July 4, 2009

The Best Holiday Homes in Britain (Part 1)

Riverside House - Devon
Located in the pretty Devon village of Tuckenhay in the beautiful South Devon countryside this chocolate-box thatched house sits along side the Bow Creek River. The house is a prefect country getaway and even a short stay will have you contemplating giving up your old life in order to move to Devon. The House lays just a short walk form the picture post card village of Ashprington and either a beautiful two hour walk or a short drive to the town of Totnes.

Martello Tower - Suffolk
Martello Tower is not your usual holiday home, it is in fact an ancient fort designed to stop Napoleon and his army. The building is made up of thick, squat stone walls designed to with stand French cannons. The views from the tower are stunning; especially from the living room where you can sit and watch the waves break at your feet. While the interiors have certainly improved since it was occupied by the troops it is still not the most luxurious and doesn't even have a bath. Yet there is much more to this place than its interior design.

The Gothic Temple - Buckinghamshire
The circular Gothic temple was built in 1741 and is a fantastic example of English follies. The Temple lies with in the grounds of the Stowe School though from the stunning views on offer this is no ordinary school grounds. Thought the architecture is amazing the furnishings are a little on the basic side (fitting furniture into a circular room is no easy feet) yet the building itself, the beautiful grounds and the chance to use the schools swimming pool and tennis courts during the summer months more than make up for this.

Fisherman's Cottages - Inverness-shire
Located on the 60,000 acre grounds of the Cawdor estate these cottages have been designed by former Vogue writer Isabella Cawdor. Built in 2002 the cottages are a cross between a Highland hunting lodge and a London boutique which surrounded by heather strewn moor land. The interiors are a mix of modern and traditional and make for a warm and comfortable environment. A hamper is waiting for you on arrival, as is a video message on the TV and if your feeling tired after your long journey then you don't even have to worry about food, there will be a fantastic home cooked meal for you.

Fallowvee Cottage - Country Antrim
This well restored petite cottage is found in the beautiful Northeast coast of Northern Ireland. The cottage backs on to a quite beach and a shingle terrace makes for some great alfresco dining with great views, on a clear day you can even see Scotland. The Northeast of Northern Ireland is a quite part of the world so it is perhaps not ideal for those who like the nightlife, yet for those looking for a quite getaway from things this pretty cottage could be just the tonic.

This article was written by Tom Sangers on behalf of Exclusive Lodges who offer Lake District holiday lodges and Cotswold Holiday Lodge as well as a number of fantastic holiday lodges across the UK.

Tom Sangers - EzineArticles Expert Author

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