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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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  • 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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  • Thimble Cottage

    Hartland

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: HDDB

    Set within a quiet wooded valley on the edge of the popular village of Hartland, this converted barn has been completed to a good standard. Approached by steep, narrow ¼ mile long road, detached and within its own grounds with orchard which overlook the valley towards the river below, it makes a delightful cosy, romantic holiday retreat. The area has much to offer, such as the Heritage coastline, popular with walkers and bird-watchers. The popular village of Clovelly, with its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque harbour can be reached easily. Sandy beaches and local attractions close by. Tamar Lakes for fishing, sailing, watersports within 15 miles. Golf, riding locally. Shops ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with wooden floor and patio doors. Sloping ceilings in most rooms.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. NB: Drop in garden.

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  • Boundary Stables - Kestrel

    Happisburgh

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: W43972

    Kestrel is a single-storey holiday cottage in a rural location. Happisburgh is well-known for it famous red and white striped lighthouse, and occasionally it is open to the public during the year and worth visiting. The cottage is ideally located for exploring the Norfolk Coast, the beach at Horsey Gap, where there is a colony of grey seals in the winter months and hundreds of seal pups can be seen on the beach. Visitors can also explore the Norfolk Broads, Stalham and Hickling Broads, which are a short drive away. For the children in your party, a day out at BeWILDerwood at Horning is a must with an outdoor adventure park, tree top walks and zip wires. For the gardeners, a trip to East Ruston Vicarage Gardens with 32 acres of gardens is a real treat. There are National Trust properties in the region including Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Horsey Windpump and Sheringham Park. Alternatively spend a day in the medieval city of Norwich with its cathedral, museums, castle, theatres and an array of shops. Walking, cycling and bird watching are all available locally. Beach 2 miles. Shop 3½ miles, pub and restaurant 1¾ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 22" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area. Shared 0.3 acres of grounds. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared sauna. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Terrington Holiday Cottages - Silverstones

    Terrington, nr. York

    Grade
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    Ref: 31251

    Set in North Yorkshire’s beautiful Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the picturesque farming village of Terrington is the perfect base for a relaxing holiday. Greystones (ref 31249) and Silverstones (ref 31251) are situated on the same site, and Barn Cottage (31250) is just 100 yards away - ideal for large families or groups. There is a fine Norman church and a well-stocked general store and tea-room where visitors can enjoy delicious home baking. The cottages are well-presented with great care and attention to detail, ensuring a very comfortable stay. There are numerous walking and cycling trails from the doorstep and on the edge of the village, you will find the award-winning Yorkshire lavender farm and panoramic views across the Vale of York. Explore the quaint market towns of Easingwold and Helmsley, and the pretty villages of Hovingham and Coxwold. Visit stately homes at Castle Howard (3 miles) and Nunnington Hall and abbey ruins at Rievaulx and Byland. To the north, lies the North York Moors National Park where the famous steam train transports visitors from Pickering to the fishing port of Whitby. Easily accessible are the coastal resorts of Scarborough and Filey and the quaint fishing villages of Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes. The historic walled city of York is just a 14-mile drive and appeals to all ages with its splendid minster, railway museum and Jorvik Centre, alongside river boat trips, ghost walks and street entertainers. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with access to bedroom area with double bed. Shower room with toilet. Laminate floors throughout.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Retreat at Monk’s Lodge

    Sawley, nr. Clitheroe

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 26448

    Set in the historic village of Sawley where the ruins of a Cistercian abbey remain, in the spot where the monks’ fishpond once lay, this ground floor annexe forms part of the owners’ detached house. As such it enjoys shared use of half an acre of gardens with a pond and summerhouse – ideal for lazy sunny holidays. The bustling market town of Clitheroe with its shops, pubs and restaurants is just 3 miles. On the border of Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales, with a wealth of wonderful countryside to explore on foot direct from the door or by car. Sawley is blessed with a lovely pub serving good food. Fishing available nearby. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/ kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared ½-acre garden with summerhouse. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden.

