Cottage of the Week – De Vere House, Lavenham, Suffolk

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De Vere House: a property fit for a king (or a wizard)

Even without its illustrious history (a Grade I listed property that historians believe King Henry VII visited in 1498) it’s easy to see why we’re highlighting the fantastic De Vere House as our new Cottage of the Week. Guests can sleep in four-poster beds, relax by an open fire under exposed beams and enjoy a property that boasts modern day comfort comfort alongside wonderfully refined period features. It’s perhaps not surprising that previous guests have described the experience as ‘enchanting’.

So as Halloween approaches we thought we should choose a suitably impressive property to showcase, and though De Vere House would be worthy even without its historic ties, the main reason we’re highlighting it this week is for its connections to the Harry Potter series.

De Vere House appeared in the first part of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, not just Harry’s birthplace and childhood home, but as the entire street of Godric’s Hollow. Various shots of the property were used to assemble the village for a return visit by Harry and Hermione. In fact so iconic has the property become since its screen debut that it now boasts the second most photographed doorway in the UK!

 

If you fancy going one step further and staying at the birthplace of the boy wizard then you can find more info, availability and pricing on the property listing on our website.

 

Images of Autumn – the finalists

We’ve received some fantastic images of autumn from all over the UK. We’ve seen fireworks, auburn leaves, golden sunshine, gorgeous windswept views, competitive conker matches and much more! So many, in fact, that trying to whittle the entries down has been an incredibly difficult – though very rewarding – task.

We’re going to announce the winner tomorrow, but in the meantime here are the 12 fantastic ‘Images of Autumn’ finalists…

 

 

Cottage of the Week – Whitecroft Farmhouse, Isle of Wight

Looking for rustic charm, relaxation and a lovely location from which to explore the Isle of Wight Area of  Outstanding Natural Beauty? Look no further than our new featured property. Whitecroft Farmhouse is a beautiful 17th-century detached red brick farmhouse with a host of traditional trappings and a wealth of contemporary comfort. It sleeps 11 and 2 pets, has Xmas availability and a customer Reevoo rating of 9.4/10. Find more info and make a booking on our website.

9 Holiday Hideaways for Halloween

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It’s that time of year again, when the nights draw in, the mercury drops and no matter how much you wrap up, you can still feel an ominous chill tingling up your spine.  We are of course talking about “All Hallows’ Eve” – a chance to dress up, scare yourself silly and celebrate the myths and monsters that have become mainstays of the season.  And with this season very much in mind, we’ve decided to put together a selection of Halloween-themed holiday properties.

Despite being associated to some of the season’s spooky traits, the selection below are bound to delight more than they terrify with some lovely accommodation in very unique locations.  So even if your break fails to scare away your wits, you will still have a few tales to tell; they will just be about about amazing views, heavenly hot spots and friendly locals! Click the pictures below to find more info on cottages4you.

1. Peelers Lodge: W43197, Pluckley, Kent – Visit the ‘most haunted village in Britain’ 

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Pluckley’s ghostly residents are alleged to include a highwayman who haunts Fright Corner (we’re sure that part doesn’t attract too many visitors), a screaming man and the ghost of an old lady who sits on a bench drinking gin and smoking pipe.  In contrast to the village’s rumoured spooks, this property is a detached, relaxing, lodge-style holiday home situated in the owner’s grounds, facing across fields and close to the North Downs with an outdoor pool, lovely garden and stylish interior.  Previous guests have rated it very highly on Reevoo, praising the location, owners, décor and facilities at the property.

2. Kings Stables: SHHI – Explore ‘Europe’s most haunted city’  

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Edinburgh is believed to be Europe’s most haunted city with the castle in particular said to be one of its most haunted locations. King’s Stable seems to relish in this fact, boasting a suitably dramatic Gothic interior and a setting at the foot of the castle. This hasn’t deterred visitors, with guests praising its unique and convenient location just yards from the city centre. It currently has a Reevoo rating of just over 8 out of 10 for its ‘magical setting’ and more.

