Revisited – No Travel Summer Holidays: Great UK Destinations

We first published this blog in May 2013 but, if you’re looking for a fabulous holiday at home in the UK, we stand by our choices of destination. Have a look at some of our favourites and drop us a line to share your own.

Since the global economy crashed in 2008, “staycations” have been popular and with very good reason.  As well as the obvious advantage of being more affordable, holidaying in the UK gives you the opportunity to discover the famous landmarks and hidden gems scattered across the nation. Whether you are looking for history, culture, adventure or relaxation, there are plenty of options available right here in good old Blighty. We could only pick a few to include in this blog but are always happy to help locate the perfect holiday for you – just get in touch.

The Old Rectory, Devon

For peaceful surroundings, beautiful walks and majestic views look no further than Exmoor in Devon. The Old Rectory hotel is ideally located within the Exmoor National Park and surrounded by National Trust land. Enjoy the sea views, relax in a luxurious suite, following some of the stunning walking routes and recharge your batteries in an idyllic location which could be a million miles from the hustle and bustle of London.  Bed and breakfast at The Old Rectory costs from £160 per night.

Martinhoe, Exmoor National Park, Devon, EX31 4QT Telephone: 01598 763368

The Old Quay House, Cornwall

This 11-bedroom hotel offers modern facilities, fresh sea air and a fantastically romantic setting for your summer break. Each room in the boutique hotel includes the usual bathrobes, TV and toiletries as well as rain macs and boots, which we think is a great touch! There is Wi-Fi too, for those of us who are almost umbilically attached to our emails. If a standard room with balcony and estuary view isn’t quite special enough, why not opt for the even more romantic penthouse? Floor-to-ceiling windows, claw foot bath and champagne; what more could you ask for? Bed and breakfast in a standard room at the Old Quay costs from £180 per night, with the Penthouse priced at £325.

28 Fore Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1AQ Telephone: 01726 833302

Skiary, Scotland

As the most remote guesthouse in Britain, Skiary is so good for getting away from it all that it cannot even be accessed by road and has no electricity. Situated four hours’ drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh and twenty-two miles down a single track road from Invergarry, getting to Skiary involves being picked up in a boat by the owner. What you do when you get there is up to you – relax and enjoy the solitude, immerse yourself in photographing the stunning local scenery, set off on a gentle walk, bag a Munro or indulge in some far more adventurous activities at the South Shiel Ridge. A stay at Skiary includes boat transfers to and from Kinloch Hourn, bed, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a four course dinner for £89 per head per day.

Invergarry, Highland, PH35 4HD Telephone: 07748 162947 

Augill Castle, Lake District

Who hasn’t dreamed of staying in a castle? Become a part of history by staying in Augill Castle in the Lake District; a venue which describes itself as “a slice of genuine, quietly groovy, mildly eccentric English country house living”.  Victorian Gothic towers, deep baths, interesting art and amazing food are all in store for visitors to the castle. There is always plenty going on at the castle too; from the twelve-seat cinema to the forest and from the turret wardrobes to the adventure playground, nobody in your party has an excuse to utter the words “I’m bored”.  There’s even a children’s cookery school on site! Rooms at Augill Castle cost from £160 per night.

South Stainmore, near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4DE Telephone: 01768 341937

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