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Holiday cottages in England need little introduction. After all, a cottage break is really the quintessential English holiday, and we think there are few better ways to explore the wonderful history and heritage the country has to offer. But with so many beautiful locations – and so much to see and do – your only problem may be deciding where to enjoy your break. With that in mind we’re going to make a few suggestions for some of our favourite English locations and activities.

Choose one of our featured English cottages in the north and you could explore the unrivalled beauty of the Lakes. This gloriously unspoiled region has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. In fact, you only have to look at the effect it’s had over some of the country’s most influential poets and artists to gauge its beauty!

Alternatively, the south of England isn’t short of beauty either. Whether its Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coastline or the sleepy charms of the Cotswolds, you won’t be short of beautiful views and unrivalled tranquillity. Then again, if you like it loud and lively you’ll find some of Europe’s most vibrant urban hotspots to explore and enjoy. London is obviously a huge draw with tourists and holidaymakers but you’re guaranteed a fantastic cosmopolitan experience in some of England’s other major cities too: Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, York, Chester and more all offer wonderful shopping with fine dining and some justly celebrated heritage.

England’s landscape is as varied as it is beautiful, so you won’t be surprised to find it’s suitable for a wealth of different breaks. If you fancy beaches then you’ll be spoiled for choice with the golden sands of Cornwall and Devon, the wild shorelines of Northumberland or the traditional seaside heritage of Great Yarmouth, Brighton and Blackpool. Further inland you have a variety of beautiful wide-open expanses to enjoy, with or without your four-legged friends. From the rolling limestone hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the flats of Somerset, there are walks and to suit all ages and abilities. England’s history is long and varied and there are wonderful heritage attractions located all over the country, from stately homes and castles to museums, railways and festivals. In short, English holiday cottages are suitable for anyone who’s keen to relax and enjoy a wealth of options in some of the most stunning surrounds you could wish for.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in England today.
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  • Robin Hill Farm Cottages - Swallow Cottage

    Nr. Bideford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FKJ

    "Character farm cottages in glorious countryside above an unspoilt hidden valley...with all-weather leisure facilities"

    Robin Hill Farm is set in 14 acres of beautiful rolling countryside in the North Devon biosphere. The six properties, converted from stone farm barns and buildings, are centred around the old cobbled farmyard. The location offers a peaceful and secluded setting away from the daily hustle and bustle, yet it is only 3 miles to shops, entertainment and the beach. Inside the holiday cottages are well furnished and provide a relaxing haven after a long day sightseeing, walking, cycling or on the beach. The heated indoor swimming pool room includes a hot tub and a stunning conservatory attached. Learn to swim, with tuition from qualified instructors. From the conservatory and decking area guests can enjoy the beautiful views over the valley towards Exmoor, whilst drying off or enjoy a coffee or glass of wine no matter what the weather. There is a very well equipped games room for all ages and for big and little kids video games can be enjoyed on a 60in plasma screen.
    Outside the grounds have been landscaped to create two play areas, one with ball games, the other with playhouse and climbing frame. A communal patio means that adults can relax whilst watching their children play. Guests can enjoy the farm’s 14 acres of land and woodland walk which are host to a variety of wildlife and wild flowers with lovely views of Jennetts Reservoir. Nearby there is plenty to keep visitors busy. Many quaint villages await discovery - the photogenic ‘chocolate box’ village of Clovelly being of particular note. Appledore offers all the olde worlde charm of a fishing village, famous for its arts, crafts and maritime heritage. Beach lovers will delight in the wide sandy beaches, the nearest being Westward Ho! Walkers can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the coastal path, while the Tarka Trail traces the steps of Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter and provides miles of traffic-free cycling (and walking) - bikes can be stored securely or hired locally. Award-winning farm parks, The Milky Way and The Big Sheep, will fascinate the younger ones. Gardens within 30 minutes’ drive include RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park. Several local pubs nearby, with the nearest in Littleham village serving real ale and home cooked food. Shops 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Semi-open tread, glass-sided stairs to entrance: All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and sloping ceiling. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric thermostatically controlled radiators (living room and halls), convector and panel heaters (other rooms), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Access to shared freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared patio area. Use of 14-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool, open 8am to 9pm daily. Conservatory and decking area. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with Wii, table tennis, air hockey, snooker/pool table, table football and children’s play equipment. Children’s outdoor play area. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Withy Grove Farm - Poplar

    East Huntspill, near Highbridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC537

    Withy Grove Farm is situated on the banks of the River Huntspill, in a quiet corner of Somerset. This busy working farm is a paradise for youngsters, where they can get a hands-on experience of life in the country.

