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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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  • Thornhills Farm Cottage

    Othery, near Glastonbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: UKC473


    Situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels, just outside the village of Othery, Thornhills Farm Cottage has its own secluded patio, and is set on the edge of a caravan park with 12 touring pitches, but offers privacy from the park. Attached to the owner’s home, it is in an ideal location for walkers, bird watchers or just to have a quiet break. The property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard. Enjoy this tranquil part of Somerset, where you will want to come back year after year to explore the beautiful countryside and historical sites in the area. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the place and maybe put your feet up and read the papers or laze around taking time out from a hectic lifestyle. For the more energetic there are some beautiful walks, cycle rides, such as Macmillan Way West and River Parrett Trail, and drives, plenty of antique shops to potter around and National Trust properties just a short drive away. The Somerset wetlands are also home to many species of birds and the RSPB Nature Reserve is just a mile up the road. However, if you are a day-tripper you can find almost anything to occupy your time. Towns and cities within easy reach include Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston-super-Mare, Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Bath, Bristol and Exeter. The area is crammed with history from abbeys to ancient battlegrounds. There is the magic and mystery of Glastonbury built on the Isle of Avalon. For shoppers there are bargains to be found at the factory and designer outlets at Clarks Village in Street, just less than 10 miles away. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    Step to entrance.
    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared external laundry room with washing machine. Courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared 3 acre grounds. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Normanton Park Cottages - Copper Beech Cottage

    Oakham, Rutland

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 19603

    Converted from former stables, these holiday cottages are two of several situated within the walled garden, adjacent to Normanton Park Hotel, the setting is one of great beauty overlooking the water. Normanton Park is set on the south shore of Rutland Water and provides the ideal holiday base to visit all this attractive area has to offer. There are many activities such as fishing, cycling, sailing and windsurfing. Rutland Belle glides across the water daily. The ancient towns of Stamford, Uppingham and Oakham are all within a 5 mile radius. Shop 1/2 mile, pub in hotel next door.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. 2 steps down to dining room with beams/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Playstation 2. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared use of lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • 10 Newgate - The Castle

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 31100


    Situated in the popular market town of Barnard Castle, the properties at 10 Newgate are the ideal base from which to explore the local and surrounding areas. Perfect for business guests, families, friends, couples and single guests, there is an ample choice of accommodation to suit each guest and fulfil their requirements. Each property at 10 Newgate offers good quality, comfortable and practical accommodation. There is a choice of property depending on the guest’s requirements. All named after local attractions and historic buildings, there are many personal touches throughout, making Newgate a real home from home. Raby (ref 31097) and High Force (ref 31098) are both 2-bedroomed apartments that sleep 4 people. Each have 2 double bedrooms, as well as a comfortable living room and well-equipped kitchen with good quality appliances. Hamsterley (ref 31101) is a 1-bedroomed property with a double bedroom. Fully self contained, there is a small kitchen, living room and family bathroom with ample space for 2 guests. The Market Cross (ref 31099) is a quirky property which is an ’upside down’ building with the 2 double bedrooms on the ground floor and a large living room and kitchen on the first floor. Once again there are good quality bathroom facilities and many personal touches. Both The Museum (ref 31096) and The Castle (ref 31100) are perfect for guests who want to enjoy comfortable, practical accommodation. The space has been well used to provide a comfortable sleeping area that has been cleverly screened off from the living room and kitchen area by the careful placement of the furniture and wardrobe. These two studio apartments are perfect for guests who would like a little more space and facilities than a standard hotel room in the area.
    10 Newgate is located behind a local pub at the heart of Barnard Castle, and guests will be able to leave their car behind to take a leisurely stroll into the town centre, with many top class pubs, restaurants, inns and cafés that line the old fashioned high street. There is also a weekly farmers market that provides local produce, arts, crafts, food and drink, and several boutique and gift shops that are scattered throughout the town. At the end of Galgate is Scar Top and the ruins of the stone castle date back to 1125 and gives the town its name. The castle also overlooks the River Tees and offers magnificent views over the surrounding areas. A little further afield but still within only a few miles distance, guests will find the pretty picture-postcard village of Staindrop, which is set in a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is definitely worth the short trip out to visit. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts, Barnard Castle is set amongst some of the most magnificent countryside that the county has to offer. There are many public footpaths, established walks and cycle paths that lead through the town, alongside the River Tees and out into rolling countryside and beyond, towards places and attractions including Binchester Roman Fort and Raby Castle, as well as many National Trust houses and sites. The cathedral city of Durham is only a 30-minute drive away and is perfect for guests wanting to include a theatre break into their stay, a romantic boat ride along the River Wear, a meal out in one of the bistros and restaurants, boutique shopping or the opportunity to visit the famous cathedral and Durham Castle, which is steeped in history and tradition. Durham is a city that is thriving all year round and offers free on street entertainment on a regular basis including the annual book week, Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, art festival, miners gala and many more. For those wanting to travel a little further afield, guests will find all the majesty and beauty of both High Force and Low Force waterfalls or be able to explore the ...

