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Safari adventure in scenic Wales

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Safari adventure in scenic Wales

The five-star rated Folly Farm Holiday Park in Pembrokeshire is situated next door to the award-winning Folly Farm Zoo and farm park and thanks to their new Twiga Tents, guests can now enjoy a safari-style experience here in the UK. With unlimited access provided to the park as part of your stay and with roughly 100 amazing species including lions, monkeys, zebras, rare black rhinos and the only giraffes in Wales, there’s an opportunity to spot them all!

The zoo also includes Tropical Trails; home to snakes, tortoises, sloths and crocodiles. There’s also ‘Giraffe Heights walkway’ for a giraffe’s-eye view of the herd. But this isn’t the only bonus for people staying in this beautiful corner of Wales. People booking into its five-star facilities also enjoy access to farm animals too, such as hens, lambs, goats, pigs, donkeys, alpacas and more. There’s also a Vintage Fairground, with rides and amusements to suit all ages, including a big wheel, Golden Gallopers, dodgems and chair-o-planes.

There’s lots more to discover out and about in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, including the golden sands of the popular seaside towns Saundersfoot and Tenby, 10 to 15 minutes’ drive away. Further afield is the UK’s smallest city, St Davids, and Pembroke itself with its magnificent castle, birthplace of Henry VII. The National Botanic Gardens in Carmarthenshire are also within reach.

Folly Farm Holiday Park guests can bring their own tents, caravans and motorhomes to the well-serviced campsite or stay in luxury lodges. There’s also a cottage that sleeps up to 10 people! But glamping is a new and increasingly popular option, either in their Showman’s Wagons or, for that full-on safari feel, in the Twiga Tents.

Named after the Swahili word for giraffe, and giraffe-themed throughout, Twiga Tents are pitched within earshot of the squawks, grunts and snuffles of the zoo residents. With wooden floors and frames, these canvas shelters provide fully furnished accommodation for six people, in one double, two single and two bunk beds. Each has a kitchen, dining area and lounge, family bathroom with shower and toilet and private balcony with outdoor seating. All necessities are provided, as are smart TV, WiFi and a Welsh welcome pack.

Folly Farm, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0XA

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Fabulous accessible holidays near the Yorkshire Dales.

Holidays in the Yorkshire Dales are accessible to all thanks to the Beamsley Project, a welcoming centre providing inclusive accommodation for groups, families, schools, charities, care homes and other parties. Run by a charitable trust in the countryside near Skipton, ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales,’ the Beamsley Project caters for up to 30 guests in accommodation fully adapted for people with complex needs, together with their family, carers and companions.

With more than 25 years’ experience of providing holidays of excellence for all, the project trustees even provide bursaries for qualifying benefit claimants, so they, too, can share an exhilarating break in one of the UK’s most exciting holiday destinations. The accommodation consists of a group centre for up to 24 people. based in the former Beamsley Methodist Church and, next door, a 19th century cottage for up to six people, which can be hired separately or as an annexe. Supported with aids from electric profiling beds to wetroom showers, the properties stand in magnificent grounds and have great facilities for shared dining and activities in groups large or small, indoors and out.

Style, comfort and outstanding beauty in rural Cornwall

Holidaymakers love the combination of 1920s style and 2020s comforts to be enjoyed along with great countryside views and a cheery palette of eye-popping colours in the splendid self-catering cottage, Pendour. Set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, the most southerly corner of Britain’s mainland, it is a haven of peace just 15 minutes’ walk from craggy Kynance Cove. Pendour – ‘The Officer’s House’ – was built for the Admiralty in the 1920s. Standing in 0.75 acres of gardens with patio, barbecue and parking for three cars, it has three guest bedrooms, two double and a twin that can convert to a super-king. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room while there is also a large bathroom with his & hers sinks. The owners renovated the property using interior design professionals, adding a spacious, Shaker-style modern kitchen/diner, comfortable lounge with log burner, separate TV room with smart TV and Ercol furniture. Bonuses include spectacular sunrises and sunsets and proximity to iconic attractions. Nearby Flambards Theme Park has rides and attractions for

Beyond the grounds, many guests walk the accessible footpaths on beautiful Bolton Abbey Estate, ride trains on Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway or boats on Liverpool Canal, enjoy family fishing at Kilnsey Trout Farm, visit RHS Harlow Carr Gardens or the award-winning Craven Museum in Skipton.

Beamsley Project Charitable Trust, Harrogate Road, Hazlewood, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6JA

T 01756 710 255

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all, including a life-sized Victorian village. Within an easy drive are St Michael’s Mount, Land’s End, the rainforest gardens of the Eden Project, Poldark Mine and the clifftop outdoor productions of Minack Theatre. Watersports are available everywhere, including Falmouth, home to the National Maritime Museum, as are stunning beaches, cliffs and quaint fishing villages. Pendour, Mile End, The Lizard, Cornwall. TR12 7AS

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Gold standard holidays in the scenic north east

Luxurious Brunton House and Cottages give guests the exquisite base from which to explore the heritage coast of Northumberland and the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Alnwick and Bamburgh. Set a 2,500 acre private estate featuring an organic farm, delightful gardens and an ancient watermill, burn and lake, the properties have sea views and come with a 5 Star Gold rating from Visit England, together with a Rose Award for service, putting them among the crème de la crème of UK holiday properties.

Bruton House is an excellent venue for groups or extended families of up to 16 guests, with eight sumptuous en-suite bedrooms, entertainment and activity areas and lots of space to chill out, relax and enjoy the surroundings. Organisers can selfcater or appoint their own cook. Nearby are eight cottages of great character, created from stone farm buildings and accommodating two to eight people. All meet exacting standards of modern comfort, quality and convenience, from high end kitchen appliances to smart TV. Largest is The Granary, for eight human and two canine guests, which

dates from 1793 and is arranged over three floors, with a riverside balcony. Cyclist and walker friendly, the Brunton properties are well placed for outdoor and seaside activities and local attractions such as Lindisfarne – a powerhouse of early Christianityand Alnwick, home to a famous castle and gardens.

Brunton House and Cottages, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3HQ; T 01665 589120


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Yapham Cottages are three superb holiday cottages in an idyllic, peaceful countryside location near the border of North Devon and North Cornwall. The property features distant sea views towards Saunton Sands and beyond. These period buildings are selfcontained and dog-friendly, with both private outdoor space and beautiful shared grounds featuring lovely walks around the private woodland and paddock, which together attract deer and other wildlife.

It’s a remarkably beautiful hillside location between Bideford and Bude, and the immaculate cottages – recently refreshed – have attracted consistent, exemplary reviews from guests. The properties sleep two or, in one case, four people. Hosts Ian and Allie provide everything needed for a relaxing, comfortable stay, including a traditional cream tea on arrival as well as bird food and feeders so everyone can enjoy the local songbirds and other winged visitors close up.

The cottages are roughly a mile from Hartland village, famous for its ancient abbey and the landmark Hartland Point with its listed lighthouse, where Bristol Channel meets Atlantic Ocean. The

area teems with amazing places to visit, including National Trust properties, fabulous gardens such as Docton Mill and RHS Rosemoor and the traffic-free, time-capsule village of Clovelly, with its cobbled high street dipping steeply between 16th century cottages to a quay. Visits can include a museum of ‘The Water Babies’ author Charles Kingsley, Victorian gardens and retired donkeys. Yapham Cottages, Hartland, Bideford, North Devon EX39 6AN T 01237 441916



Enjoy beautiful Gower coast beaches and wildlife from tranquil cottage hideaways

South west Wales’s stunning Gower Peninsula was the first area of Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, back in 1956. It’s 34 miles of spectacular coastline, perfect beaches, watersports, smugglers’ caves and complex geology make it a magnet for anyone who loves the sea. Berry Hall Cottages make the perfect selfcatering base for people of any age to enjoy it all to the full and they’re within 35 minutes’ walk of Horton and 45 minutes of Oxwich, home to a thriving coastal National Nature Reserve.

The two properties, Berry Hall Cottage and Berry Garden Cottage, stand in the grounds of Berry Hall, an 18th century

farmhouse which is now a charming smallholding with chickens, horses and a flock of delightfully distinctive Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep. Being on a farm lane well away from traffic and noise, the cottages both provide peaceful and supremely comfortable accommodation for four people each within 6 minutes’ drive of Port Eynon and 10 minutes’ drive of Rhossili and Oxwich, all with Blue Flag beaches.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome as well as people. They even have their own clean-up kits of towels and dog wash provided.

Both cottages have been fitted and furnished to the highest

standards, ensuring all guests can enjoy a relaxing stay in idyllic surroundings. Guest reviewers rate them with a top notch 5 Stars and are unfailingly complimentary about the cottages themselves, the area and their hosts, Mark and Wendy, with many of them making or planning repeat visits.

Attached to Berry Hall – a large farmhouse - is Berry Hall Cottage, which has been sensitively refurbished to retain its handsome period features while catering for contemporary expectations, for everything from open plan living to smart TV, coffee machine and dishwasher.

Nearby Berry Hall Garden Cottage is light, airy and modern,

with the same quality furnishings and fittings and high attention to detail as its companion property. Both have self-contained gardens with beautiful views over farmland. They are ideally situated to book both together for guests wanting to take holidays with extended family.

Wendy says: “We have easy access to the beaches, walks straight from the door and the cottages are in a very quiet and tranquil location.”

Berry Hall Cottages, Gower Peninsula, SA3 1BB; T 07880 803130, E

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Luxury Somerset stays on famous family-friendly organic farm

Yeo Valley Organic is Britain’s largest organic dairy brand - makers of delicious organic dairy products including creamy yoghurts, gut-friendly kefir and hearty soups. Less well known is the fact that Yeo Valley is a real place in the heart of Somerset and that people can enjoy fantastic breaks and holidays in luxury holiday homes on the family-owned Yeo Valley farm. Like other visitors, guests are welcome to join in a busy programme of farm and garden tours, plus other events showcasing nature and organic farming at its best. And, even though they’ll be self-catering, they can tuck into tasty farm fare in the award-winning staff canteen.

Nestled in the lush, green countryside of the Mendips, with exhilarating walking and cycling routes on the doorstep including the Yeo Valley Way, a 6 mile circular walk near all the holiday homes, the properties are dog-friendly, recently renovated and designed to be cosy and welcoming all year round.

Romantic Will’s Barn is a onebedroomed limestone cottage with a log fire and panoramic views

Holiday properties enticing people to Devon again & again

Dart Valley Cottages have a great range of beautiful, high-quality holiday homes in South Devon, ideally placed for enjoying the county’s famously beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages, scenic countryside and stunning range of attractions. A family business with more than 25 years’ experience, Dart Valley Cottages has a selection of more than 65 properties catering for two to 10 people in sublime Dartmouth, the hidden gem that is Dittisham village, and across the picturesque South Hams. From romantic riverside spots to large homes with outdoor play space for boisterous children and pets, no wonder the company has a huge number of guests returning year after year to enjoy their next great holiday.

Typical of the unbeatable quality is Captain’s Cottage, a quaint stone cottage freshly refurbished throughout in the heart of the historic maritime port of Dartmouth, home to the Britannia Royal Naval College. Guests step out straight onto the quaint cobbled lanes lined with shops, inns, galleries, and bistros, which – like many in these parts – excel in seafood (‘So fresh, tomorrow’s menu is still in the sea,’ boasts one.)

over Blagdon Lake, Chew Valley and beyond. Heronmere has five bedrooms with six beds, comfortably accommodating up to 10 people. It has a terrace overlooking the lake and two pubs and a shop within walking distance. Coombe Barn, a stone’s throw from the lake, sleeps eight people in four bedrooms.

The location is fantastic, close to Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, the wide, wild expanses of the Mendip Hills and the seaside resort of Westonsuper-Mare. Culture seekers can find plenty of interest in three great cities within easy an easy drive, Bristol, Bath and Wells.

Yeo Valley Limited, Yeo Valley HQ, Rhodyate, Blagdon, Bristol, BS40 7YE; T 01761 462798

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Captain’s Cottage has been cleverly styled over three floors and sleeps four people in two bedrooms. The light, airy lounge is on the first floor, while other features include an open-plan kitchen/diner and a family bathroom with a wet room shower. Enticing Devon ‘welcome hampers’ are provided.