    The farm is home to a whole host of animals, which include chickens, cows, horses, over 100 breeding ewes, a friendly Shetland pony named Alf, and two adorable pygmy goats named Fudge and Snowy. The collection comprises five charming holiday homes (UKC534, UKC535, UKC536, UKC537 and UKC538) set around a courtyard and patio area, with the owners living on-site. These single-storey cottages all have access to the outdoor heated swimming pool and lush surrounding gardens, as well as a skittle alley and a well-equipped games room, complete with table tennis, a pool table and table football. For adults looking for a bit of company in the evening, there’s an on-site licensed bar/lounge that throws weekly quizzes and games of bingo. There’s also Somerset Evening once a week that’s ideal for trying Somerset cider and cheese over a game of skittles.

    From the splendours found in the city of Bath to the wide expanses of Exmoor, the farm provides a convenient base for touring all the area’s attractions. There’s the enchanting village of Glastonbury, famous for its tor; the beautiful city of Wells with its stunning cathedral; and the world-famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves all within easy reach of the property. For those of you who love to shop, Clarks Village is a must-visit: a major factory outlet in the nearby village of Street. The area is renowned for its coarse fishing, and licences can be obtained locally to fish in the Huntspill, Brue, King’s and Axe rivers as well as Sedgemoor Drain and the South Drain. There’s so much to see and do at Withy Grove Farm, it’s sure to be a holiday to remember! Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Bed linen included. Electric central heating and electricity by £1 coin meter. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football. Shared licensed bar/lounge. Shared skittle alley. Shared courtyard with patio and terrace. Shared natural grounds with patio, terrace and garden furniture. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.9m - 2m). Coarse fishing on-site (licence required). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Moorhead Farm - Holly

    Woolsery, nr. Clovelly

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: B6129

    Just 4 miles from the coast
    Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
    Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
    Close to beaches and many local attractions
    Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna (at cost) and gym
    Games room and separate snooker room (lighting at cost) with full sized table
    9 hole pitch and putt
    One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
    Bar and restaurant (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

    Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples (and older children) set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Located on a 1½-acre, well-stocked coarse fishing lake, with carp weighing up to 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
    Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and North Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! and the popular Cornish resort of Bude have fantastic beaches, renowned for excellent surfing, whilst Bude’s vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and Moorhead Farm is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding, paintballing and quad biking are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

    Holly is a Family Apartment
    Holly is one of five smaller two-bedroom, first floor apartments, situated in the grounds, but close to the facilities. These apartments command magnificent views over the North Devon countryside, both from the living room facing east, and the bedrooms facing west.
    Holly is a first floor apartment: Open tread stairs to living room with dining table and small kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas and electric heaters included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Gas cooker. Access to shared freezer. Balcony.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in main complex). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m), open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Sauna (at cost). Games room with pool table (at cost), children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room (lighting at cost). Gym. No smoking. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.

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  • Sea View and Bay View - Bay View

    Bucks Cross, nr. Bideford Bay

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44115

    The perfect seaside holiday choice for families and friends, with glorious views of the North Devon Coast, Sea View and Bay View are the ideal coastal retreat. Each presented and furnished to a good standard to make your holiday a relaxing escape. Situated in Bideford Bay Holiday Park, between the lovely cliffside village of Clovelly and the popular resort of Westward Ho!, and just a short distance from the breathtaking coastal path and rock pools of Bucks Mills. Sea View sits in a peaceful location towards the top of the park, whilst Bay View has uninterrupted sea views and is close to all of the on-site facilities. For a small weekly fee, holidaymakers can also enjoy and make full use of the indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, tennis courts, crazy golf, adventure playground, kid’s club and the popular park entertainment (open mid Mar-Oct). There are also bars, restaurant, takeaway and a supermarket on-site. The perfect holiday choice to relax and unwind at any time of year, and ideally located to explore the breathtaking North Devon and North Cornish coast. The famous surfing beaches at Westward Ho! and Bude are nearby, and for family fun The Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure Park are a must. The famous Eden Project is within easy reach or take the ferry from nearby Bideford to beautiful Lundy Island. Beach 1 mile. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    NB: Steep pathway leading down to property.

    Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Shared heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, open mid March-October (weekly pass required at cost). Children’s play area. Shared tennis court. No smoking.

