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Cottages near to Exhilarating Estuary Walks

The Fowey Estuary, Cornwall

Whether you enjoy leisurely woodland walks or cliff top paths, the walks around the Fowey Estuary cater for all levels and abilities.

Fowey Estuary Walking

Of the many walks available in the area, the most popular along the estuary is known as the Hall Walk and offers stunning views of the estuary, harbour and out to sea. This is a four mile circular walk which follows the banks of the river and also takes in the ferries via Bodinnick, Pont Creek and Poluran or back again, depending on your route. There is also a longer walk via the beautiful St Wyllow Church from Pont and onto Pencarrow Head where walkers can join up with the coastal path for a longer walk to Poluran.

Between Easter and September, there are guided walks available with experienced guides providing a historical narrative on this beautiful area. For further information contact the Fowey Tourist Information Centre.

Just eight miles from Fowey is the beautiful 17th Century Farmhouse, one of three self-catering Aga properties on a 100 acre dairy farm. These Grade II listed properties cater for groups from 2 to 6 and may be combined for larger groups. For further information visit:

AGA Cottage House in St Austell

The Taw Estuary, near Barnstaple, North Devon

This easy but beautiful walk can be as long or as short as you like and takes in part of the South West Coast Path, providing interest all year round, whatever the season. In this area, the South West Coast Path follows the disused track of the London and South Western Railway Branch Line that ran between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. The branch opened as a single-track line in 1874, but was so popular that it needed to be upgraded to double-track in 1889. Sadly, the line closed in 1970 when, like so many other areas, rail travel fell out of favour as more and more people owned their own cars. There’s plenty for twitchers to see with migrant waders and other waterbirds populating the salt marshes and even a rare bird of prey, the Hobby, hunting the swifts and swallows as they gather for their migration south.

For more information on this walk visit:

South West Coast Path Taw Estuary

There is a wide choice of AGA Cottages in and around the Barnstaple area, some sleep large numbers and make them ideal locations for larger family gatherings.

White Haven Retreat is a wing of a private home, which sleeps four and is in the quiet hamlet of Eastacombe, just outside Barnstaple. The AGA makes White Haven Retreat a cosy, comfortable base at any time of year, perfect for exploring the Taw Estuary and surrounds.

AGA Cottage Wing In Barnstaple

The Dee Estuary, North Wales

Beautiful North Wales has so much to see and do and is a real haven for walkers. The Wales Coastal Path was voted number one in the world in the Lonely Planet’s best in travel top ten regions in 2012 and it’s not hard to see why. There’s a particularly beautiful walk along the coastline between Flint Castle and Basingwerk Abbey, two treasured national historical monuments.
Starting at Flint Castle, or the ruins of this 13th century castle, part of a chain built by Edward I to encircle Wales, the walk starts with beautiful views of the estuary and out towards the Wirral. Following the coastline, the walk takes in the natural habitats of many species of birds and finally meanders half a mile inland to the 12th century Basingwerk Abbey. The substantial remains of this once Cistercian Abbey form a stunning backdrop although be warned, you may not be here in this peaceful location on your own. Many local people report strange phenomenon and goings on around the Abbey including a colourful ghost seen hovering near where the second floor once would have been and the noise and smoky smell of a train in the woods in Holywell. Whatever you believe, there’s no denying the beauty of the area.

Visit Flintshire Wales Coast Path

Many of our Welsh Aga cottages are within driving distance of stunning locations for walks. Kingslow Cottage is a mid terrace period property sleeping six in the centre of the village of Newborough. Whether you want to explore to the west and take in Anglesey and Conwy or travel slightly further afield to Flintshire in the east, this cosy, welcoming cottage is the perfect base.