Dart Valley Cottages Ltd, 9F The Boatyard Building, Noss-on-Dart Marina, Bridge Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EA T 01803 77 11 27


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Unplug and unwind in Welsh valley wildlife haven

For a real and rare chance to unplug, unwind and reconnect with nature, the glorious Mid-Wales Cledan Valley campsite/glampsite is simply perfect. Its welcoming bell tents, yurt and shepherd’s hut are comfortable, roomy and ready to relax in on arrival, while resident llamas, alpacas and rare breed farm animals offer instant interest and a friendly welcome. The family-friendly site offers an environment bursting with wildflowers and animal life, attracted by the unspoiled countryside, rivers and streams and the owners’ determination to support nature every way they can. Avian visitors range from red kites to woodpeckers and numerous species of songbirds, seabirds and owls. Guests may well spot foxes, badgers, otters, hares and bats, maybe even pine martens. Spread over eight verdant acres, Cledan Valley caters for groups of up to six people. The accommodation is well spaced out and the yurt has disabled access. Shared facilities include a modern shower block with flushing toilets and a communal lodge. There is no electricity and vehicles are parked off-site, but everything is immaculately clean, solar lights abound and guests love

Ramp up your romance on a Somerset escape

People looking for a haven of peace, quiet and comfort will find it at The Hideaway, a boutique rural setting in which to relax away from the tensions of urban life. This luxurious self-catering accommodation in the Mendips is also fabulously romantic. Several guests have been inspired to pop the ultimate question and one couple who became engaged in The Hideaway returned for both their honeymoon and their following summer holiday.

The Hideaway is tucked away on an equestrian farm, an easy drive from the small but perfect city of Wells, beautiful Bath and some of England’s finest attractions, including mystical Glastonbury Tor, Wookey Hole and the many attractions of Cheddar Gorge, including impressive showcaves, dramatic clifftop walks, feral goats and producers of authentic Cheddar cheese.

The cottage, a self-contained farm annexe is perfect for couples with its high-end furnishing, crackling log fire and thoughtful touches from the complimentary toiletries in the bathroom to the welcome hamper of choice Somerset produce. It’s exceptionally well-equipped, from the coffee machine to the king-sized bed,

their outdoor adventures, barbecue cooking, evening board games and stargazing with the Milky Way overhead.

Great places to visit nearby include the market towns of Llanidloes and Machynlleth, Elan Valley dams, Corris Craft Centre, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, the golden sands of Aberdovy and New Quay with its harbourside dolphin gatherings.

Cledan Valley, Winlian Lane, Carno, Powys SY17 5JS. T 07508 985114


while the terraced garden has sun loungers, a swingseat, a firepit and even a woodland nature trail.

For horse lovers, or curious others, there is the added on-site treat of being able to watch former international Robin Dumas working with some of the country’s best event horses and riders in training.

The Hideaway, Rosamund Green Farm, Forum Lane, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 4JG

T 07714 798067

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Superb self-catering with pool near English Riviera

Guests enjoy exceptional quality and amenities including a heated indoor swimming pool and games room when they stay at Swift Cottage, in the tranquil rolling hills of South Devon near Devon’s celebrated ‘English Riviera’ coastline. This quality self-catering accommodation is one of nine in the exclusive Newhouse Barton complex of converted farm buildings and comes with a 4 Star rating and Gold Award from Visit England.

Set between the pretty market towns of Totnes and Newton Abbot, the property is within a short drive of Dartmoor National Park, popular seaside resorts such as Torquay and an array of fabulous family attractions such as Kents Cavern, Pennywell Farm and Torre Abbey with its art galleries and gardens. Activities including fishing, canoeing, riding, tennis, snorkelling and mini-golf are also nearby.

Swift Cottage itself is a comfortable character cottage, yet with thoroughly modern amenities where visitors feel instantly at home. Furnished to high standards and immaculately maintained, its facilities include two en-suite bedrooms – an upstairs double and downstairs twin - plus a

well-equipped kitchen, dining and lounge area with a sofa bed that sleeps one, smart TV, DVD etc. Outdoors is a large front patio area with barbecue, seating area and fire pit and Newhouse Barton families share a spacious barbeque area, lawn, meadowland and play equipment, plus the indoor pool and games room with pool, table football and other activities. Ample parking on-site includes electric vehicle charging and shops, restaurants and pubs are available nearby.

Owner of Swift Cottage: Jacquie Quin

T 07505 136194


A tranquil setting in beautiful countryside and a friendly herd of llamas are just two of many charms to be enjoyed at The Old Coach House near Wells, Somerset. If you’re looking for a good break from the 9 to 5, but with lots of fun and interesting things to do with a partner or small family, this is simply perfect!

The Old Coach House and Stables are 19th century farm buildings converted to comfy self-catering accommodation situated in the Nettlebridge Valley on the Mendips. The property sits between two nature reserves and within a short drive of two cities; Wells, England’s smallest, and Bath, famous for its celebrated Roman spa, landmark Georgian architecture and Regencystyled Jane Austen Centre. Cheddar Gorge Longleat House & Safari Park are among many outstanding local attractions.

The cottage has everything needed for a couple or small family, from a romantic master bedroom and second children’s bedroom to a games room with pool table, bar and board games. Guests enjoy a spacious kitchen/diner/living room, a family bathroom, separate cloakroom, snug, utility room and private garden with play space, patio and parking. You’re only five minutes’ drive from a supermarket and other essentials. As owner Caroline says: “We’re rural, but not isolated.” Caroline is very happy to let guests meet her llamas and even take a leisurely stroll with them.

The Old Coach House, Nettlebridge, Somerset BA3 5AA; T 07983 462289, E caroline@ochnettlebridge.

Dog friendly holiday perfection in West Country idyll

Exquisite delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall combine to make memorable holidays in the wonderfully appointed North Beer Cottage. Outstandingly dog friendly and with a peaceful rural setting on a former farm, it offers the highest levels of personal comfort for up to four people, and comes with a private hot tub. Guests can expect an amazing dawn chorus, dark skies which showcase the Milky Way, superlative comfort and easy access to the fabulous walking country of the craggy West County coastline, Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor. It also has some truly great restaurants! North Beer Cottage has been craftsman-created from a former apple store and equipped with everything needed for a carefree, high quality stay. Cleverly combining traditional and contemporary style, it stands in a hamlet about seven miles from charming Launceston, once the ancient capital of Cornwall. Via the A30 five miles away, guests can tour numerous attractions within an hour’s easy drive, among them the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Jamaica Inn of Daphne Du Maurier’s famous smuggling tale and the art galleries of St Ives.

The cottage itself is designed for people who want and appreciate perfection. It has two en-suite double bedrooms with king-sized beds, a cosy living room with log burning stove, a rustic kitchen-diner opening on to a Mediterranean-style patio and, from there, a tiered garden.

North Beer Farm, Boyton, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8NP T 07703 498305



Exploring Scotland is always an adventure, but staying at Ethie Mains Farm on the picturesque North East coast makes it a luxuriously comfortable one. Whether you’re looking for a well-earned weekend break or making it the base for an amazing full holiday, it offers stunning views and a picturesque location within a few minutes’ walk of lovely Lunan Bay with its picture-perfect beach.

Guests enthuse about the location, surrounded by natural beauty and farmland which is managed to generate not only food crops but vibrant colour bursts of wildflowers for much of the year, supporting an eco-system which is scientifically important for butterflies. A small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle can be seen grazing contentedly, while roe deer come visiting most days and wild Soay sheep meander goat-like on the nearby cliffs.

Some of Ethie Mains guests book in before taking a road trip along the North Coast 500 touring route from Inverness, a spectacular circular journey ranked among the best in the world. Others follow the North East 250 route taking in the Speyside whisky trail, the mountain passes of Cairngorms National Park, the castles of Royal Deeside and the sparkling ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen.

Set between Arbroath and Montrose, Ethie Mains Farm provides quality self-catering accommodation in two fabulous stone cottages and three high-end glamping pods which are self-contained with kitchenettes, wetroom showers and private hot tubs fitted with detachable rain canopies.

The cottages, Gardener’s for three people or Grieve’s for six, are former farmworkers’ homes, tastefully renovated to the highest modern standards using top quality contemporary furnishings and décor, from the Farrow & Ball paints to the high-end kitchen appliances and smart TV. The glamping pods are also contemporary, warm and welcoming, with Oyster Pod at the deluxe end of the genre, popular for honeymoons and romantic getaways. All the accommodation has wonderful views and the cottages face out over the sea. Historic Murdoch’s Chapel is just a short, scenic walk away.

Angus itself is a beautiful county, full of character, and the farm is excellently placed for getting to know its coastal walks, castles and golf courses, the latter including the famous Carnoustie links course known as ‘Golf’s greatest test’, and St Andrew’s, among the oldest in the world.

The Angus Glens and moors offer superb walks, drives and cycle rides, all the better because of the relatively mild local microclimate. Fitter visitors can ‘bag’ their choice of 10 local Munros - mountains over 3,000 feet - while history lovers can amuse themselves visiting edifices such as Arbroath Abbey, where King Robert and the Scottish barons signed what amounted to a declaration of independence.

Other unmissable sights include RRS Discovery, the ship which took Captain Robert Scott to Antarctic, and the V & A Dundee, celebrating Scottish design in all its forms, including fashion, architecture, art and print.

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Our Top 9 Welsh Escapes

Wales holds the answer to almost everybody’s holiday dreams, be they intrepid adventurers, family fun-seekers, young explorers or older people with ambitious bucket lists to fulfil. The land is full of amazing places, activities and events to satisfy everyone who ventures inside its beautiful borders to sample all it has to offer, from mountain challenges to the glorious coast.

The Isle of Anglesey is one of the prettiest jewels to be enjoyed in North Wales, a place of cliffs, coves, beaches, dunes and Newborough National Nature Reserve. There are now some 50 trails and tours to help people find their way to its special places, such as Beaumaris Castle, South Stack Lighthouse and prehistoric burial places.


Welcome to Bodafon Group Holiday Parks. We are a group of five parks located on the east coast of the Isle of Anglesey close to the vibrant tourist village of Benllech.

We invite you to come and stay with us in your tourer, tent or motorhome or book one of our letting units. In addition, we have static caravans and lodges available to purchase across all five parks. All of our parks are family and dog friendly and have plenty to suit every taste.

In addition to being an ideal base to explore the beautiful and unspoiled Isle of Anglesey, our parks are conveniently located for access to the mainland, Snowdonia and even Ireland via Holyhead.

Heading south, Pembrokeshire’s Folly Farm is famous for both farm and zoo animal experiences, with visitors able to see everything from giraffes to donkeys, but it’s also a great place to stay, whether in your own touring accommodation or using luxury lodges and safari-style glamping provided.

Inland, Llandovery is a town of character from which to enjoy the Brecon Beacons and treats such as the fascinating National Botanic Garden of Wales and Dylan Thomas’s Laugharne Boathouse. 10


Llanerchindda Farm, situated in Cynghordy, near Llandovery on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains, is the perfect base for exploring and enjoying the beautiful heartland of Wales.

Family run 3 star guest house situated in a rural location with spectacular views of the Cynghordy Viaduct, Black Mountain & Brecon Beacons.

The perfect base for exploring Mid & West Wales with great walking, mountain biking, bird watching, classic car touring, astronomy (no light pollution), bird watching & fantastic scenery all on our doorstep.

There are a number of activities available on-site including clay pigeon shooting and a 4x4 driving experience, the guest house is set in 50 acres of grounds with a small lake suitable for wild water swimming and walks from the front door.

The 9 rooms in the guest house are en-suite with a comfortable lounge bar, open log fire and a restaurant on site offering breakfast & evening meals using local fresh produce where possible.

There are also 2 four-star self-catering cottages one sleeping 6 & one sleeping 8 to 10 people available on site.

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Our Top 9 Welsh Escapes

If one had to choose just one image to represent Wales, Conwy’s amazing entrance with its round towered castle, suspension bridge and harbour would surely be a contender. The place is packed with history and treats, from walking the ancient city walls to visiting the smallest house in Britain, admiring the boats moored in the marina and exploring Snowdonia.

In West Wales, most of the Pembrokeshire coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with unspoiled

Blue Flag beaches such as Poppit Sands, most of which is dog friendly all year round, as is the Wales Coast Path. Sometimes porpoises, seals and dolphins can be spotted in Cardigan Bay, especially around New Quay.

Further inland and only 20 miles from Cardiff, Llandegfedd Lake is a hub for water-based recreation set in the beautiful landscape of the Usk Valley. Here on a reservoir of more than 400 acres, people of all ages enjoy fishing, paddle-boarding, sailing, open water swimming and nature watching.