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  • Pepper Pot Lodge

    Wimborne St Giles

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    Ref: DEEG


    In a superb location, Pepper Pot Lodge is accessed via security gates, and is nestled within the parkland of the extensive 5,000 acre grounds of the owner’s stately home, St Giles House, within the Shaftesbury Estate in the historic village of Wimborne St Giles. This unique, detached, compact 17th century lodge makes an ideal little retreat, a tranquil haven for couples and perfect for spotting wildlife such as deer, rare birds and badgers. Very peacefully located, surrounded by open lawns, as well as mature trees and just 100 yards away from the river and the picturesque village green with St Giles Church. There is private parking and a sitting-out area, an ideal spot for watching the sunsets whilst enjoying al fresco dining or an aperitif. This lovely welcoming home offers many features such as wooden floors, curved walls, leaded windows and a wood-burning stove in the cosy living room. Every window captures a scenic vista.
    It is convenient for road links to the beaches of Poole, Bournemouth and Sandbanks. Explore the Purbeck coastline, maritime Southampton with the historic ships, Salisbury Cathedral, Shaftesbury Cathedral, National Trust properties, Christchurch Harbour and Dorchester. Other attractions include nearby Wimborne with regular markets, Kingston Lacey, Monkey World, Stonehenge, Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Wildlife Park and Badbury Rings. The New Forest is within easy driving distance, with its heathlands where ponies and cattle roam, pretty villages, and it is an ideal location for walkers. There are various golf courses in the area, and trout fishing or local shoots can be organised by prior arrangement. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Double bedroom (bed accessed from one side only, for 1+1) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Smart TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area and furniture
    • Shared grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: River 60 yards

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  • Nutkins Nook

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123268
    Perfectly positioned for exploring the towns and villages of the South Lakes, Nutkins Nook enjoys a quiet location, set just off the A591 close to Brockhole Visitor’s Centre where you will find beautiful Thomas Mawson designed gardens, a treetop trek and access to the shores of Lake Windermere and a host of waterborne activities.
    All on the ground floor, this charming studio apartment is very spacious for two, equipped with quality fixtures and dressed with stylish furnishings and accessories. Private parking is on hand and with a bus stop at the end of the lane, you may choose to simply park up and forget the car for the week.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Entrance into open plan living space.
    Lounge/Dining area: With TV, DVD and i-Pod docking station.
    Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom: This offers lots of storage space and two twin beds on a wooden frame with quality mattresses.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Outside: Off road parking for 1 car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Daleside - Rose Cottage

    Nr. Keswick

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    Ref: LPD

    In a magnificent rural setting, with fabulous views of the Skiddaw mountain range, magnificent sunsets over the Solway Firth, and the hills of Galloway across the border, these comfortable holiday properties were winners of the Keswick Tourism Association Country Establishments in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and the Cumbria in Bloom Tourist Board Rose Bowl for Self Catering Establishment winners in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Rose Cottage (ref LPD) is attached to the owner’s farmhouse home, Rosemary Cottage (ref LTG) adjoins another property, Rambling Rose Cottage (ref LWG) and Rosedale Cottage (ref LYL) are adjacent and have both been converted to a high standard, and Primrose Cottage (ref LPG) has been converted from a former byre and stands in a courtyard which is bedecked with flower tubs, window boxes and hanging baskets. The cottages are beautifully furnished and equipped to VisitBritain ‘5 Star Gold’ standard, except Rosemary Cottage which is equipped to a VisitBritain ‘4 Star Gold’ standard. Guests will enjoy the friendly rare breeds sheep and ponies (including miniature Shetland ponies) and visitors are welcome to walk in the fields surrounding the farm (a red squirrel has been spotted in the grounds), as well as the many public footpaths nearby. This 500-acre farm is set in an AONB, with walks from the door plus superb fell walking nearby. Keswick stands on the shores of Derwent Water and is an excellent base to explore delightful Borrowdale. In the town itself are many interesting shops, inns and restaurants, as well as a leisure pool. Cockermouth also has a swimming pool. Just 6 miles away is Bassenthwaite Lake with a variety of watersports and the Lakeland Wildlife Park. Enjoy Derwent Water, Crummock Water and Buttermere, surrounded by Lakeland’s dramatic scenery. Guests can enjoy the Lakes Distillery, 7 miles away has a lovely visitor attraction and serves good food daily. There is tennis, riding and golf, as well as good fishing locally and excellent bird watching from the farm, as well as the chance to spot the occasional red squirrel and deer, whilst it is a short drive to Osprey Watch at Dodd Wood Bassenthwaite. Shop 4 miles. There is a good choice of pubs and restaurants locally (including vegetarian). The pretty village of Caldbeck is 4 miles, with a restaurant, tea rooms and shops. Maes Gallery and tea rooms serving food daily is within 2 miles. Uldale is 2 miles with a pub serving good food, and Ireby is 1½ miles away with a cosy pub with log fire and good food.

