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England

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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  • Moorleaze - Mendip

    Witham Friary, Frome

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: EPO

    " Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife "

    Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
    Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
    "a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

    Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair
    • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
    • Wi-fi
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared courtyard, garden
    • Shared barbecues
    • Ample parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
    • Shared games chalet
    • Shared tennis court
    • Shared children’s play area
    • No smoking
    • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

    SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

    • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
    • Tennis court
    • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
    • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
    • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
    • Large courtyard with seats and tables
    • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

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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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  • Lower Elsford Farm - Pond View

    Lustleigh, near Bovey Tracey

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC743

    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 and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    First Floor:
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and French doors leading to patio.
    4 steps up to...
    Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and bluetooth speaker.

    Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request.

    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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  • Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - Stream Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, Exmoor

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27550

    Pretty stone cottages with a shared heated indoor swimming pool
    Set in a beautiful valley within the Exmoor National Park
    Five acres of gardens and grounds with BBQ area and picnic area and a shared all-weather tennis court
    Excellent walking, cycling and riding country
    Some cottages boast four-poster beds and woodburners
    Allocated parking for each cottage





    In a setting of stunning natural beauty in the Exmoor National Park, with indoor heated swimming pool, Triscombe Farm Country Cottages are a combination of 19th century cottages and skilful conversions from existing farm buildings. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and all-weather tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls). Natural water is provided from our own spring. With unspoilt countryside all around, and reached by a long, sweeping driveway, the country cottages are nestling in a sheltered, wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme. Each of the cottages has been individually styled and equipped to offer comfortable holiday accommodation.

    The cottages make the perfect base for holidays at any time of the year. There are five acres of lovely gardens for you to enjoy and explore. A stream cascades through the hillside garden, there is ample space in which to sit and relax, or enjoy a family picnic or barbecue. Spectacular views across the valley to Dunkery Beacon unfold as you wander around. Badgers, buzzards, foxes, red deer and an abundance of birdlife can often be seen, so don’t forget your binoculars. Bracken Cottage ref: B5817, Juniper ref: 28060 and Primrose Cottage ref: 30027 are ground floor cottages with valley views, Rose Cottage ref: B5810 and Whortleberry Cottage ref: 29890 are cosy family cottages, Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 is a spacious original cottage and Garden Cottage ref: B5812 and Orchard Cottage ref: B5811 are ‘upside down’ cottages with farmland views. Stream Cottage ref: 27550 is the original farm manager’s cottage.


    From Triscombe Farm you can explore the magic of Exmoor, an area of wild natural beauty, inhabited by native ponies and red deer. Exmoor Safaris take you right into the heart of this area of heather clad moors, sheltered wooded combes, pretty villages with thatched cottages and ancient packhorse bridges. The National Park rangers provide guided walks.


    A few miles from Triscombe is Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic coastal walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon (1707ft) there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, Butlins, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster (NT castle) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton.


    Other holiday pursuits include fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake, and horse riding, mountain biking and hiking across the moor. There is so much to do locally, the owners hope to welcome you back time and time again.
    Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - the perfect base for all year round holidays. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    Stream Cottage ref: 27550 and Juniper ref: 28060 can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people and Bracken Cottage ref: B5817 and Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people.

    Stream Cottage - 27550

    Slope to entrance. All on ground floor: 4 steps to living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (first basket of logs included, thereafter £6.50 per basket). CD. Electric cooker. Natural water supply from spring. No children under 11 years. NB: Stream Cottage (ref 27550) is partly above Juniper (ref 28060)

    All properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire £5per person per booking. DVD. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer (small charge) and freezer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Extensive shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue area. Cycle store. Allocated parking on site. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker/pool table. All-weather tennis court. Heated indoor swimming pool (9.7m x 4.2m, depth 0.8m to 1.9m). No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds (young children must be supervised).

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  • Knockerdown Cottages - Butterton Cottage

    Carsington, near Ashbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: RLP

    "Fine cottages and facilities – in a county of unspoilt landscapes, deep dales and winding rivers . . .""Fine cottages and facilities – in a county of unspoilt landscapes, deep dales and winding rivers . . ."

    This fine courtyard of old stone barns was part of a working farm, but has now been sensitively converted to offer sixteen beautifully furnished and well-equipped cottages. Boasting a wealth of original features, they enjoy shared use of a rich choice of leisure facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool in an adjacent, purpose-designed building. With a shallow area for children, the pool has its own changing rooms and a sauna, and there is a separate games room within the pool building where wi-fi is available. Brackendale Spa is an independent facility offering luxurious treatments, which guests can book by contacting the spa directly. There are two conference/dining rooms to accommodate large groups, and a separate laundry room with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Close to the cottages are patio and barbecue areas. All set in 3 acres of shared grounds, offering a children’s play area and plenty of space in which to relax.

