Cottages for Wild Swimming from Premier Cottages
Open water swimming has surged in recent years with many people extolling the mental and physical health benefits of outdoor dips. Premier Cottages picks properties with onsite lakes and ponds ideal for those keen to enjoy a wild swim while on holiday.
Beacon Hill Farm, Northumberland
Situated between the magnificent Northumbrian coastline, the Northumberland National Park and the Cheviot Hills, Beacon Hill Farm is surrounded by 50 acres of ancient beech woods, 300 acres of parkland and comes complete with a two-acre lake set up for wild swimming.
The lake is ideal for wild swimming, paddle boarding and private fly fishing with access limited to those staying at Beacon Hill. It is also a great location for a picnic or barbecue. Beacon Hill boasts a wide range of leisure facilities including a superb spa with indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, gymnasium and beauty salon. A week’s summer stay for six in Beacon Hill Farm’s South Granary costs from £815, in sleeps four Ash Cottage a stay starts from £1025 and in sleeps two Wood Cottage from £695. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07802 517121)
Heath Farm Holiday Cottages, Oxfordshire
Heath Farm Holiday Cottages is home to five award-winning luxury self-catering holiday cottages lovingly converted from old stone farm buildings and set in 70 acres of meadow and woodland.
Tapping into natural springs in the hillside, the onsite pond is a great place for a freshwater dip and swimmers also have the chance to spot deer, geese, ducks and the occasional kingfisher.
Heath Farm’s Walnut, Chestnut and Aslan cottages all have private hot tubs and are ideally placed for exploring the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. A five night’s summer stay in Heath Farm’s Walnut for four guests costs from £1049 and a three night weekend from £906. Alternatively, a week’s summer stay in Hazlenut for two guests costs from £592 and a three night weekend break from £486. Further cottages are also available. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01608 683270)
Millbrook Estate, Devon
Surrounded by the tranquil North Devon Countryside, Millbrook Estate offers four five-star award winning sleeps two properties. Wild swimming and a hot tub cabin can be found along a lantern lit woodland walk and there are two lakes for fishing and one that’s good for wild swimming. There’s also a BBQ hut for all-weather al-fresco dining and nature trails where visitors might run into a friendly Alpaca or two.
Each cottage is bursting with character, with sweeping views over the estate and there are onsite Type-2 and Tesla EV charging points. A week’s summer stay for two at Millbrook Estate’s Corncott costs from £1049 and a three night weekend break from £471.(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01769 629069)
Mendham Mill, Norfolk
With over 1,000 years of history and in perfect harmony with its surroundings, Mendham Mill has often been described as Narnia. The enormous watermill and slow moving river transports families to a world of relaxation and adventure.
Experience the thrill of wild swimming in a river with both deep and shallow sections (popularised by author Roger Deakin in 'Waterlogged' who particularly loved the waters around Mendham Mill). Alternatively, the river can be explored using the property’s three canoes and rowing boat and kids can see wildlife up close, including otters, kingfishers and other birds.
Mendham Mill is ideally placed to explore Norfolk. The neighbouring Harleston offers a mixture of both high street and independent shops, and those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to visit the award-winning chocolatier. Southwold’s famous beach and lighthouse are nearby, and Norwich and Thetford Forest are also close by. A seven-night summer stay in Mendham Mill’s The Miller’s House for eight guests and North Meadow Cottage for six starts from £1500 and a three night weekend from £1125. Cottages sleeping two and four are also available. (www.premiercottages.co.uk 01379 855282)
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