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Wonderful for Weddings

Bouquet picture by Flickr user Skakerman

Bouquet picture by Flickr user Skakerman

If you’re planning a wedding, you might like to consider this beautiful detached house surrounded by a quarter of an acre of enclosed garden in Bratton Fleming.

Oaklea (F173) is in the village of Bratton Fleming on the south-west edge of Exmoor. With views over meadows and woodland, it makes for a lovely, peaceful setting for special occasions such as baby-naming and wedding ceremonies.

It’s a modern and stylish home, with a crisp but muted colour palette for a calming atmosphere. Sleeps 18, with 4 bedrooms on the ground floor (two double and two twin, three of which have an en suite), and three bedrooms on the first floor (double with en suite, twin, and one room with four singles, an en suite loo and two extra truckle beds on request).

The height-of-the-house hallway allows for lots of natural light and leads to a large living room with lots of large windows, and French windows leading to the garden with a patio and garden table, chairs, and gas barbecue. The modern kitchen/dining room and utility room has all the expected amenities to help cater for large groups. Children can also enjoy the playroom with toys and table football, and upstairs the adults can enjoy the second living room.

Nearby you can visit the large town of Barnstaple, and a short drive away at Saunton there are also lovely sandy beaches with great waves for keen surfers and golf courses for enthusiasts of the sport.

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A month’s worth of rain to fall in 24 hours

There are flood alerts for many areas of the UK, particularly the North West of England over the next 24 hours as a month’s worth of rain is predicted to fall in the time period, potentially causing flooding.

Around 99 communities have been given the alerts by the Environment Agency, while River Spodden at Whitworth, and Darwen in Lancashire, Uttoxeter in Staffordshire and Old Basford and Lowdham in Nottinghamshire have been given flood warnings, which mean that flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken, according to the BBC.

Many events will be affected, so far MFest in Leeds and Racing in Warwick have been cancelled. Festival-goers heading to T in the Park in Scotland this weekend have been warned to come prepared for rain and muddy conditions.

Between 20mm and 40mm of rain are expected to fall in central and northern areas of England today while the worst-hit places could see 60mm of rain, the average amount of rainfall for all of July.

To get regular updates about the situation, you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgency or the Met Office @metoffice

If you are travelling to a holiday cottage this weekend, make sure to check your route before setting off for any potential problems, delays, or diversions.

Brits not taking advantage of Royal wedding holidays

It seems that we Brits either haven’t noticed or aren’t bothered by the possibility of an 11 day break by taking a couple of days off work around the Royal wedding.

A survey compiled by travel add-ons company HolidayExtras.com found that 76% of us aren’t bothered or haven’t realised it was possible. It showed that less than one in six people planned to create an extended break, and that just 16% of men and 20% of women had done the maths and taken advantage of it.

These findings are contrary to the initial fear that many holidays would affect small businesses and the slowing UK economy.

Head of product innovation and development at HolidayExtras.com Anthony Clarke-Cowell said: “It is surprising that more people aren’t taking advantage of this extended break but employers must be breathing a huge sigh of relief. The three short business weeks combined with workers taking 11 day holidays could be crippling for small businesses who are already struggling in a tough economic climate.

“It’s estimated that bank holidays cost the British economy six billion a year so surprisingly it’s not necessarily a bad thing that most Brits won’t be turning the three consecutive bank holidays into an extra-long holiday at the expense of employers.”

All you need to do to get the 11 days off is to book the three working days off between Easter Monday and the royal wedding on Friday April 29. That way, you will be off work between April 22 and May 3. This could be an ideal time to start looking at holiday cottages!

Large properties with Helpful Holidays

Helpful Holidays have a range of properties for larger parties of people to stay in, some even to have weddings in!

This Grade I listed Cadhay (G100) was shortlisted by Country Life for their ‘Finest manor house’ award. Sitting close to Ottery St Mary the property is mostly Tudor as it was built around 1550. Full of character, but with modern comfort, Cadhay is a beautiful and welcoming place sleeping 22 in 12 bedrooms – and you can get married there!

The magnificent 3 acre garden, described in a magazine article as ‘understated, gracious and beautiful’, fades via a ha-ha into countryside and has fine trees, cedars, fountains and walkways, herbaceous borders and huge lawns to enjoy (croquet available). There is also a walled garden with well-tended allotments and 50 acres of farmland around the house. Inside there are wonderful rooms, fine fireplaces, leaded windows, granite mullions, stucco ceilings, designer curtains, beautiful furniture, paintings.

photo of Holiday cottage in Ottery St Mary, East Devon with 5 stars, sleeps 22

photo of Holiday cottage in Ottery St Mary, East Devon with 5 stars, sleeps 22

Alternatively, how about Francis Drake’s shooting lodge. Originally a medieval hall house and the shooting lodge of Sir Francis Drake’s Yarcombe estate, Sheafhayne Manor (G1) is a superbly positioned, Grade II* listed, Elizabethan manor house sleeping 24 and likened by the Sunday Times to ‘a full-sized game of Cluedo’. There’s trout fishing on the river Yarty on the estate.

A wild garden/orchard with mown paths is at the end of a pergola walk with wisteria and a perfectly placed seat; nearby, a stream (unfenced). On the other side of the huge lawn (croquet) is a shallow rill (unfenced). Huge games room (air hockey, table tennis, table football) in the garden. In front of the house is a flagstoned and paved terrace with sundial and, through a stone arch with wrought iron gate, a sunken garden, very sheltered and peaceful. Inside all the bedrooms are en suite except two which share one large shower-room (suite). Some of the rooms have interconnecting doors; however, all can be bolted and individually accessed. Some have lovely panelling, others exceptional views; some, very wide floorboards; most have Hamstone or cast iron fireplaces (ornamental).

photo of Holiday cottage in Yarcombe, East Devon with 3.5 stars, sleeps 24

photo of Holiday cottage in Yarcombe, East Devon with 3.5 stars, sleeps 24

For more large properties go to our main website or direct to Helpful Holidays.