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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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  • The Old Forge

    Beckermet, nr. St Bees

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W40295

    Ideal for Western Lakes


    Tucked away in a peaceful lane at the edge of the village, this sympathetically converted detached cottage provides welcoming holiday accommodation of a very good standard. The 200 year old detached Old Forge retains many character features, and has an enclosed garden which is fully fenced to keep dogs in the garden. The property is situated in the picturesque village of Beckermet, close to Whitehaven with its historic harbour, marina and shops, which has twice been named as a Brita resort, and St Bees with its expanse of sandy beaches. This is an ideal situation from which to explore the wonderful Western Fells of the Lake District National Park and the Cumbrian coastline. Ennerdale Water and Wastwater near to Scafell Pike are within easy driving distance. For a superb day out Muncaster Castle also has beautiful gardens and an internationally renowned Owl Sanctuary, not to mention the amazing views from its elevated position. Shop and pubs 0.25 miles, beach 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Laal Yan

    Keswick

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111346
    Laal Yan is Cumbrian Dialect for ’little one’, which aptly describes this charming, cosy, character cottage. It is ideally situated in a small terrace of similar cottages, a short level stroll from the town centre. It has the benefit of parking provided near the cottage. There are fell views to the front and rear and the cottage is adjacent to the River Greta. The cottage is beautifully furnished in keeping with the character of the cottage, but with the benefit of a modern kitchen.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD radio and gas fire.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and gas hob, washer/dryer, fridge and microwave.
    Steep narrow staircase to the....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, electric power shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Sorry there is no space for a cot. Wi-Fi available.Outside: front forecourt. Parking nearby for 1 car.

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  • Corn Cottage

    Nr. Skegness

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E4427

    Nestling in the shadow of a well preserved former flour mill, this comfortable property sits just 2 miles from the beaches at Ingoldmells and Skegness for family fun. Set with its own enclosed patio area adjoining the owners’ farmhouse, it offers an ideal base from which to visit the glorious beaches of Anderby Creek and enjoy seal watching at Donna Nook. Quiet lanes are a haven for cyclists, and bird watching, walking and fishing are all popular locally. Antique hunting in Horncastle, touring in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, the races at Market Rasen, Louth’s market, and Lincoln’s cathedral, castle and delightful cobbled streets are just some of the nearby attractions. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Old Coach House

    York

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: IQF

    Converted from a Grade II listed Regency coach house and stable, this superb holiday cottage sits in a quiet garden tucked away from the hustle of the ancient city, yet just 15 minutes’ walk from the centre. The cottage retains many original features, including the beams and hay basket in the stable, now a modern fully fitted kitchen. York offers a range of activities, including the historic minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre, City Walls and National Railway Museum. Easy access to the main road network means that the North Yorks Moors are a short drive, whilst the coast (especially Scarborough and Whitby) is well worth a visit. The Yorkshire Wolds offer pretty villages with good pubs serving food, and the Dales have unrivalled scenery. Shop 200 yards, pubs and restaurant 150 yards.

    Beamed living room with feature fireplace and oak floor. Well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with handmade units, granite worktops, original hay rack and quarry-tiled floor. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • South-facing sitting-out area with furniture
    • Barbecue on request
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Waveney Lodge Cottage

    Toft Monks, nr. Beccles

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43470


    This delightful, semi-detached holiday property offers a very good standard of accommodation. Surrounded by quiet country lanes and has undulating countryside views it is beautiful inside and the open plan layout is cosy and bright. A haven to relax and unwind in whatever the season. Walkers will enjoy the many routes, and cyclists will be surprised at the views as you travel over the famous flat terrain. The River Waveney is close by and offers river fishing through local clubs. It is ideally placed to visit the many attractions in the area. Waveney Lodge Cottage is adjacent to the owner home on the outskirts of Beccles, a popular market town on the Southern Broads where you can watch the waterborne world go by, or visit the Waveney River Centre where you can hire a boat for the day and explore the national park from a different perspective. Discover Southwold on the Suffolk Heritage Coast, famous for its brewery and pier, Pleasurewood Hills theme park in nearby Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, famous for its races and family fun. A visit to medieval Norwich, a fine city, with its castle, cathedral, shopping opportunities and fine restaurants is not to be missed. Shop and restaurant within 3 miles, pub within 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 single (2ft 6in for child). First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Wren Cottage