A place to relax, restore and explore

Blaencwm Cottages is the perfect escape from the stress of your busy life. We are located just outside of the quaint town of Cardigan in West Wales, and our cosy cottages and spectacular glamping pod are set in 4 acres of peaceful green farmland, with a backdrop of the Preseli Hills right on your doorstep. We also have an abundance of beautiful, dog-friendly beaches within easy reach - the nearest one, just a 15 minute drive away. Enjoy the amazingly clear skies here due to the very low light pollution, which is perfect when viewed from our wood-fired hot tub and is free to use when staying in the glamping pod. If the glamping pod is unoccupied, cottage guests are free to book the hot tub for the entire evening for only £20.

We also offer an indoor nordic BBQ hut for those inclement Welsh weather days, plus other extra services such as Welsh Cream Teas or a home cooked meal on arrival in your cottage. We are open all year and are particularly popular with dog owners during late October and early November who wish to escape the sound of fireworks. A.

Resting in the centre of Conwy, a bustling town on the north Wales coast, lies the charming, two-bedroom holiday cottage of 2 Morfa View.

Enclosed gardens to the front and rear, and a superb location just a short walk from the nearest shop, pubs, and restaurants. This delightful home welcomes a family, sharing couples, or a group of four friends seeking a refreshing, self-catered stay. Step into your tranquil new abode, where you will discover an immaculate, well-appointed open-plan living space.

Featuring a well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar, and an elegant sitting space with two sofas, an electric stove, and a sleek, wall-mounted Smart TV.

Conwy is ideally located as a base to explore North Wales. It is where Snowdonia meets the sea and acts as a gateway to discover other destinations within the region.

Enjoy the ultimate escape to North Wales when you book 2 Morfa View.

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Blackthorn Lodge and Hawthorn Lodge

Situated on the outskirts of the beautiful rural village of Coed Y Paen, Blackthorn Meadow is home to two Visit Wales 4 Star graded self-catering holiday bungalows - Blackthorn Lodge and Hawthorn Lodge.

Both Blackthorn and Hawthorn Lodges are a 2 bedroomed, Visit Wales 4 Star graded, full-size detached country bungalow, set in just under 2 acres of grounds - which they share.

Both Blackthorn and Hawthorn Lodges have private gardens which are home to their Red Cedar Barrel Sauna, Jacuzzi Spa hot tub. The private lockable garden area can also be used for outdoor bicycle or sporting equipment storage.

There is a shared children’s play area with a range of equipment including a climbing frame with a slide, rock wall and a double swing set, a spring rocker and a trampoline. They are situated in the rural village of Coed y Paen and are only a 5-minute walk to the Carpenters Arms country pub and restaurant and is 2 minutes’ drive or 10 minutes’ downhill walk to Llandegfedd Lake’s Visitor and Water sports Centre (kayaking, paddle boarding, peddle boarding, wild water swimming on certain days, wind surfing, fishing, crazy golf, archery, fun days and lots more). They are only 12 miles to Wales National Velodrome which is in Newport International Sports Village. They are also less than 6 minutes’ drive to Greenmeadow Golf and Country Club which also has a restaurant and bar if you prefer a game of golf.


Nestled in the breath-taking Gwendraeth Fach Valley in the village of Llangyndeyrn is Pant Teg Farm.

This is a traditional working dairy farm that has been in the same family for several generations and boasts a substantial farmhouse full of traditional features and lots of character in a fantastic location surrounded by rolling green fields, rugged terrain, and beautiful views.

On arrival you will find ample parking spaces, a large, enclosed garden area to the front and a patio area to the back. Cross the threshold and kick off your muddy boots into the porch, open the door into the warm Rayburn heated, homely, large farmhouse kitchen. If the weather permits, jump into the hot tub which quite easily accommodates six people, a wonderful place to enjoy a soothing soak while reminiscing on the memories you have created.

Admire the stars as they fill the sky thanks to Pant Teg’s location in a designated dark sky area before finding the farmhouse’s five well-presented bedrooms: one king, two doubles and one twin which can also be converted to a super king depending on your accommodation needs.

You also have the benefit of a homely snug so that the children can have a room of their own to occupy them while you’re busy in the kitchen or sitting room. As a working farm, Pant Teg offers bookable guided farm walks, and depending on the time of your visit, you can experience either the cows being milked, a cow calving or even the calves being fed in the state of the art calving shed.

For keen walkers, there are plenty of walks including the historic Llangyndeyrn mountain just half a mile away.

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With cliffs, woodlands, sparkling waters and glorious long, clean beaches, Gower was the first place in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 70 square miles of the Gower Peninsula attracts walkers, birdwatchers, sunbathers, surfers, cave explorers and picnickers.

The scene is not always peaceful. There have been at least 300 shipwrecks around this corner of the coast. The most visible is Helvetica, a Norwegian barque which foundered in 1887, having set sail from eastern Canada laden with 500 tonnes of timber bound for Swansea Harbour. The hulk can be seen poking up at low water in Rhossili Bay. Visitors


Tir-Cethin Farm is one of Wales’ finest 5 star holiday destinations. We offer luxury self-catering accommodation in The Gower, South Wales – the UK’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s a great location for short breaks and memorable family holidays in Wales.

We have designed our spacious oakframed barns to suit young, growing and extended families and friends. With a fresh, contemporary finish, you can experience our natural environment with all the latest conveniences of modern living. With the addition of some of the latest “green technologies” we have tried to make your holiday as environmentally sustainable as possible.

Our aim is to make your stay as memorable as possible. Whether it’s enjoying the outdoor activities such as kite-surfing, pony trekking or walking and collecting shells at nearby Rhossili beach or Three Cliffs Bay – or simply unwinding in our high-quality barn accommodation. There’s even room to think…

It’s what we in Wales call proper holidays, it’s our version of holiday magic!

often head for the Gower Heritage Centre at Three Cliffs Bay, housed in a working 12th century flour mill, demonstrating living history and old crafts.

The seven miles of firm, sandy beach known as Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, has long been known for its remarkable place in land speed history. Now a £7 million project has been completed to celebrate it with state-of-theart museum, restaurant and accommodation overlooking the famous sands where daredevils challenged and broke records or, in one sad case, died in the attempt. The newly completed development includes an adventure playground, restaurant and great access to outdoor adventure activities. 14
When you stay with us at the Caban, we want you to feel at home and to be as relaxed as possible. Each one of our rooms has been designed to maximum comfort.

On the seafront of Pendine overlooking its fabulous 7-mile sandy beach. The Caban is the perfect space in which to relax, unwind, and discover the local area. Our excellent location affords the guests the luxury of being able to easily access the breath taking beach, coastline, as well as an on-site restaurant.

Fully licenced restaurant & bar located in the heart of Pendine overlooking Carmarthen Bay and only a few steps from the stunning 7 mile stretch of Pendine Beach.

To find out more, or to book visit call 01267 224622 email

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Our Top 8 Norfolk Escapes

Norfolk’s fabulous seaside resorts, friendly villages and star attractions ensure there’s a good time for holidaymakers of all ages. It’s constantly enlivened by a great programme of festivals and special events taking place all year round, not just in summer when the crowds arrive to make the most of those massively expansive beaches.

This year’s upcoming crowd-pleasers include Cromer Crab & Lobster Festival from May 17 to 19, with cookery demonstrations, fishing exhibitions, entertainment and multiple places to taste the spectacular seafood dishes.

music, dance, theatre and visual arts. The Royal Norfolk Show is the largest two day agricultural show in the country, this year on June 26 and 27. It’s due to feature some 700 trade stands, 3,000 great looking animals, a massive range of locally produced food and drink from fresh fruit to choice liqueurs and a packed programme of arena events.

The wheely good Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival returns to the seafront on June 29 & 30 with an eclectic range of bikes, cars and other wows on wheels, while venues such as Cromer Pier, Great Yarmouth Hippodrome and Holkham Estate host their own seasonal specials all year.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is the county’s Norfolk’s biggest arts event, running May 10 to 26 with a diverse programme of


We provide luxurious holiday accommodation across North Norfolk as well as showcasing Little Massingham Manor, a sublime Arts and Crafts house with 63 acres of tranquil grounds. The Manor has recently undergone a complete reinvention - and consequently now offers group/corporate stays and health retreats. A step away from our busy lives into an exclusive and immersive experience surrounded by nature. Hosting 7 luxurious guest bedrooms within the manor and 4 cosy guest lodges within the grounds, catering for up to 20 guests.

There are some exquisite areas both within the Manor and around the grounds to breakout into groups or for privacy, including our Woodland Spa. Outside of the Manor, Norfolk’s countryside and coastline is waiting for you, full to the brim with activities and experiences. A brand new studio for 2024, overlooking the stunning gardens, is available for any event, group activity or boardroom meeting, as well as an exciting new membership launching in June.

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At the heart of the Norfolk Broads National Park, with easy access to its waterways, the beautiful golden beaches of the Norfolk coast and the City of Norwich, The Old College is ideally situated for a relaxing break or family holiday…

Garden Lodge A superb 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom property sleeping up to 10 guests, perfect for breaks away with friends or family groups. All on ground floor level this property also works well for guests with limited mobility. Add a 7-seat hot tub and a private heated swimming pool (May-Sept, Garden Lodge guests only) and you have the perfect venue to escape to in the Norfolk Broads

Glamping A small site with just two glamping units. Firstly the couples Pod, sleeping just 2 guests. You will find everything has been thought of from the king sized bed with pocket sprung mattress, fluffy robes and hotel slippers to the underfloor heating. The Pod boasts a smart TV to stream your favourite movies, a coffee machine, mini fridge and gorgeous lounge chairs. We then have the family Bell Tent, great for couples but with the option of bringing up to 3 children and making it a great base for a family holiday.

The Pod and the Bell Tent each have their own private shower room located in a converted horse box just a short hop away.

The Old College is situated half way between the beautiful east coast with its sandy beaches and the fine City of Norwich which offers a wide variety of interest from the ancient castle to the excellent shopping facilities and thriving riverside nightlife. The Norfolk Broads are all within a few miles and are a haven for those who enjoy boating, fishing and the beauty of the waterways and wildlife. There are numerous places to visit within a short drive, so whether its visiting a historic house, taking a trip on the river or taking the kids to a theme park, the Old College is a great base to explore from.

HEACHAM Britannia Cottage...

the perfect place to relax or explore the North Norfolk and Royal Coasts

Britannia Cottage is a delightful, grade 2 listed terraced property oozing character and charm near St Mary the Virgin’s Church in the coastal village of Heacham. Just a few minutes walk to a thriving village and shops, pubs and takeaways and 1.5 miles to the beach via a nearby footpath or short drive, it’s an ideal holiday base for all ages to explore the fabulous coastline and county of Norfolk.

You are nearby Sunny Hunny, or head south on the Royal Coast to Snettisham RSPB and Sandringham, east round the county’s corner to the fabulous North Norfolk beaches or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful house and enclosed garden. Heacham Manor and the championship Hunstanton Golf Club are close by. Dogs are welcome too and the cottage is a 5 minute walk to the famous Norfolk Lavender and Farmer Fred’s Adventure Playbarn - a great favourite with little ones!. To find out more, or to book call 07880 993730 email

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Our choice of eight top picks for Norfolk Escapes will ensure that every day of your break will get off to the best possible start, whichever you select as your base. The north east of the county is replete with great attractions to help you make the most of your time, whether you are holidaying as a couple, a family or perhaps a lone walker or birdwatcher spotting the great diversity of species along the North Norfolk Heritage Coast and its multiple nature reserves.


Our cottages are pretty, traditionally built and set within the grounds of Church Farm - no longer a working farm, but now luxury dog welcoming holiday cottages. Finished to a high standard and extremely well equipped, Oak Tree Cottages is a home from home and place to truly relax and unwind. The cottages benefit from ample parking, each have their own garden and an additional shared play area also makes them the perfect accommodation for families or couples wishing to enjoy a holiday together.

Seaside towns such as Heacham and Sheringham provide great fun and hospitality on the doorstep as well as providing great access to popular attractions such as Norfolk Lavender, Hunstanton Sealife Centre and the highly favoured hang-out of seals at Blakeney Point. We also offer superb countryside choices including several close to the Broads National Park where people can enjoy experiences afloat in a unique environment, the so-called ‘Wildlife Capital of the UK.’ Here, too, kids can adventure among the treetop tangles and Boggle villages of BeWILDERwood or Go Ape at Thetford Forest.

We pride ourselves on being truly dog friendly here at Oak Tree Cottages, and welcome dogs with open arms. They are allowed in all rooms, on the furniture (throws provided) and get their own welcome hamper complete with toys, treats, “I’m on holiday” dog tags and MUCH more. We also have a large enclosed dog field complete with toys, water, poo bags and even a heated outdoor dog shower. We really want your dogs to enjoy their holiday just as much as you!

