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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Relax in a hot tub surrounded by nature at Woodland Holiday Park

Relax in a hot tub surrounded by nature at Woodland Holiday Park

Stay in a timber lodge with a hot tub and a forest full of wildlife in Norfolk, close to the heritage coast.

Location: Trimmington, Norfolk

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Enjoy a remote retreat the heart of the Cumbria’s mountains

Enjoy a remote retreat the heart of the Cumbria’s mountains

Book your place at YHA Black Sail, the perfect rural retreat for lovers of the great outdoors.

Location: Cleator, Cumbria

Walking and hiking
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Treat yourself to a stay at boutique bolthole The Cary Arms

Treat yourself to a stay at boutique bolthole The Cary Arms

Enjoy chic seaside life at ‘the Inn on the beach’ and a warm Cornish welcome at boutique hotel The Cary Arms in Babbacombe.

Location: Babbacombe, Devon

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Visit the Cotswolds and discover vintage treasures on a carefully designed retro-themed driving tour.

Location: Tewkesbury or Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

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Tour the Dorset countryside on an electric bike

Tour the Dorset countryside on an electric bike

Bike with a difference along Marshwood Trails and explore the wonders of the West Dorset AONB countryside.

Location: Morcombelake, Dorset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Calling all chocoholics: the UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel has 15 rooms, dedicated to all that is tasty and tantalising.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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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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Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

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

Location: Kelling Heath, Norfolk

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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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Get close to nature on a glamping break at Mill Farm

Get close to nature on a glamping break at Mill Farm

Enjoy the best of the beautiful English countryside from the comfort of a luxurious canvas lodge on this family-run, organic farm.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Number One Blackpool

Number One Blackpool

Sample some boutique chic by the seaside.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Romance
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Enjoy a relaxing break at Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort

Enjoy a relaxing break at Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort

Escape from the stresses of everyday life, and enter luxurious relaxation with a short break at Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort.

Location: Lymingon, New Forest

Price: From £119 per room per night

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Spend a weekend on the Waterfront in Lincoln

Spend a weekend on the Waterfront in Lincoln

Lincoln’s unique city-centre waterfront is the ideal base for a vibrant, exciting weekend city break.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Relax and unwind at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Relax and unwind at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Let your body unwind at this boutique hotel and endulge in good food and picturesque walks.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Go horseriding in the Lake District

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Plan the perfect romantic escape at Langar Hall

Plan the perfect romantic escape at Langar Hall

With its medieval origins, rich heritage and history, Langar Hall really is a perfect setting for a romantic getaway or wedding venue.

Location: Langar, Nottinghamshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Some say it’s the painterly light that makes St Ives so special. For others it’s the great swathes of golden sand.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Classic English countryside cycling

Classic English countryside cycling

Explore charming English countryside from Henley-on-Thames to Hambleden Valley on a hired electric bike.

Location: Hambleden, Buckinghamshire

Cycling

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