A cottage offers the quintessential holiday - quiet and relaxation coupled with home comforts (and mod-cons), character and charm by the shovel, and the liberty to do and eat as and when you want that comes as part of a self-catering experience. There are cottages everywhere across the UK, Europe and beyond just waiting to be discovered by holidaymakers - in locations from rugged West Wales and the islands of Scotland to the rolling fields and hills of France and Italy and the southern coast of Spain - and all those we offer are guaranteed to ensure a stay with a minimum environmental impact.
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Cottage sleeping 2: £280-£445; Cottage sleeping 6 £385-£675
Cottage sleeping 2: £280-£445; Cottage sleeping 6 £385-£675
Week rental £320-£480 per week (high/low season) inclusive bedlinen,...
From £320 Low Season to £495 high season 7 day duration starting Saturdays...
from £419.00 for 7 nights up to:£892.00 (based on two staying)
Jul/Aug; Large Cottages (6) €799, Small Cottages (4) €699; Rest of year:...
Nutmeg sleeps 2 from £395/week; Plum Tree sleeps 6 from £550/week and...
Prices vary, please enquire. 7 days: Swallow's Rest: £260–£680; Dove...
The eco barns each sleep a maximum of 4-7 people, and cost between £365 and £1365 per week. Short breaks for up to 4 nights stay are also available, costing from £300.
For 7 nights Stables costs between £281 to £442 and Loft costs between £306 to £480. Short breaks from £242 to £284.
The price range is £250-£455. Short breaks 2-4 nights £173-£256 depending on season.
Short breaks: 2 nights £800, 3 nights £935, 4 nights £1,030. Weeks: low season £1,200, high season £1,600
£450-£950 per week, depending on season. Short breaks available. Reduced prices for small parties (i.e. a couple using only one bedroom)
Self-catering from €500 a week; residential weekends from €295 per person sharing
High season - 1 week sleeping up to 13 £1350, but much lower outside of school holidays. Couples have option of renting only one end. Weeks at low season begin at £445.
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or with breakfast.
£4750 per week high season, 2 nights 70%, 3 nights 75%, 4 nights 80% of weekly rate
Weekend / midweek £210 - £525; full week £350 - £1,395
Rooms: B&B 55 € per person per night, Dinner B&B 85 € p.p.p.n. (min. 3 nights) Apartments: 680 € per week (ask for shorter and longer stays)
Prices based on two people sharing , £128 for a two night stay off-season, £256 for a week off-season and £320 Summer and Peak season periods.
Gite from £350 per week, main house from £1100. 2 nights minimum
House for week 550 - 1650, cottage from 450 - 800, together 1500 - 2450. Weekend House 800, cottage 250, together from 1000.
£650 per week, Short Breaks £422.50 for the first 3 nights and then £91.00 per night.
From £599 for low season short break From £1039 for mid season short break From£1909 for peak season short break Prices for Residence 3 Bed in 2016
Weekly prices Friday changeover £395-£775. Low season 3 night weekend/4 night midweek £255-£295.
Week rental £320-£480 per week (high/low season) inclusive bedlinen, towels, utiltiies, Wi-FI and parking. Shorter breaks always available
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Farmhouse sleeps 14: Weekly from £836 - £1958. Barn sleeps 10: Weekly from £752 - £1746, Weekends & Short breaks calculated at 80% of weekly price
Weekly rates - High (July and August) 950 euros. Standard (rest of the year) 820 euros
From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
£959-£1395 per week.
From £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights
From £335-£2935 per week.
Cottage prices vary. Availablility by the night, week, long weekend, mid week. Please see our website for prices.
£70 per night based on 2 sharing
from ££367.00 up to:£766.00 (based on two staying)
7 days Low Season range: £450 for 4-6 people, £950 for 8-10 people. High Season range: £1660 for 4-6 people to £2650 for 8-10 people
Old Fisherman's Cottage £620 per week (Sleeps 2), Shore Cottage £720 per week (Sleeps 4), Beach Cottage £900 per week (Sleeps 6)
Low season £360 per week, Mid season £520 p week, Peak season £640 p week
Cottage costs from £400 per week, Farmhouse costs £650 per week
From £320 Low Season to £495 high season 7 day duration starting Saturdays. Short breaks available Low season
Weeks: £420 to £550. Short breaks: £250 to £320 (discounts possible)
Cottage sleeping 2: £280-£445; Cottage sleeping 6 £385-£675
: Cottages for 4, prices £440-£1845, cottages for 12 £1180-£3800 and everything in between.
