Recommended Holiday Accommodation
If, like me, you enjoy staying away from the crowds when on holiday and perhaps slightly "off the beaten track", you might like to consider the suggestions below for interesting accommodation.
Please be aware, though, that what I like may not be to your preference and I will accept no responsibility if you do not find the locations to your taste. Likewise, the accommodation may have changed hands or aspects of the service offered altered.
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- Whessoe Cottage, Reeth, Swaledale, N. Yorkshire Swaledale is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park but far less crowded than the more popular Wensleydale. Reeth lies towards the foot of the dale and is ideally situated for exploring by car or on foot. It lies around a large village green with restaurants, pubs and shops all to hand. Whessoe Cottage is just off the green and parking nearby is easy. It is self-catering and fairly basic but suitable for up to four people.
- Westcliff chalet, Niton, Isle of Wight Niton is in the very south of the Isle of Wight, overlooking St. Catherine's Point and its lighthouse. It is a delightful village with a couple of pubs and several shops. It is a good base from which to explore the lesser known, and consequently less crowded, parts of the island but at the same time having easy access to the more popular tourist spots. The chalet sleeps four (five at a pinch) and is very small but comfortably furnished in a private estate with on-site parking and laundry facilities.
- Fairlight Cottage, Fairlight, Hastings, East Sussex Fairlight, just outside Hastings, is ideally situated for exploring the coast of East Sussex and Kent. Folkestone, Dover and Eastbourne are all within an easy drive, as are the nearer Rye, and Battle. The cottage, which offers good accommodation in very comfortable surroundings, is situated on the edge of Hastings Country Park. This is wonderful walking country, both along the cliffs and in the country lanes behind. When driving to the cottage you will wonder what you have let yourself in for as you go well beyond the end of the made up road and appear to leave all other habitation behind. At the end, though, is a large house (cottage is certainly not the right description) with magnificent views to the sea across Rye Bay with Dungeness in the distance. The best view is from the attic bedroom, though you need to be fairly fit to tackle the spiral staircase. From here there are very few other houses in sight and foxes and badgers can be seen each evening in the garden and surrounding fields.
- Trevissick Manor, Trenarren, St. Austell, Cornwall An ancient manor house, now the wing of a working farm, Trevissick Manor lies at the end of a long private drive and is surrounded by fields and countryside leading down to the sea, including a bay that can only be reached on foot. Splendid walking country particularly on the coastal footpath, with the Black Head and its ancient earthwork very nearby. The self-catering house has its own large private garden and the rooms are enormous and well-furnished, particularly the lounge on the ground floor (all other rooms are on the first floor). There are wonderful views out to sea across St. Austell Bay from all rooms with no other habitation in sight. Again, don't be put off on arrival. This is a working farm with the odours and mess that that entails, but once through the gate onto the manor's drive you are in a world of your own and very much the lord or lady of your very own manor.
- West View, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset Bishops Lydeard is situated between Taunton and the coast at Minehead and between Exmoor and the Quantocks making it an ideal central location for exploring this part of Somerset. The village has a number of pubs, shops and a garage and is also the southern end of the West Somerset Railway preserved line so is popular with steam enthusiasts. West View offers good quality bed and breakfast accommodation with very friendly hosts. It also has the best selection of guides of what there is to see and do in the area that I have ever encountered, including many local walking guides which guests can borrow to explore the locality.
© Chris Shepheard 2003