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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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  • Pembroke Cottage

    Ebchester

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    Ref: MNQ

    This superb, romantic, 17th-century holiday cottage, perfect for couples, is nestled in a select site on a small, tranquil, leafy lane just off the heart of the very historical conservation village of Ebchester. Adjoining another property, it boasts expansive countryside views to the rear which houses horses, wildlife and sometimes red kites. A Roman fort lies beneath the fields and the area is peppered with Roman ruins and artefacts. Try the Derwent Walk, or visit the Pennines for more walks, cycling and breathtaking scenery in an AONB. The delights of Durham city with its cathedral, castle, fine shops and galleries are close by. There are several beaches, shops, nightlife, rowing, hot air ballooning and paintballing available locally. Only 40 minutes from the Heritage Northumbrian coastline. Attention to detail throughout the cottage is superb from these very caring owners. The friendly local pub and an award-winning restaurant are close by. Shop/P.O. 200 yards.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a case of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    Spacious living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in feature inglenook and rugs on oak floor. Open-plan kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with Victorian claw bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Gas coal-effect fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Pretty cottage garden
    • Parking (1 car)
    • No smoking

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  • Daisy’s

    Boyton, nr. Launceston

    Grade
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    Ref: 29610


    This well-appointed Grade II listed Lin Hay barn conversion, standing detached in the owner’s grounds, is ideal for couples of all ages. Its has a cosy, open-plan interior with a well-equipped fitted kitchen, together with a vaulted ceiling and multi-fuel burner which add warmth and ambience. Extra touches for a comfortable stay include a 5ft bed and a wonderful wet room-style shower room; Egyptian cotton linen, large fluffy towels, goose down duvet and pillows (others available if allergic) and dressing gowns are also provided. The owners take great pride in this holiday property and will make your stay here a delight. To the side of the property is a locked storage area, suitable for bikes. Daisy’s is conveniently placed on the B3254, just 6 miles from the historic town of Launceston and within easy reach of the fantastic north Cornish coastline. Golf nearby. Shop 4 miles, pub 1½ miles, restaurant 6 miles.

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

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" smart Freeview TV. Blu-ray. DAB radio. Bluetooth speaker. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared use of ½-acre field. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking.

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  • Toad Hall

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC123263
    Nestling beside the River Rothay in a secluded part of Ambleside, Toad Hall offers the perfect couple’s retreat for a romantic break in the very heart of Lakeland. A level stroll through Rothay Park brings you to this vibrant village set against a backdrop of her majestic fell range, the location ideal for walkers, cyclists and those who revel in the great outdoors. And for those who prefer a more gentle pace, the delightful gardens at Toad Hall offer a peaceful haven for not only holidaymakers but a host of birds and wildlife, their song a beautiful accompaniment to the sound of the flowing Rothay as it winds its way to Windermere.
    Perfectly presented with quality fittings and well chosen accessories, Toad Hall provides comfortable and stylish facilities in a most convenient setting with that all important private parking place. The emphasis here at Toad Hall is very much on relaxation and the thoughtful owner has ensured that the cottage is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a self catering break, the well stocked kitchen ideal for creating that special occasion dinner to celebrate your precious time together here in the Lakes.Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards

    Ground Floor: Entrance into open plan living space...
    Living area: With digital TV and DVD.
    Kitchen/Dining area: With electric oven, hob, fridge, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Utility cupboard:
    Access to rear garden with patio and lawn areas and furniture provided.

    Central heating with combi boiler for water, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Garden with furniture provided. Lockable bike store. Private off road parking for2 cars.

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  • Willow Lodge

    Chislet, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
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    Ref: 28718

    Situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, yet only 6 miles from Canterbury, this cosy, detached holiday cottage makes a perfect romantic retreat. Nestled in the grounds of the owner’s 14th-century home, the cottage enjoys its own garden and sitting-out area. Perfect for guests who enjoy walking and cycling, there are many local public footpaths. Canterbury offers many historic attractions including the cathedral and city walls. Ramsgate and Dover are both within a 14 mile drive. The White Cliffs of Dover (NT) are home to 5 miles of coast and countryside. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. 1 step to kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden with sitting-out area. Shared 17-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in garden, unfenced pond in grounds.

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  • Easedale House Apartments - Siskin

    Keswick

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    Ref: CC112146
    Easedale House Apartments are in a traditional Lakeland slate building set in the centre of Keswick with everything you need right on your doorstep. These gorgeous apartments also have a large (and rare for the area), private car park permit each. Finished to an excellent standard with a real eye for detail, each stylish apartment has its own personality but all have the same lovely feel. Moments away from shops, restaurants and Fitz Park. As always with Keswick, the properties boast a great range of walks right from the door. Although famous for the stunning landscapes and fantastic Wainwrights walks, Keswick has much more to offer with a great range of independent shops, a cinema, the Theatre by the Lake, climbing and the famous Pencil Museum!

