- Stranraer, ScotlandThe Lodge on the Beach is a two bedroomed log cabin set in probably one of the most stunning and truly unique locations in South West Scotland. Nestled on the shores of Auchenmalg Bay on an eight acre plot and just yards from your door is the family friendly beach. With its magical location, The Lodge on the Beach offers you a wonderful relaxing escape for all the family. With the views, the beautiful sunrises, the sublime sunsets over the Mull of Galloway, the walks, and sound of the waves just yards away, you will be blown away by the scenery and the location.
The Lodge on the Beach is ideally placed to explore the wider and unspoilt area of South West Scotland if you can drag yourself away. A very short stroll along the beach takes you to a delightful country pub and restaurant if you don’t want to cook after your day out exploring. A few minutes away by car is Glenluce, where there is a local shop selling essentials and 20 minutes away Stranraer offers a greater range of shops including Supermarkets. This area of Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches as well as inland forests and hills making walking a delight and for the cyclists the world famous 7Stanes mountain biking trails are close by at Kirroughtree. The Lodge on the Beach is an ideal base for a Golfing Holiday. With Wigtownshire County Club less than ten minutes from the Lodge, and South West Scotland boasts twenty three Golf courses. The icing on the cake is that just over an hour away there is Turnberry.
Along the coast is the lovely little village of Port William, known as the “Machars of Galloway” and of course you must go and find “The Man” and get a photograph with him. As well as Port William, you can also explore quaint villages such as Sandhead, Portpatrick and the Isle of Whithorn. A must is a visit to Wigtown, which is famous for being Scotland’s National Book Town, a book lovers haven. The Mull of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly point and home to the RSPB nature reserve, where thousands of seabird’s nests on the cliff face during spring and summer is definitely worth a visit. Beach 1 mile.£529Price per night from
- Lydney, EnglandThe Petit Manor is an extraordinary, stunning wing of a Grade II* listed house in a countryside setting with large gardens and access to a 6 acre field. A luxurious haven of privacy as the house and grounds are not shared with other guests.
The Petit Manor offers the unusual with a beautiful open plan kitchen dining and sitting room which has the characterful feel of a barn with oak beams and a log burner to snuggle up by. It is truly a dreamy place to unwind. You can look forward to dining under the stars which you can see through the glass roof above the table and relax on the sofas watching a film or reading a book. The staircase leads up to the first floor where you will find a separate shower room and stunning master bedroom with its own egg bathtub where you can relax and enjoy some bubbles gazing out over the open countryside.
All the benefits with all the privacy of a romantic getaway for two. It’s rare to find a premium house of this size available for couples but that’s what makes The Petit Manor so unique.
With all this you may never wish to leave the property but if you do then the location is excellent. The River Seven is a 10-15 minute walk from the property, whilst the Forest of Dean offers plenty for the adventurous including mountain biking, zip wires, Go Ape, kayaking, horse riding etc. There is an abundance of cycle tracks and valley walks where you may even encounter the native wild boar. Alternatively; just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this rural retreat.£176Price per night from
- Burley, EnglandThis charming, detached, single-storey barn conversion is conveniently located on the edge of the ever-popular New Forest National Park. It is just a short drive from the priory town of Christchurch and beaches such as Mudeford and Avon Beach, making Bakers Barn the ideal getaway for couples or families who want to explore the area. Inside are features such as a high vaulted ceiling in the large open plan kitchen/dining area, wooden floors and a lovely feature wood burner within an inglenook surround.
There is much to do for all ages in the area - visit Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens and Lymington, or Burley and Christchurch, which are just 3 miles away. Within easy reach are Bournemouth and Poole with beaches and seaside attractions, as well as Marwell Zoo, Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World. Further afield are Stonehenge, Winchester, Salisbury Cathedral, New Forest Wildlife Park, Monkey World, The Tank Museum, Beaulieu Museum and Highcliffe Castle. Maritime Southampton with its nautical connections, also has ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Shop ⅓ mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.£77Price per night from
- 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.£68Price per night from
- Eyemouth, ScotlandTucked away on the edge of the picture postcard village of Coldingham, Garden Cottage has lovely light, spacious living areas and a great bathroom with both a shower cubicle and a bath. This property is perfect for guests with younger children, as there is a cot and highchair available. There are gardens to both front and rear, and it is just a few minutes’ walk into the village where there is a priory, as well as local shops and a couple of cosy pubs serving food. You can also enjoy circular walks round the village. Sandy, sheltered Coldingham Bay, popular with surfers and divers, is 20 minutes’ walk, and Coldingham Loch offers fly fishing. St Abbs is a fishing harbour with a café/restaurant, and St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve is a coastal headland with breathtaking panoramic views and awesome cliffs where thousands of seabirds nest in the spring. You can enjoy amazing coastal walks, including a 30-mile route from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Cockburnspath, or take a boat trips from Seahouses to the Farne Islands, or from Berwick-upon-Tweed on the River Tweed out into the North Sea. Edinburgh is under an hour by train from Berwick, a fascinating Elizabethan walled town. There is a working harbour and golf in Eyemouth, historic houses and castles galore, fishing nearby, and plenty of crafts and galleries. Beach 1¼ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.£91Price per night from
- Maidstone, EnglandA peaceful countryside retreat, these three shepherds huts occupy and idyllic position in the Kent village of Laddingford, an ideal choice for an escape for two.
