Take the Plunge with Premier Cottages
Premier Cottages still has some fabulous houses with outdoor pools available to book this summer.
The historic five-star Trelowarren estate features 19 luxurious, eco-friendly cottages set within 100 acres of woodland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by olive trees its Walled Garden boasts a large heated (to 27C) ozone pool. The property has extensive on-site facilities including a garden spa, New Yard Restaurant and wood fired pizza shop. It’s also only 10 minutes from 14 different beaches, an hours drive to the Eden Project and is near to a number of food and drink specialists including the Chocolate Factory and Real Cornish Wines.
A seven-night stay for six in Trelowarren’s Fogou throughout July costs £2350. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01326 221224)
Cwrt-Yr-Ala Barns, Glamorgan
Nestled in the Vale of Glamorgan countryside, former hay barns Cwrt-Yr-Ala Barns provide a luxurious hideaway in the hills. Here the fully heated outdoor pool has a picture perfect backdrop with of views of the rolling countryside and is open from morning to night making it perfect for a moonlit swim under the stars. The 42-acre estate also offers a hot tub, bbq station and tennis court, and is just ten minutes from Cardiff Bay and Penarth. Cwrt-Yr-Ala Barns has cottages that sleep from two to 12.
A seven-night stay for two in Cwrt-Yr-Ala Barns’ The Swallows Nest in July is £1500. Alternatively, a seven-night stay for four in Deer’s Leap in July is £2000. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 02920 376919)
Broomhill Manor, Cornwall
Broomhill Manor is a collection of 17 luxury cob-barn conversions and one apartment by the sea in Cornwall. Within 18 acres of private gardens is a 30-foot outdoor heated pool, a tranquil paradise surrounded by a sun terrace with a smaller paddling area for toddlers to safely play in. The manor has an excellent on-site leisure complex featuring a tropically heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, treatment room, licenced bar and games room. Outside there is tennis and horse riding available. Bude Bay is a short walk away with an excellent beach and selection of shops and cafes.
A seven-night stay in Broomhill’s sleeps six Kittiwake has stays available in July for £1355.
(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01288 352940)
Streele Farm, East Sussex
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the East Sussex Countryside, Compass Cottages’ Streele Farm is made up of two beautifully appointed thatched cottages, Streele Barn and Dairy. The estate features a large heated outdoor pool plus loungers, a pool house, picnic facilities and private woods. Also on site are a tennis court, fishing lake, horse riding, a trampoline and games room and the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and a number of National Trust properties are a short drive away. A seven-night stay in Streele Barn, sleeping six, is available in July for £2,350.
A seven-night stay in Streele Dairy, sleeping six, is available in July for £1,990. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01892 854030)
Long Chimney Cottages, Devon
Just two miles from a UNESCO world Heritage Coastline in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Long Chimney Cottages comprises three flint barn and stable conversions in Devon’s magnificent countryside. The Cottages offer a large shared Mediterranean style heated swimming pool with sun loungers, as well as sauna, games room and gym. Each cottage has its own private south facing garden with patio, sun loungers and a barbecue. Close by are Beer, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis where there are beaches, restaurants and stunning walks.
A seven-night stay in Long Chimney’s Well Cottage for four is available in July for £1409. A seven-night stay in July in Stable Cottage for six is available from £1717.
(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01297 680636)
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About Premier Cottages
Premier Cottages was established in 1999 and now represents almost 1,000 cottages in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands. It is not a bookings agency but an organisation of independent self-catering holiday cottage owners who work together to promote their luxury four and five-star holiday accommodation.
Properties featured by Premier Cottages range from small romantic boltholes to opulent large party houses, country estates and even a tree house. Guests book direct with the owner and therefore benefit from a whole reservoir of local knowledge. The company prides itself on selling a holiday rather than just a cottage. Also, as most of the owners live on site they are there to help when needed and also to provide information on local events, restaurants and attractions.