Brits Prefer to Stay at Home!

West Country CottagesMore of us are holidaying in Britain this year, with country pubs, sandy beaches and cosmopolitan cities convincing us that you don’t need to go abroad to have a great time. 

Dartmoor RiverAs we bask in the hottest April on record, a travel survey reveals the UK is set to enjoy a massive tourism boost this year as a huge 83% have decided to holiday at home.

The trend for ‘staycations’ is certainly on the rise, with top British destinations enjoying an increase in visitors over recent years – a combined 51% in the top five hot spots since 2010.

Cornwall is the favourite UK getaway for the fifth year running, with one in five Brits opting for cream teas, surfing and rolling Cornish countryside as their getaway of choice in 2015.

If you’re planning to enjoy a coastal staycation this summer, make sure you check out our webpage Holidays By The Beach, or perhaps go for a location a little off the beaten track to absorb the best of the West Country’s stunning countryside away from the crowds – click on the following link to search live availability West Country Cottages.

Here is a small selection of holiday homes which may tempt you to staycation!

Bramble Cottage

Bramble Cottage in Shillingford is surrounded by glorious green rolling hills yet just 15 miles from the sandy beach at Minehead – sleeping 2.

 

Peacehaven

Peacehaven is a lovely, detached house situated just 150 yards from Sand Bay and only 4 miles from Weston super Mare – sleeping 5.

 

The Dairy

The Dairy near Cheddar is a 260 year old property, which has been sympathetically converted to create a light, airy and charming cottage – sleeping 4.

 

Jennys Cottage

Jenny’s Cottage at Pendeen is an attractive barn conversion located about ten miles west of St Ives and just half a mile from the North Cornish coast – sleeping 2.

 

Sunny Mount

Sunny Mount is a stunning Victorian terraced townhouse in the heart of the beautiful seaside resort of Teignmouth, South Devon – sleeping 11.

 

Molly's Cottage

Molly’s Cottage is a perfect holiday hideaway, set in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, surrounded by beautiful gardens and with use of an outdoor heated swimming pool – sleeping 6.

 

Springfield Cottage

Springfield Cottage is a charming, detached cottage set on the outskirts of the village of Norton St Philip, just 7 miles from Bath – sleeping 2.

 

The Mill House

The Mill House, Mousehole is a detached, 18th century, Grade II listed cottage, ideally situated in the heart of the village – sleeping 5.

 

Larch View

Larch View, a modern bungalow filled with character, is situated in the contemporary village of Moorhaven in South Devon – sleeping 7.

 

Forestoke Linhay

Forestoke Linhay is a traditionally furnished detached, barn conversion situated on a small, working farm on the edge of Holne on Dartmoor, South Devon – sleeping 4.

 

Old Lyn Cottage

Old Lyn Cottage is in a wonderful location right next to the River Lyn in Lynmouth which is located on the northern edge of the Exmoor National Park – sleeping 4.

 

Surridge Farmhouse

Visitors to Surridge Farmhouse near Taunton will be stepping back in time when they stay at this stunning Grade II listed detached farmhouse – sleeping 9.

 

Harbour View Retreat

Harbour View Retreat is an idyllic, romantic hideaway with fantastic views of Brixham harbour and private parking – sleeping 2.

 

Pebble Walk

Pebble Walk is a stylish town house arranged over three floors, with views across to Watchet Beach, Somerset – sleeping 6.

 

Westcott

Westcott in Corfe Castle is a wonderful 16th century detached cottage, situated in one of Dorset’s most picturesque and desirable locations – sleeping 7.

 

Jordan House

Jordan House is an historic, character property situated up a hill on the edge of the old village of Boscastle in North Cornwall – sleeping 4.

 

 The Old Cart Shed

The Old Cart Shed at Rockbourne in the New Forest is full of character and situated on a working beef and arable farm – sleeping 6

 

To view all the quality holiday homes we have on offer go to westcountrycottages or to request a copy of our full colour brochure click here Request a Brochure or phone 01803 814000.

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Somerset & Steam

Enjoy a 20 mile steam train journey in a 1950’s railway carriage behind a steam locomotive, passing through the Quantock Hills and along the Exmoor Coast between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead. With 10 stations along the route there is a variety of things to see, do and explore including Dunster with its castle, Cleeve Abbey at Washford, the ancient harbour town of Watchet and the seaside at Minehead and Blue Anchor. Crowcombe Heathfield and Stogumber are also great starting points for country walking.

