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COVER FEATURE ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Editor’s Choice – Unique Retreats – Home & Garden Idyllic Lakeland location in walkers’ paradise See page 2 for the full feature

Idyllic Lakeland location in walkers’ paradise

Lake District perfection in the three stunning selfcatering properties of Riverside Terrace. Holding a rare 5 Star Gold rating from Visit England and set at the foot of awesome Loughrigg Fell, these ecologically friendly contemporary-styled holiday homes curve around an idyllic scene overlooking the River Rothay and the fells beyond. They offer a tranquil retreat next door to the former elegant period residence and home of Romantic poet William Wordsworth’s son.

Riverside Terrace sits purpose-designed in the walkers’ paradise of Rydal, with floor to ceiling windows and outdoor areas to make the most of the incredible views across the River Rothay, the rolling fields beyond and up across the fells. The three 2-bedroom apartments – Waterside, Rivers Edge and Viewpoint were built between 2015 and 2017, on the site of a stable block which originally belonged to the Wordsworths’

Stepping Stones Estate, named after the much-loved river crossing very close by. Visitors include herons, deer and occasionally, otters.

Each two-bedroomed apartment is unique, designed for privacy, style and comfort with underfloor heating, log burners, sumptuous beds, bespoke kitchens, high end appliances and designer fabrics and furniture. They are pet-free and available for adults and children over 10. All bedrooms are en-suite. Riverside Terrace is ecologically significant with its own water supply, air-source heat pumps, a green living roof that provides insulation and a habitat for local wildlife.

Just 20 minutes’ ramble away is the bustling town of Ambleside, with a pleasing plethora of shops, bars and restaurants selling everything for the outdoor enthusiast, wildlife watcher, book lover, souvenir hunter and Lakeland explorer. The town sits on the


northern tip of Windermere, the largest lake in England and is conveniently located for boat trips and visiting popular destinations such as Beatrix Potter’s long-time home, Hill Top House, or her picture gallery in pretty Hawkshead; Stock Ghyll Force waterfall and the biking trails of Grizedale Forest.

Owners Mick and Sarah say: “The location is out of this world. It is tranquil and peaceful, but close enough to walk into the popular town of Ambleside or a short taxi ride from a greater selection of high-quality restaurants close by. Several of the best fell walks in the Lakes are reachable by foot from the properties.

Riverside Terrace, Stepping Stones Under Loughrigg, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9LN; T 07738 130260 E

CONTENTS Home Improvements 5 Editor’s Choice 14 Unique Retreats Northern Ireland 26 Dumfries & Galloway 30 England & Wales 34 Escape to Cairngorms 38 Top 3 Yurts 42 Shepherds Huts 44 Top 4 Campsites 48 Bridal Guide 50 Family Activities & Wellbeing 54 Care Guide 64 EDITOR Jodie Collinson 01455 698686 ACCOUNTS Laura Smith 07450 83941 JOURNALIST Shirley Elsby 01455 446360 SALES Sally Hassel 01455 698570 DESIGN Suite 10, The Lawns Business Centre The Lawns, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1DY Company Number: 10125538 VAT Number: 239853468 UNIQUE RETREATS See Page 18 for the full feature

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Large groups of guests enjoy superlative comfort and an idyllic setting at Uppermoor Farm, luxury self-catering accommodation in the craggy countryside of Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. With a rare 5 Star Gold rating from Visit England, the complex is simply perfect for extended family celebrations, corporate events and group activities from yoga retreats to cultural weekends. Once people find it, they return again and again!

The accommodation consists of a beautifully renovated farmhouse & Annexe which sleeps 20 people and a handsome barn conversion, the Lighthouse Barn, which sleeps 16. Both sister properties have the option of adding the nearby Coach House, which sleeps a further four people and all three properties are packed with character.

Guests benefit from private bathrooms for almost every bedroom and ample space for everyone to eat, drink and socialise together. They also have 70 acres of stunning grounds and garden, replete with walks and cycle trails. The central location, near Ashbourne, Bakewell and Buxton, is ideal for people travelling from different corners of the country.

The nine-bedroomed stone farmhouse & Annexe holds an elevated position in a courtyard which lends itself to long, lazy evenings with a glass of something convivial overlooking fabulous views and sunsets. Original features are combined with sumptuous open plan living areas, a suntrap orangery, antique furnishings and high-end appliances.

The coastally-themed Lighthouse Barn

boasts a huge living and entertainment area at one end and the bedrooms at the other, so partying can take place with no disturbance to anyone opting for an early night. Zip-link beds in several rooms add flexibility and there is parking for 20 vehicles.

Owners Jan and Edward Hammond provide many personal and pleasing touches to ensure everyone has a wonderful time, including welcome packs and flexible checking out times.

Jan says: “Most people stay on-site because they have everything they need or want to enjoy their special time together.”

Uppermoor Farm, Parwich, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1QF T 07970 774620


Beach lovers, walkers and watersports fans will love family friendly Beachside

Glamping Dale in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The spot is peacefully placed within a 25 acre farm just a short stroll from a pebble beach and a mile from the Blue Flag Beach at Dale, where people can enjoy sea-based activities from crabbing to sailing, including surfing, kayaking and bodyboarding.

In Dale, visitors can hire equipment, take lessons to hone their skills and be wowed by the experts. There are many places to eat and drink, while nearby Haverfordwest provides plentiful shops and other amenities. Many people take local boat trips, perhaps from Martins Haven to Skomer Island, where, in season, they can see wildlife such as

puffins, dolphins and seals. Trendy Milford Haven Waterfront is about 10 minutes’ drive away, redesigned to house fashionable shops, bars and eateries.

Beachside Glamping Dale offers four spacious and beautifully decorated bell tents with their own private toilet and shower block next door, together with a kitchenette, barbecue and fire pit. Each tent has a comfy double bed and two singles, but with the addition of folding Z-beds, they can be configured to sleep up to six people. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads.

