Summerdown is a stylish and romantic self-catering cottage just for two, set down a little loke in Blakeney. With its peaceful setting and outside fire pit (perfect for toasting marshmallows), this luxury coastal self-catering retreat offers cuddly couples a blissful escape for two and comes with a super cinema room too.
Lovebirds and nature lovers are sure to fall for this pretty place … beautifully styled and decorated throughout with a king size master bedroom with beautiful soft furnishings and linens, an en suite with double walk-in monsoon shower plus spacious open plan living area with kitchen and seating/dining area. With a vaulted ceiling in the main living area and large double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows with doors to the front terrace and a mezzanine floor above with its TV/cinema room, it’s the perfect place to have time to yourselves and escape from the outside world.
Quietly located in Blakeney village, up a little loke, this peaceful haven is far enough from the hustle and bustle of the harbour, but close enough to stroll down to the sea in the morning, breathe in the sea air and pick up breakfast along the way.
The wildlife spotting opportunities abound in and around Blakeney, which is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Keep your eyes peeled for waders, barn owls, marsh harriers, bearded tits, hares and deer. The quay is a great place to learn to catch the local crabs and try your hand at ‘gillying’ and the place to launch sailing and pleasure craft. Head to Friary Hills for a short walk or catch a boat to Blakeney Point, where you can see the seals in their natural
habitat on a stretch of coastline that has a huge variety of wildlife, plant life, salt marsh and sand dunes.
The location of this cottage allows you easy access to enjoy and appreciate Norfolk’s vast open landscape and big skies.
With parking directly outside the cottage, make sure you leave the car behind for a day, pull on your walking boots, step outside and walk the coastal path. With so many fabulous eateries and local produce in abundance along this part of the coastline you can enjoy refuelling and rewarding yourself along the way too. Head back to the cottage, light the woodburner and then recall the day's events while you warm your toes.
Garden House is a delightful log cabin, situated in the grounds of Flagstaff House, just a stone's throw from the sea front of Burnham Overy Staithe.
The charms of this warm and cosy open-plan cabin, with its quaint twin bedroom, make it a special place to relax and unwind. A wonderful romantic getaway.
Burnham Overy Staithe is ideal for recreational sailing, take a ferry to Scolt Head Island's National Trust Nature Reserve or go for the mile long walk to one of Norfolk's most secluded beaches – at the end of the path, walk over the sand dunes and you will arrive at Burnham Overy beach – an amazing, simply stunning, vast and sandy beach, ideal for picnics and endless beach walks.
Sparrows Roost is a pretty, detached barn conversion, ideally located on the edge of the Peak District National Park. This stunning property has been newly renovated to a very high standard, whilst retaining its original, quirky character.
Dogs are welcome at the property and to enjoy the beautiful walks right from the door, the owners have prepared detailed maps and directions for walks around the cottages, so you can find the prettiest footpaths and best views. You are situated in the picturesque village of Alderwasley, in a peaceful and relatively undiscovered area just a few miles from Matlock.
This cottage may be booked together with Pendleton Cottage to accommodate up to four guests.
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With its spectacular sea views, The Link is one of two semi-detached cottages at the lighthouse, which is a mile from the traditional North Norfolk town of Cromer. The original Cromer Lighthouse was built in 1680 but the present lighthouse, a white octagonal tower, was built in 1833 and converted to automatic operation in 1990.
A 10 minute stroll along the coastal path or along the beach will take you into Cromer, where you can explore shops, pubs and sample local seafood – notably, the excellent Cromer crab sandwiches. Cromer is a popular holiday destination for families and has a long sandy beach with colourful beach huts. The pier has a theatre and cafe; and is the location of the RNLI life boat station which is open to the public. You can hire dipping nets and buckets there – try to catch your own Cromer crab from the pier! There is an excellent sea-front cafe/restaurant at the lifeboat museum.
Also on this site is Valonia, sleeping five guests.
This idyllic and stylish single-storey barn conversion for two, with large garden and plenty of privacy, is tucked away quietly in Ringstead and ideally placed to walk to the village pub on an evening and to explore North Norfolk by car, cycle or on foot.
This light and bright barn comes with a large open-plan living area which encompasses the kitchen, dining and sitting areas. Its contemporary designer kitchen is well-stocked and well-equipped for all your culinary needs and there are calming views through the french doors to the garden which wraps around the property. The master bedroom at the far end of the barn has exposed brickwork and a modern feel and has en-suite facilities, complete with roll-top free-standing bath with shower over.
Soak up the sun on warmer days on the paved sitting area which comes with table and chairs and spend lazy days in the large lawned garden. While away the hours watching the abundance of wildlife and keep your eyes peeled for hares and rabbits or pheasants, partridge, skylarks or birds of prey as they rise over the surrounding fields. Leveret is just a short walk from the renowned Gin Trap Inn, known locally for its huge selection of gins (there are over 100 gins from around the world to sample) and its fabulous home-cooked food. There is also a shop in the village and with Old Hunstanton beach being only a short two mile drive away, this little bolthole is a delight you will want to return to again and again.
Aviaries Barn is a one bedroom rustic barn conversion, full of character, tucked away in peaceful gardens in the centre of the village of Burnham Market.
It is immaculately presented and has been beautifully renovated using Pamment tiles and limed oak to create a stylish and relaxing environment to enjoy a grown-up holiday.
