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Your own UK luxury holiday home on a stunning, private estate

Luxury bespoke homes on a private Somerset estate form a new development which offers the perfect lifestyle and getaway among an ancient landscape. Set around an idyllic mineral lake with man-made beaches, you’d be forgiven for thinking this quiet, woodland setting was miles from anywhere. Yet Cookswood is only 90 minutes from London Heathrow and 30 minutes from Bristol airport. Customers can purchase their dream holiday home on the 250-acre estate by first choosing a plot of land, and then one of a range of house designs. Let your imagination run wild by working with Cookswood’s professional design team who can set up the home to meet your own unique tastes, creating your own interior. Add luxurious aspects like a basement, outdoor pool, hot tub or even a bar. You can even incorporate smart-technology to your home with the ability to control features through an app or voice command. The most popular house designs are The Cottage and The Barn. Each offers unrivalled views, lovely balconies and contemporary use of glass, along with traditional and sustainable construction methods. The layout is perfect for families looking for a holiday home. Spending time at Cookswood can be as relaxing as you wish. Enjoy sitting and admiring the view from your private home, or explore the private scenic walks, swim in the infinity pool and venture onto the lake. The private site, with 24-hour security, has great plans for the future. Guests will soon be enjoying an on-site luxury spa, or evening meal and drinks in the bar and restaurant. The lake will be the perfect place to enjoy boating, paddle boarding, fishing and swimming. This development is not only for adults. The site is family-friendly and children should feel safe here. Cookswood’s concept is to create a fun, wholesome environment with wonderful opportunities for young visitors; they can join the kids club, or enjoy the outdoor life with sports, swimming, playing in the woods and interacting with animals at the Cookswood stables. All of the homes offer wonderful lake and woodland views. Yet Cookswood’s commitment to nature and sustainability means the development is built in a way that enhances and protects the natural environment. This ancient woodland has miles of nature trails and pretty bridleways through the farmland which are there for residents to enjoy. There will even be a nature study area to learn about the ways the wildlife and species on the estate have been protected. Buying a luxury home in Cookswood need not be a major commitment. Owners can see the opportunity as an investment whereby homes can be rented out 365 days a year, with no restrictions. This couldn’t be easier, with a full booking and management service offered on behalf of residents while you are away, dealing with maintenance and guests without any extra time commitment. What’s more, owners could enjoy an income of up to £4,000 weekly by doing so. Cookswood is a wonderful place that celebrates the English countryside, combining luxury holiday homes with the natural environment in a sustainable manner, while offering secure, family-friendly amenities and an incredible lakeside and woodland location. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cookswood.

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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  1. I like the idea that effectively you could be covering the cost of your holiday from rental income for the rest of the year. Though you would need to be disciplined and not take too many long weekends thereby limiting the rental potential.

    1. Hi Andy… I think if you were to avoid taking your holidays in many of the peak weeks where the maximum rental revenue will lie, you should still achieve a healthy return.

    2. Hiya Andy, I couldn’t agree more! With higher end properties fetching £4000 per week it has the potential for great return. As Paul said especially if you plan your time well! I’d love to chat more, if you have any questions, please leave a comment. Hope to hear from you!

  2. The nice thing about this type of estate is that people tend to get into a pattern of visiting, staying at more or less the same times each year. You make new friends quickly which helps it become a second home. After a while the kids have got a set of pals all ready to play with. As it’s 2019 they keep in touch on social media too.

    1. That’s a very good point. And the other good thing about this is that kids will develop friendships that go well beyond their own schools or local area, but instead discover friends from many different walks of life. That’s really healthy, I think.

  3. If you have ever been stuck in a traffic jam trying to get into a holiday honeypot such as Bournemouth or Torquay you’ll appreciate that this private estate has much easier access. Essentially you could be adding a few hours to your much needed break. Wasn’t there a programme called something like “The A303: Highway to Hell” telling the story of frustrated holidaymakers?

    1. Yes, I’ve been stuck in traffic on many a trip to Cornwall. Not only is it not as far to travel but it’s likely to be well before the traffic really sets in.

  4. Even though we live in the leafy suburbs of Birmingham we still do not have a lot of space and fresh air is at a premium too. Cookswood offers plenty of both making it very attractive to us city dwellers. It would be great to let the children off the leash. With 24 hour security they could have a lot more freedom than they have at home.

