Rural and coastal escapes, England.
Step into the historic charm of Lacock, where you can explore abbeys, museums, and country houses.
Step into the historic charm of Lacock and explore the fascinating abbey, a medieval nunnery turned Victorian country house with beautiful cloisters, furnished rooms and garden. Learn about the history of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum and explore this picturesque village. Lacock regularly features as a film and TV location and has been included in several of the Harry Potter films, Wolf Hall, Cranford and an episode of Downton Abbey. It’s not hard to see why it’s such a popular choice, with charming streets and beautiful architecture it feels like you are stepping back in time on a visit here. Make a break of it and stay in one of the charming inns or cosy Bed and Breakfasts nearby.
Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle
Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.
It's a calming place for couples to relax, families to enjoy the countryside, and foodies wanting to sample great food. Opposite the gates of Belvoir Castle, you’ll find Vale House Belvoir and its luxury glamping ground. Unlike traditional camping, you’ll enjoy 5m bell tents equipped with cosy beds and wood-burning stoves. Breakfast will be delivered to your tent each morning and two nights’ of dinners are included at award-winning hostelries. Massage and therapy treatments, barbecue packs and picnic baskets can be ordered. The picturesque area is home to local ale, fruit cordials, Stilton cheese and the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, the latter being covered by European Protected Designation of Origin orders. The town is well worth a visit and on Tuesdays, several markets take place with much hustle and bustle.
Enjoy a guilt-free weekend away with serious green credentials
Going green can be romantic... so spoil your other half with a romantic weekend break at Battlesteads, ‘Northumberland’s greenest hotel’.
Battlesteads Hotel in Wark on Tyne is green through and through, from their carbon-neutral heating to using locally sourced food and drink, and they have the accolades to prove it. Your evening meal may include vegetables from their polytunnel, flowers and herbs from their garden and meat and fish from as close as a couple of miles away, making for a deliciously unforgettable dining experience. Add to this their Dark Sky Observatory where you can snuggle up and gaze upon the stars in the biggest Dark Sky Park in Europe, just metres from your accommodation, and it makes for a fabulous couples’ rural retreat. You can even bring the dog!
Tuck into a home-cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn
Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.
Located just a short distance away from Loweswater and Crummock Water, the Kirkstile Inn has provided food and shelter since Tudor times with its log fires, oak beams and wealth of history. Brewing beer is part of the history at the Kirkstile and the bar serves real ales including those brewed by their own brewing company Legendary Cumbrian Ales. Kirkstile's team of six chefs are serious about good food. They have a well-deserved reputation for unpretentious, home-cooked meals and place great emphasis on local Cumbrian and Lake District suppliers. Enjoy a three-course evening meal with mains including Chicken, Cumbrian ham and leek pudding and Pan-fried Barbury duck breast.
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