    Patrick Brompton near Leyburn

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC211239
    An absolute delight of a cottage. Built in 1753, Wren Cottage is a cosy, warm and welcoming detached holiday cottage. It is situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and also lies within an easy drive of North Yorkshire Moors. With very easy access from major motorway routes, the cottage is easily found in the small village of Patrick Brompton. Perfect for couples, this is the ideal destination for a quiet romantic break. There is a local pub serving superb food just a couple of minutes away, making this a great place to spend an anniversary, birthday or special occasion. Lovingly renovated and restored to a fantastic standard, Wren Cottage is packed full of character and charm with many original features, yet offers guests modern amenities and facilities too.
    The ground floor offers a very well-presented lounge with exposed beams, wooden floor and a multi fuel stove in the inglenook fireplace. The kitchen is compact yet well-equipped, and leads out on to a small courtyard area with outdoor seating and table. On the first floor guests will find a small single bedroom suitable for a child, as well as a master bedroom with exposed original beams and tasteful décor. The bathroom also has quality fixtures and fittings. To the rear of the property there is a fabulous, well-maintained enclosed garden offering another private sitting area from which guests will be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the tranquil surroundings.
    Ideal for guests of all ages including couples, cyclists, walkers and ramblers, Wren Cottage is located in the peaceful village of Patrick Brompton where there are many established public footpaths and cycle paths, leading right through some of the most picturesque countryside that North Yorkshire has to offer. Only six miles away from the popular market town of Leyburn, you can visit the chocolate factory, Tennants Auction House, as well as perusing the local shops, weekly farmers market and relaxing in one of the many cafes, restaurants and pubs that are located around the town square. In the other direction and only eight miles away, you can visit the historic Georgian town of Richmond, with many attractions including Richmond Castle, theatre, river walks and a town centre bursting with activity.
    A little further afield is the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, where you are surrounded by magnificent countryside and scenery. The famous racehorse town of Middleham is eight miles from Patrick Brompton and is steeped in history being the birthplace of Richard III. Guests who visit Middleham are often treated to the glorious sight of thoroughbred horses being led through the town up on to the gallops in the fields just outside. A haven for walkers and cyclists, the area is extremely popular all year round and offers fabulous views across hills and dales, as well as majestic waterfalls like nearby Aysgarth Falls and Ingleton Falls. Visit the traditional Yorkshire villages of Reeth, Gunnerside and Muker. Durham, Barnard Castle, York, Harrogate, Ripon and Masham can be reached within an hour.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with beams, wooden floor, multi-fuel stove, 21" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in single bed (for child).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel stove provided. Internet access. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with terrace, patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Heron Cottage

    Frampton-on-Severn

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NZD

    Heron Cottage has been sympathetically converted from a barn and is warm and comfortably furnished for two or three people, enjoying shared use of the neighbouring owners’ garden. Just
    11 miles south of Gloucester in the Severn Vale, Frampton is a perfect base for exploring Gloucestershire and the Southern Cotswolds. The world famous wildfowl sanctuary at Slimbridge and historic Berkeley Castle are nearby and junction 13 on the M5 is convenient for trips further a field. The village itself is delightful, with tranquil surroundings for lovely walks, a long green with cricket, several ponds with wildlife, and two pubs. Shop 1 mile.

    Entrance hall. Sitting-room with open fire and French windows to garden. Fitted kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire – fuel available locally.Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Garden furniture. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access .

