- Neilston, ScotlandSituated on a working farm with woodland walks direct from the door, this detached barn conversion is only a short drive from Paisley and Glasgow, with museums, gardens, art galleries superb shopping, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. It is also only 35 miles from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas with excellent outdoor activities to be enjoyed, including walking, cycling, golf, fishing, pony trekking and water sports. Ayrshire with its stunning coastline, sandy beaches and historic sites is nearby, and the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae make for a great day out. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Stirling can be reached in an hour. Beach 18 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.£74Price per night from
- Llandrindod Wells, WalesIf you fancy sitting in the hot tub with a glass of fizz and taking in the views of the countryside and the animals on this farm, then this property is for you. Dolview is a two bedroomed bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, in the village of Pen-y-Bont, offering open plan living space and great views of the Welsh countryside. Take a wander to the local village, which offers shops, a pub and restaurant. If you are a keen golfer, then the nearest course is 5 miles away. The Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells has plenty to offer in the way of amenities, and has a beautiful lake for that sunny afternoon walk. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.£66Price per night from
- Happisburgh, EnglandThis stunning location is perfect for exploring the best of Norfolk with its amazing coastline and famous Norfolk Broads. A favourite choice for summer and winter escapes. Nestled in the countryside with a lovely garden and extended views across open countryside, and just a 5-minutes’ drive to the excellent sandy beach at Sea Palling, and 10 minutes’ drive from the amazing Norfolk Broads National Park. Boasting contemporary open plan living accommodation with wood burner for cosy nights in, sympathetically and beautifully refurbished to offer modern conveniences, yet still retaining plenty of charm. Situated in a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is rich in bird and wildlife. The area offers great walking and cycling from doorstep, the Coastal Route is popular with enthusiasts.
A great place to return to is the lovely lawn garden with seating furniture and delightful uninterrupted countryside views, or a short walk away is the award-winning pub serving good food. Nearby are the glorious sandy beaches at Sea Palling, Waxham and Horsey Gap, often visited by seals with their pups during winter months. Visit the famous lighthouse at Happisburgh, Sea Palling with shops, café, restaurants and jet ski hire for the adrenaline seekers! Wroxham, known as capital of the Norfolk Broads, 9 miles, has many waterside cafés, restaurants, shops and daily river trips and daily boat hire available. You can also catch the Bure Valley Steam Railway here for a wonderful trip to the market town of Aylsham, or take the train to Cromer, which is a traditional seaside resort with pier and promenade. The nearest village is Stalham, with its supermarket, shops, cafés and restaurants.
Historical attractions include many National Trust properties including Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall and Horsey Windpump. Other places of interest include Sheringham, 22 miles, home to the North Norfolk Steam Railway and the National Trust Sheringham Gardens. Or visit the city of Norwich with its cathedral, castle, museums, galleries, restaurants, cinema, theatre and shopping with two malls and market square. Beach 3 miles. Pub ¼ mile, Shop and restaurant 1 ¾ miles.£81Price per night from
- York, EnglandSituated within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, these carefully converted barns now provide two beautiful holiday cottages in a secluded, south facing, courtyard setting with stunning, uninterrupted views over Ryedale. Riccal Heads (ITS) has a large dining table which can seat 10 people, perfect if both properties are booked together. The area is excellent for both walking and cycling and the picturesque villages and quaint market towns await exploration. Hutton le Hole (1½ miles), is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum, giving an insight into traditions of the past, Helmsley
(10 miles) has a weekly market, an abundance of traditional teashops and the historic attractions of Duncombe Park, the Walled Garden and Norman castle ruins. Easily accessible is Dalby Forest with its 9 mile scenic drive and an award-winning visitor centre. The North York Moors Steam Railway offers a step back in time and a leisurely way to enjoy the scenery. Departing from Pickering
(10 miles) it passes through Goathland and Grosmont on its way to Whitby, with its stunning coastline and ancient abbey. Nunnington Hall, Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey are close by and the historic city of York just an hour’s drive away. Riding and golf available locally. Shop 5 miles, pub ¾ mile.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.£90Price per night from
- ScotlandThis lovely semi-detached cottage is ideally located just off the high street in the Perthshire town of Auchterarder. Famous for its mile long high street, you are within walking distance to the many fine cafes, restaurants, bars, award winning butchers, delis, bakeries, independent shops and boutiques. The accommodation is all on one level and consists of a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a family bathroom, a tastefully furnished kitchen/dining room and an immaculately presented living room. Rossie Cottage is perfect for families, friends and couples who are wanting to explore the area.
