For visitors arriving in Cornwall, the choice of attractions and experiences are overwhelming. Whether it’s exploring the space-age domes of the Eden Project, sampling the culinary creations of Cornish pasties, riding the waves or browsing the galleries in St Ives or checking out the filming locations used for Poldark, there is so much on offer. Cornwall has it all – stunning cliffs, crashing waves, tranquil coves and picture-postcard villages, but also has a wealth of activities and adventures on offer too.
Where to stay
At the end of a track through the fields of coastal Cornwall is this incredible safari tent. The location is to die for – in a beautiful meadow next to a babbling brook on the edge of Wrinkler’s Wood where you can spot wildlife like deer, badgers and foxes.
Sleeping up to six guests, this luxury tent has a hot shower room and a wood-burning stove at the centre of the comfortable living area. There’s also a fabulous decked area outside, with a BBQ and outside seating. Located a short stroll from the Cornish village of Mithian, it’s the perfect base from which to explore all that Cornwall has to offer.
2. West Coast of Scotland
Scotland’s west coast has a sense of grandeur that cannot be imitated, with a rugged and often windswept beauty that’s hard to beat. This part of Scotland offers so much – whether you want to wild camp, visit castles, see wildlife – eagles, puffins, whales – explore forgotten settlements, or simply take time sampling the many different single malt whiskies produced there. In a fast-moving world there is something about the landscape which is grounding and humbling in many ways.
Where to stay
Not only is Sithean House beautifully designed, it’s full of surprises too – it has a sauna that looks over nearby woodland. Sleeping eight people. the house is family-friendly, comfortable and totally unique.
Sithean is secluded and peaceful, yet is only 2 miles away from Taynuilt, a lovely village on the shores of Loch Etive. Oban, is just 8 miles away, and from there you can take a ferry to many of the inner and outer Hebridean islands. The location is ideal for walking and cycling for the whole family, and there is an amazing range of wildlife – hen harriers deer and red squirrels.
3. Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland
Aberfeldy is located in Perthshire, on Scotland’s longest river, the River Tay. It’s also home to The Birks of Aberfeldy, made famous by national bard Robert Burns and Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery which is open throughout the year. The heritage exhibition is well worth a visit where you can learn more about John Dewar & Sons. You will be spoilt for choice in Aberfeldy when it comes to outdoor adventures: there’s white water rafting, abseiling, gorge walking, canyoning and mountain biking, as well as deer spotting and pony trekking too.
Where to stay
Around 20 miles from Aberfeldy, Craigeanie Farmhouse is a stunning, one of a kind property that offers the chance to truly get away from it all in complete seclusion and luxury. Set in a 40-acre plot, with its own private access to the River Lyon, Craigeanie is the perfect place for fishing, or exploring Glen Lyon on foot or by bike.
The farmhouse has a huge open-plan kitchen and dining room with not one, but two log burning fires to keep you super warm and toasty. There is a charming master bedroom, plus a further single bedroom. Outside, you are surrounded by the beauty of Glen Lyon, Scotland’s longest and loveliest glen. There is a private patio and lovely gardens where you can take in the views.
4. The Isles of Scilly
While only 28 miles west of the mainland, the Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall but are a world apart in every way. The Isles of Scilly are well known for their simple pleasures and relaxed pace of life. Visitors can bask in the scenery, the peace and the tranquillity. You can simply relax and do very little, but if you are the active type, there’s plenty to enjoy too. From island walks, checking out the fantastic wildlife, hopping from island to island and immersing yourself in the history and heritage, there’s so much to discover. This enchanting archipelago guarantees a relaxing experience.
Where to stay
Charlotte House is located on St Mary’s, the largest of the Scilly Isles. Recently renovated to a high standard of luxury throughout, this is stylish period property, with two beautifully appointed bedrooms and wonderful living space.
The kitchen is fully equipped with modern ovens, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine/dryer. The comfortable lounge features satellite TV, a wood burning stove, and the whole house benefits from underfloor heating. In the bathroom there are twin sinks, a full size bath and rainfall shower.
5. The Cotswolds, England
Spanning across six counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire), the Cotswolds region is a delightful tangle of villages, thatched cottages, and honey-coloured brick homes. Enjoy walks through breathtaking landscapes, and along historic trails. Go for a splash in one of the 140 different lakes which make up the Cotswolds Water Park. Visit Lower Slaughter, dubbed, ‘the most romantic street in the UK’ and experience lavender season which runs from May to August each year.
Where to stay
Situated in the quaint hamlet of Leafield, this lovely cottage is the perfect place to get away from the rest of the world with few neighbours and lots of peaceful walks and local pubs to explore.
The location is perfect, with easy access to the villages of Chipping Norton, Stow, Oxford, Burford and Woodstock. With two gorgeous bedrooms, the house comfortably sleeps four. There is an eco-fire to keep you cosy and warm. Staying here also allows you access to the large open garden at the front and a private terrace for BBQs and al fresco dining. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you’ll need including the all important Nespresso coffee machine!
The house is a perfect place to relax and offers a large flat screen television, broadband access, an XBox360 for the kids, Netflix streaming access with NOWTV, board games and music players.
