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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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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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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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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Watch the sunrise over the Durham Heritage Coast

Watch the sunrise over the Durham Heritage Coast

Grab an early morning hot drink from the marina and watch the sunrise from the lively town of Seaham before setting off on a windswept walk with dramatic views.

Location: Durham Coast, Durham

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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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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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Stay on a 'film set' in the pretty village of Lacock

Stay on a 'film set' in the pretty village of Lacock

Wander hand-in-hand around Lacock in Wiltshire and see for yourself why this pretty medieval village has been used in many a romantic movie scene.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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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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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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Enjoy a romantic boathouse break in the Lake District

Enjoy a romantic boathouse break in the Lake District

Escape with your loved one to the idyllic shores of Lake Windermere in your very own luxurious boathouse bolthole.

Location: Pullwood Bay, Lake District

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Relax in a hot tub surrounded by nature at Woodland Holiday Park

Relax in a hot tub surrounded by nature at Woodland Holiday Park

Stay in a timber lodge with a hot tub and a forest full of wildlife in Norfolk, close to the heritage coast.

Location: Trimmington, Norfolk

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Enjoy a romantic getaway at St Mary’s Inn

Enjoy a romantic getaway at St Mary’s Inn

Come rain or shine, St Mary’s Inn has romance at its heart; recapture the magic in this countryside getaway that’s perfect for two.

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland

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Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Luxury glamping in a beautiful forest setting alongside Guy Mallinson’s Woodland Workshop, featured in the BBC Mastercrafts series.

Location: Holditch, Dorset

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Classic English countryside cycling

Classic English countryside cycling

Explore charming English countryside from Henley-on-Thames to Hambleden Valley on a hired electric bike.

Location: Hambleden, Buckinghamshire

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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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Enjoy a romantic date beneath a canopy of stars and dark sky

Enjoy a romantic date beneath a canopy of stars and dark sky

Escape the bright lights of the city with a romantic, intimate break in Sussex’s coastal countryside – just you, your date and billions of stars.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Snuggle up in luxury on the Northumberland Coast

Snuggle up in luxury on the Northumberland Coast

Five star luxury, romantic walks along the spectacular Northumberland Coast, cosy up in front of a smouldering fire and fresh locally sourced food.

Location: Newton by the Sea, Northumberland

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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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Enjoy a romantic getaway at Skyhouse

Enjoy a romantic getaway at Skyhouse

Skyhouse is an eco-chic B&B in the stunning South Downs countryside, and the perfect spot for romantic winter break with nature on your doorstep.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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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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