West Somerset RailwayYou’re going to need somewhere to rest your weary feet at the end of your busy day exploring, so check out these cottages which are conveniently placed for discovering the North Somerset coastline.

Waterloo CottageWaterloo Cottage is a charming, semi-detached thatched cottage situated by the river in the old part of Watchet, within a short walk of the shops, harbour, beach and steam railway station. This delightful 400 year old cottage has a wealth of character.  From the cottage you can walk along the Old Mineral Line to Washford and sample the cider at the Torre Cider Farm.

 

Fossils Reach & Pebble Walk are modern mid-terraced holiday homes set in a small cul-de-sac just a few hundred yards from the beach. Rich in reptile remains and ammonites, the pebbly beach at Watchet is a perfect place to while away the day watching the children beachcombing and hunting for fossils in the rock pools.

 

Station CottageStation Cottage, a sympathetically renovated mid terrace cottage, is situated in the heart of Minehead, surrounded by a vast variety of attractions, shops and restaurants. This delightful property makes an ideal base for families to enjoy all that this popular seaside resort has to offer.

 

Marley CottageRecently renovated, Marley Cottage has been thoughtfully decorated and furnished to create an inviting holiday home, with a pretty south facing seating area. Porlock is bordered to the north by a shingle ridge, with breathtaking views over the Bristol Channel, and to the south by the rolling hills of the Exmoor National Park.

 

BrooklynBrooklyn is a delightful cottage in the quiet village of Timberscombe, which lies within the Exmoor National Park, not far from the mediaeval village of Dunster.  It is an ideal location to enjoy country walks as well as the beautiful North Somerset coast. This cosy cottage is a real home-from- home with traditional features combining with modern conveniences.

 

Surridge FarmhouseVisitors to Surridge Farmhouse will be stepping back in time when they stay at this wonderful Grade II listed detached farmhouse. The warm and homely character of this spacious, traditionally furnished property will embrace you the moment you cross the threshold. This holiday home is just 9 miles from the start of this lovely steam train journey.

 

To see all the properties we have on offer, please visit westcountrycottages – we have a live availability search on our website – or why not give us a call 01803 814000.

 

Romantic Cottages in Devon

Valentine's DayWith Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday it’s the perfect time to book a Romantic Weekend Break and give your loved one an extra special treat. Whether you want a cosy rural retreat with an open fire or a property near either of the two stunning coastlines, we have the perfect property just waiting to be snapped up.

 

Dartmoor – the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England, but it’s much more than that. Whilst many people come to Dartmoor to enjoy the beautiful scenery and to recharge their batteries, many come to get active! There is an abundance of walking routes, a variety of cycle routes – both on and off road – and there is also the small matter of horse-riding, climbing, letterboxing, geo-caching or kayaking.

 

Forestoke LinhayForestoke Linhay is a detached, barn conversion situated on a small, working farm on the edge of the charming village of Holne. With open moorland just outside the farm gates it’s the perfect location for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. The cottage is traditionally furnished and full of character with exposed stone walls, wooden beams and vaulted ceilings. The living area is warmed by a woodburner, ideal for that cosy romantic weekend!

 

Brixham, South Devon – life in this busy fishing town has always centred around the harbour, where yachts and heritage trawlers jostle for space with day boats heading out to sea for the day’s catch. For a romantic day out, enjoy a cruise on a heritage trawler across the bay, taking in the stunning coastline and perhaps spotting some dolphins!

 

Harbour View RetreatHarbour View Retreat is an idyllic, romantic hideaway with fantastic views of Brixham harbour. This holiday home is situated above the owners’ home and benefits from private parking. Inside, the property is cosy and intimate with everything you need within easy reach.

 

Croyde Bay, North Devon – this magical place has a wide sheltered bay ideal for bathing and excellent surfing, clifftop walks and a village steeped in old world charm, but with a variety of restaurants, shops and pubs.

pipistrellecottage_louPipistrelle Cottage is a stunning barn conversion near Lynmouth and situated in the owners’ grounds, with far reaching views to Exmoor, only a mile away. Designed to a high standard, the cottage has an open plan living area and is comfortably furnished with striking blue and white seating.

 

Tavistock, West Devon – offering a wide range of interesting and practical shops, pannier market, riverside park, leisure centre and theatre, it’s an excellent base for visitors to see the town itself and for exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside, the wild Dartmoor scenery, and the many nearby pretty villages of Devon and Eastern Cornwall.

