Looking for an escape? Appleby Cottage Estate is where you put the world on hold, a place for families, friends or fun-seekers to revel, recuperate – and return. Thirteen acres of serene silence in rural Leicestershire come surrounded only by a village church and a gastropub or two. Chase chickens, pet the dog and donkey, say hi to the horses.
There’s a whole estate here in Appleby Magna where families, friends, stags or hens can celebrate or congregate. A choice of three sumptuous properties, each one designed to erase the strains of modern living for a while. Book one, book two, or book all three and get everyone who matters to you under one roof.
Bring your pooch and explore the landscape. Bring your rackets and tear up the all-weather tennis court. Bring your expectations and have them exceeded by four-poster beds, barbies on the patio, the kids’ play area, BT Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee, hardwood floors, exposed beams and an all-encompassing sense of good living.
Appleby Cottage Estate claims a sumptuous slice of rural Leicestershire and tames it with 13 yawning acres of lawn and woodland. Walk the grounds before dinner, get a barbie going on the patio, chase the chickens around the place, say hi to the horses and donkey, or introduce your pooch to the farm dog.
Let the kids find the play area. Play some footie out on the lawns. Bring your rackets and try a spot of tennis on the all-weather court. Top up that drink, sit back in the rural still, chill, put your headphones on or just listen to the birds. Things could be much worse.
Inside, all is clean and contemporary. It’s a world of exposed beams, neutral décor, hardwood floors, spotlights and tasteful style. Sofas sink deliciously as you sit. But book all three cottages and the real luxury comes with choice. Get together and party with friends and family or join the escape club in another cottage with a book and a Bovril.
Enjoy Nespresso pods on tap, squishy sofas and light-filled spaces with views onto the lush landscapes. Fire up the large TVs and fire up Freeview or feed Netflix off the fast BT Wi-Fi. Raid the DVDs and books, or clear the floor and throw some shapes. Party like a pro or make peace with yourself. The choice is yours.
There’s a chunky hunk of a table to get six around in the Coach House, while the Rectory Cottage will happily take four. The Grooms Cottage can accommodate 2 people on the bar stools in the kitchen. Good news if you’re a large party – you get to share the cooking. Or just dispense with it altogether. Call up our chefs, take it easy and we’ll even load the dishwasher afterwards.
Cook on electric ovens, or head out to the 13-acre gardens to eat around the terrace tables and chairs, with steak and salad from the gas barbies at the back of Groom’s Cottage and the Coach House. Wrap things up with a Nespresso or a Prosecco from Majestic Wine in Lichfield.
Head out to Turpin’s in Twycross for Mediterranean meats, baked Camembert or chilled seafood washed down with Geranium gin or a Bellerose Bière Blonde. Or try the Black Horse in the village for classic European menus in a restored heritage building, with wood-burning stove and period features.
The Crown Inn in Appleby is good for mixed grills, huge steaks and kid-friendly menus. In Sheepy Magna check out San Giovanni for delicious Italian cuisine. For posh nosh, get down to John’s House in Mountsorrel for the taster menu that includes chilled cream of Porthilly oyster and pumpkin custard.
Appleby Cottage Estate sleeps 14 across the Coach House, Groom’s Cottage and Rectory Cottage. Spread out, sleep tight and wake to the sound of birds and the breeze through the trees.
The Groom’s Cottage sleeps four. It comes with one kingsize four-poster, en-suite bedroom. It’s a sumptuous, comfortable living space featuring a temporary pull-down sofa bed for extra guests.
Sleeping six, the Coach House offers three bedrooms, two kingsize and one with bunks. There’s a contemporary ground-floor bathroom shared by one kingsize bedroom and the bunk room, while the other king gets its own en-suite shower room.
Rectory Cottage accommodates four in one kingsize bedroom and a lounge sofabed. Enjoy a modern bathroom with high-pressure shower and bed you’ll find it hard to leave.