Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Put a West Country spring in your step this Easter…

Not long until the Easter school holidays and the opportunity to have a big catch up with family and friends or simply head off for a quiet break. Whether you're looking for a first class venue for a once-in-a-blue-moon get together or a homely hideaway for your nearest and dearest, we can help you find a holiday cottage in the West Country to suit your needs and your pocket.

Take Maristow Barton on the outskirts of Dartmoor, for example. This exceptional Georgian country house sleeping 16 is tucked away in its own grounds and has everything from a jetty for a small boat to a games room to keep the family entertained.

Part of a 6,000 acre estate close to the river Tavy, the property has a beautiful sunny living room and a striking red dining room in which to relax and socialise. There are five double rooms (two with a slipper bath in the room) and three twins, each brightly and luxuriously decorated, giving any holiday here a hotel feel without the cost. You will no doubt appreciate the no-expense-spared approach the owner has taken refurbishing this home.

The peaceful location boasts stunning countryside, great for exploring by bike along the Plym Valley cycle track. The house is also perfectly situated for visiting Plymouth and Tavistock, both eight miles from Milton Combe, and a great range of National Trust properties, fishing villages and sandy beaches all within 15 miles.

The impressive view from Dolphins
If you’re looking for a smaller retreat, take a look at Dolphins in a quiet location in popular St Ives. The picture-perfect town is nearly surrounded by superb beaches and steeped in fishing village history. From exploring the narrow cobbled streets to tracing the story of art movements that made their name here, you will be spoiled for choice for things to see and do. There are stunning cliff walks to Zennor, with Penzance and Land's End only a short drive away.

The home itself is stylish, uncluttered and comfortable and enjoys long views over Porthmeor Beach and ‘the island’, as it is called. On the seaward side is an open piece of lawned garden with seats and great views, and, at the back, a neat enclosed little paved courtyard with table, chairs and barbecue ready for use. There is one twin room and one double, making this an ideal bolt-hole for a small family or a group of four adults.

Professional catering is available at both of these properties.

From grand houses to cosy cottages, deep in rolling countryside or by the coast, you’re sure to find just the right place for your Easter getaway. View a list of the holiday cottages still available or give our knowledgeable telephone team a call on 01647 433593 and we’ll help you search.