Looking for a little inspiration for where to Summer this year? We've put together a few of our favourite places to visit.
The Isle of Skye
The Lake District
The Lake District, a tapestry of gleaming lakes, verdant valleys, and rugged fells, holds a magnetic allure for the discerning traveller. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it whispers tales of poets and pioneers. Each tarn and crag tells a story, inviting exploration beyond the surface beauty. The region's rich biodiversity and cultural legacy make it not just a landscape, but a living, breathing narrative of England's ecological and literary history. As an expert, I find its nuanced charm endlessly fascinating.
The Cotswolds, with its undulating hills and honey-coloured limestone villages, presents an arresting portrait of quintessential English countryside. As an expert, I revel in its rich tapestry of history, architecture, and biodiversity. The region's trademark drystone walls not only frame picturesque landscapes but also narrate centuries-old tales. From discovering its unique flora and fauna to examining the intricate aesthetics of Cotswold stone buildings, every aspect offers fresh insight into England's rural heritage. Each visit, I assure you, unveils another layer of its charming allure.
Blakeney, situated on the idyllic Norfolk coast, is a captivating village that entices visitors with its natural beauty. The village boasts a rich maritime heritage, evident in its bustling quay and historic buildings. Blakeney's expansive salt marshes and nature reserves provide a haven for diverse wildlife, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The panoramic views of the coastal landscape, accompanied by the tranquil atmosphere, create a serene ambiance that captivates all who visit. Blakeney's allure lies in its authentic coastal charm, making it an irresistible destination for those seeking a genuine Norfolk experience.
Bamburgh Castle is a magnificent structure located on the coast of Northumberland, England. Built in the 11th century, it has long been a symbol of the region's rich history. Beautifully restored, the castle now invites visitors to explore its impressive towers, grand halls, and stunning views of the North Sea. Bamburgh Castle is surrounded by exquisite gardens, including the charming walled garden, brimming with blooming flowers and herbs. Beyond its historic significance and beauty, Bamburgh Castle is renowned for its rich cultural heritage. It hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including medieval reenactments, outdoor theatre performances, and festivals.
Tucked beneath a leafy canopy that’s wrapped inside York’s medieval walls, Middletons is a collection of luxurious accommodation spread across six historical listed buildings, including Chaplin House, Cromwell House and Lady Anne House, which is a fine example of Georgian architecture.
Bourton-on-the-Water is a charming village nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds region of England. Its series of bridges arching over the River Windrush earns it a comparison to the famous canals of Venice. The village is recognized for its picturesque stone cottages, elegant boutiques, and traditional tea rooms. Visitors can meander through the charming streets, take a serene walk along the river, or pay a visit to one of the many local attractions such as the Model Village, the Cotswold Motoring Museum, or the Perfumery. Bourton-on-the-Water, a popular destination among tourists, serves as an ideal place to experience the natural beauty and traditional charm of the Cotswolds.
Taking pride of place in a sprawling deer park that surrounds Gunton Hall, The Gunton Arms boasts an enviable setting and a fascinating past. Throughout the years the characterful pub has played host to many notable figures, such as Lillie Langtry.
Staithes is a historic fishing village located on the coast of North Yorkshire, England, renowned for its charming cobbled streets, picturesque harbour, and awe-inspiring coastal scenery. Its rich history, dating back to the medieval period, includes a bustling era of smugglers operating out of the port. Today, Staithes has transformed into a popular destination for tourists who relish its breathtaking coastal walks, quaint streets, and charming pubs. Visitors have the opportunity to explore its narrow alleyways, lined with traditional fishermen's cottages, while admiring the stunning views of the North Sea. Staithes also carries a notable artistic heritage, having once been home to the renowned Staithes Group of artists, including the painter James Clarke Hook.
Don’t be fooled by its rural setting and elegant demeanour, inside The Suffield Arms is a heady concoction of styles that commands your attention. With its flamboyant artwork, old-school bar, Mediterranean tapas restaurant and sultry Saloon Bar, The Suffield has taken the village of Thorpe Market by storm.
Corfe Castle and Castle Town have shared an eventful history spanning over 1,000 years. With the castle's dramatic silhouette standing guard, Castle Town appears to be hewn from the same grey Purbeck limestone, presenting a harmonious blend of nature and architecture. Yet, Castle Town is more than just an extension of the castle – this erstwhile medieval village has been a military garrison, a royal estate, and a vibrant community. Today, visitors to Castle Town can take a scenic stroll along its picturesque waterline or savour the fine food and drink on offer at one of Corfe’s superb pubs and restaurants. The majestic Corfe Castle, ever-present in the town's landscape, remains a historical monument beckoning exploration and admiration
Taking centre stage in the heart of the spa town of Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales, The Crescent is an iconic building dating back to 1860. The curved walls wrap around a more modern interior which mingles effortlessly with its rich heritage.