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AGA Cottage – Cottage in Bangor

The Tay Estuary, Scotland

The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Estuary in the south to the Tay Estuary in the north and stretches some 117 miles. Once again there is something for everyone on this path from the gentle stroll to the vertiginous (almost!) ascent. Depending on your taste, one stretch starting at the old pier in Newport-on-Tay, starts gently enough passing through Wormit, largely on tarmacadam but then becomes a grassy path and ascends to the coastal path. Whether you walk the three steep miles up the coastal path, stop and enjoy the views across to Dundee and down the estuary taking in the bridges or whether you carry on to Newburgh, you’re sure to enjoy all the Scottish coastline has to offer.

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Fife Coastal Walks

Perched right on the banks of the River Tay in Newport with unimpeded views of the water is the delightful Tay House. For those so inclined, the house also has its own slipway and mooring but non-boaty types will feel just at home in this comfortable and cosy house. With the cosmopolitan cities of Dundee and St Andrews a car journey away there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.

For more information see:

AGA Cottages House in Newport on Tay

The Aln Estuary, Northumbria

The picture postcard perfect village of Alnmouth, with its red roofed cottages is the perfect starting point for a coastal walk that takes in the Aln estuary and ends up at the medieval Warkworth Castle. The track crosses Buston Links, covered in wild flowers in spring time and follows a beautifully wild stretch of beach where Artic Terns dive for fish, best visited when the tide is out and the golden sands stretch for miles.

To find out more, please visit:

Your Northumberland – Alnmouth

In nearby Eglingham, just outside Alnwick, is Sunflower Cottage, a wonderful old stone built cottage with views over open countryside. Sleeping six, this inviting Aga cottage is also within easy driving distance of Alnwick and Dunstanburgh Castles as well as the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne.

For more information please visit:

AGA Cottages – Cottage in Alnwick

Article written by Rebecca Russell
Image: Copyright: Ian Wool / 123RF Stock Photo

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8 AGA Myths Demystified

Here at AGA Cottages, we understand that if you’ve never had the joy of cooking with an AGA before, they can be rather intimidating at first. There she is, sitting silently in the kitchen, practically breathing fire like a mythical beast. Terrifying, right? Wrong! An AGA is a gentle giant, a warm and welcoming friend, and once you’ve shared a kitchen with one, you’ll never want to go back to a conventional oven and hob.

Let’s look at some of the most popular myths about AGAs and AGA cooking.

1. You can’t bake with an AGA

Yes you can! All 3 and 4 oven AGAs have a baking oven (see our Getting the Most out of your AGA Cottage Guide). If you have a 2 oven AGA in your AGA Cottage, you can easily turn the roasting oven into a baking oven by inserting the cold shelf at the top of the oven. This reduces the temperature of the roasting oven to make it perfect for baking.

2. You can’t grill with an AGA

Yes you can! The roasting oven is perfect for grilling. Simply place a grill rack inside a baking tin and slide it into the roasting oven on one of the top runners. You can even prepare a full English grilled breakfast in one tray in an AGA: place sliced tomatoes and mushrooms in the base of a baking tray on top of some Bake-O-Glide if you have it. Pop the grill rack over the vegetables and add your sausages. After ten minutes, turn the sausages and add some rashers of bacon to the rack and ten minutes later, voila! A one-tray full English breakfast. Serve with some AGA eggs cooked on the simmering plate and your membership of the Domestic Goddesses Society will be in the bag.

3. You can’t stir fry on an AGA

Yes you can! And you don’t even need a Wok. You can simply use a large, flat based pan. To get your stir fry sizzling, first heat the pan in the roasting over to get it nice and warm. Take it out of the oven and put straight on the boiling plate. Add your oil or cooking fat and when it starts to sizzle you’re ready to stir fry.

4. You have to live off stew for the entire holiday

No you don’t! See 1-3 above! The AGA is all things to all cooks. It makes perfect roasts, breakfasts, pasta, rice, pies, cakes, flans… and yes, it even stews! There is absolutely nothing that you can cook on a conventional oven and hob that you can’t cook on an AGA. And, it will probably taste better!!

5. AGAs are inflexible

No they’re not! See 1-4 above! As well as cooking, AGAs often heat water, radiators and they provide an excellent way of airing and even ironing laundry. Show me a conventional cooker that can do all that and I’ll show you inflexible!