Our cottages are set on the outskirts of Happisburgh village and in an ideal location to explore the wonderful beaches of Happisburgh, Waxham, Sea Palling and Horsey where you can see the seals, whilst having the Broads National Park virtually on the doorstep. We are also within a short distance to the thriving modern Norwich City, with a magnificent cathedral and cherished medieval heritage. There is so much to see and do here in Norfolk, the possibilities are endless.

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Uniquely positioned overlooking Aylsham Market square, The Ironmongers Boutique hotel offers the chance to relax and unwind in the heart of a bustling market town and just minutes from many of Norfolk’s top sights. The Ironmongers - or Clarkes as the locals know it - offers 8 magnificently finished Georgian bedrooms each paying tribute to the historic market trades of Aylsham town. 5 steps from the bakery down stairs, 5 minutes from the renowned Blickling Hall and 25 minutes from both the Norfolk coast and Norwich, The Ironmongers is ready to warmly welcome you. Welcome to the Ironmongers Hotel Aylsham..

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Two luxurious, open plan apartments situated on a working beef farm in the quiet hamlet of Heathcote, 2 miles from Hartington, an extremely friendly and pleasant village which has great pubs, cafés, and a very famous cheese shop! The location offers easy reach to many walks and trails and is in a great location for neighbouring towns such as Ashbourne, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock Bath and Leek. Ensure you take the time to visit the delights Chatsworth has to offer, take your bike along the Tissington trail, and check out the famous Dovedale Steppingstones, all within a small number of miles from this base.

Heathcote Hideaway is a ground floor apartment that offers a large open plan kitchen/diner, with everything you should need to enjoy your stay. There is a generously sized living room with comfy seating and a Smart TV. The apartment has one kingsize, one double bedroom and one twin, each with en-suite shower rooms and there is a private garden area with hot tub, BBQ and picnic bench.

Heathcote Hayloft is the first-floor apartment at Heathcote Grange. It offers a large open plan kitchen/ diner, with everything you should need to enjoy your stay. There is a generously sized living room with comfy seating, Smart TV, and a double sofa bed for additional sleeping. The apartment has two kingsize bedrooms, both with ensuites. There is also a balcony with a private hot tub.

Both properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 12 people with an internal door.

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The Dales Country House Hotel

The Dales Country House Hotel is nestled in parkland close to the North Norfolk coast. You will find our traditional English country house hotel, formerly a Rectory in the parish of Upper Sheringham.This Victorian Grade II Listed building is set in over 4 acres of stunning gardens and lies adjacent to the National Trusts Sheringham Park with its own private entrance to explore all its beauty especially the magnificent tapestry of colour created by over 50 acres of Rhododendrons.

The Country House features oak panelling and stairs and hand crafted oak furniture : traditional style fabrics sit comfortably alongside furnishings with a more contemporary feel; the sympathetic blend works well and guests benefit from every 21st century amenity. Choose from deluxe four-poster rooms perhaps with a balcony overlooking the garden, a ground floor garden room where you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the garden from your own terrace, or from any other of our delightfully unique rooms . Whatever your choice, you can be assured that each room has been carefully designed with your pleasure and comfort in mind. Upcher’s Restaurant provides the perfect setting to enjoy lunch or dinner created by our team of Chef’s. The quintessentially English pastime of Afternoon Tea is served daily in the lounge or restaurant. Our private garden gazebos provide the perfect spot for all alfresco dining.

Whatever the season, there are many reasons to visit us in North Norfolk. Take a trip to Blakeney and see the seals, bird watch at Cley or enjoy the history of one of the many stately Homes including Blickling and Holkham. Christmas is not to be missed in North Norfolk hosting the amazing train of lights on the North Norfolk railway and the Spectacular Christmas show at Thursford

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Anyone who enjoys walking will love taking holidays in Cumbria and the Lake District National Park which makes up most of the county’s breathtakingly beautiful area. Craggy mountains, pastureland, river valleys, woodland and some 16 bodies of water make up the area now also a designated – in its entirety – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of its ‘outstanding value to humanity.’

The interior Lake District landscape is so picturesque it often overshadows the seaside along the Irish Sea and the Solway Firth. Walkers and cyclists start the 190 mile Coast to Coast Trail at St Bees Head, but if you don’t much like exercise, you can get your


The Big Pink House can accommodate up to 22 people in 9 en suite bedrooms and is an excellent venue for parties, social gatherings, walking holidays and family reunions.

This detached house is located just north of Bassenthwaite and Keswick. The house provides good access to the northern Lake District with Keswick and Cockermouth only a 20-minute drive away.

The large dining room offers a fantastic space for everyone to get together. There are two well stocked kitchens for group cooking and the dining room also has its own (un-stocked) bar if you fancy being the landlord for the weekend! The house offers a cosy lounge alongside two separate games areas with a pool table for some friendly competition or soft play for the younger generation.

The house offers plenty of private parking as well as a charging facility for electric vehicles. There is an outdoor hot tub - use of this is included within the price of the property. The grounds have patio and garden areas plus a children’s play area, pizza oven and barbecue.

Lying just outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park, Cockermouth is an attractive market town not overwhelmed by the tourist atmosphere of Keswick and Ambleside. Cockermouth is near to some of the more peaceful lakes and mountains.

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scenic kicks by taking the train along the Cumbrian Coast Line from Grange-over-Sands in the south east to Maryport in the north, then across to the fabulous city of Carlisle and Brampton, ideally placed for visiting Hadrian’s Wall.

Not to be missed is the market town of Ulverston, where cobbled streets hold quirky shops, cafes and restaurants and comedy fans celebrate old time favourites at the Laurel and Hardy Museum. Lakes Glass Centre is a centre of artisan excellence and Lakeland Motor Museum houses an impressive collection of classic cars and motorcycles. Nearby Gosforth has England’s tallest stone cross, combining both Christian and pagan symbols. 22

Sandysike On the Wall is located on the edge of the village of Walton in North Cumbria and sits directly on top of Hadrian’s Wall. We are nestled on a working farm surrounded by trees & fields.

If you’re seeking peace, quiet, and tranquility, you’ve found the perfect holiday destination.

We have three types of accommodation:

Sandysike Barn Holiday Cottage – 2 bedroom, sleeps 3 people with private hot tub & garden

Sandysike Hideaway –Completely off grid cabin in the woods – sleeps 2 people

Sandysike Bunkhouse –Dormitory style accommodation – sleeps up to 8 people

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Luxury 7 bedroom Grade II Listed Greenbank Farm House sits high on a hill overlooking breathtaking scenery in The Lake District National Park. Come to rest, relax and enjoy peace and tranquillity with family and friends. Exclusive access to secluded woodland and private paths and just a 1 mile stroll into the quaint village of Cartmel - the home of two Michelin starred restaurants and of course Sticky Toffee Pudding!

Only 5.5 miles from Lake Windermere and 2 miles from Grange-over-Sands, the Grade II listed farmhouse with top of the range hot tub is the perfect place to unwind and recharge.

Bespoke Services include: Private Chef, Housekeeping, Village Carriage Drives, Friesian horse Experiences, Lake Tours and Activity planning.

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Inspiring Holiday Homes Find unrivalled luxury in the Lake District with our holiday apartments. Sumptuous mattresses 200 thread count bed linen • Glorious rainfall showers • Toasty heated bathroom floors • Opulent interior decor • NEFF kitchen appliances Nespresso coffee machines Smart TVs EV Charging Secluded serene location 15 minute walk into town Pet-friendly Our four apartments range from sleeping 2 to sleeping 8, so whether you’re visiting the Lakes with a partner or with the whole family we have an apartment for you! Visit the most beautiful part of England, in the most beautiful accommodation available when you stay with Cradel Haus. Want to see more of Fair Rigg by Cradel Haus? Scan the QR code above! Tel: 0331 630 7422 | Email: |


Water and countryside are what the Lake District is famous for, along with England’s highest mountains, topped by Scafell Pike, but there is plenty to be enjoyed by people who enjoy culture, comfort and a strong input of history, heritage and hidden gems, not to mention a variety of great local food and drink. If you are one of those, Cockermouth is a great place to start with its elegant Georgian streets, privately-owned shops, galleries, eateries and museums. Here you can visit the birthplace and childhood home of Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, beautifully preserved and furnished as it would have been when they were living there.


If you would like a cosy and homely stay in the Western Lake District, look no further. No.2 Roseville is a lovely Victorian terraced cottage nestled in the heart of the small village of Gosforth in the National Park. Close to the beautiful valleys of Eskdale and Wasdale, home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike and deepest lake, Wastwater. Plus, the amazing, unspoilt beaches of the western coastline.

Offering self-catering accommodation for up to four guests in a double and a twin room, plus additional infant. It’s a great base for couples, friends and families plus pets. I work hard to meet guest needs and make each trip a special one. No.2 Roseville has been designed and equipped to be a home from home.

The little village of Gosforth has much to offer right on the doorstep. There are many nice places to eat, drink, walk and visit. Gosforth village shop and the bakery are a short walk away, there are pubs, a café, an Italian restaurant, a beauty salon, hairdressers, play park and playing field, library link and a garage. If you don’t want to drive anywhere there are lots of lovely walks locally that take in the village and its’ surrounding natural beauty. You can visit St Mary’s Church with the historic Viking cross, walk around the Blengdale Forest or take one of the many local footpaths. It’s a great base to fell walk, rock climb, pony trek, golf, cycle, canoe & kayak and be adventurous in the great outdoors. Or you may simply want to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings, wander the fells and unspoilt beaches of the western coast, eat and drink, take pictures and explore at a leisurely pace, the options are all there with No2. Roseville as your base.

Quite nearby is Bassenthwaite Lake, the only one of the district’s water bodies to carry the name of ‘lake’ rather than water, tarn or mere and is fed by the River Derwent. It is home to The Lakes Distillery, which produces Lakes malt whiskey, gin and vodka and has a visitor centre, artisan bar, bistro, and shop selling its own and other locally made products. In southern Cumbria, Cartmel is home to a wide variety of quality Lakeland eateries including inns, tea rooms and gourmet restaurants, including Michelin Starred L’Enclume. 24

Low Fold Holiday Cottages COCKERMOUTH

Exquisite Low Fold Holiday Cottages provide luxurious accommodation handy for both the Lake District National Park and the historic West Cumbrian coast. The two properties are just a few minutes’ drive from the coastal town of Cockermouth, known as the birthplace of Romantic poet Willliam Wordsworth and one of 51 ‘Gem Towns’ designated by the Council for British Archaeology because of their ‘particularly splendid and precious’ contribution to the national heritage.

Both Low Fold Cottage and its neighbour, The Nook, provide idyllic holiday bases for couples and – if wished – their pets. Both have been recently and extensively renovated to team the exposed beams, period features and character of 300-yearold stone buildings with the comfort, convenience and style expected by 21st century guests. The properties can be booked together, or separately.

While the cottages themselves are welcoming of walkers, cyclists, dogs and other lovers of the great outdoors, so too is the home base village of Tallentire, with a welcoming pub just a few minutes’ stroll away, while Cockermouth offers a wealth of shops, eateries and other attractions. There are good walks all around, not to mention proximity to the museum of Wordsworth’s childhood home, the Lakeland Wildlife Park at Bassenthwaite Lake near Keswick and the Lake District Coast Aquarium, Maryport.


Welcome to our cozy holiday lodges in Carnforth, located near the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales and the stunning Lake District.

Our lodges offer a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, providing a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere for you and your loved ones.

Book your stay with Lake District lodge getaways and experience the beauty of nature in comfort and style.

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It really goes without saying that when you’re in the Lake District, you should make an effort to get out on to the lakes themselves! Many people take to the water by rowing, kayaking, swimming or sailing, often hiring the equipment on-site, but there are also cruise boats to make it a practically effortless experience.

The largest and perhaps best known of the lakes is Windermere, where a ferry service operates to take people across from the village of Bowness on Windermere – a pretty town with many tourist facilities – to a spot within reach of delightful Hill Top House, where author/illustrator Beatrix Potter not only nurtured Peter Rabbit and Friends but also contributed substantially to the local conservation scene including the wellbeing of the local Herdwick sheep breed. NB the ferry is closed for maintenance until May

The perfect self-catering Cumbria holiday cottage. Situated in the Lake District, our cottage / farmhouse provides stunning views over the Levens Estuary and is a great country getaway.

