmhouse which dates from the 12th century. Converted from a former granary, The Granary (ref W41008) occupies the first floor of a detached barn conversion, with views towards Castleton Rigg. Stylish and delightfully furnished, retaining many original features with a vaulted ceiling, low beams and solid oak floors. The Carthouse (ref W41503) is spacious and occupies the ground floor of the detached barn conversion, whilst The Byre (ref W7733) is an attractive single storey, detached property with a multi-fuel stove in the living room, and offers wonderful views over the dale. They are all tastefully furnished and decorated and offer excellent holiday accommodation. Ideally situated in the beautiful North York Moors National Park, a scenic drive along the country roads takes you to the historic port of Whitby. The area abounds with smuggler’s coves and quaint fishing villages untouched by the passing years. An excellent base for exploring the surrounding area, with the Yorkshire Coast and Heartbeat country both easily accessible. Walking is available direct from the door whilst fishing and riding are available nearby. Castleton is 1 mile away with all amenities including supermarket, bank and post office. A magical part of the world at any time of the year. Properties W41008, W41503 and W7733 can be booked together for larger parties. Shops, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with beams, 1 twin, 1 single with beams and additional roll-away single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Multi-fuel stove in living room included. Oil central heating included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric induction hob and oven. Payphone. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared use of 3 acre woodland with picnic benches. Portable gas barbecue. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

WAS
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£239-£736
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Basil Cottage Ref: TDN

Basil Cottage is tucked away on the edge of pretty Crantock village, providing an ideal holiday base to enjoy this beautiful, historic and dramatic county. This comfortable cottage has all guests could wish for and the owner’s chickens and geese can be seen in the adjacent meadow. South-facing and within walking distance of the village, with its pubs and quaint tea room. A further 5-minute walk leads to the wide, golden, sandy beach. The spectacular North Cornish Coast and Newquay with its harbour and cliff paths are a few miles away. Shops and pubs ¼ mile.

Spacious open-plan living/dining room with stable door, spacious farmhouse-style kitchen area. Wooden floor throughout. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed, TV, Velux window. Twin bedroom with TV, Velux window. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three satellite TVs (family package)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Lawned low-walled garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£264-£973
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

This single-storey converted barn is quietly situated and combines character features such as exposed beams and flagstone floors with modern facilities. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is - a perfect holiday base to explore gems such as Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat, Wells Cathedral City, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Holes and Caves and Montacute House. Visit Yeovilton Air Museum and Haynes Motor Museum, Bath or the famous Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis. Shop and pubs 2 miles.

Spacious beamed living room with electric woodburner. Well-equipped country kitchen/dining room with flagstone floor, beams, range (for cooking), and French doors to patio. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Further double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, underfloor heating (kitchen), bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Four TVs
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Range included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed garden and patio with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£308-£1103
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

These superb barn conversions (refs RDDE, RDDF and RDDG)are fully equipped to a high standard and set only 6 miles from Grantham, the A1 and main line to London, providing an excellent base to relax in and explore this area of Lincolnshire. There is plenty to see and do such as a visit to the National Trust at Belton House, also the home of Belton Horse Trials. Burghley International Horse Trials are also close by. There are excellent golf courses throughout the area with Belton Park less than 2 miles away. Lincolnshire is known as Bomber County and RAF Cranwell is about a 15-minute drive. There are several good restaurants and pubs close by with the well known Brownlow Arms just 2 miles’ walk or drive. The properties are set on a working farm and for those wishing to bring a horse on holiday, stabling is available by private arrangement with the owners. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Beamed open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area. Utility. Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Shower room with toilet. Spiral open-tread stairs to first floor: Sitting room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only) and low ceiling.

  • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared large lawned garden
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Shared summer tennis court (at owners’ discretion)
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Stabling available by arrangement
  • Kennel available
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Water fountain in garden

WAS
NOW
£341-£805
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
The Swallows Ref: 29503


This delightful, thatched (partly 16th century) barn conversion nestles in the heart of the beautiful village of Combeinteignhead. This holiday property is attached to the owner’s home and has been lovingly restored and furnished to a very good standard. It retains many original features, including timber beams. The property also has a woodburner, an outdoor pizza oven and a very quaint patio and walled outdoor area. The village benefits from the use of a free tennis court, a wonderful riverside restaurant and bar, and a 17th century local pub, just 500 yards from the property, which serves traditional pub food and specialises in award-winning real ales. The pub also has live music evenings, ranging from jazz to rock nights, quiz nights and themed food evenings. There are many delightful walks that can be taken from the cottage, not to mention you can walk to the River Teign in under 5 minutes. The river is a great place for picnics, watersports (sailing, water skiing, canoeing etc.), bird watching and nature lovers. At the mouth of the River Teign, approximately 2 miles away, lies the picturesque seaside village of Shaldon and the larger town of Teignmouth. Shaldon has many excellent restaurants, a zoo and the famous Ness Beach, accessed via a smugglers tunnel carved through the cliff. Teignmouth is only 5 miles away, with many shops, a pier, theatre and a long sandy beach. The market town of Newton Abbot is 2 miles away, and has a market on a Saturday and a local farmer’s market on a Tuesday. Dartmoor is within easy driving distance (20 minutes by car), which offers breathtaking landscapes of heather clad tors, wild ponies and sheep just waiting to be discovered. The famous seaside town of Torquay is 7 miles, here you will find a coastal zoo, ferry trips to Brixham and Dartmouth, an open-top bus tour, a beautiful marina, promenade and fantastic restaurants. Slightly further afield (35 minutes by car) is the jewel in south Devon’s crown, Dartmouth, the home of Agatha Christie. Visitors are able to catch a steam train in Paignton to visit the NT property and combine this with a ferry up the River Dart. The possibilities are endless, and The Swallows is ideally placed to explore this beautiful part of the country. Guests can order an organic vegetable box at cost by arrangement with owner. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French doors, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet (also accessed from double bedroom). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with roll-top bath and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin (low beds) with sloping ceiling.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four satellite TVs. DVD. iPad. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Walled patio area with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Additional on road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£563-£1602
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Nestling quietly on the banks of the River Wye, in tranquil surroundings overlooking common land and the river. Converted to provide extremely comfortable accommodation within the grounds of the owners thatched cottage. Conveniently located to explore the local countryside, with wonderful walks, beautiful scenery, historic attractions and great days out. Three golf courses are within easy driving distance, as well as canoeing and cycling available locally. River swimming in the grounds. Within easy reach of Hereford with its cathedral, also Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye and Ross-on-Wye. Shops, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Dining room/kitchen with TV. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with sofa bed (alternative sleeping).

  • Electricity and full oil central heating included (£20 per week Winter)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Sloping banks and river in
    garden

WAS
NOW
£359-£681
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Surrounded by dramatic scenery

Featuring beams taken from shipwrecks on the Cumbrian Coast, this small group of holiday cottages at Birkerthwaite, a former 17th century Lakeland farmstead, lie at the end of an unmade track and are surrounded by tranquil moorland scenery and farmland. This is fantastic walking countryside and the elevated position gives views of Scafell and the Eskdale Valley, creating a unique atmosphere of tranquillity. Birkerthwaite Farmhouse (W43001) is a unique holiday property dating back to 1627 and has many original features, beamed ceilings, flagged floors and unusual oak wall cupboards built in the 1700’s. Comfortably furnished and with the benefit of an open fire and an Aga, the farmhouse is cosy and welcoming. Birkerthwaite Stable (W41477) is a single-storey converted stable with rustic charm heated by a log-burning stove. Birkerthwaite Barn (W41478) has a spacious kitchen/dining room, a galleried landing and a four poster bed. Birkerthwaite Cottage (W41479) has an upstairs open plan living area with wooden floors which opens onto a balcony overlooking gardens. Nearby attractions include Muncaster Castle and Hardknott Roman Fort, whilst the Langdale Pikes and Ambleside on the northern shores of Lake Windermere can be reached via a stunning drive over the Hard Knott and Wrynose Passes. A short drive away is Wast Water; to the west are sandy beaches. Alternatively take the steam train from Ravenglass. Shop 3 miles, pub 2.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Beams throughout. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (timed use October-May). Electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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£352-£647
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