Countryside

Rural retreats

Both genteel and wild, there’s nothing quite like the English countryside for rural escapes with its patchwork hills, dramatic dales, ancient woodlands and winding country roads. All well and good, but what is there to do in England’s countryside exactly? Quite a lot, actually. Admire the grand interiors of a stately home before catching a play in the surrounding gardens, travel back in time with visits to ancient stone circles and crumbling castles, or step into a chocolate box of quaint villages and market towns and live like a local, trying farmhouse cheeses, cream teas and real ales along the way.

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Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Bed down in one of the luxury rooms and sample the excellent local food at this quirky, luxury hotel and restaurant.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

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Discover Hidden Secrets at Burghley House

Discover Hidden Secrets at Burghley House

Take a trip through the Historical Garden of Surprises, Contemplate the Contemporary Sculpture Garden, or follow the Gruesomely Grubby Gardens tour...

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

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Enjoy a relaxing break in the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon

Enjoy a relaxing break in the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon

Perfect for family breaks, a stay at Church Farm Country Cottages in Bradford on Avon offers an ideal countryside retreat.

Location: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Experience Purbeck’s surf and turf by learning to sail or horse ride through the waves.

Location: Studland, Dorset

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Discover a vibrant arts scene within the Forest of Dean

Discover a vibrant arts scene within the Forest of Dean

Discover a cultural scene that really breathes life in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Stay at Hesleyside Hall, ancestral home of the Charlton family since 1346, and experience 800 years of Northumbrian history in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Bellingham, Northumberland

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Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Unleash your inner Paddington Bear on a visit to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival, which will be held in the historic town of Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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Conquer the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path

Conquer the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path

This former railway line links Bristol and Bath by one off road path allowing you to cycle the 13 miles between the two cities.

Location: Bristol

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Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Embrace the colours of summer at the historic Borde Hill Garden.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Follow Turner on the Drawn to the Valley Art Trail

Follow Turner on the Drawn to the Valley Art Trail

Embark on the Drawn to the Valley Art Trail where you will see artists at work up and down the Tamar Valley from Plymouth to the Dartmoor towns of Tavistock and Yelverton.

Location: Yelverton, Devon

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Blow away the cobwebs and explore the new Ullswater Way

Blow away the cobwebs and explore the new Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way is a stunning 20-mile walking route around one of the Lake Districts most beautiful lakes.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Walk through history and admire world-class art at this fascinating castle, then stroll through spectacular floral displays at The Alnwick Garden.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

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Enjoy a romantic escape at The Castle Hotel

Enjoy a romantic escape at The Castle Hotel

Make time for each other at one of the most charming hotels in the unspoilt market town of Bishops Castle.

Location: Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

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Marvel at the view from one of Nottinghamshire’s highest points

Marvel at the view from one of Nottinghamshire’s highest points

Stroll along a network of landscaped trails before climbing to one of Nottinghamshire's highest points, where a view of Hardwick Hall awaits you.

Location: Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

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Wine and dine beside the lit-up ruins of Newark Castle

Wine and dine beside the lit-up ruins of Newark Castle

Wine and dine beside the lit-up ruins of Newark Castle on a romantic break in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

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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

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Escape to Surrey’s hills and English gardens

Escape to Surrey’s hills and English gardens

With wonderful English gardens like RHS Wisley, the hills of Box Hill and Leith Hill and access to the North Downs Way, Surrey is a real rural treat.

Location: Dorking, Surrey

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Admire the snowdrops at Rode Hall & Gardens

Admire the snowdrops at Rode Hall & Gardens

Watch the seasons change in an elegant English garden in Cheshire.

Location: Congleton, Cheshire

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Enjoy fresh, local produce on The Vale Trail

Enjoy fresh, local produce on The Vale Trail

Have a unique horticultural experience in one of England's most fertile lands. Sample fresh produce from local food and drink producers.

Location: Evesham, Worcestershire

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See Harry Potter and Downton Abbey sets in Alnwick

See Harry Potter and Downton Abbey sets in Alnwick

Relive scenes from hit TV shows and movies in the magnificent setting of Alnwick Castle, a popular destination for film crews.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

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