    Siskin is a ground floor, one bed apartment with open plan living, dining and kitchen area flooded with light from the very large bay window. The owners have carefully retained the character of the building with this apartment, including a feature electric fireplace, while updating it with an en-suite which includes a walk in double head shower and quality furnishings throughout.

    Siskin can be booked together with Kingfisher (CC112145), Egret (CC112147), Curlew (CC112148), Goldcrest (CC112149), Osprey (CC112150) and Wagtail (CC112151) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with feature fireplace, Freeview TV and a large bay window.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With induction hob, microwave oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: Open to living area with king size bed and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Shared washer/dryer on first floor. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

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  • The Lodges - Bluebell Lodge

    Hawley, nr. Dartford

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    Ref: 27635

    An ideal base for a town or country break

    These two adjoining, stylishly-presented, beamed holiday lodges are set in the owners’ grounds overlooking ornamental fishponds, yet you can pick up the Eurostar from Ebbsfleet just 10 minutes away to speed across to Brussels or Paris for lunch! Enjoy rural walks from the doorstep in the picturesque Darenth Valley. Alternatively, travel to St Pancras and Stratford International to explore London’s art galleries, restaurants and museums. For out of town retail therapy, Bluewater - the second largest shopping centre in the UK - is just a short drive. Alternatively, cross the River Thames to visit Lakeside which, together with the accompanying retail parks, forms one of the largest shopping areas in a single location in Europe. Brands Hatch Race Circuit and Lullingstone Roman Villa are close by and well worth visiting. For guests staying in July, a lavender massage at one of the local farms is a real treat! Guests enjoy shared use of the owners’ heated outdoor swimming pool by arrangement. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

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

    Gas underfloor heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (11.5m x 5.5m, depth 6m x 1m), open June-September by arrangement with owners. No smoking. NB: Access through grounds with steps, alternative level access by arrangement with owner. Ponds in grounds.

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  • Higher Worthyvale Farm - The Hen House

    Boscastle, nr. Camelford

    Grade
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    Ref: 28054

    Excellent touring base

    These properties lie on the owners’ grassland farm in a superb holiday location between Bodmin Moor and the North Cornwall Coast. The Bull Pen (28055) and The Cow Shed (28056) , converted from a traditional barn, are furnished and fitted to a very good standard. Both have a large kitchen/dining area, a woodburner in the living room, French doors and Juliet balcony in one double bedroom and a private, enclosed patio and garden area to the rear, ideal for morning coffee or an evening barbecue. The Hen House (28054) adjoins the owners’ farmhouse; unoverlooked, it has a patio area to the side to enjoy al fresco dining with country views. Boscastle is 5 minutes’ drive with walks, harbour, shops, pubs and restaurants. Down the coast is Port Isaac, of TV series Doc Martin fame, where The Fisherman’s Friends sing live on the Platt on Friday summer evenings. A little further is Padstow with shops, pubs and restaurants including Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant. From here you can take a ferry across to Rock to try the variety of watersports or walk or cycle along the Camel Trail, a haven for birdwatchers. The sandy beach at Trebarwith Strand is 4 miles. Within easy reach is horse riding, NT properties, the SW Coastal Path, golf courses at Bowood and Bude,surfing at Polzeath and Widemouth Bay. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with slate floor. Utility room. 1 double (zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Patio and furniture. Pet to be kept on a lead - sheep country.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Swallow Barn

    Butterton, nr. Dovedale

    Grade
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    Ref: E2804

    Enjoying views over beautiful White Peak countryside, and a peaceful location midway between Leek and Ashbourne, this little detached barn conversion sits just a 0.75 mile walk from a popular dining pub in an area that boasts many excellent country inns. Within 1 mile, the Manifold Valley provides a glorious backdrop for superb walking as well as a cycle trail (cycle hire is available 3 miles away) and all the fun and excitement of Alton Towers is just 10 miles away. This lovely area of the Peak District has a vast array of activities and places of interest to offer – The Potteries, Chatsworth House, Matlock Bath with its famous Heights of Abraham cable cars, and a variety of water sports at Carsington Lake are among the numerous attractions found within 15 miles. Golf and pony trekking are both about 8 miles. There is a general store 2 miles away and both Leek (8 miles) and Ashbourne offer interesting shopping. Shop within 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and beams. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams.

