Thurs 15 March 2012
The best place to enjoy the arrival of British springtime is out in the countryside, so this week we’re looking at farmhouses - big, cosy ones with beams, wood fires (because spring can still be a bit chilly) and large gardens, surrounded by rolling countryside…
Manor Farmhouse, Milstead, North Downs, KentThe beautiful 15th century thatched Manor Farmhouse features beamed interiors and large inglenooks. Attached to the main property are two annexes, the Barn and Stable Cottage, each with their own kitchens, bedrooms and wrap-around decked areas. The property also features its own leisure complex including a billiard room, library and sauna, a cinema room and an outdoor heated swimming pool in the landscaped garden. Manor Farmhouse is located in the charming village of Milstead, just a few miles from Sittingbourne, while Whitstable and Canterbury are a short drive away.
Sleeps up to 18 (10 bedrooms), from £3,313 per week.
Caemarchog, Llanigon, Hay-on-Wye, PowysCaemarchog Farmhouse and Barn is a great eco property with amazing views thanks to its hillside setting. Recently rebuilt combining local materials and traditional building techniques with modern technology and standards, the property is heated via a low temperature geo-thermal heating system and the water is supplied via a natural spring located in a nearby field. Inside the property is stylish and well equipped with state of the art cooking appliances, sleek granite worktops, a flat screen television and an AGA.
Sleeps up to 10 (five bedrooms), from £1,255 per week.
Church Farm, Fritchley, Belper, Peak DistrictRecently renovated, Grade II listed farmhouse with cosy interiors and lovely views. Located on the edge of the Peak District, there are walking and cycling routes directly from the door and the popular town of Matlock is just a 15 minute drive away.
Sleeps up to eight (three bedrooms), from £300 per week.
Yew Tree Farmhouse, Lechlade, CotswoldsLarge, stylish Georgian home, the Yew Tree Farmhouse is packed with original features including big, shuttered windows and log fires. The property sits in its own grounds including a large garden, a paddock and barns, on the edge of the charming Cotswold village of Lechlade.
Sleeps up to 14 (seven bedrooms), from £2,190 per week.
Tregay Farmhouse, Trelash, Camelford, CornwallLovely traditional farmhouse located five miles inland on the North Cornish coast with bright, comfortable interiors and set in four acres of private land, with a playing field, a tree house, a trampoline and a tree swing. There’s plenty to do, visit and explore in the area while the local village shop and pub are just two miles away.
Sleeps up to eight (four bedrooms), from £450 per week.
Broadwood Farm, Exmoor, SomersetTwo hundred year old farmhouse with gorgeous interiors including plenty of original features like window seats, wood panelling, oak floors and shutters. It’s also very well equipped with Wifi and an iPod docking station. Set in four acres of private grounds just a mile from Dunster and its castle, there’s plenty to do in beautiful Exmoor including walking, cycling, horse riding and surfing.
Sleeps up to 15 (six bedrooms), from £1,050 per week.
The Hen House, Witham on the Hill, Bourne, LincolnshireGrade ll listed, the pretty Hen House was recently converted and comes well equipped with a music surround system, DVD player, CD player, iPod docking station and Sky TV as well as underfloor heating. Set in large private grounds next to the owners' property, there’s an enclosed garden and an outside bar area with a wood fire pizza oven. Located in the peaceful village of Witham-on-the-Hill, the property is just a few miles from the old stone town of Stamford and close to attractions such as Burghley House, Rutland Water, Belvoir Castle and Belton House.
Sleeps up to four (one bedroom), from £495 per week.
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