Depending on whether you own or run a hotel or a self catering unit will depend on whether you argue for or against self catering! So you can guess which I am going for!

The most popular reason people choose a self catering holiday is for the flexibility that can be achieved to eat, sleep and play to your own rules and on your own timetable.


banquetting hall at brinsop courtThe biggest perceived downside to self catering is the catering side, but you don’t have to be a martyr to the AGA and instead can do things differently to how you do it at home when you aren’t on holiday. Eating out every day might not be your idea of a good time, but there are enough restaurants and pubs locally to sample. Read about some of them in our blog entry last year, ‘Places to eat within 3 miles of Brinsop’.

With a little bit of planning you have an option to arrange for catering to be brought to you by phoning through an order to the local Chinese or Indian or more excitingly by contacting a local dinner party service provider or caterer who will cook to your requirements, deliver it either hot or cold and even serve it and wash it up if that’s your fancy! For a list of recommendations, get in touch with Ann via our contact page.

If wild food is your thing, then the 800 acres of estate will yield up all sorts of goodies to forage, and if you need some help with it, then Jonathan can show you what’s what and where’s where! Look out for a blog entry on foraging when it gets a bit warmer! Imagine, heading out in the early morning to pick some mushrooms and wild garlic and thyme for your breakfast. In the meantime, check out our favourite forager’s site.

Picnics are the stuff of romance and memories of happy childhoods. Head over to Heather’s shop in Tillington to pick up all sorts of goodies for one of those memorable picnics which you can have by the moat, close to the tennis court or further afield perhaps up Merry Hill for the views and a spot of family cricket afterwards!


luxury rooms at brinsop courtStaying in a home from home gives you seclusion and privacy so you can stay in bed til lunch time, or get back into bed in the afternoon or have an early night and there are no snooping maids to tut about your unmade bed, clothes all over the floor or towels left higgledy piggledy in the bathroom! Probably says more about my self catering habits than yours!


The best bits of holidays are often the play times with friends and family when the sightseeing is done and you are back indoors for the evening.

pony walking at brinsop courtIf you are staying in Bailey, then you have the games room just for you and your guests – a fabulous space equipped with a cinema screen (and films), drum kit, roulette table, snooker table, Wii, books and board games! If you’re not in Bailey, the other houses have large and comfortable sitting rooms with books, board games, DVD’s and of course a TV. Wifi is available in each of our properties too, so you will never have an opportunity to get bored. Of course you have to arrange your own games as we don’t supply a ‘games maker’ or children’s entertainer! Oh and there is a hot tub if you are in Ivy Cottage for grown up games!

Outside there is a whole variety of things to do on and around the estate and for some ideas have a look at our Activities page.

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