3. Bridge House: MVA – Chill by Britain’s ‘most haunted castle’

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Steeped in history, Chillingham Castle played a large part in Northumberland’s bloody border feuds. Today its dramatic past is explored through ghost tours of its more unsavoury corners (torture chambers) and the occasional film and TV appearance.  Set in the Castle’s grounds, Bridge House offers a convenient location for exploring Chillingham’s colourful history and surrounding attractions (nearby Alnwick was the filming location for some of the Harry Potter films), along with the opportunity to enjoy a stay at a property described as “spotless and beautifully presented” by former guests.

4. Pendle View: 28606 – Trace the history of the witch trials

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Isolated and with a peak nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, Pendle Hill provides the perfect opportunity for intrepid visitors to Lancashire to get away from it all and enjoy an undeniable highlight in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The area is also infamous for its part in the Pendle witch trials in the 17th century, in which 10 local residents were tried for witchcraft in nearby Lancaster Castle. Pendle View provides the perfect opportunity to explore both the natural beauty and historic legacy of this lovely corner of the UK – or just relax and enjoy it in any way you see fit. Either way, amazing views at Pendle View are assured, as guest feedback will attest.

5. Cobweb Cottage, Whitby: 27828 – Visit a vampire’s holiday haunt 

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Whitby’s appearance in Bram Stoker’s Dracula has ensured that the seaside town is a popular destination for those looking to celebrate the trappings of Halloween at any time of the year.  So a break at the aptly named Cobweb Cottage is just the ticket for those looking to enjoy the autumnal entertainment of the Film Festival and the Goth Weekend – while those seeking the summer fun of the Regatta and Whitby’s many music festivals will be equally charmed by Cobweb Cottage, perhaps even venturing up to explore the ominous cliff-top Abbey!

6. Woodside Cottage: S4105 – Become neighbours with Nessie

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Your enjoyment of Halloween at Woodside Cottage may depend on how much stock you put in the belief that the waters of Loch Ness contain a giant prehistoric beastie! But whether you believe the legend of Nessie or not, what cannot be denied is that the region is a true delight, with glorious views and a wealth of wonderful heritage to soak up.  Woodside Cottage isn’t short of charm either.  This charming and romantic getaway for two is praised by guests for its lovely quiet location, gorgeous views over the Loch and more.

7. Wagtails nr. Bishop’s Castle: QQQ – Wake with the wolves

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There are few sounds that signify Halloween quite as much as the distant call of a wolf.  And while the opportunity to get up close and appreciate the grand majesty of wild wolves in the UK is all but non-existent, Wagtails in Shropshire is located within the Conservation Centre for Wolf Watch UK.  So not only could you hear their call – you can watch them from the window! Please don’t be put off though, the wolves are located in an enclosure and have been praised by guests for being ‘excellent neighbours’.

8. The Towers, Conwy: OTR – Enjoy a grand Gothic mansion

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Watching scary movies is another Halloween hallmark that we never seem to tire of – especially when the location is as grand and unique as The Towers.  This substantial harbour master’s mansion boasts a suitably grand gothic style and a home cinema that is bound to delight holidaymakers, whatever the choice of entertainment.  Other attractions at the property include a beach room, library and games room, a lawned garden with an attractive ornamental pond (featuring a Japanese three-tier fountain) and a 9-hole putting green.

9. Puzzlewood Cottage: E5286 – Take a walk in the wildest of woods

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While Halloween is a celebration of a wide array of myths, legends and superstitions, our next location is a very real and entirely spooky destination.  Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean is a stunning collection of woodland paths, strange caves and odd rock formations.  Previous visitors have included JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling so its influence is not to be underestimated!  Guests at Puzzlewood Cottage have free access to the area’s many attractions, including a willow maze, large trim trail play area and an indoor maze.

Cottage of the Week – Bwlch Y Dderwen Barns nr. Builth Wells

Enjoy gorgeous views of expansive gardens and the lovely surrounding Powys countryside from the comfort of your hot tub at this stunning, detached, oak-framed barn conversion. Bwlch Y Dderwen Barns also offers WiFi, a games room and ‘chillout’ area. It sleeps 10 and 3 pets, has a 9/10 Reevoo rating and great availability. What are you waiting for? Find more info and make a booking on our website!