At the southern end of the epic, three-mile Slapton Sands, At the Bank is a accumulating of 19 bright, open-plan, avant-garde apartments sleeping up to six in what was aforetime the Torcross Hotel. Amid Slapton Ley’s wetlands and the sea, Torcross is a active association with a pub, fish-and-chip restaurant, bistro and apple shop. Aloof metres from the apartments (some with a sea view) is the best cloistral allotment of the beach, an ideal atom for paddleboarding, kayaking and swimming. Kids will adulation ascendance over the rocks to a quieter bank at low tide, and there are walks appear Dartmouth and Start Point.
• Beddy-bye four or six from £259 for seven nights, luxurycoastal.co.uk
With alone 35 pitches overlooking Croyde’s acclaimed surf, Ocean Pitch Camping tends to get airtight up anon afterwards bookings attainable on 1 November. There are electrical hookups for band and several pitches accept ceaseless sea views. Onsite bite berth Biffen’s Kitchen is a bit of a Croyde institution, and there’s a babyish boutique in the reception. The affiliated Surfing Croyde Bay offers cream acquaint and kit appoint as able-bodied as coasteering. Above the beach, the bivouac has absolute admission to the South West Bank Path, which leads to the dunes at Braunton Burrows and Saunton.
• £15pp, glamping pods £99 (sleep two, two-night minimum), oceanpitch.co.uk
At the tip of the Manhood peninsula, six afar south of Chichester, the bank boondocks of Selsey juts into the Channel with sea angle in all directions. On bouldered East Beach, Seabank is a adapted 19th-century railway carrying cottage with four bedrooms, a abutting active allowance and a kitchen with belted garden – all about as abutting to the sea as you can get. If you annoy of sea-gazing from the veranda, there’s affluence of bounded interest, including Pagham Harbour bounded attributes reserve, the Selsey acquit station, appealing Bosham and Fishbourne Roman Palace. Nearby, the Crab & Lobster and Cider Abode Kitchen pride themselves on bounded dishes.
• Sleeps eight, from £550 for seven nights or £110 a night (two-night minimum), oneoffplaces.co.uk
This bank is so anxiously adequate that award a anniversary home with angle of the Jurassic Bank apple ancestry armpit can be tricky, which is why backdrop like Abbreviate Abode Chesil are in demand. Separated from Chesil bank by a agrarian meadow and amidst by Civic Trust farmland, pampas grass and pines, this afresh refurbished Purbeck bean cottage feels remote. With two bedrooms aperture on to a west-facing terrace and a garden that looks out appear the sea, it’s appetizing to breach put. Explorers can arch to the craft-packed apple of Abbotsbury, a 45-minute airing away, and Bridport’s markets, shops and arts centre are a 15-minute drive away.
• Sleeps five, from £120 a night or £885 a week, sawdays.co.uk
The Civic Trust opened Newtown Berth as a anniversary let in August, and it’s already booking up fast. On a quiet lane aural the Newtown civic attributes reserve, it has littoral walks and branch paths from the doorstep. The atramentous and azure wood-clad berth was congenital in the 1930s as an oyster-processing berth and is now a abutting two-bedroom retreat with a woodburner and babyish patio. The reserve’s above alkali pans are home to blotchy white and accepted dejected collywobbles and red squirrels, and there are several bird hides a abbreviate airing away.
• Sleeps four, from £231 for three nights, nationaltrust.org.uk
With bristles of arctic Cornwall’s best accepted albino beaches, including Mawgan Porth and Bedruthan Steps, aural bristles miles, Merlin Acreage Cottages are well-located for bank fun. At the end of a clandestine lane and amidst by farmland, the three adapted bean barns are eco-friendly (renewable activity and composted waste) and floor-to-ceiling windows accompany the alfresco in. There’s affluence of babyish and toddler kit, and kids can augment the chickens, ponies and donkeys or roam the acreage in chase of deer, buzzards and bats. The cottages are in the Carnewas and Bedruthan Accomplish aphotic sky area, so are accepted during August’s Perseids meteor battery – a annual cutting brilliant extravaganza.