£120 per room for 2 nights or more, £130 per room for one night stays. £440 per night for House Party of 4 rooms (min 2 nights).
Prices vary, please enquire. 7 days: Swallow's Rest: £260–£680; Dove Cottage: £230–£560. Short 3/4 day stays available.
From £282 - £399 depending on season for 7 nights. Short breaks available from £230
£1070 peak week, £975 high season week, £835 mid season week, £690 low season week. £595 3 night short break, £645 4 nights
Week - Coot Cottage sleep 2 + cot £765.00, sleep 6 Avocet £1679.00, Sleep 6 luxury Garden House £1839.00
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
Nutmeg sleeps 2 from £395/week; Plum Tree sleeps 6 from £550/week and short breaks Mon-Fri, Fri-Mon
B&B £80 min 2 nights. Beechenhill Cottage costs £240-£370/short break £290-£420/week. Cottage by Pond costs £300-£600/short break £390-£720/week
Weekly prices Barley Store £235-£370 Corn View £336-£528 Rye Barn £382-£600
High season weekly prices £1200 for largest lodge, £595-498 smaller lodges, £498 cottage. Low season from £200 per week . Short breaks also available.
For 4 nights midweek: Orchid cottage from £170 (sleeps 2) Rose/Lavender/ Iris cottage from £225 (sleeps 4), Jasmine/ Emerald/ Poppy from £255 (sleeps 6), Ruby cottage from £285 (sleeps 6), Diamond/ Sapphire from £325 (sleeps 6), Pine Lodge from £375 (sleeps 4)
£130-£185 per room
Weekly Rates: Oct-Mar 500-700€, Apr-May 600-800€, June&Sept 700-900€, July&Aug 800-1000€
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
West Withy Farm Cottages
These comfortable and well-equipped holiday cottages, situated on a 23-acre farm in the heart of Exmoor, are a great base from which to explore the region. Walking routes abound, with panoramic views across the beautiful countryside. West Withy Lake is found on site, and Wimbleball Lake and Clatworthy Reservoir are only a short walk away. There are plentiful opportunities for birdwatching and fishing, and for viewing exotic local wildlife such as red deer and wild ponies. In addition, amateur astronomers can hire a telescope from the farm, and stargaze from the comfort of the cottage garden.
West Withy Farm is a 30 minute taxi ride away from Taunton Railway Station, which is well-connected to the rest of the UK.
Height Top Farm
Set in a peacefully rural location, these one bedroom self-catering cottages have been lovingly renovated from the existing farmhouse. Look out for a wealth of original features, from the fully working Yorkist range to the log burning stove with the original mantel, and the original slop stone sink in the communal boot wash facility. Still a working farm, they choose to work in harmony with the landscape here, managing the hedgerows carefully and using older, traditional methods of hay harvesting which are less intrusive. Guests are free to make use of the farm’s fruit and vegetable garden and there are even three fishing lakes within walking distance if you fancy catching your own supper.
You’ll feel you’ve entered an enchanted world when you reach these three timber-frame and whitewash cottages, set down a rural track near Chilham about six miles from Canterbury. Each of the 15th-century properties has a large garden, open fireplaces or wood burning stoves, and wonderful views. They are amid chalk downland and near forests, water meadows and lakes - and with the Pilgrims Way footpath very close they make a perfect base for walkers. Rooms: one cottage sleeping two; one cottage sleeping three; one cottage sleeping five Prices: smaller cottages from £190 (to £285 high season) for two-night breaks; larger cottage from £330 (to £440) for two nights. Longer stays also available
Chambercombe Manor has a rich and intrigue-filled history stretching back to the 11th century. It is reputedly the site of many paranormal happenings; it even starred on Living TV's Most Haunted series recently. Spooky stories abound, such as the tale of a young woman's skeleton found sealed into a chamber. For an unusual day out, attend one of the regular paranormal events with mediums present. Regain your strength with a light lunch or cream tea in the charming buttery, or a peaceful stroll around the gardens.
Chambercombe Manor is near Ilfracombe, which is a National Express destination. It can also be reached by catching the train to Barnstaple via Exeter, and taking a bus or taxi from there.
