• The Cart Shed, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    The Cart Shed has been built to the very highest of standards and is a super detached holiday home in an excellent location and adjacent to the owner’s home. All on one level with large windows, excellent standard furnishing and top quality fixtures and fittings, guests will find that The Cart Shed is the perfect location for a quiet, luxury, well-earned family holiday or a super celebration spot for friends and family to enjoy spending quality time together. Absolutely ideal too for guests with limited walking abilities, all of the rooms are spacious, accessible and really well laid out. The open plan living area boasts a solid wood floor, beautiful wood burner and sliding doors that open the room out into the private garden area. The kitchen area is very well finished with excellent quality fixtures and fittings and ample modern appliances including a dishwasher, fridge, freezer, electric hob, electric oven and washing machine. With high ceilings and quirky wooden beam feature this room is a delight to sit in and would make a great place for family meals and celebrations. Further along the hallway, guests will find two double bedrooms each with a zip and link bed and views across the garden and beyond. The master bedroom offers equally spacious accommodation and a super kingsize bed as well as a very useful en suite shower room with shower cubicle, heated towel rail and underfloor heating. The family bathroom is once again finished to a high standard and offers a free standing bath, separate shower cubicle, heated towel rail and his and hers wash basins – luxury indeed.
    The small village of Witton Gilbert has a thriving community and boasts a local farm shop and a couple of great pubs that sell good food all year round. A great spot too for walkers and cyclists, there are many established public footpaths from the village leading into the city and beyond into the scenic countryside of County Durham. Durham itself has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is packed full of historic and interesting sites to visit. The cathedral and castle dominate the market place and must be visited at any time of year as there are often popular exhibitions being presented. Also great for a spot of lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, there are many quirky tea shops, restaurants, bistros and the smallest gin bar in the county. The River Wear runs through the city and guests will be able to take a river cruise along it or enjoy a row in a rowing boat. The Lumiere Festival takes place every couple of years in November and brings the city to life with live art, music and light shows in the open air theatre that the city becomes. A little further afield but still within an easy 30 minute drive, guests will be able to take a day trip out to the very popular Beamish Living Museum of the North, see the famous Angel of the North statue in Gateshead, enjoy a day’s shopping at the MetroCentre and explore the vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Beach 17½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.
    £124
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  • Orchard Cottage, ShropshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    In a semi-isolated position, in the rural hamlet of Upton Cressett, Orchard Cottage is surrounded by the most amazing scenery, with its own private hot tub and patio area in an enclosed garden and robes provided for your convenience. This amazing property is ideal for families and pet friendly holidays. Just 4 miles is the centre of Bridgnorth, with its castle ruins, fantastic river and countryside views, two railways, one steam and one funicular railway, and a good selection of shops bars and restaurants. Shropshire has many quaint towns and villages to visit including Much Wenlock, Ironbridge, Ludlow and Shrewsbury, all are accessible within a 30-minute drive. Activity centres are dotted around the county offering anything from clay shooting, high ropes and canoeing to mountain biking and Segway and quad trekking. Nearby is also the historical National Trust Attingham Park, Wenlock Edge and Cardingmill Valley, as well as Stokesay and Ludlow castles. The Secret Hills Discovery Centre and Acton Scott Working Farm are great for children, and the glider centre on the Long Mynd and horse racing at Ludlow are also available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles. Local pub in Morville, 1.5 mile walk (cross country and hilly terrain, so get your walking boots on!)
    £144
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    Aberdaron, Wales
    Enjoying a beautiful rural location, these two properties have shared access to landscaped grounds and free use of coarse fishing lakes. Set on the owners’ working beef farm, Bodrydd (ref UKC3283) is a superbly appointed detached barn conversion and is perfect for a family holidays, reunions and celebrations, whilst Hafen Deg (ref UKC3284) is a delightful, completely self-contained apartment, making an ideal retreat for two people.
    The larger property, Bodrydd (ref UKC3283) boasts a truly luxurious interior, with a sumptuous living room with a baby grand piano, and a gas wood burner set into a beautiful stone inglenook fireplace. From the living room, doors lead through to a fabulous conservatory which has views across to the on-site coarse fishing lakes, open to the public. From here, French doors lead out to the spacious decked area and covered, heated plunge pool. The cottage also has a games room, where guests can hang out on a rainy day.
