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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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  • Searchlight Cottage

    Fraisthorpe, nr. Bridlington

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: W41051

    Coarse fishing and abundant wildlife

    Surrounded by farmland, this detached single storey holiday cottage was originally used as the living quarters for those manning the nearby Second World War searchlight. Completely modernised yet retaining its original working range in the living room, it offers a peaceful location with far reaching views. The RSPB have noted over 100 different species of birds on the farmland, and with a pond available for coarse fishing and a footpath leading to the coast, this is an ideal cottage to enjoy many forms of wildlife. Just 4 miles from Bridlington, with Flamborough Head and Bempton RSPB reserve beyond, and with the coastline all accessible, together with days out at Beverley, 16 miles away, or historic York, this also makes a great touring base. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Bag End

    West Heslerton near Filey

    Grade
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    Ref: DC4403
    At the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, Bag End a first floor apartment, is a lovely base for walkers with the Wolds Way and the rugged beauty of the North York Moors close by. The delights of the Heritage Coastline are nearby, with Filey and Scarborough within a half-hour drive. The village has a country inn and restaurant. Historic York is easily accessible, Pickering, home of the Steam Railway is nearby, and for golfers there is the famous club at Ganton. There are a number of pubs within a three mile radius.

    First Floor: With oil fired central heating and comprising:
    Sitting/dining room: with electric log effect stove, Freeview TV, video, DVD, radio/CD and a selection of books.
    Kitchen: with cooker, microwave, fridge, washer and iron.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed and TV. (Alternative twin room is available if preferred, please advise at the time of booking).
    Bathroom: with bath, WC, basin and separate shower. Maximum occupancy is t wo guests plus a baby.

    Bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available on request. Sitting-out area and garden with outdoor furniture. Private parking for 1 car. Please note: There is a large drop from the patio to the lawn, and 5 unprotected steps down to the garden.

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  • Cherry Blossom

    Thornton le Dale near Pickering

    Grade
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    Ref: CC231135
    Cherry Garth Cottages are located in the centre of Thornton le Dale, ’Yorkshire’s little gem’. Cherry Blossom has been named after the cherry trees which border the garden. The cottage has been built from beautiful traditional Yorkshire stone, and is tucked away in the grounds of the owner’s home Cherry Garth. It has an open plan living area with a welcoming wood burner to snuggle up in front of after a busy day out exploring the spectacular Yorkshire coast and countryside. There are lovely views from the property onto the garden and the bedroom window overlooks the paddock, where sheep graze.

    The picturesque village of Thornton le Dale is located on the edge of the North York Moors, a mere one mile from Pickering. From here you can take a ride on the famous steam train to Grosmont, Goathland (aka Aidensfield in the classic TV series Heartbeat) and the seaside town of Whitby where you can climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey. Those looking for a quieter pace of life may prefer to walk the many footpaths and bridleways over the North York Moors.
    Cottages currently being updated - more pictures to follow.
    Cherry Blossom can be booked together with Cherry Laurel (CC231136) to accommodate up to four guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has underfloor electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: Spacious with beams and wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freeview TV and iPod dock.
    Shower room: With walk-in shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £4 per basket. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. 1.8 acres of natural grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Pets welcome, to be kept on a lead in the natural grounds. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds.

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  • Pear Tree Farm Cottages - No. 1 The Stables

    Ebberston, nr. Scarborough

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: RCHM38

    These comfortably converted stable holiday cottages are situated in the picturesque village of Ebberston on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and only 7 miles from the pretty market town of Pickering with its steam railway, Norman castle and church. Renovated to a good standard, these tastefully furnished and decorated self catering cottages provide an ideal base for visiting the seaside towns of Scarborough, Filey and Whitby. Dalby Forest is close by with its beautiful walks, adventure play areas and picnic sites. The historic city of York with its medieval minster is 45 minutes’ drive. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared utility room with tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Sebright Cottage

