If you haven’t got that dream worthy week-long holiday abroad booked in your diary for this Summer, then don’t fret, you don’t have to venture outside of the UK for a fabulous holiday. We’ve put together some of our favourite places right here in England, which are perfect for those spontaneous long weekends of exploring and relaxation.
First on the list is a place so quintessentially British it always belongs on the UK getaways list. With the winding streams and cobbled streets which look like they belong in a fairy tale book, you can spend your days in quaint tea rooms before discovering what the bespoke shops have to offer.
Where to stay in the Cotswolds
THE FLOWER PRESS / BIBURY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, THE COTSWOLDS
Hidden behind ancient apple trees and iron gates is a restful self-catering escape nestled in the beautiful setting of Bibury. With stone fireplaces, a traditional cottage kitchen and a bathroom fit for couples, you’ll spend your days rolling round the Cotswold hills before returning to curl up by the wood burner.
Sleeps up to 4 guests / 2 well behaved dogs are welcome.
The Lake District
Two words, the views. The only reason you need to go to the Lake District is the beautiful scenery. The UK’s most popular national park has been a heritage site since 2017 and it doesn’t take a genius to see why.
With a vast landscape to explore and quiet country pubs to wile away the evenings in, you’ll find a spot of heaven right on your doorstep.
Where to stay in the Lake District
GILPIN HOTEL / WINDERMERE, THE LAKE DISTRICT
On a 20 acre estate you’ll be spoilt for choice with the options from garden suites to spa lodges. The interiors are stylish, warm and comfortable; the individually designed bedrooms have crisp white linens, luxurious bathrooms and gorgeous fabrics, art and upholstery. If the hotel atmosphere isn’t for you then why not venture to their lake house just a mile away, a sanctuary where just 12 guests enjoy 100 acres of private grounds.
Sleeps up to 12 guests in the lake house or book multiple rooms in the hotel.
Book at thegilpin.co.uk
With childhood memories of exploring the Cornish coastline, this area of the country will always hold dear. From boat trips and shopping to days on the sandy beaches, topped off with fish and chips and scoops of ice cream, you’ll never wish to leave.
Where to stay in Cornwall
THE HERRINGBONE / MOUSEHOLE, CORNWALL
Sleeps up to 2 guests
For those who prefer a more lively beach then Brighton is the spot for you. Easily reached from London, this city's bohemian and colourful atmosphere makes the hustle and bustle worth it. With plenty to do, see and eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Where to stay in Brighton
Facing the iconic west pier and just a short 3 minutes walk from Brighton beach, you can set up home in the artisanal rooms of this grade II listed hotel. Spend your days bathing in the sun and then venture 10 minutes down the road to explore Brighton’s vibrant nightlife scene.
Sleeps up to 4 guests - optional sea view rooms
Book at booking.com
The beaches in Northumberland are always magical no matter the season. The coastline is filled with ancient castles, green gardens, sandy beaches and rugged moorland topped off with friendly little village pubs and tearooms. It's idyllic.
Plus you're only a short drive from Newcastle if you fancy an infusion of city life on your retreat too.
Where to stay in Northumberland
A contemporary single-storey lodge with open-plan living and a decadent wood burning stove. Outside on the enclosed veranda there’s plenty of seating and barbeque to top off your alfresco dining.
Sleeps up to 6 guests
Book at handpickedcottages.co.uk
The Peak District
Located within easy travelling distance of Manchester and Sheffield, the Peak District is renowned for pub lunches and long walks, but if that’s not making it onto your to-do list then venture into Bakewell, a picture-perfect village with lovely eateries and plenty to fill your days.
HAWKSMOOR BARN / PILSBURY, PEAK DISTRICT
This self catering retreat is a stylish converted barn features views out to the surrounding countryside and hills. Located in the heart of the Peak District, it’s the perfect base for walking and cycling holidays whilst being only a stone's-throw away from local attractions including Chatsworth Estate.
Sleeps up to 4 guests
Book at sheepskinlife.com