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Visit England’s longest medieval water filled moat. Explore 800 years of history at Michelham Priory: from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries into its later life as a country house. This picturesque island offers a great day out for the family.
And it truly is! Perched atop a rocky outcrop at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bamburgh Castle reigns supreme over the surrounding landscape and seascape. With outstanding views landward to the Cheviot Hills and seaward to the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne it offers a feast for the eyes to behold. As for Englishness, there’s been something here from the time of the Anglo-Saxons, it was from here that Christianity spread throughout the North of England, it’s because of here that Lindisfarne is now known as the Holy Island.
Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, visitors to Sudeley Castle & Gardens can expect to have a fantastic day out. Take a stroll through our 10 award-winning gardens, explore the castle rooms, and discover the Royal Sudeley 1,000 exhibition. Sudeley Castle is also home to the tomb of Tudor Queen Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII, which is located in St Mary’s Church.
With an outstanding range of products and choice, shop with Abbeydale Direct for wellingtons & protective workwear, garden planters & arbours or even disposable gloves. Abbeydale Direct has been at the heart of agriculture and country supplies for over 20 years, to find out more visit their website or speak to a member of their friendly team.
Stroud farmers’ Market was established in 1999 and has become one the of the country’s best loved and most decorated farmers’ markets. There are around 55 stalls at each market, depending on the season, with a wide range of farm produce and artisan foods, including cooked food stalls. There is always a wide range of quality local crafts too and seasonal events such as Children’s Days and the Apple Day festivities in October.
Dumfries and Galloway is the Countryfile Holiday destination of the Year 2015/16. The Mull of Galloway in the far west of the region is Scotland’s most southerly point with far reaching sea views towards the Isle of Man, Ireland, Cumbria and Scotland. Book your next holiday in Lightkeeper's Cottage, Kittiwake House or Puffin House. Relax and take in the sea views, fresh sea air and spot the local wildlife.
Over 80 cottages to choose from, most on North Northumberland's stunning coastline. Many with sea views, direct access to the beach, pet friendly. From cosy cottages for two, to large houses ideal for extended family holidays or friends gathering together. We are based here, our staff live here - we love it and we’re sure you will too.
The New Forest is a stronghold for a wide variety of wildlife, including Britain’s six native reptile species, all of which are protected by law. These elusive creatures are a rare and seldom seen component of the New Forest’s rich wild fauna and, as a result, are little understood and even feared by many. With a fully licensed and experienced ecologist as your personal guide, you can explore the world of these fascinating reptiles, learning about their life here in the New Forest whilst helping to collect data which will contribute to their continued protection.
Contours Holidays organises self-guided walking, trail running and cycling holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. We organise everything to enable you to explore your chosen route at your own pace and with the people you choose to go with. We strive to be the best value self-guided holiday company in the UK and Ireland. We do this by offering a broad variety of customisable holidays, along with competitive pricing, hand-picked service providers and excellent customer service. We proudly offer more routes and more options in the UK than any other company.
Character stone cottages set in a secluded wooded valley on a 13 acre smallholding with woodland walks and abundant wildlife. All cottages have picnic and barbecue areas, broadband access, and cosy woodburners. Ideally situated in an idyllic and peaceful location with stream, play area and resident farm animals. Just 5 miles from Cardigan, and picturesque sandy beaches.
Owned, loved and lived in by the family. Georgian house and Grade II* listed gardens. Superb collection of portraits, furniture and porcelain. Marked walks through 50 acres of beautiful formal and woodland gardens, Victorian rockery, Italian garden, over 700 different varieties of rhododendrons, lake, Iron Age hill fort and icehouse. Café, gift shop, plants for sale and childrens playground. Open for guided tours Easter to end September, Sunday to Thursday (House, Café closed Fridays and Saturdays)
Explore Britain with your taste buds. Get inspiration for hundreds of delicious days out, tasting experiences and special places to stay, all recommended by The Foodie Travel Guide. Discover idyllic vineyards, boutique gin distilleries and traditional cider farms. Stay in charming restaurants with rooms or take a cookery course in a country house hotel. Dine in rustic farm restaurants and pretty garden cafés. Cycle and walk along tasting trails or take afternoon tea on a train. Let us be your guide to Great Tasting Britain.
Your Swansea Bay Adventure Starts Here… Swansea Bay is the ultimate adventure location. What’s your adventure? Food- How about cockles from Swansea Market or sweet saltmarsh lamb in front of a roaring pub fire? Soon it will be picnics on the beach and dishes of delicious local ice-cream. Family- Rekindle life’s adventure with your kids and get back in touch with your inner child. Try surfing (indoors and out!), pony-trekking, or just build sandcastles and run in the surf. Watersports- Serious surfer or bodyboard beginner, we’ve got waves in all the right places.
The Anglesey Agricultural Society are the proud owners of the Anglesey Showground, a 160-acre site. The showground is a superb site ideally situated in the centre of Anglesey, with easy access from the main road and the nearby seaport of Holyhead. The Anglesey Agricultural Society first began hosting annual shows in 1872. Over the years, the show has developed, adapted and grown to fit the changes in society. Today they run the main summer show as a two-day event every August.
