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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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  • Horselake Farm Cottages - Discovery

    Cheriton Bishop

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: 26768

    Shared outdoor heated swimming pool

    Set amid 10½-acre grounds, complete with outdoor heated swimming pool and children’s play area, these five holiday properties (26767, 26768, 27123, UKC284 and UKC285) occupy a beautiful setting. Named after British apples, they have been imaginatively converted from former fruit barns.
    Florina (UKC284) and Honey Pippin (UKC285) are two spacious, detached properties furnished and equipped in contemporary style. Offering superb holiday accommodation for a larger family, they boast huge living rooms with underfloor heating. They also have sleek, high gloss kitchens with quartz worktops, and wonderful bathrooms. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed, with large, fluffy towels, gowns and slippers provided for the adults. Florina (UKC284) and Honey Pippin (UKC285) also have their own private hots tub, a patio with sunloungers, bistro table and chairs and outdoor seating.

    All the properties at Horselake have a private garden or courtyard, whilst enjoying the freedom to roam the grounds and make the most of the shared facilities. Ideal for exploring South Devon with its stunning coastline, and resorts such as Dawlish and Teignmouth. Rugged Dartmoor is only a short drive, and many family attractions are within easy reach including Castle Drogo (National Trust), Fingle Bridge, the Teign Gorge, and Canonteign Falls and Country Park. Within 10 miles of the old cathedral city of Exeter, with its many varied attractions including a racecourse, shopping, antique shops, guided tours and a host of summer festivals. Fishing on the River Teign, 3 miles. Golf 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant within 1 mile.

    Ground floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower shower over bath, and toilet.

    Travel cot. Highchair. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared freezer. Enclosed garden with garden furniture. Parking for 2 cars.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared games room with pool table and darts (April-October only). Shared landscaped and wooded grounds with garden furniture. Shared children’s play area with wendy house, swings and slide. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (36m x 13m, depth 0.9m to 2.1m, open 1st May to 30th September) with changing facilities. Mini-gym room with cross trainer, running machine and weights. No smoking.

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  • Lower Elsford Farm - Torfield

    Lustleigh, near Bovey Tracey

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC745

    Lower Elsford Farm has an abundance of wildlife and jaw dropping views across Dartmoor National Park and the famous Lustleigh Cleave. The farm is complete with an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and children’s play area. There are four cottages within the complex, each has its own character and have been decorated and furnished to a good standard. These properties are in an ideal location for a holiday for family or friends, and can be booked together to accommodate larger parties. Each property has its own enclosed private seating area with a barbecue. Located in an excellent position, allowing you to explore not only the 32 acre grounds, but all parts of Devon, and in particular, the 368 square miles of Dartmoor National Park, renowned for its quaint villages, meandering streams, dramatic scenery, wild ponies and varied wildlife. The grounds include an ancient stone row, 5 acres of rough moorland, two ponds and a tumbling stream.
    Lower Elsford is bordered to the west by Woodland Trust and Dartmoor National Park Woods. Indigenous oak trees are covered with lichen, demonstrating the purity of the air; whilst water is provided by the farm’s own natural Dartmoor spring. Views from the fields are magnificent, stretching over the moor to Hound Tor and Haytor Rocks, and on a clear day as far as the coast at Berry Head, with glimpses of the sea. Wildlife abounds, including a badger set, deer, foxes, buzzards, and in season the bluebells and snowdrops flourish. Time does not seem to move quite so fast down here. Peace and tranquillity is the speciality, whilst Lower Elsford Farm is still within easy travelling distance of many local attractions. Guests are free to help themselves to any eggs they find, courtesy of the farm’s resident chickens. Dartmoor served as the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s classic novels Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, and as the backdrop for the film, War Horse. Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. So if it is stone circles, menhirs, stone crosses and ancient villages that get you excited, look no further. Located within Dartmoor National Park, the farm is listed in the Domesday Book. There has been a settlement here for at least 600 years. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Shower room:
    With shower cubicle, toilet and washer/dryer.
    First Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, bluetooth speaker and patio doors.
    Second Floor:
    Dining room: With French doors leading to patio.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Third Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed, sloping ceiling and velux windows.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, sloping ceiling and velux window.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating included. Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Shared games room with pool table, snooker table, table tennis, table football, Freeview TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs and selection of books. Shared 32-acre unspoilt natural and landscaped grounds with woodland. Shared children’s play area. Shared heated indoor swimming pool (9m x 3.8m, depth 1.2m, open 8am-8pm) with shower and changing facilities. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond and stream in the grounds, 30 yards away. The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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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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  • Orford Mill - Owlery Holt

