Six charming self catering holiday cottages tucked away in a beautiful unspoilt valley in the pretty village of Membury, Devon. The cottages are close to the sea and offer spectacular walks along the South West Coastline.
A historic stone barn conversion offering the perfect coastal retreat for a family or friends just a short stroll to the beach on the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast. Spend your days walking the rolling countryside, lazing on the golden sands, surfing or exploring the areas many attractions. Tourist board rating: 5 Star.
A lovely 5 Star, 17th Century Grade II listed farmhouse with six bedrooms offering a wealth of features and very good facilities for family holidays including a games room, beautiful walled garden and beach just a short stroll away. Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on the golden sands, surfing, walking or visiting the areas many attractions, this is an ideal base. Tourist board rating: 5 Star.
A beautiful character self catering holiday cottage providing luxurious spacious accommodation for large parties of up to fourteen guests in North Herefordshire. Perfect for extended families or a reunion of friends, this peaceful rural retreat in the heart of England is within easy reach of Leominster, Ludlow (a foodie heaven!) and Hereford.
Just five miles from the historic cathedral town of Brecon within Mid Wales, this spacious holiday home is an ideal place for large parties of up to twelve and has plenty of inside and outside space to relax amongst beautiful scenery - an ideal place to get away from it all with friends or family. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
The Old Stone Barn offers six lovely self catering holiday apartments with excellent facilities such as a heated swimming pool. Located in a tranquil location near the old market town of Olney in Buckinghamshire this is a perfect place for a relaxing holiday with Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire also within easy reach. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Eight delightful stone holiday cottages on a four hundred acre estate in a picturesque wooded valley between the villages of Beulah and Abergwesyn in the heart of Mid Wales. Sleeping one to nine guests or larger groups if booked together, the cottages are ideal for a romantic break, family holiday or reunion of friends. With hot tub, stunning scenery, beautiful walks and an abundance of wildlife, Trallwm Forest Cottages offer all the right ingredients for a relaxing holiday.
An impressive large house (sleeping nineteen), as well as four further cottages (ideal for couples, friends or families) located on a Devonshire estate with excellent leisure facilities. Perfect for a romantic break, family holiday, friends reunion or when hired together, a special celebration including small weddings.
Luxury 5 star 'Gold Awarded' holiday cottages located on the Northumberland coast near Berwick Upon Tweed. Stylish welcoming accommodation ideal for exploring this beautiful part of Northumberland or the areas surrounding the Scottish Borders. With a music theme, each holiday home is unique and provides a warm welcome. Tourist board rating: 5 Star.
Perfect for families, friends and couples, Talehay offers a choice of five characterful welcoming self catering stone cottages which date back to the 17th century. Nestling amongst the glorious countryside of South Cornwall, the cottages are close to Looe and perfect for a beach or exploring holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
A comfortable holiday home providing an ideal base for large groups of friends or family who want to explore the Forest of Bowland, along with the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Lancashire's coast. Glorious countryside on the doorstep with superb opportunities for walkers, cyclers and horse riders.
Oozing character and traditional charm, Cobblers Cottage has a long and interesting history dating back to the 15th Century and affords one of the prettiest positions imaginable in the tiny village of Stoke-by-Nayland in Dedham Vale in Suffolk. With an excellent riverside gastro pub within walking distance and the Suffolk Wool Towns to explore nearby (as well as the coast), you can leave your desk in London and be enjoying yourself in the Suffolk countryside in no time at all. Tourist board rating: 5 Star.
Sitting in one of the prettiest villages in Suffolk, Water Cottage gives you and your friends/family the chance to stay in a traditional weaver's cottage, close to 'the splash' in Kersey. There is a good pub in the village and lovely walks from the front door through the beautiful rolling Suffolk countryside. Hadleigh is a short car ride away with its excellent independent shops and the many attractions of Suffolk are within easy reach. Perfect for a weekend away or longer holiday.
Owned by the Barnsley House Hotel, this luxurious Cotswolds retreat sits in the village of Barnsley in the heart of the Cotswolds. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities including restaurant, cinema, spa and magnificent gardens, along with the village pub which is also a short stroll away.
Cosy and welcoming, this holiday cottage can accommodate parties of up to nine guests and is located close to all the amenities that the pretty market town of Bishops Castle has to offer. Shops, restaurants, pubs and excellent walks are all on the doorstep and Shropshire's many attractions are within easy reach.
Sitting on the edge of the attractive village of Thornhill in South West Scotland, Lettrick offers a high standard of comfort and style for friends and families looking to discover Scotland's beauty. With a great range of amenities (including cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops) within a short walk, lots of attractions for day trips out, and tranquil scenery all around, this delightful cottages offers all the right ingredients for a relaxing holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
A tranquil rural retreat offering impressive self-catering accommodation for large groups of sixteen on the Somerset/Dorset border. A haven for wildlife with stunning views, this fabulous barn conversion is ideal for celebrating a special occasion and getting away with friends and families. Outside catering can be arranged, along with a number of other services such as a beautician for pampering.
Situated in the heart of Ards Peninsula, two miles from the Irish Sea, these seven beautiful Four star holiday cottages accommodate three to seven guests or larger parties if rented together. Just a mile from Strangford Lough, one of Europe's top bird sanctuaries, this a perfect place to relax amongst countyside and coast. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
A beautiful 16th Century farmhouse that accommodates up to eight guests on a self catering or bed and breakfast basis. Located in twenty one acres of rolling coutryside that belong to the Craig-y-Nos Castle Estate. A superb base for exploring and enjoying everything the Brecon Beacons National Park has to offer.
The delightful rural setting for this holiday cottage makes it an ideal retreat for those seeking a peaceful escape whilst The Lake District, York and the Yorkshire Dales, are within easy reach by car. In the heart of the Ribble Valley, this is a walkers paradise and great for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold.
So many beautiful hidden gems can be missed when exploring an area by car and a bike allows you to cover many more off-road miles than by foot. In the UK we have over 14,500 miles of National Cycle Network with trails and routes to suit all disciplines and energy levels. Whether you want to meander along the waters edge on a canal towpath; take a nostalgic trip along one of the many disused railway lines or take on some of the mighty mountainous descents, the UK offers great opportunities for all cyclists.
Next time you go away on holiday why not take your bike with you or hire one locally. A great activity for the whole family which can provide hours of penny free fun and one of the best ways to fully explore your holiday destination.
Tips: If you have a valuable bike, speak to the owner to identify how secure the bike storage is. If you get cycling fit before you go you’ll be able to explore more miles. Do some homework before setting off on your travels and plan some great routes and days out in advance. If you’re touring and want to stop and explore the areas villages, towns and attractions, take bike locking facilities with you.