6. AGAs are expensive to run

This might not really apply to you if you’re only using an AGA on your holiday because your costs are probably covered. But if you’re considering getting your very own AGA, don’t think of it as just a cooker. Depending on the type of AGA you’re thinking of getting, factor in the cost of constant hot water, heating, drying, ironing, toasting, boiling kettles as well as simply using it as an oven and hob. It’s true that some older AGAs are expensive to run but this is not always the case and newer models can be controlled all year round and can be run very efficiently and relatively inexpensively.

7. AGAs are dangerous

AGAs are no more dangerous than any other cooker. Yes, you need to exercise caution with young children around an AGA as you would do around a conventional cooker but AGAs are always hot and give off heat to warn fingers and hands.

8. You never know what the temperature of an AGA is

Wrong! The average temperatures of each oven is pretty standard. The roasting oven is always ready top roast (or grill), the baking oven is perfect for baking and the simmering oven… well, you get the idea. For more information on AGA oven temperatures, see our Getting the Most from your AGA Guide.

Happy AGA Cooking!

Article by Rebecca Russell

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Stunning Aga Cottages near English Vineyards – Devon and Dorset

Following on from our popular article on Aga cottages near vineyards in Kent, here we reveal some more idyllic hideaways near to vineyards in Devon and Dorset. Although English wines tend to be a little more pricey than their European counterparts, they are often surprising in their depth of flavours and are always high in quality. Why not try some this season and, if you like what you find, book to visit them in the coming few months, staying nearby in your very own Aga hideaway?

Childhay Manor near Beaminster

Childhay Manor
Childhay Manor is a stunning working farmhouse in West Dorset and the cottage, which sleeps six, is part of this little piece of mediaeval history. The owners of this picturesque organic farm breed racehorses and rear dairy cattle and goats and lucky guests can enjoy walks straight from the door, play tennis on the private courts or just enjoy a glass of something chilled on the secluded patio in the summer or snuggle up to the open fire and Aga in the colder months.

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The cottage is perfectly situated to visit many of the attractions in West Dorset including Montacute House and Forde Abbey and is also only a short drive from Furleigh Estate, a multi-award winning winery just outside Salway Ash, north of Bridport.

english vineyardView Furleigh Estate Website

Furleigh wine is fast becoming a household name and as well as being available at some airports in Duty Free, it is stocked by many local vintners and features on the menus of eateries such as Hix Oyster Bar in Lyme Regis and River Cottage in Axminster. Why not book for a tour and see for yourself why English bubbles are winning over judges in international competitions?

The Mill near Bridport

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The Mill is a delightful retreat also within easy reach of Furleigh Estate, perfectly situated east of Bridport. This cosy Aga Cottage is a beautiful holiday property on the edge of the village of Askerswell in West Dorset. It is a very unique place to stay having been fully restored with a working water mill. In fact it is the only water mill in Dorset with all of the original machinery which has been conserved to capture this historic importance.

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Just across the border to East Devon outside the village of Shute, is another wine producer, Lyme Bay Winery, which is well worth a visit. Lyme Bay produce an impressive array of traditional ciders, fruit wines, meads and fruit liqueurs for those looking for something a little different as well as a selection of fine wines. Their fruit wines are particularly enjoyable and suit both being chilled for summer as well as served at room temperature to warm chillier days. (In my humble opinion…) They also produce a warming mulled wine, a Christmas pudding wine and a delectable Christmas mead.

english vineyardView Lyme Bay Winery Website

North End Farm House near Bridport

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Would you like to take a larger group on a wine tour of the south west? Just north of Chideock Cottage is North End Farm House and Cottages which can easily accommodate up to fourteen. Described as a haven away from it all, being in a delightfully secluded location, the house boasts a huge range of architectural quirks including a Tudor fireplace and a hidden spiral staircase.