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  • Castle Cottage

    Marshfield, nr. Bath

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30440


    This charming holiday cottage is the middle one of a small terrace of three, with fields to the rear and rolling countryside views to the front. It’s a peaceful, rural setting, yet less than 1 mile from the village and local amenities of Marshfield. The cottage has been sympathetically renovated to retain its character, and features the original bread oven, reclaimed slate floor, and shutters at the windows. The fully enclosed courtyard garden is a delightful spot from which to enjoy the uninterrupted and far reaching views, and is ideal for keen walkers and cyclists, with the Cotswold Way footpath nearby. The village of Marshfield lies on the southern edge of the Cotswolds and is just 6 miles from the Roman city of Bath. From its 12th-century church to its more recent 18th century High Street, the village proudly displays its architectural heritage based on the old wool and malting industries. Marshfield boasts two fine pubs, a tea shop, village store, butchers, newsagents and post office. Marshfield’s proximity to Bath, 15-minutes drive, and Bristol, 25 minutes, make it an ideal base for exploring both cities. Bath is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts Roman baths, a medieval abbey, a wealth of Georgian architecture, and wonderful shops, whilst the historic maritime port of Bristol offers many visitor attractions. The Severn Bridge is 20 minutes by car and gives access to south Wales. The beautiful villages of the Cotswolds are within easy reach, as are some famous Wiltshire sites, such as prehistoric Stonehenge and the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. The area offers a wealth of National Trust and English Heritage properties, such as Bowood and Longleat. Nearer to home are the quintessentially English villages of Lacock and Castle Coombe, and the lovely Dyrham Park and Westonbirt Arboretum. Badminton is just a few miles away, home to the annual horse trials. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Dining room with slate floor/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • The Cart Shed

    Hinton, nr. Dunwich

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E1768

    Nestling in Suffolk’s Heritage Coast near the seaside fishing village of Dunwich and on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these comfortable conversions are within easy reach of forest, heath and beach. In a secluded rural setting, near the owner’s home, they enjoy open views over fields and woods. Visitors can enjoy wildlife at Dunwich Forest (0.75 miles) or RSPB Minsmere. Walberswick, with its sandy beach and dunes, the elegant resort of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings are all nearby. Golf, fishing and archery 1 mile. Shop 1 mile and pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Dishwasher. Freezer (in shared laundry room).

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£15per week September-May poa). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Patio and furniture. Shared garden. Parking. Games room with air-hockey, table football, table tennis, pool table and board games. No smoking.

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  • Betty’s Retreat

    Penzance

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC747

    Tucked away in a quiet location, yet conveniently close to the centre of Penzance, Betty’s Retreat is a quirky, split-level, traditionally furnished, first-floor apartment that’s ideal for couples, small families or friends looking to explore western Cornwall. The property is just a hop, skip and a jump from the train station, so it’s ideal for holidaymakers wanting to leave the car behind – you can arrive by train, and Penzance has fantastic public transport for getting out and exploring the region. Access couldn’t be easier to points of interest in the area, so pay a visit to Sennen Cove, Land’s End, St Just and the magical coastal walks of the Penwith Peninsula. Alternatively, if you’d rather save your feet, you can take a scenic train ride to the picturesque harbour town of St Ives, passing numerous beautiful beaches en-route. There are also a number of sub-tropical gardens and National Trust properties nearby. Sure enough, Penzance’s title of ‘gateway to West Cornwall’ is well earned.

    The town itself offers a broad range of local amenities, including art galleries, a museum, marina, harbour, an array of independent shops and many a fine restaurant. Take a stroll along the promenade past the open-air Lido and café to the nearby fishing harbour of Newlyn, which is famous for its Newlyn Art School and Gallery. Further along the coast is the quaint fishing village of Mousehole, with its charming old-world ambience, winding streets, cobbled alleyways and sandy harbour beach.

    Owing to the South West Coastal Paths that follows the coastline, the area is popular with walkers. To the east of Penzance lies Marazion – a birdwatcher’s paradise thanks to the nature reserve of Marazion Marshes. There’s also St Michael’s Mount to visit – a rocky outcrop that rises out of the sea crowned with a medieval castle. St Michael’s Mount can be reached on foot via a causeway at low tide, or by a small boat at high tide.

