Countryside breaks

Countryside breaks in England

See the famous moors and National Parks that have inspired writers such as Michael Morpurgo, Ted Hughes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Walk through the hills of England’s countryside, and see it teeming with wildlife, or explore the strangely temperate microclimates of Scilly where you can find birds and plants that can’t be found elsewhere in the UK. An active holiday in the English countryside is perfect for tuckering out the kids or blowing away the cobwebs of everyday living – so grab a bike and ride some of the trails and villages of the outdoors. The beautiful Cotswolds provide the perfect picnicking spot. Or you could wander Wiltshire with its heritage sights like Stonehenge, and take in some of the country’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; we have thirty-three!

Countryside breaks in England

Countryside breaks

See the famous moors and National Parks that have inspired writers such as Michael Morpurgo, Ted Hughes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Walk through the hills of England’s countryside, and see it teeming with wildlife, or explore the strangely temperate microclimates of Scilly where you can find birds and plants that can’t be found elsewhere in the UK. An active holiday in the English countryside is perfect for tuckering out the kids or blowing away the cobwebs of everyday living – so grab a bike and ride some of the trails and villages of the outdoors. The beautiful Cotswolds provide the perfect picnicking spot. Or you could wander Wiltshire with its heritage sights like Stonehenge, and take in some of the country’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; we have thirty-three!

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Cycle along a disused railway line in Stratford-upon-Avon

Cycle along a disused railway line in Stratford-upon-Avon

Explore the English countryside saddle side whilst cycling the 5-mile long Stratford Greenway.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Indulge in a full range of spa treatments in the comfort of your own luxury Scandinavian lodge before setting off to explore the English countryside.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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Enjoy a rural escape at Kitley House Hotel

Enjoy a rural escape at Kitley House Hotel

This 500 year old country house is set in the heart of the South Devon countryside making it the perfect destination for a relaxing and enjoyable break.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Stay at stylish Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Stay at stylish Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Treat yourself to good food and plenty of relaxation at Middlethorpe Hall.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Experience the great outdoors with a stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse, nestled deep in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Go glamping in shepherds’ huts at Elmley Nature Reserve

Go glamping in shepherds’ huts at Elmley Nature Reserve

With spectacular landscapes and breath-taking wildlife, Elmley National Nature Reserve is an inspirational place to visit - and to sleep in.

Location: Isle of Sheppey, Kent

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Wonder at windmills and wander the Weavers Way

Wonder at windmills and wander the Weavers Way

Take a hike on the network of pathways under the vast Norfolk skies to the Berney Arms windmill and the remotest railway station in England.

Location: Berney Arms and the Halvergate Marshes, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Follow in the footsteps of the real King Arthur

Follow in the footsteps of the real King Arthur

Discover the stories behind the sword in the stone, the Holy Grail and Camelot, and the Lady Guinevere, on the King Arthur Trail in Shropshire.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

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Get back to nature at Wootton Park

Get back to nature at Wootton Park

Escape to the countryside and experience the magic of Wootton Park in Warwickshire.

Location: Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

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Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

In the quiet village of Dymock, literacy history was being made by six of the finest poets of the early 20th century.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Stay in a cottage built by an amazing Victorian inventor

Stay in a cottage built by an amazing Victorian inventor

Experience Cragside in Northumberland as many have never seen it before – by staying in the spectacular and dramatic grounds of the Cragside Estate.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

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Follow in the footsteps of great artists in Constable Country

Follow in the footsteps of great artists in Constable Country

Explore the Suffolk landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, rambling across dramatic open spaces backed by huge skies.

Location: Flatford Mill, Suffolk

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Lounge and dine in a Georgian Country House

Lounge and dine in a Georgian Country House

Stay in an early Georgian country house set in three acres of mature English gardens and woodland, just a short journey from historic Lincoln.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Enjoy a relaxing winter break in a former Georgian rectory

Enjoy a relaxing winter break in a former Georgian rectory

A former Georgian rectory set in the heart of the country, Pen-Y-Dyffryn is a haven for peace and quiet with friendly staff to make you feel welcome.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

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Explore The Lake District's Secret Valley

Explore The Lake District's Secret Valley

Rannerdale lies between the smaller lakes of Buttermere and Loweswater, a true hidden gem in a place brimming with atmosphere and local legend.

Location: Buttermere, Cumbria

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Discover one of Norfolk’s hidden market towns

Discover one of Norfolk’s hidden market towns

Pull on your walking boots and get to know Loddon, a charming riverside town just 10 miles from Norwich.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Castles, keeps and country retreats

Castles, keeps and country retreats

Explore the keep and ramparts of a 12th century castle, and the ornate interiors and gardens of Houghton Hall and Sandringham House.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Stay in a 300-year-old pub in the heart of Herriot country

Stay in a 300-year-old pub in the heart of Herriot country

Eat, drink and get a good night’s sleep at The Durham Ox; a quintessential English pub in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Crayke, Yorkshire

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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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