Cottages with beams

The pleasure of a rural holiday in a cottage with exposed beams and period charm.

cottages with a children's play parkThere are not enough words in the English dictionary to describe the immense improvement on your quality of life that a self-catering holiday in a period property could give you. A few days holiday in a charming historic cottage in the country could be a life changing experience that you can learn from. Traditional features and amazing antiques could show you a different kind of life where beauty is the key player. Absorb new ideas about furnishing a home and creating a garden to delight and put a few design ideas into practice in your own home.

For example, if you’re looking for a relaxing way to escape from the stresses and strains of your hectic work or home life then this is the perfect opportunity for you. Can you imagine unwinding with nature, sitting outside with your feet up in your lush green garden, a cold refreshing drink in hand and admiring the beauty of the stunning surroundings. Your mind’s eye can flit from one inspiring garden feature to another as you relax.

cottage with beams and a lovely gardenIf the ‘feet up’ option isn’t for you, then how about dusting your walking boots down and going for a peaceful stroll in the fresh country air or even treating yourself to a spot of writing, painting or photography heavily influenced by your idyllic farmland views?

Inside your cottage, you could also wallow in the satisfaction of your splendid personal retreat and being away from the pressures of modern day living. On arrival, you will notice the comfortable and welcoming environment of a centuries old rural cottage with its array of unique raw materials and traditional features. Take a moment and imagine yourself curling up next to your loved one, basking in the heat from a woodburner or open fire in the natural stone fireplace - pure unadulterated bliss. Period cottages tend to be compact and cosy with an atmosphere conducive to intimacy and closeness. Many of the one bedroom cottages are idyllic weekend retreats for couples.

If you have a family and are thinking about a larger two or three bedroom house in the country, cottage holidays cab be most family friendly. Your children will enjoy running around, playing outside and making the most of country life as you get immersed in your favourite book or TV programme and then later, how about an enjoyable board game or a game of cards to round off the perfect family day?

country cottage bedroom with exposed beamsPets are also welcomed with open arms and the dog that does not appreciate quiet lanes, green fields and woodland has not yet been made. A rural holiday is an excellent opportunity for the entire family, including any dogs, to get out and about to discover something new together. People are often surprised at the number of activities that they find in the countryside – it’s not all cycling, pony trekking and walking. Hilly areas may have hang-gliding on offer, there could be watersports beside rivers and lakes. There are always tea rooms and pub, even in the depths of the most rural areas because these are popular with walkers who demand to be fed and watered.

The benefits of renting a traditional country cottage are also economical. Apart from the rent, costs may not be that much greater than living at home unless you decide to treat the family to a few meals out and participate in some of the attractive activities. Still, holidays are intended to be fun and you can tighten your belt and economise at home at your leisure.

Traditional cottage with beams can be technologically up-to-date

Exposed oak beams add a rural ambience to an otherwise totally sophisticated holiday home

beamed rural cottageSome of the more popular fixtures of traditional rural housing tend to feature in country-style holiday cottages. People like old oak beams and plenty of exposed wood and even stone. Fire dogs, boot scrapers and panelling are ancient curiosities that people enjoy on holiday. Not only do they highlight the elegant rustic nature of the property but they also call attention to the simple yet beautiful architecture of a traditional open living space which is rarely apparent in modern properties. Another advantage is that despite the beams making the space and ceilings look larger, they also somehow make the rooms look cosier and more homely adding that bit of extra spice to your charming holiday retreat.

Happily, ancient charm is combined with modern technology to create holiday homes that are inspirational and easy on the eye, in addition to possessing labour saving domestic appliances, WiFi and high pressure showers. Your comfort is as important a consideration as style and design.

Ultimately, this type of holiday is an experience like no other, each holiday is a new encounter with its environment, people and ideas, so make the most of your precious time off and book now - your ideal break away is just around the corner.



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Young children never seem to tire of spending time in a play park. Rent a cottage near a play park for free entertainment during your holiday. It is not essential to constantly pay for expensive entry fees to children's tourist attractions - often whatever is local and convenient is enjoyable.

The other thing to bear in mind is that children dislike lengthy car journeys, especially toddlers.

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