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A Great British Baking holiday

20th August 2014 Print
The Big Oak Barn

Once again amateur chefs and bakers across the country are ironing out the aprons, dusting off recipe books and oiling the rolling pins as The Great British Bake Off returns for a fifth season. To keep every homebaker satisfied, holiday cottage letting specialists, have developed a bespoke list of the top five properties best suited for budding bakers.

Sleeping four, Dove Cottage is a charming 1850s cottage with a beautiful farmhouse-style kitchen equipped with a Rayburn, an additional four ring hob with oven, and a microwave and grill. Bread making classes are also on offer from the owners and holiday makers will receive fresh eggs from the owner’s hens upon arrival. Guests are also welcome to pick home grown seasonal produce from the allotment. The price for seven nights from 20 September is £375.

The Big Oak Barn is a stunning former medieval hall and boasts a spacious open plan kitchen and dining space. Looking out onto stunning countryside views, there are even enough facilities to stage your own bake off with two large electric ovens, a gas hob and three fridges.  Sleeping eight, the price for seven nights from 5 September is £985.

Located in North Devon, Abbotsham Seaview is a beautifully furnished house complete with a stunning kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is equipped with a cooker, dishwasher, microwave and many extras, coupled with wonderful sea views. This kitchen is perfect for group cooking with huge preparation surfaces and a conveniently located dining table to ensure no one is left out of the fun. Sleeping eight, the price for seven nights from 11 October is £735.

Trethurffe Manor is a fabulous 200 year old detached farmhouse sleeping 12 and set in five acres of gardens. The kitchen reflects the farmhouse setting of the property with ornate granite flooring, a preparation island and an Aga cooker. This property also comes with a second kitchen area complete with cooker and washing facilities and a slate floor pantry with two fridge/freezers ensures all your ingredients will find a home here. The price for seven nights from 30 August is £1830.

For a cottage with a ‘cook’s kitchen,’ look no further than Tay House in Central Scotland. With a large oil-fired Aga, this large kitchen has a quarry tiled floor and a seating area looking out over the River Tay and the Sidlaw Hills. With pots and pans to suit every occasion, this is the ultimate country cooking retreat. Sleeping eight, the price for seven nights from 30 August is £965.

With self-catering properties around the country including everything from cosy barn conversions on working farms, to grand mansions and country houses, is an independent, family business that has been offering award winning UK holidays since 1979. All properties are personally inspected by the dedicated property team to deliver the high standards expected and the friendly booking team are always on hand to assist with the quick and easy booking process. 

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