Not sure if it’s possible to travel abroad next year, the UK’s accommodations in popular areas have begun to sell quickly
At the epic southern end, on the three-mile Slapton Sands beach, there are 19 bright, open-plan modern apartments that can accommodate up to 6 people in the former Torcross Hotel. Between the wetlands and the sea in Slapton Ley, Torcross is a lively community with bars, fish and chip restaurants, cafes and country shops. Only a few meters from the apartment (some with sea views) is the most secluded place on the beach, ideal for paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. Kids will love to climb on the rocks to a quiet beach at low tide, where there is a walking path towards Dartmouth and Start Point. • Seven nights accommodation, starting from £259 for four or six people, luxurycoastal.co.uk
With only 35 courses overlooking Croyde’s famous surfing, Ocean Pitch Camping is often sold out soon after opening reservations on November 1. There are electrical connectors for campers, and several courts can enjoy uninterrupted sea views. The on-site snack house Biffen’s Kitchen is a bit like a Croyde agency, with a small shop at the reception. The attached Surf Croyd Bay offers surf lessons and kit rentals as well as coastal sports. In addition to the beach, the camp has direct access to the Southwest Coastal Trail, which leads to the dunes of Braunton Burrows and Saunton. • £15/person, £99 in luxury pod (two people sleep for at least two nights), oceanpitch.co.uk
At the end of the Manhood peninsula, six miles south of Chichester, the seaside town of Selsey stretches into the Channel with panoramic sea views. On the pebble East Beach, Seabank is a converted 19th century railroad carriage cabin with four bedrooms, a comfortable living room and a kitchen with fenced garden-as close to the sea as possible. If you don’t like to gaze at the sea from your balcony, then you will have a lot of interest in the local area, including the Pagham Harbor Local Nature Reserve, the Selley Lifeboat Station, the beautiful Bosham and the Fishbourne Roman Palace. Nearby are Crab & Lobster and Cider House Kitchen which pride themselves on local cuisine. • Sleeps 8 beds, starting from £550 for seven nights, or £110 a night (minimum of two nights), oneoffplaces.co.uk
This coastline is so carefully protected that it is difficult to find a holiday home with a view of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which is why there is a strong demand for properties such as Short House Chesil. This recently refurbished Purbeck stone cottage is separated from Chesil Beach and is surrounded by a wild meadow, surrounded by National Trust farmland, pampas grass and pine trees, making it feel remote. The two bedrooms lead to a west-facing terrace with a garden overlooking the sea, which is very attractive. Adventurers can head to the handmade village of Abbotsbury, a 45-minute walk away, while Bridport’s markets, shops and arts centre are within 15 minutes’ drive. • Sleeps 5 beds, £120 per night or £885 per week, sawdays.co.uk
The National Trust leased Newtown Cabin as a holiday rental in August, and it has already started fast bookings. On a quiet path in the Xinzhen National Nature Reserve, there are coastal walks and estuary paths from the door. The black and turquoise wood-wrapped cabins are oyster processing sheds built in the 1930s and are now a comfortable two-bedroom villa with a wood burning stove and a small terrace. The former salt pan in the reserve is home to marble white and ordinary blue butterflies and red squirrels, with only a few bird skins nearby.