    Great Torrington

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: HSH

    "Deep in Tarka the Otter country where the river glides beneath the trees and time stands still..."

    Orford Mill lies alongside the River Torridge in a beautiful wooded valley, nestled below the historic town of Torrington. With its air of peace and tranquillity, abundant wildflowers and river life, it became the setting for Henry Williamson’s magical story of Tarka the Otter. Indeed, the mill wheel in which Tarka hid from the hound Deadlock was at Orford Mill. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away.
    The complex consists of a Grade II listed water mill and manor house, now converted into nine delightful cottages, all equipped to Visit Britain ‘4 Star’ standard. Most overlook the charming ornamental courtyard with its ponds and flowerbeds. Riverside is detached and overlooks the river. All cottages retain character features such as exposed beams and stonework, and each is furnished in an individual style to a very high standard. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, with lovely river views, as well as a spa room and all-weather tennis court, games room and fenced outdoor children’s play area. There is an on-site cafe with wi-fi (open 9am-9pm). In addition, fishing rights are available on 200 yards of river (bring own licence, or avail locally at cost). All the waterways are safely fenced.
    The countryside around Orford Mill is dotted with sleepy villages nestled among the hills, while extensive woodlands, traversed by many footpaths, offer the chance to experience the area’s natural beauty at close quarters. Adjacent to the grounds are the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor, and other local attractions include Dartington Crystal, offering a factory tour and visitor centre. Great Torrington is only a mile away with good shopping and amenities, and there is golf at nearby Hartland. Orford Mill adjoins Torrington Common which extends to 365 acres, incorporating 20 miles of footpaths. The common is a haven for wildlife. The ‘Big Sheep’ and ‘Milky Way’ theme parks are each less than 10 miles away.
    The River Torridge runs downstream to the ancient port of Bideford, still with a working quay offering boat trips out to Lundy Island. Just around the corner is the attractive little town of Appledore with its colourful houses and narrow streets. To either side lies Devon’s most spectacular stretch of coastal scenery – a chain of magnificent cliffs and rocky promontories, interspersed here and there by long flat sandy beaches, where the Atlantic breakers roll in to create ideal surfing conditions. There are splendid beaches at Instow and Westward Ho!, the latter bordered by the Royal North Devon Golf Club, and the Northam Nature Reserve. Further west is the supremely picturesque Clovelly, whose narrow, cobbled main street descends at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. To the south, the cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
    Orford Mill offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. Excellent as a touring base, it makes a good choice for a holiday whatever the weather. Shop ½ mile.

    This is a first floor property, accessed by an external stone staircase. First floor: Open-plan living/dining room with electric ‘wood burner’. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom (5ft bed) with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity ‘wood burner’ included
    • DVD

    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Cot, travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV with digital terrestrial channels
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi (in on-site café, open 9am - 9pm)
    • Shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Gas barbecues for hire by arrangement
    • Ample parking
    • Shared games room with pool table, games machines
    • Shared outside area with table tennis
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12ft x 33ft) with changing and shower facilities
    • Shared spa room with hot tub, wet and dry saunas
    • Massage and beauty treatments by arrangement
    • Shared hard all weather tennis court (bring own equipment, and tennis shoes – no trainers)
    • Professional tennis ball machine with wide speed variation from 12-80 mph for hire (over 16s only)
    • On-site river fishing (bring own licence, or available locally at cost)
    • Children’s play area with swings and playhouse
    • Heidi’s Hideaway (playroom for toddlers and young children)
    • Adventure fort
    • No smoking
    • NB: Securely fenced river on-site
    • Main TV in each cottage is linked (via colour video.audio camera) to its own individual bird box, providing live images on TV

