With summer just around the corner, thoughts at Luxe HQ are slowly turning to sunny gatherings, posh BBQ nosh and alfresco dining, garden parties galore and long, lazy nights spent outdoors on a terrace somewhere with something fizzy in hand.
The Hollies, in Stocksfield, is a great place to do all of the above – even better if you can grab 10 family members or a big bunch of your closest buds to join in on the fun.
It may be listed as a cottage, but this detached wonder is more like a Bond-like wow-house; cool and contemporary as if straight out of an architect’s sketchbook and decked out with loads of modern interiors and furnishings.
Sitting in a quiet residential area with easy access to the surrounding Northumberland countryside, it’s a peaceful pad too – though still only 14 miles away from buzzy Newcastle if you feel like you need a city-energy injection during your away-from-it-all weekend.
The living area is the heart of this holiday home, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows giving stunning panoramic views of its perfectly-manicured gardens and the Tyne Valley beyond.
Also on the ground floor, you’ll find an open-plan designer kitchen with a sleek breakfast bar, dining area and French doors leading out to the patio.
Adjacent to the dining room is a staircase, leading you up to a mezzanine sitting area – another fab spot to lap up the luxury. Cocoon yourselves up there with your morning coffee and take in the views – or retreat to the roof terrace.
As for the bedrooms, there’s the master, home to a plush king-size double bed, a spacious en-suite and Sex in the City-worthy dressing room facilities. Four further double bedrooms provide flexible sleeping arrangements, all stylishly-furnished and comfortable.
Other little highlights include underfloor central heating, a wood burning stove in the living room (though hopefully you won’t need that come the summer months), luxury bed linen and towels, ample off-road parking, BBQ facilities, Wi-Fi throughout and Sky TV.