Getting back to nature, there’s nothing quite like it. Walks in the wild, adventures along craggy coastlines, and fresh,, clean air. So, you can be forgiven if you’re already planning your next countryside getaway.
Except finding the right destination can be exhausting business, let alone time-consuming. This is why our team of experts have hand-selected these six countryside getaways for the year ahead.
Shortlisted for their coastal position, affordability, and accessibility, there’s something for everyone; from countryside getaways Yorkshire to romantic retreats in the Highlands, let’s take a look.
Surf aside, Cornwall is a top destination for getting back to nature. With over 300 miles of coastline, this seductive slice of paradise is known for its ever-changing landscape, from rugged clifftops to golden shorelines. Indeed, wherever you locate yourself, you’re never more than 16 miles from the sea.
Throw in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lip-licking Cornish Clotted Creams, and the breathtaking Bodmin Moor, and it’s easy to see why Cornwall is consistently voted the favourite UK holiday destination.
With rooms from as little as £81 a night, The Ship and Castle offers an affordable countryside getaway for your stay. Set in the peaceful village of St Mawes, you can quickly lose yourself wandering around this fascinating former fishing port before stumbling back for afternoon tea. It’s what holidays are all about.
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
There’s something refreshingly bracing about countryside getaways Yorkshire. A sight to behold, the 45-mile stretch of land that comprises the Yorkshire Coast is peppered with nooks and crannies to uncover along the way. Treat your loved one to fish and chips straight out of the bag as you walk along the beach – a popular pastime.
What might surprise you the most is how diverse the landscape is, inviting you to linger just a little longer. After a day of exploration, indulge in a relaxing stay at one of the many coastal charms nearby.
The Royal Hotel Whitby is a top choice, with impressive views overlooking the coastline.
The Lake District, Cumbria
You don’t have to be a rambler to appreciate Cumbria’s rolling hills’ vast outdoor space and tranquillity. The Lake District is the quintessential English countryside getaway, and a popular choice for a romantic weekend break.
Sitting on the verge of the famous lake, The Windermere Hotel is an iconic hotel and conveniently pet-friendly if you decide to take your pooch.
This is the perfect jump-off point for discovering the quaint villages of Bowness and Kendall or for simply enjoying the great food on offer in the hotel. Book early and bag a bargain – rooms start from just £75.
Home to Mount Snowdon, Pembrokeshire National Park, and the Brecon Beacons, there’s nowhere comparable to Wales for an authentic countryside getaway.
Its three national parks comprise 20 per cent of Wales, making it a popular choice for a weekend away. Be sure to pack your walking boots for all those castle tours, treks on the beach, and scaling of mountains.
The fresh air does wonders for the soul… and sleep! Rest your weary head at The Imperial Hotel in Tenby – a sophisticated choice, idyllically located on stunning South Beach. Come here for coastal treks, to visit the historic St David’s’ Cathedral, and to enjoy dramatic views from Angel Bay.
The local village of St David’s is home to several cute country pubs, be sure to try the local gin and craft beer before you leave.
The Highlands, Scotland
Covering 10,000 sq miles, the spectacular Scottish Highlands offer a magical getaway that never fails to impress.
Whether you’re here for the majestic castles, legendary lochs, or hikes in the hills, there’s nowhere better to be remote and connected all at once. First-timers should take a moment to appreciate medieval Urquhart Castle and its rich history, as well as of course, Loch Ness.
Offering a slice of Scotland for as little as £39 a night, The Highland Hotel is a popular choice accessible to both of these highlights. Situated on a peaceful glen, and on the doorstep of Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, and with the backdrop of Ben Wyvis, it’s not to be missed. It’s also one countryside getaway to tick off your bucket list.
It’s not just cheese rolling and quaffing cider – Somerset has several hidden gems, perfect for an affordable and fun weekend away. Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge, The Roman Baths, and striking ‘hog-back’ cliffs await those who visit.
According to the ONS, it’s one of the most rural destinations in England, making it ever-popular for countryside getaways UK. From £98 a night, you could be in the heart of Weston-super-Mare, staying at the Grand Atlantic Hotel.
This charming hotel opens onto the beach, with breathtaking views from every angle. If you’re a fan of coastal chic destinations, don’t miss the opportunity to visit.
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There’s nothing quite like an English countryside getaway, especially for a weekend away with a loved one. Whether you’re looking for romantic coastal chic, a revitalising break, or an action adventure, there’s something to suit all types and budgets.