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Welcome to our website, and thanks for visiting

We are Dave and Margaret Calder and we setup ‘Cara’.

Cara opened for business in August 2013 and closed in January 2017.

It had one simple objective and that was to see if a holiday cottage could be established that had no ‘buts’. That is of providing  the most relaxing break ever without any caveats at the end of the holiday.

This meant we had to look at things from the client perspective and eliminate the stress factors that would prevent them chilling out from the moment they arrived.

So Cara had seclusion, being set back from the lane and backing onto fields.
It had luxury, with top quality soft furnishings.
It had space, so that you didn’t feel shoehorned into a small box for your holiday.
And where we could we installed appliances with easy and intuitive controls (although I’m not so sure about the smart TV where technology has won over simplicity)

When you arrived, you’ll find coffee, tea and biscuits for a refreshing snack after your journey without having to unpack the car to find your food box.
And then, once you’d had a chance to look round, we’d pop round to make you feel welcome, introduce you to things you may have missed like the remote control on the electric fire, answer any questions and explain the Hot Tub controls. Just to make sure that these questions were answered at the beginning, not as it all came to an end

Throughout, the response was  100% positive, as could be seen by reading the comments in the guest book at Cara. And was verified by the number of bookings rising – many by referrals and returning guests – to 42 weeks booked out of the 52 available in the year.

Shortly we will be amending this website to provide tips and hints to anyone thinking of setting up a holiday cottage, whether it is their own second home, or if it has been purchased for the purpose

Home phone number              01822 810344
Margaret’s phone number     07734 277139
Dave’s phone number             07917 196720
Or email us at dmcmcalder@aol.com

Our objective was achieved. Our clients think we’ve succeeded. Our best comment to date is that ‘Cara redefines the standard for every future holiday’.

However, Cara is now closed for business but we would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has made Cara such a success, and who has enjoyed their holiday there – and proved that holiday cottages don’t need to come with a ‘but’

Dave and Margaret

ps And also a huge Sorry to everyone who is disappointed that it is all coming to an end.



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  • The cottage was a perfect way to start off our honeymoon……..will definatly be returning in the near future. Thanks for making our honeymoon special.
  • This cottage was perfect. We wanted a quiet place where we could relax in comfort. Cara cottage did just that. It had everything we could have hoped for and more. Added little extras to make the holiday even more enjoyable! thankyou for making such a wonderful holiday cottage.
  • if relaxation and romance is your aim then this is the cottage for you. The accommodation itself is really comfortable, with good quality furnishings and lots of little extras that make it special – loved the hot tub, the log fire, the laser pod & the leather reclining sofa!

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