Monday, 11 October 2010

Special places for a West Country Christmas…

Whether you're looking to escape or entertain, make this Christmas a memorable one with a change of scene. If you're a crowd, book with us to enjoy some additional elbow room. If it’s peace and quiet you’re after, we’ll help you find a hideaway. Here are three festive cottages to whet your Christmas-dinner-sized appetite:

In Mousehole, perhaps the prettiest Cornish fishing village, is Carn Du (Z31), an imposing detached Edwardian house with sensational ‘right out to sea’ views from many of its big, handsome windows. Built by a French sea captain, the house has reputedly hosted many famous and colourful personalities, including Charlie Chaplin, Dylan Thomas and artists Gwen and Augustus John. In recent years it has been completely renovated to provide the most glorious family home. Christmas week in this exceptional six-bedroom house is available for £310 per person when 12 share. Pets welcome.

In Holsworthy, Devon, Yellowland Farm (M273) is part of a delightful couple’s 75 acre working farm and comes complete with an indoor heated swimming pool and a jacuzzi from which to decadently toast the festive season. There’s also a games barn (table tennis, snooker table), adventure playground (swings, climbing frame, children’s trikes), and you are welcome on the farm and can feed the hens and pet animals. Inside, there’s a peaceful, pretty living room with inglenook fireplace, and the kitchen has a 5-hob range cooker with double oven for the all-important Christmas feast. Available Christmas week for just £201 per person when 11 share.

Two miles south-west of Lydford, on Dartmoor’s western edge, The Red Barn (A51) is on the 250 acre Burnville Farm with sheep, cattle, ponies, pigs, chickens and pheasants all around. Tremendous freedom and number of things to do on this farm if you want some fresh air or exercise after those festive indulgences, or simply spread out and relax in the stylish living room in front of the cosy woodburner. A really fine five star cottage with indoor pool for a special celebration. Available Christmas week for £278 per person when 6 share. Pets welcome.

View a list of all our holiday cottages available over Christmas. If you need any help planning a festive break, call us on 01647 433593.