This traditional Lake District holiday cottage, newly refurbished attached barn and games room in a detached barn is set in approximately two acres of land and can accommodate up to sixteen people. Ideal for a relaxing holiday or short break, as well as for those seeking an activity holiday with acres of countryside right on your doorstep for walking and cycling.

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24 this year. The house, near Sawrey, is one of the county’s top landmarks and places to visit, but every settlement has its own story to tell and claims to fame in these parts.

Rowrah, for example, is home to Cumbria Kart Racing Club, with one of the most challenging circuits in the country created from a former limestone quarry which produced materials for the ironworks in nearby Cleator Moor and Workington.

Carnforth Station became famous for its role in the 1945 classic film romance Brief Encounter. The formerly abandoned station has been developed as an award-winning heritage centre and the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, Bistro & Bar has been restored to exquisite 1940s sophistication in line with its famous role in the film starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson.


Harebeck Holidays offers a choice of self catering holiday accommodation located in Gosforth in the Western Lake District. Both Harebeck Cottage and the Glamping Units are located at Thornbank which is a traditional working farm overlooking the Wasdale fells, including Scafell Pike and Great Gable.

A traditional Cumbrian farmhouse located on a working farm, surrounded by open countryside, and with farreaching views of the western fells including Scafell Pike, the Screes and Great Gable. The cottage in parts dates back to the 1700s and is full of character including the original slate floor in the living room, the warmth from the Aga stove, through to the feature fireplace. The cottage is accessed by a single track lonning and is attached to the owner’s home.

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Holidaymakers and their treasured pets can stay in affordable luxury as self-catering guests of Sleekstone Holidays near Milford Haven, winner of the 2023 Visit Pembrokeshire Croeso SelfCatering Award (for businesses with 1 to 3 units). Exquisite cottages created from former farm buildings provide 4 Star comfort and convenience, together with a great base for exploring the fabulous coast, culture and history of south west Wales.

Sleekstone’s properties, The Barn and The Coach House are both beautifully furnished and equipped to become your home away from home. The Barn sleeps up to five people, and The Coach House sleeps six, they are hosted by seasoned self-catering travellers Bill and Dympna to ensure the best possible holiday experience. Both are superbly equipped with contemporary facilities, including fabulous kitchens, super-comfy beds and state-of-the-art TV and sound systems. There are many special touches from coffee machines to welcome packs.

Sleekstone offers great potential for explorers, whether to enjoy the great natural beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the popular seaside towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot or the UK’s smallest city, St Davids. Not to be missed is Pembroke Castle, birthplace of the future King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor Dynasty, or Caldey Island, a wildlife haven with a resident population of Cistercian monks who run spiritual retreats and sell lavender perfume to tourists.

Walkers and pony trekkers love the Preseli Mountains, while Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre tells the long and proud history of the Royal Dockyard.

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Lovely cottage very close to many places to visit. Very clean and everything is brand new and cared for. Little gem.


Derbyshire and the Peak District are among the most exciting places in Britain for anyone who likes to challenge themselves in the great outdoors and enjoy stunning, see-for-miles landscapes. This is an area that climbers, walkers, cyclists, runners, cavers, watersports fans, horse riders and nature lovers visit again and again.


“An absolutely stunning holiday home that makes you want to stay forever.”

A perfect place to call home when visiting Derbyshire & the Peak District National Park. Nestled into the Derbyshire countryside, the cottage dates back in parts to the 18th Century. Laid out over one floor, the cottage comprises of three bedrooms: One master king sized bedroom with en-suite shower, an additional king sized bedroom and a third bedroom with bunk beds. There is also a large family bathroom, handy utility room, two cosy and inviting reception rooms and a large open plan country kitchen and dining room. Guests can also enjoy underfloor heating, a log burner, two smart TVs, two rain showers, a roll top bath and luxury bedding and towels. There is off-road parking for three cars and an exceptionally good country pub within walking distance.

Set on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park, the cottage enjoys walks right on the doorstep and is also within easy commute to an array of stately homes, parks and family-friendly activities. Belper, an historic market town, with lots of independent shops, eateries and a beautiful river garden is only a mile away.

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For people looking for guidance about what to see and do in the Peak District National Park, the visitor centres are a great place to start. There are four, in Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and the Derwent Centre in Bamford, all with masses of helpful maps and information, refreshments and souvenir shops. 28



Hope View House

Set in the quiet, rural village of Castleton, Derbyshire, lies this quaint holiday home, Hope View House.

Perfect for families or sharing friends, this property makes a fantastic base for exploring the Peak District, enjoys unrivalled, stunning countryside views, and is well-positioned to explore nearby attractions.

Better acquaint yourself with your surroundings by taking a leisurely stroll into the village of Castleton, where there are great traditional pubs and popular tourist spots such as the Cave Dale, Peak Cavern, and the National TrustDark Peak await eager travellers.

Bring your family and friends to share a memorable stay in Hope View House.

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Ava Lily Cottage

Escape to the charming and cosy cottage in the heart of the Peak District! Ava Lily Cottage is nestled amidst rolling hills and picturesque landscapes, this delightful cottage is the perfect retreat for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing getaway.

Step inside and be welcomed by a warm and inviting atmosphere, where the traditional charm of exposed wooden beams blend seamlessly with modern comforts. The living room boasts a cozy fireplace, perfect for snuggling up on chilly evenings.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all the amenities you need to whip up delicious home-cooked meals, and a dining area that’s perfect for enjoying them with loved ones.

Upstairs, you’ll find two beautifully appointed bedrooms, each offering a comfortable and peaceful haven to retire to at the end of the day. Wake up to breathtaking views of the rolling hills and start your day with a cup of coffee on the outdoor patio, soaking in the natural beauty of the area.

“Immaculate, beautifully decorated, cosy cottage, with luxurious furnishings and all you could ever want. We fell in love with this charming little cottage, which is in a lovely quiet, quaint little village and a great location for exploring the peak district.”

Barn Cottage BAKEWELL

Barn Cottage, Bakewell is a delightful self-catering Holiday Cottage situated close to the centre of Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District.

It is a self-contained, luxurious, cosy, comfortable, self-catering holiday cottage in Bakewell for the discerning couple. Barn Cottage, Bakewell is beautifully decorated throughout, full of charm and character, extremely comfortable and a perfect holiday destination.

Barn Cottage at Long Meadow Cottage, Coombs Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AQ

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Visitors don’t have to be part goat to enjoy the exercise that this mountainous area offers. ‘Miles without Stiles’ are well-surfaced routes for people of all fitness levels and perhaps pushing prams or pushchairs. They give access to amazing views across dales and moorland, lakes and rivers.


Discover a world where luxury intertwines with the pristine beauty of the English countryside. Nestled in the charming village of Scropton, just a whisper away from Burton upon Trent, Edgmond Lodges invites you to experience an oasis of tranquility and unmatched elegance.

Unwind & Revel: Every corner of our lodges exudes a blend of modern opulence and rustic charm, ensuring your escape from the everyday is one of pure delight.

Explore & Engage: Venture out and let the rolling hills and serene landscapes of Scropton, Tutbury and surrounding areas invigorate your senses. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or someone in need of relaxation, Edgmond Lodges is your perfect getaway.

Relax & Return: We would like our guests to say that a stay at Edgmond isn’t just a holiday; it’s a cherished memory waiting to be relived. And we couldn’t agree more.

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Great places to visit in Derbyshire & the Peak District range from picturesque Bakewell with its tranquil river scene, rich history and specialist shops selling everything from its namesake tarts to local brews. Stand-alone places to visit include the impressive stately home of Chatsworth House, filled with art and artefacts spanning 4,000 years of creativity. 30


Experience the charm of a traditional 19th Century Peak District cottage. Nestled in the heart of Derbyshire

Nestled in the heart of Derbyshire, this idyllic retreat offers cosy living spaces, stunning views, and a tranquil escape. Embrace the heritage, explore scenic trails, and create cherished memories in this countryside haven. Create your perfect Peak District countryside getaway with George’s Cottage.

George’s cottage was built by the current owner’s Great Grandfather (George) in 1900 and has been lovingly renovated to the highest standard to provide a lovely base to explore Derbyshire and The Peak District. This 19th Century country cottage has great views of the Iconic Bamford Edge and Win Hill.

For those seeking adventure, the Peak District offers an array of thrilling activities. From hiking and cycling to horseback riding and rock climbing, there’s something for everyone. After an exhilarating day, return to the sanctuary of our cottage, where you can enjoy absolute luxury and comfort. Whether you seek a romantic getaway, a family retreat, or an escape with friends, our luxury Peak District holiday cottage is the pinnacle of elegance, serenity, and countryside charm. Discover an unparalleled experience where memories are crafted, and the beauty of the Peak District becomes your haven.


Everton is a large and airy Edwardian style home, built a little over 100 years ago, offering plenty of living space for all the family or a group of friends.

It has a cosy and comfortable feel which means you can quickly unwind and relax during your stay in Bakewell. With dedicated off-street parking for up to 3 cars (something of a premium in Bakewell!) you can pull right up to the rear patio entrance, making unloading a simple and swift task.


Walk or cycle the Monsal Trail - a converted railway line which runs approximately 8 miles between Bakewell and Buxton - Cycle hire is available. Chatsworth House - A fabulous stately home with grounds designed by Capability Brown. The Heights of Abraham - Take a cable car from Matlock Bath to the clifftop location with caves and much more.

We’re only a mile from wonderful Haddon Hall - one of the oldest houses in the country, offer s great insight into the past as it has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years.

How about exploring the incredible cave systems in nearby Castleton? Or alternatively leave the car parked up and explore the many wonderful trails right from your front door.

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People of all ages love spending time in tourist havens such as Matlock and Matlock Bath, with the Heights of Abraham a spectacular playground of multiple attractions reached by cable car, and the Derwent Valley Mills a UNESCO World Heritage Site providing an education and hands-on activities at exciting centres in Cromford, Belper, Darley Abbey and Derby,


The Carriage House

A beautifully and lovingly restored building of its namesake, nestled right in the heart of the enchanting Ashford Hall Estate. Tranquillity and romance unfold within the grounds of this truly English country hideaway, in the picturesque and historic village of Ashford in the Water. This luxury cottage has been furnished to an immaculate standard, full of original features and cosy charm, it is the ideal base to discover the finest The Peaks has to offer.

With 3 stunning ensuite bedrooms, a peaceful lounge with a log burner and private outdoor seating space, The Carriage House is perfect for trips all year round.

Just around the corner is stunning Chatsworth, the famous stately home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. There is so much to do at Chatsworth, explore its history in a tour of the grand house, and wander at leisure through its immaculate gardens and grounds. The Peak District National Park, known for its outstanding natural beauty, has so much to offer, from local market towns such as Bakewell and Buxton, its pretty limestone villages, and an abundance of cycling and walking routes and trails – the local edges and rockfaces are perfect for climbers of all levels.

Straight from your doorstep there is an abundant network of scenic walks and cycle routes, so bring your bike or walking boots for great access to the countryside and the dramatic landscapes beyond. Only a five-minute stroll away is the Monsal Trail, which will take you in either direction to Bakewell or Buxton through the famous tunnels and to the Monsal Head Viaduct and past inviting cafes on the way.

revolving around technological innovation and the birth of the factory system.

Step back in time at Crich Tramway Museum, riding vintage horse-drawn, steam and electric vehicles into a streetscene from yesteryear, and partaking of refreshments in the period pub and restaurant.

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Epworth Cottage

Epworth Cottage, a property with a garden, is located in Crich, 36 km from Nottingham Castle, 37 km from National Ice Centre, as well as 38 km from Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. There is free WiFi and free nearby parking. The property is nonsmoking and is situated 24 km from Chatsworth House.

The spacious holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a flatscreen TV with satellite channels and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with an oven, a microwave, a washing machine, a toaster and a fridge. Guests can take in the views of the garden from the patio, which also has outdoor furniture. There is also a seating area and a fireplace.

Sherwood Forest is 39 km from Epworth Cottage, while Buxton Opera House is 41 km from the property. The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport, 42 km from the accommodation.

Crich is known for its many amenity’s in such a lovely little village. There is a shop, chippy, butchers, bakery, Indian restaurant, pubs and more. The large park, fitness area and football field just over the road is a great place to go with the family or for a walk round with your pets. If your looking for a day out then Crich Tramway Museum just 0.6 miles away is the perfect option. If walking is your hobby then look no further, Crich has the most stunning walks whether that be small around the village or large to Cromford Canals and Matlock Bath.

