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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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  • West Ashridge Cottages - The Old Granary

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: HQL

    A romantic holiday retreat, amidst rolling Devonshire countryside, these attractive barn conversions are well-equipped, warm and cosy, providing a rural retreat for couples at any time of the year. Occupying a remote setting on the edge of the village of Littleham, and less than 5 miles from sandy beaches and the breathtaking coastal path. The Old Granary, ref HQL, provides ‘upside-down’ style of accommodation to take full advantage of the lovely countryside views. Free course fishing is available for guests staying at The Old Granary at the nearby Jennetts Reservoir in Bideford (two rods only). Ash Tree Cottage, ref H37, adjoining The Granary and sharing its views, is single-storey and has French windows leading onto its patio, whilst detached Swallow Cottage, ref HQM, also single-storey, enjoys superb uninterrupted views down the valley. Approached by a private road, the holiday cottages are situated 2 miles from the historic port and market town of Bideford with its variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, and from where regular sailing trips to Lundy Island can be taken. They also lie within easy driving distance of Hartland where the dramatic English Heritage Coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but there are also many other scenic walks both inland and coastal to enjoy. The pretty fishing villages of Instow, Clovelly and Appledore are close by and well worth a visit, as are a host of other quaint little villages, each with its own unique character, charm and welcoming inn. The Tarka Trail passes close by and offers walking and cycling along the estuary, with cycle hire available. The area is a must for surfers and beach lovers, and the sandy beaches are not to be missed. Fishing, sailing, horse riding and golf are available locally, and Exmoor National Park is within easy reach. Other places of interest are Dartington Crystal, Tapely Park and Gardens, and RHS Rosemoor Gardens, all within 8 miles. Shops 2 miles, village pub serving food approximately 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor.

    All properties: Electric woodburner included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed patio area with furniture. Access to 87 acres of pastureland. Ample parking.

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  • The Garden Flat

    Herne Bay

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W43447


    This spacious and stylish apartment, boasting panoramic sea views, is located on the coast of Kent in the seaside town of Herne Bay. This is the perfect location for a holiday on the coast. Decorated and furnished to a very good standard, The Garden Flat offers ease of access with private parking, its own garden, large living space with a dining table overlooking the coast, a comfortable bedroom, which sleeps up to 2 guests, along with a well-equipped kitchen. The Clock Tower which is visible from the apartment window and garden is the oldest one in England. Several local attractions include the popular Herne Bay promenade with a selection of shops, bars and restaurants, access to the main town is also within walking distance with many shabby chic shops to roam. The area is also popular with jet bikers. Take a short drive to Canterbury and experience the historic hustle and bustle of the beautiful city, sample oysters in Whitstable or why not take a day trip to France from Dover with its regular ferry crossings. Beach 21 yards. Shop and restaurant 21 yards, pub 32 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • Eleys of Ironbridge - Garden Apartment

    Ironbridge

    Grade
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    Ref: 27518

    Ideal touring base

    Situated in the historic town of Ironbridge, in the heart of rural Shropshire, these two holiday properties, (refs 27518 and 27520) nestled around an attractive courtyard, enjoy all that Ironbridge has to offer on the doorstep. Many museums, spread along the banks of the River Severn, trace Ironbridge’s history. The ’Iron Bridge’ itself is a reminder to its importance. Visitors can browse around the array of craft and souvenir shops as well as great bars and restaurants. Visit Bridgnorth, an historic town split in two but connected via a unique Victorian cliff railway. Madeley, 1 mile, boasts listed buildings galore, the grandest being Madeley Court. Newport offers a plethora of independent shops and eateries, whilst Telford has an indoor shopping area with over 150 shops and cafés. Wellington, hosting one of the oldest markets, is also worth a visit, and Wrekin Hill is a comfortable walk away. Kayaking, canoeing, cycling, walking, gliding, golf, fishing and horse racing are all available for the active, whilst places to visit include castles, abbeys, working farms and museums, discovery centres, gardens, parks and historic houses. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    DVD. DAB radio. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard and furniture. No smoking.