6. The Dornoch Firth, NE Scotland
The historic town of Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands boasts stunning scenery and historic roots, and is perfect for a remote getaway. The town is blessed with a sunny climate thanks to its sheltered position and miles of golden sandy beaches. The beach stretches from Dornoch Point heading past Embo beach to the mouth of Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve.
The small town is also an ideal staycation for golfers. The Royal Dornoch golf course was recently voted 2nd best in the world by Golf Digest. The coast is also a favourite with wildlife, such as seals and a sizeable population of both breeding and wintering birds. There are no less than six different whisky distilleries in the area – Clynelish, Balblair, Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Glen Ord and Old Pulteney. Take a whisky tour and sample them all!
Where to stay
Located on the windswept coast of the Dornoch Firth, Beallach Lodge is a truly spectacular six-bedroom property that we think makes the ideal choice if you are looking for a luxurious and secluded staycation holiday. Set in five acres of private and secluded grounds, Beallach Lodge is a slice of luxury that’s the perfect choice for larger groups.
The house has a state of the art kitchen, luxurious and spacious bathrooms, underfloor and central heating, spacious bedrooms and family areas, wood burning stove in the lounge and Wi-fi throughout the property.
Accommodation, which is over two floors, consists of six bedrooms sleeping up to 14 guests with ease.
7. Anglesea, Wales
Covering an area of 276 square miles, Anglesey is the second highest island-population in Britain. The island is peppered with magnificent standing stones, revealing striking proof of prehistoric human inhabitation, but there are pockets of peace to discover your own slice of solitude. The beauty of the landscape and its wildlife, along with the island’s exciting and extensive history, makes this corner of Wales the perfect remote getaway destination. And with a range of lively villages and towns, including the notable town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – you will discover a rich stronghold of Welsh language and culture.
Where to stay
Set in the grounds of the historical Plas Gwyn Estate this fabulous Grade II listed cottage dates right back to the 1700s. The picture postcard cottage is set in the grounds of a sporting estate and woodlands, you will feel like you are miles from anywhere.
The house is the ideal base from which to explore this beautiful part of the world, but equally so, if guests are looking for a retreat, a calming location to walk, enjoy nature, or go for a bike ride this is also the perfect choice. Sleeping four guests in two lovely bedrooms, the property also has a cosy sitting-room, dining room and well-equipped kitchen. Outside, there are large lawned gardens surrounding the cottage, and a lovely decked area from which you can enjoy the peace with quiet with a glass of wine.
8. Exmoor, England
Exmoor is the ideal calm staycation destination, located in the hilly open moorland of West Somerset and North Devon. In the middle, sits the higher moor, an empty, expansive, landscape of wild grassy plains and huge skies. In the North, river valleys cut into the coal-black cliffs lurching towards the sea.
Exmoor is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and fantastic walking as well as the famous Exmoor ponies which roam the moors. There is plenty more to see and do here. Whether you are looking for a quiet break away from the hustle and bustle or an active break you find plenty to keep you occupied from climbing up to Dunkery Beacon to long walks the South West Coast Path.
Where to stay
Located in the glorious surroundings of Exmoor National Park on the Devon/Somerset border, this stunning two-bedroom cottage is five miles from Dulverton village and within easy reach of the coastal towns of Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth.
Mini guests are particularly well looked after here, with shared use of an adventure playground as well as selection of ride-on toys. The cottage also offers a choice of books and games, as well as useful baby and toddler gear including cots and highchairs.
Inside the cottage there’s an open plan kitchen and living space on the first floor (complete with wood-burning stove) to take in the superb views over the open countryside, two bedrooms (both en-suite). Outside, the private patio is a delightful spot to sit and relax.
9. The Pennines, England
The Pennines is one of the most remote and unspoilt places in England. This landscape of tumbling waterfalls and vast moors, holds the double accolade of being a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Britain’s first UNESCO European and Global Geopark. The breathtaking wilderness is home to a range of wildlife; including 80% of the UK’s black grouse population. From visiting the highest pub in Britain, the Tan Hill Inn, to checking out Alston, the highest market town in England, you won’t be short of ideas for what to do! There are also many adventurous activities to do, including hikes, scenic walks, cycling, fishing and horse riding.
Where to stay
The luxury log cabin is close to the village of Summerbridge and is the perfect place for a romantic hideaway break or if you just want to unwind! Sleeping two, the cabins also have lounge, kitchen and bathroom plus the all important hot tub where you can sit and enjoy the stars at night!
When you arrive, you’ll be treated to fresh eggs from the hens on the farm, a bottle of prosecco and some
homemade shortbread to get your stay of to a good start.
10. County Mayo, Ireland
County Mayo in Ireland boasts picturesque scenery, and breathtaking landscapes. This beautiful area of Ireland has it all – rugged Atlantic coastline, the majestic mountains of Connemara and meandering rivers. Mayo has a myriad of choice of outdoor activities, ranging from water sports as well as walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, fishing and sea angling for the adventurous explorers.
Where to stay
This 4-bed property has the most wonderful elevated setting in the rural community of Tourmakeady in County Mayo. Here you can experience all that Mayo and the neighbouring county of Galway has to offer. Sleeping up to 9 guests in 4 bedrooms, this large and spacious house also has 3 bathrooms, well-appointed kitchen and large lounge. It commands amazing views over the countryside from the garden and decked area.
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