Life on One Floor: Ten Incredible Bungalows
Published: Tuesday 16th Sep 2014
Written by: Sally Sims
Bungalows make great holiday homes for several reasons. The obvious benefit is that everything is on one floor, making them ideal for those with mobility problems to whom stairs might prove a problem. And once you take away those stairs you have so much space to spread out and enjoy yourself. Most bungalows are open plan too, giving you a light and airy cottage to enjoy your holiday in. We’ve picked ten holiday bungalows that you’ll love.
Bwythn Porthoer is a detached bungalow near Aberdaron on the Llŷn Peninsula in Wales. Recently renovated to a very high standard, it’s also one of a pair, so if you’ve got a large group then you can book both and enjoy the holiday together.
Little Plum lies in the quintessential Yorkshire village of Nun Monkton, and looks over the village green, duck pond and maypole. It’s in a great place to access York, Leeds and Harrogate, plus the two Yorkshire National Parks and the coast. Wooden floors and clever interior design means that the whole bungalow is extremely spacious inside.
While most bungalows are several decades old, Quay Cottage in Norfolk’s Wells-next-the-Sea is a brand new build. It’s in the centre of the seaside resort, meaning you have immediate access to all the facilities, and the beach is just a few minutes away. The bungalow has garden on three sides, and inside it is stylishly designed.
Step onto the oak flooring of The Reeds and you’re entering a light, bright cottage that has been designed with a contemporary feel. It’s located in the coastal village of Croyde, Devon, and is extremely handy for the beach. Large patio doors let you enjoy the splendid views across the Devon countryside, while outside is a large decked south-facing terrace, and outdoor shower, perfect for washing the sand off after a day in the sea.
Another great cottage in Croyde is Bamboo, a well designed bungalow that sleeps four. Much like The Reeds, it’s in easy reach of the beach, and has plenty of outdoor storage space for surfboards and the like, plus an outdoor shower to get rid of any sand before you enter the immaculate interior.
For a perfect rural retreat, try Podkin Lodge in the Kent countryside. The bungalow is set in a mixed fruit orchard, and has many walks and attractions nearby. As it’s a lodge, the cottage is predominantly wooden, giving it a lovely cosy feel.
Palmyra is a deceptively large bungalow in Worth Matravers on the Dorset coast. The cottage has three bedrooms so it can comfortably accommodate six, and it’s an ideal base to walk parts of the South West Coast Path or explore the nearby Jurassic Coastline.
If you’d like a bungalow in Suffolk, then White Clouds in the pretty village of Westleton, midway between Aldeburgh and Southwold, is a great choice. It’s set in a wildlife friendly garden, and the Suffolk Coast AONB is yours to enjoy.
A cosy cottage for two, as the name suggests Stationmaster’s Lodge was once attached to the original Station master’s house. It’s a train lover’s ideal holiday home as the defunct Gwinear Road railway station is opposite and the Penzance/Exeter line is adjacent to the property. However, thanks to some sharp bends ahead of the cottage the noise is minimal. There are also great views over the Cornish countryside to be enjoyed from the large patio doors and covered veranda.
A super spacious four bedroom bungalow that can sleep eight people, Caru in Winchelsea Beach, Sussex is perfect for large families and groups. It’s in a comparatively undeveloped part of the south coast, ideal for those that love fresh air and open spaces. The cottage is well furnished with triple aspect windows and French doors to the garden, a flat screen TV with full Sky package, and many other attractive features.