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed/kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Public car park (permit provided for weekly bookings, short breaks £1.50 per day).

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  • West View - Shaftoe Grange

    Nr Belsay, Rothbury

    Grade
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    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC324017
    West View has been newly refurbished to offer an excellent standard of accommodation for couples with the added convenience of being all on ground level and is surrounded by spectacular open countryside.  Arched hemmel windows in the bedroom and living space ensures a bright and airy ambience and the property is immaculately presented throughout.
    West View sits in a small cluster of barn conversions collectively known as Shaftoe Grange, which is reached at the end of a mile up-hill single track and offers superb accommodation in an idyllic and peaceful setting.  Situated 3 miles north of the picturesque village of Belsay, it is easily accessible from Newcastle, being a mere 15 miles. Belsay Hall and Gardens are only six miles while the historic market town of Morpeth is only 14 miles with a vast array of shops and eateries. The start of the beautiful and unspoilt heritage coastline is only 40 minutes where a day exploring the many castles and golden sandy beaches can be enjoyed. Visit Alnwick and the famous castle used in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, only 27 miles.
    West View offers a newly refurbished and well presented hideaway for couples boasting oodles of charm in a tranquil setting surrounded by superb countryside views to give a sense of being in the middle of nowhere, but is in fact, the centre of everywhere!

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
    Bedroom: With double bed and lovely arched windows
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Outdoor seating area. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Market Cross Maisonette No 3

    Alnwick

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC316009
    Overlooking the market square within the heart of the historic and bustling market town of Alnwick, Market Cross Maisonettes have been newly refurbished to provide bright and modern accommodation for couples. Access to the properties is via a communal entrance with steps leading to the first floor where each maisonette is totally self contained and positioned above a delicatessen. 
     This is an ideal choice for couples wishing to combine convenient access to a wide range of town facilities while still being able to enjoy the outdoor experience of the wild and lonely moors and hills across the Northumberland National Park close by coupled with easy access to the magnificent stretch of golden, sandy seashore this region is proud to have designated as An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    First Floor: The property is all at first floor level, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With TV overlooking the market square
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, microwave and washing machine.
    Bedroom : With double bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.On street parking.

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  • The Old Mill Annexe

    near Hartington

    Grade
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    Ref: CC412127
    With its riverside setting and surrounding Peak District countryside, this stone built annexe offers a peaceful retreat just ½ mile from the busy and popular village of Hartington. Located next door to the owner’s home, which was the local corn mill in years gone by, the beautiful gardens which surround the property still house the restored mill wheel and also offer the opportunity for fishing. Hartington itself has plentiful local amenities including pubs, cafés, a well stocked village store and even a famous cheese maker. An area popular with outdoor enthusiasts its reported to have some of the best walking and cycling in England as well as opportunities for hang-gliding and rock-climbing. Central within the National Park, a half hours drive takes you to the magnificent historic houses of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, along with the popular market town of Bakewell. Matlock with its cable car to the Heights of Abraham, Ashbourne, Buxton and the fascinating plague village of Eyam are also within 30 minutes as is the UK’s premier theme park Alton Towers.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Lounge: With 42" Freeview TV, DVD player and Velux window.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and Velux window.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Sitting-out area with furniture. Shared lawned garden and patio. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in the garden. No children under 12 years.