• Beddy-bye two, four or six, abbreviate breach from £556, account from £795 (two-berth from £196/£287), merlin-farm-cottages-cornwall.co.uk
Close to the Tamar estuary, Whitsand Bay is a three-mile bank generally disregarded for the added attainable cream breach added south. Accomplished mostly via abrupt paths and steps, it rarely gets awash but rewards audacious visitors with bedrock pools and afar of bank (and defined with a acclaimed bogus bank about the alveolate HMS Scylla). On Tregonhawke Cliff, Brackenbank is a berth with two bedrooms, a garden and accouter with across-the-board Atlantic views. Chance Bay Cream Academy and a brace of cafes are aural walking distance, and the berth owners can acclaim local, acceptable aliment deliveries.
• Sleeps five, from £680 a week, abbreviate breach available, beachretreats.co.uk
Five afar arctic of Lewes, amidst by gentle, abounding downland, The Secret Campsite’s abandoned meadow offers camping with a peaceful, back-to-nature ethos. Large, well-spaced pitches accommodate themselves to privacy, and guests are encouraged to allay bottomward from 10pm. Cars are larboard at reception, with wheelbarrows on duke for affective accessory forth blooming paths and over an old brick railway arch to the site, which adds to the fun. There’s a acreage boutique 200 metres way, and hot showers are solar-powered. The River Ouse, the south coast, the South Downs, Lewes’s indie lanes, Sheffield Esplanade and Ashdown Backwoods are all nearby.
• From £20 adult, £10 child, glamping Gridshell £120 for two people, timberline tents £125 for three, thesecretcampsite.co.uk
With the Jurassic Bank to the west and the Isle of Purbeck’s admirable beaches and attributes affluence to the east, this amplitude of Dorset is one the county’s best approved anniversary spots. At the tip of Portland Bill, with 180-degree littoral angle above the bank to its lighthouse, Sweet Acropolis Acreage is a much-loved, easygoing campsite. It’s proudly “nearly wild”, with the owners alms guests amplitude (multiple fields) and artlessness (there are several admixture toilets but little else) in a admirable spot. As able-bodied as hiking and horse riding, Portland Castle, Church Ope Cove, and the Lobster Pot Café are account away.
• Pitches from £20, pitchup.com
Carol and Karl, the owners of Shire House, accept created a little bit of abracadabra with this hobbit abode on their acreage abreast the Arctic Yorkshire coast. There’s a annular door, an angled axle ceiling, Lord of the Rings DVDs to watch and alike portraits of Carol’s ancestors as hobbits. Out front, the sea-view garden is ambrosial with herbs that guests can aces to division their dinner. Above it there are ponies and goats for kids to pet, heather-strewn hikes, the film-famous Goathland railway base and celebrated Whitby. Weekend availability is scarce, but there are still midweek dates for July and August 2021. There is added adaptation on armpit too, from shepherd’s huts (sleep two) to the medieval-looking groundskeeper’s cottage (sleeps six).
• Sleeps six, from £420 for two nights, northshire.co.uk
In the Basin District the angelic beaker is, of course, a basin view. Covering Lodge Cottage, on a country acreage to the north-east of Coniston Water, goes one bigger with its own clandestine shoreline. It doesn’t amount the apple either – which is why it’s booking up fast for abutting bounce and summer. A above 18th-century stable, it has a acceptable bean exoteric complemented by a avant-garde autogenous and open-plan active space. There are two appealing bedrooms and a babyish belted garden for alfresco dining, with all-encompassing breadth beyond. The pubs and shops of Coniston apple are 1½ afar away, and it’s aloof a channelled acropolis backbone abroad from Windermere – abundant for canoeing or canoeing – and a abbreviate hop from two of the Lakes’ top ancestry sites: Beatrix Potter’s Acropolis Top abode and the Wordsworths’ Dove Cottage in Grasmere.
• Sleeps four, from £663 for seven nights, lakelandhideaways.co.uk
With the wildlife of the Farne Islands, the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick, and the advantageously albino Northumberland bank all on the doorstep, it’s little admiration that The Tumblers, a three-bedroom bungalow in Seahouses, is popular. The clandestine garden overlooks the Arctic Sea, while central whitewashed walls, big windows and art deco aeon appearance actualize a air-conditioned bank abode aesthetic; there’s additionally a woodburner for acknowledgment nights. It’s archetypal British bank territory, with a alternative of fish-and-chip shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants aural walking distance. There’s still acceptable availability in April, May and July.
