- Lancaster, EnglandEnjoying an elevated position in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from the moment you drive through the electric gates towards Annabelle’s Cottage you won’t be disappointed. Surrounded by approximately 25 acres of land, it offers the perfect opportunity to experience countryside living and a quieter pace of life.
Set out over one level, charming period features have been beautifully blended with modern day luxuries such as superb stone flag flooring complete with underfloor heating. The spacious living room boasts a wood burner, and in the en-suite bathroom is the most unique walk-in shower plus a luxurious roll top bath. Outside you’ll find a patio area perfect for a morning coffee or al-fresco dining, and the fields beyond stretch out as far as the eye can see. The landscaped grounds that are shared with the friendly owners who live on-site, include a large duck pond and 800 metres of wonderful river frontage where you can picnic and barbecue during the warm summer months.
The small market town of Garstang can be reached in a 10-minute drive, and provides a full range of amenities including a large supermarket, pubs, restaurants and a selection of independent shops and casual eateries. The cities of both Lancaster and Preston are also easily reachable in around a 30- minute drive. The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 312 square miles, and once more provides the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with peaceful, remote walking and cycling available. The Lake District National park can be reached in around an hour, or for those wanting to swap countryside for coast, the seaside resorts of Blackpool and Lytham St Annes are around a 45-minute drive. You really are spoilt for choice.£129From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Lowestoft, EnglandA truly unique award-winning retreat that just oozes style and luxury with all the comfort of home along East Anglia’s ‘sunrise coast’ in the village of Corton. Beach Retreat has a breath-taking clifftop location with stunning panoramic sea views. A 2-bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury open plan holiday home is in Corton, Suffolk, yet only minutes from the Norfolk border. The well-equipped kitchen boasts a breakfast bar, dining table, 5-ring hob, built-in oven and microwave, and plenty of other appliances. The large, open-plan living room has two freestanding armchairs, a 3-seater sofa, large footstool, a cosy, electric flame-effect wood burner and a wall-mounted TV. The master bedroom boasts a kingsize bed, dressing table, walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite with large shower. The second bedroom, also a kingsize, has built-in wardrobes and an en-suite family bathroom with full size bath, shower over with screen, a vanity unit and a toilet. Six bi-fold doors lead you out to the decking, which is elevated on the clifftop, with table and opulent seating - perfect for al fresco dining whilst enjoying the views out to sea and along the beach.
The property is located on Ocean Glade and is set in a sun-dappled glade of deciduous and coniferous trees with private parking for 2 vehicles . A shaded path leads down to the sandy beach and is within easy walking distance, about 3 minutes away. Experience the changing of the seasons through the 6 bifold doors in the open plan living room, or watch the sunrise from your kingsize bed.
Take time out to explore local walks, nature reserves or the Norfolk Broads which is just 15 minutes’ drive away. If you are after a getaway that is off the beaten path without compromising on home comforts, this is the place for you with an abundance of fresh sea air, a real feast for the eyes and an amazing place to just kick back and recharge.
Come and explore Suffolk and the coast, and being close to the border with Norfolk, you can easily explore two counties in one holiday! Suffolk is a charming holiday destination, rich in history and local folklore. With around 50 miles of unspoilt beaches, Suffolk is a fantastic location for a traditional seaside holiday. The local coastline is dotted with several charming towns and villages, including the popular destinations of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. With seaside attractions, pretty beach huts, tasty local seafood and bracing local walks, you can be sure of a wonderful holiday by the sea that your family will remember for years to come. If this sounds like your cup of tea this Suffolk holiday home might just be the retreat you are looking for.
This really is perfect for couples and small families alike and is in the perfect position to explore the stunning coastline. Build up an appetite after breathing in all that lovely sea air. If you are a wild swimmer, a pleasure-paddler, a sun worshipper or a coastal walker, you will be spoilt for choice. This area is beautiful year-round and there is nothing quite like a blustery off-season beach walk to clear the cobwebs away. Add in wildlife in abundance and so very much more and you will soon see why this part of Suffolk is so popular. You may even have to come back just to fit it all in. And when you do, you’ll be sure to choose Beach retreat. As featured by ‘The Times’ top 10 best homes on the beach, 4 June 2022, this lovely lodge provides ideal seaside accommodation for you and your loved ones.£242From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandSeashells is a spacious, beautifully presented, detached property, completed in 2020, with four bedrooms, a large private garden with sliding doors from open plan living area, a hot tub, outdoor shower and a games room for children, which has table football, a sofa and a TV. There is underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs and in the games room, so the house is really warm and cosy in the winter.
