Parts of the south are set for a mini heat-wave this weekend – with temperatures set to soar above those in Ibiza! So we’ve chosen a lovely seaside property for Cottage of the Week. Gabriel’s Hall is a Grade II listed, Regency seaside house set within the lovely Steyne Square and offering wonderful sea views from the first floor balcony. It sleeps 8 and 3 pets, offers Wi-Fi and is available this weekend for a 3 or 7 night break! Find out more on the property’s listing on cottages4you.
Allow us to present a lovely contemporary Grade II listed barn conversion in a beautifully scenic location with panoramic views of the surrounding valley (close to Yorkshire’s Grand Départ route). Carringtons Barn is the perfect holiday home for two! Find more info on our website.
This Grade II listed property is located in a beautiful, tranquil setting just outside the pretty village of Whittingham. A short drive leads to the glorious Northumbrian Heritage Coast AONB with castles, fortresses and golden unspoilt beaches. Sleeps 10 and is available for just over £1,000 for 7 nights from 10 Jan in our Winter Sale – or around £14 per person, per night with a full complement of guests! Find out more on the property’s listing on cottages4you.
Few things make us wish it was summer more than the thought of a week at Riarosa on the beautiful island of Ischia. This charming and comfortable first floor holiday apartment is set in a dominant and panoramic position over the bay of Citara. Beach only 200m. Access to the island is by hovercraft or ferry from Naples and Pozzuoli. Sleeps 4. More info on our website.
A luxurious 5000-square feet, eco-friendly Alpine holiday villa, on three acres of mature, wooded gardens, with views of Carlingford Lough, the Mourne Mountains and the Cooley Mountains – not to mention a hot tub, open fire and accommodation for 15 and 3 pets! What more could you want from a holiday property? Find out more on our website.
Whether you visit in the height of summer, and gaze over Cornwall’s sparkling blue waters from your balcony, or visit in the cooler months and chart the clouds’ passage over the horizon from the comfort of your bed, The Loft offers the perfect opportunity to marvel at nature in wonderfully relaxing surroundings.
Situated in the lovely little coastal village of Downderry, this compact and contemporary studio loft has panoramic 180-degree views of the sea and the coastline from Rame Head down to Looe Island. Located above the owners’ house, the large glass apex window with a Juliet balcony looking directly out to sea is undoubtedly one of its biggest draws, boasting a wealth of natural light and those incredible views.
Take a look at the property listing on cottages4you to find out more and make a booking.
The warm weather, Andy Murray winning the tennis, summer holidays…there are plenty of reasons to celebrate at the moment, but where to go for your revelry? Well, clearly you want a nice location: somewhere scenic, fairly centrally located so friends from all over the UK can attend, and you’re going to want somewhere large enough so everyone can get together to celebrate, but private enough to allow people their own space.
We’re receiving lots of enquiries for larger properties over the summer so we’re more than happy to share the properties at Manor Mews, Norfolk with you. The pictures on this article are from The Strawhouse which sleeps 10 but you will find plenty more places and spaces on site – including The Sheepshed and Feedhouse which both sleep 2, The Milking Parlour, Strawhouse and Hayloft (sleeping 4), The Piggery and The Old Dairy (sleeping 6) and the largest property, The Manor House, sleeping 22.
Nestled together on a working farm these beautifully restored buildings retain a wealth of traditional charms whilst offering a host of contemporary style and comfort. Each cottage boasts its own enclosed garden and they all enjoy access to the surrounding countryside, where gentle walking, cycling and bird watching are popular pastimes. The on-site beauty salon and personal catering service are another bonus to ensure you relax completely – and look fabulous while you do it!
The surrounding area isn’t short of attractions either. Just 12 miles away is the famous sandy coastline which includes Holkham, Brancaster, RSPB Titchwell and Wells-next-the-Sea, home to a little narrow gauge railway that carries passengers the 1-mile journey to and from the sandy beach, as well as interesting shops, ice cream parlours, cafés, a famous whelk stall, theatre, restaurants and pubs. Walsingham, site of the famous Shrine, and the Burnhams, with their close associations with Admiral Nelson, are also a close delight.
Seal watching boat trips depart from several picturesque fishing villages along the coast, the lovely harbour at Blakeney is a joy to visit and there are countless pubs serving freshly caught local seafood. Fakenham, 5 miles, draws numerous visitors to the races and its friendly weekly market, and the Georgian town of Holt boasts fine, independent shops, and the Norfolk lavender fields are always popular.
