COAST VS COUNTRY

Elysia Agnew picks out some seriously hot property by the sea and in the sticks. Gorgeous getaways with wow interiors...

Coast…

NORTH STAR HOUSE 

Where is it: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Why we love it: This stylish, yet incredibly cosy cottage combines modern furnishings with classic country decor. The bespoke kitchen is an instant eye-catcher with its mix of contemporary and country-chic furnishings. At the heart of this holiday home, the kitchen makes for a cool communal space, ideal for a catch up over a bite to eat – not forgetting the lovely outdoor space with views
of the dunes and castle.

Our favourite feature: What really makes this a relaxing retreat is the roaring log burner in the living room. Perfect for a cosy night in. Snuggle up amongst the comfy cushions and throws and warm up by the fire with family and friends as you watch the sensational sunset over Bamburgh Castle.

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BAY VIEW

Where is it: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Why we love it: A quaint village cottage overlooking the waves. Spend your days in the roomy living space, which is full of the finest wooden furnishings and fireside sofas – perfect for reading a good book accompanied by an even better cuppa.

Our favourite feature: The generous patio area is the ideal spot for barbecues in the warmer months, and we can’t get enough of the elegant French doors, bringing the living space together with the natural world outside. Invite the sounds of birdsong in and feel right at home on the sofa as you admire the gentle waves crashing on the golden sands.

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ALBERO

Where is it: Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

Why we love it: A chic habourside apartment, Albero lies in the heart of the coastal town of Eyemouth. Finished with natural textures and a calming neutral colour scheme, the decor is subtle yet stunning. Throw open the French doors and kickstart your day with a hot cup of coffee as you sit out on the small decking area in the autumn breeze.

Our favourite feature: The jacuzzi bath in the family bedroom is a beautiful addition to Albero. Get the bubbles going and sink into a state of serenity. The perfect end to an afternoon by the coast.

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THE RETREAT

Where is it: Sandsend, North Yorkshire

Why we love it: This 17th century fairy tale cottage is the epitome of luxury and relaxation – with striking scenery and a beautiful interior. Once home to an editor of American Vogue, this place is no stranger to style. Every room is abundant with top-class furnishings and elegant decor.

Our favourite feature: The stunning master bedroom offers beautiful views of the emerald garden and coastline. Awake to sunshine streaming through every morning. With this heavenly bedroom, you’ll never want to get out of bed.

gorgeouscottages.com

Country…

SKYLINE

Where is it: Barnard Castle, County Durham

Why we love it: Set in the rolling Teesdale countryside, this impressive barn conversion is nothing short of spectacular. A luxe space brought to life with sparkling chandeliers and an Insta-worthy sweeping staircase. Five extravagant en-suite bedrooms make up the country home, four with cloud-like king-size beds. A lazy morning in pjs calls.

Our favourite feature: With not one but two cosy seating areas, Skyline has everything covered. The first area has an inviting wood burner perfect for cosying up with a glass of wine and a movie, while the second is ideal for children and teens.

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COUNTESS PARK

Where is it: Bellingham, Northumberland

Why we love it: This tranquil country home lies in the heart of the National Park – a perfect haven of peace and quiet. Wind down in the vast sitting room enhanced with contemporary arched windows leading to the magnificent lawned garden.

Our favourite feature: There’s one feature that sets the bar high in this property – and it is exactly that, its very own bar. Pour yourself a tipple or two and relax in the conservatory where you can bask in the sunshine and socialise with loved ones.

crabtreeandcrabtree.com

FIGTREE HOUSE

Where is it: Farleton, Cumbria

Why we love it: An escape to the country. This private home is nestled away amongst acres of beautiful countryside. We love the gorgeous first floor bedrooms, finished with the finest linens and subtle splashes of colour. Lose yourself in the incredible landscape right on your doorstep.

Our favourite feature: There’s an enchanting sense of escapism both in and around the house. From the wooden beams and funky patterns in the living room, to the farmhouse-style kitchen, it’s a place you could easily while away the hours.

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NEWFIELD HOUSE 

Where is it: Hepscott, Northumberland

Why we love it: This majestic mansion has certainly got the wow factor. Toast to a weekend in the quaint Northumberland countryside as you relax by the grand piano and climb the marble staircase. Newfield House has an open plan kitchen with a cosy snug perfect for big, family brunch dates.

Our favourite feature: The house boasts a full-size heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room among its many fabulous features. Immerse yourself in the lavish luxuries and treat yourself to a well-deserved spa break at Newfield House.

coquetcottages.co.uk

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