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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Enjoy Yorkshire’s best seasonal foods – from forest floor to plate

Enjoy Yorkshire’s best seasonal foods – from forest floor to plate

The Michelin-starred food at Harome’s Star Inn is not the only reason to make a foodie trip to the pretty North York Moors’ village.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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Encounter an Elizabethan legacy in Warwickshire

Encounter an Elizabethan legacy in Warwickshire

Discover 900 years of English history at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, a vast medieval fortress and spectacular castle ruins.

Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire

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Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Experience a break with a difference & reconnect with the countryside. Stay in a hut by the pond or a unique shepherd’s hut with a cosy log burner.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Spend some quality time together in a luxury forest lodge

Spend some quality time together in a luxury forest lodge

Treat your loved one to a weekend of pleasure and pampering in a five-star rural retreat.

Location: Darley Moor, Derbyshire

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Cruise though the Wiltshire countryside in a vintage car

Cruise though the Wiltshire countryside in a vintage car

Discover the England you love on a vintage car break in Wiltshire.

Location: Melksham, Wiltshire

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Plan an extravagant getaway to Bovey Castle

Plan an extravagant getaway to Bovey Castle

Indulge in a extravagant getaway to a chic and welcoming castle perfectly positioned in Dartmoor National Park.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Give your taste buds a treat at the Furleigh Estate vineyard

Give your taste buds a treat at the Furleigh Estate vineyard

Explore the peace and tranquillity of the Furleigh Estate vineyard, before getting down to the real business of testing out the wines for yourself.

Location: Bridport, Dorset

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Revel in a riverside romance in the Norfolk Broads

Revel in a riverside romance in the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk village of Coltishall, only 6 miles from Norwich and set on the edge of the Broads, offers plenty of romantic things to do by the river.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Enjoy a visit to the hilltop town of Malmesbury

Enjoy a visit to the hilltop town of Malmesbury

Discover the rich history of England's oldest borough on a visit to the hilltop town of Malmesbury.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Discover why notorious romantic poet Lord Byron was 'mad, bad and dangerous to know', with a sumptuous stay at his former home.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Broaden your horizons at Eden Project

Broaden your horizons at Eden Project

Five biomes make for one of Britain's most impressive eco-attractions in the hills of Cornwall.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

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Camping with a touch of class in Sussex

Camping with a touch of class in Sussex

For those who like the outdoors but also like a solid roof over their heads, then Housedean Farm’s Shepherds Hut offers camping without the canvas.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Explore Wiltshire's rich landscape on the Wiltshire Cycleway

Explore Wiltshire's rich landscape on the Wiltshire Cycleway

Cycle along Wiltshire’s quiet country lanes and enjoy rural England at its very best on the Wiltshire Cycleway.

Location: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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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

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Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Ever marvelled at a soaring bird of prey and wondered how they are trained? Find out on a special Advanced Entry visit to Millets Farm Falconry Centre.

Location: Frilford, Oxfordshire

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Explore the stunning medieval Bolton Castle

Explore the stunning medieval Bolton Castle

Experience the incredible atmosphere of Bolton Castle where many of its rooms give the feeling that their inhabitants have just walked out of them.

Location: North Leyburn, North Yorkshire

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Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Home to the 12th Duke Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a super family day out.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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Celebrate 125 years of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Celebrate 125 years of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Spend the day on the North Devon coastline in the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, enjoying a taste of their industrial heritage.

Location: Lynton and Lynmouth, North Devon

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Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

This unique once-in-a-lifetime experience will allow you to get up close to some of nature’s most endangered species for a memory you’ll never forget.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

English sparkling wine is enjoying a renaissance.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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