In addition, there is a communal area with a shared fridge, freezer and microwave and lots of play space where children can run around and have fun.

The site is run by fourth generation farm owners Graham and Pauline Reynolds with help from their three daughters and other family members. One of the daughters, Claire Williams, says: “We keep numbers to a maximum of 24 on site at any time, all with their own private facilities, so they don’t have to share with other guests.

“This is a great base for walking the Pembrokeshire coast, which is really beautiful, or for exploring everything that Pembrokeshire has to offer.”

Beachside Glamping, Speedlands Farm, Dale, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 3QX; T 07595 520430



Stained glass windows have long been used to embellish churches, cathedrals and other grand edifices, but now they are increasingly finding their way into people’s homes and modern buildings of all kinds. Specialist Tim Clevely caters for the full range, from repairs and restoration to commissions for unique and eye-catching new ones. Tim brings more than 30 years’ experience to bear on each individual assignment, working not only throughout his own county of Worcestershire but also all over the country. He provides the highest quality professional services for all aspects of the work, from large scale ecclesiastical projects to small domestic ones, such as restoration of an intricate Tiffany glass lampshade.

When restoring damaged pieces, Tim aims to retain as much of the original glass as possible using authentic or closely matched materials, perhaps even making painted copies when they cannot be rescued. He also installs protective structures to preserve them and repairs their ancient frameworks, whether in wood, metal or stone, using sturdy and rust-proof fixtures to

ensure their stability and good looks for generations to come.

Tim also works on customers’ personal projects, accepting commissions which incorporate their own thoughts on design and special features. These he translates into beautifully crafted pieces to catch the light and stand out within their setting. Recent works have included a poppy-themed memorial window, a contemporary daffodil panel and several more traditional designs to adorn front doors and feature windows, even those which are double-glazed.

“I enjoy the complete range of the work,” says Tim. “I like both the craft side of it and the design side. I enjoy working with both traditional designs and contemporary ones and love working with clients to bring their own ideas into being. I’m equally at home in the studio as I am on site, either fitting my own windows or those for other studios. I feel very lucky to be able to work doing something I enjoy so much.”

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If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, lost, confused or disillusioned, take heart. Calming help is at hand via Louise Claridge Life Coaching and Holistic Healing and it is 100% geared to your own particular needs and wishes.

Bromsgrove-based Louise worked as a hospital manager before training as a life coach and energy healer. Her NHS career gave her a thorough appreciation of conventional western medicine, but her personal journey through a mental health crisis taught her, too, the value of alternative and holistic therapies. As a result, she undertook extensive training enabling her to pass on the benefits

to other people, qualifying as a Reiki Master, sound healer, crystal therapist and life coach.

Now, through her website www. , Louise offers her clients a choice of individually focussed treatments. These include Reiki energy healing – either in person or at a distance – to aid relaxation and relieve anxiety; sound baths to generate an exquisite, immersive feeling of well-being and crystal therapy to help people access their inner wisdom.

Louise’s life coaching encounters all begin with a free, confidential half hour Discovery Session in a tranquil

treatment room with a background of soothing music, in which she explores what the client hopes to achieve or experience. This may be anything from setting goals to alleviating worry or recovering a deeper sense of personal identity and sense of technology purpose. These sessions, too, may be face-to-face or at a distance, utilising Zoom or other social media platforms.

Ultimately, the aim is to give people the tools by which to manage their own wellbeing and support their own mental health and happiness, especially at a time when many people’s anxiety levels have been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic,

cost of living crisis and global unrest. People may sign up for just one session or several.

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Beaverscroft is a picture perfect 17th century stone barn conversion set in the unspoilt beauty of the Peak District National Park, next to the iconic landmark of the Howden Dam. Accommodating up to eight people self-catering, it comes not only with outstanding views, reservoir access, wonderful walks and two acres of gorgeous gardens, but also with its own slice of legendary British history.

It was here, on the Derwent Reservoir in beautiful Hope Valley, that the airmen of RAF Squadron 617 practised low level drops of

revolutionary bouncing bombs for their daring ‘Dam Busters’ raid on Germany’s Ruhr Valley dams. Their mission of 1943 cost 53 of them their lives, but succeeded in flooding the valley and dealing a body blow to Nazi war production. Beaverscroft offers high end contemporary facilities within the tastefully converted stone barn, providing sleeping arrangements for eight people in three bedrooms plus twin beds on a mezzanine floor overlooking the open plan lounge, which has a log burner. The property has two bathrooms, a

well-equipped kitchen and outdoor dining space on a private patio that includes a large fire pit, barbecue and pizza oven.

Owners Ab and Pippa are Airbnb ‘superhosts’ who live in the nearby farmhouse and embrace a sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their guests. The entire property is off-grid, powered by solar panels and a biomass heat generator and making use of the fresh stream water. Pets are allowed and fresh herbs and vegetables are available in the garden in season. In-house

catering can be arranged on special occasions.

The property is well within reach of appealing tourist destinations such as Bakewell, Buxton and the ‘plague village’ of Eyam, but Ab says: Most people who come don’t leave the property because there are lots of different walks, bike trails and running routes to enjoy on-site. It’s a place that inspires.”

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Tranquil surroundings, dark skies and plenty of space are just a few of the numerous delights to be enjoyed while glamping with ecofriendly Into the Woods Cumbria. Based in the beautiful Eden Valley – significantly quieter than the nearby Lake District in tourist season – this wonderfully rustic setting has a quirky but luxurious family-friendly tree house complete with its very own football pitch. It also has a separate glampsite with cabins, camping pitches and social space available to hire as a whole for exuberant festivals,

parties, weddings and celebrations including hen and stag parties.