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Chideock Cottage near Chideock

Chideock Cottage
Adding further to our list of featured cottages, which we really should call ‘spoiled for choice’ in the West Dorset/East Devon area, is Chideock Cottage. Perfect for couples or small families, the cottage is walking distance to the beach at Seatown and also has three lovely pubs nearby too!

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Chideock Cottage is in the perfect location to visit not only the Lyme Bay Winery and Furleigh Estate, but Castleford Wines as well!

english vineyardView Castlewood Wines Website

Castleford is a relative newcomer to the English wine market. This boutique wine producer is situated just outside Lyme Regis beneath the ancient hill fort of Musbury Castle. Since 2012, Castlewood have hosted a festival every June which has become an extremely popular fixture on the festival calendar. Situated just two miles as the crow flies from River Cottage HQ, Castleford and River Cottage offer a popular wine and dine experience throughout the summer starting with a tour of the vineyards, a tasting and dinner at River Cottage to round off the day before sauntering back to your perfect Aga hideaway – the perfect gift for an Aga loving foodie!

Enjoy!

Article by: Rebecca Russell
Main image: Furleigh Estate, West Dorset

Aldeburgh by Helen Hotson

The Aga Holiday that Shaped Our Lives

About eleven years ago we rented a large house in Aldeburgh, Suffolk for a week’s family holiday. The weather was wonderful and we had the thrill of a beautiful cream 5 oven Aga in a divine kitchen. There were ten of us – all Aga virgins and we managed to cook with relative ease for the duration of our holiday! It made our stay special and a real treat for us all being a foodie family. We came away thinking ‘one day ….’

A few years later we actually bought the house next door to the Aga holiday house and we seem to have come full circle and are now proud owners of our pistachio, 3 oven, gas Aga. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think how lucky I am to have such a well used beauty. My family, border terriers, whippet and cats all have an enriched life as a result.

Whilst visiting, my daughter was having a cheeky look at a nearby mobile holiday home and was confronted with a rather pushy salesman. My grandson, then 8, politely said to the man “We are very sorry not to be able to buy one of these homes but there just isn’t room for an Aga!!”

Our holiday experience that first started in Aldeburgh has truly shaped our lives!

Martine Hallybone

Martine, your grandson has such taste. He will go far!

Aldeburgh Image by Helen Hotson

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Stunning Cottages near English Vineyards

English wines have been the focus of a good deal of ribbing amongst our European counterparts in years gone by, but in the last decade or so have come into their own and are regularly winning awards all over the world for their outstanding quality. Here, we highlight three beautiful Aga Cottages in one of the most prolific wine regions of the UK – Kent, the Garden of England.

Beyond The Bluebells

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Drive through and beyond, (as the name suggests), beautiful woods, scattered in season with bluebells and you will find this enchanting farmhouse, comfortably furnished and fully-equipped to provide a relaxing, rural, family sized retreat. Beyond the Bluebells looks like it should be featured in the pages of an ideal home magazine. Sleeping up to thirteen family members, (maximum ten adults), this house oozes rustic charm with plenty of outdoor games and a Jacuzzi and solar shower to enjoy in the two acre grounds. And in the kitchen? An electric Aga and all the equipment you need for a holiday in the country. A dream home by any standards, Beyond the Bluebells is only a short journey from the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury and the Kent coastline.

Beyond the Bluebells is also a nippy twenty minutes by car from Barnsole Vineyard, an award-winning boutique estate producing quality English wine and selling direct to the public from the winery door. Whether your taste is for crisp, dry white or fruity reds or bubbles, Barnsole can accommodate your tastes at very reasonable prices. There are also winery tours and tastings from May to September. For more information please visit:

english vineyardVisit Barnsole Vineyard


Birch Pavilion

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Another house perfect for a family celebration, and big enough to accommodate the whole family under one roof is the majestic Birch Pavilion in the picturesque village of Frant near Tunbridge Wells. Sleeping up to fifteen in seven bedrooms, Birch Pavilion is over 200 years old and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It is set in 3000 acres of parkland and features 30 foot high windows and stunning oak beams throughout. Perfect for a winter break with deep, squishy sofas around an inglenook fireplace or a summer fiesta taking advantage of the outdoor tennis courts and outdoor seating, family groups can also enjoy outdoor pursuits nearby such as clay pigeon shooting and trout fishing. A large electric Aga takes centre stage in the kitchen and provides a warm focus for family feasts.