    Electricity wood burner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Microwave. Patio garden and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Liscombe Farm Cottages - Sycamore Cottage

    Tarr Steps, nr. Exford

    Grade
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    Ref: 30215


    Situated in the heart of Exmoor, very close to the renowned and historic Tarr Step, the ancient clapper bridge that crosses the River Barle, these three holiday cottages at Liscombe Farm (refs 30214, 30215 & 30216), adjacent to the owners’ home, all have their own individual character. With plenty of space around each cottage, guest can enjoy the tranquillity this stunning area of Somerset has to offer. Being located on Exmoor, there is a huge amount of walks to be made without ever having to get in the car. Follow the River Barle up to the pretty village of Withypool or a short car journey away is Exmoor’s highest point at Dunkery Beacon. Dulverton is the nearest town and has a very good selection of shops, restaurants and other amenities. During your stay, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy walking along with an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in steam engines. Minehead is also the starting point of the South West Coastal Path which offers challenging yet very rewarding walks. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and famous cliff railway. Nearby Dunster, with its castle (NT) and village, Porlock and Porlock Wier and also Bossington and Selworthy, with its famous tea room, all make for an interesting day out. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Stabling is available at the farm by prior arrangement with the owner. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Stereo/CD. fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2 acres of landscaped grounds. Stabling available by arrangement. Natural water supply from spring. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Coppers Cottages - Morse Cottage

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
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    Ref: DJM

    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. The rolling farmland scenery is easily enjoyed via the 28-mile network of local footpaths and bridleways, including the World Heritage Dorset Coastal Path (½ mile) and its spectacular Jurassic coast.
    Accessible within 4 minutes by car or via a walk over fields and along the riverbank, Lyme Regis is one of England’s most memorable small towns. It is famous as the setting for both the story and film of ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its harbour bright with boats, streets of elegant colour-washed buildings, lofty cliffs and a great sweep of sea. Inns, restaurants and a choice of shops can be found amongst the town’s attractive jumble of narrow streets, and it is a notable water sports centre. Motor boats can be hired, and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and club, and a wind-surfing school. There is also a sports complex at Axminster (4 miles) which offers swimming and other facilities. For nature lovers, the area has some of the most diverse scenery in the country: Lyme Bay sweeps round from the National Nature Reserve on the Dowlands Cliffs in an uninterrupted arc along the huge bank of shingle that is Chesil Beach, all the way to the limestone slab of the Isle of Portland. The 626-ft Golden Cap, a breathtaking viewpoint and part of a lovely 2,000-acre NT estate, is the highest point on England’s south coast, a World Heritage Site. An easy drive to Bridport, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter and Dorchester. For families there are many lovely beaches close at hand, and a theme park (Crealy Park) near Exeter. Lyme Regis golf course is within ½ mile and visitors are welcome to use the golf course, or to visit their bar and restaurant. Each cottage has a comprehensive information folder giving details of local pubs, restaurants, shops, walks, excursions and many interesting facts about Lyme Regis and finding fossils along the Jurassic coast. Shops 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity NSH included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. No smoking.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Microwave. Private patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking. Please note: There is a pond in the grounds.

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  • The Bothy

    Laverton, nr. Ripon

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    Ref: 29056


    Set opposite the owner’s home, tucked away down a private road, this quaint, detached cottage provides an ideal holiday getaway for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Situated in an AONB, there are walks direct from the door amongst beautiful scenery where wildlife abounds. Alternatively, the famous spa town of Harrogate is about half an hour’s drive and enjoys a wealth of shops, restaurants and a theatre. The traditional market town of Ripon is a short drive, while the historical city of York is under an hour away. Don’t miss Brimham Rocks, The Forbidden Corner’s magical garden and Fountains Abbey (NT). Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Drying room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. DAB radio. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • The Barn

    Newport, nr. Saffron Walden

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    Ref: 30037


    Nestling within the owner’s pretty garden, The Barn has been sympathetically converted to offer comfortable holiday accommodation and is just a short drive from Cambridge. There is so much to explore in the local area, including the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where you can lose yourself wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get hands-on with their award-winning interactive exhibitions. The museum is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft, as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats, so true enthusiasts will find that one day really just isn’t enough. The university city of Cambridge is not only picturesque but also offers many attractions. Opened to the public in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden develops and displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscapes. In addition, there are numerous museums including The Museum For Computing History, The University Museum of Zoology, The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the famous Fitzwilliam Museum and The Museum of Cambridge. Of course, there are also historic universities to be explored, many organised tours, punting on the River Cam and numerous shops, restaurants and cafés. For those wishing to leave their car behind, a train directly from the village of Newport will deliver you to Cambridge station in less than half an hour. Plus, you can travel from the same station directly into London Liverpool Street in around an hour, so you can enjoy a spot of sightseeing in the nation’s capital city. Also close by is the medieval market town of Saffron Walden, 3 miles, which was once the location of Oliver Cromwell’s army headquarters, and where you can enjoy Bridge End Gardens and numerous shopping and eating opportunities. Add in a visit to Audley End House and Gardens, and Anglesey Abbey, and you’ll be really spoilt for choice. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Wi-fi. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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