WITH the new rule of six impacting thousands of larger cottages and holiday homes across the country, many owners are having to slash their prices to tempt smaller groups to take them up.
Here we look at some of the best on offer.
The Granary, Norfolk (save 50%)
A spectacular barn conversion near the village of Aslacton with 33 acres to explore and use of a hot tub, tennis court and pond.
Inside, there are gorgeous beams and seven luxury bedrooms with en suites.
Normally for 14 people, it is nearly half price until the end of October.
Four nights, arriving October 19, is from £1,206 (was £2,211).
For details or to book, see original cottages.co.uk.
Three Horseshoes House, Norfolk (save 32%)
No need to stop drinking at 10pm if you stay at this former village inn at Scottow, near Wroxham.
Now a stylish, contemporary retreat, it usually sleeps up to 14 in six rooms.
Features include beams, exposed brick and an inglenook fireplace.
A sunroom leads out to a big garden with hot tub.
Seven nights from October 2-9 is from £1,675 (was £2,479).
Brunton House, Northumberland (save 50%)
Two miles from the beach, this traditional stone house in Embleton has a drawing room seating up to 16, eight bedrooms and a games room with pool table.
Kitchen/diner is divided by an open fire and chimney breast.
Garden has kids’ play area and access to 2,500-acre estate. Pets welcome.
Seven nights from £1,700, until February.
See crabtreeandcrabtree.com or call 01573 226 711.
Newton Court, Herefords (save 50%)
This 17th-century farmhouse in Hay-on-Wye normally welcomes up to 24 guests to its nine bedrooms – four in the main house, five in the annex.
Outside, there’s oodles of space to enjoy including a covered outdoor lounge area, fire pit and wood-fired hot tub.
Inside, it’s the height of luxury with modern, spacious rooms including a double-height beamed dining hall and a 40ft kitchen/dining area with stone floors.
Stays of two nights or more are 50 per cent off until December, with a three-night break from October 16 to 19 from £1,720 (was £3,440).
For more details, see oliverstravels.com or call 0800 133 799.
Woodland Cottages (Hazel), Lake District (save 26%)
Hazel is one of seven cottages, a mile from the lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windemere and set in six acres of woods.
It normally sleeps up to 12 in five bedrooms with four bathrooms.
There’s a hot tub in the grounds, and an open fire to enjoy.
Seven nights’ self-catering from October 2 is from £1,495 (saving £549).
Norbury Manor, Peak District (save 20%)
National Trust listed building with period furnishings, panelled walls, stained-glass windows and gorgeous grounds normally sleeps 12.
Guests get access to the National Trust’s nearby Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood.
Three nights from October 17 is now £1,377.60.
All National Trust holiday properties sleeping more than six have discounts.
Gray Manes, Somerset (save 35%)
Usually sleeping up to 14, in six rooms, this has its own indoor pool and a 27ft drawing room that easily seats 14.
There’s also a playroom, a games room with pool, air hockey and table football, plus a trampoline, swings and slide in a two-acre garden.
A week’s stay next month is from £1,500, saving £800.
In November, a week is from £1,390, saving £810.
See premiercottages.co.uk or call 01963 371 329.
Le Mirage, Glos (save 43%)
Lakeside architect-designed home on Lower Mill Estate nature reserve, Somerford Keynes.
Normally sleeps up to 11 in five rooms.
Roof leads to a huge terrace garden with BBQ and fire pit.
Pet-friendly, and guests can enjoy Lower Mill ArtSpa, with indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam, gym and treat-ments.
Seven nights from October 2-9 is from £1,085 (was £1,919).
For details, see lastminute-cottages.co.uk
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