An added bonus for wine lovers holidaying at Birch Pavilion is the Kent Vineyard which is a 25-30 minute drive away in Colliers Green. The vineyard opens it’s gates to visitors several days a year for ‘Cheery Days’ on which members of the public can get a taste of running a vineyard and insight into caring for vines from pruning to harvesting, with a choice of activity depending on the season.

For details of Cheery Days in Kent please visit:

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A little further afield is the world class Chapel Down Vineyard, only 20 minutes away by car, which runs all year round tours and tastings in the delightful village of Tenterden. Chapel Down may be most well known for its multi-award winning range of wines but the vineyard also produces the Curious range of beers and cider.

english vineyardVisit Chapeldown Vineyard

Enjoy!

Article by: Rebecca Russell
Main image: Chapel Down Vineyard

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AGA Cottages near to UK Food Festivals

Chances are, if you’re an AGA lover you’re also a bit of a foodie, so why not combine your love of both and book an AGA cottage near one of the UK’s best loved food festivals?

Beaminster, Dorset

Childhay Manor cottage is part of a 13th Century farmhouse on a working organic farm in the rolling Dorset hills. This beautiful property sleeps up to six in comfortable accommodation and has the added bonus of a tennis court if you’re feeling energetic. As well as relaxing in the private cottage garden, visitors are a short drive from the stunning Jurassic Coast which stretches from Dorset to Devon along the south coast and takes in resorts including Lyme Regis, host to the Food Rocks Festival started by local Foodie and Celebrity Chef Mark Hix. This year the festival takes place over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of September and Childhay Cottage has availability for this week if you’re quick!

Childhay Manor Cottage

Lyme Regis Food Rocks Festival 3rd – 4th September 2016

Lyme Rocks Food Rocks Festival

Chapel En Le Firth, Derbyshire

Daisy Bank Cottage is a cosy cottage, which oozes charm. Sleeping up to five comfortably, the cottage has been renovated to a high standard whilst still retaining much of its original charm. The south facing views over open countryside are spectacular and the idyllic location is perfect for a relaxing countryside break.

Daisy Bank Cottage

The Peak District is rapidly becoming a foodie heaven and hosts many food festivals throughout the year including the Bakewell Baking Festival in August and the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair also in Bakewell at the showground in September. Why not pop along and enjoy one of the many demonstrations and then practice back at your cottage on your very own Aga?

Bakewell Baking Festival August 13th & 14th 2016, Bakewell

Bakewell Baking Festival

Derbyshire Food and Drink Fayre September 24th & 25th 2016, Bakewell

Derbyshire Food and Drink Faygre

Skipton, Yorkshire

Sleeping up to 14, Craven House in Skipton is the ideal location for a family get together or for a group of friends looking to chill out together and explore the region. There is plenty to occupy all ages with the Embsay Steam Railway close by and plenty of walking at Bolton Abbey. To take full advantage of the Aga in the well-equipped kitchen, why not visit the farmers’ market at Grassington and buy local fresh food straight from the producers.

Craven House

The stunning town of Harrogate is within an easy drive as is the city of Bradford, both of which host exciting food events every year including the Foodies Festival and World Curry Festival.

Harrogate Foodies Festival 19-21st August 2016, Harrogate

Harrogate Foodies Festival

World Curry Festival 15-29 September 2016, Bradford

World Curry Festival

Dingwall, Scotland

How about renting a superb castle for a get together for family or friends? Highland Hall near Inverness is a Georgian Mansion which is the height of luxury. Highland Hall is finished to a high specification and sits in six acres of stunning grounds with views over land to the sea beyond. With castles to explore, distilleries to visit and all manner of outdoor pursuits to enjoy this is the perfect location for adventure and indulgence.

