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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.

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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.

FROM: £326.00

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.

This holiday cottage at a glance

  • Sleeps two guests.
  • One bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.
  • Sunken patio area (not enclosed).
  • Parking for two vehicles.
  • One well behaved dog is welcome (small additional charge).
  • A baby is welcome (please bring your own cot/ moses basket).
  • WiFi.
  • Minimum of a two night stay.

Additional features

  • Ideal for a Romantic Retreat.
  • Exposed stone walls.
  • Granite work surfaces.
  • Underfloor heating.
  • Electric wood burner.
  • Electric induction hob and fan assisted oven, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment.
  • Television with FreeSat.
  • DVD player, CD player with iPod docking station and USB port.
  • Double cast iron swing seat, garden table and chairs, and sun loungers.

Attractions and nearby amenities

  • Sparrows Roost makes a perfect base for walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside and is surrounded by woods and valleys with stunning views.
  • An award winning pub, The Bear Inn, serving excellent food along with its famous Sunday carvery, is just a short walk away.
  • This area is steeped in history and well located within easy reach of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Bakewell and Ashbourne.
  • Visit the country houses of Chatsworth, Haddon and Hardwick.
  • The historic market town of Wirksworth is just two miles away and has shops, pubs and a couple of very nice restaurants along with several take-aways.

For additional inspiration on what to do within the area, please click here.

FROM: £357.00

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.

FROM: £324.00

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.

FROM: £658.00

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.

FROM: £278.00

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.

This holiday at a glance

  • Sleeps two guests.
  • One double bedroom with a roll top bath and separate shower attachment.
  • Private enclosed garden.
  • Private parking area for up to three cars.
  • Children over 12 years old welcome.
  • Sorry, no pets.
  • WiFi.
  • Minimum of three night stay.

Additional features

  • AGA, dishwasher, fridge, microwave.
  • Smart TV with Freeview in the sitting room.
  • Garden table and two chairs.

Attractions and nearby amenities

  • Enjoy the opportunity to do some windsurfing, sailing or fishing only two miles away at breath-taking Derwent Reservoir.
  • Hadrian’s Wall is a spectacular World Heritage Site, marching 73 miles from sea to sea across some of the wildest and dramatic country in England. Experience roman life and epic history in stunning locations.
  • In low tide cross the three mile causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and visit the historic ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, one of the most evocative places on the Northumberland coast
  • The beautiful villages of Blanchland (1 mile) and Corbridge (12 miles) and are well worth a visit. A little further afield is the vibrant city of Newcastle which boasts many attractions and the historic city of Durham with its cathedral and adjacent 11th Century castle.
  • Stunning Bamburgh Castle is close to the Farne Islands where you will find seals, puffins and 100,000 seabirds, while Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a remote headland in Northumberland with dramatic views across the coast.
  • The North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark has more officially designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites than any other UK destination. Go stargazing at the North Pennines Observatory just 11 miles away.
  • Experience what life was like in North East England in the 1820s, 1910s and 1940's at Beamish, an open air, living museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside.
  • Looking up at Alnwick Castle you may expect to see a quidditch match in full flow, as it played Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies. The home of the Percy family since 1309, Alnwick Castle has fabulous gardens, tea room and a tree house restaurant.

For additional inspiration on what to do within the area, please click here.

FROM: £388.00

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 holiday at a glance

  • Sleeps two guests.
  • One bedroom and one en-suite bathroom with Juliet balcony.
  • Large wooden balcony.
  • Onsite parking.
  • Sorry, no pets.
  • A welcome hamper will be provided (this differs from the standard Rural Retreats welcome hamper).
  • WiFi.
  • Minimum of a two night stay.

Additional features

  • Lodge Porter is on call 24/7 to transport guests to and from the spa/golf/dining facilities.
  • You can have one of the Hotel’s Chefs prepare a bespoke menu and serve it to you in the comfort and privacy of your lodge.
  • Complimentary access to indoor heated swimming pool, sanarium, steam room, Jacuzzi and gymnasium featuring the latest Technogym equipment.
  • Onsite spa and two championship golf courses for which additional charges will apply.
  • Onsite two AA Rosette restaurant, bars, clubhouse restaurant, gift and golf shops, squash court, pool, fishing, covered driving range and professional golf tuition for which additional charges will apply.
  • Underfloor heating throughout.
  • Electric oven and four ring induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer.
  • Flatscreen televisions, Blu-Ray DVD player, surround sound in the sitting room and iPod docking station.
  • Travel cot and high chair available on request, please note that additional charges may apply. Please bring your own cot linen.

