- 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
- East Cowes, EnglandThis beautifully appointed, two-bedroom holiday cottage, which is part of a former lifeboat station and Grade II listed, is located right on the waterfront looking out across to West Cowes and the Solent. It combines the heritage of the coastguard’s boat house (where the life boats were stored) with modern architectural design, offering a bright and airy space, with exposed beams and high vaulted ceilings.
The property is 20 yards from a public slipway, so if guests had a small boat, this could be stored at the property and launched via the slipway straight out into the Medina Estuary and then onto the Solent.
The Boathouse accommodation is on the ground floor and there are lovely walks along the esplanade just outside the property. There is a large, beamed open-plan living space with two sets of patio doors leading out onto the enclosed lawned garden with waterside views. The first cosy bedroom has a kingsize bed an en-suite bathroom, whilst the second bedroom has twin beds.
There is a park nearby with a children’s play area and The Needles, its with chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, is also within easy reach. Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, is nearby, and other attractions include Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle, a donkey sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill, which has a 17th-century working watermill. Osborne House and Gardens (Queen Victoria’s holiday residence), Carisbrooke Castle and the sailing town of Yarmouth are worthy of a visit.
Cowes in the north west of the island is renowned for its sailing. Also within easy reach are vineyards and quaint villages, some with thatched roofs, such as Godshill, Old Shanklin and Brighstone. Outdoor pursuits include scenic walking, horse riding, fishing, cycling, water sports and golf. The island can be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points.£77Price per night from
- York, EnglandCarefully renovated retaining beautiful beams and roof trusses, Bluebell Barn has been converted into a spacious property, with great attention to detail. The open plan living area is filled with light, and boasts a roaring wood burner and polished concrete floors. This single-storey barn conversion also has three bedrooms, each complete with hairdryers and en-suite facilities. The large garden with a patio and comfortable garden furniture offers a perfect place to relax with a glass of wine on warm summer evenings.
Cyclists can enjoy the Sustrans National Cycle Route which passes close by, and there is also a variety of walks from the doorstep. Bluebell Barn also lies on the edge of historical Hagg Wood, where you can take a pleasant stroll. Local attractions include the Yorkshire Air Museum and the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. There is a good bus service into the historic city of York, and Grimston Bar park and ride also gives easy access into the heart of the city. This vibrant walled city appeals to all ages, with its wealth of world-renowned attractions including the iconic minster, castle, Railway Museum, the Jorvik Centre and Cliffords Tower. Why not visit York’s Chocolate Story, it’s informative and delicious? There are art galleries, theatres and quirky shops along the cobbled streets, as well as and numerous pubs serving real ale. Take a trip on the open top bus, walk along the city walls, cruise along the river or enjoy a day at the Knavesmire racecourse. The property is also easily accessible to the North York Moors and the coastal resorts of Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.£126Price per night from
- Melvich, ScotlandSelkie Pod has been designed to a very high standard to offer glamping accommodation in a peaceful setting. It makes the most of truly spectacular views overlooking Strathy Bay and out to the Orkney Isles. Some of the best views you’ll find in the whole of Scotland.
The pod has been handcrafted from quality timber; the outside is clad in larch from managed woodland in the Lake District, which gives a natural finish to blend into the environment. Being constructed on a steel base, with cavity walls and rock wool insulation, means with the heating you’ll be nice and cosy when stopping off on a winter break. Good news for when you’re looking for the Northern Lights! Strathy Bay is an outstanding place to spend some time, and the north coast of Scotland is a very special place.
You’ll find big sandy beaches, open seas and views of faraway islands. Being on the NC500 means you can explore lots of other amazing places whilst stopping at Selkie Pod.£101Price per night from
- Haverfordwest, WalesNolton Haven’s sheltered sandy cove is a 5 minute stroll away down a country lane from this family friendly, well furnished split level holiday home. The open plan kitchen leads into the living area with a wood burner, comfy sofas and enormous floor to ceiling windows which overlook extensive private lawns to the valley beyond. Patio doors open onto private gardens, part wild and part mown, bordered by a stream - ideal for games, picnics and lazy days.
