Located on a four hundred and twenty acre farm within Bedfordshire amongst beautiful rolling countryside, this 4 Star (Gold Award) holiday cottage sleeps two/three guests and is an ideal place to enjoy peace and quiet or explore the many attractions of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Deep in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, the owners of Fullers Hill Cottages have created a peaceful retreat where guests can relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Number 1 Fullers Hill Cottages comfortably sleeps four guests in two bedrooms (plus an extra two on a sofa bed) and is as comfortable for couples as it is for families and friends. The Georgian cottage is on a family-run farm and has been renovated to a very high standard, earning it four stars from Visit England. It is only 15 miles from Cambridge and around an hour from central London, making it possible to escape to the countryside without sacrificing metropolitan delights. The cottage can be booked on its own or together with the estate's other five cottages for family reunions, hen weekends and other celebrations with family and friends. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Four lovely stylish holiday apartments located amongst the beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside with an exclusive new hot tub. Very well presented and located, the self-catering apartments are ideal for parties of two to six guests and welcome dogs. Fourteen miles from the City of Cambridge. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
If you are looking for a family holiday by the sea that combines lazy days on the beach, harbourside dining, local independent shops to browse and stunning coastal walks then look no further. The Old Coastguard Station is located in an enviable position on the water's edge in the charming town of Amble on the Northumberland coast. With four ensuite bedrooms, contemporary open plan living and stunning panoramic sea views, it is easy to feel like you are on holiday here. This gorgeous self-catering property perfectly combines salty days by the sea with a touch of luxury and sophistication.
The Isle of Wight is always an excellent choice for a holiday, especially when you stay somewhere as gorgeous as Seaviews in Ryde. The four-bedroom house sleeps seven people with a flexible layout that suits families, multi-generational families and friends. Not only is it beautifully furnished with loads of thoughtful touches that will make you feel right at home, but it's also a short 10-minute stroll to the centre of Ryde, the ferry terminal and the beach. Go swimming, surfing and sailing, play golf, walk along the coast and cycle through the countryside. There are loads of attractions to suit every interest and all weathers.
Couples and individuals love The Hayloft for its peaceful location and chic interiors which combine original rustic charm with modern comforts. The charming holiday cottage is in Blackden, on the outskirts of Goostrey village, just a few miles from Holmes Chapel and within easy reach of Knutsford. Chester and Manchester are half an hour away but you only have to step outside the door for beautiful footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes. Guests are welcome to bring their dog or horse with them on their self-catering holiday, and there's also bike storage and an electric charging point.
Nicely tucked away in a quiet corner of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Old Barn Cottages provides a choice of three welcoming holiday homes that afford glorious views and plenty of peace and tranquility. Enjoy superb golf, horse riding, walking and cycling the quiet lanes, or get out and about exploring and visit Lincoln city centre or the sandy beaches on the coast. Do as much or as little as your heart desires on holiday in Lincolnshire. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Escape to the country in less than an hour from London Euston? Yes, please! This delightful self-catering cottage is in the quiet village of Winfield, only 15-minutes from Leighton Buzzard and within walking distance of a good pub. There is space for four people in two bedrooms, so it is ideal for couples, small families, friends and even people on business who are sick of cramped, boring hotels. Bedfordshire has beautiful country walks, excellent dining and shopping, theatres, country houses, zoos, museums, golf courses and spas. It is perfect for a romantic break or a family holiday.
The largest of all of Fullers Hill's fabulous holiday cottages, The Granary sleeps up to six guests in two en-suite sumptuous bedrooms and has an exceptionally large social living area for a cottage of this size where large groups of up to fourteen can dine around one table. Sitting in a tranquil position amongst the South Cambridgeshire countryside, this stylish holiday retreat is a popular choice for families, friends and large parties (when hired with other cottages) and offers dog friendly self-catering of a high standard with the use of a communal hot tub in the grounds. Only fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
As pretty as its name, Apple Cottage nestles amongst beautiful countryside in South Cambridgeshire and is perfect for couples, friends and families. Offering a warm welcome to dogs (and even horses!) this gorgeous holiday cottage provides the perfect mix of character and modern style and is just fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Offering single level self-catering that is fully wheel-chair accessible, The Stables is perfect for couples having one bedroom, as well as families happy to use the sofa bed. Stylish throughout, The Stables has been beautifully presented to a high standard and sits amongst glorious countryside in South Cambridgeshire. Fabulous local walking, cycling and horse riding and just fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
With its own private hot tub, The Tack Room is one of Fullers Hill's most popular holiday retreats. Like the others it is stylish and modern throughout and offers self-catering of a high standard. Sitting in a rural position amongst the glorious countryside of South Cambridgeshire, guests have the best of both worlds with an abundance of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on the doorstep and Cambridge city centre just fourteen miles away. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
The Old Dairy is one of the stylish holiday apartments available at Fullers Hill nestling amongst glorious South Cambridgeshire countryside. Perfect for families and friends, sleeping four guests (or six with the use of a sofa bed), the surrounding area offers all the right ingredients to relax and unwind with plenty of space inside and out (including a hot tub in the garden for guest use), fabulous walking, cycling, horse riding and attractions including Cambridge city centre just fourteen miles away. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
A recently redeveloped barn conversion in a rural location close to the coast, The Old Corn Crush meets your every expectation of a beautiful self-catering holiday cottage. It's in the quiet village of Togston, just under a mile from Amble Harbour and within easy reach of Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Alnwick and spectacular walks along the Northumberland Coast. There is lots to see and do in every season, whether you're a family with younger children wanting a seaside holiday or a group of friends coming to walk and cycle your way from castle to castle. The Old Corn Crush sleeps six people in three bedrooms with accommodation all on one level.
North Barn is actually two comfortable properties on the Isle of Sheppey. Each holiday cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms with beautiful views over fields and farmland towards the sea. Guests have use of the owner's 13 acres of land, and it's possible to walk from the cottages through the neighbouring farm to the coast. The barn is a mile from Eastchurch and only a short drive from Neats Court and Sheppey. With beaches, nature reserves, footpaths and cycling routes, the location is ideal for families all year round.
When you're ready for a holiday, The Lodge is ready for you. The well-appointed three-bedroom property sleeps up to six people with a layout that suits families and friends. Its central location on the gorgeous Llyn Peninsula means you're only three miles from beaches on both the north and south coasts, and close to spectacular walks and breathtaking views. Snowdonia National Park is within easy reach as are Porthmadog, Portmeirion and local attractions like Criccieth Castle and Pwllheli. The owners offer a range of luxurious treatments that include aromatherapy and massage so you can truly indulge yourself, body and soul.
Within our small complex of converted barns, South Barn consists of three, two-bedroom cottages which each sleeps up to four people so is ideal for couples, families or groups of up to twelve. South Barn is close to Eastchurch with lovely views over fields and out towards the sea. The Isle of Sheppey is a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers or for anyone wanting to get back to a more simple way of life with quiet beaches and lots of open space to enjoy on the local nature reserves.
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.