    Borrowby near Staithes

    Grade
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    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC243013
    Spangle, Rosecombe and Sebright Cottages have been converted from farm buildings to provide holiday accommodation.  Ground source energy provides the underfloor heating beneath tiled floors, ensuring a comfortable and even temperature throughout.  Stylishly furnished and decorated, Spangle Cottage offers a Master galleried bedroom and twin room, whilst Rosecombe provides an unusual but delightful open plan theme on the first floor with a galleried landing between the bedrooms with King size and twin beds respectively which can remain open, or each be sectioned off with discreetly placed folding doors for privacy.  Sebright is perfect for a romantic break and has one bedroom with a King size brass bed, pretty lighting feature and a split level lounge and kitchen area offering spectacular views from a full length picture window
    Nestling in an elevated position in the picturesque hamlet of Borrowby, perched above Borrowby Dale, the cottages afford wonderful views to the large expanse of beautiful East Yorkshire coastline, with Staithes (the former home of Captain James Cook) in the distance.  Within 200 yards of the cottages, an equestrian centre which is open Tuesday to Sunday provides trekking for all ages and abilities and from horseback you can enjoy the breathtaking views.
    Excellent footpath walks are available direct from the door taking you through heather strewn moors and onto the Heritage coastline. Shop 3 miles, pub 1½ miles and restaurant 1½ miles

    Ground Floor: Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine
    Bedroom: With king size brass bed
    Bathroom: With contemporary double ended slipper bath, shower cubicle, toilet, heated towel rail and shaver point
    Lower Ground Floor
    Living Room: With TV, Freeview, DVD and radio/CD

    Underfloor heating from ground source energy, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair available on request.Paved patio to front with garden furniture and spectacular views out to sea. Ample off road parking.

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  • The Old Chapel

    Castle Bolton, near Leyburn

    Grade
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    Ref: CC218130
    A truly charming cottage set in one of the prettiest conservation villages in the Yorkshire Dales where the magnificent medieval Bolton Castle stands at the top of the village. Imaginatively converted from a former Methodist Chapel the cottage has solid oak flooring and a wood burning stove, complemented with high quality furnishings creating the perfect country retreat with a warm welcoming ambience for a relaxing stay throughout the seasons. Enjoying stunning panoramic views towards Pen Hill and far reaching views across the surrounding dales, it is an excellent location for walkers, cyclists, artists and photographers. After a day exploring the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales the garden provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity or dine al-fresco on summer days and evenings on the private sitting area at the rear of the cottage. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living/kitchen/diner: with solid oak floor, wood burning stove, Freeview TV/DVD, dining table and chairs. Ceramic hob and electric oven, microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster. Feature spiral staircase to:

    First Floor: Bedroom: with king size bed, Juliet balcony and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, power, basket of logs, bed linen and towels provided. Wi-fi availableGarden to front of cottage with garden furniture. Sitting area at rear of cottage with garden furniture and barbeque. Private off road parking. Freezer in exterior building. 24 hour laundry service by arrangement with owner. Unsuitable for toddlers or the infirm due to steep spiral staircase.

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  • Arley Cottage

    Hook Norton, nr. Chipping Norton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W8532

    Delightful rustic retreat

    This tiny south facing detached bungalow is set in the delightful grounds of the owner’s 17th century home in an attractive village of stone built houses and thatched cottages. Beyond the cottage and charming gardens are paddocks leading down to a stream, pedigree Dartmoor sheep, glorious open countryside views and a nature reserve in the distance. The village of Hook Norton has a well known brewery, several good pubs, a pottery and village shop and Hook Norton is a short drive from many Cotswold attractions, including Stratford-upon-Avon, Stow-on-the-Wold, historic houses and beautiful gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Walnut and Hazelnut Cottage - Hazelnut Cottage