Larch & Spruce Cottages
These two Scandinavian-style cottages are situated in a field next to the 16th-century White Horse Inn pub in the Box Valley. Plenty of footpaths leave straight from the doorstep and the South Suffolk cycle route running close by. The cottages, Larch and Spruce, each sleep up to four people and come with a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge area with TV and DVD player and ‘wet room’ style bathroom. If there are more of you to squeeze in, you can set up some tents in the camping field next door, and don’t forget to try the home cooked food and home brewed beer at the pub before you leave.
The nearest railway station is Ipswich. A short taxi ride will take you to the cottages; see TrainTaxi. Route 1 on the National Cycle Network and the South Suffolk Cycle Route provide access for cyclists.
Riverside Caravan Park
Owned and managed by the Marshall family since the 1960s, this unspoilt campsite is perched on the banks of the River Wenning, within walking distance of the traditional market town of High Bentham. Screened by trees and natural hillsides, there are spacious pitches available for holiday home owners, tourers, caravans and motor homes, as well as two holiday cottages available to rent. All pitches also come with electric and TV hook ups. Locally, there are plenty of walking and cycling trails to explore and a local golf course, whilst on site there is an adventure park for kids and extensive fishing opportunities both by the river and in the well-stocked lake.
Sprotts Farm Holiday Cottages
These four cottages have been converted from former farm buildings on Sprott’s Farm, set in 10 acres of tranquil countryside. The former Dairy, Granary and Stables are now one and two bedroom properties clustered together with their own private patio gardens. There is also the two bedroom ‘Brambles’ which is set apart in its own gravel garden with a lawned area and pond. All the properties have fully equipped kitchens, and living areas with a TV, DVD player and CD player, and have access to utilities such as dishwashers and washing machines. The farm itself is a haven for wildlife, so keep an eye out for pheasant, badgers and owls, as well as the carpets of wildflowers that cover the banks and woods throughout the spring and summer. Located in the pretty village of Polstead, there is a local pub and village shop within walking distance, and the market towns of Hadleigh and Sudbury are just a couple of miles away.
The nearest railway station is Ipswich. From there, take the 91 bus to Bower House, then walk along Holt Road. Boxford Link A3 on the National Cycle Network also goes to Polstead, the nearest village.
Broadway Manor Cottages
Four award winning Cotswold holiday cottages and an apartment, run by Ross and Debbie Williamson of Broadway Manor Cottages, are located in the grounds of a Cotswold manor house, which dates back to the 16th century in the picturesque village of Broadway in the Cotswolds AONB. Located on The Cotswold Way National Trail at West End, the cottages are just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village with its independent restaurants, traditional pubs, art and antique galleries and boutique shops. The cottages have a 4 star VisitBritain grading, GTBS Gold award and were awarded Gold in the 2015 and 2014 Cotswolds Tourism Awards for Sustainable Tourism. Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome accreditation.
Manor Cottages offers a wide selection of holiday cottages to rent in the Cotswolds; from cosy one bedroomed apartments and cottages to a magnificent Hall which sleeps 20 people. Properties do vary in look, style and feel and this is reflected in the price.
Warren House Farm
Surrounded by fields of horses and sheep, these three self-catering cottages, sleeping four or five, date from the 18th century. Exposed stonework and beams meet frills and easy-clean lino. Each has a lovely enclosed garden, patio and extensive views over the Yorkshire countryside. Tucked away in a secluded corner of the owner’s farm near the village of Brandsby, they are peaceful retreats from which to explore the joys of the Howardian Hills. At the end of a day’s hiking or sightseeing, gather around an open fire in your comfortable sitting room or enjoy the evening sun in your garden. From £390 per week.
Culls Cottage, sits in the unspoilt, quintessential Cotswold village of Southrop, an ideal base to explore all the highlights of The Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford or Bath. A traditional stone cottage dating from 1670, it has been lovingly restored to preserve the traditional and lavished with contemporary luxuries to bring it bang up to date. Enjoy the stunning ¼ of an acre, private garden with numerous places to sit and relax, is a haven in summer. Three double bedrooms means that Culls can comfortably sleep six and there is a double sofa bed in the lounge, should you need that too. Families are welcome; cots and high chairs are available free of charge, as well as free wifi. The house holds Four Stars and a Gold for excellence in service and quality with Visit England, and is the current holder of the Cotswold Tourism Awards ‘ Self Catering Holiday Provider of 2015’ (together with its sister cottage – The Chestnuts in nearby Shilton). Awarded a Gold with the Green Tourism Business scheme and the Silver Award with the Cotswold Tourism awards 2015. Cottages sleep 8-10 and from £999 per week
Up a lovely tree-lined drive in a secluded spot in the middle of the Mendips are these four stone cottages. Built of natural materials, the cottages have comfortable, cosy interiors and sunny views. There’s a pool, bike hire and bbq area, too. Cheddar Gorge is 5 miles away.