Nolton Haven cottage featured in Homes and Gardens magazine. Eminent local architect (late Monty Minter) designed this contemporary home.
Inland discover the ancient Preseli Hills - heather coated moors dotted with cromlechs to roam - cyclists can explore the gentle rolling foothills along little wooded lanes and bridleways all within an easy drive of this coastal holiday cottage close to beach at Nolton Haven. Beach 1 mile.£102Price 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
- Flamborough, EnglandLocated just a short stroll from the old fishing village of Flamborough with a good selection of shops, inns, pubs and restaurants and only 700 yards from a superb sandy beach, these comfortable and spacious barn conversions with exposed stone and vaulted beamed ceilings are in an ideal holiday location for both winter and summer breaks. Flamborough is a renowned beauty spot and a twenty minute stroll from your doorstep brings you to the headland with views down to the little sandy bay where fishermen still mend their nets - it’s hard to believe that this is the East Yorkshire Coast! Surrounded and protected by a rugged cliff line that provides excellent cliff top walks and breathtaking views across the RSPB Bird Sanctuary at Bempton and onwards to Filey Brigg. Traditional seaside towns such as Bridlington, with miles of sandy beaches, and leisure facilities including a swimming pool and spa pavilion, is just 3 miles. The seaside resort of Scarborough boasts two beautiful beaches and was featured in the TV series The Royal. A leisurely stroll along the South Cliff and Esplanade affords panoramic views across to the 12th century castle ruins. Offering excellent shopping, galleries and museums and of course its very own theatre where plays by the well-known author Alan Ayckbourn can be enjoyed. Other places to visit are Peasholme Park and not forgetting the Sea Life Centre. The historic port of Whitby with its maritime connections, 25 miles, is home to the ancient abbey ruins. Further inland are the North Yorkshire Moors with many quaint little villages. Springtime demands a visit to the daffodil fields at Farndale. Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo offers a family day out, and the market town of Pickering is home to the steam railway where a journey through the Esk valley and on into Goathland - better known as Aidensfield in the TV series ’Heartbeat’ will not disappoint. Historic houses such as Burton Agnes Norman Manor House, 9 miles and Sewerby Hall and Gardens just 3 miles. There is something here for all the family. Golf within 5 miles. Shop and pub 700 yards.£64Price 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
- Washaway, EnglandThis detached holiday cottage, set on a working farm, on the owners estate comprised of farmland and woodland, is fitted and furnished to a good standard and is a perfect place to unwind or explore, either on foot or by car. Situated a few miles from Bodmin and Wadebridge, and a short drive from Padstow with its shops and Polzeath with its beach. Within easy reach of Port Isaac, made famous by TV’s Doc Martin. Along the coast are Tintagel, Boscastle and Newquay with its surfing. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles.£79Price per night from
- Buxton, EnglandFor lovers of the great outdoors, Nield Bank Bungalow, standing detached, offers an idyllic picturesque location, with the final approach to the cottage taking you directly to the centre of the fabulous White Peak countryside. An abundance of walking is available direct from the doorstep, including to the village of Flash (the highest village in England), where you can embark on the Three Shires Heads route, where the counties of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meet.
Although a truly rural location and perfect for getting away from it all, the spa town of Buxton, famous for its water and opera house, is just 5 miles away. A friendly local shop and pub serving food is less than a mile away, and a number of other Peak District towns and villages are easily accessible, including Longnor with its quaint cobbled market square which is just a 10-minute drive. The ever popular villages of Hartington, Eyam and Castleton are all easily reachable in around half an hour, as is the busy market town of Bakewell and the Alton Towers theme park. The magnificent historic houses of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall can be reached in around 40 minutes, as can Matlock with its cable car to the Heights of Abraham. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.£53Price per night from