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  • The Bothy

    Cheswick near Berwick upon Tweed

    Grade
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    Ref: CC312011
    The Bothy is the quintessential coastal retreat for couples!
    Nestled at the end of a small and peaceful terrace and facing across open farmland towards the sea beyond, The Bothy is a listed building recently fully renovated to provide an excellent pied-a-terre. Snuggled in front of the wood burning stove after a romantic stroll along the glorious expanse of golden beach at Cheswick Sands, being a mere gentle walk from The Bothy.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge/Dining Area: With wood burning stove, TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom: With double bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, oil, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for stove provided.Garden. Off road parking. Lockable bicycle shed.

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  • Little Ashton

    Stibb, nr. Bude

    Grade
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    Ref: 27562

    This detached, single storey holiday property, standing in the grounds of the owner’s home, is a romantic retreat with glorious views. If you fancy a walk take the footpath down to Northcott Mouth, a small, unspoilt NT beach, or another footpath across the field leads you to the church and village inn. Bude, 2 miles, is famous for its surfing beaches and has an array of shops, pubs and restaurants, many offering local seafood. The coastal path is close by and tennis, golf, horse riding, mountain boarding, surfing and fishing are all on offer here. The fishing villages of Padstow, Port Isaac and Rock are well worth a visit and the Eden Project is easy accessible. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. 1 double (6ft, zip and link) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • The Old Stable

    Stonesfield, nr. Witney

    Grade
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    Ref: 31117

    Converted from a former stable, this detached holiday cottage has views over the surrounding countryside. Many excellent walks can be enjoyed, including the Oxfordshire Way and a lovely walk through beech woods and over a stream to the nearby North Leigh Roman Villa. Adjacent to the owner’s home, The Old Stable is also well placed for visiting the market town of Burford, the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, Stow-on-the -Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water, all picturesque Cotswold towns. Oxford, with its university colleges, parks and shopping, is only 12 miles, and the historic market town of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace, the birth place of Winston Churchill, are 2 miles. For those who enjoy shopping Bicester Village is only 13 miles away and both Regency Cheltenham and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon are 50 minutes by car. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Step to living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small decked balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Nab End Farm Cottages - Eskdale

    Glaisdale Dale, nr. Whitby

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W43153

    These delightful, terraced barn conversions are situated in one of the most peaceful and beautiful areas of the North York Moors National Park, deep in the valley of Glaisdale Dale. Nab End Farm is home to five skilfully converted holiday cottages, Glaisdale (ref W43151), Eskdale (ref W43152), Rosedale (W43153), Silver Birches (ref W43155), Farndale (ref W43154). The friendly owners who live in the farmhouse welcome their guests with the warmth so typical of this lovely part of Yorkshire, and every care has been taken to ensure guests have an enjoyable holiday. The cottages look out over immaculately maintained and manicured gardens with lawns, shrubs and flower borders, and guests are welcome to enjoy these 5-acre grounds, surrounded by sheep farms, pine woods, waterfalls and streams. An abundance of walks lead from the doorstep to the moors with more gentle strolls along the river bank. There is good fishing in the river and excellent inns, pubs and eating houses within 3 miles, where Yorkshire’s finest cuisine can be enjoyed. Nearby are the villages of Goathland, Egton and Lealhome to name but a few of the many villages tucked deep in the valleys yet close to the River Esk as it meanders its way to the sea at Whitby, 9 miles. Goathland is the centre of Heartbeat country and boasts a pretty village green lined with curio shops, inns and tea rooms. From Grosmont, the North York Moors steam train makes for a memorable journey through the stunning moorland scenery and the glorious Esk Valley into the market town of Pickering. The heritage coastline of Yorkshire is easily reached with spectacular cliff top walks affording breath-taking views across the coast and many quaint fishing villages awaiting discovery. The ancient sea port of Whitby is close by, known for its connections with Capt. James Cook, and is where Bram Stoker found his inspiration and Dracula was born. The cobbled streets are crammed with tumbling cottages, a busy harbour, an attractive marina and a wealth of antique, curio shops inns and tea rooms, and a 3-mile stretch of sandy beach, all overlooked by the cliff top abbey ruins. Visit the smugglers’ coves of Robin Hood’s Bay and Runswick Bay, untouched by the hands of time, where pretty little cottages cling to the cliff edge and the steep cobbled bank leads to a sandy cove perfect for rock pooling and fossil hunting. Shops, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry/utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared landscaped garden and grounds of 5 acres with furniture. Shared barbecue. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. NB: Pond in grounds, 75 yards.

