How is your holiday home hunting coming along? Last month I started a new series, looking at UK cottage holiday homes, a subject very dear to my heart. I’ve spent the last decade hunting out the best looking, best located and best equipped holiday homes for UK trips so feel I have a lot to say on this topic. If you have a family and would like to experience a UK cottage holiday break, I hope this series provides you with great tips and some inspiration on where to stay and what to look out for when booking your next trip.
This month’s featured property is The Glass House in Swanage, from Wyke Dorset Cottages.
This one is slightly bigger than last month’s with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeping 7 and allowing pets. And I know you’re going to love the decor in this one.
Firstly let’s look at the location. Situated in Swanage, the centre of town AND the sandy beach is only a 10 minute walk away. Plus you’re in open countryside and at a country park in the other direction in under 10 minutes too. Perfect.
This home was once a farm stable building, then subsequently became a Quaker Chapel in Victorian times and more recently a taxi stand, petrol station and garage. Now it has been lovingly transformed into a stunning home whilst maintaining lots of original features.
The wow factor definitely has to be the open plan kitchen and dining area. With the 3rd bedroom situated on the mezzanine, this room has a lot of height and feels light and airy.
I just absolutely adore the space in this home, it feels large and roomy. So many holiday homes cram the living room, kitchen and dining area into just one room and they feel cramped and overly full, but this one is really authentic and homely.
Check out that wood burning stove for the colder months.
A neat and simple kitchen, plus there’s a separate utility housing the washing machine and tumble dryer.
The pretty sitting room overlooks the garden and has a double sofa bed. The room can be shut off from the rest of the house so works well if you need to use this.
Now bear in mind this is an unusual property and part of that includes the mezzanine above the kitchen. This houses the day bed, or single trundle, so if you’re planning on putting a child here, remember there might be some noise from the kitchen. You can close the doors to the lounge though, so if you’re spending time in there in the evening, you won’t disturb the person sleeping.
Both ground floor bedrooms have their own en-suite and lead out onto the garden. They are pretty, functional and in keeping with the property.
The second can be turned into two singles if you need it from the zip and link king size.
Bathrooms look great too! There is also a separate bathroom with bath and shower over.
The property boasts a beautiful large garden, perfect for garden games, as well as a pretty under cover seated courtyard area, perfect for your early evening glass of wine.
At peak season (middle of August) you’re looking at just under £1200 for the 2017 season, although it does appear fully booked at the time of writing. Low season prices start at £550. Spaces available at other times and later school holidays in 2017/2018 (you’ll have to race me to book for the October half term!). Do note that children under 5 aren’t allowed at this one, so it will be tricky to book with a pre-schooler out of the school holidays, which I always think is a real shame, and holiday owners are missing a trick.
You’ll notice that I do love something a little out of the ordinary. There are too many holiday homes out there that look like they fell out of the Next catalogue (no offence to Next) but for a holiday cottage, owners need to use a little flair and design imagination, particularly when the location is as good as this one.
So if you’re feeling inspired, go take a look at the Wyke Dorset Cottages site and book yourself a little trip!
And come back next month, for the next in the series.
Post #1 in this series – The Belle Plage in Devon
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All images courtesy of Wykes – Collaborative Post