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2 new luxury boltholes added to Sheepskin collection

Stylish self-catering company, Sheepskin – which you may recall from my review of The Music Mill in the Peak District earlier this year – has expanded its collection into the Cotswolds with the luxurious Chescombe Lodge and has also added Nantwen a cosy bolthole for two in Pembrokeshire. Chescombe Lodge, an indulgent space for four in a quiet Cotswolds valley Hidden away in a quiet corner of the Great Tew estate Chescombe Lodge is a truly magnificent and indulgent place for two couples or a family to spend time. This is the first time that this prestigious estate has made available one of its historic properties for holiday rental within this peaceful pocket of the beautiful Cotwolds countryside. Originally an 18th Century agricultural barn the building has been sympathetically refurbished to keep the historic and rustic pedigree of the property but with the focus on luxurious space both inside and out. With two spacious double bedrooms both with uninterrupted views across the quiet valley from their king size beds and both with large en-suite bathrooms, with claw foot baths and a sink per person. The enormous windows in the large open plan living space, with its reclaimed limestone floor, look out across the private garden to the peaceful green valley. From the door the estate has defined paths for guests to walk across the fields to either of two local, award winning pubs; the Mason’s Arms in Swerford and Falkland Arms in the villages of Great Tew. Within the living area the fully equipped kitchen has all you need to cook your feast to be enjoyed around the dining table in front of the picture window. The open fire in the stone fireplace begs for you to share time there until the early hours. Located a little over an hour from London, the Great Tew Estate encapsulates much of what might be considered the archetypal English Country Estate. With rolling grassland, oak woods and a carpet of bluebells, chocolate box thatch cottages… the Great Tew Estate is all this and much more and offers a range of country pursuits from clay pigeon shooting to horse-riding and 4×4 or rallying. Whilst Great Tew village itself is often described as one of the prettiest villages in England, Great Tew remains cloaked in its long history, from its Roman origins, through the romance of the Civil War to its ownership by one of the pre-eminent industrial revolution families. In 2008 The Great Tew estate was awarded the Bledisloe Gold Medal by the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 2008. This is a truly prestigious award which, since it was inaugurated in 1958, has been awarded to only 35 estates each of which have shown the highest standards in modern, integrated and imaginative estate management. Chescombe Lodge sleeps 4 and is £1600 for 7 nights throughout 2012. Nantwen is a beautifully restored and converted barn in Pembrokeshire which sleeps 2 in absolute luxury. Restored using natural materials and local craftsmen the cottage has a contemporary style with finishing touches and wonderful attention to detail that make the cosy cottage quickly feel like a home from home. Attention to the environment too with power from renewable energy. Offering luxuriously spacious accommodation for two with an open plan living are housing a well equipped kitchen, dining area and cosy sofa arranged in front of the log burning stove. Around the corner though is an additional living room with TV and a view of the garden from the window and a contemporary styled bathroom with large shower area. Located in private grounds just inland from the Pembrokeshire coast, there is a beach within a 5 minute drive and the coast path or the open country side of the National park to explore. When you have worked up an appetite with outdoor activities, treat yourself to dinner at Llys Meddyg or Cnapan restaurants in the village of Newport just 3 miles from Nantwen. Nantwen sleeps 2 and £710 throughout 2012.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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One Comment

  1. What a great article! It has inspired me to book in and stay a couple of nights, I am so excited, well done to whoever posted this.

    Thank you

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