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  • Lower Elsford Farm - Stable Corner

    Lustleigh, near Bovey Tracey

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC744

    Lower Elsford Farm has an abundance of wildlife and jaw dropping views across Dartmoor National Park and the famous Lustleigh Cleave. The farm is complete with an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and children’s play area. There are four cottages within the complex, each has its own character and have been decorated and furnished to a good standard. These properties are in an ideal location for a holiday for family or friends, and can be booked together to accommodate larger parties. Each property has its own enclosed private seating area with a barbecue. Located in an excellent position, allowing you to explore not only the 32 acre grounds, but all parts of Devon, and in particular, the 368 square miles of Dartmoor National Park, renowned for its quaint villages, meandering streams, dramatic scenery, wild ponies and varied wildlife. The grounds include an ancient stone row, 5 acres of rough moorland, two ponds and a tumbling stream.
    Lower Elsford is bordered to the west by Woodland Trust and Dartmoor National Park Woods. Indigenous oak trees are covered with lichen, demonstrating the purity of the air; whilst water is provided by the farm’s own natural Dartmoor spring. Views from the fields are magnificent, stretching over the moor to Hound Tor and Haytor Rocks, and on a clear day as far as the coast at Berry Head, with glimpses of the sea. Wildlife abounds, including a badger set, deer, foxes, buzzards, and in season the bluebells and snowdrops flourish. Time does not seem to move quite so fast down here. Peace and tranquillity is the speciality, whilst Lower Elsford Farm is still within easy travelling distance of many local attractions. Guests are free to help themselves to any eggs they find, courtesy of the farm’s resident chickens. Dartmoor served as the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s classic novels Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, and as the backdrop for the film, War Horse. Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. So if it is stone circles, menhirs, stone crosses and ancient villages that get you excited, look no further. Located within Dartmoor National Park, the farm is listed in the Domesday Book. There has been a settlement here for at least 600 years. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, bluetooth speaker and Juliet balcony.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and French doors leading to patio.

    Economy 7 central heating included. Stairgate available on request. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Shared games room with pool table, snooker table, table tennis, table football, Freeview TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs and selection of books. Shared 32-acre unspoilt natural and landscaped grounds with woodland. Shared children’s play area. Shared heated indoor swimming pool (9m x 3.8m, depth 1.2m, open 8am-8pm) with shower and changing facilities. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond and stream in the grounds, 30 yards away. The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage

    Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DFY

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court.
    Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Three of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, while the remaining four have individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool has full changing facilities (please bring your own towels). The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
    Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
    The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
    Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting - what more could holidaymakers want? Shops 1 mile.

    A two-storey conversion within the old barn. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Fitted kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed, picket-fenced front garden with patio and furniture

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included (please bring own towels for swimming pool)
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Shared grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) (available March-October, Christmas and New Year)
    • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
    • Large grassed play area with climbing frame and badminton/volleyball net
    • Shared use of owners’ hard tennis court
    • NB: Fenced pond in grounds. No stag or hen parties

    Properties DGA, DGG, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

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  • The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Lodge

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30665

    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location between Sherborne and Blandford Forum, in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nestling under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm, which the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a lovely large indoor heated swimming pool, which also has a gym and sauna, outside guests can enjoy the games room, the grounds with a childrens play area, hot tub and fishing lakes stocked with carp and silverfish. The seven houses and apartments are completely self contained and several of the properties can be linked together. The Victorian Barn, originally built in 1849, offers seven properties and in the grounds are two cottages and two lodges, so making a great location for families, or very large groups who want a bit of quality time together. You will have plenty to do onsite which the children will love, or you can explore the lovely county of Dorset. Guests can enjoy days out down on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, taking in Weymouth visiting Aqua World, Time Walk and many other attractions, or perhaps visiting Monkey World or the Tank Museum at Bovington. Other attractions include the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or a trip back in time at the Haynes Motor Museum with its wonderful collection of classic cars . On your return you can take in some lovely country walks that abound in the area or simply relax in the hot tub or swimming pool, or go fishing. Beach 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Oil underfloor central heating included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Small lawned garden.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request (at cost). Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available, 5GB free, £2 per GB thereafter. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6m, depth 1m to 1.38m), open every day, times vary. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with pool table, football table and quiz machine. Shared sauna. Shared gym. Shared children’s play area. Fishing on-site. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • Turtles Farm Cottages - Turtles Cottage

