Sunday 5 July 2020

Recommended Self-Catering Accommodation in the South of England

In the wake of this pandemic, many people are rejecting the idea of holidaying abroad this year and will be staying in the UK instead. Whilst many of us are keen to get away and to start feeling a bit more normal, there is still a certain level of caution and worry around being away from home and being around too many people. For that reason, booking self-catered accommodation could be a great option.

Here are some recommendations of places we have stayed, in the south of England, and have really enjoyed, thus being happy to recommend them -

East Sussex - Blue Doors Cottage, Ashburnham Place, Battle

This comfortable cottage sleeps 5 adults easily, has a large private back garden, allocated parking and good WiFi. Nestled in the woods at the 220 acre Ashburnham Place it is a great place to holiday. You can walk or cycle the extensive grounds and enjoy all that Ashburnham Place has to offer.  It's only 8 miles from Bexhill beach and the towns of Hastings and Eastbourne are around 30 minutes away.

Blue Doors Cottage, Ashburnham Place

Check out the Ashburnham Place website

East Devon - Mazzard Farm, Ottery St Mary

Back in May 2015 we stayed at Mazzard Farm and had the most wonderful stay; I'd love to go back again. There are six cottages situated around a courtyard and 17 acres of gardens and woodland to explore. It is the perfect place for a family to holiday as the children can safely play out whilst you enjoy overseeing them with a cuppa or glass of wine in the courtyard. We found that all the children staying there made friends and there were animals to feed and pet too.

Take a look at this short video and see what is on offer. Also, looking at the website it looks as if the cottages have been updated further since we were there, and they were already stylish and comfortable then.

Check out the Mazzard Farm website

Kent - Ro's Place through Airbnb, Whitstable

Last July we first discovered this great house and we are heading back this year too; check out our review from last year over here. For us, this house is perfect as it is only a short walk from the sea wall and you can walk or cycle safely for miles. The big attraction for my twin teen girls is that there are loads of bikes available to borrow at the house, so they can cycle off to McDonalds or down to the beach together and escape us oldies for a little while!

The house is nothing to look at, it is a classic 1970's build but that means there is a decent amount of space and it is comfortably furnished and has a great back garden and private parking. We found everything we needed at this house and enjoyed being able to walk to the pub opposite and the local cafe.

It is well placed for visiting all the picturesque seaside resorts in this area of Kent or going into Canterbury for some culture and shopping.

Check out Ro's Place on Airbnb

Norfolk - The White House, Fakenham

This is another Airbnb that we have now stayed in a couple of times and we really enjoy it there. I'll be honest it is not a glamorous property, the decor is pretty outdated and it's a tad dusty in places but it has an amazing big garden, loads of animals onsite that you can pet and help to feed and the beds are comfortable. The price is always reasonable too, so if you want a value holiday, this place might be for you.

It is positioned really well to explore the North Norfolk coast and you can get everywhere very easily if you have a car. There are some great beaches, seaside towns and historic buildings locally to visit.

Check out the White House on Airbnb

North Cornwall - Coombe Mill, Bodmin

I have to admit that we've never yet been to Coombe Mill, it is owned by my lovely fellow blogger friend Fiona and her husband Farmer Nick. They have a number of cottages and wood lodges in their 30 acre estate, which includes a working farm.

The self-catering accommodation sleeps between 4 and 8 and they seem to be continually updating and working on their farm to ensure it offers the highest standards. There are play areas, a stream, sandpit, indoor BBQ hut, fishing, crazy golf, mini train rides, a tractor run to feed the animals and a weekly activity hour. It always seems as if there is something for all the family. I've known many friends stay there over the years and they always seem to love it. You can check out some reviews from Chelsea Mamma and Dear Mummy Blog

Head over to the Coombe Mill website and blog

If you don't yet have anything booked for this summer or beyond, why not have a look at one of my picks. I know you won't be disappointed!

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