- North Walsham, EnglandWithin 2 miles of the beach, peacefully tucked away along the North Norfolk coast, surrounded by open countryside, these traditional Norfolk brick and flint barns (refs 30395, 30396, 30397, 30398, UKC660 and UK36552) have been converted, boasting character features, oak flooring, wood burners and equipped to provide the warmest welcome and a very relaxing holiday. With the owners living on-site, each barn has been carefully designed to retain its own privacy, and boasts a fenced courtyard garden with seating furniture and a barbecue. The seaside village of Walcott is within walking distance, and just a short drive away are the traditional seaside towns of Cromer, Sheringham, Mundesley and Sea Palling. Guests are welcome to enjoy the 1-acre of shared meadow grassland for play, relaxing or exploring. The site is abundant in nature and wildlife, with its own resident barn owl. Quiet lanes and footpaths surround the barns to offer excellent walking and cycling direct from the doorstep. The City of Norwich is approximately a 30-minute drive away, and has many attractions including excellent shopping, cathedral, castle museum, theatre, art galleries, cafés and restaurants. Wroxham, 12 miles, capital of the famous Norfolk Broads is great for daily boat hire, river trips and waterside cafés. Fantastic family days out can be enjoyed at Cromer, 12 miles, where there is a promenade, pier, seasonal entertainment, beach, Amazona Zoo and RNLI working lifeboat station. Take a boat trip from Blakeney Quay to visit the basking seal colonies or go crabbing along the quayside. Golf nearby. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.£235Price 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
- 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
- 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.£69Price per night from
- Sandown, EnglandThe lodge boasts everything you should need for a quiet getaway. Shanklin, twenty minutes’ walk away or three by train offers many bars, restaurants, the theatre, old village, and world famous Shanklin Chine. Another twenty-minute walk or three minutes by train will bring you to Sandown with its superb sandy beach and pier. Heading towards Sandown, a very short walk will bring you to the path that will lead you down to the glorious beach that offers many cafes. If you want to hire a paddleboard, kayak, or windsurfer then WightWater is the place to visit.
Shanklin seafront makes for a great place to visit. The dinosaur themed crazy golf course is always a popular place to spend a couple of hours. For walkers and cyclists, the lodge is conveniently situated for the footpaths and cycle routes. For E-bikes, outside the lodge you will find outdoor charging sockets. Nearby Lake shops offer several take-away outlets including traditional fish and chips as well as an Indian restaurant. Various other small shops can be found. Here you will also be able to use the bus services to explore the rest of the Island. A Welcome pack consisting of fresh milk, tea and coffee, biscuits, fruit, spa style slippers.£70Price per night from
- Battle, EnglandCasa Nostra provides the perfect secluded space for a relaxing break with a thoughtfully designed layout and beautifully furnished home filled with interesting antique pieces of furniture. A sun-trap garden filled with pathways, landscaped patio, various seating areas and a firepit gives you a tour of the established plants providing an experience reminiscent of a secret garden. There is also a garden games shed. Internally the ground floor offers a large, luxurious living room overlooking the garden with underfloor heating, sky lights and and leading to a spacious modern fitted kitchen with seating and every appliance you could need. The kitchen is an ideal space for special occasions, private chefs or christmas gatherings. A separate utility room provides the perfect place to wash your clothes after your country walks or a day at the seaside. One large bedroom with a twin bed that can be split into two singles and a family bathroom with large bath are on the ground floor, whilst a second bedroom with a kingsize bed and bathroom with a large walk-in shower occupy the first floor. The property is furnished with a large range of antiques and collectables from TV’s Clive Attrell’s antique store in Hastings, which are all available to purchase and take home, or arrange delivery.
Located in a picturesque English village there is an abundance of walks perfect for ramblers and dog walkers with a country pub and a corner shop only a few minutes’ walk away. Sedlescombe has its own organic vineyard whilst the Carr Taylor vineyard is in the next village offering wine tasting tours and is only a short taxi ride away. If you are looking for fun for all of the family then only a short drive away is Hastings with its town centre, old town and beach along with an abundance of seaside attractions including arcades, crazy golf, funicular railways and ice cream parlours. Travelling away from the coast and only a short drive away is the historic town of Battle boasting Battle Abbey, the home of The Battle of Hastings 1066, now owned by English Heritage. Battle also offers a range of independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants perfect for a day out with afternoon tea or an evening meal. If you wish to venture further afield then you can explore Battle Great Woods, visit Bodiam Castle, go shopping in Tunbridge Wells, wander around Scotney Castle or visit Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling, to name just a few of the great attractions nearby. Beach 7 miles. Pub and restaurant 176 yards.£144Price 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.£79Price per night from
- Bakewell, EnglandStarry Cottage can be found in a prime location just a few minutes’ walk from the independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants in the centre of the popular, historic market town of Bakewell. In the heart of the Peak District National Park, this Grade II listed cottage dates back to 1820 and has been fully renovated combining the traditional comfort of a wood burning stove with beautiful luxury touches such as granite work surfaces and limestone floors.
Bakewell itself holds a beautiful riverside setting and is surrounded by spectacular countryside perfect for committed ramblers to fair weather walkers. Its market day is every Monday, with an additional farmers’ market held on the last Saturday of the month. Other key events include the popular Bakewell Show, Well Dressings, Carnival Week, Bakewell Arts Festival and the Bakewell Music Festival.
The spectacular limestone dales of the traffic free Monsal Trail and Lathkill Dales are easily reachable in under 10 minutes as are Chatsworth House, with its 100 acres of landscaped gardens, and the medieval manor house of Haddon Hall. A popular base for tourists wanting to explore the areas neighbouring villages include the stunning Ashford-in-the-Water and Rowsley, and the major cities of Sheffield, Derby and Manchester can all be reached in around an hour. Matlock and its cable car can be reached in around 15 minutes, Chesterfield, Buxton, Castleton and Edale in around half an hour and UK’s premier theme park Alton Towers in about an hour.£53Price 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