The prime asset of Seashells is it’s proximity to the village amenities, with no need to take a car. The beach, along the River Torridge, and pubs are a 5-minute walk away and Instow post office and deli are just a 10-minutes walk, and the Tarka trail a mere 2 minutes walk! All level, along the seafront. Located where the River Taw and Torridge combine and flow into the sea, Instow is a pretty waterside village and perfect for a spot of sailing or windsurfing. The half mile sheltered sandy estuary beach is excellent for walks, family beach games and picnics. It is directly opposite the attractive village of Appledore, which at high tide can be reached by taking the small passenger ferry across the river. The ocean beaches for surfing are just a short drive away. Instow is also perfect for anyone wishing to explore on foot or by bicycle, as it is set on the famous Tarka Trail. The Tarka Trail, which is part of the South West Coastal footpath, makes travelling to nearby towns and villages incredibly easy, whether you’re exploring the market towns of Bideford and Barnstaple, or the old streets of Great Torrington. Instow’s relaxed atmosphere, traditional pubs and coastal eateries make it a popular holiday destination. The beautiful North Devon Cricket Club, where guests are welcome to watch a game at the ground by the sea, use the bar or enjoy tea!
Local seaside towns and villages include the colourful, historic fishing ports of Appledore and Clovelly and the sweeping beautiful surfing beaches of Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands and Croyde. There are numerous National Trust properties in the area including Arlington and Hartland Abbey, as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. North Devon is well positioned for visits to Exmoor, Dartmoor and North Cornwall.
Bideford, which is 4 miles away, offers town amenities and boat trips to Lundy Island. For family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks are close by. Why not dine out at any one of Instow’s excellent restaurants, looking out at the amazing sunset over Lundy Island and the lights of Appledore across the bay? A truly magical location for a memorable holiday. Beach 330 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.£319From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Horning, EnglandCelebrate in style with friends and family at this substantial venue, sleeping up to fifteen guests. You can either relax at the property in the hot tub or large garden or explore the many things to see and do in the surrounding area. You can also enjoy a game of pool in the utility room which has a pool table and seating along with the washing machine, tumble dryer and Belfast sink. The kitchen has a warming Aga, and steps lead down to a breakfast area with a dining table and seating for eight guests. The larger, formal dining room has a dining table and seating for 12-14 guests.
This elegant, detached house is ideal for groups, families or couples and blends character with every day modern day comforts. It is perfectly positioned to explore the Norfolk Broads National Park and Norfolk’s amazing coastline with sandy beaches and RSPB bird reserves. Neighbouring the owners’ working arable farm (not accessible to guests) it is privately surrounded by its own large garden.
It has nearby links to public footpaths and bridleways, including Weavers Way, winding 61 miles through the North Norfolk countryside. Another way to enjoy the area is on horseback; there is a equestrian centre nearby (within ½ mile) where you can hire a horse for the day, or you can even house your own horse, with a variety of livery options available. The centre is registered with Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) charity. There are tremendous circular cycling routes via Dilham Canal and a wealth of opportunities for walking direct from the doorstep, so do remember to pack your walking boots. For anglers, there is carp fishing within ½ mile.
