Summer of Sports – 5 cottages for the armchair sports fan

Whether you’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the world’s biggest sporting event or looking forward to a time when fast-moving Lycra is banished from your TV screen, you won’t have failed to notice that 2012 is the summer of sports.

From cycling to tennis, football, athletics and many more huge sporting competitions, there’s never been a better time to be a sports fanatic – which is probably why we’re currently seeing so much interest in our featured sports-themed cottages. From indoor pools to motorbike tracks, tennis courts, golf courses and more, there’s an equal array of active entertainment for any sporting enthusiast looking to make the most of their summer.

Our featured sports-themed cottages also offer enough comfort, relaxation and a host of other activities to leave competing holiday accommodation in their tracks. So if you think a 5-a-side football pitch near your holiday home just isn’t tennis, or the thought of a cottage on a golf course leaves you thoroughly teed off, you’ll still find much to enjoy. But, as with any sports based activity, we find it’s better to warm up before you exert yourself, so we’re going to begin with a selection of properties that are perfect for the armchair enthusiast and fair-weather follower!

Glentruim Castle  in  Newtonmore, nr. Aviemore

Glentruim Castle may offer glorious views over the nearby glens, mountains and the valley of the River Spey near Newtonmore. It may also offer visitors a gym, sauna, bar billiards, darts, board games, enclosed trampoline – even a holistic therapy room, but the armchair sports-fan will doubtless be more impressed with the large TV room and accompanying chairs to relax in. Can’t decide what to watch? You have three satellite TVs to choose from. Not interested in the commentary? Put some music on the jukebox! Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

Mas Romi  in  Canet-en-Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales

Mas Romi in Pyrénées-Orientales also offers a wealth of activities in the surrounding area, including a very large private swimming pool, views over the Canigou mountain and a 5km cycle path leading to miles of golden sandy beaches. However, the armchair sports-fan will probably be happier to escape the sun and take refuge in the home cinema projection room. The TV coverage may well be in French, but at least you can use an educational excuse for missing the sun! Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

Cucuron, nr. Lourmarin

Cucuron near Lourmarin offers a similarly impressive home cinema room that places you front and centre to the action. The property itself is located in the centre of a lovely little village, with bars and restaurants nearby. So if you fancy some local punditry there’s probably no better place to be! If you don’t want to miss a second of analysis, you’ll also find English channels on the TV. Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

The Old Rectory  in  Hamworthy, Poole

If you fancy combining traditional seaside holiday trappings with superior holiday accommodation, and a peerless armchair appreciation of sporting events, then The Old Rectory is probably for you. Situated only half a mile from the harbour town of Poole, the property is a former manor house, dating back to 1604, and set in ½-acre grounds. Think grand dining halls, ornamental stone fireplaces and oak staircases. Also think a large rear projection cinema screen and rowed seating guaranteeing everyone a great view of the action! Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

Cliff Lodge  in  Torquay

Anyone who’s ever watched their national team play for 90 minutes in a major football tournament will know that being a sports fan can often be a stressful and unrewarding experience. The owners at Cliff Lodge are obviously aware of this, so, to ensure your stay is as stress-free as possible, they’ve surrounded the 50in plasma screen with a full-size snooker table, sofas, jukebox and bar facilities. If that’s not enough to calm you down there’s also an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

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