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?
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!
Lyme Regis Food Rocks Festival 3rd – 4th September 2016
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.
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
Derbyshire Food and Drink Fayre September 24th & 25th 2016, Bakewell
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.
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
World Curry Festival 15-29 September 2016, Bradford
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.
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
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.
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
Sidmouth Seafest May 2017 dates tbc Sidmouth
Article by: Rebecca Russell