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Does the UK have top quality holiday cottages?
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visitslovenija



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Location: Slovenia

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:16 pm    Post subject: Does the UK have top quality holiday cottages? Reply with quote

We are trying to book a holiday break in the UK for next May (14th to 21st) and, so far, have found it numbingly difficult to find anything that looks really comfortable. Just loads and loads of mostly rubbish seems to be thrown up. So where is the good stuff?

We are looking for somewhere in North Yorkshire or the Dales or maybe Northumberland.

Minimum requirements for us are:
- bookable Sunday to Sunday (to fit with other travel plans)
- minimum king size bed
- no leather sofas
- wood burning stove
- decent kitchen - no cheap cooker please
- quiet location
- for 2 people

The closest we have come so far has looked great but has a 4'6" metal framed bed (we would fight all night over the covers and my feet would touch the metal frame...). Come on guys, that's no good!

Or, we find one that looks great, but will only accept Friday arrival. Sigh.

There seems to me a crying need for someone to develop a company that only offers self-catering of a superior quality, with all details, small and big, properly checked out. Anybody?

Any personal recommendations of somewhere nice to stay would also be much appreciated.

Ralph


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zebedee



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Location: yorkshire dales

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, already booked.

Edited to add - try Greenbarn. His properties are 5star and look lovely.
You could pm him


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://luxuryspringcottageyorkshire.co.uk/two-bedroom-luxury-yorkshire-cottage/

This one is usually Fri or Mon changeover but they do say ask if you want to arrive on another day and they will see what they can do.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zebedee wrote:
Sorry, already booked.

Edited to add - try Greenbarn. His properties are 5star and look lovely.
You could pm him


Sorry, we have leather sofas!
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visitslovenija



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies and good suggestions.

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Sorry, we have leather sofas!

I can forgive the leather sofas, as the rest is terrific! Sunday check-in though?

The boss here is holding out for somewhere more North Pennines area, but we'll see how it goes Smile
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Rosie



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could join https://www.facebook.com/groups/bookholidaysdirect/ and put a call out on there.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I ask why you don't like leather sofas?
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visitslovenija



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can I ask why you don't like leather sofas?


For me (us), they are cold and uninviting - and if you are not careful you slide off them Smile I like a big squishy sofa that you can really settle in to. Ok, our visits are mostly off season (obviously) when the weather is cooler and wood stoves and hot coffee/whisky are in order.

Maybe in the summer they are more the thing....
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

visitslovenija wrote:
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Can I ask why you don't like leather sofas?


For me (us), they are cold and uninviting - and if you are not careful you slide off them Smile I like a big squishy sofa that you can really settle in to. Ok, our visits are mostly off season (obviously) when the weather is cooler and wood stoves and hot coffee/whisky are in order.

Maybe in the summer they are more the thing....


Thanks and I have to agree - we had leather sofas at the apartment we were at last week and I kept sliding off!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now Thats got me wondering if I should change our cottage bed for a king size divan! ...it's also in Surrey, not up North but we are AONB!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There seems to me a crying need for someone to develop a company that only offers self-catering of a superior quality, with all details, small and big, properly checked out. Anybody?


Try the Visit England website
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Now Thats got me wondering if I should change our cottage bed for a king size divan!


Yes do! I honestly can't fathom why the Brits put up with 4'6" beds. It would never be tolerated on the Continent. So maybe you are loosing business from that....

Can you imagine a quality hotel putting 4'6" beds in their double rooms? They would never survive.

And thanks zebedee - will check out the VE website.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes do! I honestly can't fathom why the Brits put up with 4'6" beds.


Unfortunately we don't have room for anything else but I would put in a king size if I could!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went with king size in the cottage as I hate a bed that feels too small!

I think we tick all the boxes for you but I'm not in Northern England.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I honestly can't fathom why the Brits put up with 4'6" beds.

That is because they have not gone metric yet. Laughing
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