Luxury self-catering off the beaten track
It’s normally around this time of year that we start day-dreaming of escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and finding somewhere we can recharge our batteries. Although, with everyone having the same idea, it can be difficult to find a truly relaxing retreat without swarms of tourists- that’s where we come in.
We’ve compiled a list of our luxury self-catering holiday homes that provide the ultimate holiday indulgence in some of the best spots of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, all the while being tucked away off the beaten track.
Flanked by dramatic cliffs and mysterious caves, the hidden coastal village of Trebarwith also benefits from the ease of accessing popular tourist’s attractions. The golden sandy beach here may not be as popular as its neighbours (Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Rock) but it’s equally as stunning and much less of a tourist trap.
Hugging a prime cliff side location, The Yellow Cottage is the epitome of luxury beachside living. Set over two spacious floors and boasting four boutique bedrooms, this elegant home-from-home is styled in cool hues and warm pastels, providing an elegant New England-style interior that mirrors its seaside
Perfectly positioned within the 140 acre Holt Farm Estate in North Somerset, The Old Barn has undergone extensive renovations and now boasts the ultimate in farm house self-catering stays. High ceilings are home to exposed wooden beams and stand tall above an expansive open plan living space consisting of a large living area, open plan kitchen and dining room.
Sleeping 8 guests with the possibility of up to 24 when having sole use of the Holt Farm Estate, this secluded bolthole makes for the perfect holiday in Somerset. Ideal for a family reunion, a games room provides ample entertainment with a pool table, table tennis and football table and an additional barn makes for the perfect place to celebrate special events.
Just 2 hours by car from London, 50 minutes to bustling Bristol and near to Stourhead Estate, Longleat safari and Cheddar Gorge, this characterful barn conversion is within easy reach of hustle and bustle, but off the beaten track enough for guests to be fully submerged in peace and tranquillity.
As seen in The Times’ 50 Best Cottages in Britain, this grand Grade II listed Georgian home in North Devon is saturated in seclusion within acres of beautiful gardens. The ultimate in luxury self-catering, guests are also encouraged to wander around the grounds and freely pick their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Flaunting a large outdoor heated pool, a tennis lawn, games barn and several enormous reception rooms with open fire places, there’s something for each of the 12-14 guests to enjoy. Exploring the area, you’ll find yourself deeper in the countryside with a series of foot and cycle paths along the famous Tarka Trail that lead around the North Devon countryside and along a calming river that provides an idyllic location for afternoon strolls.
Retaining many of its original features and all of its charm, The Watermill is a cosy Cornish cottage situated within the 65 acre private Whitehay Estate. Nestled within acres of green lawns and endless woodland, the surrounding wild orchards, natural wildlife and nearby tennis lawn expand the serenity even further.
This traditional cottage with original working water wheel benefits from an open plan living space, with the extensive kitchen and dining area sat beneath exposed wooden beams. Up to four guests can wake up in tranquillity after a late night star gazing through the Velux windows above the sumptuous beds. Peaceful privacy really is guaranteed at this luxury self-catering cottage in Cornwall, while still being just a short drive to the pretty town of Wadebridge and a 20 minute drive to the north coast beaches.
Starting life as a humble cowshed, this newly converted 19th century barn has been completely renovated to an exceptionally high standard. Previously part of the Lanhydrock Estate, Callywith is situated on 6 private acres of enveloping woodland on the edge of the expansive 650 acre Cardinham Woods.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing hideaway or an exclusive retreat to explore nature, the vast woodland encompassing Cardinham Barns benefits from various walking and cycling trails, great mountain biking opportunities and a children’s play park located just beside the cosy Woods Café.
Boasting lofty vaulted ceilings that tower above the stylish open plan kitchen, diner and lounge area, this barn is an instant home-from-home. Callywith also benefits from a beautiful garden with a BBQ and access to a luxury games barn. Sleeping up to four guests with the possibility of 12-14 guests, if the neighboring barns are rented alongside, Callywith is an excellent abode for a self-catering holiday in Cornwall.