Celebrate Autumn with a Countryside Break from Farm & Cottage Holidays
From colourful leaves and woodland walks, to wood burners and harvest festivals, what’s not to love about the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’?
By: Claire Southern
Enjoy kicking up the leaves like a big kid, relish the cosiness of an open fire, take in the majestic red deer rut, learn to chuck oysters at Falmouth’s annual festival, make the most of the clocks going back and experience the British countryside at arguably its most beautiful.
• Wooda House, Hartland, Devon
Autumn Highlights: Walks through the woodland in the grounds, cosy wood burner and open fire, blustery beach strolls at Hartland Point or Spekes Mill and pub lunches in the local villages.
Details: Wooda House is the perfect pad for a group of friends. This character detached house is located in an idyllic valley and has three acres of garden and woodland plus direct access to the cliffs and waterfall of Speke’s Mill Mouth overlooking a sand and rocky beach. The grounds lead down to a stream where you can fish for brown trout and then cook them on the campfire back at the house on a huge decked area.
From £725 for a 7 night stay in October/November (sleeps 10) http://www.holidaycottages.co.uk/
• Kittitoe Lodge, Lynmouth, North Devon
Autumn Highlights: The changing colours of the surrounding woodland, strolls along the beautiful sandy beaches of Woolacombe or Saunton Sands and countryside walks to the nearby Hunters Inn. Check out a wide range of music at the Two Moors Festival on 13-22 October (www.thetwomoorsfestival.com)
Details: Kittitoe lodge is a peaceful and picturesque hideaway set in 50 acres of woodland. The detached house is surrounded by lovely gardens, complete with babbling trout stream, and there is even access to a large indoor swimming pool and family sized hot tub.
From £785 for a 7 night stay in October/November (sleeps 8) www.holidaycottages.co.uk/
• Riverglade, Barbrook, North Devon
Autumn Highlights: Tempting local treats at the Exmoor Food Festival 1-9 October (www.exmoorfoodfestival.co.uk)
Details: Riverglade is an attractive modern riverside property perfect for family gatherings or for exploring the wonders of Exmoor National Park. With access to meadowland and woodland there is plenty of countryside to discover on your doorstep.
From £725 for a 7 night stay in October/November (sleeps 8) www.holidaycottages.co.uk/
• Slatterslade Cottage, Woody Bay, North Devon
Autumn Highlights: Kaleidoscope of seasonal colours, walks along the stunning Exmoor coastline and cosy evenings in front of the wood burner.
Details: Slatterslade Cottage is a new five star eco lodge hidden in its own ancient woodland - the first property to be built in luscious Woody Bay for over 100 years! Sandwiched between the Valley of the Rocks and Heddon’s Mouth in a protected area on the Exmoor coast, this wooden wonderland is the perfect place to enjoy autumn’s colourful display. The cottage takes pride in its self sufficient, eco friendly status, having been built using traditional lime plaster, reclaimed stones from the area and natural oak floors and carpentry along with 21st century solar panels and ground source heating.
From £640 for a week in October/November (sleeps 6) – www.holidaycottages.co.uk/
• Forest View Cottage, St Austell, South Cornwall
Autumn Highlights: A quiet visit to the nearby Eden Project while the kids are back at school, the glory of the changing leaves in the Luxulyan Valley or Lost Gardens of Heligan and bright autumn day strolls on the nearby beaches.
Details: This quaint old terraced cottage has been completely refurbished and makes a great couples’ hideaway (it’s not suitable for young children due to steep garden). Local attractions include the riverside towns of Lostwithiel and Fowey, the beautiful harbours of Charlestown and Mevagissey, and the walker’s paradise that is the Luxulyan Valley. Accommodation offers two bedrooms, bathroom, cosy lounge and galley style kitchen.
From £290 for a week in October/November (sleeps 3) www.holidaycottages.co.uk/
• Valley View, Bude, North Cornwall
Autumn highlights: Watch harvest time down on the farm, enjoy a spot of fishing on the River Tamar or for an excursion further a field then head to South Cornwall for a day at the Falmouth Oyster Festival 13-16 October (www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk)
Details: Valley View is a lovely converted barn situated on a family farm and it is ideal for couples or families. This tranquil setting has picturesque views over the river Deer (which forms the border between Devon and Cornwall) and the rolling countryside. Explore the farm, river and woods or head out to the nearby beaches at Bude or Widemouth Bay. Accommodation comprises two bedrooms, bathroom, spacious lounge with stunning views, kitchen/breakfast room and conservatory.
From £260 for a week in October/November (sleeps 4) www.holidaycottages.co.uk/
• Wonham Waters, Dulverton, Exmoor, Somerset
Autumn Highlights: Experience the wonder of the annual red deer rut that takes place across Exmoor National Park - watch the stags engage in combat as they challenge and compete for possession of the hind herds. Book yourself on a Barle Valley Safari (departs Dulverton) to see the action close up (www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.co.uk)
Details: Wonham Waters is one of two log cabins is set in an idyllic certified conservation area within the heart of the Exe Valley, surrounded by 100 acres of untouched private woodland. The cabins are approached by a private drive which winds through woodland, home to a number of peregrine falcons, many red deer, foxes and badgers - some of which may be seen at dawn or dusk. Exmoor National Park is just 2 miles away. Accommodation offers two bedrooms, bathroom, spacious lounge/diner and kitchen.
From £355 for a week in October/November (sleeps 5) www.holidaycottages.co.uk/
• Coleridge Lodge, Kilve, Quantock Hills, Somerset
Autumn Highlights: Experience autumn colour in the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), take a trip to the past with the Autumn Steam Gala Weekend on the West Somerset Railway 1-2 October (www.west-somerset-
Details: Coleridge Lodge is a luxurious property that has both countryside and sea views. Set in the heart of the Quantock Hills AONB but only a mile and a half from the coast, the lodge makes for the perfect retreat for those wishing to enjoy some of the best that Somerset has to offer: open moorland, ancient wooded coombes, fascinating and diverse coastal reaches and local villages. Accommodation offers two good sized bedrooms, spacious open-plan living area and wood burner for those chilly autumn evenings.
From £425 for a week in October/November (sleeps 6) www.holidaycottages.co.uk/
For more information and bookings go to http://www.holidaycottages.co.uk or call 01237 459889.
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Claire Southern at Fiona Reece PR,
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