5 bedrooms (2 en suite) - 2 bathrooms (all bathrooms have overhead showers) - open plan living/entertaining space - large kitchen - woodburning stove - integral indoor swimming pool - south facing patio - play equipment - trampoline - parking for several vehicles - online grocery shopping available from Dart Fresh, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and COOK

Flossy Brook is a wonderful place to stay and you'll feel all your worries just float away the minute you arrive. This luxury timber-clad lodge has the perfect blend of  modern day convenience and homeliness, along with heaps of space and an overall very welcoming ambience. The open plan living space has warm wood flooring with underfloor heating, and is flooded with natural light from the floor to ceiling windows that give an outlook over the patio to the countryside beyond.

At one end is a well-equipped kitchen with all you need to make catering for a large group easy; there's room enough to cook up a terrific celebration feast, a big roast dinner or a hearty cooked breakfast of local eggs and bacon, toast with lashing of butter. At the other end big fat sofas beckon you to put your feet up and take your ease. Just imagine coming back to the warmth of the wood-burner after a winter walk, all snuggled round with thick socks on your feet, hands around a steaming mug of hot chocolate.... bliss.

In the middle of the living space there's a chunky dining table to comfortably seat you all; if you're here for a certain celebration, say a big birthday or a notable anniversary you can pile it high with food, tuck in and raise a few glasses. Or have canapes and champagne, and if the weather's behaving itself throw open the French doors and spill out onto the patio. Make it extra special by booking one of our recommended caterers to come and cook for you; you'll find their details on our Extras page.

When it comes to snooze space, the bedrooms at Flossy Brook are all very calm and restful; neutral tones and splashes of well-co-ordinated colour work well together, and coupled with the fresh country air it's all conducive to good sleep. On the ground floor, Bedroom 1 has an ample en suite wet-room, and the hallway just outside leads through to the swimming pool so it's well suited to those of you who like to rise early for a morning swim - or to have a sneaky midnight one! 

Upstairs, accessed from the stairs in the hallway, Bedrooms 4 and 5, have zip and link beds that can be arranged as a superking or twins; just let us know what you want and leave the rest to us. Bedroom 5 also has a day bed that comes in handy for use as two additional singles, so it makes a very good room for a family. Between these bedrooms is a spacious shared bathroom with a bath and overhead shower. Another flight of stairs rises from the living room and leads to a mezzanine landing where there's a day bed that can be adapted to two singles (charged extra). Either side of this is Bedroom 2 with an en suite bathroom, and Bedroom 3 with a bathroom right next to it; both of these bedrooms have zip and link beds - so again, superkings or twins.

 

A crowning feature of Flossy Brook is the indoor swimming pool, and the beauty of it is that you don't have to go outside to get to it as it's accessed from the hallway. There's room around the side for loungers, and floor to ceiling windows look out onto the patio and garden. The patio is south facing so it's quite a suntrap; take your morning coffee out there, make the most of the good weather and have drinks at sunset, fire up the barbecue and get steaks from local butchers sizzling. The kids will be happy running harem-scarem on the grass and clambering about in the play area; nature lovers will enjoy the wildlife area where butterflies and bees mingle among the flowers and dragonflies skim over the pond (this is fenced for safety, but young children should always be supervised of course). At Flossy Brook it's all about happy carefree holidays - just how it should be.

Oil fired central heating (oil included) - wood-burning stove (logs provided) - TV with DVD player in each room - DVD player - iPod docking station - rural wifi - washing machine - tumble dryer - range cooker - two dishwashers - fridge - freezer - microwave - duvets/linen/towels provided - cots and highchairs available - stairgates - garden furniture - BBQ (Easter to October) - pub 0.5 miles - shops 4 miles - Friday-Friday bookings - short breaks available year round - non-smokers only - pets by prior arrangement at £50 charge - strictly no fireworks, sky lanterns or drones.

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