Take the train to Wells Railway Station, and from there take the 126 bus to Sandford Batch. Turn right down Shipham Lane and you will find the cottage. Nearby is Route 26 on the National Cycle Network.
Egyptian cotton sheets, down duvets, brass beds, oak floorboards, wood-burning stoves, squidgy sofas and details fit for interiors’ photo-shoots, make these two 18th century cottages a cut above the rest. Rosedene cottage, with its country kitchen and Aga, sleeps four, while neighbouring Strawberry cottage, a converted stables with vaulted ceilings and beams, sleeps two. They are connected by a large garden with tables and chairs. The peaceful hamlet of Nunnington is surrounded by many good walks in the Howardian Hills but you may find it hard to drag yourselves away from the luxurious comfort of your holiday cottage. From £395 per week.
Mazzard Farm Holiday Cottages
Situated just 15 minutes from the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth, half way up East Hill, are 17 acres of old apple farm, home to 6 gorgeous, contemporary cottages, sleeping between 2 and 10 (24 max.) cottages, gardens, an orchard, private woods, play areas and a large courtyard with picnic tables and BBQ. Weekend / midweek £210 - £525; full week £350 - £1,395 max fee (sleeps 10 in high season) is £2,495
Heath Farm Holiday Cottages
Heath Farm has solar panels, a wood pellet boiler, cut flowers and greenery from the grounds for the cottages to minimise buying foreign flowers, a local patisserie business on the premises provides handmade chocolates and local Banbury cakes for the guests' welcome, have a new, safe bike shed, a place to wash bikes and a place to dry wet/dirty clothes and boots and they have 70 acres of grounds for guests to wander. Part of The Green Tourism initiative awarded a 'silver' in Green Tourism. They began a conservation project and focus on supporting diversity for wildlife habitats by planting shrubs and low growing trees around the plantation margins as this is where most animals like to live. The old farm buildings were renovated using local stone (some from the premises and the rest from local quarry and villages). 5 cottages available from £381 per week.
Tucked away in the old orchard just a hop from the River Tamar (heaven for twitchers), the delightful dog-friendly pine chalets – all named after old Cornish apple varieties, of course – have airy open plan living and cheerful interiors, offering the perfect family escape. Each chalet has a sundeck, parasol and chairs in fenced gardens. The two white stone cottages – Bramley and Orchard – have beams, log-burners and a cosy cottage feel. Let your little ones run riot in the heathland and woods, and there are activities aplenty – horse riding, cycling, surfing.
The closest railway station is Looe. It is perhaps easiest to book a taxi from the station using TrainTaxi. Looe is also near Route 2 on the Natioknal Cycle Network.
Arreton Manor Yurt
It may have a self-catering cottage and two B&B rooms on offer but it’s a yurt in the grounds that really sets Arreton Manor apart. Available from June to September, this canvas hideaway sleeps two and comes with a wrought-iron bed and sofa. Set, rather magically, by an old stone wall there’s a parterre in front of it and a knot garden beyond. Guests booking in here also get to use a little bunting-strewn, solar-lit log cabin. Inside this is a simple kitchen, wooden dining table and shower space. From £100, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 8. Nearest stop: Arreton Manor.
The Organic Farm Shop
There are lots of different ways to stay on Abbey Home Farm whether you choose a tent, a yurt, the hut, the shepherds hut or the lovely holiday cottage. The shop and cafe are open on Sundays so you can enjoy a homegrown sunday lunch and/or a good browse in the shop as well as long walks on the farm or sightseeing around Cirencester. Bring/come on your own bikes or hire them locally - its not too hilly here! Prices from £12 per night for camping
The nearest train station is Kemble, which is 5 miles from Cirencester.
Bus number 881/855 runs from the station to Cirencester town centre.
