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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Unwind in a contemporary English garden with history

Unwind in a contemporary English garden with history

Designer Piet Oudolf complements Capability Brown’s 18th century endeavours at Scampston Walled Garden, North Yorkshire.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Lounge and dine in a Georgian Country House

Lounge and dine in a Georgian Country House

Stay in an early Georgian country house set in three acres of mature English gardens and woodland, just a short journey from historic Lincoln.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
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

 
Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Tour Yorkshire writer and vet James Herriot's original home, recreated to look just as it did in the 1940s, in the picturesque town of Thirsk.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
Cheese-y does it now…

Cheese-y does it now…

Discover the captivating and often emotional story behind Wensleydale cheese and find out how Yorkshire’s art of cheese making evolved.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
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 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

 
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

 
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

 
Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Explore the vineyard and sample the wine and beer produced in this truly independent brewery in Buckinghamshire.

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire

 
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

 
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

 
Discover Blagdon's Secret Yeo Valley Garden

Discover Blagdon's Secret Yeo Valley Garden

Tucked away in the beautiful Mendip Hills, overlooking a lake, is a lovingly created organic garden where you can refresh and revive yourself.

Location: Blagdon, Somerset

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