The market town of North Walsham, 6 miles, has a good selection of shops, supermarkets, bank, a weekly market, bowling alley, leisure centre with swimming pool, restaurants, and cafés. Worstead church is a superb 14th-century building, full of historic and architectural interest. Wroxham, the capital of the Norfolk Broads is 6½ miles for daily boat hire and river trips, waterside restaurants, cafés and shops. It also has a train station with links to Norwich city, 13 miles, for excellent shopping centres, theatre, market, castle museum, cathedral, cafés and restaurants, and coast and Bure Valley Steam Railway; a nostalgic 18-mile trip by steam on Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway which runs between the historic market towns of Aylsham and Wroxham, with wayside halts serving the picturesque Broadland villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall, where you can hop off and on to explore by foot. The popular seaside town of Cromer, 15 miles, has a beach, promenade gardens, pier, shops, cafés and restaurants. There are sandy beaches at Happisburgh, Mundesley and Bacton within 20 minutes’ drive. Felbrigg and Blickling Halls (National Trust), and Sheringham Park are all within a 30-minute drive. A must for families is BeWILDerwood at Horning, a tree top adventure woodland, 7 miles and Dinosaur Park at Weston Park, 19 miles. Beach 8 miles. Pub 1 mile, shop 5 miles and restaurant 4 miles.£511From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Alton, EnglandStep through the door and you’ll be wowed by the beautiful interior of this lovely ground-floor holiday accommodation. Everywhere you look, you’ll be delighted with the well-thought-out living spaces and fantastic finishing touches. The open-plan living space provides a sociable space for film nights in front of the media centre and stove, and meals together reminiscing over the day’s adventures. The large sliding patio door leads to a decking area which can be a lovely sun trap on warmer days where you can enjoy an evening drink or a family barbecue. The decking, which is for sole use of guests, looks over the communal courtyard, which features a lovely lantern. For the grown-up kids, there is a snug mezzanine area reached by a fixed ladder, the perfect place for chilling out. There are two bedrooms, one with a kingsize bed and the second with a single bed and pull-out trundle that can be made up as two singles or a double bed; there is also a ‘secret’ sleeping space with cabin-style bed accessed by a fixed ladder in this room.
Bramley is a lovely large village in north Hampshire boasting its own railway station, which is just a 10-minute walk from Lantern Lodge and connects you to Basingstoke and Reading. The village also offers a great bakery and pub. You can reach the larger towns of Basingstoke, 5 miles away, and Reading, 10 miles away, quite easily and they boast an array of local amenities, shopping, and a choice of eateries. There is much to explore in this area including The Vyne, a historic National Trust property, less than a mile away, which hosts events and outdoor concerts in its stunning grounds. Silchester Roman ruins, less than 4 miles away - a great dog walk too; Wellington country park, an award-winning destination for a family day out, Wellington farm shop and café selling locally sourced produce, both within 4 miles, Highclere Castle; made famous by the filming of Downton Abbey is 16 miles away. The Cathedral and medieval city of Winchester are 24 miles away, Ascot with its famous Racecourse 22 miles away and Royal Windsor is 29 miles away.
With three Areas of Natural Beauty all within half an hour’s drive, you’ll be spoilt for choice for days out. The North Wessex Downs, the Chilterns and the South Downs National Park all provide magnificent scenery, outstanding walks and a selection of highly acclaimed pubs and country inns, and are considered as a natural playground for ramblers, cyclists, and nature enthusiasts alike. For more family fun Legoland, Thorpe Park, Peppa Pig World, Four Kingdoms Adventure Park, and Bird World are all great days out.£98From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Melton Constable, EnglandThis property occupies an idyllic and private position situated in the grounds of the owner’s home benefiting from good walks and cycle routes direct from the doorstep with access to the Marriotts Way. The lovely market town of Reepham, with The Dial House (boutique hotel restaurant), pub, cafés, antiques shops, butcher and supermarket situated around a historic market square is under a mile away.
Oozing with character glass bi-folding doors extending along the property flood the contemporary and spacious open plan living area with light and provide views across farmland beyond. After a busy day exploring, gather around the wood burner to relax and unwind. Each bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom which makes this property the perfect place for couples travelling together, providing everyone with their own private space. Traditional stable doors in both rooms open out onto the large enclosed south-facing courtyard.
The Cowshed enjoys a convenient location providing easy access to both the North Norfolk Coastline and the Norfolk Broads.
The Norfolk coastline has a wealth of sandy beaches, including Wells-next-the-Sea, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Horsey, and the traditional seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham are both within an hour’s drive. You will also find RSPB nature reserves, bird reserves and coastal paths nearby. Guests visiting between the months of December and February, make sure you visit Horsey Beach for your chance to spot hundreds of grey seals and pups along the shore.
