Thursday, 7 October 2010

Big houses for New Year gatherings…

Families and friends planning a get together in the West Country this New Year will find a selection of big coast and country houses on offer from Helpful Holidays sleeping ten guests and over. Pets are also welcome in many cases, so Fido can join in the festive fun too.


The Coach House (A120) at Burnville Farm, near Lydford on Dartmoor’s western edge in Devon, sleeping 11, is available for New Year week priced at £2,165 (around £197pp). The large detached family house has its own indoor pool and sauna in a separate building a few yards away, plus a heated games room.

Guests are welcome to wander the 250 acre working farm with its sheep, cattle, ponies, pigs, chickens and ornamental pheasants and help is most welcome with egg collecting and feeding the animals. Fresh seasonal home-grown vegetables and eggs can be purchased from the helpful owners. They also have shared use of a hard tennis court and a second games barn equipped with table tennis, 6ft snooker table, darts and table soccer. Mountain bikes, fun badminton and volleyball are available from the owners who can also arrange a clay pigeon shoot and will make home prepared meals available to heat up in the oven, if possible using local ingredients. There’s even stabling and grazing for holidaymakers to bring their own horses. Pets welcome too!


Underbecks (L901), a stunning contemporary house for 12 guests in south Devon overlooking South Sands beach, near Salcombe, is available for New Year week priced at £5,194 (around £433 per person).

The light and airy detached house is furnished in a cool, contemporary style in cream, beige and taupe with stylish light wood furniture and comfy sofas. A large open-plan living area stretches the width of the house with floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto the magnificent terrace with sensational watery views.  Features include mood lighting, state-of-the-art home cinema with high definition plasma screen, Sky TV, surround sound and a digital music library plus Wi-Fi and a telephone.

If you need any help planning a festive break, call us on 01647 433593.