Into the Woods is intended as a rustic, close-to-nature off-grid experience for people who want to chillax in idyllic countryside. Guests sometimes cycle into the Pennines or wander down to the River Eden. ‘Must sees’ nearby include Lacy’s Caves, which were carved out of the sandstone cliffs in the 18th century, and Long Meg, an impressive stone circle named for a witch who was reputedly turned to stone for breaking the Sabbath. The tree house, Silva, was

craftsman-made by Grant Rowley, who runs the site with his wife, Lucy and their four children. It overlooks the Blencathra mountain and comes with a hot tub, wood burner, underfloor heating, hammocks … and a ping-pong table. Unusually, it sleeps up to six people in two king-sized beds and one double. Hares, owls, deer and many other wild creatures stop by to enjoy the woodland, wildflower meadow, ponds and hedgerows.

Into the Woods glampsite has three cosy off-grid cabins for two, with shared shower and toilet facilities

and cooking space, plus space for 20 tents and campervans. At the heart is The Man Shack, with a bar, stage, DJ booth and outdoor kitchen complete with large pizza oven & BBQ.

Lucy says: “We can accommodate events, festivals and weddings with up to 120 people.”

Into the Woods Cumbria, Maughanby Farm, Little Salkeld, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1NP

T 07900 213352



Like horse racing? Treat yourself to a unique Downs Stables holiday

Countryside lovers and horse racing enthusiasts will be thrilled by stays with The Downs Stables Holidays, holding prime position in the historic National Hunt racing yard which trained one of the most famous Grand National winners of all time, Aldaniti. The yard fronts the chalky charms of the South Downs National Park – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty –stretching out above the popular Sussex seaside town of Worthing five miles away. It is within easy reach of many interesting places including Brighton and Chichester

and is full of exceptional walking and cycling trails.

The yard is less than 20 miles from the renowned Goodwood racing circuit and even closer to two others, Fontwell and Plumpton. It has around 30 race horses in training at any one time, under the guidance of top trainer Nick Gifford. Nick is the son of Josh Gifford, who trained Aldaniti to his epic Grand National win with cancer surviving jockey Bob Champion in 1981. The story of that unlikely feat was immortalised in the film Champions.

Guests of The Downs Stables Holidays will be able to soak up the atmosphere of this busy yard as the horses, trainers and stable staff go about their business.

Ruth Gifford, Nick’s wife, says: “If people would to tour the yard or see the horses on the gallops, that can be arranged.”

Accommodation is in two selfcatering cottages and two glamping pods, all furnished and equipped to high standards and designed for two adults sharing. One well-behaved dog is welcome. The holiday lets both have a double

bedroom, bathroom and open plan living area/kitchen while the pods have a shared bathroom and kitchen nearby. All have their own patio BBQ and parking space. The spot is within walking distance of a pleasant village, Findon, where there are shops, pubs, restaurants and buses.

The Downs Stables Holiday Lets, Stable Lane, Findon West Sussex BN14 0RT T 01903 872226 or 07841 014173


Glamping with Wigwam® Holidays

Knighton is a great way to relax amongst unspoiled nature on a working farm in scenic Mid-Wales. Two deluxe cabins overlook the wide, rolling fields of the Heyope Valley – beautiful in all seasons – and they provide every comfort from smart TV and WiFi, to electrically heated hot tubs on the decking. They are also ideally placed for our readers from Worcestershire and Herefordshire to enjoy a fabulous short break or longer holiday without having to spend too much time on the road getting there.

Wigwam® Holidays fulfil people’s craving to enjoy the natural environment while enjoying all the comforts of home. The Knighton cabins – close to the famous Offa’s Dyke long distance walking route - each have a double bed and double sofabed with luxurious Memory Foam mattresses, living area, en-suite showers and toilets, a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and hotplates and decked outdoor space with dining furniture. They are well heated and insulated and spaced 35 metres apart, far enough for privacy but close enough for socialising

when hired together by families or friends. Picnic benches and firepits help generate happy, chatty evenings under the Milky Way. Despite being distinctly rural and attractive to wildlife, this special site is only about five miles from the bustling market town of Knighton, where facilities include the Offa’s Dyke Centre, access to the River Teme, play space, a swimming pool and even a working observatory, the Spaceguard Centre. It is also close to two national walking trails, the Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way, plus the newly opened

Heart of Wales Line trail between Swansea and Shrewsbury. The Elan Valley Dams and Reservoirs are around 45 minutes away. There is an excellent visitor centre and it is very walker and cyclist friendly. The site is run by Ieuan, together with his parents Emrys and Caroline.

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Travellers enjoy some of the finest coach tours in the world when they book with Highland Explorer Tours, riding in supreme comfort while they discover the best Scottish scenery, history, culture and lifestyle. The award-winning company takes care of all the details such as timings, tickets and accommodation bookings, so passengers can just relax as their expert guides enthral them with the stories which shaped this extraordinary and beautiful land. Tours provided are many and varied, from one day adventures such as watching some of Scotland’s many Highland Games to eight day holidays being wowed

by the Isle of Skye, Orkney and the ‘ultimate road trip’ of the North Coast 500.

Leaving from either Edinburgh or Inverness, many tours take in iconic activities like monsterspotting at Loch Ness, riding the Jacobite Steam Train across magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct or visiting memorable castles such as Alnwick, used for filming Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter franchise.

Others cater to special interests, such as comparing the output of nine whisky distilleries on the Isle of Islay, visiting the landmark castles and battlegrounds of the Jacobite rebellion or wildlife watching

for amazing species such as puffins, whales and eagles on the picturesque west coast and isles of Mull and Iona.

Highland Explorer Tours have more than 25 years’ experience delivering world class tours throughout Scotland, from the Borders to the Outer Hebrides. Customers enjoy a choice of accommodation, but the company also has its own sister company, the Skye Inn in Portree, which offers Scottish hospitality including cosy rooms, local beers and quality home-cooked meals, as well as a great base for touring.