Wroxham is 17 miles away and is known as the ’Capital of the Broads’. Hiring a boat is arguably the best way to explore one of Britain’s finest wetlands or you can enjoy a river trip. Nature lovers are advised to bring binoculars, as the Norfolk Broads are home to a diverse range of fora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, kingfishers or the elusive bittern (one of the rarest species of birds in the UK).
National Trust properties in the vicinity include Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Sheringham Park and Horsey Windpump. Nearby is the Bure Valley Railway Line, a nostalgic 18-mile round trip by steam on Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway, running through pretty countryside between the historic market towns of Aylsham and Wroxham, stopping at Buxton, Coltishall for on/off exploring by foot and Alby Crafts Museum. Norwich city is 15 miles away and has a cathedral and a 12th-century Norman castle.
Families with young children will enjoy trips to the Dinosaur Adventure Park, Pensthopre (nature reserve, indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds) BeWILDerwood (tree top and woodland adventure park), and Holt Country Park with miles of trails to explore; seasonal activities held during school holidays like mini beast safaris, treasure hunts and guided ranger walks. Beach 18 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£111From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Carlisle, EnglandIf you are looking for a holiday home with a touch of luxury, Eden Grove is the perfect property for you. Surrounded by magnificent countryside, and only 10 minutes away from the historic city of Carlisle, this lovely detached house is an ideal retreat for friends and family to enjoy.
Eden Grove is elegantly furnished and boasts a large, enclosed walled garden. The elegant décor and furnishings are visible from the moment you walk through the door. Relax in the beautiful sitting room with its large open fire, or enjoy a meal with friends in the grandeur of the stunning dining room. For that more informal meal, there is the relaxed atmosphere of the dining area, adjacent to the spectacular kitchen. On lovely summer evenings you can open up the doors through to the conservatory and enjoy the views of the enclosed walled garden.
There are four sumptuously furnished bedrooms, all decorated with your comfort in mind, two of which have beautiful en-suite facilities. There is also a large family bathroom with double sinks, a shower and a roll-top bath.
You can walk through the grounds of the property and access the world famous Hadrian’s Wall path. If you want to sit back and relax, the owners can arrange hot tub hire instead. Beach 15 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 4 miles.£208From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Melton Constable, EnglandLittle Orchard has been finished to an exceptional standard, is full of character and in a beautiful rural setting. It offers a high-end break for discerning guests looking for somewhere to relax, unwind and socialise in the rolling countryside. Set in the tranquil Norfolk countryside where the only sound is birdsong, you can enjoy the large open plan living space and the garden which surrounds the property. Perfect for all generations of families as there is something for everyone. With excellent country walks right outside the front door and the cycle path of Marriott’s Way nearby, you will be able to spend hours exploring the countryside. The property is just a stone’s throw (1.3 miles, 5-minute drive, 25-minute walk) from the historic Georgian market town of Reepham with its wonderful shops, pretty streets and alleys and where you will find fabulous eateries.
With all accommodation on the ground floor, the house and location are the perfect spot for making new memories with friends and family. It comfortably accommodates eight guests in four bedroom, and is a contemporary, spacious property that is light, airy, and welcoming. The owners have paid great attention to detail with luxurious features throughout, including crittal-style doors leading to the garden from the dining area and two of the bedrooms, one of which also has a lovely wood burner. A further bedroom is en-suite and there is also a family bathroom with a reclaimed enamel roll-top bath, and separate shower cubicle and toilet. This is open plan living at its best, including a Sky Glass Smart TV in the living area and wood burner, making it the perfect place to relax. Whilst we all love the time on holiday to catch up with friends and family, there is also a quiet room off the open plan living area for some privacy, or maybe just wanting to read or watch something different on the TV. Even though you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to award-winning country pubs or places to eat, you will be tempted to stay put and cook in the well-equipped kitchen and dine together.
