Wanderlust for Home or Away

Posted on: 07 September 2011 by Gareth Hargreaves

Top 10 breaks and getaways for bargain hunting over 50s.

HomeAwaySummer 2011 was the wettest, cloudiest and coldest for 18 years. After being reaquainted with a 'traditional British summer' many who chose to staycation are now looking for a mild autumnal break.

We took at look at self catering holiday site HomeAway.co.uk and picked out the 10 best properties we could find. There is something for sunworshippers and people who just want to escape for few days in destinations ranging from Ireland to Croatia.  

As we approach the end of season, now is the time when you are likely to find some really attractive prices - so keep your eye out for special offers and discounts for mid week breaks. 


High-end log cottage close to a lake and cross country tracks in Lapland
5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £2,566 per week

Entirely built and owned by a well known French architect, the cottage is located in Lapland, 10 km from Ruka village. Its modern interior design has been combined with discrete luxury and elegance. From the contemporary bathroom facilities, professional kitchen and the designer lightings; to the antique living room table, log wooden walls and local fabrics, the house mixes subtlety Finish heritage with European modernity.
More details on Lapland cottage.


Thatched cottage in County Cork
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £1,349 per week

This wonderful thatched house is located 1 km from the West Cork town of Glengarriff, on its own island comprising of two acres of beautiful gardens and lawns. The comfortable lounge is the perfect place to laze around the cosy log fire after a day's touring. The well equipped large kitchen, ideal for the chef, leads to a wonderful conservatory which opens out to the furnished terraces and gardens complete with BBQ. The upper level has a huge en-suite master bedroom with Burmese bed, Persian rugs and wonderful views over the river and gardens.
More details on Cork cottage.


Stylish cottage with heated covered pool in Dartmoor National Park
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12. From £1,058 per week
This stunningly converted coach house located within an ancient Domesday manorial estate offers rural seclusion down a private drive, but it is at the same time centrally located only 15 minutes from the bustling medieval cathedral Exeter. The property features a roaring log fire in the stable, a panelled living room with deep sofas, country furniture, fine antiques and romantic carved canopied beds. There is a spacious sun-drenched country kitchen with granite tops, as well as rocking chairs on the rose covered veranda overlooking the garden. This is the perfect base to explore the drama of Dartmoor with its rocky tors, moody rivers and wild ponies.
More details on Dartmoor cottage.


Peaceful country cottage in Alentejo
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10. From £1,044 per week

The cottage is a peaceful, comfortable property located on a 13-acre estate just 1 km from São Cristóvão.

Carefully decorated, the house rises slightly in the landscape providing a magnificent view over the village and the surrounding plains of Alentejo.
More details on Alentejo cottage.



Stone cottage with private pool in Buzet
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7. From £853 per week

This is a renovated stone house, located in the little village of Srnegla, only 1 km from Buzet, at the very North of Istria near the border with Slovenia. The house is beautifully furnished and has a private pool, a lovely garden patio, a cellar and a stone well in the garden. On the ground floor there is a large living room and a kitchen/dining room. On the first floor there are one double and one twin bedrooms, both with en-suite bathroom and terrace. There is also a junior suite in the former barn, which is attached to the main house.
more details on Buzet cottage.


Two beautiful finca cottages with pool in Majorca
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. From £605 per week

The suites, each with their own outdoor dining area, are set in a peaceful garden with fruit trees including cherry, avocado, Sharon fruit, kiwi, orange and lemon. Inside, comfort meets contemporary living, with cool fresh linens, light open-plan spaces, splashes of colour and local tradition; blended brilliantly, modern comforts offer you the ultimate in indoor and outdoor living. Relax on the sun drenched pool terrace and look up to 360 degrees of stunning sky-high mountains.
More details on Majorca villa.


Charming detached Breton cottage, Brittany
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9. From £595 per week

This is a spacious, detached Breton cottage luxuriously furnished and well appointed. All rooms have exposed oak beams and earthenware tiled floors. The lounge, with high pitched ceiling, has a large granite feature fireplace with wood burning stove. The property offers access to a shared pool situated in an old orchard, amidst mature trees and landscaped gardens. Situated in a stunningly beautiful rural location, in the heart of the Blavet valley, the hamlet is surrounded by three acres of landscaped gardens, fields and woodland.
More details on Brittany gite.


Charming cottage with private pool, garden and breathtaking views, Tuscany
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2. From £513 per week

This attractive holiday home located on the hills above Camaiore is the perfect romantic retreat for a couple. The property has a beautiful enclosed garden with fruit trees and pool and features a cosy living room area with fireplace and exposed bricks, a lovely double bedroom with wardrobe and an outdoor area with beautiful views.  
More details on Tuscany villa.


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Converted stone cottage with pool in Paxos
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3. From £445 per week

Villa Anassa is a spacious open plan cottage with a modern, fully equipped kitchen, a romantic double bedroom, as well as a stylish lounge with patio doors opening to the pool terrace. The cottage is totally secluded, offering beautiful sea views and is ideal for a couple or a young family.
More details on Greek cottage.



Traditional Turkish cottage in Kaya Village
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4. From £350 per week

This is a traditional Turkish stone cottage, combining tradition with modern convenience, situated in the beautiful Kaya Valley close to Olu Deniz in Turkey’s turquoise coast area. The cottage boasts beamed ceiling, open fireplace and many original features and is furnished in a traditional Turkish style. The cottage has its own shaded patio area with garden and offers access to a shared bar and swimming pool.
More details on Kaya Valley villa.


HomeAway boasts a wealth of home and overseas properties and end of season means prices are very attractive for bargain hunters. The 10 breaks we've chosen are only a fraction of the holiday destinations that we thought would appeal to 50connect readers. So if you find something better or take one of the holidays, be sure to share your experience either underneath this article or in the travel forum. Happy landings.



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