    Alfold

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: PRRS

    These two well-presented holiday properties (refs PEES and PRRS) stand adjacent to one another, in the grounds of the owners’ country house and gardens. They are superbly located, enveloped in rolling countryside and fields in a beautiful rural setting, accessed by a tree lined driveway with bluebells and daffodils in the spring. These attractive historic holiday properties make a wonderful retreat for couples or families, with shared use of a tennis court, heated outdoor swimming pool, gym, games hall and covered BBQ area. Scenic walks can be enjoyed around the owner’s 50-acre estate with lakes, horse paddocks and public footpaths which lead to the Wey and Arun Canal. They are well-placed for exploring the area; the quaint hamlet of Alfold has a church and shop and within easy driving distance are historic Guildford (trains to London in 30 min), the market town of Cranleigh, Horsham, Petworth, Brighton, Midhurst, plus many NT homes and gardens, as well as The North Downs and South Downs Way. Other tourist attractions which are within easy reach include Chessington World of Adventure, Painshill Park, Windsor Castle, Ascot/Sandown/Kempton/Epsom Races, Hampton Court Palace and Legoland. Historic Chichester and West Wittering Beach can be reached within a 45-minute drive. Gatwick and Heathrow airports are also within easy driving distance. Golf, fishing, riding and cycling can all be found within the area. Shops ¾ mile.

    Beamed living room with open fire in inglenook fireplace. Dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Travel cot (on request)
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Welcome pack

    • Full woodchip central heating included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of tennis court, outdoor swimming pool (25ft x 13ft, depth range 3ft to 6ft, heated June - August), gym and games room with pool table
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond and lake in grounds, 100 yards

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  • Nethway Farm - Lovage Cottage

    Nethway Farm - Lovage Cottage

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FEJ

    Imaginatively formed within a charming group of barns and set in superb landscaped shared gardens, an indoor heated swimming pool and a sauna have been created in a separate building, and a further barn offers facilities for table tennis, pool table, ‘fun’ netball and badminton. A spacious play area within a walled garden is equipped with swings, sand pit, adventure playground, large outdoor trampoline (with safety netting), large lawned area with raised decking, complete with garden furniture and views over the surrounding countryside. The gardens are a riot of colour, with flower beds, tubs, hanging baskets and courtyards and paved terraces. There is also a well-stocked fishing lake (rods not supplied) and . children are welcome to help feed the animals; goats, ponies, kune kune pigs, sheep, lambs, rabbits and guinea pigs. The cottages themselves have been meticulously converted. All are tastefully furnished and decorated throughout, and comprehensively equipped. The properties have their own patios with furniture (Hyssop and Lovage Cottages have their own lawned garden). They are ideal for holidays at any time of the year – all properties are heated throughout and this region is especially beautiful in the quieter off-season months. The village of Kingswear itself is set on the Dart estuary opposite Dartmouth – which can be reached via ferry.

    Sitting/Dining Room: TV, DVD , wood-burning stove. Kitchen: fully fitted with electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer. Stairs to First floor. Bedroom 1: Double bed. Bedroom 2: Twin beds. Bathroom: bath with shower over, basin, WC.

    Outside: Private enclosed lawned garden with decking and outdoor furniture.
    Parking: for three cars.
    Heating and hot water by electricity.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Wifi broadband available.
    Shared payphone.

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  • Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage

    Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DFZ

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court.
    Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Three of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, while the remaining four have individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool has full changing facilities (please bring your own towels). The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
    Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
    The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
    Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting - what more could holidaymakers want? Shops 1 mile.