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Our Top 11 Ayrshire and Arran

Even if you have no idea what makes a great holiday, you’ll be able to find out with just a short visit to Ayrshire & Arran, on the west coast of Scotland. You’ll find all the staples of the Scottish way of life, such as whisky distilleries, castles and a great many golf courses, including those with championship pedigree, such as Royal Troon.

You’ll have no problem finding great walking trails for people of all levels of fitness, or virtually none. Start off with the gentle stroll along the River Ayr or, if you’re tougher than that, tackle the trek to Shalloch-on-Minnoch, the county’s highest mountain. Circling Arran, ‘Scotland in Miniature,’ the Arran Way is 65 miles of scenic delight.


Fulshaw Mill Glamping Pods & Holiday Cottage

Located in the heart of Ayrshire, Scotland we are short drive away from the beautiful and sprawling Ayrshire coast. Surrounded by miles and miles of breathtaking countryside and only 25 minutes from Glasgow City, makes us the ideal holiday destination for those who like the great outdoors, beach visits and the city buzz! Whether its a trip along to Culzean Castle or a leisurely stroll along to enjoy a delicious meal at our local pub we’ve got it all! Why not take a day trip and visit Glencoe & Fort William!

ࠍ Beautifully Designed Luxury Glamping Pods

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ࠍ Access To Various Local & National Attractions

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Fabulous beaches? You’re spoiled for choice in this island territory. Ayr Beach suits families in search of picnic spots, sandcastle sites, play space and seafront amusements. Ballantrae beach is a nature reserve with cliff nesting for numerous birds.

This is great fishing territory, and you’ll be able to taste the freshest catches at numerous restaurants on the Seafood Taste Trail. For a different marine experience, take a selfguided trip along the Snorkel Trail and see what lives below the water line at some 13 sites on Arran the North Ayrshire coast, from sea squirts and anemones to basking sharks which, it may be reassuring to note, feed on plankton. 34

Pirleyhill Pods offer a vibrant new glamping pod experience in one of the most scenic parts of Scotland. From the luxury of your own private pod, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views across the Irish Sea towards Arran, Mull of Kintyre, Ailsa Craig and even Northern Ireland.

Situated in the heart of our busy beef and sheep farm, the pods are warm and luxurious with modern fittings and a high-end feel. Each pod is fitted with contemporary on-suite and kitchen facilities, as well as its own private and relaxing hot tub.

Located in the beautiful, peaceful Ayrshire countryside, Pirleyhill is blessed with fantastic panoramic views of Scotland’s natural beauty. Despite the peace and tranquillity of the location, we are easily accessible from the A77 that runs between Glasgow and Stranraer. We have three beautiful pods for you to choose from when you come to stay at Pirleyhill. Each pod is built to the highest standard and provides deluxe levels of quality and comfort. Premium insulation allows guests to remain warm and cosy even through Scotland’s cold winter months.


Yonderton House & McGill Cottage

Conveniently nestled in the Ayrshire countryside on a working farm bordering the River Doon, Yonderton House (sleeps 12) and McGill Cottage (sleeps 6) offer the best of luxury selfcatering accommodation. The properties are spacious, modern but cosy with luxurious touches to ensure a great Scottish getaway. The properties can be booked separately, or together, to accommodate group holidays, family celebrations and small bespoke events.

Yonderton is a great base to explore Ayrshire & Arran and beyond. From secluded beaches to the Galloway forest, there is something for everyone. Salmon and Trout fishing can be booked on the River Doon during the fishing season (own equipment needed). Golf courses for all abilities are easily accessible. Dumfries House, Turnberry Lighthouse and Culzean Castle are just short drives away and the ferry to Arran from Irvine is just 40 min away. Glasgow is easily reachable - only an hour by car or you can take the train from Ayr, where all local amenities are available. There are many local dining options with two great restaurants only minutes away from Yonderton by car and for those who prefer self catering, most supermarkets will deliver.

Yonderton House’s 6 bedrooms, all have ensuite or dedicated bathroom facilities, in addition to spacious living areas, a large well equipped kitchen and games room. McGill Cottage has 3 bedrooms with a modern, open plan living space. Both properties have log burners, king size beds and stunning views across rolling hills that reach out towards the Isle of Aran, offering the best Scottish countryside backdrop and some of the most remarkable sunsets you will ever see!

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History is a big part of Scottish culture, as evidenced by the castles adorning so many of its hills and hummocks. In Ayreshire & Arran, there are many worth visiting. Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock, with world class collections of armour and weapons, ancient tapestries, musical instruments and rare breed farm animals, offers a fantastic free day out. Brodick Castle, run by the National Trust for Scotland, is the ‘quintessential’ island castle on Arran, with costumed interpreters, traditional Victorian games to lay and outdoor features including the Silver Garden with waterfalls and bathing pools.


The Bothy - situated close to the highest point on the island known as the Glaid stone with tremendous views of the Firth of Clyde. Remote, yet only a 5-minute drive to the town of Millport by car. It’s the perfect place for two to relax, unwind and just chill out. The bothy is a quaint farm accommodation which has been lovingly restored to a high standard. Everything you need is available in this lovely farm location complete with a private garden and patio with oodles of outdoor space for you and your pets to enjoy.

On Yer Bike - This ground-floor apartment is situated at the heart of Millport town. Only one minute walk from the beach with tropical palms fronting the promenade and yachts moored out in the sheltered bay. Perfectly located to explore the charm of this seaside town with cafés, shops, bars, and bistro close by. Within walking distance, you can take a stroll through the well-maintained Garrison Grounds or a visit to the Cathedral of the Isles, Britain’s smallest cathedral.

Gone Fishin’ - This ground-floor apartment is situated at the heart of Millport town. Only one minute walk from the beach with tropical palms fronting the promenade and yachts moored out in the sheltered bay. Perfectly located to explore the charm of this seaside town with cafés, shops, bars, and bistro close by. Within walking distance, you can take a stroll through the well-maintained Garrison Grounds or a visit to the Cathedral of the Isles, Britain’s smallest cathedral.

Scots long had to defend their land against the Vikings and ultimately beat back a fleet of 160 longships and up to 20,000 warriors in a mighty battle fought in Largs in 1263. Largs Viking Festival was launched in 1980 to mark the moment and embrace between the two intertwined cultures. In 2024, it all happens from August 31 to September 8, starting with a parade and continuing with Viking skirmishes, diverse activities, feasting and entertainments, culminating in the ceremonial burning of a longship against a backdrop of fireworks. 36


Barwheys is a stunning luxury farm complex to rent on an exclusive use basis in the rolling green hills of Ayrshire. The farm has four newly renovated buildings built around a courtyard – three providing beautiful en-suite luxury accommodation and one ancient barn converted into a magnificent games hall and chill out zone.

Barwheys sleeps up to 16 people in eight beautiful bedrooms each with en suite facilities. Two double storey halls enable the whole party to cook, eat and play together and numerous sitting and dining areas inside and out provide space for our guests to relax in.

All the buildings have sweeping views out over the fields and woods enabling our guests to absorb the peace and tranquillity of the area whilst enjoying long summer evenings on one of the terraces or winter nights in front of an open fire or wood burning stove. Wi-Fi is available throughout the farm and there are five HD TVs of different sizes.

The hot water and central heating is provided by a biomass boiler which burns wood chip from local woods. We have recently installed two electrical car chargers available free of charge to all our guests.

Thirdpart Farm

Farmhouse stay in the centre of the countryside. Surrounded by acres of peaceful tranquility. Situated of the outskirts of Beith.

We have a small friendly livery yard where guests, families, children, dogs and horses are welcome.

The Accommodation comprises of three en-suite bedrooms.


■ Walkers welcome

■ Iron available

■ Evening meal available on request

■ Cyclists Welcome

■ Children welcome

■ Televisions in all rooms

■ Plenty of on-site parking

■ Payment options - Sterling, PayPal

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One man who seemed to sum up all things Scottish in a unique and creative way was The Bard, Robert Burns. ‘Rabbie’s’ contribution to his place of birth is celebrated by Scots the world over on burns Night, January 25, when among many other customs a haggis is ceremonially addressed. At other times, his legacy lives on at his Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayr, preserving the details of the humble but cosy cottage where his genius first flourished.

The smitten can then follow a trail taking in settings for his famous works, such as Alloway Kirk where witches and warlocks danced for ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ and the path to the famous Brig o’ Doon, then to Maunchline, where Robert drank in the Poosie Nansie’s, the Burns House where he


Blackside Cottage

Located in East Ayrshire just outside the picturesque village of Sorn, Blackside Cottage offers modern luxury living within an historic cottage. Recently renovated the cottage is fully equipped to offer guests everything required for an enjoyable stay.

The peaceful, off the beaten track location with stunning views, assures that guests will unwind during their stay.

Easily accessible, Glasgow is only 45 minutes away and the coastal towns of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon, with their fabulous beaches are just a short drive. Even a day trip to The Isle of Arran is possible with the ferry to Brodick taking under an hour.

stayed with his love Jean Armour and a monument to his greatness, set in commemorative gardens.

The Isle of Arran Heritage Museum in Brodick does for the island what the Birthplace Museum does for Rabbie, engaging visitors with stories of old from seafaring vessels to ancient archaeology, including a 5,000 year old head recreated from a skull unearthed in a cairn in 1900.

The Dick Institute is a 4 star attraction which has been named among Scotland’s finest. It brings visitors up to the creative present with displays of innovative work by contemporary artists, film makers and local young people, alongside important local and social history. 38



• Enjoy space in a beautiful, natural setting

• with private bathroom

• full self catering facilities &

• your own outside firepit & seating.

Just a short walk to the beach, local pub, restaurant and shop.

Ideal for families, couples and groups.

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Nestled in the rolling hills of East Ayrshire, our beautiful, recently developed, barn conversion is the perfect setting for your next Scottish getaway!

Kick back, relax and enjoy the private, bespoke wood burning hot tub or, get your walking boots on and explore the fantastic scenery and wildlife on our working farm!

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Great views! Lovely views over the Kilbrannan Sound to the Mull of Kintyre. Former farmhouse at the top of the hill up a rough farm track passing Auchagallon Stone Circle. Brodick 20-30 mins drive. Ideal rural spot for some peace and quiet or an active break. Pack your wellies!

Comfortable accommodation. The house has a good sized kitchen, dining room, sitting room with a window seat and three bedrooms upstairs. There's an enclosed garden at the front and a yard at the back with picnic table with parasol, bench and BBQ.

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A spacious contemporary house nestled amid 400 acres of outstanding beauty on the scenic Ayrshire coast.

Grassyards House

Lovingly renovated to combine the highest quality finishes with sumptuos luxury, to make Grassyards the perfect house to get away from it all, relax and spend quality time with friends and family.

5 star luxury self-catering holiday home located Largs. Accommodating up to 12 guests, with six individually designed bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The perfect base for exploring local islands, discovering historic castles, sailing on the breathtaking Clyde and world class golf. Private secluded area, the ideal sanctuary for celebrating special occasions. Stunning dog friendly garden area with BBQ, outdoor seating, kids play area, and hot tub. 40

Somerset and Dorset

Somerset and Dorset are two of the prettiest counties for holidaymakers, full of natural beauty and exciting things to do, including free ones such as walking and cycling in the exquisite countryside, fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast. It’s an area with numerous fascinating towns and villages to visit, such as mystical Glastonbury, linked to the legendary King Arthur and a holy thorn tree, and Shaftesbury’s steep and cobbled Gold Hill, site of the hill made famous a 1970s Hovis bread advert.

Our featured holiday sites offer great and pet friendly accommodation for different kinds of holidaymaker. Thorney Lakes Caravan & Camping Site is a peaceful, family site in the heart of the Somerset Levels, with diverse wildlife from otters to kingfishers attracted by its fabulous fishing lakes.

Round Lodge is 5 Star rated self-catering accommodation in an exquisite thatched cottage. Again set in tranquil countryside, it is also near to Sherborne, which boasts a castle, an abbey and a 16th century manor house built by Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh.

Round Lodge a charming holiday property - on the Somerset Dorset border.

Space for Relaxation

The secluded location of the house offers peace away from the town but with the luxury of only being less than 10 minutes drive away from both Sherborne or Yeovil.

Dog Friendly

We know how important being able to bring the whole family is so we always encourage our guests to being along their four legged best friend. We provide blankets, treats and bowls as well as our garden being completely fenced all round.

Modern Convenience

Round Lodge offers everything a modern family could need with extras like an EV charging point, Bang & Olufsen wireless speaker and Coffee Machine.

