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Stone Built Cottages With Modern Twis...

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There are many types of holiday home available for hire these days;  holiday cottages and bungalows probably still top the list but with variants like castles, Napoleonic pill boxes; renovated railway cottages and even an old signalling box was seen advertised as a change from the norm.   The days of just opening up a spare […]

Country Cottages Offer Reused Furnitu...

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We do seem to have finally gone full circle in our generational life spans.  When we think back – often with the help of magazine articles and tv programmes – to when our ancestors were trying to eek out their meagre living, there was always a need to make do and mend.  In other words, […]

Holiday Cottage -v- B&B Running ...

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I’ve been scouring the pile of magazines in my sitting room lately – I know I saw an article on the merits of running a fleet of self catering holiday cottages – v – running a 6 guest bedroomed B&B establishment up in one of our premier tourist honeytraps.  I recall thinking this was a […]

One Man’s Crowded Cottage, Anot...

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I have been watching a particular tv series set in North America – couples and families are shown in their ‘cramped and over-crowded’ homes and are encouraged by a couple of very able brothers, to invest in very high end house renovations so they can sell for very top dollar and then move on up […]

Hiring A Slice Of Country Joy Saves B...

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Oh how I love reading the country life style magazines.  They’re dripping with luscious cottages of every description – and many a manor house too.  I particularly like reading up the sales jargon for the many huge country estates that seem to have been on the market suddenly – maybe their historic family owners have […]

Pleasures Of Traffic Free Country Liv...

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You really know you’re out in the country in the middle of winter where I’m currently staying.  It’s absolutely amazing how different it all feels to where I stay with someone in the town.  There they have loads of street lights, cars hurtling about and lots of transport in general making a noise and smells.  […]

Appetite For Charming Cottage Pubs &#...

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I’ve had lots of things going on with old fashioned pubs lately – being cheer leader for a seniors’ lunch bunch.  Obviously the type of  venue is very important – we don’t want to be sitting in a greasy spoon style of cafe but at the same time, none of our group are that flush […]

Cottage & Pub Pics Start Holiday...

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I was at a charity fund raising event earlier this year – end of winter and before I’d even thought about this year’s holidays.  Amongst the usual range of bizarre and eclectic mix of tombola prizes and white elephant stall offerings were packs of hand made greetings cards.  I snapped up a couple of packs […]

Alpine Cottage Shaped Social Mountain...

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I have a really good pal who’s wife is from ‘up north’.  This is fine, she used to be a lovely friendly, person with whom I  would spend a good couple of hours chatting and exchanging notes about the lovely cottages we’d stayed at for our respective holidays.  Our families always tried different parts of […]

Test Running The Chocolate Box Cottag...

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When you buy your very first property, it is usually a flat or a terraced house.  Usually in need of a full refurbishment or at least a hefty chunck of cash for making it more habitable and comfortable.  It’s extremely rare that a couple will enter the fray by buying a fully fledged country cottage […]