Living in the UK permanently means that it’s all too easy to forget about the unique and interesting places there are to explore right on our doorstep. We don’t have to commit to days of never-ending travel arrangements to seek out a glorious holiday, when we have luxury homestays located just a few hours drive away.
So if international travel is a no for you this year and you’ve chosen to stick to the UK, then we’ve put together a guide just for you. The top five places we’d book for that autumn getaway. Get ready to load up the car or book that train fare, and escape to one of these unique locations.
Unplugged - Saffron Walden, Essex
In need of a digital detox? Look no further than Unplugged, a three-day cabin escape nestled in nature and located an hour or so outside of city life. Constant screen time and endless scrolling are a thing of the past when retreating to an Unplugged cabin. You lock away your devices and recharge while relaxing in a rural environment.
These off the grid cabins are run completely on solar power, and for those of you with a four-legged friend, your pets are welcome to recharge and retreat with you.
The Nook - Ongar, Essex
If you’re looking for a cosy farm getaway, then The Nook is the place for you.
In this idyllic setting is a family friendly quaint wooden home hidden away in 3 acres of private farmland.
With a large fire pit on the deck you can cook over open flames with food fresh from the farm, or relax in the wood burner hot tub and soak up the peace and quiet.
While here you can explore the surrounding countryside and nearby Epping Forest, with the vast array of footpaths and cycling routes you’ll have plenty to do and see.
Little Scarlet - Burford, Oxfordshire
When holidaying in England, there’s no location more quintessentially British than the Cotswolds. Little Scarlet, a romantic Grade II listed cottage is a luxury self-catering, couples only retreat, designed with pure indulgence in mind. You can spend your days pottering around Burford’s boutique shops, taking a lunch break in one of their quaint tearooms, before retreating to your luxury cottage for the evening.
For adventures further afield there’s Cotswold Wildlife Park for wildlife enthusiasts. While those who enjoy classic literature may prefer a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare.
Sea Sentry - Shaldon, Devon
When you fancy venturing further down towards the south west of England, Devon is always a popular destination for the British couple or family. Making our escapes list is the Sea Sentry, a unique redesigned waterside home nestled on the South Devon coast. Originally a World War II guard house, this piece of British history was re-envisioned by a local family and brought into the 21st century with an army of renovations. Featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, this unique, luxury self-catering homestay basks in coastal views all year round and guests can enjoy easy access to the heart of the village and all its amenities.
Bay View - Whitby, Yorkshire
Maybe your holiday dreams reside further North in England? Retreat to a luxury coastal self-catering cottage, nestled between the Emerald hills and the famous Robin Hood Bay, with endless views of sea stretching around the horizon. Bay view is an idyllic couples escape on the rugged Yorkshire coast.
Spend your days exploring the tiny fishing villages in the cliff areas, and retreat in the evening to your luxury homestay and sample homemade dishes by a roaring fire.
With a never-ending potential of luxurious self-catered homestays on the menu, you won’t struggle to find your perfect escape this autumn.
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