    The location on the stunning Llyn Peninsula affords many wonderful walking opportunities, and the pretty fishing village of Aberdaron is close by with a small selection of local shops, pubs and cafés, as well as the fascinating National Trust’s visitor centre, Porth y Swnt. There are many unspoilt beaches to be found in the region, where seals and dolphins can sometimes be spotted. Lively Pwllheli, with its weekly market and larger selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, is 17 miles away, whilst the Snowdonia National Park, with its dramatic mountain scenery and exhilarating outdoor pursuits, is within easy reach. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.
    These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.
    £189
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  • Easter Baldinnies, Perth And KinrossInstant Book Overlay Image
    Perfectly located in the Perthshire countryside, on a working arable farm, just outside of the small village of Dunning in the Strathearn Valley, this beautiful single storey semi-detached holiday property, attached to the owner’s home, is the ideal retreat for a couple. Set in 4 acres of well-tended garden of mature shrubs, trees and flowers, this tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind.

    Baldinnies House was built originally circa 1720 with some later additions very much in-keeping with the farmhouse. Easter Baldinnies, which is all on one level, has been beautifully furnished with a spacious living area and a secluded walled garden ideal for al fresco dining or relaxing with a glass of wine. It is just a few minutes’ drive to the interesting village of Dunning which is centred around the historic St Serfs Church and Dupplin Cross dating back to 800AD, as well as a local shop, tennis club and 9-hole golf course. For golf enthusiasts you are only 15 minutes’ drive to the championship courses at Gleneagles Resort with a Michelin star restaurant.

    This property boasts an ideal location for exploring the local area as you are near to the motorway links and within easy reach of the major towns and cities of central Scotland. The historic city of Perth is just a 10-minute drive away, where you can enjoy an evening at the theatre or the award-winning concert hall or you could visit one of the fine eateries, cafes, bars and shops. Scone Palace, 11 miles, where the Kings of Scotland were crowned, provides an enjoyable day out. There are several whisky distilleries in the area offering tours and tastings.

    A little further afield, but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Perfect for nature lovers, walkers and cyclists, you will find many established public footpaths and quiet roads and the Ochil Hills for the more adventurous. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.
    £81
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    Yarmouth, England
    These single-storey terraced properties and delightful Grade II listed thatched cottage are located in the scenic village of Wellow, less than 3 miles from the quaint harbour town of Yarmouth and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the western side of the Isle of Wight. Rossiter’s Cottage (ref PTTS) dates back in parts to the 1750s, and lies adjacent to the friendly owner’s home. It offers a spacious twin bedroom on the ground floor with a downstairs toilet on the same level for a comfortable stay for guests with restricted mobility. A warm welcome awaits you at this super property which has many personal, thoughtful touches throughout and which has a large lawned enclosed garden. A new development for 2018, each of the other four properties at Rossiter’s Vineyard Barn (refs UKC3208, UKC3209, UKC3210 and UKC3211) take their name from grape varieties once grown in the vineyard here. They have a spacious open plan living area with beautiful wood floors, feature beams and walls against a crisp white painted background. Externally each has a decked courtyard apart from Madeline Angevine, which has a small patio with a hot tub for relaxing in.
    There is a part-time post office service within the grounds and nearby is the Alpaca Farm. The sailing town of Yarmouth is just a 5-minute drive or a 15-minute cycle ride, the sailing town of Cowes is just a 20-minute drive. There is a designated cycle route close by, and many scenic walking routes too, including the Dinosaur Trail, Tennyson Trail and Treasure Trail. There is a choice of challenging off-road bridleways, peaceful byways and level, purpose-made tracks running along former railway lines. You can even take on the full 66-mile ‘Round the Island Route’, as used for the annual Isle of Wight Randonnee.
    Close by Colwell Bay offers spectacular views across the Solent to mainland England, with clear, calm waters and gently sloping sand and shingle, an ideal beach for swimming. Or follow the coastline and enjoy a stroll along to Totland Bay, where you can find a bar, restaurant and a café to try the exquisite seafood and experience some of the finest sunsets. For surfers and kite surfing enthusiasts, Compton Bay a short drive away with a 2-mile stretch of contrasting sands, with rolling seas, and a stunning backdrop of multi-coloured sandstone cliffs. It’s also a great place to go fossil hunting at low tide. The Needles is a short distance away to the west, with its chairlift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay. Why not visit Queen Victoria’s holiday residence, Osborne House, or Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK? Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Tapnell Farm Park, Carisbrooke Castle, a donkey sanctuary, garlic farm and chilli farm are other attractions and activities include water sports, golf and riding. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 26 guests.
