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…

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Discover what life was like for a 16th century noble family

Discover what life was like for a 16th century noble family

Visit Doddington Hall, an Elizabethan mansion steeped in history, and explore the stunning English gardens that fill its country park estate.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Experience Somerleyton Hall’s romance, history and grandeur

Experience Somerleyton Hall’s romance, history and grandeur

Step back in time with a visit to one of Suffolk’s best-preserved stately homes and gardens, near the town of Lowestoft.

Location: Somerleyton, Suffolk

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Stay and craft at the new Barrel store in Cirencester

Stay and craft at the new Barrel store in Cirencester

Recently opened, the old stone barrel warehouse is a stylish and brilliantly located ‘boutique hostel’ that offer a unique break experience.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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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

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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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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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Go on a grand glamping adventure on a Georgian estate

Go on a grand glamping adventure on a Georgian estate

Set up camp in a West Wood Yurt, nestled in the National Trust’s Gibside estate, just outside NewcastleGateshead.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

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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

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Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Explore an undiscovered side to the north Cotswolds by combining a tranquil stay in the ancient town of Winchcombe with some fantastic walking routes.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

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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

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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

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Admire the snowdrops at Rode Hall & Gardens

Admire the snowdrops at Rode Hall & Gardens

Watch the seasons change in an elegant English garden in Cheshire.

Location: Congleton, Cheshire

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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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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

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Go on a ‘legless ramble’ through East Sussex’s countryside

Go on a ‘legless ramble’ through East Sussex’s countryside

Escape to the English countryside and explore Beachy Head in East Sussex, first on a brewery tour and then on foot.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Explore Lancashire’s countryside from your lakeside cottage

Explore Lancashire’s countryside from your lakeside cottage

Stay within the award-winning Brickhouse Farm’s six acres of Lancashire countryside, choosing from one of its lakeside self-catering cottages.

Location: Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire

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Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Step into the world of Rudyard Kipling by visiting his traditional English gardens in Rottingdean, near Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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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

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Follow in the footsteps of an Arabian hero in Dorset

Follow in the footsteps of an Arabian hero in Dorset

Visit the tiny Clouds Hill cottage where Lawrence of Arabia retreated to on a rural break in Dorset.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

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Kick back at award-winning B&B, Alkham Court

Kick back at award-winning B&B, Alkham Court

To hot tub, or not to hot tub? That is the question, at Alkham Court B&B near Dover.

Location: South Alkham, Kent

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