A Woodland Retreat

A break away from city life surrounded by forests and fields, with walks straight from the front door and wonderful country pubs in Nether Compton and near by villages. We even have a lake!

At Thorney Lakes, we don’t have set pitches. Just space. You pitch where you like and can park next to your tent or caravan anywhere on our 7-acre campsite. Our facilities include solarpowered showers, toilets, washing up areas, wood pellet boiler run family rooms (Showers, toilet sink & lots of space) and drinking water.

We are at the centre of the Somerset Moors and Levels, there are some brilliant walks and cycle rides. On-site there are over 2 miles of off-road walks, without leaving the site. We welcome with open arms any pets you may wish to bring along, we have won awards for being a dog-friendly site.

For those that are looking to go fishing, the coarse fishing lake is located approx 1/4 mile from the campsite, a great activity to do while you’re camping at Thorney Lakes.

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Scottish Borders Our Hidden Gems

Outdoor pleasures come in abundance when staying at Houghton Park Holiday Cottage, Newcastleton, one of our two Hidden Gems in the Scottish Borders.

This tranquil home base stands against the backdrop of the lovely River Liddel and is visited by an abundance of wildlife, including deer and red squirrels. The locality is home to the Newcastleton Forest, which links across the Scotland/England border to the extensive and amazing Kielder Water and Forest Park, an amazing playground for cyclists, walkers, stargazers and others who appreciate nature in all her inspirational guises.


Self Catering Accommodation, Liddelsdale Valley, Newcastleton.

Situated right beside the River Liddel in the Scottish Borders this beautifully restored cottage is in idyllic settings right on the corner of the village.

All rooms are finished to a high standard with quality beds and linen to a powerful shower and fully equipped kitchen with ample china and glasses.

This along with the convenience of great local shops and hospitality on your doorstep. Come and experience the warmth and magic of being a Copshaw Holm local.

Discover the Scottish Borders

Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders is surrounded by some of the densest forests in Europe which are home to over 50% of Europe’s Red Squirrel population!

There is plenty to see and do for the most adventurous of travellers.

People who enjoy getting about on two wheels love Newcastleton, as it holds one of the famous Seven Stanes mountain biking centres with trails graded for everyone from young families to daredevil riders.

In less peace-abiding times, this countryside was home to the bloodthirsty Border Reivers who, for centuries, unashamedly raided properties and personages to their south. The local Liddesdale Heritage Centre and Museum presents a lively history of these times and the livelihoods forged through farming, shoemaking, weaving and other trades down the ages. 42

The 600 acre spread of Greenlawdean Farm, Berwickshire, is the second of our Hidden Gems in the Scottish Borders and makes a restful base for a holiday. Sheep and cattle wander at leisure in the beautiful surroundings dedicated to conservation and holistic farming, with the River Blackadder running through it. Woodpeckers, deer, badgers and other fascinating wildlife can be spotted by those who watch closely enough and this is rich territory for anyone keen to put their paints or cameras to good use.


The spot is just a 10 minute wander from the village of Greenlaw, while a 10 minute drive will take you into the town of Duns, where an uprising took place against King Charles 1 in 1639. The castle now holds a nature reserve featuring the Heron Pool – known locally as the Hen Poo – frequented by swans and many bird and duck species, making it much appreciated by twitchers.

Motorsports fans can also find plenty to enjoy in Duns, thanks to the Jim Clark Museum, devoted to the memory of the late world Formula 1 champion racing driver.

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Blairgowrie Our Hidden Gems

Book into our Hidden Gems in Blairgowrie & Rattray, Perthshire, and you’ll be spoiling yourself not only with fabulous accommodation but also with the very best that this beautiful eastern side of Scotland has to offer. You’ll be well within reach of both the Cairngorms and the coast, to some remarkable castles including Scone Palace - traditional crowning place of Scottish kings - not to mention the amazing city of Dundee, the ‘City of Discovery,’ with its V & A museum showcasing Scottish ingenuity across the whole spectrum of design from architecture to comics.


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Put the kettle on and make yourself at home in our elegant, spacious and well appointed rooms

Breathe in the earthy woodland as you follow the gentle, tumbling river through the Den of Alyth Wonder where to start

Will you explore the magnificent Angus Glens or historic Glamis castle?

Will you conquer a Munro in the Cairngorms or visit charming Dunkeld and gaze in awe at the giant Douglas Firs in the Hermitage?

Will you marvel at the iconic V&A museum in Dundee or play in the sand dunes on one of the East Coast beaches?

Relax at the end of the day with your feet up in front of the fire then sleep soundly in our wonderfully comfy beds in crisp, fresh, cotton sheets

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But Craigellie and Chapelton Cottage both offer a great deal to their guests very close to their own front doors. The twin burghs of Blairgowrie & Rattray sit either side of the scenic River Ericht, popular for fishing, kayaking and relaxed walks, with a choice of excellent golf courses close by, among them that of Dunkeld, where brightly painted ‘little houses’ date to the early 1700s and cathedral ruins offer their ancient charms.

A rich industrial textile history is close at hand, while walkers love the wooded glen of the Den of Alyth or the challenging Cateran Trail. Dunkeld invites the daring to an off-road Land Rover Experience. 44

Salmon, whisky and golf are built into Scottish culture as deeply as haggis and tartan, so visitors can expect plenty of interesting exposure to them all, even if they themselves don’t fish, drink or interrupt good walks by hitting a ball!

While in Perthshire, it would be a shame to miss seeing the Pitlochry Fish Ladder and Dam, a landmark devised to enable thousands of salmon to cross the massive Pitlochry Dam over the River Tummel and swim upstream to spawn. They do it by means of 34 pools rising over 310 metres and visitors can both walk the route and visit an exhibition to witness the feat.

Nestled into the Perthshire countryside and just four miles from Blairgowrie, Chapelton Cottage offers a peaceful location with stunning views across the Strathmore Valley. The local area is well known for its beauty and access to the outdoors with great walking, cycling routes and golf courses nearby, but there are many cultural offerings as well including the new V&A in Dundee; Scone Palace, and Glamis Castle, all within 20 miles. Chapelton Cottage is single storey with one bedroom available as either super king or twin single beds. Bathroom / wet room with shower, basin and wc. Open plan kitchen / living room is spacious and comfortable.

• Well equipped kitchen with combi microwave; electric hob; dishwasher and under-counter fridge/freezer.

• Large dining table.

• Comfortable sofas and armchair.

• Woodburning stove with a quantity of firewood included.

• Electric heating.

• There is also a useful store room with washing machine, small freezer, plenty of room for coats and boots.

• Wheelchair accessible.

• Pet friendly.

Glenturret Distillery in Crieff is Scotland’s oldest distillery, one of many offering the chance to learn and taste how the tipples are fine-tuned to perfection, while Gleneagles Golf Course at Auchterarder is possibly the most prestigious golf complex of all, with three championship courses and a ‘wee’ nine holer.

Families should definitely seek out Active Kids Adventure Park at Stanley, with ziplines, go karts, trampolines, farm animals and much, much more.

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Whether your idea of the perfect French holiday is a romantic break with excellent food and drink, riding a bike through the sun-kissed countryside or exploring the bustling markets and pretty villages nestled in verdant river valleys, our pick of top holiday stays in La Belle France will be sure to bring plenty of smiles to your selfies.


The farmhouse is nestled in the idyllic French countryside within the Perigord Vert region of the Dordogne and, in the heart of the Limousin National Park, south west France. Just a short distance from the charming village of Mialet where you will find a boulangerie for your fresh bread and croissants, a butchers, a shop, a bar and a Tuesday morning market for all those essential provisions.

Whether you choose to make the most of the peace and tranquillity the property offers, BBQ by the private pool, or explore the Dordogne region where you will be sure to find something for everyone in the family from canoeing, paddle boarding, lake beaches, chateaux, pretty towns and villages, French markets, caves and vineyards.

The property has been lovingly restored providing comfortable accommodation throughout with plenty of room for everyone to relax. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and find peace and relaxation at the French Farmhouse Retreat, perfect for families and friends who wish to holiday together. We are delighted to welcome your furry companions as well.

The Farmhouse boasts well equipped facilities, including high-speed Wi-Fi, hundreds of TV channels (including English TV), board games, an Xbox 360, BBQ areas and a large sun terrace. Say goodbye to the struggle for sunbeds around the spacious private pool. The large mature gardens are ideal for outdoor games like football and we offer private parking for multiple cars.

The pool house features a toilet, shower facilities and a washing up area, making it convenient for poolside dining outside on warm summer evenings in the beautiful Dordogne countryside.

Our advertisers offer the most restful and relaxing of facilities and a great wealth of local information to ensure that every guest enjoys their break to the memorable maximum. They may find themselves drinking in the rich and varied history of the local chateaux and ancient abbeys along with imbibing some of the world’s finest wines and shopping for fresh fruit, cheese and pastries in the local markets. 46


Les Grands Coudrais is situated in the beautiful unspoilt countryside of Vienne in south-west France. We have three selfcatering holiday gites for rent, formerly old farm cottages.

Set in the quiet hamlet of Les Coudrais, just outside Civray, Les Grands Coudrais is the perfect base for you to discover this beautiful French region. Surrounded by farmland, we are extremely fortunate to have wildlife all around us.

Take in the fields of sunflowers, visit traditional French village markets, explore the many nearby Brocantes or attractions including Futuroscope, The Circuit du Val de Vienne and the Vallée des Singes or maybe try your hand at water sports, pony trekking or many other attractions available in the Vienne. Alternatively, simply relax by the swimming pool in our 3 acres of grounds or enjoy a barbecue in your private garden – Les Grands Coudrais offers a holiday where everyone in the family can feel at home.

Our holiday gites offer charm and ambiance, a little bit of France. We operate on a minimum of 3 nights stay and also can offer longer term lets. Free WiFi is available.

Well behaved dogs are also welcome, please let us know when booking.


Les Brandes - South Dordogne

Les Brandes is a perfect secluded retreat from the pressures of daily life. The property sits at the end of a private track, surrounded by woodland and open pasture, ensuring quiet and privacy for your holiday. The local village of St Pompon is 2km away with a boulangerie, shop and two excellent restaurants.

The property is made up of two lovely adjacent stone houses, converted from an old farmstead and never let independently of each other. Sleeping 10 in total, they offer great flexibility for a group, enabling space and privacy for different ages or family units. The large heated swimming pool overlooks the valley. The shades arbour catches the last rays of sun, perfect for an evening cocktail.

Les Brandes is all about the convivial enjoyment of sharing meals and wine with friends and family, on the balcony with views down the valley where you will often see deer passing in the early morning or evening; the patio under the Walnut tree or the covered BBQ terrace looking over the meadow. A number of walks and cycle routes can be accessed from the property. There are many opportunities for adventurers, young and old, to explore and reconnect with nature.

The Dordogne Valley is easily accessible where there is an abundance of chateaux, wine tasting, local markets, bastide towns and the river itself. We would like to offer all readers 10% off when you book through our website: Please quote ‘county lifestyle’.

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The Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park is a hailed as a great place to explore ‘traditional’ France with its scenic forests and, small farms and waterways, lakeside beaches, watersports such as canoeing and paddleboarding and well-marked trails.

Southern France is simply brimming with wonderful places to explore, not least the UNESCO World


Beautiful mansion sleeping up to 30, with a swimming pool, hot tub and entertainment room, near Carcassonne

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Le Manoir d’Amiel, near Carcassonne, Languedoc, France, sleeps 15 - 30 guests in 16 bedrooms.

Le Manoir d’Amiel is an accredited 4-star, fully-equipped French “Manoir” with annexe. Just 10 minutes from the historic UNESCO medieval ‘Citê de Carcassonne’, and 5 minutes from the UNESCO Canal du Midi. It is beautifully furnished with many original restored features, plus all mod-cons. A large group of up to 30 can relax and enjoy the property in complete privacy as all bookings are exclusive - making it the perfect venue for weddings, birthdays, parties, family/friend holidays and retreats/ corporate events.

The outside entertainment space is as generous as the house itself featuring an 80m2 open-barn complete with summer kitchen, two gas barbecues, one built-in charcoal barbecue and a large dining area set within Provencal-style gardens, where guests will find plenty of seating and a shaded hammock area. There is also a large hot tub, a perfect place to relax and a swimming pool with adjoining paddling pool.

Le Manoir d’Amiel is a versatile space to suit all ages and ambiences. There are secluded indoor and outdoor areas for those wishing for peace and quiet, space for children to run and have fun and communal space to create the best party atmosphere or host a work retreat.