Merlin Farm Cottage is ideally located on five of the most popular sandy beaches in northern Cornwall, including Mawgan Porth and Bedruthan Steps, less than 5 miles from the hotel. You can have fun at the beach. At the end of a private driveway, surrounded by farmland, these three converted stone barns are environmentally friendly (renewable energy and compost waste), and floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside into the room. There are many baby products and children’s products to feed chickens, ponies and donkeys, or roam the farm looking for deer, meat and bats. These cabins are located in the dark sky areas of Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, so they are popular during the Perseid meteor shower in August, which is an annual meteor event. • Sleep two, four or six, with short breaks starting from £556, and from £795 per week (two berths from £196/£287), merlin-farm-cottages-cornwall.co.uk
Whitsand Bay, close to the mouth of Tamar, is a three-mile long beach that is often overlooked by surfing further south. It is mainly reached via steep paths and steps, rarely crowded, but rewards fearless tourists with rock pools and miles of sand (and divers with the famous artificial reef around the sinking HMS Scylla). On Tregonhawke cliffs, Brackenbank is a cottage with two bedrooms, a garden and a deck with Atlantic Ocean views. Adventure Bay Surf School and several cafes are within walking distance, and cabin owners can recommend local sustainable food delivery. • Sleeps in five beds, starting from £680 per week, with a short break, beachretreats.co.uk
The secluded grassland of The Secret Campsite is 5 miles north of Lewes, surrounded by densely wooded lowlands, surrounded by secluded grassland, providing a tranquility and a spirit of returning to nature. Large, well-spaced courts can provide you with privacy and encourage guests to quiet down from 10pm. The car stays at the reception area, the wheelbarrow is on the trolley, and the gear is moved to the scene along the turf path and old brick railway bridge, which adds to the fun. In a farm shop 200 kilometers away, the hot shower is solar powered. The River Ouds, South Coast, South Downs, Lewis’ Independence Path, Sheffield Park and Ashdown Forest are all nearby. • From £20 for adults and £10 for children, the trawl tent can accommodate 2 people for £120, and the tree tent can accommodate 3 people for £125, thesecretcampsite.co.uk
To the west is the Jurassic Coast, and to the east are the beautiful beaches and nature reserves of Purbeck Island. This part of Dorset is one of the most popular resorts in the county. Portland Bill (Sport Hill Bill) is located at the end of Portland Bill, with a 180-degree coastal view from the coast to the lighthouse. It is a popular low-key camping site. This is the pride of “near-wildness”. The owner provides guests with a spacious space (multiple fields) and a simple environment (there are several composting toilets, but few) in a beautiful place. In addition to hiking and horse riding, Portland Castle, Opkov Church and Lobster Pot Cafe are also only minutes away. • Stadium rent from £20, pitup.com
Carol and Karl, owners of Shire House, created a little magic with this hobbit house on a farm near the North Yorkshire coast. There is a round door, an arched beamed ceiling, a DVD of “Lord of the Rings”, and even a portrait of the Carol family. At the front desk, the sea-view garden exudes the aroma of herbs, and guests can choose to season it. In addition, there are ponies and goats for children to play, heather hikes, the famous Goathland train station in the movie, and historic Whitby. There are few vacancies on weekends, but there are still working days in July 2021 and August 2021. There are other accommodations on site, from the shepherd’s hut (sleeping two) to the medieval landlord’s hut (sleeping six). • Sleeps six, starting at £420 for two nights, northshire.co.uk
In the Lake District, the Holy Grail is of course the lake view. Tent Lodge Cottage is located in a country estate in the northeast of Coniston Water, with its own private coastline, making it even better. It also doesn’t cost the land-this is why it will be booked quickly in the spring and summer of next year. It was a stable in the 18th century, with a traditional stone exterior, modern interior design and open-plan living space. There are two beautiful bedrooms and a small walled garden for outdoor dining and a vast grounds. The bars and shops of Coniston Village are 1½ mile (1.6 km) away, and there is only a crumpled ridge from Windermere, perfect for boating or canoeing, and a short walk from the lake’s two main heritage attractions Haruka: Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop House and Wordsworth Pigeon Lodge in Grasmere. • Sleeps four people, starting from £663 for seven nights, lakelandhideaways.co.uk