The local area is surrounded by beautiful scenery and countryside, and there are many outdoor activities to suit all tastes, including walking, cycling, mountain biking and fishing. For days out you can visit Stirling, just over a 30-minute drive, with its historic castle, the National Wallace Monument, the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, riverside walks, shopping centre and plenty of places to eat.
For those looking for a golfing holiday, then Auchterarder Golf Course and the famous championship Gleneagles Golf Course are close by, as well as several other excellent golf courses in the area. There are several whisky distilleries where you can see the distilling and sample a dram including The Famous Grouse. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is just over a 30-minute drive, where you can explore the spectacular countryside. Families will enjoy a trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park and Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre. A great location for friends and family visiting students at Stirling University, or attending one of the graduation ceremonies.
Crieff and Perth are only a short drive away, and you are just over an hour’s drive to the heart of Glasgow and Edinburgh. If you prefer to leave the car behind, then the local railway station provides links to all major towns and cities, and there is a regular bus service from the high street. Beach 33 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.£75Price per night from
- Hunstanton, EnglandTucked away alongside South Beach, a wonderful wide sandy stretch of coastline at the southern end of the popular seaside resort of Hunstanton, known to many as ‘Sunny Hunny’. Famous for its miles of beautiful beach, stretching all the way up the coast onto Snettisham. Its majestic red and white cliffs provide wonderful walking for all seasons, also revealing many low-tide rock pools. This coastal home is a 1-minute walk to the excellent sandy beach and just 10 minutes’ walk to the town centre. Having a wealth of attractions, including seasonal boat trips to see the grey seals, a Sea Life Centre, fun fair, amusement arcades, and a host of other seaside attractions too. After enjoying a day at the beach, or a wonderful coastal walk, you will be pleased to find a list of great places to eat and drink nearby.
This upside-down seaside home offers two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor, with stairs leading to the first floor open plan living area, directing you to a veranda with partial sea views including an enclosed garden to the rear of the property.
Neighbouring Heacham is home to Norfolk Lavender, and the Royal Sandringham House is 9.5 miles, home of the Royal Family since 1861. Further inland, within an hours’ drive, you will find the famous Norfolk Broads National Park, miles of waterways best explored by boat with daily boat hire available locally and plenty of riverside restaurants to enjoy. Not to forget the historic city of Norwich, a must for any shopaholics, having two indoor shopping malls, market square, theatre, cathedral, castle museum and plenty of eateries to enjoy. Beach 30 yards. Shops, pub, and restaurant within 600 yards.£80Price per night from
- Portscatho, EnglandShorelines is a proper Cornish cottage with thick stone walls, low ceilings, and bags of character, sympathetically modernised to provide a stylish and comfortable retreat. A modern kitchen, cosy living room with wood burner and a bright sun room opens onto an enclosed private rear patio, whilst upstairs there are two lovely bedrooms; one double and one twin room. Finishing this cottage is the family bathroom, also upstairs and the wonderful patio garden, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine in the evening.
This pretty bijou cottage in the heart of the delightful harbour village of Portscatho, just off the village square, sits opposite a pub and about a minute’s walk from Portscatho Beach. The coastal path passes just a few yards from your door, enticing you to wander along the enchanting coastline and enjoy the dramatic seascape of Gerrans Bay that has inspired generations of artists. Rise early, sneak down to the harbour and experience one of Cornwall’s beautiful sunrises or take a gentle lunchtime stroll along to enjoy a delicious al fresco meal overlooking Porthcurnick Beach at the famous beachside cafe. Hire a kayak and explore the serenity of the upper reaches of the Percuil River on a rising tide. How about finishing the day with a Michelin star meal at the nearby hotel? Once you stay in this tiny piece of paradise on the Roseland Peninsula, you will never want to leave! Beach ¼ mile.£68Price per night from
Nagden House is a well-known property in the Faversham area, this creekside retreat is situated in an unusual and unique location, in the middle of Graveney marshes, on a tidal creek with private jetty. It is perfect for couples or family groups as well as the ideal venue for a celebration or special occasion. Bird enthusiasts of all ages will adore the views of the active marsh bird life which can be seen from every window.
Finished to a high standard, Nagden House boasts a large kitchen with double range cooker, Nespresso machine, and Le Creuset pans which the chef in your party will adore spending time with, a bespoke handmade oak dining table and French doors opening onto a large patio area overlooking the creek. Those panoramic views can be enjoyed in winter and summer alike, sheltering from the elements inside the comfort of the warm dining room, or basking in the Kentish summer sunshine outside; the only noise the abundant bird life all around.