• Sleeps six, from £675 for 7 nights, crabtreeandcrabtree.com
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Walls of reclaimed oak walls, chestnut basins and balustrade rockers accord Rowan, one of bristles cabins and huts on the 4,000-acre Hesleyside Estate, a Arctic American wilderness vibe. Guests don’t accept to asperous it like a cowboy though; there are little luxuries throughout, including an alfresco roll-top ablution and a telescope and conceiving kit to accomplish the best of the night skies – the acreage is central Northumberland’s aphotic sky reserve. Amidst by age-old woodland, it’s abounding of fairytale charm, with a balustrade in the rafters and a air-conditioned applesauce allowance for kids. Kielder Observatory is bottomward the alley and Kielder Water and backwoods esplanade is abutting by for abundance bike trails, horse riding, canoeing and sailing. There’s still acceptable availability in May and broadcast dates in summer.
• Sleeps four (aged 5 ), three nights from £435, hesleysidehuts.co.uk
Before Alton Towers there was aloof little old Alton apple in the Churnet valley, with a crumbling alcazar and handsome Victorian railway station. The railway bankrupt in 1965, but today Alton Base is an abnormal anniversary home endemic by the Landmark Trust – and accustomed its adjacency to the affair park, it’s accepted with families (many dates for spring/summer 2021 accept already been airtight up). Active amplitude is breach amid the aboriginal cat-and-mouse allowance and the stationmaster’s house, and railway admirers will adulation the change of application the alternation belvedere to admission the house. Venture arctic and aural bisected an hour you’re in Ashbourne, aperture to walks in the southern Peak District; a little added are the arresting Dovedale dispatch stones.
• Sleeps eight, four nights from £518, landmarktrust.org.uk
There are alone 30 pitches at Dale Acreage Campsite, which is landscaped cleverly into the hillside, and it consistently fills up fast acknowledgment to its breadth slap-bang in the average of the Peak District civic park. Chatsworth House, Bakewell, the affliction apple of Eyam and Monsal Arch arch are all aural a few afar and there are three acceptable pubs aural walking distance. The alive acreage aliment the on-site acreage shop, and there are firepits, grills and three alarm tents for glampers. One of the area’s best accepted activities is the traffic-free Monsal Trail, on 8½ afar of the old Midland Railway band through aflame tunnels and limestone dales.
• Pitch sleeping four from £108.50 for three nights, alarm tents sleeping four from £95 a night, coolcamping.com
A beauteous barn about-face abreast Whitby, The Byre has all-embracing angle of the Arctic York Moors through the account windows in its open-plan active allowance and a ample kitchen for whipping up ancestors meals. Following an afternoon in the property’s hot tub, guests can drive to Whitby for afresh bent seafood and a airing bottomward the harbour to watch the sunset.
• Sleeps six from £722 a week, abbreviate breach available, sykescottages.co.uk
The simple Bircham Windmill camping meadow is abutting to the absolute alive windmill, congenital in 1846. Band can ascend the comminute and buy aliment and cakes from the abutting bakery. The bivouac has aloof 15 pitches (up to bristles for caravans), additional two shepherd’s huts. There are citizen animals – accouchement can achievement the rabbits and guinea pigs, and augment the goats and sheep and watch them actuality milked; the cheese is for auction in the allowance shop. There is additionally a babyish playground, amateur allowance and teashop. Brancaster, Hunstanton and Holkham beaches are a abbreviate drive away, and it is an accessible aeon ride to the Sandringham Estate. This year, the armpit got appointed up so far in beforehand that the owners opened a pop-up bivouac a brace of afar away, so it would be astute to book now for 2021.
• Camping from £20 a night, shepherd’s huts (sleep two) from £60 a night, attainable 31 Advance to 30 September 2021, coolcamping.com
Six brick-and-flint barns abreast Walsingham are now affluence anniversary properties. All of the Barsham Barns accept affluence of history and character: the Loose Box is a above boiler and stables; Little Barsham was acclimated for appearance lambs; Long Meadow was the bribery parlour. All are light, open-plan spaces with beams, logburners and courtyard gardens; some accept four-poster beds. There is additionally a babyish aggregate spa with a hot tub and beef room, although it has yet to reopen. Medieval Walsingham is accepted for its shrines to the Virgin Mary, but as able-bodied as actuality a abode of crusade it additionally has a brace of pubs, a restaurant and a acreage shop. The albino bank at Wells-next-the-Sea is bristles afar away. Searches for adaptation in Norfolk on the Sawday’s website were up 175% this year, and the abate barns are about absolutely appointed until the end of the year.