With the wildlife of the Farne Islands, the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick, and the glorious sandy coast of Northumberland, it’s no wonder that Seahouses’ three-bedroom bungalows, The Tumblers, are very popular. The private garden overlooks the North Sea, while the whitewashed walls, large windows and Art Deco interiors create a cool beach house beauty. There is also a wood burning machine for cool nights. This is a classic British waterfront area, within walking distance of numerous fish and chip shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. There are still plenty of vacancies in April, May and July. • Sleep 6 nights, 7 nights from £675, crabtreeandcrabtree.com
The filled oak walls, copper basins and porch walls made Ron one of five cottages and cottages in the 4,000-acre Hesleyside Estate in the wild atmosphere of North America. Guests don’t have to treat it roughly like a cowboy. There are few luxuries in the entire hotel, including an outdoor roll-top bathtub, a telescope and a stargazing tool to make the most of the night sky-the manor is located in the Dark Sky Reserve of Northumberland. It is surrounded by ancient woodland, full of fairy tale charm, with a mezzanine in the after, and cool bunk beds for children. The Kielder Observatory is just off this road, and Kielder Water and Forest Park is nearby, offering mountain biking trails, horseback riding, canoeing and sailing. Availability remains high in May, and the summer dates are scattered. • For four people (over 5 years old), prices start at £435 for three nights, hesleysidehuts.co.uk
Before Alton Tower, the Garnet Valley has only a small old village of Alton, with a crumbling castle and beautiful Victoria Railway Station. The railway closed in 1965, but today Alton Station has become an unusual holiday home owned by the Landmark Trust, and because it is close to theme parks, it is popular with families (many of the dates for Spring/Summer 2021 have been snapped up Empty). The living space is divided into the original waiting room and the station master’s house. Railroad fans will love the novelty of using the train platform to enter the house. Venture north, and within half an hour you can reach Ashbourne, the gateway to the Southern Peak District walk; the picturesque Dovedale stepping stones are a little further. • Eight or four nights from £518, Landmark Trust.org.uk
Dale Farm Campsite has only 30 courses, beautiful scenery, all over the hillsides, and always fills up quickly due to the flapping sound in the middle of the Peak District National Park. Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Eyam Plague Village and Monsal Head Viaduct are all within a few miles, and there are three great bars within a short walk. The working farm provides a source of goods for the on-site farm shop, and is equipped with a stove, grill and three bell jars to prevent others from prying eyes. One of the most popular activities in the area is the unobstructed Monsal Trail, located 8½ miles on the ancient Midland railway line, through illuminated tunnels and limestone valleys. In the evening, coolcamping.com
The Byre is an amazing barn conversion project near Whitby. Its open-plan living room has floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious kitchen for household food and magnificent views of the North York Moors. After spending an afternoon in the hotel’s hot tub, guests can drive to Whitby to taste freshly caught seafood and then stroll around the harbour to watch the sunset. • Weekly rent for six persons starts from £722, sykescottages.co.uk
The simple Bircham Windmill camping meadow is adjacent to the actual working windmill built in 1846. Campers can climb up the mill and buy bread and cakes from the adjoining bakery. The camp has only 15 courses (up to five caravans), plus two shepherd’s huts. There are resident animals. Children can pet rabbits and guinea pigs, feed goats and sheep, and watch them being milked; cheese is sold in gift shops. There is also a small playground, games room and tea house. The beaches of Brancaster, Hunstanton and Holkham are only a short drive away, and Sandringham Estate can be easily reached by bicycle. This year, the location has been booked in advance, so much so that the owner opened a pop-up campsite a few miles away, so it is wise to book 2021 now. • Camping fee of £20 per night, from £60 per night in the Shepherd’s Hut (sleeping), open from March 31 to September 30, 2021, coolcamping.com
The six brick and flint barns near Walsingham are now luxury holiday homes. All Barsham barns have a long history and characteristics: The Loose Box was once a blacksmith’s shop and horses. Little Barsham is used to raise lambs. Long Meadow is a milking parlor. All rooms are bright and open-plan spaces with beams, wood burning stoves and courtyard gardens. Some have four-layer beds. There is also a small hot tub and steam bath, but it has not yet been reopened. Medieval Walsingham is famous for its sacred place of the Virgin Mary, but it is not only a pilgrimage site, but also has several bars, a restaurant and a farm. The sandy beaches of Wells-next-the-Sea are five miles away. Searches for accommodation in Norfolk on the Sawday website increased by 175% this year, and the smaller barns were almost fully booked to the end of the year.