Fishermen's Retreat is one of four artisan cottages which border the banks of the Midford Brook. Originally built for the Somerset Canal workers in the late 1800s, it is in the secluded location in the tiny hamlet of Tucking Mill in the Midford Valley and makes it the ideal place to relax and unwind, but it is less than 15 minutes' drive from Bath city centre. This high quality self-catering accommodation has been awarded a 4 star rating by Visit England, and has also been recognised with awards for welcoming cyclists and walkers with secure cycle storage and facilities for drying clothes. There are many delightful countryside walks and cycle routes on your doorstep, including Sustrans Route 24 which goes through the newly opened Two Tunnels providing direct access to Bath. If you have a fly fishing rod and a river licence you are welcome to fish in the Midford Brook at the bottom of the garden or go for a Hawk Walk with Jay, the falconer next door. Cottage from £196 per night.
By train Fishermen’s Retreat is located 2.9 miles from Bath Train/BusStation. Taxi fare approx. £12.
Callestock Courtyard Cottages
Cornish pasties straight from Liz’s oven every Tuesday, breakfast hampers bursting with local goodies and irresistible cream teas (aga-baked scones) on arrival: the food alone is reason enough to stay here. The six lovely barns and cottages have sleek, contemporary interiors (leather sofas, wood-burners, oak furniture) and there’s plenty to do without the car – a bumper pack of ideas awaits you in the cottages. Liz and Nick are super green, too: they have even installed photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine. From £320 per week.
From Newquay Railway Station, catch the 586 bus to Zelah, Two Barrows Hill. Take the first right and then the first left until you see the cottages. Route 32 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network pass through Zelah.
Whether you’re looking for a country cottage in Southwold, a seaside retreat in Aldeburgh or a traditional beach hut, Suffolk Secrets has some absolute gems in its collection. Winners of the 2011 Green Small Business of the Year Award, this independent and family owned holiday lettings agency believes that helping to preserve the ‘raw material’ of their beautiful natural surroundings is the secret to their success and have a wide range of beautiful historic buildings in their portfolio. You’ll discover wonderful properties like the architect designed ‘Sun Deck’ nestled on Aldeburgh’s famous high street and a wonderful barn conversion in the grounds of a Grade II listed Old Rectory near Lavenham with its own swimming pool and tennis court.
Sproxton Hall Cottages
On the long-distance Ebor Way footpath, in the hamlet of Sproxton, these four 18th century holiday cottages, sleeping four or five, make a good base for walkers. As well as the 76-mile long distance path, there are easy walks to the market town of Helmsley, just three miles away or a two-mile amble to Oswaldkirk. When you’re not hiking across hills, you could be relaxing at the picnic table with pastoral views or even helping out with bottle-feeding the farm’s lambs. Dogs are welcome in two of the cottages. From £240 per week.
A dynamic Dutch couple run Dutch House, which combines wildlife garden, courtyard café, child-friendly art workshop and shop with a one-bedroom B&B in its own separate traditional farm cottage. The bedroom is spacious and light, with quirky touches such as a branch hung with coat-hangers. The bedroom looks onto the garden, tended by Sjaak Kastelijn, former manager of the Museum Gardens in York who is passionate about ecological gardening. Downstairs you have your own private ‘snug’ with wood-burner, piano and breakfast table. Breakfast is, appropriately, continental rather than full English. From £70 per night.
Clifton Farm Cottage
This old stone cottage was once a milking parlour and the sunny courtyard was where cows would wait to be milked. In 2006 it was converted into a two-bedroom self-catering cottage on this family-run working farm. A welcome pack of farm eggs, homemade bread, butter and cake awaits you. After afternoon tea, fire up the barbecue and enjoy views of the Yorkshire Wolds; break out the paint box and imagine you’re David Hockney. The cottage, with modern pine furniture and velour settees, has all the mod-cons you would expect, including a washing machine. From
This pretty holiday cottage adjoins the owner’s farmhouse on Higher Landskill Farm, a 100-acre working sheep and stock rearing farm with spectacular views which has been owned and run by the Kelsall family for over 100 years. The centrally-heated cottage sleeps up to five people, and has its own enclosed garden complete with garden furniture, barbecue, swings, slide and even a trampoline. It’s a great base for wildlife lovers, as the owners work closely with the RSPB to manage the land and encourage breeding birds, whilst keen walkers and cyclists will find several footpaths and cycle paths leaving right from their doorstep.
If you’ve ever wished for a rose-garlanded thatched cottage with a big garden, this is your dream come true. This 300-year old listed building in a tiny hamlet will soften the heart of hardened urbanites with its country charm. The garden is a scene from Tales of the Riverbank, with its varied wildlife, welcomed with nesting boxes. There are fabulous walks straight from the front door, such as the East Devon Way. There’s a discount for those who arrive by public transport; not too difficult as Sidmouth is just five minutes’ bus ride away. From £276 for a three night break, to £395 per week.
