The Cobnut, set in a lush farmland in the largest of the 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is understandably right out of a fairytale or a Jane Austen novel. Housed on a decades-old family farm, not only does the home attain a high level of modern luxury in a rustic setting (easy to see why it bagged so many tourism awards), it is just as closely connected to the gorgeous outdoors. On the 70-acre private meadow, both adults and kids can enjoy croquet, kite flying, badminton, volleyball, Giant Jenga, plus a dozen other activities. Bring the complimentary picnic basket on your leafy walks through the countryside for a delightful lunch in the sunshine. On rainy days, settle into the well-equipped indoor games room or turn on the projector for a movie marathon. Elsewhere, curl up next to the cosy fireplace with a hot drink and a good book in hand. Inside, it's a classical look, with beautiful elm flooring, exposed stone walls and low beamed ceilings. While the original features add interest, it's a homely spot too, with a comfy armchair to sink into for a nap or read and a welcome hamper full of flowers, cakes and firewood. It's the little things that we love most about this home – the owners will really look after you here. With the idyllic English countryside, botanical gardens and medieval architecture all around, the host has a treasure trove of biking and hiking trails based on your interests. Whatever you choose to see and do here, ensure you bookmark the day by sipping bubbly in the hot tub or toasting marshmallows around the fire pit with friends and family.
Home truths: *The beds can be set up as two singles or zip linked together to make super king-size doubles – inform the host of your preference well in advance
*With both the bedrooms on the upper level and connected only by stairs, this is not a pick for those with limited mobility
*You will need a car here as the area is semi-remote – parking is available with EV charging points
*The courtyard cannot be kept just to yourself as it’s used by a variety of guests
*Please ask your host about booking a slot for the hot tub in advance
*If you're bringing little ones along, a toddler bed and a baby cot can be set up by the host
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