    VisitBritain ‘5 Star Gold’ standard. Pretty beamed sitting-room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and garden . Step up to dining area with fitted kitchen area. First floor: Pretty double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Dishwasher
    • Private patio with
      furniture

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV (sports package)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared farmland grounds of 500 acres
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Armathwaite Hall Hotel Leisure Club (10-min drive), includes swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room (at cost)
    • Meal delivery service
    • Complimentary bottle of wine
    • Welcome tea tray
    • Milk, eggs and bread available
    • Natural filtered spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • Barrowswood Cheddar - Strawberry Lodge

    Cheddar

    Grade
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    Ref: 29841

    Views to Cheddar Gorge

    Offering delightful holiday accommodation for families, couples or friends, these holiday property (refs 29841, 29842 & W44121) make an ideal base from which to explore Somerset and North Devon. Barrowswood, a semi-detached holiday cottage (ref 29842), enjoys commanding views over Cheddar Gorge in the distance. Its large garden adjoins a field with occasional visiting sheep and is the perfect spot in which to relax and unwind. Strawberry Lodge (ref 29841) stands detached at the far end of the grounds of Barrowswood, enjoying woodland surroundings with magnificent views over the field and across to Cheddar Gorge. Blackberry Lodge (ref W44121) is a single-storey, detached lodge, ideal for a romantic retreat for couples. All three properties may be booked together should you have a larger party.
    Cheddar village offers plenty of interesting shops and cafes as well as other attractions. Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s largest limestone ravine gouged through the Mendips, is a magnet for climbers, walkers and visitors to the floodlit caves and Cheddar Reservoir is a great place to take a picnic, look out for wildlife and join in activities such as sailing and angling. Axbridge is a charming market town with a medieval square and half-timbered buildings, whilst Wookey Hole attracts many visitors to the showcaves. Wells is England’s smallest city set around a cathedral; Wedmore is a lively town with many individual shops and eateries, Glastonbury is famous for its music festival, spiritual culture and King Arthur legends, and the coastal resorts and magnificent beaches at Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow and Brean are all within a short drive, as are the cities of Bath and Bristol. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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  • Heathfield Lodge

    Bransgore, nr. Christchurch

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: DRL

    This pretty thatched holiday cottage nestles in a secluded location on the edge of the New Forest, with lovely views over field and woodland from the verandah. Adjoining the owner’s home, it serves as a haven for wildlife lovers; countryside walks radiate from the property offering plenty of opportunities for spotting the animals and birds resident in the area. A short drive away are the characterful resorts of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Lymington (departure point for Isle of Wight crossings), for beaches and boating. The Beaulieu Motor Museum is well worth an outing, as is the New Forest, for museum and pony trekking. Shop 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with piano, French doors to verandah and rugs on wooden floor. Small kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet. Z-bed (for +1 child only).

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Use of owners’ washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Use of owners’ freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sole use of part of owners garden and furniture
    • Parking 50 yards
    • No smoking

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  • Winscott Barton Barns: Cob Cottage

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: 25979

    Close to coast

    A tranquil retreat amidst glorious countryside and just 3 miles from the breathtaking North Devon coast and the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho! and the attractive old port of Bideford, with its pastel coloured houses alongside a tree lined quay. These three delightful 17th-century cob and stone barns have been stylishly converted to a superb standard and offer the perfect holiday choice for a romantic escape or a family gathering. Each of these spacious properties has its own private garden and lovely country views. There are footpaths from the door, a village shop and choice of inns within 2 miles. Take a boat trip from Bideford to the nature reserve at Lundy Island or explore many pretty fishing villages including nearby Clovelly and Appledore. Instow, 3 miles, is a pretty, unspoilt, seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes, fishermen’s cottages, shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants specialising in locally caught seafood. The famous Tarka Trail is located nearby and offers good walking and cycling with bike hire available. There are numerous NT properties in the area including Arlington and Hartland Abbey, as well as the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Hartland Quay and lighthouse are well worth a visit and for family fun The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure parks are close by. Golf, riding, fishing, surfing, mountain boarding, karting and high ropes are available locally and the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moors are all within easy driving distance as is the famous Eden Project. With so much to discover in this lovely part of North Devon, Winscott Barton Barns is the perfect holiday choice. Shop, pub and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors, vaulted ceilings and beams. 1 double (5ft) bedroom wtih en-suite shower room and toilet.

    First £28per week September-April, first £15per week May-August electric underfloor central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Travel cot on request. Electric cooker. Use of owner’s freezer. Parking (2 cars). No children under 5 years except babes in arms.

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 6-acre natural unspoilt grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Bolthole

    Coaley, Dursley

    Grade
    2
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    1
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    Ref: 19731

    With spectacular views across the Severn Plain towards the Black Mountains of Wales, this attractively furnished first floor apartment would make the perfect holiday base for touring and exploring this beautiful and historically fascinating corner of Gloucestershire. The Cotswold Way runs along the hill behind the property, Berkeley Castle, Slimbridge Wild Fowl Trust and the town of Dursley are just a few miles away while the major attractions of Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Cheltenham are all less than an hour’s drive. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    11 external open tread steps to entrance. First floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with sloping ceiling. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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