Rural escapes in spring

Rural retreats in spring

With lambs frolicking in the fields and skylarks soaring in the sky, spring is a great time to visit the English countryside. Blow away the cobwebs on hiking trails through ancient forests blooming with bluebells, or discover ancient spring traditions in postcard-perfect villages. Find your perfect spring break below…

Rural retreats in spring

Rural escapes in spring

With lambs frolicking in the fields and skylarks soaring in the sky, spring is a great time to visit the English countryside. Blow away the cobwebs on hiking trails through ancient forests blooming with bluebells, or discover ancient spring traditions in postcard-perfect villages. Find your perfect spring break below…

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Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Enjoy a stay at this historic hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds, which has been welcoming guests since 1220.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

 
Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.

Location: Loweswater, Cumbria

 
Enjoy tranquil cycling holiday in the Blackdown Hills

Enjoy tranquil cycling holiday in the Blackdown Hills

Explore the incredible landscapes and the historical depths of the Blackdown Hills from the comfort of your bike.

Location: Taunton Deane, Somerset

 
Discover Hidden Secrets at Burghley House

Discover Hidden Secrets at Burghley House

Take a trip through the Historical Garden of Surprises, Contemplate the Contemporary Sculpture Garden, or follow the Gruesomely Grubby Gardens tour...

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

 
Go on a National Park Wildflower Spring Safari

Go on a National Park Wildflower Spring Safari

From wild daffs to bluebell carpets, the woods and meadows of the North York Moors come alive with colour from March onwards.

Location: Farndale, North Yorkshire

 
Explore enchanting Rosemoor in the Torridge Valley

Explore enchanting Rosemoor in the Torridge Valley

At Rosemoor in Devon, sharply clipped hedges, textural grasses and plants carefully chosen for winter interest ensure beauty on even the chilliest of days.

Location: Great Torrington, Devon

 
Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

There’s no better time to visit Kent than in the spring so why not follow your nose and discover the county’s fragrant countryside and gardens?

Location: Maidstone, Kent

 
Explore the Cotswold town of Malmesbury

Explore the Cotswold town of Malmesbury

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

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

 
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

 
Bed down in a VW campervan and explore Bath’s rolling countryside

Bed down in a VW campervan and explore Bath’s rolling countryside

Hire a fully refurbished and kitted out VW campervan and explore Bath and its surrounding villages and countryside.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Cuddle up in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside

Cuddle up in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside

If you’ve ever fancied staying in your very own shepherd's hut, then head to Shakespeare’s England to stay in Farncombe Estate’s new Hilly Huts.

Location: The Cotswolds

 
Discover a glamping oasis in the heart of Suffolk

Discover a glamping oasis in the heart of Suffolk

If the thought of camping conjures images of screaming kids and collapsing tents, then relax, have a cup of tea and check out Suffolk’s Alde Garden.

Location: Saxmundham, Suffolk

 
Capture the Wye Valley springing to life

Capture the Wye Valley springing to life

Visit the Wye Valley in spring and admire its beautiful flowers as they emerge.

Location: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

 
Enjoy stunning views from the Quantock Hills

Enjoy stunning views from the Quantock Hills

Take in the beautiful views of the Quantock Hills and discover the rare Exmoor ponies grazing over Cothelstone Hill, wild flowers and the woodlands.

Location: Taunton, Somerset

 
Snuggle up in a shepherd's hut in the English countryside

Snuggle up in a shepherd's hut in the English countryside

Set within the grounds of a medieval hall, Lancashire's Shepherd Hut Hamlet offers luxury accommodation with a rural edge.

Location: Samlesbury, Lancashire

 
Roam the historic parkland of the Shibden Estate near Halifax

Roam the historic parkland of the Shibden Estate near Halifax

Explore elegant grounds with cascades, pools, tunnels and gardens at Shibden Hall.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

 
Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Celebrate Capability Brown’s tercentenary as you explore 42 acres of Sherborne Castle's beautiful gardens and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting.

Location: Sherborne, Dorset

 
Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Tour the Cotswolds’ hidden gems and receive a warm welcome at the Secret Cottage, a private home where you are invited to traditional afternoon tea.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 
Explore Romney Marsh

Explore Romney Marsh

This patch of pristine wetland near the south east coast covers a whopping 100 square miles and is packed with wildlife – including the curious ‘laughing frogs’.

Location: Romney Marsh, Kent

 
Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

See the rare survivals of Victorian gardens, which were used by townsfolk who wanted to an escape from the busy town centre.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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