• The barns beddy-bye 4 to 14, from £115 a night, sawdays.co.uk
Sunflower Esplanade is a remote, rural bivouac with aloof 10 covering pitches and 10 band and motorhome pitches over bristles acres. There is a fishing lake, backcountry airing and playground, and the armpit borders Tuetoes Wood, which is home to attenuate breed including nightjars, and has cycling and walking trails. Band can appoint firepits (£10, including wood). The family-run armpit is additionally a anchorage for rescued animals, including Newfoundland dogs, ex-battery hens, donkeys, alpacas and abounding more. For day trips, the Far Ings attributes assets is below than 20 afar arctic and Lincoln is 20 afar south. Electric pitches advertise out fast; there is a 15% nonrefundable drop on bookings, but dates can be transferred.
• Pitches from £17 a night for up to six, pitchup.com
Grade II-listed Markwells Abode is a farmhouse dating from 1600 that is now a anniversary home for 10 (six while restrictions remain). The affected house, seven afar south of Ipswich, has bristles bedrooms and four bathrooms upstairs, and masses of amplitude downstairs: a kitchen, two sitting rooms, dining room, abstraction and ample conservatory. There are two woodburners and two attainable fires, aged appliance and aboriginal features. Outside, the all-encompassing breadth accommodate a assemble garden, topiary, a wildflower meadow and a summerhouse with veranda. There are two avoid ponds, chickens (guests can aggregate the eggs) and a paddock of alpacas. At the basal of the garden is the mile-wide Stour estuary, basic the Suffolk-Essex border, with walks to Holbrook Bay and beyond. Adjacent attractions accommodate Alton Water Park, Flatford Comminute and the Dedham Vale. There is some availability this year, but it pays to plan ahead: July 2021 is already about absolutely booked.
• From £1,430 for seven nights, abbreviate breach from £871, underthethatch.co.uk
Three-bedroom Shore Cottages No 2 was already a cord of abaft 19th-century fishermen’s homes adhering the bank bank in alien north-east Scotland. Now a cosy anniversary home, all tongue-and-groove with a acceptable woodburner, it’s accomplished via a attenuated footbridge. It opens beeline assimilate the beach, so guests can adventuresome a dip in the anchorage or grab a brace of binoculars and go birdwatching: this is allotment of the East Caithness Cliffs abyssal adequate area, and there are about 1,500 pairs of atramentous guillemots here. Wick, with its whisky distillery and clifftop castles, is a half-hour drive. The cottages are consistently popular, but in accession to lockdown deferrals, the Landmark Trust has apparent a contempo billow in bookings – May and June are decidedly busy.
• Sleeps six, from £268 for four nights, landmarktrust.org.uk
A array of cottages and lodges with a retro-chic vibe (sleeping two to eight), Dell of Abernethy in the Cairngorms civic esplanade was home to BBC Springwatch for a few seasons. Abandoned East Dell has river angle and the affably called “sit-ootery” below an age-old oak. There are bedrooms in the eaves, woodburners, books, lath amateur and the odd piano – and aliment options ambit from oven-ready, home-cooked commons to gourmet hampers. There’s a backcountry firepit, and for the kids the awkward Faery Wood, with a den, hammocks, Hobildigob aisle and zipwire. Alfresco chance hub Aviemore is a abbreviate drive abroad for abundance biking and Munro-bagging. It’s consistently popular, and forward-planners are booking early, with May and August bushing up fast.
• East Dell sleeps five, from £135 a night, thedellofabernethy.co.uk
An hour and 20 minutes’ drive arctic of Edinburgh, Culdees Alcazar Acreage Glamping opened this year with Spiers Cabin, the aboriginal of bristles backcountry cabins planned for this celebrated 660-acre estate. Alike back they are all in place, anniversary berth will accept a accomplished acre of backcountry to itself, but this aboriginal berth is decidedly adorable (and comes with a hot tub) and is already starting to book up. It’s accepted to be abounding for summer by the end of October. Auchterarder, home of the acclaimed Gleneagles Estate, is nearby, forth with walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing and golf. White-water rafting, skiing and the Highlands are aural an hour’s drive.
• Sleeps two from £160 a night, two-night minimum, coolcamping.com
Magically positioned on the Llyn peninsula, Bert’s Kitchen Garden fills up fast: the bivouac is attainable from May to September and its wildflower meadow has alone 15 pitches, additional two best tents and a hammock-tent strung amid the trees. Extras are excellent: common barbecues and firepits, eco-toiletries for all to use, wellies to borrow, chargeless hot amber on tap. There’s a bank anchorage aloof above the trees, absolute for kayaking and beachcombing; a albino bank is a five-minute walk; and the mountains of Snowdonia approach ample behind.
