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  • Self-catering holidays dont have to be basic. Weve found the very best family accommodation without the massive price tag

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    Whats on offer?There are 10 apartments to choose from of all sizes and bed combinations. The smallest has one bedroom while the grandest sleeps eight. All boast a different wow factor, such as walk-in showers, freestanding baths, giant beds and big armchairs to curl up in with a book. Every cushion, light and ornament has been tastefully chosen to create a real sense of tranquillity.

    Great for familiesChildren are very welcome at Pickwell. Every little detail has been thought through, from the cupboard for wellies in the lobby to the hideaway games room in

    In a hidden corner of North Devon, perched on the coastline between Croyde Bay and Woolacombe, sits historic Pickwell Manor. This magnifcent building, which dates back to the 10th century, has been carefully and

    tastefully refurbished. Climb the grand wooden staircase to your rooms or stroll through the six acres of gardens and grounds and imagine yourself as lord and lady of the manor at least for the length of your stay. Glorious!

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    The village of Georgeham is where Henry Williamson lived and wrote his novel, Tarka The

    Otter. The Tarka Trail sweeps around much of North Devon, but you can enjoy parts of it on a walk or bike ride

    through landscape that has little changed from when the book was published in 1927. Vast sandy surfng beaches are in abundance along this coastline. one of the best is Croyde Bay, where you have the wonderful combination of lots of space, sand dunes and rock pools. Afterwards, pop into the Blue Groove in Croyde village for scones the size of saucers. For those after a bigger beach, Woolacombe has all the traditional entertainments of a seaside resort, such as crazy golf and walks along the

    promenade.

    You can make your own meals in your apartments well-equipped kitchen just arrange for an online grocery shop to arrive on the frst day. or there are plenty of local places to try. Just a 20-minute cross-country stroll from Pickwell to Georgeham its all signposted! and there are two great pubs. At the Kings Arms you can sit in the sunshine and enjoy the live music on offer on a saturday night. or tuck yourself away in The rock Inn, where you can feast on fat chips, steak, burgers and fresh crab.

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    friends for years, made the bold move to give up their lives in Sussex to relocate to Devon and restore the house. Pickwell is their passion, and as both families live on site, theres always someone on hand to help if needed.

    Watch out!On 29 December, if theres a full moon, three headless horsemen are said to gallop from Pickwell

    to the beach! Legend has it that after Thomas Beckets murder in 1170, the knights who killed him were captured at Pickwell and beheaded in front of the house.

    sT BrIDes VIllAGe APArTMeNTs, sAuNDersFooT, PeMBroKesHIreThe seaside village of saundersfoot has a wide sandy beach and lots of opportunities for scenic walks. These apartments are packed with everything you need for a break, including a dishwasher, hob and fridge, plus Wi-Fi with access to Netfix. And facilities at the st Brides spa Hotel are just a two- minute walk away. PRICE: one bed apartments from 100 per night.BOOK IT: 01834 812 304 or see stbridesspahotel.com/village-apartments.

    oDDFelloWs APArTMeNTs, CHesTer, CHesHIreone of Chesters most chic hotels has launched its own luxury self-catering apartments, handily located for the sightseeing and shopping this historic city offers. each apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fitted kitchen and a parking space. PRICE: 175 a night. BOOK IT: 01244 345 454 or see oddfellowschester.com.

    eAGle BrAe, sTruY, BeAulY, INVerNess-sHIreGet away from it all at one of seven handcrafted Canadian-

    style log cabins in the Highlands, near Inverness. Features include wood-panelled ceilings, energy-effcient kitchen appliances and TVs. PRICE: From 208 per person based on six sharing. BooK IT: 01463 761 301 or see eaglebrae.co.uk. u

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    What does it cost? Apartments start from 400 for a seven-night stay. Call 01271 890 110 or visit pickwellmanor.co.uk to book.

    the grounds. With table tennis, table football, a Lego corner, dressing-up box and big sofa, its the perfect den for youngsters of all ages. In the grounds, theres a treasure hunt laid through the woods. And theres a safe area for campfires and barbecues. To help your kids enjoy the countryside, there are rucksacks to borrow for nature spotting and all the bits and bobs you need to go den building. For the adults, theres a fab tennis court, where you play looking out across the sea to Lundy Island. Alternatively, take up a game of croquet on the front lawn or play giant chess on the outdoor board.

    What makes it special?In 2008, two families, best of

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