The getaway not faraway

Room to breathe. Whether soaking up the scenery or walking a long-distance footpath, the English countryside summer soothes the soul. It’s the chance to see how the land lies and admire the view. The cobwebs get blown away on walks across wild windswept moors and heather-clad hills. Weekends spent clambering round castles or hidden coves, pottering in antique shops and village tea rooms, or dipping into farmers’ markets and trying local produce. Then it’s time to rest those bones with a well-earned pint in hand. Just a stone’s throw away, yet a world apart, there are so many recuperating things to do in the countryside. We can stand and stare, listen to the silence. And relax.

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Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Down on the farm there are tents that think they’re cottages, roll-top baths, proper beds, fresh food, plenty of fresh air, and plenty to see and do.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Posh Boats on The Broads

Posh Boats on The Broads

Take a well-earned break from life.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

Boating
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Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

With 20 heritage buildings, centuries of history, and 40,000 objects and antiques, this celebrated open-air museum is just the place to get crafty.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Explore the former home of writer Rudyard Kipling

Explore the former home of writer Rudyard Kipling

Bateman’s is a 17th Century house built in a Wealden Valley, and was once home to Jungle Book author, Rudyard Kipling.

Location: Burwash, East Sussex

Literature, film and TV
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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

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Midsomer Murders in the Chiltern Hills

Midsomer Murders in the Chiltern Hills

Recognisable by many Midsomer Murders fans, The Stag and Huntsman is located in the beautiful village of Hambleden.

Location: Hambleden, Buckinghamshire

Literature, film and TV
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Soak up “England’s finest” view at Sutton Bank

Soak up “England’s finest” view at Sutton Bank

It was author and vet James Herriot who gave the view the accolade of “England’s finest” and there’s only one way to find out if he’s right.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

National Parks
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A luxury stay at Kesgrave Hall

A luxury stay at Kesgrave Hall

Treat yourself to a stay at Kesgrave Hall, a boutique hotel housed in a Georgian building just outside Ipswich.

Location: Kesgrave, Suffolk

Picturesque places
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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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Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

With art and beauty steeped in history, Tisbury is an excellent base from which to explore Wiltshire’s countryside.

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Rise above it all with a stay at Chewton Glen’s treehouses

Rise above it all with a stay at Chewton Glen’s treehouses

Escape to your very own luxury treehouse for panoramic views and nature at your fingertips at Chewton Glen.

Location: New Milton, Hampshire

Unique Experiences
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Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's internationally famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Enjoy a day out in Dalby Forest

Enjoy a day out in Dalby Forest

The soft green light and dappled shadows of Dalby Forest hide a secret world of offbeat experiences and artisan adventures.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Forests and woodlands
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Explore the Lake District

Explore the Lake District

Discover the 200 fells, pikes and dales of the Lakes in a vintage camper van.

Location: Cumbria

National Parks
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Get your party shoes on at Askham Hall

Get your party shoes on at Askham Hall

A luxurious, intimate, unpretentious home from home which is up-to-date, full of charm and somewhere you can kick off your wellies at the front door.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Wedding celebrations
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Enjoy a boat trip on Canal River Trust's Waterways

Enjoy a boat trip on Canal River Trust's Waterways

Spend your weekend exploring Cheshire’s incredible waterways, at Anderton Boat Lift and the National Waterways Museum.

Location: Anderton, Cheshire

Boating
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Dine at Fishmore Hall's award-winning restaurant

Dine at Fishmore Hall's award-winning restaurant

Fishmore Hall is a privately-owned boutique country house hotel set on a hill overlooking Ludlow.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Regional specialities
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Lose yourself on the Monsal Trail

Lose yourself on the Monsal Trail

Experience the countryside like never before as you cycle or walk within the heart of the spectacular Peak District National Park.

Location: Hassop, Derbyshire

Walking and hiking
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Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Explore over 660 acres of countryside, and uncover the rare wildlife that inhabit the area all year round.

Location: Hastings, East Sussex

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Visit top chef Tom Kerridge’s Michelin pub in Marlow

Visit top chef Tom Kerridge’s Michelin pub in Marlow

Located in the charming Georgian town of Marlow, the Michelin starred Hand and Flowers is all about great food in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Eating out

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