 

Harford HouseHarford House, Peter Tavy is situated on the edge of Harford Bridge Holiday Park within the beautiful Dartmoor National Park and is close to the River Tavy. Dating back to the 19th century, this charming detached property has been thoughtfully renovated to create a delightful holiday home with woodburners and original stone flooring.

 

We currently have properties available for up to four nights from only £171.          So don’t delay, make your Valentine’s day, and contact us on 01803 814000 for availability or visit our website to book online westcountrycottages.co.uk.

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Somerset – County of Contrasts

Glastonbury TorWhen you mention Somerset one of the first things you think of is Glastonbury Festival. But there’s so much more to this historic county. Whatever kind of place you want to spend your holiday in – city, coast or countryside – you’ll find it in Somerset.

 

Cheddar GorgeWhere to start? The Georgian splendour of Bath, the medieval intricacy of Wells, and Bristol’s historic seaport all are on the doorstep. From the wildlife-rich Levels, famous for the starling murmerations, it’s just a stone’s throw to the wild beauty of Exmoor. Cheddar Gorge reaches 500 feet in places, and the sides of the ravine boast the highest inland limestone cliffs in England. The Mendip Hills are one of the most important caving areas. Horse racing’s another speciality in these parts with racecourses at Taunton and Wincanton and several top UK National Hunt trainers.

 

Wells CathedralIf you’ve got a young family, how about a traditional family holiday? There is mile upon mile of level golden sandy beaches, and dozens of attractions including Wookey Hole Caves, the Steam Railway, Fleet Air Arm Museum and Haynes International Motor Museum, Dunster Castle and of course Glastonbury Tor at the heart of Somerset.

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May be it’s been a tough year and you want the kind of holiday where you can just relax. There’s the lovely fishing village of Porlock View, Exmoor’s historic Tarr Steps and the tranquillity of Glastonbury Abbey and Wells Cathedral.

 

Porlock WeirDon’t forget the cider, and the cheese, and the fudge, and the ……..  There is so much to mention, perhaps you should sample it for yourself and stay in one of our lovely holiday cottages.

 

Springfield CottageSpringfield Cottage is a charming, detached cottage set on the outskirts of the village of Norton St Philip, just seven miles from Bath. This quaint and quirky home is perfect for two; small, yet full of character.

 

 

BrooklynBrooklyn is a delightful cottage, a real home-from-home, in the quiet village of Timberscombe, which lies within the Exmoor National Park, not far from the medieval village of Dunster.

 

 

 

Marley CottageAccommodation on Exmoor cannot be found in more delightful surroundings than Porlock. Marley Cottage is in a secluded yet central location, and has been thoughtfully decorated and furnished to create an inviting holiday home.

 

 

Dove CottageDove Cottage at Stringston near Kilve, is a pretty 400 year old terraced cottage. A small stream crossed by a stone bridge is to the front and to the rear is a large parking area, enclosed lawn and patio.

 

 

You can check availability for any of our cottages throughout the Westcountry by clicking here: westcountrycottages.co.uk

Staycation?

What to do on your StaycationDomestic holidaymakers are now very much open to the idea of the south west of England playing a greater role in their choice of destination.  However staycation in the beautiful West Country comes with the unfortunate proviso that it will probably rain at some point.  Walking some of the stunning South West Coast Path or building sandcastles on sweeps of golden sand sounds lovely, but the reality is that the changeable English climate will mean you are stuck indoors at some point.

Here are a few holiday cottages which have indoor facilities or activities to keep all members of the family occupied.

Maenporth EstateMewstone and Pine Cottage are situated on the Maenporth Estate near Falmouth. The leisure complex includes an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna and sun terrace, and a games hall with a pool table and table tennis. A short walk from the leisure centre are two all-weather tennis courts and an enclosed play area for younger children.

Brookfield Lodge at Drimpton, Welloe Rock near Porthleven, The Milking Parlour at Wookey, and Harford House near Tavistock, all have a games room.

Colmer EstateThe Coach House on the Colmer Estate in South Devon enjoys shared use of an indoor pool, a fitness room with a range of cardio-vascular exercise equipment and a small games room which has a pool table.  There are also lots of outdoor facilities which includes a heated swimming pool, boules and croquet, and coarse fishing.

Grange Farm
Grange Farm, Bossiney near Tintagel is home to a six-foot pool table, supplied with the equipment for billiards, snooker and pool; spectators can sink into the leather sofas in the adjoining sitting room and watch the match!

 

Triscombe Farm
Triscombe Farm is in a sheltered wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme and has its own indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, games room and 190 acres of farmland to explore!  Stay at Fern Cottage or Primrose Cottage.