Marketing Manager Kirsty Tough says: “We provide an

unforgettable experience enabling people make the most of their time here. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Scotland, our Mercedes-Benz midi-coaches are exceptionally comfortable and we’re very proud of our great customer feedback and 5 Star accreditation from Visit Scotland.”

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The sky’s the limit at Stargaze Glamping, in among the fabulously dark skies of Pembrokeshire. From romantic shepherd’s huts and luxurious geodomes you can view the constellations, Milky Way and special events from meteor showers to comets, in some cases without even leaving your bed.

Stargaze Glamping sits on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with its fabulous beaches and clifftop walks, near Haverfordwest. It is especially designed to provide tranquil getaway space for adults only.

It is set in rolling countryside in a

wildflower meadow which creates the most wonderful showing during summer and encourages wildlife all year round.

During the daytime the site has glorious views to the Presceli Hills and from March, one shepherd’s hut and both geodomes will have their own private hot tubs from which to enjoy them. All are furnished to create a luxuriously relaxing atmosphere for couples making special memories, with facilities including quality beds and bedding, kitchenettes, bathrooms and outdoor seating and barbeque space.

For an added special touch,

the owners’ on-site farm shop offers premium products from Pembrokeshire producers, including beef from their own farming enterprise. All follows the ‘Gate to Plate’ ethos supporting sustainability and best practice in animal welfare. Breakfast hampers and other tasty offerings can be provided for a memorable cooking experience.

Owner Emily Thomas and her husband used the first of the shepherd’s huts for their own wedding night accommodation and says there is no better place to enjoy a deep Pembrokeshire sunset and then those amazing star-studded skies.

But there is also much to do for those who want to go out and about. Emily says: “We’re near to loads of great places, including being only about 30 minutes from St Davids, the UK’s smallest city. Solva, Little Haven, Tenby and Saundersfoot are all within easy reach and in season you can take a boat trip to Skomer Island to see the puffins.”

Stargaze Glamping, Nolton Cross Farm, Nolton, Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA62 3NP; T 07792 586810



Whether your holiday preferences are for quality self-catering, traditional bed & breakfast or glamorous camping, Kidwelly Farm Cottages has the idyllic South West Wales location on the doorstep of picture-perfect coast and countryside. Set overlooking the ancient town of Kidwelly - full of history, heritage, character and friendliness - it is a fabulous base for exploring numerous places of interest or perhaps simply indulging a love of water sports, walking or cycling in sublime surroundings.

Accommodation on offer at Kidwelly Farm Cottages includes

a superb barn conversion, Y Felin, which sleeps up to 10 people in four en-suite bedrooms, one of which has disabled access and a wetroom shower. Every bedroom has its own TV, but downstairs is a TV lounge with comfy seating for everyone, along with a wellequipped kitchen and dining room. The garden includes a Jacuzzi hot tub, well-equipped play area plus barbeque area.

Owners Peter and Ann Francis provide bed & breakfast in the farmhouse itself, cosy and welcoming with its exposed beams and inglenook fireplaces. All rooms are en-suite with superking-sized

beds, while breakfast is made with premium local produce. Glampers choose from a handcrafted shepherd’s hut and two luxurious safari tents, all with their own hot tubs. There is masses of space outside to play, explore and watch the farm activities.

The farmhouse overlooks Kidwelly itself, resplendent with its magnificent medieval castle and coastal surroundings. The glampsite overlooks popular Pembrey Country Park, with eight miles of pristine golden beach, horse riding, tobogganing, a dry ski slope, pitch and putt, adventure playground and woodland cycle trails.

Ann says: “Our guests really are spoiled for choice. Many visit Tenby, Saundersfoot or the Gower Peninsula. The Millennium Coastal Path is popular, Carmarthen and Llandeilo are interesting and there are many attractions including Dylan Thomas’s former home in Laugharne, the Welsh National Botanic Garden and the National Wetlands Centre. They’re never bored!”

Kidwelly Farm Cottages, Penlan Isaf, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, SA17 5JR;

T 01554 890266


Guests strike 5 Star Gold, as judged by Visit England, when they stay at Old Oak Cottages, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Well placed for a plethora of popular visitor attractions, attractive towns and the historic city of York, the cottages offer not only fabulous views and exemplary comfort but also an indoor heated pool, spa bath and sauna, a tennis court, 400 acres of farmland and exciting play space and equipment for the children.

The eight cottages are certified walker and cyclist friendly, hold a TripAdvisor Certificate of

Excellence and attract not only enthusiastic reviews but much repeat business. They have been created from sensitive barn conversions, combining period features with modern style and convenience.

Named after creatures which inhabit the surrounding land, the cottages sleep from two to seven people. One, Badger, can accommodate eight if booked with a self-contained suite. Badger and two other cottages have a One Step Ahead Mobility 1 rating to make life easier for people who struggle with steps and tight

spaces. Four of the cottages can take a well-behaved dog – there are great walks all around - and all of them have smart TVs, Wi-Fi and quality kitchen appliances.

Some properties overlook the landmark White Horse of Kilburn and all are within convenient driving distance of York, the Dales and the beautiful east coast.

Host Amanda Tattersall, who owns the properties with her husband, John, says: “It’s a beautiful location. It’s wonderful country for walking and cycling and we have got a superb choice of eating

places within 10 minutes’ drive, including Michelin starred ones. We have the James Herriot Museum in Thirsk, Monk Park animal petting farm just in the next village, Castle Howard, Lightwater Valley theme park, Fountains Abbey … the list is endless. There is something brilliant for everyone, from toddlers to pensioners.”

