Platform 1 is a luxury apartment in the former Castle Howard Station, a grade II listed building in the Derwent river valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property has a fascinating history and once even welcomed Her Majesty Queen Victoria. The converted heritage rooms sleep two and dogs are also welcome, with a half-acre fenced garden to explore and enclosed courtyard at the apartment’s back door. A seven night stay for two arriving 24th December is £1469 and a week arriving on 31st December is £1215. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01653 749750). Images here
The Oast House, Beechcroft Sussex
Situated on a cattle breeding farm the unique Oast House has exposed timbering and a roundel, once used for drying hops, which now provides the circular sitting room and principal bedroom with en suite bathroom. The property has two further bedrooms, well equipped kitchen and dining area with sliding French windows to the south facing patio.
A great pub serving local food is a short walk away and there is a choice of farmer's markets and farm shops nearby too. Norman's Bay, the Cuckmere Haven Nature Reserve, the South Downs (offering some of the best walking and off road cycling in the country) are close by. A week’s Christmas stay for five guests arriving 23rd December or a new year stay arriving 30th December is £1949. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07831 443309) No pets or children under five. Images here
The Bakehouse, Home Farm, Somerset
Nestled at the foot of the Mendips in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Home Farm’s The Bakehouse is a beautiful Grade II listed holiday cottage filled with old world character. The charming property features a heavily beamed ground floor area with large impressive inglenook fireplace and woodburning stove.
The attractions of Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and Bristol are within easy reach as are a choice of beaches. A week’s stay for two in The Bakehouse arriving 24th December is just £530 and a week’s stay arriving on 31 December is £499.(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01934 843333) Images here
Scolton Country Cottages, Pembrokeshire
Scolton Country Cottages are set in beautiful countryside in the heart of Pembrokeshire just a short drive from the coast and rugged Preseli Mountains. The town of Haverfordwest is also just four miles down the road.
All cottages have central heating, Freeview TV and Wi-Fi and onsite facilities include: an indoor pool, sauna and steam room. There is also direct access to the historic Scolton Manor situated next door and Carew Castle is 25-minute drive away.
A seven night stay arriving on 23rd December or 30th December in Scolton’s Granary cottage for four is £900. Alternatively, a seven night stay for four in the Stable or the Barn arriving on 23rd December is £825. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01437 731599). Images here
Poppyland Holiday Cottages, Norfolk
Poppyland Holiday Cottages features seven cottages in the historic fishing village of Overstrand, a short stroll from sandy beaches. From here it’s easy to walk a stretch of the English Coast Path between the seaside village of Overstrand and the town of Cromer. The Path can be accessed from Overstrand cliff top. In the village is a play area, grocery store and the traditional White Horse pub.
Overstrand is close to many National Trust properties and attractions including the North Norfolk Steam Railway and The Norfolk Broads.
A seven night Christmas stay in Gardeners for four arriving 23rd December is £855 and a New Year stay arriving on 30th December is £851. Alternatively, also arriving on 30th December, a seven-night stay for five in Forsythia is £914. Further cottages are also available for Christmas and New Year stays.(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01263 577473) Images here
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