Holiday cottages that have an Aga in the kitchen

When you think of pretty little holiday cottages in the countryside your mind may focus upon images of a blazing log fire and you…basking in a cocoon of blissful warmth. If your last holiday cottage didn’t quite step up to the mark and there was a constant nip in the air even when an extra log had been tossed onto your tiny sun for the evening, you might want to rent a cottage which has been equipped with an Aga cooker. This is the most- easy to use, responsive and versatile cooker that you will ever have the good fortune to work with and guess what? It will keep the cottage warm and cosy whatever the weather!

Can you cope with an Aga range in your holiday cottage?

country cottages with an AgaFor many, the term Aga conjures up thoughts of a mythical dragon waiting in the kitchen, breathing out red hot fire like a raging beast. No wonder so many quake at the thought of approaching one, especially when planning to use one for the first time on holiday. The real truth is that this mighty monster is really a gentle little soul who wants to nurture you with its tender loving warmth. So think of an Aga cooker as an appliance which is very similar to a conventional electric or gas cooker. The only difference is the design. It boasts four ovens and two hot plates which always stay on. The left hand hot plate is known as the boiling plate. This is large enough to accommodate three medium sized saucepans and has the capacity to heat water faster than an electric kettle. The simmering plate sits to the right of the boiling plate and offers a more refined heat, perfect for making sauces or frying an egg. The roasting oven (top right) is large enough to hold a 28lb bird (13kg), you could almost feed an army on the amount of space available! Think how useful this would be for a Christmas cottage break. It’s all systems go in the bottom right oven as you fill the cottage with a heady aroma of baked cakes, breads and biscuits. You can even take a sneaky peak at their progress during cooking time as the cast iron interior will retain its heat. The top left oven will save you hours of valuable cooking time as it acts as a slow cooker. This is a holiday treat in itself as you will taste meat which is so tender, it will literally fall away from the bone.

Fabulous meals during a self-catering cottage break

Slow cooking is the perfect way to nourish the family without eating into too much of your holiday time. Prepare your favourite ingredients in the morning, toss them into a casserole dish, transfer to the oven and head off to the hills or take a stroll into the nearest market town for some serious browsing. When you return, there will be a beautiful fragrance waiting to welcome you at the entrance to your new abode. Allow those essences to waft up your nose and draw you into the kitchen. Now all you need to do is reach for the serving bowls and enjoy…you will find that each spoonful resounds with a unique and exquisite note. The only problem you may encounter is the fact that two days later you might feel peckish again. Fill the cottage with those age-old favourite dishes that mama used to make and take a trip down memory lane. A country cottage is the perfect place to sample a blast from the past and an Aga cooker will ensure that you eat till your heart’s content. When you have the opportunity, buy some of those pre-prepared cakes, breads and biscuits from the supermarket that you simply unwrap or slice and pop into the oven. Self-catering is easy with a few simple cheats, and everyone appreciates ready-made pizza fresh from an Aga? Now you will understand why top cooks such as Jamie Oliver, Mary Berry and Delia Smith have all succumbed to the charms of an Aga cooker.

The warming oven (bottom left) will keep your dishes succulent and tasty at a gentle 50 degrees without drying them out. Perfect when your fellow holiday makers arrive back at different times. They may be late but the food will still taste great!

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Hafod Grove, Moylegrove, Pembrokeshire, Wales

10 bedroom Small Country Estate, Pembrokeshire National Coastal Park.

For a fantastic holiday by the coast, Hafod Grove with its 7 bedrooms could be just perfect, this family-friendly and pet-friendly large holiday cottage stands in over half an acre of gardens and with breathtaking sea views is just a short walk from Ceibwr Bay and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, this holiday home is the stuff of dreams and for larger groups Hafod Villa 3 bed cottage can also be rented by arrangement.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Price range from £1550 to £3450 per week
Sleeps from 12 to 26 people in 10 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 7
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed
Next availability:
from 29 April 2019 to 03 May 2019; from 07 May 2019 to 10 May 2019; from 13 May 2019 to 24 May 2019;


Special Offer: from 17 May 2019 to 20 May 2019;

Compton Nest, Compton Abbas, Dorset, England

8 bedroom Large Country House, Near Shaftesbury.

Roomy large country house with 8 bedrooms and 3 acres of grounds, only around 4 miles from Shaftesbury and within an hour's drive of the scenic Dorset coast.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Price range from £2150 to £4550 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 18 people in 8 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 4.5
Pet Friendly: Yes (6 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed


Late availability: from 24 April 2019 to 29 April 2019;

Monnington House, Monnington on Wye, Herefordshire, England

9 bedroom Large Country House, Heart of England.