Lewes, one of the most captivating market towns in Sussex, presents an ideal destination for visitors. Despite its modest size, the town is packed with historic attractions such as Lewes Castle and the Anne of Cleves House. It is home to Harvey's Brewery and a selection of their welcoming pubs. A visit to Southover Grange Gardens is a must, as well as a trip to the Needlemakers, a delightful complex of unique and contemporary shops and cafés that could keep you occupied for a couple of hours. The Friday Market provides an excellent array of local produce, and a refreshing dip in the Pells Pool, the oldest public freshwater swimming bath, is sure to invigorate your spirits.
Boasting an intriguing history dating back to the early 19th century, Cley Windmill is a five-storey tower mill that has been sympathetically converted into a unique guesthouse.
The Botallack Tin Mines, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 2006, are perched on a cliff traversed by the South West Coast Path, offering stunning coastal views. These mines, clinging to the jagged cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, were once utilized for extracting copper, tin, and arsenic. Although they stand today as remnants of the area's industrial past, archaeological evidence suggests that mining activities at this site could date back to the Roman era or even the Bronze Age.
At the heart of the idyllic coastal village of Mullion, The Old Inn is a traditional 16th-century pub that has retained its old-world Cornish charm. Think thatched roof, parquet flooring and cosy nooks and crannies with sash windows and exposed wooden beams.
Robin Hood's Bay is a charming coastal area in Yorkshire, cherished for its raw and inspiring beauty. This picturesque bay is adorned with old fisherman cottages and ancient inns, attracting walkers, horse riders, and water enthusiasts. The area also boasts excellent cafés and restaurants, specializing in seafood and traditional cream teas. Historically, Robin Hood's Bay, once known as Baytown, was at the center of smuggling operations involving alcohol, tobacco, and French lace in the 18th century. In contemporary times, it has become a favorite spot for family activities like fossil hunting on the beach, thanks to the area's rich Jurassic period rock formations.
As grand and imposing as many of York’s iconic buildings, this Grade I listed Georgian townhouse blends in seamlessly with the city. Judge’s Lodging not only boasts a beautiful façade, but its interior is equally as striking.
Whitstable, famed for its culinary prowess and quaint seaside allure, serves as a popular seaside retreat thanks to its numerous coastal attractions and a sophisticated, contemporary approach to food. Its seafood has been celebrated since Roman times, attesting to the town's enduring culinary legacy.
Located on the North East Kent Coast, Whitstable sits close to the city of Canterbury and boasts a vibrant art culture. The town's harbour features a popular fish market, where the daily catch is proudly displayed on ice. From the celebrated Wheelers to The Sportsman, its multitude of eateries frequently garner attention in the national media, further enhancing Whitstable's reputation as a gastronomic gem on the Kentish coast.
Flanking the River Wharfe and lying beneath the gaze of dramatic fells, Burnsall plays host to The Red Lion, a former 16th-century coaching inn. Blessed with the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, this boutique inn with rooms makes a great base for exploring the great outdoors.
Little Haven, a tucked-away treasure nestled along the coast, captivates visitors with its untouched beauty and tranquil ambiance. This hidden gem is more than just a village – it's an idyllic seaside retreat, a peaceful sanctuary away from the bustle of everyday life.
Nestled against the backdrop of the shimmering sea, Little Haven's pristine sandy beach entices with its crystal-clear waters, offering an intimate space for relaxation, introspection, or even a spontaneous splash on a hot summer day. The rhythmic ebb and flow of the waves create a soothing symphony, providing the perfect soundtrack for your coastal escape.
Behind the unassuming façade of this 17th-century coaching inn awaits a rustic interior that celebrates The Golden Lion’s Yorkshire heritage. Still retaining much of its original charm, you’ll find beautiful oak flooring, inglenook fireplace and tweed fabrics.
Nestled in the heart of Wales, Llyn Padarn emerges as a mesmerizing spectacle of natural beauty. This enchanting lake, with its tranquil waters, is cocooned amidst a landscape of undulating hills and awe-inspiring mountains, conjuring a scene of unmatched serenity and aesthetic appeal.
Llyn Padarn is not merely a sight to behold but a canvas for an array of outdoor adventures. It welcomes the energetic traveller with the opportunity to navigate its peaceful waters through kayaking and paddleboarding, offering a refreshing way to explore its extensive vistas. For those who prefer land-based pursuits, scenic lakeside walks await, unfolding a panorama of ever-changing views that encapsulate the magic of the Welsh countryside.