Church Farm Country Cottages
Formerly old cow byres, these 4* cottages have been tastefully converted leaving vaulted ceilings and the beams exposed: there’s also a large, 4* Gold, converted barn with five bedrooms. Ideal for visiting Bath, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds; the cottages are close to the city but surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 8 cootages available from £345 oer week
Boswell Farm Cottages
Seven beautiful stone cottages surround a courtyard, each with their own private enclosed garden. Although the buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries, today’s visitor will find lots of frills, literally. You can choose between a former dairy, just for two, or a house where cider was pressed, which sleeps up to nine. There’s a tennis court, a babbling brook, a pond full of wildlife and acres of fields. As well as a gold award for its green tourism efforts, the farm welcomes well-behaved dogs. Sidmouth is just a two-mile walk away. From £395 for a two-night break.
Home Farm Cottages
In the attractive village of Slingsby in the Howardian Hills these two pretty stone cottages with red pantiles have been sensitively converted from old farm buildings. They are both on the ground floor and are accessible for wheelchairs. One, The Stables, sleeping five to six, has a new conservatory and both have some outdoor space. It is easy to reach here by public transport: there are trains to Malton from where there are hourly buses for the 25-minute journey (last one 1800).
These 4* self-catering cottages sleep 2-8 and are newly converted from traditional Lancashire stone farm buildings and surrounded by 200 acres of beautiful farmland. The cottages sleep from four to eight people, with large open plan kitchen and dining areas, a private patio area and all are centrally heated by an eco-friendly wood pellet boiler. They also have access to a large communal games room with lots of indoor games to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day. The Gardner family who run this farm have won awards for their conservation efforts, and it’s a wonderful area for bird watching and wildlife spotting with its wide open skies and far-reaching views.
Elmfield Farm Cottages
What a haven. Rent a cottage on this small, charming farm about seven miles from Canterbury and you’ll be among sheep, alpacas, ducks, pigs and hens. Owners Andrew and Harriet Wishart welcome guests with a homemade cake and are more than happy to have children in the properties - kids have their own garden to play in and may help feed the animals. One of the four cottages here has wheelchair access, another two have been made from bales of locally grown straw. Rooms: two cottages sleeping four; two cottages sleeping six Prices: two-bedroom cottages from £183 (to £667 high season) for a short break; three-bedroom cottage from £253 (to £972 high season) for a short break
Park House B&B
Two workers’ cottages were converted to form Park House, which boasts an amazing location in the grounds of Jervaulx Abbey – and it’s the home of the abbey’s owners Carol and Ian Burdon. Partly built with stone from the abbey, the house is full of tasteful antiques, and each of the four guest rooms is finished to immaculate standards (the luxury room even has a whirlpool bath) – capturing that home away from home feeling. The little touches here make a big difference – from complimentary tea and cakes on arrival to free entry into the abbey. For those seeking peace and quiet book in now – Park House is a kid-free zone.
Webbington Farm Holiday Cottages
Deep in cider-making country are these three converted oak-beamed barns, set around a courtyard on a working cattle farm. Sleeping between 4-6 people, each barn has beautiful well-equipped kitchens, pretty quilts on comfy beds, and leather sofas. The owners are committed to the environment and have planted 10,000 trees on the farm, replanted an apple orchard and have installed a reed bed. Keen anglers will appreciate a spot of private fishing (the farm has its own river frontage on the River Axe) and kids will love getting to know the animals on site.
The nearest railway station is Weston Milton. From there, you can arrange a short journey by cab to the cottages. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi. The area is easily accessible by bicycle, with local routes including Routes 33 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
If the names aren’t enough to entice you, then the interiors certainly will. The two cottages – Peace & Plenty, and Ring & Thimble – are characterful and cosy, with bespoke country kitchens (Ring & Thimble has an aga), wood-burners in cottagey sitting rooms, and brass beds in the bedrooms. Fresh flowers on sills, fridges stocked with local apple juice, a trug of seasonal vegetables from the farm in the kitchen, and guests get a true Cornish welcome with cream teas on arrival. Children will enjoy making friends with the farmyard animals (the cottages are on a 25-acre smallholding), collecting eggs from the chickens and spotting wildlife in the conservation pond. Heaven. From £495 per week.