Whether this may be inside or out, and with the addition of an extensive private garden complete with an insulated garden room, this means this is truly a property with year-round appeal. Talking of the outside you will also experience wonderful wildlife in this garden too as it is frequently visited by many species of deer, hares, rabbits and birds as the house is surrounded by fields and hedgerows, making this an ideal place for bird watching opportunities. As a suggestion you can take your morning coffee on the veranda and later on sit down in the summers evening, switch on the outside lighting and watch the most breathtaking sunsets set behind the vast fields of the countryside.
Should you decide to explore further afield, you will discover that this location really is perfectly placed for the three highlights of Norfolk. You can be at the edge of the stunning coastline (Cromer 25 minutes), sailing down the Broads (Wroxham 30 minutes) or exploring the fine city of Norwich with its Norman castle in just over half an hour. For something closer you can visit Whitwell railway station, which is one of Norfolk’s newest heritage stations, the historic conservation village of Heydon and The National Trust’s Blickling Hall. For children there are many attractions that they may enjoy. Bugz UK is an 11-minute drive, Roarr Dinosaur Park 14 minutes drive and Bewilderwood 34 minutes drive. Or just bring your bicycles and ride along the 26 miles of disused railway lines along Marriotts Way, cycling past farmland, woodland and water meadows. The owners have put together a "things to do in Norfolk" book to support your stay in the beautiful county of Norfolk, famous for birdwatching, boating down the broads and visiting its stunning coast and beaches.£187From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Skipton, EnglandThis property provides a rare opportunity to stay in a country cottage within the Bolton Abbey Estate, owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It has been refurbished in 2020 throughout to a high specification and is extremely well equipped. Offering private parking and beautiful gardens, this spacious property perfectly accommodates family or a friends’ reunion.
The ground floor is fitted with beautiful oak parquet flooring. At the front a south facing living room with bay window takes advantage of the views to Beamsley Beacon and is comfortably furnished with a traditional fireplace and cosy wood burner. There is a second snug area, the perfect place to sit and relax while watching your favourite movies on the supersize TV. The beautiful light filled kitchen features a handmade kitchen, electric range cooker, quartz worktops and a Belfast sink. The large island with stools is the perfect focal point to sit and chat while the chef rustles up the food. There is a seating area and large dining table which look out over the rear terrace and views beyond, particularly lovely in summer with the French doors open. There is a separate boot/utility room with a washer/dryer. Upstairs are four bedrooms, all with far reaching views and beautifully furnished with high quality mattresses, toppers and bedding, ensuring a good night’s sleep. There are two en-suite bedrooms, a family bathroom all with underfloor heating, fluffy towels and complimentary local organic soap.
Externally there is plenty of opportunity to sit and relax and soak up the views, with a pretty cottage garden to the front and a large patio area which wraps around the house to meet the raised terrace at the back. Set with table, chairs and a parasol, this is the perfect spot looking across open fields towards the Bolton Abbey Estate.
Out and about there is an abundance of things to do. Meadowcroft is within strolling distance of picturesque Bolton Abbey village with post office, village store and tea shops. Here you will find a renowned brasserie and bar, perfect if you are looking for somewhere to dine for that special occasion.
Bolton Abbey is a 30,000 acre estate. The 12th-century, Augustinian Bolton Priory is located here and is a popular tourist spot. The surrounding area is open to the public with spectacular scenery and dozens of walks. The River Wharfe flows through the area, including The Strid, which is a narrow gorge less than 2 metres across in some places.
If you’re looking for activities, there’s an abundance of walks for all abilities from the doorstep. The area is popular with cyclists and mountain bikers. You will find golf in nearby Addingham, Ilkley and Skipton, and horse riding further up the Dales in beautiful Kilnsey. A visit to the local steam railway, petting farm and American diner/ice cream parlour are all firm favourites with all the family.
Ideally situated on the A59, giving easy access to the pretty spa towns of Ilkley and Harrogate, with stylish boutique shops and the famous Betty’s Cafe and Tea Rooms. Skipton is just over 6 miles away, the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales National Park, and people travel for miles to visit this charming market town. Explore the famous 900-year old castle, romantic ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street. Whether you are looking to catch up on some serious walking in the beautiful Dales or taking time for relaxing strolls, this fascinating area has it all. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.£297From price per night based on 7 night stay