Rural and coastal escapes

Rural and coastal escapes

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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Find the perfect retreat from the rest of the world

Find the perfect retreat from the rest of the world

The Black Swan Hotel in Helmsley offers elegant rooms and upscale dining, and is the perfect gateway to exploring North Yorkshire.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

You’ll feel like a hero or heroine in your very own fairy story as you mount the stairs of Truro’s Victorian Water Tower.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

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Sail away with the view at your very own lakeside boathouse

Sail away with the view at your very own lakeside boathouse

Nestled in the grounds of Middleton Hall near Belford, in Northumberland, the Boathouse is a quirky yet lovely little hideaway for two.

Location: Belford, Northumberland

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Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

With its winding streets lined with thatched cottages and medieval timber-framed buildings, it’s very easy to fall in love with Lavenham.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

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Number One Blackpool

Number One Blackpool

Sample some boutique chic by the seaside.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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See an open-air play at the Minack Theatre

See an open-air play at the Minack Theatre

Carved into a granite cliff face on the southern tip of Cornwall, the Minack Theatre is a wonderfully unique theatrical experience.

Location: Porthcurno, Cornwall

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Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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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

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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

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Enjoy a guilt-free weekend away with serious green credentials

Enjoy a guilt-free weekend away with serious green credentials

Going green can be romantic... so spoil your other half with a romantic weekend break at Battlesteads, ‘Northumberland’s greenest hotel’.

Location: Wark, Northumberland

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Pamper your partner with a stylish rural retreat in Yorkshire

Pamper your partner with a stylish rural retreat in Yorkshire

In a serene setting on the edge of the stunning North York Moors, the Feversham Arms boasts superb dining options, elegant rooms and a full spa.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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See the golden sun set over the world-famous Sherwood Forest

See the golden sun set over the world-famous Sherwood Forest

Rekindle your romance and stay in a luxurious cabin within tranquil, secluded woodland, ideal for romantic escapes.

Location: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

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Go glamping near the White Cliffs of Dover

Go glamping near the White Cliffs of Dover

Cosy up together in a tipi under the stars on a romantic glamping holiday on Kent’s iconic seaside coast.

Location: Dover, Kent

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Enjoy the sleepy charm of Bradford on Avon

Enjoy the sleepy charm of Bradford on Avon

Make a visit to Bradford on Avon, where you can relax and enjoy the charm and character of this Saxon town.

Location: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Enjoy a weekend of champagne and romance at Berwick Lodge

Enjoy a weekend of champagne and romance at Berwick Lodge

Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway in the South Gloucestershire countryside for relaxation, rejuvenation and pure luxury.

Location: Henbury, Bristol

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Fall in love with Tickton Grange

Fall in love with Tickton Grange

Relax in this magnificent Georgian country house hotel. Dine in its award-winning restaurant or lose yourselves in its beautiful gardens.

Location: Beverley, East Yorkshire

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Explore the cobbled lanes of Clovelly

Explore the cobbled lanes of Clovelly

This ancient fishing village clings to the cliffs on the North Devon coast and tells a magical tale of living history.

Location: Clovelly, North Devon

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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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Make the journey count on a trip to Scilly

Make the journey count on a trip to Scilly

Planning your journey to Scilly is where your adventure begins, because the only thing better than the destination is the journey.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Enjoy a country escape at Babington House in Somerset

Enjoy a country escape at Babington House in Somerset

If you like your romantic countryside hideaway to come with a cutting edge private members’ feel, Babington House will be right up your street.

Location: Frome, Somerset

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