The nearest railway station is Penzance, from where you can take the 10 bus to Heamoor. Turn right along Bolitho Road, and then left all the way up Chapel Road until you see the cottages on your right. Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network also run through Penzance.
This homely two-bedroom self-catering cottage in the village of Slingsby shares a large garden to the rear, with a lawn that is perfect for kicking a ball around. Slingsby is easy to reach by public transport, being served by regular buses from Malton, where there is a train station. The bus stop is just 200 metres away from the house. The village pub is only two doors away.
Attention to detail is what makes Rebecca and Donald’s family-friendly 19th century, single-storey holiday cottage, Easthorpe Lodge, so special. Many little things a family with children could need are provided, from baby wipes to cotton buds and books. With its well-equipped kitchen, cooks enjoy it too. Interiors mix pale walls and carpets with antique and contemporary furniture while the neat walled garden is all country cottage charm. Just three miles from Malton, this quiet spot is easy to reach by train and bike. There’s a secure garage for bikes and maps with cycle routes. Sleeps 4+1. From £305 per week.
This family run B&B with 3 bedrooms at Old Farm is based in the farmhouse which dates back to the 15th Century. A working farm, the family breed sheep, cattle and their very own Glamrock pigs (half Gloucestershire Old Spot, quarter Hampshire and quarter Duroc) as well as producing cereals to sell and hay and silage to feed to the stock over the winter months. The Farm Shop sells home reared meats and free range eggs. They also run a small campsite in one of the fields next to the farm which can host 5 caravans and 5 tents at any one time. B&B from £50, camping from £10 a night
It's hard to believe that Hen Glyn was once considered derelict. Having been restored using largely sustainable materials, this Grade II listed cottage now effortlessly combines the modern and the traditional, with original 18th century wooden beams and panelling decorating the otherwise contemporary interiors. Sleeping up to 4, this is also easily one of the best accommodations in the region for walkers; the farm has some 230 acres to explore, while countless way-marked routes start right on the doorstep. In the evenings, rest your weary legs in Hen Glyn's heated outdoor hot tub and gaze out over the surrounding hillside.
Recharge your batteries at Beechenhill Farm, an organic dairy farm in the heart of the Peak District. Two comfortable B&B rooms (one double, one family room) are simply decorated with wonderful views over the lovely garden and grazing sheep beyond. Breakfast, of course, is organic - feast on homemade yoghurt, bread and jam. Sue and Terry are devoted to protecting the environment and are proud of their 'eco-ventures' - you can even hold your eco-wedding here. There's a farm trail to explore, Swedish hot tub to soak in and an art studio. Discover the local area on one of their electric bikes. There are cottages to rent if you prefer to self-cater.
Reviewed by Rhiannon Batten:
"As with her paintings, Sue has the B&B business down to a fine art. For a relaxing weekend in a family-run, farmhouse setting, with access to glorious National Park scenery literally on the doorstep, Beechenhill is hard to beat. Not least because the welcome here is so heartfelt."
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West Leas Farm
The stone barns on West Leas Farm close to Ripon, have been converted into five lovely cottages. Each has its own character, though all offer everything you need for self-catering in comfort (they sleep from two to five people). The villages of Kirkby Malzeard and Galphay are within walking distance and the location’s great for exploring all Nidderdale has to offer.
Long Chimney Farm
Long Chimney Farm has three spacious cottages, converted from a flint barn and stables. There are wooden floors, flat screen TVs and wood-burning stoves. It’s not a working farm, but the owners keep busy with their measures to encourage local wildlife and are members of the Devon Wildlife Trust. There are far-reaching sea views - the farm is just a two-mile walk from the Jurassic Coast. If fossils and coastal walks can’t tempt you away from the peaceful 20-acres, there’s a small gym, sauna, outdoor heated pool, games room and wi-fi throughout. From £201 for 6 people for two nights; £335 per week.
Ty Gwydr is an innovative, ultra modern take on the traditional countryside bolt-hole. You'll be impressed by the open plan kitchen with its ceiling to floor windows that look out over the surrounding mountains, as well as the comfortable, cosy bedrooms (one of which even houses a four poster bed). It's also very green, with ground source heating and efficient wool insulation. It was also painted using Ecological lime wash paints. Outside, there's a beautiful landscaped garden and decking, plus a private 8 person hot tub! There's also plenty of outdoor activities nearby, including Llangorse indoor climbing and rope centre, a couple of pony trekking centres and boating and water skiing on the lake.
