Saturday, 7 January 2012

Our big houses are expanding!

If you’ve just enjoyed celebrating Christmas or New Year away on holiday, or have perhaps felt a little cramped at home this year, you may already be thinking ahead to some elbow room for Christmas or New Year 2012 – and now is just the right time, as our big houses are much-loved and get booked up months in advance!

We now have 80 holiday homes that sleep 10 or more people, including these three superb houses that have joined us in just the last couple of weeks...

Trevarna is an impressive, Grade II listed, four-storey house in Cawsand, an exquisite fishing village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its neighbours along the lane through the village, all keeping watch over Cawsand Bay and, as a result, offers the most stunning views out to sea over Plymouth Sound from nearly all rooms.

Recently renovated from top to bottom, the house has been totally transformed from its 19th century origins and is now the smartest of seaside homes, made thoroughly modern and comfortable by thoughtful owners as their own family holiday retreat. With extensive decked areas outside for al fresco dining and entertaining, plus plenty of room indoors, much thought has gone into making this a great place for gatherings and family holidays. Sleeps 12.

In the small village of Combe Raleigh, in the Blackdown Hills 1½ miles north of Honiton, Abbots is a handsome, 1780s, Grade II listed house, once the centre of the 3,000 acre Combe Raleigh estate. This big, three-storey, family home, warm and well-equipped with all the modern comforts of the 21st century boasts a good-sized, enclosed garden with large level lawn and lovely rural views over fields beyond.

Families will love it here: for young children there’s a well-equipped play area with swings, sandpit, play fort and trampoline, and for supervised/older children, a terrific campfire area with rustic log seating - ideal for toasting marshmallows and storytelling around the fire. There’s lots to do inside too: a half-sized snooker table, a Bechstein grand piano and a formal dining room with table seating 12 comfortably (16 with less elbow-room!) make this an excellent, roomy, comfortable home, ideal for gatherings and well located for exploring. Sleeps 16.

Situated just ½ mile from the immense sandy beach at Westward Ho!, Seadrift is a beautiful, light, semi-detached Victorian villa with panoramic views to the sea. The house has a wonderfully big living room that can be divided and made snug, and fantastic views from a bay window. You’ll also get those views (amazing at any time of year) from the dining room, and upstairs bedrooms come with sea views to Lundy Island on a clear day. 

This is a splendid, comfortable family house in a really easy location – good for sea-bird-watching, golf, fishing, riding, spectacular kitesurfing or for days out exploring nearby villages such as Clovelly and Appledore. Sleeps 10.

Our large houses are of course perfect for special occasions and get-togethers at any time of year, whether for birthdays and anniversaries or just some quality time with friends and family. You can download our Big Houses mini brochure or browse all of our big houses on our website.
Think big for 2012!