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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See the cobbled lanes of historic Clovelly harbour

See the cobbled lanes of historic Clovelly harbour

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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Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines

Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines

From long walks to lazy lunches, the Fleece Inn at Holme is the perfect base for your romantic break in the Yorkshire countryside.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Calling all chocoholics: the UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel has 15 rooms, dedicated to all that is tasty and tantalising.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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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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Follow in Lord Byron’s footsteps on the Durham Coast

Follow in Lord Byron’s footsteps on the Durham Coast

The romantic poet was married in a Georgian country house on the Durham Coast. Two hundred years on, Seaham Hall is a stunning five-star spa hotel.

Location: Durham Coast, Durham

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Go barging round Lancashire

Go barging round Lancashire

Abandon the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head for the peace and stunning scenery of Lancashire, with a canal boat cruise

Location: Burnley, Lancashire

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Retreat to your very own wood cabin in the forest

Retreat to your very own wood cabin in the forest

Double sunken baths, riverside walks and panoramic views make this luxury forest retreat a truly romantic destination.

Location: Shadwell, Norfolk

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Slow the pace and soak up Southwell’s stunning scenery

Slow the pace and soak up Southwell’s stunning scenery

Warm up your winter with a spark of romance, as you explore snow-dusted scenery on a winter retreat in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire

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Indulge in a luxury forest retreat in Nottinghamshire

Indulge in a luxury forest retreat in Nottinghamshire

Relax in the heart of Sherwood Forest with your own private cabin and outdoor hot tub. Explore ancient woodlands and give archery a shot.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Take a luxury break at Kesgrave Hall

Take a luxury break 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

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Fall for Lavenham’s medieval charm on a romantic winter break

Fall for Lavenham’s medieval charm on a romantic winter break

Cobbled streets, great shopping and quaint buildings make this village one of the most romantic places in the UK.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

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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 an indulgent weekend at The Ardencote Manor Hotel

Enjoy an indulgent weekend at The Ardencote Manor Hotel

Spend quality time together and treat yourselves to a relaxing spa weekend at the Ardencote Manor Hotel and Spa.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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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

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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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Follow the films to Lacock

Follow the films to Lacock

Step into the historic charm of Lacock, where you can explore abbeys, museums, and country houses.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Relax and unwind at the Callow Hall Hotel & Restaurant

Relax and unwind at the Callow Hall Hotel & Restaurant

Use this luxury hotel as a base to explore the breathtaking Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District countryside.

Location: Ashbourne, Derbyshire

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Relax and reconnect on a romantic Cornish coastal break

Relax and reconnect on a romantic Cornish coastal break

It’s all about you and your time together at Headland Hotel and Spa, where you can connect with each other, the ocean and the wild Cornish coastline.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

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Enjoy a romantic break surrounded by echoes of royal love

Enjoy a romantic break surrounded by echoes of royal love

Opulent comfort and English grandeur, in a house that once bore royalty.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Escape on an autumn adventure to Scilly

Escape on an autumn adventure to Scilly

Stay in a 16th Century castle, a 19th Century Townhouse or a harbourside inn and enjoy a romantic break on the stunning Isles of Scilly.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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