A very big house in the country

Festival season is upon us at last, the sun continues to beam down on the West Country and the historic naval town of Dartmouth, South Devon, is gearing up for the biggest weekend in it’s musical calendar with the annual Dart Music Festival. The eclectic mix of musical genres at previous festivals won the hearts of locals and visitors alike and this year should prove to be no different, offering a welcome distraction from talk of hung parliaments and coalitions.

Still available for the week, 2 Dart Marina offers luxury accommodation for the wannabe rock star with sumptuous beds, health spa passes and a balcony overlooking the river.

Rock n’ Rollers

The thought of lording it up like a famous musician for the week got us all day dreaming and it wasn’t long before Mr Toad piped up, recounting stays at his most recommended properties for living like a Rolling Stone, if only for a few days at least. So pull on your leather jacket, grab the dark glasses, call your old friend from school who now charters private helicopters and take your pick of these statement making, life enhancing, lavish country homes that turn those daydreams into reality.

Walnut Lodge, Bath – 6 bedrooms, sleeps 14, 3.5 acres, private pool, library

Brand-new with Toad Hall Cottages, this superb newly built house is ideal for groups and large families, offering privacy, comfort, style and flair. Lounge about with Rolling Stone magazine beside your private heated pool, try your hand at croquet or take a stroll around the 3.5 acre garden, you won’t want to venture far from this impecible home but, should you need to, the beautiful city of Bath is just along the road.

This exclusive, luxury property is only available for 5 more weeks this summer, so put down the air guitar and get booking for the chance of something truly exquisite.

Villa Cruscoe, Bigbury – 6 beds, sleeps 13, 4 x kayaks, fully equipped roof dining terrace

Set on the banks of the Avon estuary, Villa Crusoe offers a truly unique holiday experience. Isolated in the heart of the South Hams, this Tuscan style villa offers absolute privacy and a haven from the stresses of home – perfect to get the creative juices flowing. Work on your stage presence or throw a riverside barbecue and sit out on balmy hot summer evenings watching the restless waters complete their journey from moorland to ocean.

A firm favourite for summer months, Villa Crusoe is just a short walk from the glorious beaches of Bantham and Bigbury, with Burgh Island sitting pretty just off shore (see our South Devon guide). Such is this property’s popularity that we consistently find ourselves taking bookings for up to two years in advance!

Harbour Watch, East Portlemouth – 4 bedrooms, sleeps 12, private beach, yacht-style waterside decking

At the mention of Harbour Watch, Mr Toad paused for a moment, a smile on his face, looking slightly beyond me and off into the distance… and that says it all really. Recently refurbished to the highest standards, with it’s own private beach and stunning outdoor terrace, you don’t know contentment until you’ve sat estuary-side, sipping on G & T’s and watching the boats meander past, en route to highly desirable Salcombe, just a short boat ride away.

Take a photo of yourself, baking in the sun on your own private beach and file it away under M for ‘Megastar’, locations just don’t get better than this.

The Old Vicarge, Malborough – 9 bedrooms, sleeps 22 (can be extended to a massive 13 bedrooms, sleeping 34!), 4 x 50″ plasma TV’s, Air Hockey, Foosball & American Pool tables, 2 large garden terraces

Of all the properties to fulfil that rock n’ roll dream, The Old Vicarage must come the closest. Just outside of Salcombe, every room in this super-house offers sky TV and en-suite bathroom facilities, it’s like booking out an entire hotel for the week! Two sun terraces at the back provide uninterrupted views of the grounds and countryside beyond. Beat your groupies at pool in the games room or gather outside for alfresco dining, staying there until the small hours, warm under the outdoor heaters. The Old Vicarage combines character and original Victorian features with state-of-art facilities and truly luxurious living.

Rock on!