A new cottages4you survey has revealed that 93% of us are self-proclaimed animal lovers, with 80% actively encouraging wildlife in our gardens and 69% admitting they would book a holiday around the opportunity to see wildlife.
What’s more, a third of people say they have visited an RSPB nature reserve, one in four have been in a hide and a whopping four out of five of us admit we look up birds we see out and about but can’t identify!
So we’ve decided to showcase a few of our featured bird watching properties. Some are located in prime bird watching areas while others offer live camera feeds – so you can watch wildlife from the comfort of your sofa!
Starboard Cottage, Winterton-on-Sea, nr. Great Yarmouth
great for bird watching. This charming ’chocolate box’ thatched, detached holiday cottage is situated in the heart of the coastal village of Winterton-on-Sea. It has been tastefully decorated and furnished. The cottage has exposed beams throughout and offers a welcoming holiday break whatever the season. Set in a quiet crescent just 55 yards from the village pub, renowned for its food. It is just a short stroll to the sandy beach and dunes nature reserve offering miles of peaceful walks. More info: http://bit.ly/10ZqWwz.
Puddleduck Cottage, Thorpe Market
Located within an AONB, near the wildlife haven of the Broads, and with easy access to the coast this holiday cottage is centrally situated in this conservation village, within the grounds of the owner’s home and small private caravan park. Sandy beaches within a few minutes drive, with walking and cycling on lanes and footpaths. More info: http://bit.ly/11GTToG.
The Stables, East Tuddenham
RSPB reserves nearby and bird watching on the doorstep. Offering spacious accommodation in a lovely location, the surrounding quiet ensures you’ll be able to appreciate the beautiful bird song and stunning scenery. More info: http://bit.ly/13yMQvV.
With bird-watching nearby, this romantic, traditional holiday cottage has been renovated with great flair and attention to detail and provides charming holiday accommodation combining original features with a quirky modern twist. Quietly tucked away within the little town of Moffat the cottage provides an excellent base for exploring the Southern Upland Way and the areas of Dumfries and Galloway. More info: http://bit.ly/12domWa.
Lily Broad Cottage, Rollesby, nr. Great Yarmouth
Explore the Norfolk Broad’s and see pretty villages with their country inn’s and truly appreciate the local wildlife. The wide, sandy beaches of the Norfolk coastline lie 4 miles away, for the traditional seaside resort there is Great Yarmouth with its pier attractions. More info: http://bit.ly/10AiaVW.
Church Farm, Blythburgh
This charming, Grade II listed, semi-detached, cosy holiday cottage is located in the pretty unspoilt village of Blythburgh, close to its famous 13th century church. Refurbished to a very good standard whilst retaining many original features. The area is ideal for cyclists and bird watchers, close to the coastal resorts of Southwold and Walberswick. More info: http://bit.ly/12xfuMJ.
The Ashes, Low Dinsdale, Co. Durham
Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds of 130 acres, including a section of the River Tees with fishing rights and an arboretum with over 240 species of trees, this superb detached former granary situated on a working farm, has been creatively converted to provide a spacious holiday home brimming with character. More info: http://bit.ly/12dnfWA.
Birch Cottage, Byrness Village, nr. Otterburn
Relax amid spectacular and dramatic scenery in this gloriously unspoilt part of Northumberland. Lying within the Northumberland National Park and enjoying panoramic views over Whitelee Fell National Nature Reserve, the cottages are former shepherd’s cottages on the owner’s sheep farm, renovated to a very good standard and retaining lots of character. Cameras also feed live pictures of wildlife to a flatscreen TV. More info: http://bit.ly/12dpcSI.