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Hidden Gems in England | Explore Our Favourite Destinations

4 April 2024

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Are you keen to discover some of the most beautiful hidden gems in England?

Whether you’re after tranquillity and scenic walks, or adventure and adrenaline, England is a treasure trove of hidden gems.

From the winding waterways of the Norfolk Broads, to the vibrant cityscape of London, we’re sharing our favourite destinations in England, helping you discover your next ultimate staycation: 

Cornwall: A Beautiful Coastal Retreat

Cornwall’s stunning coastline, charming fishing villages, and rich maritime heritage make it a coastal retreat like no other. 

Stroll along the South West Coastal Path, which offers breathtaking views of cliffs and coves, and experience the magic of St. Ives — a thriving town steeped in Cornish culture. 

For something truly unique, explore the fishing village of Port Isaac, famous as the backdrop for the TV series “Doc Martin.”

There’s also the most famous destinations — The Eden Project, Land’s End, and The Lost Gardens of Heligan; you won’t want to miss a visit to these during your stay!

Relax on one of Cornwall’s pristine beaches, indulge in fresh seafood, and savour the county’s most well-known delights: pasties and scones!

The Ship and Castle Hotel is located in the traditional South Cornwall fishing village, St Mawes. A charming area with plenty of Cornish culture, it’s well-worth asking for a room with a sea view to really make the most of your stay!

Hidden Gem England - Ship and Castle Hotel

Hidden Gems in England: Explore the Devon Countryside

Devon’s countryside is a picture-perfect scene of rolling hills, lush meadows, and beautiful villages. 

Dartmoor National Park offers outdoor enthusiasts a playground for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding, while Exmoor National Park boasts wild moorland and coastal cliffs. 

Sample some of Devon’s culinary delights, including the county’s famous cream teas, and enjoy the expansive countryside. 

If beaches are more your style, Devon is home to a treasure trove of secret coves and stunning coasts. Sugary Cove in Dartmouth is as sweet as it sounds; secluded and quiet, with an inviting stretch of sea. And, dogs are allowed to visit all year round!

Purchased by the National Trust in 2018, Hunter’s Inn in North Devon lies at the heart of 2,000 acres of land that the Trust already cares for. The property features ten en-suite bedrooms alongside a bar and restaurant, as well as Heddon Lodge, a fully accessible two-bedroom self-catering apartment. 

Hunters Inn

London: Beyond the Main Attractions

While brilliant, London has so much more to offer than its iconic attractions, like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.

Hop off the tube and explore vibrant places, such as Camden, Shoreditch, and Brixton, where street art, eclectic markets, and live music create a unique atmosphere. 

Secluded courtyards and serene gardens hide amidst the urban hustle; this winter, venture beyond the typical tourist spots to uncover the true essence of London.

Whilst in the city, why not embark on a walking tour, where you can unearth the secrets of the streets, and really take notice of the culture, charm and history around you?

Hidden Gems in England: Unlock the Quintessential Charm of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds, a picturesque region in southwest England, is renowned for its chocolate-box villages, rolling hills, and historic market towns. 

Bourton-on-the-Water is a must-visit; join the annual duck race, dip your toes in the river, enjoy fish and chips, and discover the wealth of charming independent shops that line the high street. 

Bibury, with its iconic Arlington Row, is another gem. Take leisurely strolls, explore antique shops, savour traditional pub fare — and pay a visit to Bibury Trout Farm!

A central location filled with classic English charm, Stonehouse Court Hotel offers the perfect base for your Cotswolds stay. 

The 17th-century manor house hotel boasts six acres of stunning grounds, and overlooks the Stroud Water Canal and rolling hills of the Stroud Valley, promising tranquillity and peace throughout your stay.

The Noel Arms is ideal if you are looking for accommodation in Chipping Campden. It is the perfect spot for a break in the Cotswolds, as well as weekend escapes to the country, and the historic Cotswold Way, which winds its way through glorious countryside, starts right outside the front door, making this the perfect base for hikers and ramblers alike.

The Noel Arms

Lake District: Venture Through the Stunning National Park

The Lake District is a breath-taking national park, located in the heart of Cumbria, and steeped in natural beauty. 

Explore the glistening lakes, climb the towering mountains, and discover the charming villages; the Lake District is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. 

Hike to the summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, or embark on an adventurous boat trip on Lake Windermere. 

Whatever you choose to do, the Lake District offers an unrivalled escape, perfect for a pre-Christmas getaway.

The Derwentwater Hotel sits in 16-acres of sprawling grounds, offering a secluded getaway in the heart of the Lakes. You can opt to stay in the impressive main building or, for something a little different, choose one of the adjoining holiday let apartments.

The Derwentwater Hotel

Yorkshire: Heritage and Natural Wonders

Yorkshire seamlessly combines cultural heritage with stunning landscapes. 

Discover the rich history of York, a city that boasts an impressive cathedral and medieval streets, with crooked streets and charming shops. 

Whitby, a bustling coastal town, is famous for its connections to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Inspired by the atmospheric scenery, Stoker drew on the history and tales of the town to complete his gothic novel.

New Southlands Hotel is set back from the seafront in a quiet residential street within a leisurely stroll of the harbour and Italian Gardens. It offers comfort, entertainment and good food, as well as being an ideally-located base for exploring the local area. 

Hidden Gems in England: Bespoke Hotels

These hidden gems in England promise a wealth of experiences, with both relaxation and adventure on the agenda. 

From coastal and countryside retreats to cultural explorations, there’s little better than stepping off the beaten track and uncovering the lesser-known attractions of England. 

With Bespoke Hotels, you can visit any one of the locations with ease, while staying in comfortable rooms and indulging in delicious foods. 

Each hotel is located within easy reach of local transport and attractions, allowing you to make the most of your stay. Whether you’re looking for a cosy country inn, a seaside retreat, or a boutique hotel in the city, Bespoke Hotels has something for everyone.

Book Your Next Adventure

Book your stay with Bespoke Hotels and embark on an unforgettable journey through the hidden gems in England, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

To learn more about these delightful destinations, or to book your next adventure, please contact a member of our team

For additional travel inspiration, why not read our previous blog featuring the top 10 budget-friendly family holiday destinations?

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