Highland Hall

And why not enjoy a taste of the wild at the West Highland Food Festival while staying at this magnificent property near Inverness? Plenty if opportunity to learn about foraged foods and artisan products as well as get hands on with a range of masterclasses.

West Highland Food Festival – Taste the Wild September 10th 2016

West Highland Food Festival

Exeter, Devon

On a working dairy farm outside the Cathedral city of Exeter you will find Harris Cart Linhay, a sumptuous barn conversion, which sleeps 6. The property shares an indoor pool with a neighbouring thatched farmhouse and has everything you need to keep a family happy whatever the weather, as well as, naturally, an Aga.

Harris Cart Linhay

The barn is perfectly situated to enjoy all that Exeter has to offer as well as nearby Escot, Crealy Adventure Park and a host of National Trust properties. Beautiful beaches and seaside town including Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton are a short drive away. Both towns have their own food festivals, which are well worth a visit.

Budleigh Food and Drink Festival 8th-9th April 2017 Budleigh Salterton

Burleigh Food and Drink Festival

Sidmouth Seafest May 2017 dates tbc Sidmouth

Sidmouth Seafest

Enjoy!

Article by: Rebecca Russell

The Osmington Three

The ‘Osmington Two’

Sounds like a couple of guilty rogues but no, we’ve recently listed two new cottages which are both in the village of Osmington, near to Weymouth in Dorset! It’s quite unusual to have two holidays cottages with AGAs in such a small radius that it has intrigued us! Most be something in the water … but more likely that all the owners have exceedingly good taste!

Why not visit both at the same time with friends or families and holiday together? Fabulous walks straight from the doorstep and a wonderful pub nearby. Still some July dates for all three cottages still available.

Emmies Cottage

Melcombe Cottage

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5 Fabulous Walks with Great Views and Great Food

Seatown in West Dorset

This almost perfectly named Seatown is a picturesque coastal hamlet near the village of Chideock. Blink and you’ll miss the turn off the A35, which, rather than a ‘town’, ends with just a few cottages, an upmarket holiday park and a pub sitting almost on the beach. Noted for fishing and smuggling in the not far distant past, Seatown is now a peaceful nook between high cliffs, with Golden Cap, the highest sea cliff on the south coast to the west. The walk from Symondsbury to Golden Cap was featured as one of Julia Bradbury’s Best Walks with a View. You can also walk from Seatown to Golden Cap along the south west coast path, a walk of just over a mile if you’re feeling less energetic. The Anchor Inn at Seatown has a tantalising menu focussing on local Dorset produce and the terrace has stunning views out to sea, perfect for a lazy, hazy summer lunch.

For further information visit:

Great Walk with a View – Golden Cap

Great Food – The Anchor at Seatown

A mere 15 minute country lane stroll from Seatown is the beautiful Chideock Cottage. Ideal for singles, couples or small families, this cosy and tastefully restored cottage is fully equipped for a comfortable stay whatever the weather. With Bridport, Burton Bradstock and Lyme Regis all within easy reach, Chideock Cottage is a perfect holiday home for a Dorset break.

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Great Cottage – Chideock Cottage


Mabelthorpe, Lincolnshire

There is currently no official Lincolnshire Coast Path although Natural England have committed to having something in place as part of the English Coast Path by 2020. There are, however, plenty of walks, circular and linear in this area. The walk from Mablethorpe to Saltfleetby Dunes is a circular half-day walk which as well as great views takes in a nature reserve which is famous for being one of the few places in the UK where you can see natterjack toads. There’s always the option to turn back and make this a linear walk and head for Sutton-on-Sea and the Sea Breeze Restaurant, a few yards from the beach.