Sunflower Park is a remote rural camping ground with only 10 tent stalls and 10 RV and RV stalls on 5 acres of land. There is a fishing lake, woodland trails and playgrounds. The site is adjacent to Tuetoes Wood. Tuetoes Wood is home to rare species such as nightingales, as well as bike paths and walking paths. Campers can rent a stove (£10, including wood). This is a family-run place and a paradise for saving animals, including Newfoundland dogs, weaning hens, donkeys, and alpacas. For day trips, the Far Ings Nature Reserve is located less than 20 miles to the north, while Lincoln City is located 20 miles to the south. The electric booth is sold out. There is a 15% deposit (non-refundable) when booking, but the date is transferable. • From £6 per night, up to 6 stadiums can be rented, pitchup.com
Markwells House, listed as a Grade II protected product, is a farmhouse dating back to 1600 and is now a holiday house for 10 people (six are still restricted). This elegant house is located seven miles south of Ipswich. There are five bedrooms and four bathrooms upstairs, and a lot of space downstairs: a kitchen, two living rooms, dining room, study and large greenhouse . There are two wood burning stoves and two open flames, antique furniture and original features. Outdoors, the vast grounds include herb gardens, manicured gardens, wildflower meadows and gazebos with gazebos. There are two duck ponds, chicken (guests can collect eggs) and alpaca pasture. At the bottom of the garden is the mile-long Stowe River mouth, forming the Suffolk-Essex border, within walking distance of Holbrook Bay and other areas. Nearby attractions include Alton Water Park, Flatford Mill and Dedham Valley. There are some vacancies this year, but you need to pay to plan: July 2021 is almost full. •Underthethatch.co.uk, from £1,430 for a seven-night stay and from £871 for a short stay
Three-bedroom Coastal Cottage No. 2 was once a series of abandoned 19th century fishermen’s residences, surrounded by a flaky coastline in the remote northeast of Scotland. Today, this is a comfortable holiday home, all tongue grooves are equipped with a traditional wood-burning machine, and can be reached by a narrow pedestrian bridge. It has direct access to the beach, so guests can swim in the bay or put on binoculars to go bird watching: this is part of the Eastern Caithness Cliff Marine Reserve, where there are approximately 1,500 pairs of black puffins. Wick with its whisky distillery and cliff castle is a half-hour drive away. The cabins are always popular, but apart from the suspension and postponement, the Landmark Trust Fund’s recent bookings have surged – May and June are particularly busy. • Accommodation for six people, starting from £268 for four nights, landmark trust website.
The Abernethy Dell villa complex in Cairngorms National Park exudes a retro atmosphere (sleeps 2 to 8), and it is the BBC Springwatch that has lived for several seasons. The secluded East Dell (Dell) enjoys a river view and is wonderfully named “The Sitting Beast” under the old oak tree. In the eaves are bedrooms, wood burners, books, board games and food for playing the piano-everything from home-cooked meals prepared in the oven to gourmet gift baskets. There is a woodland fireplace, Faery Wood that provides idyllic scenery for the children, which has a study room, hammocks, Hobildigob trail and zipline. The outdoor adventure center Aviemore is just a short drive from mountain biking and Munro backpacking. It is always popular, and forward-looking planners will book early, so it will fill up quickly in May and August. • Five people in East Dell, starting from £135 per night, thedellofabernethy.co.uk
An hour and 20 minutes’ drive north of Edinburgh, Culdees Castle Estate Glamping opened this year with Spires Cabin, the first of five woodland cabins in the planned 660-acre estate. Even if they are all in place, each cabin will have its own acre of woodland, but the first cabin is particularly attractive (and has a hot tub), and reservations have already begun. The summer is expected to be full by the end of October. Auchterarder, home of the famous Gleneagles Estate, is nearby, walking, biking, horse riding, fishing and golfing. White water rafting, skiing and highland are all within an hour’s drive. • Two people at least 160 pounds per night, at least two nights, coolcamping.com
Bert’s Kitchen Garden is magically located on the Llyn peninsula and quickly filled up: the campsite is open from May to September, and its wildflower meadow has only 15 pitches, plus two old-fashioned tents and a hammock tent hanging between the trees . Other facilities are also outstanding: public barbecue grills and stoves, ecological toilets for everyone, snacks that can be borrowed, and hot chocolate for free. There is a small strip-shaped bay next to the trees, which is perfect for kayaking and beach grooming. A five-minute walk from the beach; • Two nights in a tent starting from £60, two nights in a Dutch tent starting from £160 and four nights on coolcamping.com.