Old Oak Cottages, Thwaites Lane, Little Thirkleby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire Y07 2BB

T 01845 501258 or 07834 412165



Adults can enjoy some grownup space of their own as part of a rejuvenating get-away at Little Hide glampsite, set in lush countryside just a few minutes’ drive or a convenient bus ride from the historic city of York from a bus stop right outside the gates. The accommodation is chic, warm and comfortable, the surroundings peaceful and the potential for memorable days out absolutely unbeatable.

Six of the purpose-designed, glamping pods can accommodate not only two over-18s but also a dog in cosy privacy, each with a

super-comfy Zip & Link bed, sofa seating, a coffee table and outdoor bistro furniture for those intimate evenings together on the decking. Two more ‘posh pods’, a luxury cabin and a yurt of the sort used by nomadic tribes are all kept dog-free and styled to help couples make the very best of their short breaks. This well-managed site, which holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, has toilets and shower blocks close by, including modern wetroom showers with disability access, laundry and washing up areas and fridges and freezers.

A short distance away is the well-established Willow Caravan Park and there, too, the excellent Willow Farm Café, serving delicious farmhouse meals made with choice local produce.

Outdoors, the site lends itself to romantic wanders, with three large ponds attracting ducks, kingfishers and many other wild visitors. The nearby village of Wigginton offers a wide range of take-aways and several friendly food pubs.

York itself has activities including cruising the Ouse, marvelling at the Minster’s rich heritage, niche shopping in the medieval

surroundings of The Shambles or taking in the sights, sounds and smells of ancient England under Viking rule. Some guests have a day at the races, try epicurean treats or take a day out to the seaside, perhaps using the North York Moors Railway to get to Whitby.

Little Hide owner Donna Harper says: “It’s a great location. Our guests really are spoiled for choice.”

The Little Hide, Willow Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH

T 01904 501974


Luxury accommodation set in idyllic woodland and wildflower meadows help guests of Flowery Dell Lodges relax and unwind in an exquisite countryside hideaway. The spot is in the valley of the River Swale near Richmond, the ancient and iconic market town famed as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and known as the ‘Jewel in the Heart of North Yorkshire’.

Stylish décor, private hot tubs and numerous personal touches help generate feelings of total indulgence for people staying at this family-run site, while the local wildlife helps it feel yet more extra-special. People

with an eye for such treats can often spot rabbits and a wide range of bird species, not to mention foxes, badgers and deer.

The lodges sleep from two to six people and are fully equipped to contemporary standards, with quality appliances ranging from TV with Sky packages to dishwashers and microwave ovens. Snug and centrally heated, they come with their own south-facing balconies for alfresco dining. Disability packs with mobility aids for the bathroom can be added free of charge.

Fourteen of the 16 lodges are pet friendly, with exercise areas

provided. They are ideally placed for visits to the National Trust territory of Hudswell Woods, with a network of splendid walks.

The other two lodges are extra luxurious, with their own Scandinavian-style sauna as well as hot tub, and aimed at couples. These are maintained pet-free, are available for single nights as well as longer stays and are highly prized for those extra special romantic occasions such as honeymoons, minimoons and milestone anniversaries. Special treats can be booked as extras, such as a deep massage or a chef-

cooked gourmet meal.

Sam Cullen, who runs the business along with his mum Viv, sisterin-law Michelle and brother David, says: “There’s so much to explore, including Richmond itself, which has a fantastic choice of restaurants, take-aways and shops, a Norman castle, cobbled square, museums, galleries, theatre, cinema and abbey.”

Flowery Dell Lodges, Hudswell Lane, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 6BD; T 01748 822406



Luxury self-catering comes with an aristocratic outlook at Blakelow Farm, in Derbyshire’s ruggedly beautiful Peak District National Park. The two 5 Star rated family holiday cottages overlook beautiful Bonsall Moor, while the lovely landscaped grounds you see beyond belong to Chatsworth House, one of the grandest stately homes in the UK.

Chatsworth itself is a huge pull for the public with its impressive collections of art, rare books, Elizabethan needlework, scientific instruments, historical documents, furniture and contemporary sculpture, among others. Other

major visitor attractions within easy reach include the pretty town of Bakewell and the Heights of Abraham with cable car access, showcaves and hilltop park.

Crich Tramway Village offers an enjoyable step back in time and Derwent Valley Mills is a UNESCO World Heritage Site unfolding the industrial revolution.

Both Fox Cottage and Wren Cottage offer premium comforts and amenities for all the family, even a four acre paddock for a canine companion. Fox sleeps four in two generously proportioned bedrooms served by a shower room, while the freshly redesigned

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Discover the beauty of the lakes, the bustling market town of Keswick is our base to explore some of Cumbria’s most stunning and dramatic landscapes. Tour includes door to door service, courier service, Club Class Extra Legroom coach travel, 4 nights half board accommodation, plus Rydal Mount, Lowther Castle & Gardens, Windermere Lake Cruise and train ride on the Lakeside-Haverthwaite Railway.


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Wren caters for three. Both properties come with excellent amenities, appliances and furnishings, including smart TV with free Netflix, Disney and Prime streaming, upmarket beds and linens, complimentary toiletries and welcome hampers.

The outside area includes dining space with a wood burning stove, barbecue, picnic blankets and parking space with a charging point for electric vehicles.

Owners Andy and Gina took over the premises last year and, keen to achieve perfection for their guests, have been named finalists in the Best New Host ratings by travel site Airbnb.

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Monday 17 to Friday 21 July 2023

Enjoy the popular destination of Sidmouth, full of timeless charm and wonderful seaside scenery. Tour includes door to door service, courier service, Luxury Traveller Coach, reclining seats, complimentary on board drinks, complimentary gift bag, welcome drinks reception, Devon cream tea, Exe River Cruise, free time to explore Sidmouth and free time to explore Lyme Regis. 3*

Former e-commerce professional Andy says: “Before this we had a little apartment in Holmfirth which we rented out. We absolutely loved it and decided that is what we wanted to do with our lives so we sold up and bought Blakelow.

