Category Archives: Country accommodation in England

Holiday farmhouse in Exmoor

This is a beautiful period barn converted to provide a tasteful and unique holiday home. It has retained many original features and has high quality furniture, kitchens and bathrooms in keeping with the age of the property. Set in a wonderful riverside setting with 20 acres of lush fields, woods and parkland where you are free to roam along with the abundant wildlife.

  • A one bedroom ground floor barn conversion, sleeps 2.
  • Situated in 20 acres of beautiful grounds with fishing rights. (“This is an accommodating little river in a lovely Devon valley where time really does seem to stand still.”
    Mike Weaver, Trout And Salmon magazine, Feb. 2009)
  • Terrace, summer house and river.
  • Can be part of a four barn booking sleeping up to 14.

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Seaside cottage in Fowey

Charming three bedroom cottage right on the beach at Ready Money Cove in Fowey on the South Cornwall coast. The property has good access to the National Trust Coastal Path, Fowey town centre, which is about a 10 minute walk away and the beach, which is 30 yards away. Ideal base for the Eden Project , The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Carlyon Bay, Charlestown and Mevagissey.

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Seaside cottage in Norfolk

Seaside self catering holiday cottage in Salthouse, North Norfolk. Salthouse is set in a conservation area and is an ideal location from which to explore the North Norfolk Heritage Coast. Tystie Cottage ihas views over the marsh with easy access to the beach, and is a popular holiday home for birdwatchers. More

Holiday accommodation in Suffolk barns

The barns from Bulcamp Drift

This self-catering holiday accommodation is in two Suffolk barns and is ideal for birdwatching, family holidays, or just relaxing. The barns are set in a spectacular location overlooking the Blyth estuary. This area holds many treats for birdwatchers and ornithologists. Many rare birds can be seen from the windows — in 2003 these included resident little owls, barn owl, woodpecker and avocets, and an occasional osprey. Bitterns breed in the Hen Reedbeds Reserve close by and otters and seals are known to frequent the River Blyth. Marsh Harriers, kestrels and herons are also often seen in the area. Much of the area around the barns is either National Nature Reserve managed by English Nature, or Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserves. More

Birdwatching cottage in Norfolk

The holiday cottages at Home Farm Cranmer are ideally based for some of the best  birdwatching locations in the UK.  With some of the finest nature reserves in the country, and with its unique position on the east coast, whether you are an experienced ‘twitcher’ or enthusiastic amateur; Norfolk is Britain’s top birdwatching destination.  Pensthorpe reserve in Fakenham home of  Norfolk BBC Springwatch is just 10 minute drive away. The cottages have an arrangement with a local ornithologist who can arrange tailor made bird and nature watching trips for guests.  More

Wild Cornwall cottage

The Landmark Trust describe the location of their secluded granite cottage in strangely compelling terms – it’s for “those who worship the woods and the water and are prepared to be dominated by them.”  It sounds like a challenge, but suggests that those who allow themselves to be submerged in the exuberant Cornish nature will be richly rewarded. Frenchman’s Creek, made famous by Daphne Du Maurier, is a side creek of the Helford river, and its tidal ebb and flow are a constant reminder of the proximity of the sea.  More information

Clavell Tower – a clifftop folly

The Clavell Tower with its Tuscan colonnade, standing in the middle of nowhere, falls into the British tradition of follies.  Built in 1830, its isolated location in beautiful Dorset countryside stirs the imagination, and has made it a focal point for walkers on the Kimmeridge Bay cliffs.  Thomas Hardy courted his wife there.  The tower was on the point of crumbling into the sea until the Landmark Trust took it under their wing, moving it stone by stone further inland, and opening it up for holiday rental.  Situated in the Jurassic World Heritage site, below the cliffs there is a shore with fossils and rock pools to explore. The cliffs are also hunting grounds for peregrine falcons.  Access to the Tower is by a steep coastal path, so rucksacks are recommended rather than suitcases, as well as a torch if you arrive by night.  More information here.


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Eco-cabin in Cumbria

Unique architect-designed woodland hideaway, designed with both eco-consciousness and comfort in mind with views overlooking Windermere. The sleek cabin occupies its own small woodland where you can watch red squirrels from the windows. A short walk to the pubs and shop at Sawrey. From £500 for the week (low season – and only sleeps two). Visit the Love shack (not sure about that name)

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Organic farm stay in Sussex

Beech Hill Farm is an organically run 20 acre small farm with rare breed sheep. The farm is set in the unspoilt countryside of the Sussex High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 4 4tar ETC rated self-catering accommodation is available. “You can visit Beech Hill Farm by yourself for a rural retreat or with friends: there is the Studio, The Coach House” In 2004 Beech Hill Farm won two Awards; SEEDA Sustainable Business Award for Resource Efficiency and BETRE Green Action Award for their Rain-Harvesting Scheme in 2005 Beech Hill Farm took part in the RSPB Farm and Volunteer Alliance Scheme and have recorded over 50 varieties of birds including a number on the Red and Amber list for endangered species.