Want to do the right thing and holiday in the UK this Autumn, but can’t face the chintz, polyester sheets and frilly valances?
Upcott House, a stunning Victorian country house perched on the dramatic cliffs at Beer in East Devon, and set within elegant, landscaped gardens with sweeping 180-degree views across Lyme Bay; might be the venue that restores your faith in UK self-catering.
A painstakingly restored, self-catering rental property, Upcott House aims to ditch the fusty image of self-catering and bring some five-star swank to the rental scene. The property sleeps 12 and is within minutes walk from the South West coastal path that runs all the way along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beautifully furnished with lovingly restored vintage pieces collected from local auctions, contrasted with sumptuous hotel-grade beds, indulgent modern bathrooms with colour therapy bath, Raindance showers and Duravit basins, spacious living areas with LCD TVs and Wi-Fi, the house offers laid-back luxury, with all the green credentials you need for a guilt-free trip.
Solar panels heat the water at Upcott House, the bed linen is finest organic cotton, washed only in Ecover, and even the Douglas Fir floorboards have been sealed using natural wax oils. During the winter, the thermally efficient curtains and wood-burning stove keep the rooms warm and toasty.
This blend of responsible luxury is the dream scheme of former high-flying city banker, Liz Robinson. Travelling all over the world with her job, Liz had stayed in some of the best hotels but had never found the same level of quality in self-catering accommodation.
‘I wanted to create a space where friends and families could enjoy the ‘treat’ of staying somewhere indulgent’ said Liz, ‘but maintain my own high principles when it comes to being eco-conscious’.
Of course, being green isn’t the only thing to do at Upcott House. Just five minutes’ walk to the beach and the picturesque village of Beer, there’s fossil hunting, sailing, fishing, golf and plenty of Devon cream teas. Explore pretty villages and towns, relax at award-winning pubs and restaurants, and enjoy many natural wonders within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Who needs the Bahamas?
Upcott House is now available to rent, with prices starting at £1500 for a two-night stay for up to 12 in mid-season. For more information go to www.devonretreat.com, email email@example.com or call 01297 20307.
• High res images of Upcott House are available.
• For more information or to arrange an interview, call Liz and Malcolm Robinson at Upcott House on 01297 20307.
• The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural world heritage site. For more information, visit www.jurassiccoast.com
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