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  • The Annexe

    Birdham, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 28447

    This delightful single-storey holiday annexe, adjacent to the owner’s home, is conveniently placed on the road leading to The Witterings beaches and historic Chichester and lies close to the marina. Chichester harbour offers boat trips, scenic walks, and the city has a theatre, shopping and restaurants. Spend a day at Goodwood races, Bosham sailing village and the South Downs National Park. Enjoy cycling, riding, golf, fishing, Arundel castle and Portsmouth with its trips to the Isle of Wight. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 1 kingsize (four-poster) bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone (incoming and emergency calls only). Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Biggan Mews

    York

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: E3692

    In the heart of York, just 100 yards from Monk Gate and the fascinating medieval streets, interesting shopping, cafes, pubs and fine restaurants, this smartly furnished mews cottage offers free designated off road parking and is a superb all year round holiday home. All York attractions are within easy level walking, including Jorvik and Railway Museums, Castle Museum and Treasurer’s House. York Minster is just 300 yards. Cycle hire 50 yards. Further afield Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall are within 0.5 hour’s drive. Pickering with North York Moors Steam Train, Helmsley and Thirsk all within 0.5 hour’s drive. Good dining pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 1 double (4ft 9in) bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Pheasant Barn

    Forncett St Mary

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E4056

    Lovely views over the Tas Valley and a delightful rural setting affording sightings of fox cubs, pheasants and the occasional deer feature at this traditionally restored and very comfortably furnished holiday barn. Exposed beams and Norfolk wood floors create a cosy cottage appeal and the cottage boasts its own private garden. Adjoining another similar property and the owners’ home, over whose land visitors can enjoy pleasant walks, it lies within a short drive of many attractions including Banham Zoo, steam museums at Bressingham and Forncett, and Wymondham Abbey, as well as the village of Long Stratton and attractive market town of Diss, whilst the medieval city of Norwich is 9 miles. Shop and pubs 1 mile.Lovely views over the Tas Valley and a delightful rural setting affording sightings of fox cubs, pheasants and the occasional deer feature at these traditionally restored and very comfortably furnished barns. Exposed beams and Norfolk wood floors create a cosy cottage appeal and each cottage boasts its own private garden. Adjoining the owners’ home, over whose land visitors can enjoy pleasant walks, they lie within a short drive of many attractions including Banham Zoo, steam museums at Bressingham and Forncett, and Wymondham Abbey, as well as the village of Long Stratton and attractive market town of Diss, whilst the medieval city of Norwich is 9 miles. Shop and pubs 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/kitchen with French doors and beams. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared laundry room with tumble dryer. Freezer. Fenced garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Daffodil Cottage

    Cockermouth

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC143218
    Daffodil Cottage derives its name from the location, 100 yards from ’Wordsworth House’, the birth place of the great wordsmith and a very popular visitor attraction. The ’Gem’ town of Cockermouth lies at the foot of Lakeland’s north western fells, close to Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere and only six miles from the extensive Cumbrian coast. The cottage sits just off the Georgian main street, with an array of individual shops, a supermarket and great choice of pubs and restaurants. Jennings historic brewery is based in town and offer daily tours. This very comfortably furnished cottage is perfect for couples seeking affordable accommodation, with amenities on the doorstep. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Open plan Living Area/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, DVD, two seat sofa.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, CD radio/i-pod dock and en-suite with walk in shower and toilet

    Gas central heating, fuel,electricity, bed linen and towels included.Outside: Parking for 1 car. Visit England gold awarded property.