In the Languedoc-Roussillon there is so much to see - from Carcassonne’s Medieval Castle to the Black Mountains and Mediterranean Coast.

Heritage Site of Carcassonne, an outstanding fortified town from the medieval era complete with a magnificent castle with round towers and a splendid Gothic cathedral. Its fame and reputation owes much to one of the pioneers of modern conservation techniques, Viollet-le-Duc, who carried out extensive restoration on it in the 19th century to make it the grand example it is today. 48
La Maison de Maître Fongrave is a large, beautifully appointed house built in 1870, perfect for discerning families and groups.

Sitting on the banks of the River Lot in the South West French countryside just 90 minutes from both Bordeaux and Toulouse is the idyllic village of Fongrave. Where the undulating hills blend seamlessly with lush river valleys, punctuated with picturesque villages and hilltop bastide towns. The Lot & Garonne region, named after the two main rivers that meander through it, has been dubbed the French ‘Tuscany’ and is perfect for experiencing the real French way of life with its many weekly markets, pavement cafes and restaurants, wine tasting opportunities, antique fairs, boat trips along the rivers and ‘faux’ river beaches.

By selecting La Maison de Maitre-Fongrave for your vacation you will also be ideally located for visiting the chateaux and sites of the neighbouring regions of the Dordogne and Bordeaux. The vineyards of Buzet, Bergerac and Duras are just a short drive away where you can taste and buy some lovely wines, even Bordeaux and Saint Emillion are within reach for a day trip. Sit on the river bank behind the local Mairie and watch local and visiting fisherman try their luck in the river or even give it a go yourself. Swimming silently by are graceful swans and during the summer months with their cygnets between them. Take a trip up the river and see the natural wildlife of kingfishers, herons and dragonflies whilst overhead the soaring eagles and buzzards.

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The landmark is within the Languedoc region, also known for its plentiful wine supply, since it produces around a third of France’s prodigious output. The science of viticulture is long established. It’s thought the first vines were planted by the ancient Greeks in the 5th century BCE.

Likewise pleasing to visitors is the rolling countryside


La Maison Des Artistes

Large luxury retreat with heated pool, & hot tub in the South of France

Kick back, and relax in this calm, stylish retreat, which sleeps up to ten guests. It is situated in an exclusive part of Aragon; on a hillside residence, bordering onto the Garrigue an area renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, which has one of the most diverse and stunning ecosystems in the South of France. Only 10 minutes from Carcassonne and 15 minutes from the airport, La Maison des Artistes is perfect for groups who are looking for a large, luxury, holiday home in the South of France.

This modern architect’s house has been designed to make the most of the stunning views and local habitat.

➢Guests will have private use of all of the facilities during their stay including the house, infinity swimming pool, plunge pool, terrace, extensive grounds, hot tub, and parking for up to seven cars. Personal Chef, Chauffeur or daily cleaning service can be made available upon request for an additional fee.

The location offers the perfect combination of town and country as Carcassonne, La Cite, le Canal du Midi and Carcassonne airport are all within a short drive. If you don’t want to venture out during your stay you can head down to the local village shop to buy a fresh baguette and your favourite bottle of local wine, even enjoy soaking in the atmosphere next to a trickling brook or visit the fantastic La Bergerie restaurant and Tapas bar.

The area is also a dog walker’s paradise so we can accept wellbehaved pooches as long as they stay on the ground floor during a guest’s stay. This is at our discretion, please enquire before booking.

of the Lot & Garonne region, named after two principal rivers which flow through it and do much to support ‘real’ French life including markets, pavement cafes, chateaux, antique fairs, boat trips and riverside beaches for those all too tasty summer picnics and languid rowing and paddling of small vessels amid great variety of wildlife. 50


La Belle Échappée

La Belle Échappée sits within walled and gated grounds of one hectare with heated salt water swimming pool offering an abundance of safe activities and entertainment to suit all the family. It is within easy reach of many tourist attractions and the coast. La Belle Échappée is available to let in its entirety as a private, exclusive use self catering let, sleeping a maximum of 16 guests with private onsite parking.

Known as one of France’s ‘Best Kept Secrets’ the Deux-Sevres is a tranquil, unspoiled department of the Poitou-Charentes. The area has a mild microclimate and is deemed to be the second sunniest region in France, benefiting from the warmth of the La Rochelle basin. It is filled with lazy winding rivers and is a region truly dedicated to relaxing, restful holidays.

Nestled in the heart of the Deux-Sevres, La Belle Echappee guarantees accommodation of the highest standard.

The property is centrally heated. All the bedrooms are luxuriously appointed and well equipped. An extremely large and comfortable guest lounge/ dining room of 51 square metres featuring a traditional stone fireplace ensures room for all to relax, read, play games, watch a film or simply chill out. English satellite is installed providing all TV channels. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee machine etc. The kitchen leads on to a small balcony with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

La Belle Echappée is extremely child friendly, offering stair-gates, baby bath, bath mat, potty, bottle sterilizer, changing mat, high chair, fixed cot, 2 travel cots and books plus an array of outdoor toys and equipment.


We offer our guests a base that allows them to kick back and relax in peaceful surroundings.

The apartment provides home comfort with the flexibility to suit your travel plans - arrive on any day of the week for 2 or more nights.

We are ideally situated for guests to be able to wander out to bars and restaurants from the doorstep but equipped for home cooking too.

The location is perfect to make the most of the fabulous Loire Valley countryside, historic towns, villages, vineyards and chateaux whether on foot, bike or further afield by car.

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Southern France is simply perfect for holidays in which to enjoy authentic French life in stunning surroundings. In the Dordogne region, popular events in summer include special farmers’ markets where you can feast on food cooked in front of you by the producers while musicians provide live entertainment,

Both the Dordogne and the Loire Valley have a great


La Maison Des Artistes

Large luxury retreat with heated pool, & hot tub in the South of France

Kick back, and relax in this calm, stylish retreat, which sleeps up to ten guests. It is situated in an exclusive part of Aragon; on a hillside residence, bordering onto the Garrigue an area renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, which has one of the most diverse and stunning ecosystems in the South of France. Only 10 minutes from Carcassonne and 15 minutes from the airport, La Maison des Artistes is perfect for groups who are looking for a large, luxury, holiday home in the South of France.

This modern architect’s house has been designed to make the most of the stunning views and local habitat.

➢Guests will have private use of all of the facilities during their stay including the house, infinity swimming pool, plunge pool, terrace, extensive grounds, hot tub, and parking for up to seven cars. Personal Chef, Chauffeur or daily cleaning service can be made available upon request for an additional fee.

The location offers the perfect combination of town and country as Carcassonne, La Cite, le Canal du Midi and Carcassonne airport are all within a short drive. If you don’t want to venture out during your stay you can head down to the local village shop to buy a fresh baguette and your favourite bottle of local wine, even enjoy soaking in the atmosphere next to a trickling brook or visit the fantastic La Bergerie restaurant and Tapas bar.

The area is also a dog walker’s paradise so we can accept wellbehaved pooches as long as they stay on the ground floor during a guest’s stay. This is at our discretion, please enquire before booking.

reputation for their pretty countryside, historic towns and villages and fairy tale castles, among many other attributes. They are great places to practice ‘l’art de vivre,’ or ‘art of living’ ingrained in French culture and encapsulating an approach to appreciating and relishing all the finer things of life, such as food, fashion, aesthetics, leisure, socialising and sophistication. 52


Sans Souci Gites is our home as well as our business and we seek to make your stay here a magical experience. Our three Gites are very well-equipped to be a home from home, offering excellent holiday accommodation:

A choice of two 2 bedroom and one 3 bedroom, up to a maximum of 14 people,

• Comfortable lounge with both UK and French TV, Fully fitted kitchen,

• Private secure garden with areas for both relaxing and dining with a gas barbeque,

WiFi around the site providing the best connectivity we can deliver in country France,

Child safety gates provided for the stairs (we have one cot and two high-chairs available on request), and

• Secure off-road parking for all our guests.

The communal areas around the pool and front gardens provide plenty of space for everyone. The vista is very tranquil and in the middle of summer the sunflowers add a very magical sight. We have a 6m x 12m heated swimming pool which has a large lounging area with uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside.

Adjacent to the pool is a communal area which offers shade from the grapevine covered pergola. We have a large communal dining table and a “Chillaxing Zone” with comfortable seating for reading, reflecting or just snoozing throughout the day.

The front of the property offers an area where games can be played, including Boules (pétanque) on the driveway and croquet on the lawned area. The area is maintained secure with electric gates for everyone’s safety.


Central Brittany B and B is a beautiful home which has been lovingly restored to offer you boutique bed and breakfast accommodation all year.

Sharon and Pete are dedicated hosts who have a passion for ensuring you have a perfect stay at Central Brittany Bed and Breakfast.

We have Superhost status with Airbnb and a rating of Excellent with and Google.

Situated just a 5 minute walk from the centre of the beautiful village of Rohan in the Morbihan department of Brittany.

The Nantes-Brest Canal is just 50 metres from the house. You can join the La Velodyssee cycle route here.

Explore Brittany from this Central Location with a Walking Breaks 7 nights From just 750.00€ per couple or two sharing a twin room.

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Cycling Breaks 2 days cycling on the Nantes et Brest Canal discover the chateau towns of Josselin & Pontivy from 254.20€ ( prices dated April 2024 )

Breakfast and some meals included in these breaks. Booking in advance.

Enjoy dining at our Table D’hotes. A unique three-course vegetarian menu daily prepared by our talented chef, Sharon, featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy flavourful and attractive dishes created with passion..

Sharon also writes a blog exploring the best of Brittany

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No matter how much in love you are, how romantic you feel and how deliciously fluttery those butterflies feel, the key to a successful wedding lies in the planning. With so many intricate pieces needing to come together at the same time, it simply wouldn’t be credible to expect it to happen at random.

Our wedding specialists all ensure that their parts are well prepared, carefully timed and have all the right ingredients to hand to ensure smooth and failsafe delivery, from the bridal hair-do to the ‘recovery

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Brinsop Court ticks the boxes for everything from the wedding breakfast to 5 Star overnight accommodation for guests. This amazing, picture-perfect venue is a 14th century manor house with a moat, cottages and brick barn, all sitting within 800 beautiful acres of Herefordshire countryside.

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Beautiful Bennetts Willow Barn in Worcestershire also offers a wonderful wedding venue filled with charm and choices and plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the occasion.

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Your special day starts with Blush & Roses. We know how important this day is to you and by choosing a highly experienced wedding specialist like us is the important first step forward to a great end result. Our creative and highly skilled team will ensure that perfect look which is so crucial to you. Every last detail is discussed with you before and also during your trial event and the actual big day, so we know your exact requirements and expectations. From our fabulous hair packages for the bride and bridal party, right through to our suite of great value beauty treatments, leading up to your wedding. Blush & Roses will be there to make you look and feel amazing!

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Attention to detail really counts when it comes to keeping a stylish home. There’s no hiding and no peace of mind from a bodged job. That’s why it always pays to employ the professionals and have experts take the strain and the responsibility for doing it right.

The specialists we’ve identified here can be relied upon to put perfection in place, whether on the inside or the outside of your home. J M Roofing will ensure both sound weatherproofing and good looks for the exterior, while Pineland will create a quality kitchen to suit the space you have, including making the most of all those awkward nooks and crannies.

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We are a family run establishment and the care we provide is very much based on the ethos that we look after people as if they are part of our own family. Offering individualised care, we aim to maintain independence whilst providing support.

The home itself is a period residence set in two acres of lawns and gardens close to the centre of the small village of Hanley Swan in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. We are well supported by our local surgery, district nurses, foot care, physiotherapists and a visiting hairdresser. Our CQC rating is GOOD.

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• Period property

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Albion Lodge Retirement Home

Gourmet Meal Care is a Community Interest Company with over 12 years experience in providing hearty home-cooked meals for those who may be struggling to cook.

It is an award winning ‘meals on wheels’ service which ensures that elderly and disabled residents in the Dudley area can maintain independence within their own home whilst simultaneously providing reassurance of wellbeing for families.

Recommended by Social Services, Gourmet Meal Care serves traditional British dinners which are freshly cooked each morning in their 5 star hygiene rated kitchen. Meals are then delivered and served hot, on a plate in the homes of clients by friendly drivers, along with a quick chat and welfare check.

Merton house Hotel is a special hotel catering for the older person and people with disabilities


Situated in the historic market town of Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

Merton House Hotel is set in a beautiful location overlooking the River Wye and across to the Black Mountains of Wales.

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