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  • Croft House Cottages - Antlers

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC394

    These three holiday cottages provide a wonderful holiday retreat all year round, and are situated on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon which is an ideal location for touring round the area. Stratford-upon-Avon plays host to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, many individual shops, traditional bars and restaurants. A little further, you will find Warwick with its famous castle, the stunning Cotswolds area with Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and traditional market towns of Shipston-on-Stour and Evesham.

    Owl’s Hoot (ref UKC393) is a stunning ground floor open-plan apartment, which is well-furnished and offers you plenty of space, perfect for couples and families. Antlers (ref UKC394) is a contemporary first floor apartment offering a romantic getaway with space and comfort in mind. Croft House (ref UKC395) is a lovely semi-detached four-bedroom house offering quality, space and fun with its own games room and limited use of the swimming pool during Warwickshire school holidays only.

    These three properties are perfect for families and groups looking for a place that has it all. They can be booked together to accommodate up to 14 guests. Owl’s Hoot and Antlers do not have a garden, but if booked in conjunction with Croft House, they will have shared use of its garden and swimming pool (during the school holidays only). Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the first floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric fire, 42" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Halton Gill Cottage

    Halton Gill near Litton

    Grade
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    Ref: DC4751
    With lovely rural views over picturesque Upper Wharfedale, this property is ideal for exploring the beautiful limestone uplands of the Yorkshire Dales. Featured in a Christmas TV advert in 2010 this cottage is in a truly picturesque location. This tastefully converted cottage provides a welcoming retreat with a lawned garden ideal for relaxing and admiring the views. In an idyllic hamlet, there are walks from the door and along the River Skirfare to the villages of Litton and Arncliffe, each with a cosy country pub serving good food. The Pennine Way crosses Pen-y-Ghent near the head of the dale and the hilltop road to Settle affords breathtaking views.

    Ground Floor: With oil fired central heating and comprising:
    Open plan sitting/dining room: with Sky Freeview TV, and radio.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven, microwave and fridge.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: spacious with double bed.
    Shower room: with shower, WC and basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Washing machine available on request. Hairdryer. Landline telephone/ Wi-Fi available on request.Lawned garden at the side of the cottage with garden furniture. Private parking. Private water supply. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (working farm).

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  • Winscott Barton Barns: Cob Cottage

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: 25979

    Close to coast

    A tranquil retreat amidst glorious countryside and just 3 miles from the breathtaking North Devon coast and the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho! and the attractive old port of Bideford, with its pastel coloured houses alongside a tree lined quay. These three delightful 17th-century cob and stone barns have been stylishly converted to a superb standard and offer the perfect holiday choice for a romantic escape or a family gathering. Each of these spacious properties has its own private garden and lovely country views. There are footpaths from the door, a village shop and choice of inns within 2 miles. Take a boat trip from Bideford to the nature reserve at Lundy Island or explore many pretty fishing villages including nearby Clovelly and Appledore. Instow, 3 miles, is a pretty, unspoilt, seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes, fishermen’s cottages, shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants specialising in locally caught seafood. The famous Tarka Trail is located nearby and offers good walking and cycling with bike hire available. There are numerous NT properties in the area including Arlington and Hartland Abbey, as well as the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Hartland Quay and lighthouse are well worth a visit and for family fun The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure parks are close by. Golf, riding, fishing, surfing, mountain boarding, karting and high ropes are available locally and the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moors are all within easy driving distance as is the famous Eden Project. With so much to discover in this lovely part of North Devon, Winscott Barton Barns is the perfect holiday choice. Shop, pub and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors, vaulted ceilings and beams. 1 double (5ft) bedroom wtih en-suite shower room and toilet.