For more details visit:

Great Walk with a View – Saltfleetby Dunes

Great Food – Sea Breeze Restaurant

Set on a private road in Sandilands, near Sutton-on-Sea, is Sea Links Cottage, a tastefully furnished contemporary-style home, perfectly situated to explore the Lincolnshire coast and Wolds. Skegness with attractions including the Natureland Seal Sanctuary and Fantasy Island is within easy reach. Slightly further afield is the beautiful Cathedral city of Lincoln with its castle and cobbled streets lined with independent shops.

For further information see:

Great Cottage – Sea Links Cottage


Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Ventnor is a Victorian seaside town situated on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, surrounded by the Undercliff, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Sheltered from the north by the national trust owned St Boniface Downs, Ventnor benefits from its own micro climate and as such is home to many usually Mediterranean species of plants amongst its natural habitat.

To the west, Steephill Cove is a tiny fishing village, accessible only on foot and is an idyllic spot to get a drink or an ice cream after an up and down walk skirting low cliffs from Ventnor. The paths alongside the cove also provide access to Ventnor’s famous botanical gardens.

Once in Steephill Cove, you may be tempted by The Crab Shed, which serves produce caught that morning from the sea in front of the terrace. Famous for it’s crab sandwiches and lobsters, there is also a delicious hot crab pasty on the menu.

For further information visit:

Great Walk with a View – Steephill Cove

Great Food – The Crab Shed

Nimrod is a beautifully restored Victorian cliff top villa in Ventnor which sleeps up to eight people over three floors. The main lounge is on the first floor to capitalise on its location and stunning sea views. A short walk from Ventnor’s blue flag beach, the house is located near several other excellent restaurants and if you prefer, you even have the option of hiring a private chef!

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Great Cottage – Nimrod


Andreas, Isle of Man>

With rugged cliffs, picturesque glens and hidden coves, the Isle of Man is a walkers dream. The walk all around the island is only 100 miles so easily achievable in a holiday. For those who prefer a mix of activities, there are pretty villages to visit, cycle paths galore and a host of water based activities on the island.

The Millennium Way is a 28 mile path between Ramsey and Castletown which you can dip into easily depending on time and ability. The Isle of Man has a number of guided walks and an annual walking festival each May with walks for all abilities and interests. All festival walks are guided by knowledgeable walk leaders who will accompany you through the Manx landscape, taking in the Island’s wildlife and illustrating its dramatic past.

There are a number of excellent eateries in Ramsey including Jean-Pierre’s Bistro, which serves a mixture of French and Italian dishes alongside more tradition British fare.

For further information please see:

Great Walk with a View – Peel Castle along The Millennium Way

Great Food – Jean-Pierre’s Bistro

A cluster of farm cottages near Kirk Andreas sleep from four to thirteen and share an Aga in a separate laundry/utility room. Guests who are Aga devotees can use the Aga and its equipment for cooking at any time. A local company also runs an Aga cookery demonstration if you need to further hone your skills. Ballacamaish Farm Cottages have been beautifully restored in a contemporary style and make a welcoming home from home for a small or large family gathering.

For further information please visit:

Great Cottages – Ballacamaish Farm Cottages


Cromer, Norfolk

The Norfolk Coast Path used to end at Cromer, but as at December 2014 now comes to an end at Sea Palling. The Cromer Lighthouse circular walk is a fantastic beach, cliff and heathland walk with breath-taking views over the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. This is largely a level-ish walk apart from a climb of 236 wooden steps at the top of which you are rewarded with the most stunning views.

Cromer is packed with pubs and restaurants including the ever popular Rocket House Cafe, a fabulously located café featuring a balcony, ideal for lunch with a view. The café serves a wide range of local dishes featuring, unsurprisingly, the famous Cromer crab and lobster.

For more details please see:

Great Walk with a View – Cromer Lighthouse

Great Food – Rocket House Cafe

White Cottage in Cromer is delightfully situated just 300metres from the beach. The tastefully decorated cottage sleeps up to eleven and is ideal for families wishing to explore this part of the Norfolk coast and beyond.

For more information see:

Great Cottage – White Cottage