This fantastic large holiday home and adjoining cottage together sleep up to 18 in style and comfort and benefit from a setting within an area of outstanding natural beauty near to the Brecon Beacons and River Wye, with its games room and table tennis room, this property is ideal for special celebrations and for large group getaways.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Price range from £3400 to £7000 per week
Sleeps from 9 to 18 people in 9 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 9
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Quality Rating: (5)


Late availability: from 03 June 2019 to 14 June 2019;

The Old Manse of Monzie, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland

5 bedroom Large Country House, Highland Perthshire.

Roomy 5 bedroom pet-friendly country house with hot tub near Crieff.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Price range from £1800 to £2900 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 12 people in 5 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 4
Pet Friendly: Yes
Rating: Not assessed
Next availability:
from 25 April 2019 to 04 May 2019; from 06 May 2019 to 24 May 2019; from 31 May 2019 to 06 June 2019;


Special Offer: from 26 April 2019 to 29 April 2019;

Incleborough House luxury self catering, Cromer, Norfolk, England

7 bedroom Large Country House, North Norfolk coast.

Gold award winning, large holiday house with 7 en-suite bedrooms and a 5 star rating, located near Cromer just 5 minutes' walk from the local beach, with a games room, luxurious outdoor hot tub and walled garden on site, this house is ideal for big groups of friends or family looking to stay in style.

Special features: free internet access, tennis court, games room, outdoor hot tub, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Price range from £2995 to £6695 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 16 people in 7 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 7
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Quality Rating: (5)


Special Offer: from 24 April 2019 to 10 May 2019;
Late availability: from 24 April 2019 to 10 May 2019;

Barnfield Holiday Cottage, Bratton Fleming, Devon, England

4 bedroom Thatched Cottage, North Devon.

Barnfield is a large, thatched 17th Century Devon longhouse (Grade I listed) on the edge of a small village on the fringes of Exmoor.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Price range from £725 to £1865 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 10 people in 4 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 3
Pet Friendly: Yes (3 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed


Late availability: from 03 May 2019 to 10 May 2019;

The Old Manor, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England

9 bedroom Large Country House, West Country.

Magnificent 9 Bedroom Dorset Country House, ideal for large groups of friends or family, with an outdoor hot tub and games room with table football, pool table, table tennis and air hockey on site there is plenty to keep your group entertained (hen and stag group friendly) at this fine property and the Dorset coast is just a short drive away.

Special features: free internet access, tennis court, games room, outdoor hot tub.

Price range from £2450 to £3950 per week
Sleeps from 10 to 24 people in 9 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 5
Pet Friendly: Yes (6 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed


Special Offer: from 24 April 2019 to 26 July 2019;
Late availability: from 29 April 2019 to 03 May 2019;

The Quad, Wellington, Somerset, England

6 bedroom Large Country House, West Country.

A wonderful large luxury barn conversion with special features including a romantic master bedroom with four poster bed, private hot tub and secluded garden, set in a peaceful rural valley surrounded by wonderful unspoilt countryside and wildlife, ideal for groups of family or friends (this property is hen party and stag party friendly).

Special features: free internet access, games room, outdoor hot tub.

Price range from £1200 to £3500 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 16 people in 6 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 4
Pet Friendly: Yes (6 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed


Special Offer: from 24 April 2019 to 27 July 2019;
Late availability: from 24 April 2019 to 26 April 2019;

Cosy, Beautiful 5* Cottage in amazing rural location with Free WiFi, Games room, Hereford, Herefordshire, England

4 bedroom Rural Retreat, Heart of England.

5 star rated gold award winning luxury cottage with a traditonal yet modern feel set in rolling countryside with private enclosed gardens and amazing views over rural farmland yet just 15 minutes' drive from Hereford.

Special features: free internet access, games room, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Price range from £900 to £2200 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 8 people in 4 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 3
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Quality Rating: (5)


Special Offer: from 24 April 2019 to 28 May 2019;
Late availability: from 24 April 2019 to 31 May 2019;

High Standard House with free Parking, WiFi, Sonos System and Games room, Checkley, Herefordshire, England

5 bedroom Large Country House, Heart of England.

Superb high quality 5 bedroom holiday house with luxurious interior and games room with pool table and table tennis just 15 minutesí drive from the beautiful town of Hereford (three of the five bedrooms have ensuite facilities and one of these ensuite bedrooms is on the ground floor and may suit a couple who want to avoid stairs).

Special features: free internet access, games room, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Price range from £1600 to £3300 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 11 people in 5 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 4
Pet Friendly: Yes (1 dog welcome)
Rating: Not assessed


Special Offer: from 24 April 2019 to 25 May 2019;
Late availability: from 24 April 2019 to 31 May 2019;