Gellideg is a gorgeous classic Welsh cottage nestled in the countryside on the edge of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, close to Cardigan Bay. This beautiful property was built in 1850 and sleeps up to four in two bedrooms. It is filled with character, from the beams and slate hearth to the country kitchen and cosy log burning stove. Walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and more, are all available nearby and also within easy reach are the beaches of the Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
There is a wonderfully sociable country kitchen/dining room plus attractive master bedroom with sumptuous king-size bed and French doors opening onto private balcony. The stylish and spacious second bedroom has attractive oak beams, sloping ceilings and a pretty cottage window. A seven-night stay for up to four arriving on 12th or 19th August costs £760. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07890 300375)
Tan Y Ffordd is a newly renovated apartment just steps from Tenby’s Blue Flag Beach and a short stroll from the action of the town centre.
Families are extremely well catered for here with beach towels, buckets and spades, beach games and a picnic mat as well as board games, BBQ, outdoor seating and blankets for the garden all provided. Each of the apartment’s three bedrooms comes equipped with free Wi Fi and televisions.
Tan Y Ffordd sleeps five guests and is available for a week’s stay from 18th and 25th August for £1100. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07966 442178)
Little Canwood House and Sharpnage House, Herefordshire are located in the heart of rolling Herefordshire countryside. Ideal for families or friends who want to holiday together, the properties sit in a tranquil position yet have all the conveniences of Hereford City Centre just 15 minutes away.
The local area offers plenty to keep active families entertained including: golf, great walks, horse riding, racing, cycling, kayaking and rowing. Little Canwood House accommodates seven and Sharpnage House sleeps ten. Both are available for a week arriving 28 August for £1343 and £2100 respectively or for a three night short break for £900 and £1200 respectively.(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07922 431817)
Home Farm located in Barton in Somerset is set in two acres in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is ideally situated for exploring Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, Bristol and Bath.
Cheddar, with its world famous gorge, is only five miles away and Wells, the smallest Cathedral City in England, only 15 miles away. Another must see is Glastonbury and its famous Tor, the coastal town of Clevedon with its famous pier is also well worth a visit.
Hayloft Cottage is available for a week from 19th August for £637.50 saving £112.50, and Fry’s Barn is available from 30th July for £799.85 for a week, saving £141.15. Both cottages sleep four. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01934 843333)
Burlton Cottages boast three stylish and characterful properties sleeping up to four guests. The family-run dog-friendly 500 acre private farming estate offers a wealth of walks and is just 20-mintues from the beautiful medieval country town of Shrewbury. Dogs are welcomed with their very own hamper boasting doggie treats, towels, throws and more.
Just steps from the cottage doors is a brand new 12 metre indoor swimming pool, plus hot tub, sauna and steam room. The ideal place to relax at the end of the day or to retreat to on rainy days.
A two night stay for four guests in The Courtyard is available from 18th August for £528 and a three night stay from 26th August for £700. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01939 270404)
Down in glorious Devon in the Blackdown Hills is baby and toddler friendly Red Doors Farm offering a 500 year old Grade II listed Devon longhouse and flint and thatch five star Gold cottages. Young children are kept entertained here whatever the weather with a children’s play area with swings, slide and play houses, garden games, trampoline, a two storey play fort and ride on toys. There’s also a games barn with table tennis, table football, a covered play area plus an indoor swimming pool and games room complete with ball pool. The highlight for many children is the interactive animal feeding sessions with our resident guinea pigs, pygmy goats, chickens and ducks.
Enjoy a week’s stay in sleeps four Courtyard Cottage arriving 25th August for £1695. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01404 890067)
The Hamlet provides country house chic in a spectacular 800 acres setting on the edge of the Cotswolds. The five properties combine the comforts of a good hotel and English country house with the independence and space of home.
It’s a paradise for children, with a playground: swings and slide and bantam chickens to feed and collect eggs from. For teens there’s a heated games room with pool, table tennis, air hockey and table football plus a woodland walk with a 6 metre swing over the sloping ground to enjoy.