Domineering the Northumberland coastline is the King of Castles, Bamburgh, a truly stunning coastal fortress rising from the heart of a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. With a presence here for hundreds of years the castle has witnessed and played it’s part in a significant number of historical events. Now open to the public throughout the year visitors can explore fourteen state rooms and discover over 3000 items of furniture, porcelain, fine artworks, porcelain, china, arms and armour.
Cairngorm Lodges are just 5 luxury eco-forest lodges where guests can choose to stay in a lodge overlooking a beautiful loch or in one deep in the Scots pine forest. Dogs are most welcome and with forest walks starting right at the lodge door there is absolute freedom to enjoy a Scottish Highland Estate . The well equipped lodges sleep 4 and guests enjoy the comfort of organic fair trade bed linen and towels as well as eco-friendly products throughout. All lodges have wood burning stoves and guests are provided with an abundance of firewood from the estates own forests.
Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset – 14th & 15th October 2017 This amazing event moves around the country and offers a rare glimpse of how farming has changed with heavy horses, giant steam engines and vintage tractors, all alongside the latest agricultural machinery. With trade stands, shopping, country crafts and tractor & trailer rides, it’s a great family day out!
Quality converted Barns, situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor set in the most scenic countryside. Our cottages offer a mix of old charm and sophistication. Family and dog friendly. Our four traditional self-catering Cottages are nestled between Bodmin Moor and Jamaica Inn. Ideally situated for walking, trekking and beaches offering superb accommodation within easy reach of the A30 and A38 and all the main Cornwall attractions in a central Cornwall location. Lower Trengale is an ideal base for a family holiday with an outdoor play area and indoor games room with pool and table tennis tables.
Antiques & Home Show - Lincolnshire Showground April 4th - 5th / May 30th - 31st / August 15th - 16th / October 10th - 11th / November 28th - 29th Decorative Home & Salvage Show May 13th - 15th Ripley Castle / June 10th - 12th Cheshire Showground / July 15th - 17th Loseley Park / August 5th - 7th Cheshire Showground / September 9th - 11th Donington Antiques Market April 18th / May 9th / June 27th / July 25th / September 19th / October 24th Lincoln Sunday Antiques Market April 17th / May 22nd / October 2nd / November 13th / December 4th
St Anthony in Roseland, Cornwall Lost and happily lost, dreaming beside the sea in an area of outstanding natural beauty and heritage coastline. Surrounded by sea and private and National Trust farmland, our 4 listed cottages sleep 2 and up to 6/9. From your door are beautiful walks, beaches, coves and tidal creeks to explore, and within easy reach are some famous Cornish gardens. At the end of the day curl up with a book in front of a log fire, or sit with a drink on a sunny terrace and hear birds singing, uninterrupted by the sound of traffic. Heaven... All cottages have a log fire.
Set in its own quiet grounds Glangrwyney Court is a Grade II Listed Country House Estate nestling amongst the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. At the heart of the estate proudly stands the impressive Georgian Mansion which offers Guests luxury 5 star Bed and Breakfast accommodation between eight individually and beautifully designed bedrooms. Also occupying the land and amid the estate are four former farm buildings now also converted into luxury self catering holiday cottages. The estate also possess 4 acres of inspirational gardens and 33 acres of parkland to explore and enjoy!
Hereford Cathedral is small, but full of historical interest. Originally Saxon, it was rebuilt by the Normans, suffered damage in the Civil War and was rebuilt again by the Victorians. Treasures include a medieval shrine to St Thomas Cantilupe and the Traherne windows by Thomas Denny. A new Ascension window and sculpture by John Maine RA, commemorating the Special Air Service Regiment, was unveiled this year. The library building houses the unique Mappa Mundi and Chained Library. Hereford’s Magna Carta of 1017 will be on show from 10 July, with a related programme of talks and events.
Quality Farm & Country Accommodation in Exmoor National Park The Exmoor Holiday Group is a small, friendly co-operative offering high quality accommodation, Bed and Breakfast (B&B) in farm and country houses, self-catering cottages and award-winning campsites based in Exmoor National Park straddling North Devon and West Somerset. Exmoor National Park is ideal for both relaxing and active holidays with many things to see and do across this beautiful part of Devon and Somerset. The Exmoor Holiday Group will have accommodation to suit you.
A HOME FROM HOME ON GLORIOUS GOWER Choose a holiday home on Gower and you get to live in a little world of great things. This 18-mile peninsular in south west Wales is blessed stunning coastal scenery, and steeped in Welsh heritage with the pretty village of Mumbles at its heart. At Home From Home we’ve over 250 privately owned properties for visitors to choose from, all hand-picked by us to offer the best in self-catering holiday accommodation. Many are dog-friendly, several boast incredible sea views and nearly all are close to a coastal path, bridle way or walkers route.
If you're looking for days out in Cheshire, Abbeywood Gardens has lots to offer including acre upon acre of woodland, 6 acres of informal and formal gardens, all different and distinctive in their own right, plus you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere in our Garden Cafe which serves fine foods for your enjoyment. 2km wildlife walk, incorporating 27 acres of mature and newly-planted woodland. Young 7-acre Arboretum with rare deciduous and evergreen tree species. Stunning views of the Utkinton Hills. Relaxed dining serving home-grown and local quality produce. Functions space for weddings a