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  • Moorhead Farm - Sycamore

    Woolsery, nr. Clovelly

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: B5380

    Just 4 miles from the coast
    Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
    Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
    Close to beaches and many local attractions
    Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna (at cost) and gym
    Games room and separate snooker room (lighting at cost) with full sized table
    9 hole pitch and putt
    One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
    Bar and restaurant (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

    Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples (and older children) set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Located on a 1½-acre, well-stocked coarse fishing lake, with carp weighing up to 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
    Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and North Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! and the popular Cornish resort of Bude have fantastic beaches, renowned for excellent surfing, whilst Bude’s vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and Moorhead Farm is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding, paintballing and quad biking are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

    Sycamore is a Family Apartment
    Sycamore is one of five smaller 2-bedroomed, first floor apartments, situated in the grounds, but close to the facilities. These apartments command magnificent views over the North Devon countryside, from both the living room facing east and the bedrooms facing west.
    Sycamore is a first floor apartment: Open-tread stairs to living room with dining table and small kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters and gas included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Gas cooker. Access to shared freezer. Balcony.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in main complex). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m), open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Sauna (at cost). Games room with pool table (at cost), children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room (lighting at cost). Gym. No smoking. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.

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  • Sandy Den

    Scratby, nr. Hemsby

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29536

    Beach 500 yards
    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    Sandy Den is a detached, single-storey holiday chalet situated in California Sands Holiday Park and is ideally situated close to the beach. It is also in a great location for exploring the Norfolk Broads and Great Yarmouth with its traditional seaside attractions. On site there is a good selection of facilties including a café, minimarket, amusements, fish and chip shop, pizza takeaway bar, laundrette and family clubhouse. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool (4 swimming passes included). There are plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy in this area, such as walking, cycling and fishing which are all available locally. Sandy Den is fantastic for active holiday makers and families who are looking for plenty to do. Beach 500 yards. Shop and restaurant 50 yards, pub 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities (at cost). Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor swimming pool, open 9am to 12pm, 1.30pm to 5pm everyday, 18th May-6th September. No smoking.

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  • The Valley - The Haven

    Carnon Downs, nr. Truro

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 27082

    Indoor and outdoor swimming pools

    A real gem! The perfect holiday retreat for those seeking to get away from it all, these stunning architect designed holiday cottages (refs 27073 to 27082) boast stylish interiors that cleverly unite the contemporary with the classic. Architect designed and furnished by interior designers, these unique and exclusive cottages have been finished to exacting standards. All feature a selection of local stone, slate and cedar and each has a carefully positioned patio and balcony. (The Haven cottages are all semi-detached, while Villa Gallery cottages are either semi-detached or detached).
    Exquisite taste and exacting quality complement the use of local materials to produce a homely feel. The more energetic will enjoy the shared indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts and gym, or you can simply relax, unwind and sample some of the delectable cuisine on offer in the sophisticated Café Azur (all on-site facilities are open from Easter until the end of October). Alternatively, just sit back on your patio or balcony and observe the visiting wildlife.
    A famously mild climate, gorgeous beaches, picturesque villages and top attractions are what visitors can look forward to when they stay at one of these holiday properties in South Cornwall. Ranging from the wide sweep of Falmouth Bay to tiny hidden coves reached by winding tracks, the beaches of South Cornwall are as perfect for lazy summer days as for invigorating winter walking. And there is also a great range of water sports on offer, many close by at Looe Beach.
    Venture inland and you will find an array of enticing attractions within easy reach. The Eden Project, where giant transparent domes recreate different climate conditions, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan promise fascinating days out.
    Enjoy sea angling trips and boat rides from charming fishing villages such as St Mawes, Mevagissey, Looe and Polperro, and Fowey is a firm favourite with the sailing community. The cathedral city of Truro and historic Penzance are both well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Accommodation allocated on arrival.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin, both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Private patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony (refs 27073, 27074, 27075, 27076 and 27077 only). Barbecue. Shared landscaped grounds. Shared tennis court (Easter-October). Parking (1 car). Additional parking by arrangement. Cycle store. Shared use of indoor swimming pool (open Easter-end October) with changing and shower facilities, and outdoor heated swimming pool (open 14 June-14 September). Shared hot tub. Table tennis (Easter-October). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Some steep slopes within the grounds.

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  • Withy Grove Farm - Birch

    East Huntspill, near Highbridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC536

    Withy Grove Farm is situated on the banks of the River Huntspill, in a quiet corner of Somerset. This busy working farm is a paradise for youngsters, where they can get a hands-on experience of life in the country.

