Summer of Sports – 5 football friendly cottages

The Olympic Summer of Sports may have officially ended around the time Jessie J joined Queen on stage (though judging by some of the reactions, more than a few wished it had ended a bit sooner!) but there’s plenty more sporting action to come. Not only do we have more fantastic competition with the Paralympics at the end of the month but, here at cottages4you, we’re also gearing up for this weekend’s epic Ride with Brad Sportive in the hills of Lancashire: two different routes with Olympic hero Brad Wiggins followed by a family cycle show at Victory Park, Barnoldswick from 12pm-5pm. And if that wasn’t enough we also still have loads of great sporting properties we’d like to share with you…

This week we’ve decided to focus on that popular sporting staple, ‘The Beautiful Game’. It may have been overshadowed by rowing, track and field and dancing horses in the past few weeks but, judging by the excitement preceeding the new season, enthusiasm for football is as palpable as ever. So we’ve decided to celebrate its return by selecting a few of our finest featured holiday cottages with football connections. This could either be an on-site pitch, a games room or somewhere a little bit different. But one thing that unites them all is that each of these properties offers a wonderful holiday experience. So, even if you think the offside rule refers to punishment for the clumsy placement of crockery, you’ll still find much to enjoy at these fantastic holiday cottages!

Casale La Mossa  in  Ponzano Romano, Italy

The phrase ‘Italians do it better’ may have been tarnished somewhat by the result of the Euro 2012 final but, when it comes to being a bit handy with a football, few can rival Italy’s proficiency. So the stunning Casale La Mossa seems like a good place to start. Overlooking the River Tiber, just an hour away from the Eternal City of Rome, this stunning villa offers a large swimming pool, dining gazebo, viewing terrace, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and 5-a-side football pitch. It essentially offers some of Italy’s best features for up to 14 lucky holidaymakers. Find more info on the property listing.

Bush Rew Cottage  in  Brook, nr. Newport

The private idyll of Bush Rew Cottage near Newport has featured in many gardening magazines. Its modern interior is equally unique and entrancing, but if you’re looking for its connection to the beautiful game it also offers a games room with table football and more! Find more info on the property listing.

Tŷ Pêl Droed (The Football House) in  Pentre Bach, Blaenpennal, Aberystwyth

The Football House at Pentre Bach is bound to please younger football fans. Pentre Bach is the home of Welsh children’s character Sali Mali and each of the four homes at this farm is the ‘home’ to one of the characters from the books. Alongside its unique football décor you’ll find a tearoom and gift shop onsite with the opportunity to book a tea party for the kids and have home-cooked food and cakes delivered to your door. If you fancy something a little more active the surrounding area boasts Cors Caron Nature Reserve, the Cambrian Mountains and many more activities. Find more info on the property listing.

Alexander House  in  Auchterarder, Scotland

Alexander House in Auchterarder, Scotland not only offers a football pitch for up to its 20 occupants but also offers a host of other sporting activities including a indoor games room, outdoor hot tub with views towards the Sidlaw Hills, covered courtyard swimming pool, croquet lawn, trampoline, swings and slides. It’s basically a one-stop shop for active entertainment and relaxation. Find more info on the property listing.

Bayview Cottage  in  Dawlish

Bayview Cottage in Dawlish, Devon offers table football and air hockey but, alongside its cosy and stylish décor, one of its greatest attractions is the sandy beach just 100 yards from the property. So if you fancy a quick game of beach football you won’t have far to travel. Other nearby beaches include Dawlish Warren, holder of the European Blue Flag Award and Coryton Cove, recipient of the Tidy Britain Group’s Seaside Award. Find more info on the property listing.

We’ve still got a few more sporting properties up our sleeve but in the meantime visit cottages4you to search from thousands of fantastic featured holiday cottages.

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