Friday, 17 June 2011

Idyllic cottages for summer holidays…

If you've been toiling away all year, you'll be heartened by the thought that summer holiday time is almost here - and we’ve some excellent coastal and country cottages to help you experience the best of the West Country.

Enchanting Creek Cottage, in Cornwall’s Med, is an old cob, semi-detached cottage in a wonderful position with uninterrupted views. At the front of the house a lane leads to the shore with quiet, sheltered picnic spots beneath trees, and a slipway where small boats can be launched - it is thought that Creek Cottage was once a fisherman's cottage. It has since been enlarged and updated to make a very comfortable family home - an ideal place to relax and enjoy the area. There are many beaches nearby and the quaint town of Falmouth is just 6 miles away. Sleeps 6.

On the north coast of Cornwall, pretty Courtyard Cottage is one of four terraced, stone cottages looking out from upstairs over the Camel estuary to Padstow and the sea beyond. Just nearby is an excellent family pub and a little-used lane runs one mile down to the estuary (great for birdwatching) and the Camel Trail (coastal cycleway). Sleeps 4.

For larger groups, how about The Manor House on the edge of Exmoor? It’s a big detached Victorian house facing out over its extensive gardens and surrounding farmland, originally built for a life of hunting, fishing and shooting, and now a great family home. Inside is roomy and comfy with some lovely pieces of furniture and a few clues to its history. A big kitchen with an oil-fired Aga and a walk-in pantry will enable you to cook up a feast and there’s plenty of space to either socialise or find a quiet corner. There’s private fishing on-site and lovely moorland walks on the doorstep. And if that leaves you in need of a drink, it's just 400 yards to the local pub. Sleeps 18.

The Coach House in east Devon, is tucked away in a corner of the original walled kitchen garden of the grand house Cadhay. It has been finely converted with flair and thought, and is light and spacious with plenty of beams. This is an exceptional place for garden and country lovers - there's good walking from the front door. Not far away is the small market town of Ottery St Mary, set amid rolling farmland and beautiful woods beside the river Otter, where Coleridge was born and wrote a sonnet to the river. Sleeps 6.

To find a place that’s just right for your summer break, browse our holiday cottages with availability during July in DevonCornwall,Somerset and Dorset.

Or if August is the month for you, here's what we have available in DevonCornwallSomerset and Dorset.

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