The Found, Bawdsey, Suffolk
三级成人视频There were originally eighteen Martello towers in Suffolk. Small forts built in the early 1800s to scare off Napoleon, many have fallen into disrepair but a couple have become rather amazing holiday rentals that could not feel more protected.
三级成人视频We love The Found on the coastal path in Bawdsey near Woodbridge, which sleeps six in three double rooms. Built around a vast central brick shaft, this house features a series of circular rooms, many with vaulted ceilings, filled with stylish, comfortable furniture.
The rooftop level is the home’s crowning glory, with 360° views and a kitchen-dining room opening out onto a loungy outdoor terrace with floor cushions and a fireplace.
From £1,595 for a three-night weekend or four-night mid-week break.
The Cattle Shed, Wighton, Norfolk
三级成人视频There is plenty of room for all the family at this beautifully re-imagined cattle shed down a rural country lane between Wighton and Binham.
The house sleeps 10 people in 4 bedrooms and has the most amazing open-plan kitchen-living-dining room, with exposed timber beams and brick and flint walls. Kitchen nerds will love the Del Vol kitchen and Iroko worktops and everyone will love socialising in that space.
The village is also home to a stop on the Wells to Walsingham Light Railway (‘the world’s smallest public railway’) which operates between April and October. There’s also an On Yer Bike Norfolk Cycle hire shop a ten-minute walk away and lots of great cycle routes on your doorstep.
Seven nights from £1,690.
The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Northumberland
This ancient coaching inn in a remote Pennine village-turned-atmospheric country house hotel, is the ideal base from which to strike out into the wild North Pennines moors.
三级成人视频This spring it launches a ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ package, providing guests with all the essential walking supplies (rain coats, wellies, water bottle, walking stick, compass) plus maps and suggested walks straight from the hotel.
三级成人视频For maximum privacy, check into one of the hotel’s seven self-contained suites forged from old miner’s cottages, each with its own living area and log fire. We love Blackdene, which is set over two floors and has a roll-top bath.
A ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ country escape costs from £239 per night, including breakfast and walking supplies.
Eilean Shona House, Eilean Shona, West Coast of Scotland
三级成人视频A former hunting lodge on a private tidal island belonging to Richard Branson’s sister Vanessa, J. M. Barrie was a fan of this house and the island was said to have inspired Peter Pan’s fictional island of Neverland. In the most exquisite spot in the mouth of Loch Moidart, it’s the perfect place to genuinely relax – or to ramble around the 600 pristine acres of woodland.
The house, which sleeps 16, has just been given a complete refurbishment and now comes with a cook, sous chef and a housekeeper. It can be hired exclusively or you can join one of its annual retreats, for example, the Fire + Wild Wilderness Retreat which combines workshops on how to re-connect with nature, mushroom foraging, hiking, deer butchery, wild swimming and whisky tasting.
There are also nine remote cottages dotted around the island and available for rent, including the newly refurbished Timber House, which launches in June.
A three-night fully catered stay at Eilean Shona House costs £12,000. . The next all-inclusive Fire + Wild Wilderness Retreat on Eilean Shona (12-19 September 2020) costs from £1,625 per person, including all food, drinks and workshops.
Head Gardener’s House at Floors Castle, Kelso, Scottish Borders
There’s a growing demand for holidays with built-in wellness elements, which is why Crabtree & Crabtree, a rental company specialising in houses on the Scottish Borders and in Northumberland, has just launched 'ecotherapy' packages you can build into any stay.
三级成人视频Each package is tailored to personal preferences and might include a guided dawn chorus walk, BoxYoga on the beach, snorkelling with seals, wild swimming and an introduction to fly fishing. At an additional cost (£100), the package can include equine facilitated human development therapy, harnessing the psychological and emotional benefits of working with horses.
A great base is the meticulously restored Head Gardener’s House at Floors Castle. Set within a heavenly 4-acre walled gardens, it sleeps 4 people and two dogs.
Seven nights at the Gardener’s House at Floors Castle, including the Ecotherapy package, costs from £1,110.
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