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  • Top 5 romantic cottages for a Valentine weekend away

    on 28/01/2015

    1. Weir Cottage, Kent
    Indulge yourself in a unique holiday cottage experience within the 500-acre parkland estate at Leeds Castle, Kent. Originally a Norman stronghold, the private property of 6 medieval queens and a palace used by Henry VIII. In the 1930s the castle was a playground for the rich and famous as Lady Baillie, the last private owner entertained high society down from London for the weekends. The castle now offers visitors a glimpse of a rich past with a fine collection of art, porcelain and furniture. Within the 500-acre estate are six period holiday cottages, some furnished with antiques from the castle, and handmade drapes made by the castle seamstress. The sheets on the beds are fresh crisp Egyptian cotton and a welcome pack of toiletries is provided. Weir Cottage is a perfect riverside hideaway for a couple.

    2. Little Barn, Cotswolds

    This stylish and secluded retreat is tucked away into the hillside overlooking the village of Naunton at the head of the Windrush valley. Approached along a private drive, Little Barn is a detached, single-storey barn conversion surrounded by the owners' fields from which race horses can be seen across the valley. The local pub is just a short stroll away.

    3. Armboth Cottage, Lake District
    Nestled amidst beautifully landscaped grounds, this attractive, single storey, well-equipped holiday property stands adjacent to Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel, which occupies a peaceful setting on the shores of Lake Thirlmere in the centre of the Lake District National Park. This is an ideal base to enjoy the beauty of the area, with the inviting slopes of Helvellyn rising majestically behind, and is the perfect, tranquil location from which to explore. With views over the grounds and woodland towards Helvellyn, this charming holiday home offers the ideal destination for a relaxing break.

    4. Moorview, Ilkley, Yorkshire Dales
    One of a group of 8 listed historic buildings on the very edge of the world famous Ilkley Moor in the Yorkshire Dales. The elegant town centre is a 10 minute walk. Here you will find a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars, and not forgetting Betty's tea rooms where afternoon tea is a must. Famous nearby destinations include Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Harewood House, Brontë Country and the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are all within half an hour’s drive. All properties enjoy shared use of the leisure facilities including gym, sauna and hot tub with changing rooms. For your added comfort, dressing gowns are provided.

    5. Priesthill, Peak District
    Take a beautiful Peak District National Park setting, just over 3 miles from Bakewell, add a historic hall (first recorded in the Doomsday Book), and an ancient cluster of listed buildings converted to form superb holiday cottage accommodation....and the result is the captivating blend that is Harthill Hall. Nestling in 14 acres of grounds on an upland called Priest's Hill with excellent walking available from the doorstep, the properties have the use of an extensive range of leisure facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, solarium and treatment rooms. Priesthill also has a private hot tub. The cottages are furnished with antiques and surround a medieval cobbled courtyard. They all retain a wealth of original features including thick stone walls, large oak beams, mullion windows and flagstone floors.


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