You can't get much closer to the water than Volharding, a static historic Dutch sailing barge on the River Stour in Suffolk. Sleeping up to twelve guests in six cabins, the barge sits in a peaceful haven abundant with birdlife with glorious views up the river. Spend your days sitting on the deck with your binoculars bird watching, walking along the river, enjoying a leisurely lunch at one of the nearby pubs or exploring the many attractions of Suffolk. Perfect for nature lovers and those who want to escape away from it all and recharge.
Aurora Cottage is a modern family home surrounded by the mountains and the sea on the Trotternish Peninsula on the beautiful inner Heberdian island of Skye. The property easily sleeps six people in three bedrooms, with fantastic views from almost every window. There are no immediate neighbours so it is peaceful and private, yet with Uig and Portree five and twenty miles away respectively, it is not completely remote. With The Trotternish Ridge and its many walking and cycling opportunities, plus beauty spots like the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock Waterfall and Staffin Beach close by, Aurora Cottage will give you the peace and serenity you are searching for on your Isle of Skye holiday.
A choice of one, two and three bedroom luxurious five star sea-front holiday apartments in the popular seaside town of Scarborough on Yorkshire's glorious East Coast. Available for short breaks of one night or longer holidays with all the comforts of a hotel and the space of self-catering. Tourist board rating: 5 Star.
If you're after a comfortable cottage that's rural without being isolated, look no further than No 1 Church View. It is in the charming village of Taddington, just a five-minute walk from The Queens Head pub and a short drive to both Buxton and Bakewell. Attractions like The Monsal Trail, Chatsworth House and Park, Haddon Hall and the Thornbridge Brewery are within easy reach, and there are a wealth of walking and cycling trails nearby. With space for up to six guests in three rooms, it is the ideal choice for couples, families and groups of friends who want to stay in a top-quality home-away-from-home that is luxurious enough to feel unique yet with an easy charm that lets you relax.
Pack up the kids, the grandparents and the dogs and head to Lambton Cottage in Bakewell. This fantastic holiday property easily sleeps up to ten guests in five bedrooms, making it perfect for groups who want to holiday in the Peak District National Park. It is in within walking distance of excellent pubs and restaurants like The Manners and Juniper, but the kitchen is so spacious and well-equipped that self-catering is never a chore. With Buxton, Chatsworth House, the Monsal Trail and Thornbridge Brewery all nearby, and a wealth of wonderful footpaths and cycling trails leading virtually from the front door, there is every reason to love your stay at Lambton Cottage.
Tucked away on a quiet lane in a peaceful village The Stocking Mill is a hidden gem sleeping up to four adults in two bedrooms. The cottage is in Ashford in the Water which, despite its compact size has two great pubs (The Bulls Head and the Ashford Arms) and excellent cafe (The Aisseford Tea Rooms), a Grade II listed bridge and a beautiful river. Bakewell is a gentle walk or bike ride away, and Buxton isn't much further. The Georgian cottage has been skilfully restored to incorporate luxurious modern touches without losing its original charm. With fantastic attractions like Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, the Monsal Trail and Thornbridge Brewery nearby, and a wealth of excellent walking trails and cycle paths leading from the village, it's no wonder it is so popular with couples who want a romantic escape in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Sitting in an enviable position on the Bolton Abbey Estate, Barden Bunk Barn is a great venue for large groups of friends, families, outdoor enthusiasts and team building events sleeping up to twenty four guests. Surrounded by glorious Yorkshire Dales scenery, this historically significant Grade I barn has four bunk rooms for sleeping, open plan living with pool table, self catering facilities, and magnificent views. Priest House Restaurant is on the estate for catering.
With uninterrupted views of the river, peace and privacy, The Cottage is the perfect escape for couples, families or friends (particularly bird watchers and nature lovers) who want to unwind and recharge their batteries. The property has two double bedrooms and a sofa bed and is a real home-from-home where guests can relax and enjoy the extraordinary surroundings. The local pub, The Rose, is just a short walk from the cottage and, as you'd expect with Suffolk's reputation for excellent food, there are many other wonderful restaurants to discover in the area. The Cottage is ideal for anyone whether you want to try a new activity every day, visit beaches and stately homes, or sit in the garden or conservatory and enjoy the multitude of birds who live on and around the sanctuary of the River Stour.
Burrs Farm is the perfect place to get your family and friends together to celebrate a special occasion or just relax and catch up. The house sits on three private acres at the end of a mile-long track, so there are no worries about keeping the neighbours up if your family can get a little noisy when they get together. Despite its secluded feel, it's only a ten-minute walk from Chelmorton and the Church Inn pub, and a five-minute drive from the award-winning Royal Oak. Bakewell, Buxton and Chatsworth House are all close by, and there are countless miles of walking and mountain bike paths, including the Monsal Trail, virtually on the doorstep. With seven bedrooms sleeping up to 20 guests, three living areas, a huge country kitchen and lots of flat fields and gardens in which to play, you can spend time with your favourite people and still enjoy your own space.
How can you resist staying in this charming Cotswold cottage? Windsor Cottage is just steps away from Winchcombe High Street with its great pubs like the Plaisterers Arms and the Lion Inn, shops and restaurants. The property can sleep up to four and is popular with families or couples who want the benefit of staying in a pretty village without being overrun by tourists. The Cotswold Way and Gloucestershire Way are just two of seven waymarked footpaths that run through the village, which is a short drive or cycle from well known Cotswold places including Cheltenham, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden and Broadway. Sudeley Castle is nearby, and the village has a good local museum and lovely church with interesting features. Staying at Windsor Cottage is a wonderful way to experience the charm of the Cotswolds in comfort, with the convenience of a central location in a village favoured by locals but as yet undiscovered by day trippers.