The Grove Cottages
A selection of 28 self-catering cottages, huts and barns, each with their own unique character and set in peaceful country surroundings. There’s the two bedroom Orchard Cottage with its inglenook fireplace and low, beamed ceilings, or Borleymere Shepherd’s Hut located in a gorgeous wildflower meadow - perfect for a romantic break. Larger groups can stay at Oakleys, a 15th- century half hall house located in the bustling medieval village of Long Melford and sleeps up to seven people. Family groups may want to book in for a relaxing break at Woodfarm House, a 15th- century thatched farm house which also sleeps up to seven people and is surrounded by open fields, giving the young ones plenty of space to spread out and run around.
These nine self catering cottages have been converted from traditional farm buildings into comfortable accommodation for between 2-8 people. Lovely original features, such as exposed beams and oak studs, have been combined with brand new luxury bathrooms and modern kitchen and living room spaces with all the mod cons including flat screen TV’s, DVD players and iPod docks. Many of the cottages also have a private patio or terrace, and the one-bed romantic cottage has its own private hot tub. The farm is set in 22 acres of rolling countryside and makes a great base for exploring the area on foot or by bike. The owners have also received a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme for their ecological efforts, and it shows in the smallest of details, such as using energy efficient lighting, and providing fair trade tea and coffee for their guests.
The nearest railway station is Colchester. From there, take the 84 bus to Nayland.Cyclists can use Routes 1 or 13 on the National Cycle Network to access the area.
Merlin Farm Holiday Cottages
A collection of cool, contemporary cottages near the away-from-it-all beach at Mawgan Porth, Merlin Farm is the last word in luxurious, eco-sensitive holiday accommodation. The compact but cosy studio sleeps two whilst the terraced eco houses each sleep up to four and have stunning glass-fronted living rooms that reach up to the apex; all are gorgeously green with bespoke, design-led interiors throughout. Private courtyards are separated by wicker fencing – the views are of rolling hills but you can hear the crashing of the waves on the nearby beach. The cottages are baby, child and dog-friendly, too. Plenty of wildlife-friendly measures in place, including bat and owl boxes to encourage winged locals. From £250 per week.
From Newquay Railway Station, take the 556 bus to Mawgan Porth. Keeping right the whole way, a short walk will bring you to the cottages.
Terrington Holiday Cottages
Sixty acres of lavender grow on the outskirts of Terrington. With the soporific scent wafting on the breeze, you should sleep well in these three well-maintained holiday cottages right in the centre of the village. The cottages, in stone buildings with red tiled roofs, sleep from two to five. Nearby, there’s a fine Norman church, more pretty stone cottages, surrounding hills for walks, a friendly pub and a village stores-cum-art gallery and café. There are occasional film screenings, cabaret shows and lectures in the village hall. Before long you may feel like a local. From £246 per week.
Set in 29 acres of woodland, Helme Pasture is a picturesque country retreat with Scandinavian-style lodges and self-catering cottages. The newly-designed wooden lodges, which blend perfectly into the surrounding woods, sleep from two to eight people, while the well-equipped stone cottages sleep up to four. The location is perfect for checking out the area’s market towns and villages and natural attractions – and then returning to your own home sweet home.
Mossy thatched roofs, wisteria-clad walls, views of rolling countryside and dinky rooms with beams and low ceilings: the six properties of Lea Hill are chocolate box sweet. Whether it’s the upstairs, one-bedroom Kingfisher apartment or two-bedroom Nuthatch, these cottages, each with their own enclosed garden, offer you a taste of remote, bucolic bliss. When you know that about 50% of the electricity comes from renewables - solar PV panels - it’s like gorging on strawberry creams with half the calories. From £230 for 2 for a three-night break, or £300 per week.
Lower Gill Holidays
This collection of holiday cottages nestles in a pretty, wooded glade at the end of a private road, surrounded by open farmland. The cottages (which sleep between four and 12) and the farmhouse (which sleeps up to 12) are all furnished to a high standard and come with their own patio areas which merge into landscaped gardens. Perfect for energetic kids, the site offers a heated indoor swimming pool, games room with table tennis, pool table, snooker table, seven-a-side football field and outdoor tennis court. Or if you want to take things at a more sedate pace, then explore the farm’s very own wildlife walk where you’re sure to spot an abundance of birds, deer and wild flowers.