Rural retreats in summer

Rural escapes in summer

Enter a world of peace and tranquility on a rural break in the English countryside, where a world of historic castle grounds alive with colour, unspoilt woodlands, lush landscapes and quaint English villages await you. Be pampered from head to toe in your own moorland lodge on a spa break in Bradford, explore quaint market towns and walk alongside awe-inspiring waterfalls in the Durham Dales, or hop aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a luxurious train ride through picturesque moorlands.

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Trek across the North York Moors with a team of huskies

Set out on an intrepid adventure holiday with Pesky Husky, an adrenalin-pumping experience for active types looking to feel the wind in their hair.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Built in AD122, Hadrian’s Wall was once the largest frontier in the Roman Empire and remained that way for 300 years.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

 

Look to the night sky on Exmoor

This National Park of diverse landscapes, woven together in a rich tapestry, provides inspiration day and night

Location: Exmoor, Devon/Somerset

 

Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Book a stay in a converted 19th century fort, where sea views and dreamy skies are all part of the décor.

Location: Shingle Street, Suffolk

 

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

 

Book your very own butler on a romantic getaway to York

Treat your loved one to a luxurious break at the five-star Grand Hotel & Spa in York, including a penthouse suite with your very own butler.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Stay in a cottage built by an amazing Victorian inventor

Experience Cragside in Northumberland as many have never seen it before – by staying in the spectacular and dramatic grounds of the Cragside Estate.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

 

Journey underground at Castleton's Caves

Go underground and visit any of Castleton’s four spectacular show caves to experience the Peak District’s hidden underworld secrets.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

 

Go punting on the River Cam

Find your inner rhythm in Cambridge as you mess about on the River Cam.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgshire

 

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

 

Vintage escapes on the Isle of Wight

Spend the weekend in a traditional 1960's bungalow, vintage caravan or other relic.

Location: Isle of Wight

 

Holiday in a treehouse

If you are looking for an adventurous escape with no compromise in comfort then it’s time you took to the trees.

Location: Wootton, Isle of Wight

 

Drive through the Lake District in a classic car

Explore the Lake District in style. Only the sexiest sports car will do, the top has to be down, and the roads have to be winding.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 

Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Pack your suitcase for a hair-raising and luxurious stay in Dover Castle’s former prison tower.

Location: Dover, Kent

 

Rainy Day Activities: Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Get a taste of Jane Austen’s world while tucking into a traditional English afternoon tea at Regency haunt, The Pump Room.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

See open-air Shakespeare plays in Lincolnshire

If your only experience of Shakespeare is being bored rigid in a school classroom, then it’s about time you gave the great Bard another chance.

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

 

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

 

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

 

Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age and journey through Hampshire’s countryside on a restored steam train.

Location: Alresford, Hampshire

 

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

 

Sip cocktails and soak up panoramic views of Manchester at Cloud 23

If you’ve got a head for heights and a taste for good cocktails, go to Manchester’s highest bar with a view.

Location: Deansgate, Manchester

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