How to run a stay­ca­tion with style

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In the bu­colic South Glouces­ter­shire ham­let of Beach, Brit­tons Farm Es­tate is what Strutt & Parker es­tate agent An­drew Cro­nan de­scribes as “a lit­tle gold mine”. Ac­tu­ally, there is noth­ing lit­tle about it – but it is a huge money-spin­ner.

The main house, a Grade II listed, 18th-cen­tury honey-coloured stone farm­house pre­sides over its own 45 acres of what’s known lo­cally as the “Golden Val­ley”, near Bath. Along­side the house is a row of Cotswolds farm barns that the prop­erty’s owner, He­len Cobb, has con­verted into two self­ca­ter­ing/b&b cot­tages and three dou­ble rooms. Com­bined, they bring in £220,000 a year in rental in­come.

“That’s not even run­ning it full pelt. You could do many more wed­dings, put up glamp­ing tents. There’s lots more to be done,” says Cobb, a 53-year old prop­erty sales ad­viser, who bought it 10 years ago to ren­o­vate as a fam­ily home for her­self and her chil­dren, Olivia, now 14, and Os­car, 13. “I thought it would be fun to turn the old barns into a b&b as some­thing to do at week­ends,” she says.

“I de­signed the prop­er­ties in a high spec but sim­ple style, with tiles sourced from Por­tu­gal, big walk-in wet rooms, and easy-to-clean stone floors and shut­ters. Then the busi­ness just grew or­gan­i­cally,” says Cobb, who pro­duces her own sausages, ba­con and honey,

Brit­tons Farm, main and be­low, £2.5m with Strutt & Parker

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