Friday, 2 March 2012

Pretty thatched cottages for an Easter break…

Spring is in the air. The days are growing longer and brighter as the Easter holidays and all those bank holidays hover on the horizon. Spring flowers spread their cheering colours and it’s a great time to escape to the West Country for a spring break. And what could be more charming than a characterful, thatched cottage as a base?

Woolley Cottage, a handsome, Grade II listed, detached, thatched house which has been extended from its 18th century beginnings, is beautifully situated amongst a hamlet of dwellings around a tiny green and scattered farms on the magnificent northern coastal borders of Cornwall and Devon. There’s some real character here: plenty of low lintels, flagstone floors and thick stone/cob walls make it a handsome house inside and out. The games shed, with table tennis, darts and toys, is great for some competitive family fun. It’s a smashing house with bags of space for everyone in a beautiful, unspoilt area – just a few miles from the cliffs and cobbles of Clovelly, vast sandy beaches at Bude and family friendly attractions.

You’ll feel like your prayers have been answered when you arrive at 1 Priory Cottages, an ancient, Grade II listed, thatched cottage once linked to the Cistercian monks of Brightley Priory. This is a place blessed with peace and quiet, set back from the quiet road and in a very pretty and unexplored area. Full of beams and ancient wobbly walls inside, with a huge, enclosed, level, lawned garden with terraced area outside. Once you’ve had your fill of quiet contemplation, just a mile and a half away you’ll find the town of Okehampton, with cinema, golf, tennis, leisure centre and cycle route. Plus you’re close to Dartmoor’s northern edge – terrific walking country and more family friendly attractions such as Castle Drogo and The Miniature Pony Centre.

Or how about gorgeous, thatched, Grade II listed Dunscombe Cottage two miles west of Branscombe, one of the prettiest villages on the south coast of Devon? A number of footpaths lead from the cottage, including one to a coastal path and fine pebbly beach less than a mile away. Once you’re back from the beach, a large, very pretty, enclosed, shrub-filled lawned garden awaits, with lots of space for ball games or just relaxing. And inside, make yourself at home amongst the simple white cob walls, low lintels, heavy beams and original blackened oak spiral staircase. There’s plenty to see and do nearby - it’s well worth taking a trip to the lovely seaside harbour town of Lyme Regis and the famous 'Jurassic' fossil coast, just 10 miles away.

Each cottage still has one week available during the Easter school holidays, but be quick! If you fancy a family break over Easter, call our friendly telephone team for a chat on 01647 433593, or browse our other holiday cottages with Easter availability and book online.