The Cottage in the Wood, Worcestershire
Don’t let the name fool you; The Cottage is actually a striking Georgian mansion, located above the spa town of Malvern, surrounded by woodland. The elegant dining room offers panoramic views of the Severn Valley, as well as top-notch food and cocktails. It’s a charming, family-run hotel that woos guests with gourmet afternoon teas, energetic cocktails, and top-notch dining — with biking, horseback riding, and wine tasting nearby.
Doubles from £129 B&B; cottageinthewood.co.uk
Ty Hiraeth, Wales
Pack walking shoes, bike helmets and swimwear for this luxurious lodge which features an outdoor hot tub and wrap-around terrace with gorgeous views of the lush Welsh countryside. Offa’s Dyke Path is close by and the Shropshire hills are within easy reach, while the market town of Montgomery is two miles away, with a picturesque 12th century castle and good pubs and restaurants. The house sleeps four, ideal for two couples or a family, and has a light and airy feel with an open plan living area, contemporary style kitchen and spacious utility room with plenty of room for muddy walking shoes.
A week from £1,503; holidayhomes.co.uk
The Tan Hill Hostel, North Yorkshire
Dating back to the 17th century, Tan Hill is Britain’s highest inn, perched 1,732 feet above sea level. Popular with walkers, cyclists and anyone seeking truly unspoiled scenery, it is a wonderfully secluded location – with sweeping views from just about anywhere you sit. There’s a fantastic 9.5 mile circular walk from the pub gate, through Keld and Ravenseat, and the Tan also offers cycle packages, with bikes (road or mountain) available to hire. Locally brewed ales accompany classic pub fare, including giant Yorkshire puds filled with sausages and mash.
Doubles from £176 B&Bs; tanhillinn.com
Feather Down’s Fountain Violet Farm, Devon
Pull back the canvas for magnificent views over the lush hills, down to the sea at this hilltop cattle farm, which makes an ideal base for exploring the South Hams. The Feather Down ‘tents’ are actually fully equipped living areas, with a bathroom and shower, a living room with wood stove and kitchen and a real bedroom, next to bunk beds and a ‘cupboard bed “. Mill Bay Beach is just a 15-minute walk away, while the nearby River Dart offers surfing, sailing and paddleboarding. with dinners around the campfire to end the days.
Three-night stays from £450; plumeduvet.fr
The Lord Crewe Arms, Northumberland
Steeped in layers of history that date back to the 12th century, the Lord Crewe Arms sits on a hill in the pretty village of Blanchland, with riverside walks and sailing on the Derwent Reservoir right outside the door. The pub combines its heritage – the building began life as accommodation for the neighboring priory – with contemporary touches. Hot water bottles, locally made fudge, old beams and window seats lend a cozy vibe without falling into chintz. At night, robust British fare is served in the cozy dining room, and bikes, fishing gear, maps and boots are all available to borrow.
double of £189 guest rooms ; lordcrewearmsblanchard.co.uk
Roughtor Barn, Cornwall
Squirrel on a long track eight miles from Port Isaac, this smart barn conversion opens up to bring in the surrounding moorland. The slopes of Roughtor – Cornwall’s second highest peak – rise behind the cottage, providing excellent hiking and bird watching opportunities. The stylish home is ideal for a group of friends or older families (kids under 7 aren’t allowed), with a cozy upstairs for teens and a lounge area with a driftwood chandelier, a spinning -record, a selection of vinyl records and a good sized wood burning stove.
One week from £900; classic.co.uk
Locke’s Cottage, South West Wales
Situated above the Hoffnant Valley, this former farm building overlooks gently rolling hills and peaceful agricultural landscapes. An unusual combination of a stone-walled ground floor with a wooden upper level (including a tree that grows through the property), the chalet has a cozy atmosphere, complete with a roaring log burner. Floors and window sills are crafted from old scaffold panels, while the double-ended tub sits in a cradle of reclaimed wood. The upstairs lounge opens onto a balcony with wonderful views across the valley and there are lovely walks from the door.
Three night stay from £445; pawsandstay.co.uk
Mulino Pods, Derbyshire
Located on a hill with a beautiful view of Carsington Water, these three glamping pods offer the simplicity of camping with a little more comfort. Inside there is a double bed, kettle, toaster and fridge, and outside there is a wooden deck, with barbecue and seating. A common area, shared between the three pods, has a covered outdoor kitchen and an “information room” with books, games and local maps, and there are two shared bathrooms. There are walks, cycle paths and bridleways from the farm, and the historic town of Ashbourne is three miles away.
Two-night stays from £180; mulinopods.co.uk
Hillside, Isle of Wight
Sitting atop one hill, at the foot of another, the aptly named Hillside overlooks the seaside town of Ventnor and exudes Scandi flair beneath its traditional-looking thatched-roof facade. Gleaming white walls frame huge avant-garde artwork, while bedrooms are cool and cozy with Welsh woolen fabrics, handmade Danish beds and oak floors. Dinners – a sort of Franco-Scandinavian fusion – must be ordered in advance, and guests are called to the table when the meal is ready. It’s quirky yet charming – a bit like being on the island.
Two night stays from £392 guest rooms; hillsideventnor.co.uk
Crag House Farm Barns, North Yorkshire
On the edge of the North York Moors National Park, these two converted barns, ideal for friends or a family reunion, are located in the hills above Danby Dale. Inside, the original wall beams have been exposed, cleverly dividing the ground floor into two airy living areas, with an open kitchen and dining area. All three bedrooms have an elegant boutique hotel style, while outside, fairy-lit terraces in sheltered positions are perfect for alfresco dining and barbecues. As well as all the rural beauty, the seaside is only a 15 minute drive away.
Three night stays from £825; craghousefarm.co.uk.