    Culford, nr. Bury St Edmunds

    Grade
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    Ref: 24727

    Peaceful retreats, ideal for touring the area

    Peacefully situated within the lovely grounds of the owner’s garden where honey bees are kept, Hazelnut Cottage (ref 24727) and Walnut Cottage (ref 17615) are well-equipped holiday homes set next door to each other in a quiet rural location. The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds is a 10-minute drive away, with its award-winning abbey gardens, cathedral and Georgian theatre. There are several NT properties in the area including Ickworth House, Melford Court and Lavenham Guildhall. Cambridge with its ancient university, colleges and punting, Newmarket for the races, Ipswich and the Suffolk and Norfolk coasts are all within easy reach. Shops and pubs 1 mile. Walnut Cottage (ref 17615) and Hazelnut Cottage (ref 24727) can be booked together to sleep 6.Peacefully situated within the lovely grounds of the owner’s garden where honey bees are kept, Hazelnut Cottage (ref 24727) and Walnut Cottage (ref 17615) are well-equipped holiday homes set next door to each other in a quiet rural location. The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds is a 10-minute drive away, with its award-winning abbey gardens, cathedral and Georgian theatre. There are several NT properties in the area including Ickworth House, Melford Court and Lavenham Guildhall. Cambridge with its ancient university, colleges and punting, Newmarket for the races, Ipswich and the Suffolk and Norfolk coasts are all within easy reach. Shops and pubs 1 mile. Walnut Cottage (ref 17615) and Hazelnut Cottage (ref 24727) can be booked together to sleep 6.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included DVD. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared use of washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in external utility. Patio and furniture. Shared use of landscaped gardens. Barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. NB: Water feature at the property.

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  • The Byre

    Smardale, nr. Crosby Garrett

    Grade
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    1
    3
    1
    Ref: W2921

    Easy access to surrounding countryside

    Situated on a small working farm this mid 19th-century former byre has been thoughtfully renovated to retain much of its character with exposed beams and quarry tiled floor. With its own sunny, secluded garden the detached single storey cottage is situated high up in the unspoilt Eden Valley where the holidaymaker has easy access to the surrounding countryside, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The bustling market town of Kirkby Stephen is 2.5 miles - the Coast to Coast walk passes through here and the town also has a station on the Settle-Carlisle railway. Appleby, with its castle, swimming pool and famous annual horse fair, is 9 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week October-March). Bed linen included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. Ample parking. NB: River in grounds.

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  • Newbarn Farm - Pheasants Hide

    Collaton St Mary, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W44316

    Situated between wild Dartmoor and the holiday town of Paignton, Newbarn Farm is the perfect base for exploring dozens of attractions. The farm really does have everything: glorious views, barbecues, even a football field. There are lots of special touches to make your holiday magical, and adults will love the breathtaking views.

    As you meander down the private drive to Newbarn Farm, you’ll discover just how special it is, and a haven you’d never expect to find just a stone’s throw away from so many amenities. Newbarn Farm is home to eight holiday cottages, each with its own character and charm. Renovated to a very good standard, each cottage is extremely thoughtfully equipped, and is ideal for families, for friends to get together, as well as couples, and offers all the creature comforts to help you relax after exploring Devon. If you want a ‘good for the soul’ living experience, the complex is close to an abundance of fine dining and is relatively close to Michelin Star restaurants. It is central to a plethora of food fairs and shows, which after having visited, you can relax outside, barbecue some steaks, open some claret and champagne and watch the hot air balloons float across Dartmoor. When you have pampered your palate, take a walk from the property, with or without your dogs, and admire the sea views. Just before you go to bed at the end of a perfect day, look up to the night sky, ablaze with stars arching across the world and sliding down over Dartmoor, then wake up in the morning to the plaintive cry of a buzzard, the call of a pheasant, or watch the deer and trace the occasional fox slinking along the hedgerows.
    Ideas about what to do on holiday include experiencing wild Dartmoor and enjoying Devon ice cream in Paignton. Or take a bird watching trip from the harbour. You can do nothing or everything from your holiday base at Newbarn Farm which is situated on the south coast of Devon. It is in an ideal location for fishing with well-stocked, tranquil lakes easily accessible. The county promises to leave a lasting impression, and with breathtaking scenery; it is the perfect place to introduce the family to carp and specimen fishing. There are a number of lakes at the property (a licence is not required) and payment is available per day, or you can get a 24 hour ticket to go night fishing. Walkers and hikers can also enjoy the wild and rocky coastline, which is ideal for bird watchers, dog walkers, or just to enjoy some peace and quiet. South Devon has much to offer including Paignton with its steam railway, which will take you to Dartmouth. The award-winning Paignton Zoo makes a great day out for the whole family, and there are sandy beaches at Goodrington and Paignton. Take a trip to Brixham and nearby Dartmouth to see the castle and take a boat trip around the bay. Torquay has a theatre with many shows, the Living Coasts (a coastal zoo) is ideal for a family day out, and there are also many NT properties close by including Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

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

    Oil central heating. Shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair for hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 42-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Coarse fishing at cost. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. NB: Unfenced lake 100 yards.

