10 of the best British boltholes: UK holiday hideaways for two

10 of the best British boltholes: UK holiday hideaways for two
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Ty’r Gof

Rhydlewis, Llangrannog, west Wales

A short drive from Cardigan and Penbryn’s National Trust beach, this traditional ‘croglofft’, right, has a living space downstairs and bedroom in the loftspace. Just a five-minute walk from the village, its two acres of private woodland offer beautiful valley views. Short breaks from £300, one week from £510. Call 0844 500 5101 or visit www.underthethatch.co.uk/tyrgof
 

Chapel Lodge

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

In the grounds of Oxburgh Hall you’ll find a stunning 19th century country cottage. From just inside the park wall, you can admire the view across to the chapel and explore the hidden gems of the Estate. The bed can be made into two twins on request – so why not bring a good friend along? Three nights in May from £341. Call 0844 335 1297 or visit www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk 
 

Abbey Stores

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

Abbey Stores dates back to the 18th century but was rebuilt in the Thirties and was a shop until only 20 years ago. When you grow weary of the Cistercian Abbey, Georgian water garden and Deer Park (to which Store residents are allowed free entry), you can return to this stone cottage with its vaulted ceilings and cosy wood-burning stove. Three nights in May from £399. Call 0844 335 1297 or visit www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk
 

Biddy Cottage

Brill, Buckinghamshire

Village green life awaits you in Brill, close to the Cotswolds. Just across the green is the pub, and Brill windmill is a lovely spot. Time for an evening soak? Biddy’s standalone bath has a skylight directly above it – perfect for comfortable stargazing. From £455 for a three-night weekend stay, plus an additional charge for one well-behaved dog. Call 01637 881183 or visit www.biddycottage.uniquehomestays.com
 

Popty Pennant

Chirk Castle Estate, Llangollen, north Wales

Who wouldn’t love a property called Popty Pennant? With wingback chairs in front of a Victorian cooking range, there’s nowhere better to get your nose into a book. You might try a garden walk or venturing out to nearby heritage towns, but you will be equally content to remain in this converted bakehouse. Short breaks from £241, one week from £394. Call 0844 500 5101 or visit www.underthethatch.co.uk/popty
 

Skipper’s Cabin

nr Padstow, Cornwall

This renovated shepherd’s hut is surrounded by countryside and friendly, inquisitive animals. Coastal walks and sandy beaches are nearby. The kitchen, dining room and bedroom are in one, open-plan space, providing cosy comfort at its best. Three nights in May from £322. Call 0844 335 1297 or visit www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk
 

Peel Bothy

nr Hexham, Northumberland

Bring two furry friends for frolics near the Scottish border. This single storey cottage is next to Hadrian’s Wall footpath with open moorland views and the Twice Brewed Inn close by. Three nights in May from £417. Call 0844 335 1297 or visit www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk
 

Argoed Mill

Upper Wye Valley, Mid Wales

With kingfishers and otters to spot from the balcony, nature lovers simply must visit Argoed. The owners grow veggies for you to pick if you wish, as well as enjoying fresh eggs from their hens. The pool table downstairs is an added bonus in this converted Victorian mill. Short breaks from £243, one week from £496. Call 0844 500 5101 or visit www.underthethatch.co.uk/argoed 
 

Little Otterling

Tamar Valley, Cornwall

The area where the River Tamar makes its way along the Devon/Cornwall border has been designated one of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Be aware that this little cottage is sheltered by the valley and therefore on a fairly steep bank. From £545 for a three-night weekend stay, plus an additional charge for one well-behaved dog. Call 01637 881183 or visit www.littleotterling.uniquehomestays.com 
 

Little Barn

nr Newport, Pembrokeshire

You’ll see why this place was once popular with artists. A converted studio with its own pond, Little Barn has spectacular views of Carningli mountain. Meet local ducks and geese, spy a swallow, and push the boat out as there’s one there for your use! Short breaks from £427. Call 0844 500 5101 or visit www.underthethatch.co.uk/little

 

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