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  • Prideaux Farm Cottages - The Wagon House

    St Blazey, nr. Par

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: TPE

    In the heart of Daphne du Maurier country, both the adjoining VisitEngland Gold Award-winning Prideaux Farmhouse (ref TMO) and Prideaux Cottage (ref TMP), together with the beautifully converted, detached single-storey Wagon House (ref TPE) are located on the Prideaux Estate which sits at the top of the Luxulyan Valley with far reaching and rambling views across the valley and woodlands. The valley is a treat for all the family whatever the time of year and is only a short walk from these three properties. Home to what has been regarded as ‘the most beautiful walk in Cornwall’ the area takes you through deeply wooded paths, picturesque streams and under an ancient viaduct that once carried Cornwall’s china clay, tin and granite barges through to the north. It is just a short stroll to Prideaux Wood where the Saints’ Way walk can be found, 27 miles of historic footpath that leads all the way from the fishing village of Fowey on the south coast to the harbour town of Padstow in the north. The path is steeped in historic Cornish interest rambling through ancient ruins and a whole tapestry of poignant history. For coastal walking, the Cornish cliffs allow walkers to take in the invigorating Atlantic air and enjoy incredible ocean vistas. This area of Cornwall is rich in historic homes and gardens including the world famous Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan -a restored Victorian masterpiece that was lost to the world for many years and is forever linked with the village of Mevagissey on the south coast. There are many other gardens of interest including Caerhays, Tregahan and Trelissick on the Roseland Peninsula. The south coast also has many outstanding beaches, cliff walks, secluded coves and historic seafaring towns such as Falmouth and Fowey which are within easy reach of Prideaux. Fowey, renowned as the home of Daphne du Maurier, a royal yacht club and annual regatta, is within 5 miles and has plenty of restaurants, excellent pubs, cafes, galleries and shops. From here a boat can be taken along the coast and to maybe catch sight of dolphins in the bay. Sea fishing trips, kayaking and sailing can all be enjoyed from Fowey. Golf, horse riding, surfing, sailing and cycling are all available close by. Padstow, St Ives, Truro and Looe are all easily reached and provide an exciting day out in Cornwall. Shop 1 mile, pub 11/2 miles.

    Spacious, open-plan, beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio, and spacious well-equipped kitchen area. Wooden floor throughout. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter £5 per basket
    • Oil underfloor central heating
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed lawned garden
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Patio with furniture
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Tresooth Holiday Barns - Sennen

    Mawnan Smith, nr. Falmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43921

    Large heated outdoor swimming pool
    Ideal touring base

    Tresooth Cottages are the perfect Cornish holiday destination, situated a mile from the quaint village of Mawnan Smith and just 3 miles from the busy sea faring town and port of Falmouth, with prestigious marinas, harbours and a stunning array of restaurants, cafes and shops. There are small ferry services, with trips to nearby St Mawes and Flushing, plus a ’Park and Float’ service. The National Maritime Museum, Events Square and Pendennis Castle are open to the public daily with activities throughout the year. The area has many beautiful sub-tropical gardens including Trebah, Glendurgan and Trelissick. With some of Cornwall’s finest family friendly beaches, including Gylingvase, Swanpool and Maenporth cove, all with bathing and gorgeous sandy beaches. Water sports, diving, sailing and golf are all nearby. Tresooth is close to the picturesque Helford River, with creeks and breathtaking coastal walks. The area is best explored by boat, daily trips are available from Falmouth. Visit the famous Ferry Boat Inn, set on the banks of the Helford with a small beach and gorgeous walks.
    Tresooth offers a mix of barn conversions (ref 26934, 26936 and 30351) and new build properties (ref 26935, W43920 and W43921). Sennen, Mawnan and Coverack offer couples a contemporary, spacious property with large galleried bedroom, open plan living space and good-sized ground floor shower room. The barn conversions are located around a pretty courtyard, with its very own original working water well. Guests have use of a large heated outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, Jacuzzi, sauna, games room and children’s play area with slides and swings. There is a small, rural path from the doorstep, including one to the nearby Argal reservoir and water park with nature reserve, fishing and dog walking. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. Turning stairs to first floor: 1 galleried double (6ft) bedroom.

    Electric central heating included. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Cot and highchair. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared landscaped grounds with patio and enclosed recreational field with children’s play equipment. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.5m), open every day April-September with changing and shower facilities. Shared hot tub. Sauna. Shared games room with wi-fi, pool table, table tennis and air hockey (some facilities are at cost). No smoking. NB: Well in courtyard, pond in grounds.

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