    For more adventurous holidaymakers, why not take a boat trip to the stunning isles of Scilly? If you’re not so keen on travelling by boat, you can also get there by air from Land’s End Airport. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant ¼ mile, pub 800 yards.

    All on the first floor.
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    Bedroom 1: With single bed and en-suite wet room with shower (no toilet).
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.
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    Living/dining room: With 21" Freeview TV, DVD player and gas fire.
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric oven, gas hob, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Small, shared, enclosed courtyard with garden furniture. On road parking, public car park nearby (£30 per week). No smoking. Please note: No children under 11 years old except babes in arms. There is a step to the garden.

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  • Kingsford Farm Cottages - Cherrytree Cottage

    Longdown, nr. Exeter

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29937


    These two stone barn conversions are set on the owners small 65 acre farm at the head of the Teign Valley in the heart of rural Devon, yet just 5 miles away from the historic cathedral city of Exeter.
    Ideally situated for couples or small families looking for a complete ‘get away from it all’ location. These properties are ideal for holidays and short breaks all year round, perfect for summer holidays in delightful Devon and with the woodburners making them cosy for winter breaks. The properties each have a small garden and shared use of a beautiful fishing lake with ducks paddling and wooden furniture, making an ideal spot for a picnic on a sunny afternoon. The owner keeps some sheep and cattle on the land, and their 2 pet donkeys in the paddock above the lake are a hit with the children. The Teign Valley is an Area of Outstanding natural beauty and some lovely walks can be taken here, as well as in Dartmoor National Park, which is only a short drive away. In the spring the woodlands are well-known for the fantastic display of daffodils and bluebells. Nearby you can also try horse riding, golf and fishing. Beach 15 miles. Shop 3½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (2ft 6in, for child). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Shared freezer (outside). Decking with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. NB: 3 steps to patio.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 65-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Fishing foc. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden, 12 yards. Lake in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • Old Mill Cottages - Jasmine Cottage

    Marldon, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 29078


    In a tranquil village setting, 2 miles from the sandy beach at Paignton, these three adjoining single-storey holiday cottages, imaginatively converted from former farm buildings, retain splendid original roof beams and stone walls (references 29076, 29077 and 29078). Adjacent to the owner’s home, around the same pretty courtyard garden with a pond and fountain, they are attractively furnished in ‘New England’ style. The South Hams boasts the mildest climate in Britain. Paignton, 2 miles, and Torquay, 4 miles, has sailing, tennis and sports centre and coloured lights festoon the harbour by night. It has many good sandy beaches, giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. Inland is the medieval town of Totnes, with a castle and 16th-century buildings, and once a week, there is an Elizabethan and farmers’ market. From the quayside, there are boat trips down the River Dart to Dartmouth; the South Devon Railway runs steam trains to Buckfastleigh and along the coast to Kingswear, opposite Dartmouth. Take a ferry across to visit Dartmouth with its array of shops and restaurants, take a walk around the castle and enjoy one of the tea shops for a Devon cream tea. Within easy reach is the spectacular Dartmoor National Park. There are many tourist attractions close by including Agatha Christie’s summer home, Babbacombe’s model village and the award-winning Paignton Zoo. Away from the coast, visit Tavistock, where you can enjoy some dramatic scenery. There are many NT properties and plenty of surfing, swimming, sailing and angling. Torquay has a lot to offer, such as the Living Coasts, where the penguins wander freely, and the theatre which has shows all year round. The Roman city of Exeter is 15 miles, whilst bustling Torbay encompasses Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Visit the yachting marina and a selection of fine gardens, in addition to Kent’s Cavern where the remains of some of Britain’s very earliest inhabitants were found. Discover the castles, abbeys, wildlife parks, steam trains and model railways, all within easy reach with many open throughout the year. Shop 700 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    CD. Electric cooker.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer. Shared freezer. Gravelled and grassed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond and fountain in courtyard, 30 yards.

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