Festive Late Deals

If your most desired Christmas gift is a place to relax, unwind and entertain guests that won’t break the bank then you’re in luck; you can save 35% on all the properties featured below for 7 night breaks from 21 December.

Whether you fancy a rural hideaway in the Highlands, or a coastal cottage for all the family, we’re sure you’ll find it below. There’s only one offer available at each property so if you want to escape for Christmas you’ll have to be quick!

Top 5 romantic staycations

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, we’re getting in the mood for love at cottages4you!

We recently carried out some research that told us that exactly half of married couples have honeymooned in the UK – with a further 64 per cent having returned to, or are already planning to revisit, their honeymoon destination to rekindle those magical memories!

If you’re not one of those already planning a romantic break, we’ve got together with our friends at VisitEngland to provide the following guide to ‘five of the best’ activities and places to stay across England on February 14th.

 1. The Peak District – Experience a taste of Pride and Prejudice

Chatsworth in the Peak District stands in for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, arguably the most romantic love story of all time!

Where to stay: Orchard Cottage, Holmesfield, Derbyshire (cottages4you ref: QWM)

In a picturesque country location on the edge of the Peak District, this cosy, beamed cottage with its own terrace overlooking orchards, has been meticulously converted from 18th-century stables and furnished in a traditional style.

Price: £272 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £34 pppn.

2. Norfolk – Visit the romantic final scene from Shakespeare in Love

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays in the film Shakespeare in Love (1998).The romantic final scene was filmed on Holkham Beach in North Norfolk.

Where to stay: Flint Cottage, Fakenham, North Norfolk (cottages4you ref: AD81)

This delightful, tastefully furnished, 19th-century holiday cottage is set in a quiet location and is approximately 10 miles from Holkham Beach.

Price: As part of cottages4you’s Winter Sale, the property was £329, now £284.15 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £11.84 pppn

3.  The New Forest – What better place to escape to than ‘Lover’ in The New Forest?

What more romantic setting could there be than a place named Lover? This peaceful forest hamlet at the northern tip of the New Forest, is an ideal place for couples to visit, if only to pose by the village sign for an amusing photo opportunity!  The nearby woodlands also provide a lovely spot for a romantic stroll.

Where to stay: The Stable Beaulieu, Beaulieu, Hants. (cottages4yoy ref: DBBD)

The Stable at Beaulieu is set in a peaceful, rural location with direct access to The New Forest. The detached, former stables has been converted to a high standard, whilst its wood-burning stove makes it a perfect holiday retreat on those cold winter nights.

Price: £306 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £38.25pppn

4. Northumberland – let stargazing put you in the mood for romance!

Kielder Forest is a great location for gazing up at the clearest and least light polluted skies in the country. A perfect destination in which to experience the great outdoors, the magnificent landscape holds ideal conditions for stargazing, with regular star camps allowing amateur astronomers to sleep under the stars.

Where to stay: Bankhouse Farm Cottages – Middle Berry, Guyzance, Northumberland (cottages4you ref: MQS)

One of 12 charming holiday cottages set in a beautiful small development of traditional farmhouse and barn conversions – providing a gateway to the picturesque Northumberland National Park.

Price: £280 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £17.50 pppn

 5. Cambridge – take a romantic stroll or go punting on the River Cam

Represented by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (otherwise known as Kate and Wills, the world’s most famous newlyweds), Cambridge is the perfect place for a romantic date. Go punting on the River Cam, take a stroll through the history-steeped colleges and have afternoon tea at Grantchester. This riverside village is home to the Orchard Tea Garden, where artists, poets, writers and intellectuals have met for picnics for over a century.

Where to stay: Netherall Manor Lodge, near Ely, Cambridgeshire (cottages4you ref: 50311)

A charming converted stables with clock tower is situated in the grounds of the owner’s house, providing a quietly secluded, idyllic setting.

Price: As part of cottages4you’s Winter Sale, the property was £209, now £191.10 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £15.93 pppn

Heritage Open Days

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle. But for a very privileged few an Englishman’s castle is his castle, which doesn’t sound very fair to us! So in order to tip the balance somewhat, someone came up with the idea of Heritage Open Days – allowing free access to properties that are usually closed to the public, or normally charge for admission.

Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days is now England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event, with last year’s event seeing around 1 million visitors to historic attractions around the country. This year’s events runs from 8-11 September and offers a wide-range of historic locations to explore. But if you fancy a more authentic experience of historic life then we thought you might be interested in viewing some of our more ancient featured properties.

You’ll see some of our more unique historic properties below, including castles, windmills, ancient towers and famous cottages! If you fancy living like a king, queen or one of the world’s most famous playwrights, then click on the pics to see the full listings and make a booking on our website.