    The farm is home to a whole host of animals, which include chickens, cows, horses, over 100 breeding ewes, a friendly Shetland pony named Alf, and two adorable pygmy goats named Fudge and Snowy. The collection comprises five charming holiday homes (UKC534, UKC535, UKC536, UKC537 and UKC538) set around a courtyard and patio area, with the owners living on-site. These single-storey cottages all have access to the outdoor heated swimming pool and lush surrounding gardens, as well as a skittle alley and a well-equipped games room, complete with table tennis, a pool table and table football. For adults looking for a bit of company in the evening, there’s an on-site licensed bar/lounge that throws weekly quizzes and games of bingo. There’s also Somerset Evening once a week that’s ideal for trying Somerset cider and cheese over a game of skittles.

    From the splendours found in the city of Bath to the wide expanses of Exmoor, the farm provides a convenient base for touring all the area’s attractions. There’s the enchanting village of Glastonbury, famous for its tor; the beautiful city of Wells with its stunning cathedral; and the world-famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves all within easy reach of the property. For those of you who love to shop, Clarks Village is a must-visit: a major factory outlet in the nearby village of Street. The area is renowned for its coarse fishing, and licences can be obtained locally to fish in the Huntspill, Brue, King’s and Axe rivers as well as Sedgemoor Drain and the South Drain. There’s so much to see and do at Withy Grove Farm, it’s sure to be a holiday to remember! Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Bed linen included. Electric central heating and electricity by £1 coin meter. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football. Shared licensed bar/lounge. Shared skittle alley. Shared courtyard with patio and terrace. Shared natural grounds with patio, terrace and garden furniture. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.9m - 2m). Coarse fishing on-site (licence required). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Park - Ebrenn

    Mawgan Porth, nr. Newquay

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W44349

    The Park is a secret huddle of distinctively chic holiday properties, hidden in a tranquil valley garden just yards from a stunning beach on the north Cornwall coast. No two holiday homes are the same at this holiday park, with stylish lodges and cosy cottages which are all nestled in 27 acres of tranquil grounds. Some of these have private terraces with hot tubs, many have enclosed garden spaces. Most of the homes are dog-friendly, as is the beach, no matter what time of year you come and stay. You can swim in one of our two swimming pools, let off steam in the spa, or lounge in the café. There’s also a children’s play area, table tennis and a DVD library. The Park grounds offer sun traps, hidden pathways and fruit and herb gardens which guests are invited to sample. Next to the café is the heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Outside, you’ll find another heated pool in a south-facing garden setting with views across the valley, complete with a bar serving food and drinks throughout the summer.

    If you’re looking for adventure, take a stroll along north Cornwall’s breath-taking coastal paths, beaches and cliffs. For something more extreme, learn to surf at a surf school on Mawgan Porth Beach, or maybe try kite surfing at Watergate Bay, just two miles down the coast. If your food supplies are running low, pick up some holiday essentials at the convenience store in Mawgan Porth Village, or dine at Jamie Oliver’s ’Fifteen’ restaurant at Watergate Bay, or Rick Stein’s Seafood Café at Padstow.

    Cornwall has plenty of family attractions, and is also well-known for arts, culture, history, heritage, gardens, food, drink, film, TV and literature. Beaches in the local area, Watergate Bay, and the surf beaches of Newquay, lie within five miles along the coast road southwards, and the seven bays and beaches of St Merryn and Padstow are 10 miles to the north. Further afield, the beaches of Marazion, St Ives, Sennen, Kynance Cove, Falmouth, Perranporth and Porthcurno are among the top ten in the county (according to the Cornwall Guide). Even if the weather is poor, do what the locals do - wrap up warm, take a brisk walk in the wind, watch the waves crash on the rocks and let the Cornish sea air blow the cobwebs away!

    Other attractions including the educational Eden Project and Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, are not far away. Cornwall is steeped in myths, legends and folklore, from ‘piskies’ and ’faeries’ to kings and castles. Cornwall’s 50-plus gardens all enjoy the warmth of the Gulf Stream, which means that many are home to rare tropical plants, flowers and trees. There are gardens of different scales in Cornwall, from the small and unusual to the large and more famous. Beach 300 yards. Shop and pub 250 yards, restaurant on-site.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs (one 26"). DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 27-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Shared indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools in grounds (15m x 5m, depth 1.47m) with shower and changing facilities, open 8am - 7pm. Shared sauna and steam room. Shared children’s play area. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steps and fenced stream in grounds.