The roughness, the cliffs, and the high-quality courses in the coastal area of Pembrokeshire on the edge of the bay have been elusive. Before the school holiday in 2021, the popular Trelin Woodland camping camp near Abercastle has been almost completely used up (and it is recommended to book shoulder-back season accommodation to prioritize future summer). Currently, there is still space near Pencarnan Farm at the end of the St. Davis peninsula, where the facilities are first-rate (wetsuit rental, coffee house, pizza van), with direct access to Porthselau Beach (swimming); surfing along the coastal path, only white Miles, St Davids (St Davids) is two miles inland.
Rhiwgoch is a beautiful stone farmhouse with four bedrooms, located on a grassy hill between the mountain and the sea. This is the finest Snowdonia bolt hole, recently refurbished, with a fresh feel, fatty oak beams, wood burning stove and inglenook series. And it has an extra trick: the steam train of the Ffestiniog railway runs through the bottom of the garden. Watch them in a wooden greenhouse, hot tub or sun terrace, or hop into Porthmadog to get on the car and go deep into the national park. The remote Portmeirion and the cliff-top Harlech castle are also nearby. • Sleeps 7 beds from £904 per week, dioni.co.uk
The environmentally friendly Crook Barn is handmade to its hinges, hidden in the hilly border between Herefordshire and Shropshire. This is a special open space, built with 100 oak trees and local stones in the forest outside, using recycled slabs and paying great attention to details. There is no TV (wifi can be disabled on request); instead, gaze at the quiet, undulating countryside or around a campfire into a dark sky. Plus Ludlow-Betjeman “England’s cutest town”, and arguably one of the most delicious food, just 10 miles from the hotel. • Sleeps 5 beds, £995 a week, or short break £645, cruckbarn.co.uk
Cheddar Gorge is very suitable for people who like adventure, enjoy outdoor activities and enjoy cheese. Within walking distance of the canyon, the Petruth Paddocks course is very popular. This is a website for all visitors, with pods (pictured) and bell-shaped tents that can block the eyes, provide a lot of free-range space for tents and vans, and provide a relaxed attitude-encouraging tree climbing, Bonfire and polite high helper. The surrounding Mendips has hills, caves and outcrops to play, the lakes of Chew Valley bring you water fun, and Blaine Beach is only 15 miles to the west. • Asphalt can sleep 6 people, starting from 14 pounds per person (from 6 pounds for children); bell tents from 75 pounds, and shepherd’s hut pods from 110 pounds (can sleep 4 or 8 beds, a minimum of two nights), campsites .co.uk
At Drovers Rest, a 16th-century organic farm outside Hay-on-Wye, a wealth of experience, not just a stylish accommodation. This means that its small number of stone huts and luxurious safari-style tents are often quickly sold out. Here, people can participate: children can feed the animals or play with the farmer for a day-collect eggs, milk goats, stir cheese. Other activities include yoga, horse riding and spoon stirring workshops, and public banquets cooked under an open fire. Outside the site, Black Mountain and Brecon Beacons will beckon. • Safari tents and cabins can sleep four people, starting from £395 for four nights, droversrest.co.uk
Campgrounds (especially quirky places) are always the first booked attraction in the underrated Shropshire. Therefore, enter the Riverside Cabins first to march. This new woodland campground opened last month: close to Shrewsbury, it is very convenient to explore the county’s numerous steam trains, castles and empty countryside, and squeeze into Wales-or just escape the crowds. Five comfortable self-catering pods made of sustainable wood are located along the Perry River, and five larger terrace cabins will open this winter. • Sleeps four, starting at £80 per night, riverside-cabins.co.uk Sarah Baxter, Rachel Dixon, Lucy Gillmore , Lorna Parkes and Holly Tuppen
Post time: Oct-09-2020