    £193
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  • Old Corn Mill, SuffolkInstant Book Overlay Image
    Halesworth, England
    This delightful cluster of converted barns can be found deep in the Suffolk countryside, set in 80 acres of grazing meadows on the owner’s working beef farm where the owner lives. Henry’s Barn (ref UKC3168) is a semi-detached barn conversion and can accommodate up to six guests including two guests with restricted mobility, on the ground floor. The Old Dairy (ref UKC3169) is also part of a barn conversion ideal for a couple or small family. The Old Corn Mill (ref UKC3170) is another semi-detached barn conversion and has a large communal seating area, ideal if all properties are booked together, accommodating up to 16 guests.

    Whilst offering holiday makers a cosy and comfortable stay, these 18th-century barns have retained much of their charm and character, and share use of an indoor heated pool which can be booked for private sessions, and is open from Easter to September (please bring your own towels). There is also a large games room with an indoor astro turf pitch for football, hockey and tennis. Ideal for families and larger groups, there is a real emphasis on guests’ comfort. The properties are decroated with a Christmas theme during the festive season, perfect for breaks all year round.

    The village of Walpole is in the Suffolk Blyth Valley on the outskirts of Halesworth, close to the River Blyth. It is an ideal location from which to explore the Suffolk Heritage Coast at Southwold with its brightly coloured beach huts lining the promenade, Aldeburgh for traditional fish and chips on the seafront, or Dunwich to explore the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the RSPB Minsmere, all offering a distinctly individual coastal experience. You are also ideally located to discover the Suffolk countryside locations of Framlingham and the infamous Castle on the Hill, the market town of Halesworth for a spot of retail therapy and the equally beautiful Beccles, a market town situated on the southern network of the Norfolk Broads National Park. Beach 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.
    Properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.
    £75
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  • Llwyn Du, GwyneddInstant Book Overlay Image
    Abersoch, Wales
    This well-presented and very comfortable detached property, offers exceptionally spacious accommodation, perfect for large family gatherings, whatever the season. It boasts a lovely enclosed courtyard with its own private hot tub for six guests - a delightful place to relax and enjoy the lovely views across the adjoining Abersoch golf course towards the sea. Within a short walk is the charming and fashionable seaside resort of Abersoch, which is situated between two glorious bays, and is one of the most popular sailing venues in north Wales with important sailing regattas held there throughout the summer months. It also has a fine selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. Water sports enthusiasts are also well catered for, particularly windsurfing, water skiing and dinghy sailing, not to mention renowned surfing at Hell’s Mouth. There are three main beaches to choose from, the long sandy Warren beach, small and sheltered Porth Bach and sandy Porth Ceriad with its high cliffs. Most of the coastline is owned by the National Trust and there are many remote bays, sandy beaches and cliffs, as well as wildlife havens like Bardsey Island to explore. Beach ½ mile. Shop pub and restaurant ½ mile.
    £321
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  • Woodlands Dairy Cottage, SussexInstant Book Overlay Image
    Tucked away at the end of a farm road surrounded by stunning Sussex countryside is the beautifully converted, detached, old dairy called Woodlands Dairy Cottage. Originally part of a working dairy farm within 86 acres, now with sheep and beef cattle. Lambing in springtime is not to be missed. Footpaths and great country walks emanate from the doorstep so pull on your wellies and start exploring! All the accommodation is on one floor and the cottage is wheelchair friendly. Storage is available for bicycles to explore the many bridleways which run through woodlands and open country.
    The area is steeped in history as Stane Street, now known as the A29, was built by the Romans. Woodlands Dairy Cottage is ideally placed for great days out visiting the South Downs National Park, the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Fishers Farm Adventure Park, Arundel Castle and Gardens, Arundel Cathedral and the magnificent 900-year-old Chichester Cathedral. Brighton is 45 minutes’ drive with its vibrant marina, historic shopping Lanes and the Regency Royal Pavilion built by King George IV. You can take a boat trip along the restored section of the Wey and Arun Canal or along the River Arun from Arundel. West Sussex is famed for its many vineyards which can be visited.
    Petworth House houses great collections and its deer park was designed by Grinling Gibbons. Cowdray is the home of British polo and the coveted Gold Cup which draws teams of the best players from all over the world. Goodwood, with its magnificent house, is also the home to the summer Glorious Goodwood horse race meeting as well as the hugely popular Festival of Speed and Revival for Motor Racing attracting motor enthusiasts from across the globe.
