Premier Cottages highlights self-catering properties that are ideal for travellers seeking environmentally friendly car-free breaks
The Brew House at York Old Brewery, York
The Brew House is a Five Star Gold self-catering cottage in a grade II listed brewery conversion. Located in a tranquil but secluded medieval street and less than two minutes’ walk from the gothic splendour of York Minster and within easy reach of all York’s major attractions including The Shambles, Clifford’s Tower and Betty’s Tea Rooms.
A week’s winter break in The Brew House for four guests costs from £800 and a three-night weekend break from £480.(www.premiercottages.co.uk , 01262 674932). All children in the party must be 12 years or older.
Closest train station: York, 1.1 miles
York station is a railway junction connecting mainline trains going both North/South and East/West. Image here
Heritage Mews in Stratford-upon-Avon
Heritage Mews is a delightful 5* Gold Award town cottage, close to the River Avon, five to ten minutes’ walk from Stratford-upon-Avon’s historic town centre.
This charming small medieval market town, in a lovely riverside setting, is perfect for a car-free break. Think picturesque streets lined with beautifully-preserved half-timbered houses including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, peaceful walks along the river, the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre plus an amazing choice of restaurants, bistros, pubs, coffee shops and tearooms as well as lively weekend markets and interesting independent shops.
A week’s break for three at Heritage Mews costs from £635 and a three-night weekend break costs from £323.
Closest train station: Stratford-upon-Avon, 3/4 mile away.
There are direct trains from London Marylebone.
(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07946 200740) Images here
Scremerston Cottages, Northumberland
Situated in Northumberland Scremerston Cottages are two miles south of the bustling Elizabethan market town of Berwick upon Tweed and just over one mile in walking distance from the stunning North Northumberland coast.
Guests can take a direct daily bus over to the Holy Island of Lindsfame, (tide permitting) or Alnwick Castle and Garden. Alternatively, the cottages are only a 40-minute train ride from Edinburgh Scotland’s capital and its host of attractions and Christmas Markets
Visitors travelling by train enjoy a 10% discount
Scremerston Cottages’ Causeway Barn sleeps four and costs from £585 (was £650) for a winter week’s stay or from £378 (was £420) for a three-night short break. School Master’s Retreat, which sleeps two, costs from £495(was £550) for a week’s stay or from £315 (was £350) for a three-night short break. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07515 286 210).
Closest train station: Berwick upon Tweed – 2 miles away, 5 minutes in a taxi door to door, or 8 mins on a bus direct from the station.
Sara’s Cottage, Cornwall
Sara’s Cottage is a luxury five-star family and dog-friendly cottage, which sleeps six in three bedrooms. It is all on one level in the peaceful countryside just three miles from Truro city centre.
From Truro, guests can easily reach Falmouth, Penzance, St Ives and other less well known Cornish towns by rail. By boat they can visit Falmouth or National Trust Trelissick using https://www.falriver.co.uk/ferries/enterprise-boats and by foot or bike, it’s easy to explore the Bissoe coast to coast route, which goes from Devoran to Portreath. https://thecornishlife.co.uk/walking-the-bissoe-cycle-trail/ They can also enjoy the old railway route to Truro and pick up a Fal river boat or visit the beautiful city and cathedral.
A week’s break in Sara’s Cottage costs from £771 and from £663 for a three-night short break.
Closest train station: Truro – 2.8 miles away
Bike storage available
(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01872 279608). Image here
Llanfendigaid Estate, Gwynedd
The Grade II* listed Llanfendigaid Estate is steeped in history and located close to the sea on one of the most attractive stretches of Welsh coastline at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park.
On-site is an indoor heated swimming pool and there is access to one of the more secluded beaches in the area. Also, nearby is the terminal of the Talyllyn Railway and Aberdyfi, with its excellent sailing, good pubs and five miles of golden sand and dunes. There are four cottages on the Llanfendigaid Estate sleeping between four and 17 guests. A week’s stay in Stable Cottage for four guests costs from £513 or from £385 for a three-night short break. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07463 441455)
Closest train station: Tonfanau – 0.6 miles
Tonfanau station was built to serve an Army camp, long since closed and now just serves Llanfendigaid and a few local houses. It is on the Cambrian Coast line which goes direct to Birmingham International for the airport or changes to London. Image here
Visitors travelling by train enjoy a 10% discount
Cossington Park, Somerset
Cossington Park is located in a pretty village on the edge of the Polden Hills and Somerset Levels. A regular bus service operates about eight times a day and goes from Bridgwater to Street, Glastonbury and Wells with a bus stop right outside Cossington’s front door.
Cossington Park has an elegant period house and cottage and offers plenty of space for families to holiday in style. Grand internal features include roll-top baths, four-poster beds and rooms brimming with antiques and portraits. There’s even an impressive library available for guests to browse with some 5,000 books. Outside, the hide and seek opportunities are endless with around 22 acres to explore including extensive gardens and fields.
A break for 12 in Cossington Park’s Park House costs from £2700 (was £3000) for a week’s stay or £2100 (was £2333) for a three-night short break. Alternatively, Park Cottage sleeps six and costs from £946 (was £1051) for a week’s stay or from £737 (was £819) for a three-night short break. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 08000 433468)
Closest train station: Bridgwater – 3.77 miles.
Bridgwater railway station is on the main West Coast line from the Midlands to the South-west and just one rail stop from Taunton on the main London-Plymouth line. Bike storage is available.
Complimentary transfer service can be pre-arranged.