    First £28per week September-April, first £15per week May-August electric underfloor central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Travel cot on request. Electric cooker. Use of owner’s freezer. Parking (2 cars). No children under 5 years except babes in arms.

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 6-acre natural unspoilt grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Cotehele Estate - Engine Cottage

    Cotehele, nr. Callington

    Grade
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    Ref: NT011005

    National Trust Property

    A most beautiful National Trust estate, set on the banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. This magnificent Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. In the gardens and grounds of Cotehele, you can easily lose yourself exploring this most tranquil and beautiful location. Admire the stunning, formally planted terraces of gorgeous, colourful plants, or wander down to the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, which in turn leads down to the River Tamar. Sit a while and seek tranquillity in the beautiful Upper Garden and explore the orchards planted with local varieties of apples and cherry trees.

    From early spring, bright flowers adorn the grounds and the colourful herbaceous borders are simply stunning in high season. With orchards bearing fruit in the autumn and dainty snowdrops peeking through in winter, there will be horticultural activity all year round. This very popular National Trust property appeals to people of all ages, but Cotehele will be available to guests in early mornings and after the day visitors have gone home.

    In the 19th century, local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards, and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market. The restored sailing barge Shamrock is moored at the quay and a proper Cornish cream tea can be enjoyed in the Edgcumbe tea room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden Valley to the sister property Cotehele Mill. Cotehele welcome dogs and there are some great walks on the miles of paths around the estate, at the quay and in the mill grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the outside seating area of the restaurants. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house and garden.
    Nestling in Danescombe Woods on the banks of the River Tamar, just a short walk along the riverside to the historic village of Calstock. Danescombe Woods is part of the National Trust Cotehele Estate, once a thriving copper mining area. The old ruins of tin mines from last century are scattered through the woodland scenery. The iconic tall chimney stacks can still be seen and Engine Cottage sits below one of these towering above. Set off the beaten track, along a trail through the woods, this is a very tranquil place to cosy up in one of these delightful cottages and relax. For the adventurous, there are some wonderful woodland and riverside walks through to Cotehele House and Gardens. The woodland abounds with wildlife and a little stream runs to the front of the cottages. Calstock is a delightful village, with two pubs and a little village shop, it is very picturesque with its spectacular Victorian railway viaduct spanning the river and still in operation today taking train passengers from Cornwall into Plymouth. Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Cosy open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, dining area and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin on request). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, NSH, electric convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV (variable reception)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • No garden
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Dogs free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Fir Trees

    Bowness on Windermere

    Grade
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    Ref: CC128187
    Fir Trees is a neat little property, an ideal hideaway for couples of all ages who want to be near enough to sample the wonderful shopping and restaurants that Bowness has to offer but who also want to be far enough away to enjoy some quiet, quality time with each other. A short walk down the lane will bring you straight to The Glebe area of Bowness from where the famous steamers depart and where you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade.
    Fir Trees is the perfect choice for a romantic break and its neutral, stylish presentation makes for a relaxing atmosphere. Comfy leather seating and quality mattress all aid the relaxation process and the enclosed patio style garden, a real suntrap, is perfect for meals al fresco during the warmer months.

    Ground Floor: This accommodation is all on the ground floor and has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway
    Living area: With kitchen, lounge and dining facilities.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Lounge area: With comfy leather sofa, TV, DVD and Patio doors.
    Master bedroom: With king size bed, delightfully furnished with co-ordinating linens and decor.
    En-suite bathroom: With shower over the bath, hand basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen provided.Patio doors lead out to garden with private patio and furniture provided. Private parking for one car.

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