    The RSPB’s Pulborough Wetlands are a must for bird fanciers. There are numerous beaches within 16 miles, good pubs and restaurants close by together with prime food shops selling local produce and two supermarkets within a 4-mile drive. There are plenty of golf courses, fishing is available locally, as well as many spectacular gardens to visit. Theatres at Chichester, Brighton and Guildford often have pre-West End shows. The property is just 40 minutes from Gatwick airport. Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    £116
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  • Boreham Bridge Barn, SussexInstant Book Overlay Image
    This detached barn conversion is on a main road which is busy at certain times of the day, adjacent to the owner’s home, is ideally placed for accessing the 1066 Country Walk, which includes the Norman’s landing site at Pevensey, the battle site and the castles at Pevensey and Herstmonceux. From Pevensey Castle, there are further links to the South Downs Way. Boreham Bridge Barn resides in its own historical setting close to Battle, the site was excavated in 2008 and timbers were discovered which were radio carbon dated to 660-830AD, suggesting a mid to late Saxon jetty was present, with the coastline being much further inland than it is today. As a result, an archaeological survey was carried out and several fired clay pieces of East Sussex ware, probably from a kiln or bread oven, were discovered along with fragments of storage vessels dating to early–mid Iron Age, and flint tools dating back to the Bronze Age. Most of these pieces you can see on display in the barn.
    Explore the rolling countryside and take a ride on the Kent and Sussex steam railway, which can take you to the fairytale moated castle at Bodiam. Enjoy the coast at Hastings with its fishing fleet, pier and iconic net huts. Camber Sands offers miles of golden sand dunes and an opportunity to polish up your kite surfing skills, and Eastbourne at the foot of the South Downs also makes for a great day out. From Battle, there are good train links into London if you fancy a spot of sightseeing. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
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  • Riof Ocean Cottage, Outer HebridesInstant Book Overlay Image
    Staying at Riof Ocean Cottage is a decision very well made; you have discovered a truly special place. The cottage is situated beside Reef Bay on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. It is sheltered from the prevailing weather, so you will have lots of wildlife for company enjoying a respite from the turbulent waters of the North Atlantic only a short distance away.
    The cottage itself is detached and has an enclosed plot right beside the water of the bay. Before entering the property, you are mesmerised by the setting you have for your holiday. Going onto the deck and into the property is all wheelchair accessible, and so too is the entire property. Enter into the hallway and to your right there is the very comfortable double bedroom. Next to this is the bunk bed room, which hosts possibly the most comfortable bunk bed every built. There is a large wet room suitable for disabled guests, with level entry and grab rails at the shower, toilet and sink. The living/kitchen/dining room is a superb space that you’ll enjoy spending most of your time in. There is a well equipped kitchen, spacious dining space and comfortable sitting area with a Smart TV that has an excellent wood burner taking centre stage. It’s a double aspect room looking out to the sea.
    Within a few minutes’ walk you can be strolling along the sandy Reef Beach, then a little further away is the tiny sandy cove of Mangersta Beach. There is a lot said about the beaches further south on the island of Harris, but here in the far west of Lewis, a secret has been kept and the beaches in fact rival anything you’ve ever seen anywhere in the world. They are totally outstanding. A little inland there are the rugged Uig hills to explore on foot. They rise up near to Riof Bay and are outliers of the North Harris hills. Up the west coast you can explore the picturesque black house village at Gearrannan and all the way as far north as you can go is Stevenson’s Butt of Lewis lighthouse (officially the windiest spot in the United Kingdom!).
    Stornoway is a nice small town and a useful centre to visit. And remember that the Isle of Harris is connected to Lewis, they are in fact one island with the North Harris mountains the only barrier. The road to Harris is worth taking, and exploring Harris will be very rewarding day out. You could spend a week at Riof Ocean Cottage without getting back into your car, but using it now and again during your holiday is a must. Several miles away you can stroll around the world-famous Callanish Standing Stones, an other-worldly experience. Go early in the morning and have them all to yourself. It’s honestly a struggle to think of any place better for a holiday. The Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Lewis, Riof Ocean Cottage deliver on all fronts. You will visit for a week, and want to stay for two and book again to return; it’s a truly magical place. Beach 1 mile. Shop 5 miles, pub 33 miles and restaurant 5 miles.
    Riof Ocean Cottage can be booked together with Riof Bay (UK31251) to accommodate up to 6 guests.
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