    A pleasant ground floor conversion of the barn. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Two attractive bedrooms; one double and one twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Fridge/freezer
    • Patio with furniture

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included (please bring own towels for swimming pool)
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Shared grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) (available March-October, Christmas and New Year)
    • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
    • Large grassed play area with climbing frame and badminton/volleyball net
    • Shared use of owners’ hard tennis court
    • NB: Fenced pond in grounds. No stag or hen parties

    Properties DGA, DGG, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: DHC

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
    As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
    At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
    Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
    All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
    Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
    Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
    The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
    Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
    The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
    Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

    Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Comfortable living/dining room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric fire included
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area
    • Patio

    • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
    • Two TVs - with Freeview (three TVs in DKG)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
    • NB: Pond in grounds

    SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX

    Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.

    • Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)

    • Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling

    • Sitting area overlooking pool

    • Six-person sauna

      EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES

      Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
      Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.

    • Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table

    • Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker

      Outdoor amenities:

    • Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres

    • Children’s play area with swings

    • Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)

    • Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Dogs’ exercise paddock

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  • Little Dunley Cottages - Oaktree Cottage

    Bovey Tracey

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: HNNO

    Situated on the edge of the Dartmoor Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and within 24 acres of tranquil meadowland, Little Dunley Cottages have been carefully restored and finished to a very high standard. Pristine and tastefully furnished they enjoy pleasant views overlooking the lakes and surrounding countryside. Each of the properties has its own private outdoor secluded seating area and are ideal for family gatherings, celebrating a birthday or anniversary or for those who wish to escape and unwind on a holiday in a truly magical place. Guests can enjoy carp fishing within the grounds, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, all-weather hard tennis court and games room. Just a few miles off the Devon Expressway, the holiday cottages are well situated for all attractions such as sandy beaches at Teignmouth, Dawlish and Sidmouth, and tourist attractions. A haven for birdwatchers, and walkers will enjoy the many stunning walks in the area. Pretty Bovey Tracey, one mile, with its numerous shops, pubs and cafes, is known as the ‘Gateway to Dartmoor’, which has one of the best known national parks, offers stunning scenery to ride, walk and fish in. There are a variety of golf clubs nearby. The locality offers a hugely varied range of walks, through woodland, along the coast or nearby on Dartmoor. Dartmoor has so much to offer from its heather-clad tors to dramatic landscapes, Dartmoor ponies, to quaint villages offering Devon cream teas. For a family day out take a trip to Crealy, or spend a day in Exeter, visit the magnificent cathedral, shops, take a look around the quay where there are little caves turned into shops, or walk the canal path and find the hidden pubs only reached by foot. Torquay offers boat trips from the harbour over to Brixham, or visit Living Coasts where penguins wander freely. Further afield visit the Eden Project or Plymouth to take in the Barbican and the Hoe, or visit the huge aquarium, another great day out. Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway is a must for fans of crime novels. There are many National Trust properties all close to Little Dunley, also visit Dart Valley Steam Train, or Buckfastleigh and see the otters. There are many sandy beaches nearby, or spend a day at Lyme Regis fossil hunting. The Jurassic Coast is spectacular and it is well worth taking a walk on the coastal path. Shop 1 mile.

    Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Cherry-effect kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom and toilet.

    • DVD
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Secure cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Laundry room with washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi (£20 per booking)
    • Own patio and lawned area
    • Shared 24-acre meadows
    • Barbecue
    • Fishing by arrangement (licence required)
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (approx 30ft x 15ft, depth 4ft to 5ft, open all year) with changing facilities and coin-operated sauna
    • Games room
    • All-weather hard tennis court
    • No smoking
    • NB: Carp ponds in meadow

    Note: Vine Lodge HYK, Lake View HYL, Oaktree Cottage HNNO and Acorn Cottage HGGJ may be booked together for groups of up to 20 people.Note: Vine Lodge HYK, Lake View HYL, Oaktree Cottage HNNO and Acorn Cottage HGGJ may be booked together for groups of up to 20 people.

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