“This April we will be bringing in peacocks, goats and alpacas and having a child-friendly petting area, as well as a hot tub.”

Blakelow Farm, Bonsall Lane, Winster, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2PD T 07539 109005


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Supreme fitness and health are available to all through motivational training programmes devised by the expert behind VIP Fitness. The systems are precision-designed, inspirational, and highly effective. You don’t even have to go to the gym to carry them out!

Based in Alcester, Warwickshire, VIP Fitness is a multi-pronged health business which was founded by a highly qualified fitness expert, Clare David, who also holds international yoga credentials and is a world-class competitive bodybuilder and sponsored athlete in her own right.

She offers exclusive one-to-one personal training in her private gym, locally, but also by video conferencing wherever in the world

her clients are. Her programmes set out personalised results and goals with specific, achievable time frames and build personal relationships to ensure they excel. From her well-equipped gym, Clare and her team of trainers provide VIPower Online Spin Classes; group training with spacious rural outdoor environments nearby, geared around results through friendly competition and camaraderie; bootcamps where like-minded people can challenge themselves in a longer fitness quest and online group fitness training for those not local to her base.

A further option is the trainer in your pocket, Clare’s own 5/2 Programme, accessed via VIP’s very own app, is devised

to encourage you mentally and physically to exercise, strengthen and energise your body, even when you don’t really feel like it. The 5/2 programme is the programme you can carry with you everywhere and is designed to work for everyone, including people who are seriously out of condition, overweight, or with physical limitations.

5/2 is made up of five basic exercises and the two core factors of strength and balance to kickstart motivation and help users gain greater body awareness and self-esteem. It’s accompanied by the option of a special nutrition guide which, once purchased, is accessible for a lifetime.

Clare says: “It was always my passion to create something that would work for everyone who wants health, fitness, and wellbeing. This 5/2 programme is sensible, affordable and accessible.”

Classes with Clare are live-streamed through VIP’s Apple and Google app, utilising online convenience and on demand services.

VIP Personal Training Ltd, Enterprise House, Unit 2, Arden Forest Industrial Estate, Arden Road, Alcester B49 6HN; T 07561 549488


Find the app, search: VIP-Fitness Health & Wellbeing

Plants always cheer up a home or an office, but there’s evidence they make people feel better too, aiding their physical and mental wellbeing in multiple ways. Plantamamita aims to spread that green glow of health with a range of unique and special plant arrangements which are handcrafted with love, care and great-looking blooms and foliage. It’s not hard to know why plants are good for us as they are nature’s natural cleanser, removing all manner of grot from the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, traffic fumes, dust particles and smells from cooking, pets and people. Removal of these irritants may actually reduce people’s susceptibility to eye, throat and

lung disorders and may even assist concentration.

On top of that, simply looking after house plants is thought to generate emotional plus points such as providing an extra area of knowledge and satisfaction, providing a welcome distraction from less enjoyable sensations and connecting people to others with an interest in gardening.

Plantamamita is an independent family business specialising in contemporary plant arrangements which provide maximum impact with minimal looking after. Run from Worcester by passionate plant lover Liuva, the company sells through its own online shop at .

One of the most popular lines is living frames. These are individually designed displays of plants presented as living artworks for vertical hanging, usually made with succulents.

Other popular contemporary displays feature kokedamas, which are a balls of moss covered with soil and bearing ornamental plants; air plants, terrariums, moss frames and hanging plants such as ferns and orchids. All supports and accessories are made from natural materials. Customers can also buy from a great selection of upcycled lamps and plant holders. Everything is eco-friendly and fairly priced.

Liuva says: “I am always trying to provide alternatives to what the everyday garden centres offer.”

Plantamamita rents out boxes mounted on the wall, to other small creative businesses - this is “The Maker Space”. Furthermore they also offer a Coworking space upstairs where people can be productive and work from a different environment for as little as half a day or full days. Perfect for the working nomad.

Plantamamita, Worcester

T 07307 089386


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Luxury self-catering comes with an aristocratic outlook at Blakelow Farm, in Derbyshire’s ruggedly beautiful Peak District National Park. The two 5 Star rated family holiday cottages overlook beautiful Bonsall Moor, while the lovely landscaped grounds you see beyond belong to Chatsworth House, one of the grandest stately homes in the UK.

People who take up treatments with Bridge to Beauty emerge feeling more beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. That’s all part of the service with this exceptional business where beauty and alternative therapy choices range from tanning and facials to full body massage to help people to relax, rebalance and enjoy an extra glow of confidence from within.

major visitor attractions within easy reach include the pretty town of Bakewell and the Heights of Abraham with cable car access, showcaves and hilltop park.

Crich Tramway Village offers an enjoyable step back in time and Derwent Valley Mills is a UNESCO World Heritage Site unfolding the industrial revolution.

fulfil the drama of the plot. As she grew older, though, she realised that the skin deep approach to beauty was very limited and that true beauty comes from a deeper level of the psyche, starting with feeling comfortable and happy within your own skin.

great too, because that pain has lifted. I love the fact that people go out of here feeling happier, perhaps pain-free and just better able to go about dealing with their place in the world. It can be like a mini-break for them!

Owner Lorna Bridge became fascinated with make-up as a young girl. intrigued by the cutting edge techniques of Hollywood to transform people’s appearance to

Chatsworth itself is a huge pull for the public with its impressive collections of art, rare books, Elizabethan needlework, scientific instruments, historical documents, furniture and contemporary sculpture, among others. Other

Yoga has the reputation for being the best possible practice for holistic wellness, benefiting mind, body and spirit, but it can be difficult to make the time for it when commitments feel overwhelming. Angel Yoga provides a divine answer by providing expert, inspirational tuition online.