    1. You’re right Carolyn! We are creating a paradise up here and we can’t wait to share it with everyone! Super safe and super fun for the little ones!

  5. Leaving aside the financial side of things, which on first glance looks quite attractive, Cookswood seems to be exhibiting some thoughtful and pleasing designs.

    I can see a few of my friends being interested in some of the larger properties. It’s an ideal way to get the family together for a short break. The outdoor areas look ideal for entertaining.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Gerald, we think the prices are very reasonable given what owners and guests are going to have access to! Getting families and friends together and creating amazing memories, that’s what makes us tick! Please do get in contact if you’d like to find out more.

  6. The location is perfect. We once had a second home but it was usually over two and half hours to get there, more often in excess of three hours with Friday night traffic. Time and time again we had packed already for a Friday evening getaway then on a Friday evening the last thing you want is a long journey, we collapsed and just stayed at home. For a lot of people in the Midlands and South East this would be a very doable journey.

    1. It certainly would Steve, and the tranquility you feel the moment you arrive on the estate will soon make the stress of a long car journey fade away! Are you more up north Steve?

  7. A communal bar is a great feature, that’s how people get to know each other. It makes such a difference to a community when you’ve got a central point to gather. I know that there’s a restaurant on site but you’ll get tips from the other residents on great pubs and restaurants in the area when you are ready for a change of scene.

    1. You’re right Nick, plus all of us on the team are local and have a great knowledge of some of the best places to eat and see in the area. Somerset is such a beautiful part of the UK and has so many amazing places to visit. On site bar is a must for building relationships! I can see many fun nights ahead!

  8. As we head into the mindless zone of half-term with kids glued to their “smart” phones I begin to realise how stimulating a place like Cookswood would be for the grandchildren. Maybe they could connect with the animals and develop some new interests. I like the fact that it is a safe environment so that the children can go off and play which is something they rarely do in towns.

    1. You get it Janet! Reconnecting everyone with nature is such an important part of what we are trying to achieve. Dinners round the table with the whole family, laughing at each other attempt paddle boarding for the first time, nights round the bonfire. It’s about reconnecting we each other just as much as the outdoors!

  9. I think the encouragement to use your home as a holiday let is really refreshing, and the encouragement to have kids on site. Often private estates are all about the rules and restrictions, but this place seems different.

    1. I agree Matt. It’s ideal, you make money whilst you’re not there and don’t even have to lift a finger as we take care of everything for you! Bookings, cleaning the lot! We try to keep as flexible and as inclusive as impossible. We hope to see you on site Matt!

  10. These properties are absolute winners, they’ve got so much going for them. I must start doing some research a.s.a.p

    1. They’re stunning aren’t they Moya! We are all so proud of what we’ve created and we’d love to see you on site for a tour. I have plenty of information if you’d like to find out more!

  11. It doesn’t just have to be a holiday home. I can see people retiring very happily to this sort of laid-back idyllic location. It’s got everything you need to keep yourself active, fit and healthy. I bet that you’d get plenty of friends and relatives coming to stay too.

    1. Couldn’t agree more Gary. You can stay at your property 365 days of the year if you choose unlike other sites like ours. And you only have to our stamp duty on the plot of land so save thousands! We’ve shown lots of retiree’s around site with this exact thought in mind, and they all LOVE the idea of being part of a healthy, friendly community

  12. I really love the idea of these rustic-themed holiday houses. Working hours and hours in a busy city with so much people around you can give you all sorts of stress. And we all need a good place to sleep, relax, and recharge our batteries. Having one of these houses to spend my rest days in can be a great relief and thanks to this post, I’d really consider buying one.

    1. Walter we’ve designed this place to be perfect setting to unwind from the stresses of day to day life. I’d really love to chat more about some of the amazing offers we have and perhaps even arrange a site visit! Hope to hear from you soon

  13. Hiya guys, have really loved reading these comments. You’ve really captured what we are trying to achieve up here! Our show home is nearly finished and we’d love to see some of you up on site to get to know you and give you a tour around the beautiful estate. We are so lucky up here with the setting and scenery! It’s time to share it with you all! If you have any questions then please leave a comment.

    Many thanks and hope to hear from you soon!


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