Attractions and nearby amenities

  • An ideal base for exploring numerous local attractions and historic sites, such as Colchester Castle and Zoo, Tudor Lavenham and Constable's Dedham and Flatford Mill.
  • Wander around Beth Chatto's famous gardens.
  • The excellent antique shops and Kentwell Hall in Long Melford.

For additional inspiration on what to do within the area, please click here.

FROM: £402.00

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 holiday at a glance

  • Sleeps two guests.
  • Master bedroom with king-size bed.
  • En-suite bathroom with walk in wet room shower and separate bath.
  • Picturesque village setting.
  • WiFi.
  • A choice of two beautiful, private courtyard gardens, one of which is fully enclosed.
  • Babes in arms welcome.
  • One small well behaved dog welcome. ( small additional charge)
  • Parking for up to two cars.
  • Minimum of a three night stay.

Additional features

  • Underfloor heating on the ground floor.
  • Bespoke kitchen with granite surfaces.
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer.
  • Small dishwasher.
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer.
  • Television with Freeview TV.
  • Blu-ray player.
  • IPod docking system.
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request.
  • Garden furniture and sun loungers.
  • Barbecue.

Attractions and nearby amenities

  • Shopping is a real pleasure in Stamford; narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards are home to speciality shops, fine jewellers and designer boutiques, while the high street has a great choice of independent and recognised retailers.
  • Head to a cosy café and watch the world go by over the rim of your tea cup, or enjoy the surroundings of the many traditional inns serving home-cooked fayre. The George of Stamford (an old coaching inn that offers the perfect escape) is a favourite among locals and visitors alike; enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea in the lounge or courtyard, or a delicious meal in the oak panelled restaurant.
  • Towns and villages: from antique hunting in Uppingham, to designer clothes shopping in Oakham; explore the charming villages of Knossington and Braunston where a fusion of country market town appeal is on offer nearby.
  • There are several golf courses close by, including Greetham Valley, Rutland Water Golf Course and the prestigious Luffenham Heath.
  • Burghley House, a breathtaking Elizabethan stately home, is still privately owned. You may recognise Burghley House from its many appearances on the big screen, including The Da Vinci Code and Pride & Prejudice, when it played the home of Lady Catherine De Bourgh.
  • Equine lovers will relish a stay at Rectory Cottage in September when the world famous Burghley Horse Trials take place just a pleasant stroll away from the cottage. This 3-day event is one of only six such competitions in the world; a sport designed to be a complete test of horsemanship, attracting the best of international riders and horses in pursuit of the coveted first prize.
  • If you enjoy the great outdoors, then you will find lots of thing to enjoy in this rural retreat. Outdoor sports are extremely well catered for with plenty of walking and cycling available, plus fishing, golfing and the huge choice of watersports that take place on Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
  • Stamford train station is the nearest train station with connecting trains from Peterborough Station just one stop away (15 minutes). Direct trains from London to Peterborough take only 50 minutes.

For additional inspiration on what to do within the area, please click here.

FROM: £343.00

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.

This holiday cottage at a glance

  • Accommodation all on ground floor with no internal steps or low headroom.
  • Sleeps two guests.
  • One bedroom and one shower room.
  • Wood burning stove.
  • Enclosed garden with a barbecue and garden furniture.
  • May require a 4 x 4 vehicle in the winter months due to narrow lanes.
  • Children and babies are welcome at the property.
  • Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome at the property (small additional charge per dog).
  • WiFi.
  • Minimum of a two night stay.

Additional features

  • Stunning, panoramic views.
  • Electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge and separate freezer.
  • TV, Sky plus with Sky sports package, DVD, CD/radio, iPod Dock.
  • Travel cot and high chair available upon request.

Attractions and nearby amenities

  • Visit Bodnant Gardens, owned by the National Trust and open 361 days a year.
  • A short drive away, make sure you spend some time at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre where you can shop in the lovely, deli, bakery or cheese shop, enjoy a wine tasting experience or simply sit down for a delectable meal at their restaurant.
  • A number of Welsh castles including Conway, Caernarvon, Beaumaris, Harlech, Dolwydellan, Denbigh and Rhuddlan are within easy striking distance.
  • Tryfan and the Carneddau are easily seen from Garreg Wen which enjoys stunning views of the Snowdonia National Park. Take a walk to the spectacular Swallow Falls near Betws-y-Coed and Snowdon, after extremely heavy rainfall is when it is at its best, as water cascades down the rock face.
  • The Victorian town of Llandudno and the medieval walled town of Conwy are within easy reach.
  • Add to this the glorious country walks in forests and mountains, the wide sandy beaches of Conway, Penmaenmawr and Colwyn Bay and many ancient castles to get the perfect holiday setting.

For additional inspiration on what to do within the area, please click here.