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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.
In 2012, garden designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman moved in and began to plant a garden which is intended to play to the Castle’s romantic and pre-Raphaelite glories, the astonishing wild flowers, woodland and orchard, have been intensified with bold borders full of scent, colour, lustre and panache. Many Cornish favourites are here, Camelias, Rhododendron, Euchryphia, Carpenteria, Fuchsia, Mimosa and Cornus.
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.
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
There aren’t many places where you can combine the magic of fairies with the charm of animals and the rugged wilderness of 20 acres of beautiful natural woodland but here at Gypsy Wood Park, that’s just what we do, which is why we are one of Wales’ best kept secrets. Gypsy Wood Park is a unique North Wales attraction that all the family will love. There are loads of things to see and do at our outdoor park in the foothills of Snowdonia in North Wales, and we’re a must-see attraction for all animal, nature, outdoor, train and fairy lovers.
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.
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)
Founded 26 years ago Celtic & Co. are a Cornwall based fashion boutique specialising in sustainable, natural and ethical clothing. Inspired by the Cornish coastline our sumptuous knitwear and statement outerwear are the perfect way to keep you feeling cosy and stylish while out and about. We source all of our products as geographically close to home as possible and hand make our own range of sheepskin boots and slippers in our Newquay workshop. Explore our range on our website or get in touch to request a catalogue.
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.
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.
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.
A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral, one of the finest medieval buildings in the country. Come and explore 1,000 years of history and architecture in this glorious, sacred space. The beautiful fan-vaulted cloisters and the spectacular Great East Window are national treasures along with the tomb of King Edward II and the gloriously restored Lady Chapel.
Coastal inspired self-catering properties in the charming village of Trevone, Cornwall. Individually customised and designed by Jill Stein, our 4-bedroomed and three-bedroomed houses have a homely feel: somewhere to kick off your shoes and instantly feel relaxed. Located in the peaceful village of Trevone, on the north Cornish coast, just a few miles outside of Padstow, they are positioned perfectly for a surf on Trevone Bay just 5 minutes away or a scenic walk around Trevose headland.
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.
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!
This lovely, timeless garden, with spectacular views over both deer park and rolling Cotswold hills beyond, was created in 17th Century and still retains a wonderful sense of peace and gentleness. The garden comprises 3.5 ha and is open to the public 6 days a week, Tuesdays– Sundays, and boasts extensive double borders arranged in individual colour sections and provides interest from spring to autumn. To the west of the house, a rill with fountain and an octagonal stone summerhouse were landscaped to commemorate the Millennium. Miserden is a quintessential Cotswold Village
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.
The 64 bedroomed family friendly Langstone Cliff Hotel is situated in 19 acres of Devon woodland and enjoys spectacular views of the sea and Exe Estuary. The Hotel has a wealth of leisure facilities, spacious public rooms, and can cater for parties of up 400 people in the Washington Suite.
Cornwall Tourism Award winner Encounter Cornwall has been running guided kayak trips & hire since 2006 from our quiet, safe and sheltered village base in Golant at the heart of the Fowey Estuary. Our trips are an ideal introduction to Fowey’s sheltered tidal waters, and are suitable for both families and those new to kayaking. We also hire to experienced paddlers.
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.
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.
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.
What could be more delightful than waking up each morning and strolling along a stretch of beach, that all of the self-catering cottages in Budle Bay have access to. Children can enjoy making sand castles while parents look on knowing they are completely safe.