Hand built, these charming, wooden cladded shepherds huts provide all the comfort you could need for a relaxing break for two. With a tastefully finished double bedroom with en-suite shower room, and an open plan living area/kitchen with a microwave oven, two ring hob for cooking a hearty breakfast, armchairs and small dining area with flat screen TV.
For those who wish to explore on foot, a choice of beautiful walks await. Stroll through the surrounding woodland, alongside the bordering River Teise or through the endless countryside beyond. The friendly village pub is within a minutes’ walk and a footpath meandering through woodland taking you as far the locally renowned Boathouse at Yalding where either a cool drink, spot of lunch or the adventurous watersports centre awaits. And if you fancy jumping into the car for a day out, there is plenty nearby waiting to be explored. Historic Leeds Castle and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens are both a 30-minute drive away. Beautiful Tunbridge Wells and the bustling towns of Tonbridge and Maidstone are all within 20 minutes.
After a day of exploring, the spacious deck veranda is the perfect spot for a drink or even dinner al fresco. The communal garden provides an additional relaxing space to unwind whilst overlooking the tranquil pond and listening to the sound of the river just yards away. Pub in village.£101Price per night from
- Eyemouth, ScotlandIn a tranquil setting directly overlooking the sea at Burnmouth Harbour, this terraced cottage set over three floors has been stylishly converted to provide a superb holiday base. Only 5 miles from historic Berwick-Upon-Tweed, 3 miles from Eyemouth and within an hour’s drive from the centre of Edinburgh, the options for days out are endless. Castles, battle sites and museums are all around for those interested in history, whilst there are leisurely coastal walks from the door. For the more energetic the Lammermuir Hills nearby have Hunt Law at a height of 495m and other peaks waiting to be climbed. Shop and restaurant 1.5 miles, pub 0.5 miles.£122Price per night from
- Ludlow, EnglandAccessed over the Clee Hills, the highest peaks in Shropshire, the journey to Fourwinds has some of the most amazing views in the county. Once at the property, which is attached to the owner’s home, you will be welcomed by a cosy wood burner. Recently renovated in 2018 it provides comfortable furnishing throughout and is ideal for couples or small families. Outside, the private sitting-out area is enclosed and beyond there are 5 acres of woodland that guests are free to explore.
Guests here have the advantage of not only being able to access all areas of Shropshire, but also Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Kidderminster. The nearest town is Ludlow, a medieval town with a castle, racecourse and festivals throughout the year. Attractions nearby include West Midland Safari Park, Wyre Forest, Severn Valley railway and the Bridgnorth funicular railway, Ironbridge Gorge and museums. High rope courses, clay shooting, mountain boarding, canoeing and fishing are all available in Shropshire. Shop and restaurant 3 miles, pub 1 mile.£53Price per night from
- Battle, EnglandCowbeech Farm Cottage is situated in the beautiful grounds of the owner’s farmhouse on the edge of the village which bears the same name. Originally part of the old dairy and very much a working dairy farm back in the 1950s, it has its own enclosed garden off the original farmyard. The stunning farmhouse grounds have featured in the National Garden Scheme, and other magazines, and guests can stroll around the lake and marvel at the unusual Japanese garden. On the boundary of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within strolling distance of the local hostelry, which dates back to the early 1600s. A walkers and cyclists paradise, try the Cuckoo Trail, 19 miles of walkways and lanes that follows the old Cuckoo Line Railway from Heathfield to Eastbourne, and gained its name from the releasing of a cuckoo at the Heathfield Fair.
Michelham Priory, Herstmonceux Castle and its gardens, Drusillas Zoo and the Bluebell Railway are great days out, or spend a Saturday evening stargazing at Herstmonceux Science Observatory. Eastbourne with its beaches and pier is a 30-minute drive, and Battle is 8 miles with good rail connections to London. Should the weather be inclement, there is a leisure centre at Hailsham with flumes, inflatables and ten pin bowling. Beach 9 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 175 yards.£76Price 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