The winter months are beginning to make way for our beloved British sunshine, and with this comes the eagerly anticipated summer holiday conversations, ‘where shall we go this year?’.
When it comes to choosing your perfect destination, there are so many things to consider, and knowing where to start can be a daunting task. The aim of this guide is to help you find your home from home, whether you’re a big group of girls looking for a place for a weekend away or a pair of families in need of some respite from the day-to-day school runs.
Wherever you choose to go, however long you want to go for, we want you to find a place that you will want to visit again and again.
Below is a selection of 10 properties we think you will love:
Cherry Tree Farmhouse, Taunton, Somerset
Cherry Tree is a stunning, Grade II listed modern farmhouse conversion with 5 luxury bedrooms.
Somerset is a fantastic destination for families, and Cherry Tree is the perfect place to base your time. Close by you will find some beautiful beaches, stunning walks where you will stumble upon caves to explore, as well as some great pubs and restaurants nearby.
However, with a private hot tub and 38ft swimming pool, you might find yourself staying within the beautiful walled garden. This place is so beautiful, you may never want to leave!
Dogs are welcome too.
Tickenhurst, Knowlton, Canterbury, Kent
Tickenhurst House on The Knowlton Estate is the ideal place for those seeking some rest and respite from their busy day-to-day. Situated in its own private gardens, and with a total of 5 bedrooms, the property offers ample space for a large family or group of friends.
The traditional farmhouse kitchen and adjoining dining area are truly the heart of the home, offering the perfect setting for special gatherings and celebrations, bringing friends and family together.
The historic city of Canterbury is a fantastic day out, with many options should you have children in tow. The must-see attractions are the Canterbury Cathedral, the ruins of Norman Castle, unmissable productions at The Canterbury Tales, as well as many river and walking tours.
Buttercups Haybarn, Whitchurch, Shropshire
Situated in Whitchurch, Buttercups Haybarn is a Georgian style barn offering 5 star, luxury accommodation. Recently converted into 6 bedrooms, the barns interior is wonderfully impressive, with restored original features. The stunning views across a wildlife pond and farmland are a welcomed excuse to daydream and forget busy city living.
The property is a stone’s throw from Stafford, Shrewsbury and Chester, offering a huge range of family activities.
There is a swimming pool and tennis court to enjoy day to day, and a patio area with the use of 3 shared barbecues for creating some fun, memorable evenings.
Chateau de la Couronne, Angouleme, Charente, France
With a total of 9 stunning bedrooms, the chateau’s interior is an eclectic collaboration of chic and traditional. The kitchen is spacious and has everything in your culinary dreams. Alternatively the chateau can organise caterers and chefs at your request should you want to really kick back and enjoy the luxury.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do here. There is a private cinema, heated swimming pool, billiard room, as well as a fully functioning bar and a library where you can get lost in literature. Take our advice, it really is best to take an extended holiday here, just so that you can truly experience the glitz and glamour of this breathtaking property.
The Old Rectory, Oldbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire
Surrounded by 2 acres of beautiful gardens, this Victorian Rectory is located in Oldbury-on-Severn, just an hour away from Bristol International.
The interior is wonderfully British, with a quintessential farmhouse kitchen, complete with stone floor and an Aga, with space to dine comfortably in the heart of the home. There is also a 10 person dining table in separate dining room.
There is an astroturf tennis court, a heated outdoor swimming pool and even a croquet lawn.
With 5 spectacular bedrooms, this property would be a great choice for families or big groups.
A perfect destination for golfers, with an 18 hole putting green closeby in Thornbury.
Mid Rock House, Elie, Fife, Scotland
This stunning beach house in Fife is the perfect venue for a relaxing getaway. The ample space makes this property an excellent choice for a pair of families.
The modern interior is immediately stunning and impressive, with 5 luxury bedrooms and bathrooms. The owners have paid close attention to detail when it comes to amenities and ensuring guests have everything they need, including fully equipping the property with linens and beach towels.
The sheltered terrace offers the perfect setting for summers evenings overlooking the sea whilst enjoying barbecue with friends and family.
Oast House, East Sussex, England
Described as a ‘fairy tale’ house, this beautiful oast house is located in the heart of East Sussex, between Brighton and Hastings. The property has 4 large bedrooms, two of which are circular, situated in the towers with views over the grounds.
The house is set back from any roads, providing a safe and peaceful location for the family to enjoy.
There is a choice of dining options, with a large 12-person dining table or a built-in barbecue with space to relax and kick back during the warm summer nights.
The outdoor swimming pool sits beneath trellis adorned with beautiful hanging flowers and climbing plants. There is also a hot tub which seats up to 6 people.
Moat Cottage at Wilderness Reserve, Halesworth, Suffolk
If you’re looking for the sublime, then this is the place for you. This thatched, moated Tudor farmhouse has been restored and converted to the highest standard, with a total of 6 luxury bedrooms, one of which is located inside the boat house, just minutes from the main property.
The kitchen has bi-fold doors that open up to reveal rolling, stunning views, a perfect setting for leisurely summer evenings. With underfloor heating throughout the property, the bathrooms are fitted with roll top baths, huge walk in, wet-room style showers. There is also an outdoor hot tub, swimming pool and tennis court.
This would be a great choice for those who enjoy fishing, as the moat is stocked with plenty of fish.
Tyne Hill Barn, Sibford Gower, Oxfordshire
Tyne Hill is a luxury barn and self-contained cottage, which can accommodate up to 13 people in a total of 6 bedrooms.
The property is a great choice for celebrations and parties, offering the perfect mix of modern living in a rural location.
Complete with a tennis court, a private swimming pool with a cosy sofa/seating area, wood burning stoves and open fires, Tyne Hill Barn offers the perfect setting for a celebration at any time of year.
Prices for hiring the main barn and cottage together are available on request by contact the owner.
Abercynafon Farm Barn, Powys, Brecon Beacons
This beautiful 19th Century farmhouse has been converted with the finest details in mind, including a hand-made, oak staircase
The property has held onto many of its beautiful, original features, including oak beams which are exposed throughout. The classic wood burning stove in the sitting room creates the ideal atmosphere in which you can kick your city shoes off and relax for a long weekend.
The property’s electricity is generated by a micro-hydroelectric turbine, which is owned by the farm. Therefore the owners are focused on a green and ethical way of life, encouraging energy efficiency and recycling on their farm.
Feel free to pad around in bare feet, there is underfloor heating throughout to warm your cockles! This stunning property would be a fantastic choice for a winter getaway.
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