Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tennis fans? Take your pick of our One Off Places with their own Tennis Courts

There are a few facilities and features that always make a holiday property seem exclusive and luxurious (swimming pools, hot tubs, walled gardens to name but a few) and one thing that definitely falls into this category is a tennis court. Properties with private tennis courts immediately seem somehow lavish – even if the cost in no way reflects this! With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of some of our favourite holiday rentals with tennis courts…

The traditional country house

If your idea of a tennis court is a Wimbledon-style grass court with a table of strawberries and cream next to it, then look no further than the charming Fingals in Devon. Informal and relaxed yet luxurious and full of character, this 10-bedroomed Grade II listed country house is situated in a beautiful valley and provides the perfect setting for a laidback family holiday. And never mind the tennis court, what about the croquet lawn?

Grass tennis court in Devon

Grass tennis court in Devon

The Lochside Abbey in the Scottish Highlands

Built in 1876 on the shores of Loch Ness, this Benedictine Abbey has been beautifully converted to create a number of stylish self catering properties.  Aside from the tennis court, the communal facilities at the Monastery also include a swimming pool, sauna & steam room, gym, snooker, table tennis, boules, croquet, giant chess, badminton & archery.  Not a bad selection!

Lochside monastery in Scottish Highlands

The French farmhouse

If you’re a large group of friends looking for somewhere you can spend your days lounging by the pool, playing games and BBQing your meals as you look out over stunning countryside, Arnauton is for you. Lovingly renovated and housed within 5 acres of grounds in the Midi-Pyrenees region, this is a gorgeous setting and is truly a place for relaxed and stress-free living.

French farmhouse for 16

French farmhouse for 16

The Spanish eco-farm

Back to Spain and the breathtaking landscape of Extremadura. La Lancha is an extraordinary place – a self-proclaimed ‘eco-luxury farmhouse’ set within 30 hectares of olive groves, fruit orchards and fields of Merino sheep. The grounds are truly exceptional in a way that makes the swimming pool and tennis court seem almost commonplace! If you want to take your friends and family to somewhere absolutely unique then this is the place.

Eco luxury barn conversion in rural Spain

Eco luxury barn conversion in rural Spain

Ultimate luxury in a villa in Morocco

Villa Alexandra has so many wonderful features that it is hard to say which is the most appealing. Is it the cool, classic interior and stunning architecture, the serene location, the large walled garden full of scented blossoms or the pampering for which it is famous? Whichever it is, you will fall in love with this piece of paradise.  Just outside the house (which sleeps 12) is a 20m by 5m swimming pool, which has a ‘beach’ area that children will love.  The grounds also contain a clay tennis court which is well-maintained with racquets available.

Luxury country house in Morocco

Luxury country house in Morocco

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One Off Places goes to Riverside Cottage in Hampshire

It’s always lovely when a member of the One Off Places team gets to holiday in a One Off Place. And it’s particularly special when that place not only meets but completely surpasses your expectations.

Riverside Cottage in Hampshire

This is what happened when one of our number took a group of girlfriends to Riverside Cottage in Hampshire for a weekend getaway. I don’t know about you, but when I picture the ‘perfect’ winter weekend in the country, I imagine a characterful thatched cottage, a roaring fire, long walks in mud-spattered wellies, glasses of red wine, lots of laughter round a big table, home cooked food and comfortable beds to sink into. But I also imagine contemporary luxuries. And that, in a nutshell, is what Riverside Cottage provides. Think beamed ceilings, a warming Aga, social conservatory dining and plenty of space for everyone to stretch out in. Somehow this is a place that manages to be cosy, quaint, light and spacious all at the same time!

Charming and characterful interiors

Charming and characterful interiors

And the great beauty of this cottage? That it is just as idyllic in the summertime. The only bad thing thing about our icy weekend was that we couldn’t make the most of the swimming pool, the well-appointed pool house and the extensive garden.

Large grounds

Large grounds

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a peaceful countryside break with friends and family, somewhere that is an easy drive from London and yet feels rural and remote, then look no further. You won’t regret it!

Riverside

Riverside!

Key Features

  • Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms
  • Dining table to seat 10
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Village pub just a 1 mile walk away

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Still looking for an Easter Holiday Getaway? More last minute availability & discounts from One Off Places

Eco Barn in Yorkshire – £25pppn

Situated in an elevated position in the heart of Cragg Vale, Old Cragg Hall Barn is an eco-friendly award-winning conversion with outstanding views over the valley. Fabulous views, contemporary furnishings, abundant wildlife – this multi award-winning 5-star self-catering holiday home has it all. Sleeps six in three bedrooms.

Deal: Good Friday – Easter Monday for £895 (3 nights) or £1050 for seven nights from Good Friday.

Old Cragg Hall Barn Terrace views

Old Cragg Hall Barn Terrace views

Skiing in Chamonix – £80pppn, fully catered

Situated on the sunny side of the Chamonix valley this eight bedroom chalet has a large terrace with hot tub from where you can enjoy amazing views of Mont Blanc whilst sipping your favourite tipple.  Luxurious interiors, delicious food and easy access to all skiing areas.