If you’d like a large get-together, or just fancy holidaying in one of the UK’s most scenic locations, take a look at the property listing on cottages4you.
Sitting peacefully in a rural location, this superb example of a detached threshing barn conversion bursts with original features including cast-iron driving wheels, stone walls and exposed beams. It has ground source underfloor heating throughout and nestles within 17 acres, including 5 acres of woodland to enjoy, bordered by the River Teifi with panoramic views towards the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains. Let us know what you think of the property and the video. More info.
Not only does Gairlochy Bay offer an enticing mix of rugged natural beauty and unrivalled interior comfort, but it does so in a location so wonderful that we suspect the first thing you’ll do – upon gazing out of the window across to Ben Nevis and the Aonach Mor mountains – is pick your jaw off the floor!
Accessed via a gravelled forest track, Gairlochy Bay’s aim is to allow guests to ease themselves in to the relaxed ambience of their surroundings. Fish from the decking, watch the boats sail through the Caledonian Canal or wander around a network of paths and shoreline from your front door.
The surrounding area boasts a wealth of natural beauty. In fact so rich and iconic are the Highlands and the Western Isles that you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve visited them before. Then again, you may be recognising them from their starring roles in films such as Braveheart and Rob Roy. Visitors can also take the steam train to Mallaig passing Glenfinnan Viaduct – as featured in the Harry Potter movies.
You can also take the gondola up the Nevis mountain range or visit the playground of another iconic character: the Loch Ness monster. If you fancy raising your pulse then nearby outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, walking, climbing, horse riding, golf and a variety of watersports.
More leisurely pursuits can be enjoyed in a number of beautiful gardens and ruined castles nearby. So rich is the region’s history, and so beautiful is its legacy, that you shouldn’t be too surprised to find that experiencing the tale of Fort William takes up a large portion of your holiday. Equally, so comfortable and so well placed is Gairlochy Bay that you shouldn’t be too surprised to find your exploration of the region doesn’t stray too far from your accommodation.
The beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor, and French doors is the perfect place for all 8 guests to meet up and relax while they discuss the day’s activities (or lack thereof!). The balcony area and Velux windows offer a fantastic vantage point from which to admire the surrounding beauty, but if you’d like a little electronic entertainment you will also find two TVs with DVD players and a CD stereo.
Check out Gairlochy Bay’s listing on cottages4you for more info and to make a booking.
Never ones to rest on our laurels, this week we set about finding a property that could out-do last week’s connection to a very famous Briton (Winston Churchill since you asked. Check out The Lookout here). After much frantic searching of properties with the vaguest connection to people of renown from this fair-isle, we finally remembered that a number of our featured properties are owned by perhaps the greatest, and most famous, of living Britons…
Her Majesty the Queen owns the properties at Scalby Lodge – including the large and delightful The Barn. These former farm buildings and cottages have been transformed to offer incredibly relaxing holiday accommodation whilst showcasing the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Just a short distance from your front door you have both the North York Moors National Park and the glorious Heritage Coast of Yorkshire. In fact, just walking from your front door will plant you firmly in the footsteps of royalty; her majesty paid a visit in 2010.
It should be clear from the photos that The Barn and Scalby Lodge offer a fairly regal holiday experience – even without royal ownership. Sleeping up to 10, it offers a wealth of comfort and space to ensure that every holidaymaker can relax and enjoy their break however they see fit.
A large and light living room offers a wood-burning stove. The equally generous proportioned kitchen allows you to see if ‘too many cooks’ really do spoil the broth – though it’s well equipped enough to allow the preparation of a far more sophisticated menu. It is owned by the Queen, after all!
Three double bedrooms offer 5-foot beds and a TV. One of them also offers an en-suite shower room with toilet. There’s also a twin bedroom and a bunk bedroom. For those keen to stay connected there’s Wi-Fi in the property for those all important Facebook status updates, tweets and Instagram posts.
The surrounding area offers an equal array of activities. For those looking to relax there’s an enclosed garden with seating and a BBQ. The 5 acre shared grounds also offer a children’s play area and plenty of space to explore and enjoy.
Local attractions include direct access to Scalby Pond boasting a private hide which guests are welcome to use. Scarborough is known as the first seaside resort and has been welcoming guests for more than 300 years. It boasts two beautiful beaches, with the North Bay being popular with surfers and the South Bay perfect for a fun-filled family day at the seaside.
If you fancy a regal stay in one of Yorkshire’s most scenic locales then you can find more info and make a booking on The Barn’s listing on cottages4you.