Lendal Tower  in  York

Reference: IWN

Step into a piece of medieval history. With panoramic views over the beautiful city of York and the River Ouse, this spectacular 800-year old ancient monument offers a truly unique holiday experience. In a landmark setting on the eastern banks of the River Ouse, the 14th-century, Grade I listed Lendal Tower originally formed part of the city’s defences and played a key role in the daily life of the medieval city – from here shipping tolls were collected and all river traffic was controlled.

Hathaway Hamlet  in  Stratford-upon-Avon

Reference: RHI

A famously historic location! This very pretty listed cottage is only 200 yards from Anne Hathaway’s beautiful and famous cottage. It is of similar style and period, much smaller and one of a group. Situated in the quiet village of Shottery, about 1 mile from the centre of Stratford, with easy access to the many and varied attractions of this historic town catering for all interests, and in a quiet setting away from the bustle. Historic Warwick, Kenilworth, Evesham and the Cotswolds are all close by.

Watermouth Castle, Nr Ilfracombe, Devon

Reference: FHK

Watermouth Castle offers a rare combination of opportunities – for not only do visitors have the chance to live in a castle, but they also enjoy unlimited, free entry to one of the West Country’s premier tourist attractions during their stay. Within the splendid castle itself, there are six superb apartments, an indoor heated swimming pool, a museum, a choice of theme attractions, and some fascinating water displays.

Outside, the castle’s 50-acre estate features wonderful landscaped gardens, with plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, and glorious woodland walks. There are ducks and waterfowl to admire on the lake outside the walls, and beautiful views from the castle over Watermouth Bay and its harbour, where there are slipway facilities for visitors’ boats, as well as moorings for larger craft (by arrangement with the harbourmaster).

The Acton Scott Estate – Henley Cottage

Reference: R004

Henley Cottage is a 19th- century former farm labourer’s dwelling, sympathetically restored to reinstate its original condition and located in a picturesque estate landscape which has remained unchanged for two centuries. This humble property, which sleeps up to five, has taken many a star turn on BBC TV, including hit series Victorian Farm and new for 2010, Escape in Time. Holiday visitors now have the opportunity to enjoy its simple and homely atmosphere and the unique opportunity to escape modern day living. Henley Cottage has been much written about and has been tipped by The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Cool Holiday Cottages (2010).

De Vere House  in  Lavenham, Suffolk

Reference: BUJ

In the heart of the medieval village of Lavenham, this Grade I listed property is the east wing of De Vere House. Originally a 14th-century hall house, it was extended in the 15th century and then partially demolished and rebuilt in 1929. This unique property makes a perfect holiday destination. Lavenham has a good selection of restaurants, antique shops and galleries. Historic market towns of Bury St Edmunds and New Market are within an easy drive. Shops and pub 30 yards.

The Windmill  nr. Aylesbury, Bucks

Reference: PKKW

Enjoy a unique holiday in this detached windmill, built around 1800, now converted to provide comfortable spacious accommodation over 5 floors with spectacular views over the Chiltern Hills from the second floor sitting room. Used as a working windmill until 1900 and then the home of an actress and a music publisher, The Windmill, now minus its sails, is located in the historic market town of Wendover. Set in a quiet location, it has an attractive enclosed rear garden.

Wynnstay Hall  Nr. Ruabon, Llangollen

Reference: OTG

A fine example of an historic hall in all its glory, this magnificent property has been completely designed around its key feature – the great hall. Set within a wing of the property, the holiday accommodation has been tastefully refurbished in a mix of traditional, streamline and contemporary style and its grandeur has such a presence upon the estate that was once the Welsh seat of the Williams Wynn family. The original hall burnt down in 1856, and a frieze which now surrounds the ballroom area tells of such a tale. The parkland that houses the hall was landscaped by Capability Brown, and is home to a communal tennis court and a five-a-side pitch. Grade II listed, the property also has strong connections with World War II.

Mockbeggars Hall  nr. Ipswich, Suffolk

Reference: BSY

Be lord of the manor for a few days at Mockbeggars Hall, a Jacobean masterpiece with far reaching views over the Gipping Valley in the famous Suffolk countryside. Set in mature grounds, this imposing property will provide the perfect backdrop for a truly memorable holiday.

Enjoy a banquet in style in the magnificent dining hall, a champagne reception in the spacious drawing room with its incredible stone fireplace and French doors leading out to the terrace and gardens or just relax and unwind in the elegant living room. The left wing of the hall enjoys a large first floor balcony with splendid views of the garden and valley beyond. The spectacular grounds span some 3 acres including open lawn, a large stone paved terrace with garden furniture, and shady woodland copses.

