Five getaways with tennis courts
Inspired by Wimbledon? Get into the swing of things at these luxury rentals.
Saturday 27 June 2009
Eshott Hall Cottages, Northumberland
Garden and Stable West Cottage are set in the grounds of a 17th-century country house. They feature high-spec décor, luxurious fabrics and sea-grass matting, all in creamy hues. The buildings are tucked into mature woodland – home to protected red squirrels and deer – and there is a private courtyard plus acres of land to explore, as well as a tennis court within a Victorian walled garden. LTA-approved coaching can be booked.
Eshott Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 9EN (01670 787777; eshottholidaycottages.co.uk). Weekly rental starts at £350 for five guests or £450 for six.
Plum Braes Barns, Scottish Borders
The three cottages at Plum Braes Barn are in a stone house on an organic farm. Wood-burning stoves and polished sleigh beds create a country-cosy charm inside, while private decks with barbecues are ideal for summer evenings. Guests have shared use of a picturesque all-weather tennis court, which is surrounded by wild flowers and farmland, and have the option of booking private coaching. After thrashing it out on the court, players can take a walk on the farm or picnic down by the river.
Plum Braes Barns, Cliftonhill, Ednam, Kelso, Scotland TD5 7QE (01573 225028; kelsocottages.co.uk). Weekly rental starts at £260 for two guests or £320 for four.
Park Gate Cottages, Devon
The four cottages on Park Gate Farm, near the north Devon coast, are bright and airy with pine furniture, cast-iron beds and floral fabrics. Each has a sitting room that opens up on to a private deck and garden. They share use of an all-weather tennis court, with sweeping country views.
Park Gate Farm, Tawstock, Barnstaple EX31 3HZ (01271 325707; parkgatecottages.co. uk). Weekly rental starts at £382 for six guests or £862 for 12.
Hoste Barn, Norfolk
This luxurious conversion of a 16th-century threshing barn features a vaulted ceiling, heated floors and a hi-tech entertainment system. Floor-to-ceiling windows, a mezzanine bedroom and an oval fireplace keep things contemporary inside; outside there is an all-weather tennis court. A good base to explore the North Norfolk coast and Broads.
Hoste Barn, Old Manor Farmhouse, Swanton Hill, Norfolk NR10 5EA (01692 538224; hostebarn.com). Weekly rental starts at £646; sleeps four.
Upper Mowley, Herefordshire
This gracious farmhouse is surrounded by rolling fields and former farm buildings that have been cannily converted into games rooms, including one with a weather-defying full-size tennis court. In the main house, rooms are decked out with polished wooden floorboards, Shaker-style furniture and wood-burning stoves. The house is well-placed for visiting Offa's Dyke, Ludlow and Hay-on-Wye, and there's an award-winning pub nearby.
Upper Mowley, Titley, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3RT (bookings through ruralretreats.co.uk; 01386 701177). Weekly rental starts at £1,946 including welcome hamper; sleeps 16.
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