Countryside Getaways in England
Planning a countryside escape in England this year? It’s a country rammed full of stunning countryside and with talk of expanding the existing network of 10 national parks across England, we take a look at where to stay to explore the existing parks – destinations that make the perfect countryside break.
South Downs – The Barn at Roundhurst (B&B)
An hour from London or Brighton and less than an hour from the coast is this stunning country B&B on a working farm – the ideal country escape. Bright and light interiors make for a welcome base after a day walking or exploring The South Downs.
North Yorkshire Moors – Chapelgarth Estate (House for 15)
An Edwardian manor house fit for a King – or your self-catering house party or event. Country pursuits are on offer, The Yorkshire Moors are a 10-minute drive away and stunning coastline less than an hour.
The Norfolk Broads – Tinsmiths (B&B)
Just two rooms make this boutique B&B in Norfolk a truly special sanctuary. Super cool rooms (and hosts) make this a great place to explore Norfolk’s countryside or the waterways of The Norfolk Broads.
The Peak District – Rocking Stone Cottage (Cottage for 4)
The wild and rugged Peak District makes a perfect English countryside escape. A huge amount of outdoor activities are available as well as a pub within walking distance when you stay at converted barn holiday cottage, Rocking Stone Cottage.
The Lake District – The Malabar (B&B)
The Malabar is a truly beautiful B&B in The Lake District. Stylish, intimate and friendly it’s designed to be a retreat whatever you’ve been up to. Amazing walking, water sports and towns to explore – plus smashing cream teas and a great tea selection back at base. Could you get any more English?
Dartmoor – One Gidleigh Park (Cottage for 2-4)
Tucked away in heavily wooded grounds, One Gidleigh Park is a proper Devon retreat, but one with a stylish and chic interior. Dartmoor and its walking routes are walkable from the house as is a Michelin starred restaurant. The best of both worlds!
The New Forest – Thatched Cottage Hotel (B&B)
Hop on a train from London and in an hour and a half you could be sat in the Gin Bar at The Thatched Cottage Hotel, smack in the heart of The New Forest. There’s loads to do right on your doorstep, including a scenic walk to some beautiful coastline. Your hosts also offer day trips sailing from the south coast. Bliss.
Northumberland National Park – 1. St Valery (B&B)
Harvey (and Roxy the dog) have created a calm and cool B&B – St. Valery in Alnmouth, perfect for sampling the delights of Northumberland’s National Park. Special mention has to go to the beach that’s just two minutes’ walk away, plus the town’s superb foodie joints – and if you’re taking Fido he’s in for a treat.
Northumberland National Park – 2. The Beach Pad (Apartment for 4)
Yes, we’ve included two in Northumberland because we’re offering two very different options. The Beach Pad in Seahouses is right on the beach and has a fun and funky vibe. A brilliant base as you explore the area’s stunning coast and towns.
Exmoor – The Old Rectory (Boutique hotel)
Consistently rated as one of the UK’s most romantic hotels, The Old Rectory on Exmoor also has the coastal path at the bottom of its gardens. Blow the cobwebs away before heading home for superb quality dining. A truly special boutique hotel.
The Yorkshire Dales – Colcote Cottage (Cottage for 2-4)
The spa town of Harrogate is a regency beauty, super close to the Yorkshire Dales, and Colcote Cottage is perfectly placed to explore both. It’s a stroll to the city centre, or you can jump in the car and experience the amazing Dales – alternatively, you can simply chill out in front of the fire.