Dunstan Hall  in  Craster, Northumberland

Reference: MRD

This exceptional, Grade II listed, ten-bedroomed country hall lies in an AONB, just outside the picturesque coastal village of Craster, on the coast of Northumberland. Parts of the existing pele tower may date from the 11th century, and the rest of the house was built in the early 14th and 18th-centuries, with the 18th-century wing rebuilt in the early part of the 20th century. The pele tower was rebuilt around 1310 as a watchtower for the nearby Dunstanburgh Castle, which was then being constructed. The unusual crowstepped top floor of the tower was created in the 16th century, when the then owners were no longer worried about maintaining defensive strength, and it was converted into a pigeon loft.

Spring watching cottages

If, like us, you’ve been delighted by the return of Springwatch this week you might be interested to hear that some of our featured properties are tailor-made for budding ornithologists and nature watchers. And as National Wildlife Week (28 May–12 June) urges us to make the most of the nature that is on our doorstep, we thought we’d highlight a few featured cottages that offer a unique insight into the natural beauty and wildlife for which the UK is justly celebrated.

What follows is a just a small selection of our featured holiday cottages, please visit cottages4you to search from thousands of other, equally fantastic properties.

England

Whitelee Farm – Birch Cottage, Byrness Village, near Otterburn

Property Reference: 15841

Relax amid spectacular and dramatic scenery in this gloriously unspoilt part of Northumberland. Lying within the Northumberland National Park, and enjoying panoramic views over Whitelee Fell National Nature Reserve, there  are wildlife cameras which feed live pictures direct to the flatscreen TV in the cottage, so you can watch barn owls, badgers and other local wildlife as they share your enjoyment of the surrounding area. Whitelee Farm is an idyllic base for exploring the Roman wall, Lindisfarne, Alnwick Castle, Kielder Forest Park and the Scottish borders.

Wales

Rhos Barn, Crugybar, near Llanwrda

Property Reference: W42251

Once owned by pop legend Billy Fury, this converted traditional Welsh barn is set in a 100-acre farm in the rolling countryside of Carmarthenshire, making it an ideal holiday base. The bird watching tower has been converted into a gothic folly, ideal for watching the wildlife or taking in the stunning views. Also available is a hot tub (available all year) with separate changing facilities and a games room for children.

Scotland

The Coach House, Campbeltown, Argyll

Property Reference: STTR

Situated on a working farm on the beautiful Kildalloig Estate, Mull of Kintyre, this beautiful cottage provides an idyllic sanctuary for families looking to get away from it all. Wonderful stretches of secluded beach and coastal walks as well as the fascinating island of Davaar are close by offering plenty of opportunities to take in the area’s wildlife. Activities locally include surfing, sea fishing and horse riding and the birds of prey centre is also a short distance from the cottage.

Give Your Holiday the Red Carpet Treatment

This May, why not treat yourself like a superstar and mingle with the celebs in Cannes. The world famous Cannes Film Festival takes place from the 11th to the 22nd May 2011, when the streets of Cannes will be brimming with famous faces, legendary film producers and Hollywood movie stars.

With so many stunning properties in the region, choosing your accommodation for the festival could be as difficult as choosing which pair of expensive shoes to wear with your equally expensive outfit. So, to aid you in your quest to join the jet set, we’ve selected a few of our featured villas in Cannes and included prices for the duration of the festival – including the price per person, per night.

Please click on the property pics to see their listings on cottages4you.

La Cerisaie, Mougins, Alpes-Maritimes – 6km from Cannes (Reference: F06215)


This Provençal villa is situated in well kept, attractive and enclosed grounds, just 6km north of Cannes, and enjoying pretty views of Mougins from every room. The nearby medieval village of Mougins is set amongst pines, olives and Cyprus trees. Surrounded by forests, the Valmasque forest covers 427 hectares, Mougins has kept the quality of its environment intact, and offers visitors, from the height of 260m, a panoramic view of the “Baie de Cannes”, the Lérins islands, Grasse and the “Préalpes”.

Price: £1000 for seven nights self-catering accommodation arriving 13thMay 2011, sleeps eight people (£17.86 pppn)

MMV Cannes-Mandelieu – Studio 1, Mandelieu, Alpes-Maritimes – 7 miles from Cannes (Reference: FME670)


This resort is situated close to all that the Côte d’Azur has to offer but in the seclusion of its own grounds with a private lake. Live it up like the rich and famous with an endless supply of things to do including a 600 square metre pool, a tennis court, a multisport pitch, boules and table tennis. Alternatively, enjoy the resort’s own private natural lake, followed by a trip to the wellness centre and spa where whirpool baths, sauna, hammam and hydromassage showers are all available. If you can tear yourself away, the bustling city of Cannes is only seven miles away, or enjoy the endless beaches on the Côte d’Azur.