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  • Avalen

    Trelowth, nr. Mevagissey

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    Ref: 29797

    Avalen, Cornish for apple tree, is a stylish holiday home with views across the owners’ beautiful gardens and to the countryside beyond. Close to the remarkable Lost Gardens of Heligan, Caerhays Castle and the Eden Project, this comfortable home is the perfect place to stay for touring Cornwall. There are golden beaches, country walks, cycle trails and quaint Cornish fishing villages that cling to the dramatic coastline just minutes away. Avalen provides a quiet and peaceful retreat but is within reach of both coasts and many man-made and natural attractions. The seafaring town of Fowey can be reached by ferry from nearby Mevagissey and is a must for visitors. Charlestown, home to sailing ships, has some excellent shops, pubs and restaurants and is a World Heritage Site. You can take an evening stroll from Avalen to some excellent local pubs for dinner or enjoy an alfresco lunch on your own private patio. Golf, horse riding, sailing, cycling and sea fishing are all available nearby. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room (by arrangement). Shared freezer (in garage). Wi-fi. Large courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Pond in owners’ garden.

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  • Dunley Den

    Woodmancott, nr. Winchester

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    Ref: W44185


    This spacious holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ home in a peaceful rural area surrounded by woodland and fields on a no-through road. The private patio is an ideal spot to enjoy watching the visiting wildlife and birds. Woodmancott is a hamlet close to Winchester, a medieval city surrounded by picturesque villages and scenic countryside, and is a culturally rich and vibrant destination.

    Visit the magnificent 900-year-old Winchester Cathedral and take a tour. Enjoy lunch in one of the award-winning pubs or restaurants, browse the ancient and modern shopping streets where you will find a thriving independent vibe from artisan bakers and butchers to lively art galleries, a working mill (the oldest in the country) and colourful markets. For rail enthusiasts, visit Alresford and Alton for the mid Hants Watercress Line or just to visit on market days. Nearby, visit Rooksbury Mill nature reserve for a day’s fishing in a beautiful natural setting, or visit Blackwood Forest for a lovely walk or cycle and finish up in the nice restaurant/coffee shop which is just 5 minutes away. Highclere Castle stands in stately Victorian splendour amidst 1000 acres of spectacular parkland and will be familiar to many as TV’s ’Downton Abbey’. Outside, explore the gardens, woodland and surrounding parkland where you can enjoy the views of the Kennet Valley.

    Visit Jane Austen’s house museum, responsible for such well-loved literary masterpieces such as ’Pride and Prejudice’ and ’Sense and Sensibility’. The novelist Jane Austen lived out her last eight years with her sister and widowed mother in this modest 17th century cottage in the picturesque Meon Valley. The New Forest has over 200 square miles of mixed woodland and heathland which is an outdoor lovers paradise. Explore by bicycle, on foot or even on horseback and keep your eyes open for a glimpse of the famous New Forest ponies which roam wild in the woods. Also visit Lyndhurst, with the New Forest Visitor Museum and the Georgian market town of Lymington with harbourside restaurants and views. Within an hour’s drive travel to Southampton, Portsmouth (Spinnaker tower and Gun Wharf Keys), Salisbury, Stone Henge, Christchurch (Avon Beach at Mudeford), Waterloo Station (by Train), Bournemouth (pier and beaches), Boscombe (surf reef), Beaulieu House and Gardens, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Marwell Zoo, Milestones Museum and The Hawk Conservancy to name a few! Shop 3 miles, pub (dog friendly) and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Sky TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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