Deal: Now £565 per person for a seven night fully catered stay throughout April (was £730).

Ski chalet in Chamonix

Ski chalet in Chamonix

Yurting in the Peak District – £19pppn

On the edge of the Peak District National Park, with stunning views across the Staffordshire Moorlands, you will find an award-winning cluster of yurts which offer the ultimate glamping experience.  Each yurt sleeps up to four people.

Deal: £200 for 2 nights / £300 for 4 nights from 7th – 11th April.

Yurt holiday in the Peak District

Yurt holiday in the Peak District

Cottage on organic farm in Wales – £12.50pppn

Venture down a leafy country lane & over an ancient stone bridge to find Penyrallt Fach Cottage, a 19th century former piggery, now a delightful two bedroom cottage on a secluded organic dairy farm overlooking the beautiful Teifi Valley in West Wales. Wood burning stove and 30 minutes to the beaches.

Deal: Was £450 per week, now £350 per week.  Available 12th – 26th April.

Welsh cottage on an organic farm

Welsh cottage on an organic farm

Manor House for the Easter Weekend – £60pppn

A beautiful stone manor house set in a stunning location, Chaffeymoor Grange sleeps 20 guests in comfort. It offers a superb and unforgettable venue for the traditional country house party weekend, whether you are a large family celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or a group of old friends organising a reunion weekend.

Deal: £4800 for 4 nights.  Available from 14th – 24th April.

Country House in Dorset for Easter

Country House in Dorset for Easter

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in the Scottish Highlands; a treehouse in Somerset; a roundhouse in France;  a houseboat in Amsterdam; a yurt in Portugal; a safari tent in Italy; a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; a holiday in a yurt, glamping, a big house to rent, a holiday in a tipi, quirky places to stay, a Scottish holiday, a stay in a shepherds hut, treehouse holidays, a villa in Galicia, villas in France, villas in Spain, windmills, castles, eco houses, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

 

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Notes for editors: One Off Places  was launched in 2008. Named A Top 10 Hot Travel Website (Times Online). The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk or 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.

Over £800 off during Easter Holidays at selected One Off Places

Croatia  – 33% discount

On top of a hill with magnificent views over Motovun and the Mirna Valley is this stunning villa, built in 1770 and now beautifully renovated with a Venetian-style exterior and spacious, contemporary interiors. Private and luxurious in a breathtaking setting, this is an idyllic Croatian retreat.  4 beds / sleeps 8.

Deal: Was £1235, now £825 for all bookings from 12th April – 10th May.

Villa in Croatia

France – 25% discount

Nestled amongst the serene foothills of St Barthelemy, surrounded by hilltops and untouched natural beauty as far as the eye can see, Lei Chambris is an idyllic exclusive-use estate set within 10 acres of tranquil grounds rich with poplar forests and streams. Cook and masseuse on site!  6 beds / sleeps 12.

Deal: 25% discount for Easter week.  Was £3295 per week, now £2470 per week.  Includes

Includes welcome aperitif & dinner, Easter day lunch and an Easter egg hunt in the poplar woods!

Country House in Provence

Country House in Provence

Greece – 20% discount

A traditional country house on the Greek island of Lefkas decorated with antiques yet offering all modern amenities.  Superb countryside views and just a few minutes from world famous beaches.  3 beds / sleeps 8.

Deal: 20% off week long bookings between 29th March – 26th April.  Was £865, now £690.

Ionian island villa in Greece

Ionian Island villa in Greece

England – 18% discount

The Quarry is a large, luxury, child friendly, detached Victorian house standing in ½ acre of private, terraced gardens. It has magnificent views over Ilfracombe & out to sea. This unique, self catering villa backs directly onto the South West coastal path, and has a privately owned beach a 5 min walk away. 7 beds / sleeps 13

Deal: Easter now available as a short break or a week stay. Weekend 3 night stay £2000, week £2550 (was £3100). Both start on Good Friday (18th April).

Coastal & family friendly in Devon

Coastal & family friendly in Devon

England – £700 discount

Built in 1687 Incleborough House is a Grade II listed Norfolk property set in magnificent landscaped walled gardens which overlook the village green. Stunning architecture, creative interior design and a classical feel – all just 300 metres from an award-winning beach. This house has the wow factor.  7 beds / sleeps 16.

Deal:  £700 off a three or four night Easter break.  Available 4th / 7th / 11th April.  Includes free champagne, wine, welcome pack and breakfast.

Country House in Norfolk

Country House in Norfolk

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in the Scottish Highlands; a treehouse in Somerset; a roundhouse in France;  a houseboat in Amsterdam; a yurt in Portugal; a safari tent in Italy; a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; a holiday in a yurt, glamping, a big house to rent, a holiday in a tipi, quirky places to stay, a Scottish holiday, a stay in a shepherds hut, treehouse holidays, a villa in Galicia, villas in France, villas in Spain, windmills, castles, eco houses, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

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Notes for editors: One Off Places  was launched in 2008. Named A Top 10 Hot Travel Website (Times Online). The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk or 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.