With its incredible mix of beautiful green scenery, historic architecture, cosmopolitan cities, rolling hillsides and charming seaside towns, the UK offers a wealth of options for luxurious and cultural holidays. Take a stroll in the country, visit a castle, enjoy a stay in the capital or time on the beach.
This round up of some of the best areas for a UK holiday is from luxury villas specialist, CV Travel.
Popular with country-loving celebs like Kate Moss, Damien Hirst and Alex James, the Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made up of 790 square miles of green hillsides, river valleys and picturesque limestone villages. This peaceful area provides countless opportunities for outdoor pursuits such as hiking, cycling, fishing, golfing and horse riding, as well as exploring some of the beautiful and historic towns and cities like Bath and Cheltenham. The Cotswolds also boasts a wealth of attractions, such as Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke of Marlborough, and the Oxford University Botanic Gardens, as well as a huge range of fantastic restaurants and pubs.
The West Wing, near Chippenham, is the wing of an ancient medieval manor house, which sleeps up to six people and, with huge grounds including a chapel, orchard and terraced lawns, is an ideal spot to stay when on holiday in the Cotswolds. Whether holidaying with friends or family this beautiful building will provide a historic yet cozy home from home.
Beautiful Cornwall is a firm favorite with holiday makers from all parts of the world, which is no surprise considering it boasts seemingly endless stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches, wild moorlands, charming seaside villages and imposing cliffs. Popular attractions include the impressive Pendennis Castle in Falmouth, the fascinating Eden Project – one of the largest greenhouses in the world – and the stunning Tate St Ives art gallery. Of course, no trip to Cornwall would be complete without tucking into a world-famous Cornish pasty – delicious filled pastry cases that are iconic to the area.
When holidaying in Cornwall, the sumptuous Mill Rock is a lavish holiday home that is not only centrally located but also comes with the option of full catering, with its own housekeeper and chef. This 18th century converted barn sleeps up to eight people, contains wood burning stoves, a shared swimming pool, a fully stocked honesty bar and is situated close to the vast expanse of sand at Polzeath Beach – a popular surfing spot.
Of course, the UK has plenty to offer for the city-lover too. One of the most exciting cities in the world, London has so much to offer in terms of history, entertainment, culture, shopping, theatre, architecture, nightlife and so much more. Spend a few days strolling through the central London parks or visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Maybe see a Shakespearian play at the historic Globe Theatre or take a ride on the London Eye, enjoy some free museums and galleries and don’t miss out on visiting some of the city’s top-class restaurants and bars.
A stay at the 5-star Draycott Hotel in upmarket Knightsbridge will give you a typically British taste of London, with opulent Edwardian rooms filled with period antiques, daily afternoon tea and a central location, with beautiful Hyde Park and the main museums all within half a mile.
Historic Norfolk offers visitors a tranquil and varied blend of English life that will appeal to a range of holiday makers. Highlights include stretches of beautiful beaches, a diverse assortment of wildlife, medieval architecture and delightful coastal towns. The stunning Norfolk Broads offer many opportunities for boating and wildlife spotting, whilst Thetford Forest offers a wealth of trails for hiking and cycling. The capital of the county is medieval Norwich, which is dominated by its spectacular Norman castle and impressive cathedral. It’s also packed with many opportunities for entertainment, shopping and dining out.
Taylors Barn, near Holt, North Norfolk, sleeps up to six guests and is only two miles from the nearest sandy beaches on the Norfolk coast. This modern converted barn boasts its own courtyard with terraces and is a great base for exploring this beautiful region.