Summer of Sports – Anyone for tennis?

There are few sports as resolutely British as tennis. When you think of the idyllic UK summer, it’s hard not to think of bright sunshine, strawberries and cream, and long games of tennis. And while other sports have their origins in this ‘green and pleasant land’ they’ve gained a more international flavour from being co-opted to the world stage. Then again, it may be because other countries seem to have slightly more success at them!

Still, after Andy Murray’s impressive – and emotional – turn at Wimbledon this year, it seems to be only a matter of time before tennis comes home. So, in order to help promote the Summer of Sports, the ultimate British summer and maybe even help find the Wimbledon champions of tomorrow, we’re going to suggest some of the best holiday cottages with tennis courts.

Due to the size needed to accommodate a tennis court, quite a few of these properties are on the larger side, but we have managed to find a few smaller ones too. We’ve also focussed on properties that have much more to offer than tennis, so if you’re not a sporting fan, or fancy a little more rest and recuperation on your break, you’ll be equally satisfied with one of these stunning properties.

Curlew Barn in Sutton Bridge, Spalding  27608

The light, airy and beautiful Curlew Barn offers a fantastic competition standard tennis court and a wonderful place to recuperate after your sporting exertion. Formerly the ‘wing’ of Curlew Lodge it has been converted to provide excellent holiday accommodation. The surrounding area is equally rich with sporting opportunities, including walking paths and cycle routes. Or you may prefer to relax and bask in the ultimate comfort afforded by your surroundings! Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

Crogen Coach House

Sleeping 16, Crogen Coach House is one of our larger featured properties, and the all-weather tennis court allows you to stage your own mini Wimbledon with your fellow holidaymakers! If that leads to holiday rivalries then there are a number of alternative sporting options at the property. Horse stables are available, there’s a 5-a-side football pitch and you can enjoy 4 miles of salmon fishing on the nearby river. For those looking to take their sporting competition to the next level there’s also paint-balling available just half a mile from the property. Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

La Maison du Jardin  in  Marsillargues, Hérault

Did you know that the title of most matches played by a man at Wimbledon belongs to French champion Jean Borotra? Similarly, fellow countryman Nicolas Mahut holds the title for the longest match played at the tournament (an eye-watering 11 hours and five minutes!). But their capacity for tennis should come as no surprise to visitors of this stunning French property – in fact you may decide to give them a run for their money! Alongside a great sheltered court you will find imposing cedars, expansive lawns, two shaded terraces for al fresco dining and a swimming pool. Oh, and the property itself is a stunning former farm dating back to Napoleonic times, so if you can drag yourself away from the court there’s much to enjoy. Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

Milbourne Cottage, Tuckenhay Mill  in  Bow Creek, nr. Totnes

Only serious sports fans – and those seeking unrivalled relaxation – need apply to the properties at Tuckenhay Mill. These stunning listed holiday homes are set around an old paper mill and boast a wealth of options to ensure a fantastic stay. Tennis fans will enjoy the all-weather court, but there are a number of other options, including 60-ft outdoor swimming pool, superb indoor leisure complex with two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and drench shower, gymnasium, sports hall with badminton and kids’ play area; pool and snooker tables, short mat bowls, croquet lawn and 20 acres of greens. We’re exhausted after just typing that! Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

Wynnstay Hall  in  Nr. Ruabon, Llangollen

Our last cottage offers the chance to take part in a traditional game of tennis while relaxing in a quintessential British holiday property. The great hall is Wynnstay’s centrepiece, and the accommodation there has been completely designed around it. After enjoying a game of tennis, or 5-a-side football, you can enjoy the games room, cinema, bar, views of the surrounding mountains and Capability Brown sculpted gardens. Or you could just sit down and enjoy a meal with up to 19 other happy holidaymakers! Check out the property listing on cottages4you.

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