Cottages with an Aga

Holiday cottages where an Aga makes the kitchen the cosy hub where everyone gathers

cottages with an Aga cookerA holiday cottage with an Aga cooking range is a big draw at certain times of year. When the trees are changing colour, the temperature drops and everything seems to be in bounty, mornings and evenings grow chillier. Fruit trees are hanging low and heavy with ripe and glorious fruits, nut trees are a danger for the poor, unsuspecting one who innocently idles below, vegetables are sold in the sackful by local marketers. The smells of roasting chestnuts fill the air, warm, mulled wine soothes cold fingers and bellies. This is the ideal time to book a country cottage or farmhouse with an Aga in the kitchen and enjoy the countryside and its produce, followed by a warm holiday home to return to.

Take advantage and some time away in a holiday cottage away from the repetitious life in the city, slow down and listen to the breathing of the seasons in order to reconnect with yourself, and this rich, green earth we are so privileged to inhabit. Britain possesses some of the most attractive rural regions anywhere on the planet. It is good to go out and about at any time of year, as long as warmly dressed and having that amazing source of heat and good food in the cottage kitchen adds to the appeal.

Many people prefer those autumn and spring breaks outside school holidays. The weather can be very good despite chilly nights and prices of renting holiday lets are that bit lower than the height of summer. It is worth considering holiday accommodation with an Aga to ward off the chills or possibly a cottage with a woodburner. Most holiday homes are central heated but the extra warmth of an Aga is welcomed. You are likely to find that you and your family spend quite a lot of time clistered around the stove, drinking and chatting. It’s the interaction and spending time with loved ones that makes a holiday memorable, visiting places and good food also contribute. Agas are wonderful for warming casseroles and are a very good dish to prepare to cook slowly to have a meal to return to after a day out.

Rural bliss in a country cottage with an Aga

Not posh, just practical

rural cottages and farmhouses with an AgaThe joys of rural holidays include finding farm-fresh local produce. Many farm owners will harvest and sell their fruits either in roadside stalls or in daily or weekly markets held in the local town. Choose high quality fresh ingredients to cook in the Aga or simply a pie to reheat. It is easy to buy part-baked bread at the local supermarket to finish cooking in your rural retreat and fill it with the delicious smell of baking. Self-catering holidays allow you to choose to be lazy or busy.

An Aga is an oven made primarily of cast iron, which absorbs and holds heat for a very long time. Their timeless beauty is unquestioned and is a statement piece in any rustic kitchen. A country-style kitchen would look incomplete without an Aga. There are some gorgeous farmhouses and barn conversions to rent for holidays which use an Aga for cooking and heating. Cottages in the country often rely on oil or solid fuel of some kind because gas may not be available. Still, if we wish to explore the national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that exist in Britain, it’s worth the initial effort of finding out about an Aga and country living.

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