    This is an ideal setting for a Peak District holiday. Knockerdown Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Ashbourne and Matlock, within walking distance of beautiful Carsington Water, a superb windsurfing and sailing centre, which has an area devoted to wildlife and nature conservancy. Throughout the year they have special fun days for children of all ages. At the water sports centre guests can hire (with tuition) kayaks, windsurfers, Canadian canoes and bicycles. Professional fly fishing is available to enable guests to try their hand at fishing this popular, well-stocked reservoir. Fine walking country is virtually on the doorstep, and the renowned Tissington and Middleton cycle trails are both close by (with bikes available to hire). The principal centres of the Derbyshire Dales are nearby - Wirksworth, the market town of Ashbourne, attractive Bakewell (of pudding fame) and Matlock: all are fascinating ancient towns. Matlock Bath (6 miles) is popular as an inland resort, standing on the River Derwent amid lovely scenery, and offering boating, angling, bowls, tennis and cricket. The young (and the young at heart) will enjoy a day out at the National Tramway Museum - where visitors may enjoy the fun experience of trams from around the world! Magnificent Chatsworth House (16 miles) boasts a famous collection of art treasures as well as beautiful gardens. Haddon Hall (13 miles) is England’s most complete and authentic medieval house dating back to the 14th century. It is set in lovely countryside overlooking the River Wye, near Bakewell, which houses one of the National Park’s information centres. One of Britain’s premier theme parks, Alton Towers is within easy reach. It is set amongst appealing countryside close to the picturesque village of Alton and offers a fun-packed day out for all the family. There are several country inns within walking distance. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Spacious open plan living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors opening onto patio. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip and link bed (can be twin); one with shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wall mounted convector heating
    • TV
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included (cot linen not included)
    • Cots and high chairs on request (no high chair straps provided)
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Shared patio areas with garden furniture
    • Shared grounds of 3 acres with children’s play area
    • Shared barbecues
    • Parking
    • Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool – open all year round (8.30am–6.30pm), except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
    • Shared sauna
    • Brackendale Spa (bookings to be made directly with the spa)
    • Shared games room with wi-fi, table tennis and pool table (coin-operated)
    • No smoking

    SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR

    • Indoor heated swimming pool (34ft x 15ft, depth 3ft to 5ft 9in), with changing rooms and children’s shallow area – open all year round (8.30am to 6.30pm), except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

    • Sauna
    • Shared 3-acre grounds with children’s play area, patios and BBQ area
    • Spa
    • Brackendale function room and Carsington dining room for hire

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  • Claxton Grange - Wilberforce

    Claxton, near York

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26402

    Games room

    Indoor heated swimming pool

    These cottages have been completely renovated, and with their own private gardens, are part of a complex of 14 properties. Claxton Grange lies 6 miles from York and is in 16-acres of private grounds, with swimming pool, games room, garden room, hard tennis court and wildlife pond. York is a city full of history with its minster, cobbled streets, museums, the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and the Castle Museum, as well as an excellent choice of shops, restaurants and riverside inns. The market town of Pickering, gateway to the North York Moors National Park and terminus of the moors steam railway, 20 miles. Filey, Scarborough and Whitby are all within 40 miles. Castle Howard, 10 miles. Clifton Moor with bowling and cinema complex, 6 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub/restaurants 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Washing machine. Private sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Open fire in each living room (fuel at cost). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV/DVD. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin operated tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (in garden room). Shared lawned courtyard at rear. Shared use of 16-acre grounds. Garden room. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8.5m x 4.3m, depth 0.9m to 1.5m), open 9am to 8pm, with shower and changing facilities (closed . Games room with pool table and table tennis. Hard tennis court. No smoking. NB: Large unfenced pond in the grounds (50 yards).

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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 can be double bed on request). 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
    • No smoking
    • 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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  • Wheeldon Farm Adventure Cottages - The Granary

    Halwell, near Totnes

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29983

    There are five properties on site - ref 27214 sleeps 8, ref 27215 sleeps 4, ref 27216 sleeps 10, ref 29983 sleeps 4 and UKC748 sleep 6 - all cottages can be booked together for larger parties.

    Set within 240 acres of unspoilt farmland with footpath

    Heated indoor swimming pool, with private changing room and shower (open all year)