Enjoy a week’s stay arriving in sleeps six Orchard Barn from 25th August for £1798. Alternatively a week’s stay for 16 in The Manor Group arriving 5th August costs £7241(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01594 827311)
Goose Hall, Montgomery, Mid-Wales
Goose Hall is a luxurious restored farmhouse in a wonderfully secluded location in Mid Wales, not far from the Shropshire border. It may not be close to the beach, but it is perfect for outdoorsy families in search of an idyllic summer getaway, with the Kerry Ridgeway and Offa’s Dyke path close by for hiking and mountain biking, plus reservoirs offering fishing, sailing and many other activities. The house itself is owned by a restaurateur, so the large farmhouse kitchen is professionally-equipped and great for any budding Masterchefs to brush up on their skills. There’s a lounge with open fire, flat-screen TV and WiFi music connection, an oak conservatory and private grounds with patio, outdoor furniture and a barbeque, making it ideal for enjoying lazy summer evenings. The house is great for two families holidaying together, with two spacious double bedrooms and a third bedroom with bunks sleeping up to four children.
As well as outdoor pursuits, nearby is the Kerry Vale Vineyard, which offers tours and tastings, and the historic Marches towns and villages of Bishop’s Castle, Clun, and Montgomery – all of which have markets, pubs, festivals, and more to discover.
Quality Cottages (www.qualitycottages.co.uk 01348 837871) offers seven night stays in July/August from £1,865 based on up to eight sharing.
Smolts Brook, near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Smolts Brook is a recently refurbished Edwardian cottage is tucked away in a pretty Welsh village, just over two miles from the lively coastal town of Aberystwyth. The house has three bedrooms, sleeping up to five, and features a stylish contemporary kitchen, a cosy lounge with log-burning fire, and spacious gardens, complete with a secluded outdoor hot tub – a real treat for relaxing in the evening sun. Smolts Brook is a great base for families who enjoy walking and cycling, with a choice of routes running right past the front door. Several of Cardigan Bay’s loveliest beaches are just a short drive away and families can enjoy a range of activities nearby, ranging from pony trekking and forest adventures to pottery and the dramatic Aberystwyth Cliff Railway. Nature-lovers can enjoy dolphin-spotting on a thrilling boat trip from nearby Aberaeron, while railway enthusiasts of all ages will love experiencing more of the region’s many steam railways.
Quality Cottages (www.qualitycottages.co.uk 01348 837871) offers seven night stays in July/August from £1,320 based on up to five sharing.
New for this summer, The Old Boathouse is a stylish and spacious family property in the sleepy village of Trefin, which is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline and its many beaches. The house is large, with four generous bedrooms, four bathrooms, a bright and comfortable sitting room, separate ‘snug’, well-equipped kitchen and a utility room for sandy beach gear. Outside is an enclosed garden as well as a patio with outdoor dining space and barbeque, plus above the garage is a huge playroom with table tennis and table football. Beach lovers will find themselves spoilt for choice along this section of coastline as the shingle and sand cove at Aberfelin is only a mile away, while the beaches at Porthgain, Abercastle and Abermawr are also nearby and for surfers, the huge sweep of Whitesands Bay is within easy reach too. St Davids, just 8 miles away, has plenty for families to discover from the history of the dramatic Cathedral and Bishops’ Palace to cafes, restaurants and an amazing ice cream parlour. It is also a starting point for many coastal adventures for adventurous families, including boat trips, sea kayaking and coasteering.
Quality Cottages (www.qualitycottages.co.uk 01348 837871) offers seven night stays in July/August from £1,755 based on up to eight sharing.
Solway Holiday Village is located in the north of Cumbria, enjoying easy access to both the mountains and coastline. This family oriented site is spread over 130 acres and packed with activities including a kids club, animal farm, indoor and outdoor play centres, sports facilities, heated indoor pool, spa, plus bars and restaurants. The main entertainment complex screens major Sky Sports events. There is also a mini train to transport guests around the park. Amongst the accommodation available on site is a Windermere two bedroom lodge. This pet friendly lodge can sleep up to five people and features a kitchen, living area and en-suite. Guests need to bring their own towels and cooking equipment.
Seven night breaks in August staying in Windermere Lodge cost £695 for up to five people. Each lodge has one double room and one single room with single bed and bunk beds.
Hagans Leisure (www.haganslesiure.co.uk 016973 31236) offers accommodation from only £19.86 pppn.