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  • St Margaret’s Cottage

    St Margaret’s at Cliffe, nr. Dover

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: RCHH23

    This semi-detached bungalow is set in a secluded holiday park with on site facilities, including a 25 metre indoor heated swimming pool, smaller relaxation pool, sauna, spa pool and gym with beauty treatments and fitness classes (all at cost). Nearby St Margaret’s Bay is ideal for fishing. The cathedral city of Canterbury is 15 miles, and Dover ferry port is 10 minutes drive, so don’t forget your passport and take a day trip to France. Explore Dover Castle and the secret war tunnels or enjoy discounted designer shopping at De Bradelei Wharf. Shops 200 yards, pub 150 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    First £10 of electricity and electric heaters included, remainder electricity by card meter (cards can be purchased on site). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Large indoor heated swimming pool and smaller relaxation pool (at cost). Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Watermouth Castle - West Tower Apartment

    Nr Ilfracombe

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FHJ

    "Views over bays and cliffs from a castle stronghold – a unique holiday opportunity . . ."

    Watermouth Castle offers a rare combination of opportunities – for not only do visitors have the chance to live in a castle, but they also enjoy unlimited, free entry to one of the West Country’s premier tourist attractions during their stay (please note that the park, castle and facilities are closed in winter as from November 2016). Within the splendid castle itself, there are six superb apartments, an indoor heated swimming pool, a museum, a choice of theme attractions, and some fascinating water displays. Outside, the castle’s 50-acre estate features wonderful landscaped gardens, with plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, and glorious woodland walks. There are ducks and waterfowl to admire on the lake outside the walls, and beautiful views from the castle over Watermouth Bay and its harbour, where there are slipway facilities for visitors’ boats, as well as moorings for larger craft (by arrangement with the harbourmaster).
    The castle is a true example of a Victorian folly, completed in the mid 19th-century by the Bassett family. Now extensively restored by the current owner, its self-contained holiday apartments are reached through an archway in the south court, where the indoor heated swimming pool is available exclusively to apartment residents. All of the properties have been decorated and furnished to a comfortable standard throughout, in keeping with the style and ambience of the Castle, and all feature four-poster, half tester or brass beds.
    A separate part of the castle, open to the public, contains the fascinating museum collections, including a Victorian kitchen, animated displays, mechanical musical instruments, a large model railway and a unique arcade of pier slot machines, all in working order. In the underground theatre is the Water Spectacular, reputedly one of the best fountain shows in the world, a thrilling mix of lights, music and water. Outside in the grounds are further family entertainments, including traditional rides and slides, fascinating water features, children’s play areas, a ‘Gnomeland’, themed crazy-golf, and much, much more all of which earned Watermouth Castle a place in the finals of the South West Tourism ‘Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year’ Award in 2005.
    Watermouth Castle enjoys an incomparable setting on rising ground, commanding views over the bays and cliffs of the magnificent coastline stretching away to the east. Take a woodland walk through the estate to the picturesque, award-winning village of Berrynarbor, or visit the coastal village of Combe Martin (less than 3 miles to the east) – famous not only for its sandy coves, inlets and majestic headlands but also as ‘the gateway to the Exmoor National Park’. Combe Martin offers a choice of shops and cafes, and one of Devon’s oldest inns! Ilfracombe is only a five minute drive away to the west, with a range of seaside attractions, good shops and a golf course, and visitors can enjoy miles of golden sand at nearby Woolacombe and Croyde Bay. Superb cliff-top scenery and beautiful wooded valleys make this one of North Devon’s most scenic areas – as well as a paradise for walkers. Shops 2 miles.
    Note: Music may filter into the pool area from the antique Mortier organ between 10am and 6pm.

    (First floor.) West-facing, overlooking the harbour. Living/dining room. Galley kitchen. Double bedroom with mahogany half-tester bed. Bedroom with two single four-poster beds. Bathroom with large cast-iron castle bath, over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, gas, heaters in all rooms and bed linen included
    • Towels £3 per person per week by arrangement
    • Cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room (coin-operated) with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared payphone
    • Shared patio and garden furniture
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool with Fitstar counter facility
    • Office facilities included fax/modem/photocopier by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • NB: Lake in grounds

    ADDITIONAL FREE FACILITIES
    Indoor heated swimming pool and sun lounge. Unlimited free entry to award-winning ’Watermouth Castle Family Attraction’ offering a wealth of experiences and entertainment for all ages. (open Easter– end Oct)

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  • Harcombe House - Ware

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

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    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
    Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
    Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
    Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

    Six steps to entrance. Living room with sofa-bed (for +2) and large windows overlooking garden. Two steps to modern kitchen/dining room. Two steps to double bedroom. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

    • High chair
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Parking

    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Towel hire
    • Cot (except DQP)
    • TV
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared payphone (games room)
    • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
    • No smoking
    • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

    SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
    * Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
    * Sauna
    * Hard tennis court
    * Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
    * Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

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