    Fitness room with cross trainer and treadmill

    Off-road biking

    Games room, with full-size American pool table, table tennis and table football

    Zip slide

    These four properties are set within 240 acres of unspoilt farmland. If you are looking for adventure and an adrenalin rush, then Wheeldon Farm Adventure Cottages (refs 27214, 27215, 27216 and 29983), which are located in a working farm environment and nestled within the South Hams, make the ultimate holiday cottage destination. Pet friendly, they lie on land that includes miles of footpaths and green lanes, ideal for walking or cycling. Guests can also enjoy a range of on-site facilities suitable for all the family including a heated indoor swimming pool with a private changing room and shower, plus a fitness room within the swimming pool complex overlooking the pool, with a cross trainer and treadmill. There is also a BMX and skate park with ramps, but visitors must bring their own helmet and safety wear otherwise they will not be admitted without them. The cottages lie just a short distance from some of South Devon’s finest beaches and tourist attractions.
    The Wheeldon Off-Road Centre, adjacent to Adventure Cottages, boasts a purpose-built, 30,000 square foot indoor arena and junior training circuit, and is the ideal year-round venue for the whole family to learn to ride a motorcycle in a fun and controlled environment. All children staying on holiday for 7 days in one of the five cottages at Wheeldon Farm are given a free private full taster bike session in the highly acclaimed Junior Academy, providing children with the opportunity to experience the ultimate two-wheel off-road adventure for the first time. The instructors at Wheeldon Farm are all ACU accredited and will guide the children through their paces every step of the way. For some activities, all the kit, clothing, boots, gloves, helmets and fun bikes are provided. All that’s needed is the enthusiasm to have a great deal of fun! Suited to all ages from 7 years to fit seniors. Children’s taster sessions are free of charge, with adult and subsequent children’s riding available to those staying in the cottages at a preferential rate.
    In addition to all the motorbike fun, a range of other activities can also be organised locally, including horse riding, golf, go-karting and trout and carp fishing. Also, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle and archery are available on-site - these are run by a fully qualified instructor and all equipment is provided. The activities run on a Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Prices will be charged accordingly when bookings are made. The master bedroom in each property features a flatscreen TV. Home-made meals can be pre-ordered and delivered to the cottages (arranged direct with the owner). Please note, extra activities and catering requests must be pre-booked with Wheeldon Farm Adventure Cottages prior to guests’ arrival at the site. Beach 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles and restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Steep, open-tread, spiral stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and single bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    All properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared sitting-out area with garden furniture and barbecue. Access to farmland. Shared indoor heated swimming pool with shower facilities (open 8am to 8pm all year). Shared fitness room. Shared games room with full-size American pool table, table tennis and table football. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a stream in the grounds and the properties have a natural water supply from a bore hole.

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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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  • 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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  • Knockerdown Cottages - Callow Cottage

    Carsington, near Ashbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: RHHL

    "Fine cottages and facilities – in a county of unspoilt landscapes, deep dales and winding rivers . . ."

    This fine courtyard of old stone barns was part of a working farm, but has now been sensitively converted to offer sixteen beautifully furnished and well-equipped cottages. Boasting a wealth of original features, they enjoy shared use of a rich choice of leisure facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool in an adjacent, purpose-designed building. With a shallow area for children, the pool has its own changing rooms and a sauna, and there is a separate games room within the pool building where wi-fi is available. Brackendale Spa is an independent facility offering luxurious treatments, which guests can book by contacting the spa directly. There are two conference/dining rooms to accommodate large groups, and a separate laundry room with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Close to the cottages are patio and barbecue areas. All set in 3 acres of shared grounds, offering a children’s play area and plenty of space in which to relax.

    This is an ideal setting for a Peak District holiday. Knockerdown Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Ashbourne and Matlock, within walking distance of beautiful Carsington Water, a superb windsurfing and sailing centre, which has an area devoted to wildlife and nature conservancy. Throughout the year they have special fun days for children of all ages. At the water sports centre guests can hire (with tuition) kayaks, windsurfers, Canadian canoes and bicycles. Professional fly fishing is available to enable guests to try their hand at fishing this popular, well-stocked reservoir. Fine walking country is virtually on the doorstep, and the renowned Tissington and Middleton cycle trails are both close by (with bikes available to hire). The principal centres of the Derbyshire Dales are nearby - Wirksworth, the market town of Ashbourne, attractive Bakewell (of pudding fame) and Matlock: all are fascinating ancient towns. Matlock Bath (6 miles) is popular as an inland resort, standing on the River Derwent amid lovely scenery, and offering boating, angling, bowls, tennis and cricket. The young (and the young at heart) will enjoy a day out at the National Tramway Museum - where visitors may enjoy the fun experience of trams from around the world! Magnificent Chatsworth House (16 miles) boasts a famous collection of art treasures as well as beautiful gardens. Haddon Hall (13 miles) is England’s most complete and authentic medieval house dating back to the 14th century. It is set in lovely countryside overlooking the River Wye, near Bakewell, which houses one of the National Park’s information centres. One of Britain’s premier theme parks, Alton Towers is within easy reach. It is set amongst appealing countryside close to the picturesque village of Alton and offers a fun-packed day out for all the family. There are several country inns within walking distance. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Spacious open plan living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors leading to patio area. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip and link bed (can be twin); one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wall mounted convector heating
    • Freeview TV
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included (cot linen not included)
    • Cots and high chairs on request (no high chair straps provided)
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Shared patio areas with garden furniture
    • Shared grounds of 3 acres with children’s play area
    • Shared barbecues
    • Parking
    • Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool – open all year round (8.30am–6.30pm), except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
    • Shared sauna
    • Brackendale Spa (bookings to be made directly with the spa)
    • Shared games room with wi-fi, table tennis and pool table (coin-operated)
    • No smoking

    SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR

    • Indoor heated swimming pool (34ft x 15ft, depth 3ft to 5ft 9in), with changing rooms and children’s shallow area – open all year round (8.30am to 6.30pm), except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

    • Sauna
    • Shared 3-acre grounds with children’s play area, patios and BBQ area
    • Spa
    • Brackendale function room and Carsington dining room for hire

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  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne

    Higher Chilfrome

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: DZR

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • CD

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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