Price: £499 for seven nights self-catering accommodation arriving 10th or 14th May 2011, sleeps two people (£35.64 pppn)

Chez Rebuffel, Mandelieu, Alpes-Maritimes – 12km from Cannes – 10% discount (Reference: FME645)


With birds eye views over Mandelieu and the bay beyond from this beautiful villa, there is a delightful terrace area for outside dining leading from the main house. The property is just 10 minutes drive down a typical Côte d’Azur hilltop road to shops, restaurants and casino of the Riviera town of Mandelieu. The coast at Cannes is just 12km away, where chic shops and nightclubs can be found, as well as the opportunity to rub shoulders with the stars.

Price: £1565.10 (discount applied) for seven nights self-catering accommodation arriving 9th May 2011 (£27.95 pppn) or £1,956.60 (discount applied) arriving 12th or 14th May, sleeps eight people with room for two pets (£34.94 pppn)

Mas la Rose de Mai, Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes – 13km from Cannes (Reference: F06353)

On the outskirts of the Grasse, world capital of perfume, art and history, this villa is set within the discreet owner’s grounds, and enjoys shared use of the large swimming pool and some fabulous panoramic views. The villa is situated in the beautiful residential area of St. Jacques. In the area enjoy shopping, golf, canoeing, horse riding, cycling, mountaineering, visits to perfume factories and many festivals. Saint Paul-de-Vence is one of the most visited villages in France and the epitome of the fortified towns that once guarded the Var frontier. Just 13km away lies Cannes, star of the Côte d’Azur. Spend a day soaking up the Italian charm of Nice, with its artistic treasures, wonderful climate and magnificent setting, or spend a day in Monaco.

Price: £570 for seven nights self-catering accommodation arriving 9th, 12th, or 14th May 2011, sleeps four people (£20.36 pppn)


Holidays for horses

With The Grand National and National Pet Month both taking place in April, we though there was no better time to highlight a few of our featured properties that are fit for four legs. Or in this case, four hooves.

All of the properties below offer stabling facilities, as well as being in some of the UK’s most scenic locations. So if you fancy a more active break, or just want to spoil every member of your family, then look no further.

Please click on the property names or corresponding pics to view their listing on cottages4you.

Sellet Hall Barn, Stainton, near Kendal

Property Reference: 13803

Set within a small privately owned 30-acre estate, this barn dates from the late 16th-century and its renovation has been carefully undertaken to ensure the magnificent oak-beamed ceiling remains on show. The two-tiered living accommodation is on the upper floors, ensuring that guests can make the most of the setting and the barn’s many intriguing features. If you wish to explore the Lakes or the Pennines, Sellet Hall Barn is ideally situated. The property enjoys views over the rolling green hills unique to this charming pocket of South Cumbria. Stabling is available to guests and there are opportunities for fishing and walking nearby.       

Price: £1,058 for seven nights self-catering accommodation arriving 2nd July 2011. Sleeps 10 to 11 people (From £13.74).

Town End Farm Cottages – Flora’s Barn, Crowcombe, Quantock Hills, Somerset


Property Reference: ESG

Nestling in the Quantock Hills, this converted barn offers spectacular views and a peaceful holiday haven from which to explore this Area of Natural Beauty.  Cycling, riding and walking can be enjoyed over the Quantocks, Brendon Hills and Exmoor National Park and a short drive leads to the coastal areas of West Somerset, including the Watchet Harbour Marina, the family seaside resort of Minehead and Blue Anchor beach. Horse stabling and grazing are available by arrangement for families looking to see the surrounding countryside by the saddle.

Price: £765 for seven nights self-catering accommodation arriving 16th July 2011. Sleeps four people (From £27.32 pppn).

Manor Farm Barn, Dewlish, Nr Dorchester, Dorset


Property Reference: DPU

Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, this highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm building occupies a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a 500 acre dairy and arable farm. Manor Farm Barn is detached and arranged over three floors, offering eight en-suite bedrooms, perfect for a family break.  Children will enjoy watching the farm activities, with ducks and hens on site, and stabling is available for guests’ own horses (by arrangement at extra cost). There are also bridle paths extending from the farm and many pretty walks to enjoy locally, with several inns nearby and a village pub just 150 yards away.

Price: £2,382 for four nights self-catering accommodation arriving 11th July 2011. Sleeps 15 people (From £39.70 pppn).

Crogen Coach House, Corwen, Denbighshire


Property Reference: OQR

Situated in one of the most beautiful and undiscovered areas of Britain, this superb house exudes charm and character, boasting spacious rooms, wood-burning stove and open fires. South-facing, and with a sheltered verandah, this detached holiday property is set in an estate with access to 2,500 acres of walking country and four miles of river with salmon, trout and grayling fishing by arrangement. Fields and stabling are also available by arrangement for ponies, with trekking to be enjoyed in the surrounding countryside. The quaint market town of Corwen lies just eight miles from the typical Welsh town of Llangollen which hosts the International Music Eisteddfod each July.

Price: £1,990 for three nights self-catering accommodation arriving 22nd July 2011. Sleeps 16 people (From £41.46 pppn).