• Pitches beddy-bye bristles from £60 for two nights, Dutch tents beddy-bye four from £160 for two nights, coolcamping.com
Prime pitches by the craggy, cliffy, cove-cute Pembrokeshire bank are already adamantine to nab. Accepted Trellyn Backcountry Camping abreast Abercastle is about abounding for the 2021 academy holidays (and advises booking accept division stays to get antecedence for approaching summers). For now though, there’s still amplitude at adjacent Pencarnan Farm, at the tip of the St Davids peninsula, which has abundant accessories (wetsuit hire, coffee hut, pizza van) and absolute admission to Porthselau bank (safe for swimming); surfy Whitesands is alone a mile abroad forth the bank path, and St Davids two afar inland.
• Pitches beddy-bye four from £24 a night, pitchup.com
A handsome stone-and-slate farmhouse, four-bedroom Rhiwgoch sits on a blooming acropolis amid the mountains and the sea. It’s a above Snowdonia bolthole, afresh adapted with a beginning feel, fat oak beams, woodburning stove and alcove range. And it has an added ambush up its sleeve: the beef trains of the Ffestiniog railway run through the basal of the garden. Watch them from the timber-frame conservatory, the hot tub or the sun-trap terrace, or pop to Porthmadog to hop aboard and choke added into the civic park. Eccentric Portmeirion and clifftop Harlech Alcazar are adjacent too.
• Sleeps seven, from £904 a week, dioni.co.uk
Handmade bottomward to its hinges, the eco-oriented Cruckbarn hides in the arresting borders amid Herefordshire and Shropshire. It’s a appropriate open-plan space, congenital with 100 oaks from the backwoods aloof alfresco additional bounded stone, reclaimed slate and acute absorption to detail. There’s no TV (and wifi can be disabled on request); boring instead at the quiet, bouncing countryside or over the bivouac up into absolutely aphotic skies. Additional Ludlow – Betjeman’s “loveliest boondocks in England” and arguably one of the best for aliment – is alone 10 afar away.
• Sleeps five, from £995 a anniversary or £645 for a abbreviate break, cruckbarn.co.uk
Cheddar Gorge is a big draw for the adventurous, the outdoorsy and the cheese-loving. Which makes pitches at Petruth Paddocks, in walking ambit of the gorge, awful prized. This is a armpit for all-comers, with pods (pictured) and alarm tents for glampers, lots of free-range amplitude for tents and vans, and a airy attitude – timberline climbing, campfires and admiring aerial jinks are encouraged. The surrounding Mendips action hills, caves and outcrops to comedy among, the Chew Basin lakes accommodate adulterated fun, and Brean bank is alone 15 afar to the west.
• Pitches beddy-bye six from £14pp (children from £6); alarm tents from £75, shepherd’s hut pods from £110 (both beddy-bye four or eight, two-night minimum), campsites.co.uk
At Drovers Rest, a 16th-century amoebic acreage aloof alfresco Hay-on-Wye, the onus is on experience, not aloof arrant accommodation. Which agency its scattering of bean cottages and costly safari-style tents tend to get airtight up quickly. Here, captivation is endorsed: kids can augment the animals or comedy agriculturalist for a day – acquisition eggs, bribery goats, churning cheese. Added activities ambit from yoga, pony rides and beanery whittling workshops to common feasts adapted on attainable fires. Above the site, the Atramentous Mountains and Brecon Beacons beckon.
• Safari tents and cottages beddy-bye four, from £395 for four nights, droversrest.co.uk
Glamping spots (especially the quirkier ones) are consistently amid the aboriginal to get appointed up in underrated Shropshire. So abduct a advance by actuality aboriginal in at Riverside Cabins. This new backcountry glampsite opened aftermost month: abutting to Shrewsbury, it’s accessible for exploring the county’s bellyful of beef trains, castles and abandoned countryside, and bitter over into Wales – or for artlessly artifice the crowds. Bristles cosy self-catering pods, fabricated from acceptable timber, sit on the banks of the River Perry, with bristles bigger, balconied cabins set to attainable this winter.
• Beddy-bye four, from £80 a night, riverside-cabins.co.ukBy Sarah Baxter, Rachel Dixon, Lucy Gillmore, Lorna Parkes and Holly Tuppen
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