Get away from it all

When you feel the need to escape from the world, you can find rural retreats in villages that cling to the sides of cliffs, tumbling down to bays of blue. The only noises you’ll hear will be the crash of the surf and the call of the seagulls, and the hardest decision you’ll make is which flavour of ice cream to choose. For a weekend country break of a different kind head inland across cattle grids and over ditches and dales to cosy boltholes to be greeted with homemade cake, safe in the knowledge that the only blackberry to worry about is the one atop your scone.

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Take an elegant break in a stunning 17th Century Coaching Inn

Take an elegant break in a stunning 17th Century Coaching Inn

Experience delectable food and sublime surroundings in a place that’s been welcoming guests for hundreds of years.

Location: Wooburn Common, Buckinghamshire

Price: From £90 for double/twin

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy cuisine with a conscience at Fifteen Cornwall

Enjoy cuisine with a conscience at Fifteen Cornwall

Enjoy Italian cuisine with a Cornish twist at Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen Cornwall. Whatever’s the dish of the day, it’ll make your mouth water.

Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Relax and recharge at Lifehouse

Relax and recharge at Lifehouse

Lifehouse is an idyllic escape from daily life, offering spa & overnight stays and wellness packages as well as spa-day options.

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex

Spa breaks and pampering
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Relax on a romantic weekend mini break at Cromer Lodge

Relax on a romantic weekend mini break at Cromer Lodge

Cosy up in a Grade 2 listed building in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.

Location: Cromer, Norfolk

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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A weekend of champagne and romance at The Chester Grosvenor

A weekend of champagne and romance at The Chester Grosvenor

Spend a romantic break at The Chester Grosvenor in the heart of the ancient city of Chester. Enjoy a couple’s massage, drink champagne and eat spectacular food in this beautiful hotel.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy a peaceful break at Holiday Inn Winchester

Enjoy a peaceful break at Holiday Inn Winchester

If you want views of the South Downs but only want to be 10 minutes from the city, then you need to stay at the New Generation 4 star Holiday Inn Winchester.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Price: From £79

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy real country cuisine in a quintessential village pub

Enjoy real country cuisine in a quintessential village pub

With locally sourced produce on the menu and a great selection of wines and real ales behind the bar it’s time to book a table at the Taverners Inn.

Location: Godshill, Isle of Wight

Pubs and cocktail bars
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Gidleigh Park

Gidleigh Park

This Tudor-style house was built in 1928 for shipping magnate Charles McIlwraith.

Location: Chagford, Devon

Picturesque places
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Enjoy a romantic escape in Shakespeare’s England

Enjoy a romantic escape in Shakespeare’s England

Shakespeare’s England, home to Romeo and Juliet - the greatest love story of all time, is the perfect place for a romantic escape.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Luxury glamping in a beautiful forest setting alongside Guy Mallinson’s Woodland Workshop, featured in the BBC Mastercrafts series.

Location: Holditch, Dorset

Price: From £84 per night

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Get your head in the clouds

Get your head in the clouds

Calling all cumulo-lovers: Lincolnshire is home to the world’s first ‘Official Cloudspotting Area’.

Location: Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

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Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Set amongst 250 acres of woodland overlooking the North Norfolk coastline.

Location: Kelling Heath, Norfolk

Picturesque places
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Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

You’ll feel like a hero or heroine in a your very own fairy story as you mount the stairs of Truro’s Victorian Water Tower.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy scenic holiday routes in style with a Morgan car

Enjoy scenic holiday routes in style with a Morgan car

Hire a Morgan Motor Car from the original Morgan factory which still produces British cars in Malvern Link over 100 years since production began.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

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Seafood fanatics will love Rick Stein’s eaterie Fish

Seafood fanatics will love Rick Stein’s eaterie Fish

Salivate at the television chef and fish fanatic Rick Stein’s Falmouth restaurant. It’s a must-do for foodies.

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

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Horse-riding in Burnham-on-Sea

Horse-riding in Burnham-on-Sea

Show off your horsemanship as you trot your way along beautiful sandy beaches.

Location: Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

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Relax and unwind at the Callow Hall Hotel & Restaurant

Relax and unwind at the Callow Hall Hotel & Restaurant

Use this luxury hotel as a base to explore the breathtaking Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District countryside.

Location: Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy a perfect picnic at Clumber Park

Enjoy a perfect picnic at Clumber Park

Pack a picnic basket and explore the forest, woodland and parklands of this former estate of the Dukes of Newcastle.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Walking and hiking
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Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Rejuvenate your body and soul at Church Spa

Rejuvenate your body and soul at Church Spa

Set in a beautiful former 19th Century Methodist church, this is a unique setting for a spa and is nestled in the enchanting village of East Markham.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

Spa breaks and pampering

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