After a long leisurely lunch, adjourn to the comfortable sitting room with its roaring wood burner, or repair to the charming puzzle and reading corner with vintage record player along with board games, puzzles, books and an unusual selection of vinyls to choose from, if the Sonos sound system is becoming too predictable. Alternatively, hunker down in the cinema and karaoke room next door, which can double as a playroom for parties with tinier guests, with a large 65 inch Smart TV and a wide selection of films and extensive songbook to belt out en-masse.
Later in the evening head upstairs to the five elegantly-styled double bedrooms, all with stunning creek views to wake up to. The family bathroom boasts a roll top freestanding bath, while the dual-aspect master bedroom is the perfect place to watch the sun disappear over the marshes from the Juliet balcony, usually with a great colourful fanfare.
Newly added in summer 2020, Nagden House has a huge exterior dining and seating area, including an electric-heated, 7ft Canadian cedar wood hot tub and outdoor shower. Enjoy a sunset dip in the creek, warm up with sundowners afterwards in the hot tub, then adjourn to the day beds, clustered around the fire pit, and watch the sunset sky turn to dusk. There is also a large outdoor pergola and dining table, with accompanying barbecue station and bar area.
The extensive gardens of Nagden House are wonderful in every season, but particularly in summer when the orchard really comes into its own, offering up an abundance of cherries, apples, pears, apricots, damsons and figs. The rare World War II pillbox, now converted into an exciting kids’ fort, will fire up their imaginations, or if that doesn’t tear them away from their screens long enough, successful crabbing at high tide off the jetty should do it. Sunsets from the jetty are easy to photograph well, making absent friends jealous and are always memorable. Even more so if a local seal happens to be passing by.
Cyclists will love the varied local loops straight from the house without even going near a paved road, unless by choice, and there are some bikes available for guests use. Nagden House is situated on the Saxon Shore Way so walkers and foragers can head straight out from the front door, no dog leads required here for four legged guests, and enjoy trailing along the creek across the fields to the sea shore or through the local woods and fields. Intrepid wild swimmers or canoeists can strike off down the creek from the private jetty or walk 20 minutes across the fields to The Swale and foodies can head straight to the famous Sportsman Pub which is 5 minutes down the road, or to the favourite local farm shop Macknades. Nagden House is a beautiful holiday home without parallel, and this quiet creek side haven a place to truly unwind. Beach ½ mile. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£354Price per night from
- Lancaster, EnglandFinished to a very good standard throughout, these three glamping pods (refs UK34514, UK34516 and UK34517) are set in the glorious Lancashire countryside and are perfect as a self-contained getaway for friends and family, or can be booked together for a larger group. All three properties have a built-in barbecue and a firepit outside to be enjoyed, where you can relax in the evenings with a glass of wine while you gaze at the stars. Inside, the pods have underfloor heating throughout to keep you nice and toasty all year round. The open-plan interior consists of a kitchen area with induction hob and microwave, as well as a fridge with freezer compartment. There’s a foldaway dining area with chairs, and a living area with a Smart TV and sofa that can be pulled out to make a comfy bed. Each pod has its own private parking area and enclosed garden.
Situated on a family run farm in Catterall near Garstang, this wonderful glamping retreat has a whole multitude of fun for families and couples who want to immerse themselves in the countryside. With the site sitting next to the canal and a river running next to it, as well as a woodland area, you can while away sunny afternoons splashing in the stream, lazing by the river or enjoying a delicious picnic. Orchard Glamping is positioned right next to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is ideal for those who enjoy walking and outdoor activities.
The popular market town of Garstang is just 2 miles away, offering a variety of individual shops and a weekly market every Thursday. Why not venture to Lancaster, 13 miles, whose attractions include the castle, museum, Tropical Butterfly House, Dukes Theatre and Williamson Park, which hosts various events and plays throughout the summer. The seaside resorts of Morecambe and Blackpool are equally reachable, whilst the Forest of Bowland and, further afield, the wonderful Lake District National Park are within an hour’s drive. Orchard Glamping has everything you need for an idyllic relaxing getaway!£106Price per night from
- Old Leake, EnglandThese 5 holiday cabins, each with furnished verandah for dining al fresco, are located 7 miles from Boston, and 20 miles from Skegness. They are situated just outside the small village of Old Leake where there are two pubs, a supermarket and a children’s play area. The site is ½ mile from the A52 with a regular bus service to Boston and Skegness.
Sheepgate Equestrian Centre is 2 miles away, where National Dressage competitions are held. The local RSPB reserve at Freiston Shore is 5 miles away, whilst Leverton village to the south has a café, supermarket and pub.
There are many country lanes around the site which are ideal for walking and cycling. The cabins overlook an established fishing lake (permit provided), however, guests will also be required to have their own Environment Agency fishing license. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.£64Price per night from