Practice owner Claire Laho has vast experience in helping people to feel their best, having previously worked as a masseuse at a health spa while perfecting her own yoga skills to a very high level and becoming an international teacher of Classical Hatha Yoga through the Yoga Alliance.

“Although my initial love was theatrical make-up, I trained as a therapist to make people feel better rather than simply look better,” says Lorna. “Sometimes people come in with aching muscles or dull headaches and after a half hour treatment they leave feeling good and they look

Both Fox Cottage and Wren Cottage offer premium comforts and amenities for all the family, even a four acre paddock for a canine companion. Fox sleeps four in two generously proportioned bedrooms served by a shower room, while the freshly redesigned

Claire’s teaching of yoga caters for people at every level of fitness and mobility, from people with limited movement to the very agile. It also includes a range of tools to support people’s overall wellbeing and self-care, such as use of essential oils, crystals, yogic philosophy, breathing exercises and meditation. She deepened her learning while nurturing her own young children and adapting her practice to include yoga for children, expectant mums and new mums.

Angel Yoga now offers a range of in-person classes and yoga retreats in beautiful locations in

Wren caters for three. Both properties come with excellent amenities, appliances and furnishings, including smart TV with free Netflix, Disney and Prime streaming, upmarket beds and linens, complimentary toiletries and welcome hampers. The outside area includes dining space with a wood burning stove, barbecue, picnic blankets and parking space with a charging point for electric vehicles. Owners Andy and Gina took over the premises last year and, keen to achieve perfection for their guests, have been named finalists in the Best New Host ratings by travel site Airbnb.

Based within a salon in Studley, Warwickshire, all Bridge to Beauty treatments begin with a preliminary client consultation to ensure that treatments suit their aims and needs. Pampering possibilities currently include Indian head massage, hot stone massage, spray tanning and facials which cleanse, tone and moisturise.

Sussex and Marbella, Spain, but Claire has also developed her online business to benefit people all over the UK, so they can access her classes from the comfort of their own homes. The classes are available on Zoom and Claire has a personal commitment to support each and every client via What’s App and one to one Zooms. There is the option of monthly membership with added bonuses or single sessions.

“My online classes really are for everyone,” says Claire, “Including people who struggle to find the motivation to get to a class or who have children at home. I will be

Self-employed Lorna continually updates her skills and adds new treatments, with latest including waxing, brow lamination and lash and brow tinting.

Former e-commerce professional Andy says: “Before this we had a little apartment in Holmfirth which we rented out. We absolutely loved it and decided that is what we wanted to do with our lives so we sold up and bought Blakelow.

Lorna says: “I welcome everybody, all ages, all genders and especially people who are struggling with their emotional health. We want everyone to leave here feeling relaxed and uplifted.”

“This April we will be bringing in peacocks, goats and alpacas and having a child-friendly petting area, as well as a hot tub.”

Blakelow Farm, Bonsall Lane, Winster, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2PD

Bridge to Beauty, 39 Alcester Road, Studley, B80 7NJ T 07870 481333

T 07539 109005



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there to support you every step of the way”

“We practice on three mornings before work and the school run and on two evenings every week. The sessions are very accessible and being at home cuts out any travel time, extra costs, or the competitiveness of thinking you need to be doing what others in a class may be doing. It really is just you, your body & mind, with me as your guide”

Angel Yoga, Surrey, T 07305 688607


Facebook @ Angel Yoga

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Whether it’s a 2 or 3 night break or a longer stay we can cater to your needs. Ranging from a picturesque thatched cottage perfect for exploring the New Forest National Park, to a luxury Georgian townhouse in the heart of the thriving harbour town of Christchurch Dorset, or a fishing break in Devon, we have the perfect property for you.

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Whether it is a spot of fishing, horse riding, watersports, or just a great meal, we have some great suggestions.

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For 2, 3, 4 and 7 night stays.

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Make the most of your stay and add some extras including hot tub hire, exclusive fishing, E-Mountain bike hire to name but a few, all available in your cart when making a booking.

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Most of our properties have wheelchair access and bedrooms on the ground floor. Email: Call: 01425 517 311
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Iona is famed for its wild beauty, white sand beaches and the ‘Cradle of Christianity,’ being a long-time place of pilgrimage and royal burial place since St Columba arrived in the 6th century. Machair House is a selfcatering family home with a garden and sea and mountain views, perfectly placed for exploring the island’s unspoiled charms, including Columba’s fully restored monastery, eagles, spectacular landscapes and, in the main town, traditional shops, crafts and local hospitality, perhaps even a ceilidh.

Midlanders used to traffic and urban sprawl will feel liberated the moment they arrive. The

Hidden Gem

resident population of this 1.5 by 3 mile community is around 170. There are no cars save for taxis from the ferry port and the landscape is unsullied by anything that would rate as ‘built-up.’

The island is farmed by traditional crofting methods, administered by the National Trust for Scotland to ensure that the way of life of both people and animals is preserved. Machair House is one with that tradition. With three bedrooms sleeping up to seven people, it is set on a 33 acre croft supporting cows and sheep. It is warm, welcoming, fully equipped and freshly decorated, within walking distance of the Abbey and a pristine beach. There

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are frequent boat trips to Staffa – famous for puffins – and other islands. Guests are free to bring their wellbehaved pets to share the tranquillity.

Owner Jamie Dods says: “Machair House has been in my family for over 300 years. My grandparents were the last people to live in the house permanently, until last year. I spent lots of happy time there with them while I was growing up. It is a very special place.”

Facilities include smart TV, wi-fi and many pleasing touches including board games, books and DVDs. Jamie takes bookings for a week or longer.

Find us on Facebook, Airbnb and search Machair House Iona.

