Get Yourself Out There – Seven Undiscovered Weekend Retreats
Thursday, July 16th, 2020
Let’s hear it for independent suppliers! We heartily cheer every local business who works so hard to welcome people to their rural area – from campsites to B&Bs, restaurants to cafes. We’re sharing some of the best in today’s blog. If you and your muddy match have been considering getting away for a romantic few days in the countryside, then read on. And, if you’re single and want to #GetYourselfOutThere, then these rural retreats make a great starting point for walks, rambles and countryside relaxation.
1. Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
Woodhall Spa, the former Victorian retreat for improving your health, and later on famous for being home to RAF Squadron 617, the Dambusters. Nowadays there’s plenty to discover. Its location at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds make it wonderful for walking, hiking and cycling, as well as paying visits to the local coast, the quaint Kinema in the Woods and its charming high street of independent cafes and shops. Get back to nature with a stay at Beech Cottage Yurts. With two yurts and 1 safari tent, it’s great for a relaxing glamping weekend.
2. Lacock, Wiltshire
You can thoroughly immerse yourself in history at 2 High Street, Lacock. This beautiful 15th-century cottage is slap bang in the middle of Lacock, known for its role in Cranford, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter and many more TV and film dramas.
3. Isle of Skye
Who could a resist a holiday in Scotland, especially on the beautifully rugged Isle of Skye? Make your base a romantic and cosy Skye Shepherd Huts, an exquisitely-appointed hut with everything you need, even breakfast delivered to your door. After a night in one of the quietest locations you’ll ever experience, head out to explore the picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles.
4. Oakham, Rutland
A visit to beautiful Rutland Water, a man-made reservoir, gives you the opportunity to make the most of a 26-mile cycle track, a beach, an aqua park, water sports and wildlife-spotting! Stay somewhere completely different at In The Stix, a range of light, bright and airy geodesic domes which also have bathrooms, fire pits and hot tubs. As well as looking beautiful, their interior is incredibly luxurious, too.
5. Theddingworth, Leicestershire
Escape to the heart of the countryside with a visit to Leicestershire. This is a wonderful destination for ramblers and everyone who craves the peace and quiet of the country. Even better, live our your childhood dreams with a night or two at The Woodlands at Hothorpe Hall, a luxury treehouse on stilts fitted out to hotel standard. What cold be better than watching the sun go down then waking up to the sound of birdsong around you.
6. Nantwich, Cheshire
We’ve got used to slowing down the pace of life during lockdown, so why not continue this gentle way of living by taking to the water? Cheshire’s canal network weaves through villages, towns and open countryside, as well as being an entrance point to the Llangollen canal in Wales over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Take a trip aboard the beautiful Adele Marie, a 58 foot narrowboat complete with galley, double bedroom and lounge area.
7. Bodmin, Cornwall
If a private lake and your very own sea container float your boat, we recommend a trip to Bodmin, Cornwall. In the heart of Bodmin (complete with Dark Sky status) the off-grid The Lake is a haven of water-side peace. Just a stone’s throw from of Boscastle and Port Issac and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, you might prefer to stay home and watch Canadian geese, sand martins, falcons and other birdlife on the lake. On dry land, keep an eye out for cattle and moorland ponies, too.