Perfect for families looking for a seaside holiday, this welcoming mew-style self-catering retreat sits on Norfolk's beautiful coastline in Sheringham with its Blue Flag sandy beach with rock pools. Sheringham offers a great choice of pubs, restaurants and shops as well as an indoor pool and train station (home to the 'Poppy Line' for a nostalgic trip on a steam train to the market town of Holt). An excellent base for exploring the coastline and the areas many attractions and great for cycling, walking and relaxing with excellent amenities on the doorstep.
Easily accessible from London by train and by car via the M25, Fair Oak Farm Country Estate provides the perfect retreat for large groups of up to thirty six guests, and is an excellent choice for those planning a family gathering, get together with friends, milestone celebration or corporate event. Nestling amongst glorious peaceful Sussex countryside, this enchanting twelve acre estate offers a fantastic choice of unique accommodation from the impressive Farm House sleeping twelve to the quirky tree houses and Shepherd Huts - each with their own unique character, style and luxurious country charm. Catering, photographer and on-site activities can be arranged, there's plenty of walking and cycling from the front door and lots of attractions for day trips out throughout both Sussex and Kent. Available to rent for large groups but with such a diverse range of accommodation, equally as appealing to couples, families and smaller groups looking to getaway, relax and recharge.
Enjoy fantastic views and a delightful rural location at Ann's Bungalow. The house (sleeps six guests in three bedrooms) has beautiful views of fields, Cefn Cyff mountain and Pen Y Fan, and is part of Wern-y-Marchog Farm. Set back from a quiet road, Ann's Bungalow is three miles from Brecon and perfect for families or groups of friends who want to enjoy the walking, cycling, food and history for which the Brecon Beacons National Park and this part of mid-Wales are famous. Whether you are walking behind a waterfall or in the footsteps of medieval Lords, the award-winning standard of accommodation at Ann's Bungalow will ensure you are well rested to enjoy every moment of it. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Stay the peaceful heart of the north Pembrokeshire countryside at Blaenbetws. This holiday cottage is a beloved family home and retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere that immediately puts guests at ease. It is a ten-minute walk from the Penybryn Arms, and with space for eight guests in four bedrooms, including one on the ground floor, it is ideal for families and groups of friends who want space and privacy while still being near Cardigan Bay's beautiful beaches.
If you can't decide between a holiday in the Kent countryside or on the coast, Zedbrook is the ideal holiday property for you. The large house comfortably sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms and is within walking distance of the Red Lion Pub in Snargate. Surrounded by mature gardens and the lovely landscape Romney Marsh is renowned for, it is also close to St Mary's Bay and Dymchurch Beach. Rye, Camber and Tenterden are all within easy reach, as is the charming village of Appledore. With ample opportunity to walk, cycle, play golf, fish and birdwatch, Zedbrook is an excellent choice for families and friends who want to experience everything this beautiful corner of Kent has to offer.
You would normally expect to have to sacrifice the convenience of staying in town if you have a large party or want a peaceful location, which is why The Barns is such a fantastic find! Expertly converted from two derelict farm buildings less than a five-minute walk from the centre of Bakewell, it is a luxurious property that sleeps up to ten guests in five bedrooms. In addition to a large garden and a private spot off a quiet lane, The Barns also has off-street parking for three cars which is exceedingly rare in a town as popular as Bakewell. All of Bakewell's shops, pubs, restaurants and history are on the doorstep, with places like Ashford in the Water, Buxton and Matlock being not much further. You can walk or cycle the Monsal Trail, imagine yourself as lord or lady of the manor at Chatsworth House, or simply lace up your boots and head off for a day of walking the beautiful countryside in the Peak District National Park.
Fairfield House has the space and location to make your holiday in the Peak District National Park a joy whether there are two or ten of you. The luxuriously comfortable house is in a quiet residential area between Bakewell and Ashford on the Water, being easily accessible to both on foot, car or bicycle. A short walk across the fields takes you to Ashford where there are two excellent pubs - The Bulls Head and the Ashford Arms, while Bakewell is an easy 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive and offers even more choice of cafes, restaurants and shops. With top Peak District National Park attractions like Chatsworth House, Hatton House and the Monsal Trail all virtually on the doorstep, Fairfield House is the perfect place for your self-catering holiday.
Whatever the season, whatever the reason, escape to the beauty of the Bakewell and the Peak District National Park. Riverside Cottages are the ideal place for visitors who appreciate top quality delivered without fuss. The cottages, which are beside the River Wye and only a few minutes' walk to the centre of Bakewell, date from the 18th Century and have been carefully and exquisitely restored and updated for today's guests. Whether you book all three for a special get together with your extended family or just want a place to stay that is convenient to Peak District sights like Buxton and Chatsworth House, Riverside Cottages are perfect.
Sitting in a quiet lane near the church in Great Longstone, Top Shippon is a fantastic find. This gorgeous property sleeps up to six guests in a former barn that has been expertly converted to provide a superior standard of accommodation. Two excellent pubs, The Crispin and The White Lion, are less than five minutes' walk from the front door, while Bakewell is a three-mile drive, walk or cycle away. Explore Buxton, be awed by Chatsworth House, challenge yourself on the Monsal Trail and marvel at the natural beauty of the Peak District National Park. Top Shippon is at the heart of it all, providing a welcoming cocoon of comfort to which to return at the end of a fun-filled day.
Four spacious holiday cottages, comfortably furnished with exposed beams and original features providing a peaceful retreat within walking distance to a historic market town of Thame in Oxfordshire. Within easy reach of the Cotswolds for day trips out and a great base for exploring Central England. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.