The downstairs bedroom, dining room and kitchen are flooded with natural light from extensive windows and french doors and the Pamment tiles are cosy underfoot with the benefit of underfloor heating. The beautiful spiral staircase takes you to the vaulted ceiling living area above, which stretches the full length of the property and has a solid limed oak floor, wood burning stove burner and comfortable deep sofas.
Set above Baybridge, Bale Hill Cottage is half a mile from the beautiful conservation village of Blanchland, part of the Lord Crewe Estate. This is described as one of the prettiest villages in England. Bale Hill Cottage has breath-taking 360 degree panoramic views to Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland Moor and Hunstansworth.
Located amidst the grouse moorland with “Dark Sky” status, watch in wonder at the glittering star clusters and admire some of the most magnificent constellations in the night sky. Home to the rare Red Kite, Red Squirrel, Lapwing, Merlin and Golden Plover, the area’s geopark status recognises its globally important heritage. Find yourself situated in the midst of a truly stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, dales, meadows, tumbling upland rivers and woodland with heritage reminders of its lead mining past.
In nearby Blanchland Village is a collection of pretty stone properties built from the remains of the medieval 12thCentury Blanchland Abbey. The village, with its unspoilt qualities, is a frequent film set for period productions and has a fabulous pub, The Lord Crewe Arms, dating back to the 12th Century which was voted Inn of the year for 2018 by the Good Pub Guide. This is where the Jacobite rebellion leader General Tom Foster hid inside the Inn's great fireplace in 1715. Also found here are the locally famous White Monk Tea Rooms and village shop.
Within half an hour's drive are the vibrant cities of Newcastle-on-Tyne, home to Greys Monument and the Metro Centre and Durham, which has great shopping, theatre, museums and music. With various attractions nearby such as the National Trust’s Housesteads Fort, the spectacular Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site and Gibside House, there’s plenty to do in the area. The rugged Northumberland coast and castles at Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh are within easy reach. Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island is only an hour away, and this makes Bale Hill Cottage a perfect location to enjoy this superb setting and explore Northumberland and the nearby coast.
Russet is one of four, one-bedroom country penthouse lodges which are part of Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, located in the peaceful, idyllic surroundings of Constable Country, near Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk. The lodges are perfect for indulgent, romantic breaks for two.
Spacious and bright, this first floor lodge offers an exquisitely furnished open-plan living, kitchen and dining area which features floor-to-ceiling windows at one end, with patio doors leading out onto huge wooden balconies looking out over the beautiful Suffolk countryside – just perfect for a leisurely breakfast, a spot of sunbathing or perhaps an evening cocktail or two as the sun goes down. The stunning, spacious en-suite double/twin bedroom features a high ceiling, glass chandelier and Juliet balcony.
Up to ten lodges offering a total of 16 double bedrooms can also be booked together for much larger groups of up to 32 guests. (For additional information, please click here). These are all within a five minute drive of the nearby outstanding facilities at the family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa.
This exquisitely designed luxury cottage in Tinwell near Stamford is a dreamy abode for lovebirds looking for a romantic break in 'The best place to live in Britain' (as voted by the Sunday Times). Rectory Cottage started life humbly as a stable to the adjacent rectory; guests will be intrigued by the row of nails set into a beam with tiny pieces of paper pinned above, some of which still denote the faded name of the horse whose tack would have hung beneath. Many original features have been sympathetically retained at this 18th century cottage, while the New England flavour with a twist of French romance creates a luxury self-catering space for romantics to relax and be inspired.
The well-equipped, open-plan New England-style kitchen and living room with limed oak floor and underfloor heating provides the perfect place to rustle up a romantic meal for two. Throw open the French doors from the dining room and enjoy a sophisticated supper by candlelight, or dine al fresco in the courtyard garden with the atmospheric lighting setting the scene. Climb the beautifully-lit staircase to the vintage king-size bedroom where fine linens, alpaca duvet and cloudburst and wool pillows will make lazy mornings in bed all the more tempting. The hand-carved oak headboard completes this romantic space, whilst the en-suite bathroom with deep tub and shower prove the perfect place to pamper.
Proclaimed by Sir Walter Scott as England's 'finest stone town', Stamford was declared a conservation area in 1967. Today Stamford is still as beautiful and it was then, boasting five medieval churches, 600 listed buildings of honey-hued limestone and hidden alleyways teeming with chic boutiques, eateries and alehouses. Ancient Stamford is a film-makers dream, offering a classic snapshot of olde worlde England. Romantics will recognise the town from Pride and Prejudice scenes whilst others will notice it also appears in The Da Vinci Code. The famous water meadows are an idyllic place for a romantic stroll to feed the ducks and enjoy the late afternoon sun sparkling on the river. Rutland's countryside is blissfully unspoilt; hire a row boat, find a perfect spot for a picnic, or just recline in the gardens and enjoy the birdsong.
This secluded cottage is part of a small working farm, offering luxury accommodation for two guests, set in spectacular countryside high above Bodnant Gardens (owned by the National Trust) and two miles from the village of Eglwysbach.
The village boasts an excellent pub, The Bee Inn and in August, is host to an annual Agricultural and Horticultural Show.
This remote cottage is the perfect place to unwind and “get away from it all.” When the sun is shining, relax outside with a glass of wine while staring out over the breath-taking views or cosy up in front of the wood burning stove with a good book.