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Northern Ireland has blossomed as a tourist destination, bolstered by world famous phenomena such as filming locations used in the Game of Thrones fantasy TV drama, The Titanic Experience showcasing Belfast’s shipbuilding history and the Causeway Coastal Route linking landmarks such as the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway

and the world’s oldest registered whiskey distillery, Bushmills.

Even so, there is so much more to see! At the west end of the Causeway Coast is the market town of Limavady, with the striking Binevenagh mountain as a backdrop, while on the eastern end is the seaside resort of Newcastle, County Down, at the foot of Slieve


County Fermanagh offers exhilarating sights such as the Marble Arch showcaves and the Stairway to Heaven, the steep final section of an amazing trail through blanket bog over tracks and boardwalks on Cuilcagh Mountain, 10 miles from Enniskillen. 26
Donard, highest of the Mourne Mountains.

Keenaghan Cottage, located on the shores of Keenaghan Lough is an exceptional example of a Traditional 1800’s Irish Thatched Cottage combined with 5* awarded Luxury. Romantically nestled in stunning County Fermanagh, yet a ‘stone’s throw’ into magical County Donegal... it’s the perfect location for exploring Northern Ireland and the West coast of Ireland. Bringing together history, comfort and style, the cottage is a two bedroom, two restroom property with its own private grounds and parking. Keenaghan Cottage is a unique place, and it’s all yours. A haven for wildlife and fly fishing. You really will feel like you have stepped back in time to a quieter and more peaceful way of life, allowing you to re-connected with nature and yourself!

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Cyclists, walkers and other lovers of the great outdoors will find themselves spoiled for choice in the stunningly beautiful surroundings of Dumfries & Galloway. Offering a landscape replete with beautiful lochs, forests and rivers, this is a land of adventure aplenty for everyone from first time feet finders to fearless limit busters. For those who prefer their adventure relaxing rather than taxing, the drive along the Solway Firth coastline exhilarating.

Dumfries & Galloway is famous as cycling country, holding five of the Seven Stanes mountain biking centres created across southern Scotland by the Forestry Commission. These offer graded trails for everyone from young families to committed thrill seekers, including four ‘extreme’ rated downhill trails at Innerleithen in Tweed Valley River Park. Riders can save their energy for the ride by taking the Adrenalin Uplift shuttle

bus, when available. Walkers, too, are encouraged, with many accepting the invitation to walk the Southern Upland Way, passing through Traquair village on the way up to Minch Moor.

Watersports fans may find themselves kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding on othe Solway waves, while golfers will enjoy scenery as well as challenges at courses such as family friendly Solway Links pay & play course.

Jacquie's B&B Dumfries

The house is situated on a hill overlooking the historical town of Dumfries. just 20 minutes from the 7 Staines cycle route, activity centres, water sports, fishing, stunning beaches, lochs, rivers, waterfalls, mountains and wildlife.

Our properties offer both

unique and versatile accommodations. Our guests become part of our family whilst staying with us, and yes we have been known to have BBQs and a few drinks with many of them. We have single visitors and couples and on occasions, we have

opened up the second twin bedroom in the main house for returning visitors who wanted to bring the entire family back with them.

We have a WHT called Dougal, who will greet you with great excitement, in our guest’s reviews, Dougal is always mentioned,

however, if you are not great fans of dogs, he will patiently watch through the window.

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The properties at Mochrum Park are in an ideal position for walks through the park and along side the river Bladnoch where we have some of our Salmon fishing the location also makes an ideal base for exploring the region and all that it has to offer. The properties are comfortable for the whole family to enjoy a relaxing holiday whether it is a Spring break, summer holiday or a festive getaway that you are looking for.

The houses have just recently been upgraded and we are confident that your holiday with us in Galloway will be leave you feeling relaxed and with some fantastic memories.

Newton Stewart is about 6 miles away, which has a variety of shops such as Sainsbury’s, local bakery and local award winning butchers. The properties are ideally located in an idyllic countryside location where there are plenty of lovely country walks and an abundance of village tearooms, craft shops a short drive away.

Welcome to Caerlaverock Cottages, a portfolio of two high standard, tranquil holiday cottages in South West Scotland. Situated on the picturesque Solway Coast, we are a family-run company offering a home away from home within a stones-throw of Scotland’s only WWT location at Caerlaverock.

With properties a 10 minute drive from the country town of Dumfries in Caerlaverock which is designated a national scenic area, Caerlaverock cottages are perfectly located for a holiday in Dumfries and Galloway. Often referred to as Scotland’s hidden gem, there is plenty on offer. From birdwatching to mountain biking, art galleries to golf, there’s something for everyone.

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Artists and writers have left given Dumfries & Galloway an entertaining and enduring culture all of its own, which continues to fulfil tourists’ thirst for stories and stimulation.

Kirkcudbright – with a natural harbour which was once home to a fleet of war galleys – has become known since the 1880s for its thriving community of artists. That has grown and developed exponentially and created an annual

arts trail, this year in its 21st year and running from August 4 to 7 with some 150 creative exhibitors opening their homes, gardens, sheds and other venues so people can enjoy and purchase their work, see it being made and ask all the questions they wish.

Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town and home to multiple independent bookshops. Read all about it in The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell,

Join us somewhere special. Find calm. Explore the outdoors. Surrender to the power of nature. Stay in our collection of cosy, self-catering country cottages exude peace and comfort in their remote rural settings. With breathtaking views overlooking the rolling hills of Galloway, all our cottages are finished with family living at heart and adventures in mind.


We welcome you to reconnect with nature, we invite you to discover our ethos and we encourage you to explore our collection of unique experiences including, Aerial yoga an exhilarating practice, promising to deliver on strength training, flexibility improvement as well as being a fun way to feel good.

Find the feeling of rural solitude

in our charming gardener’s cottage

Culdoach Cottage is immersed in floral beauty and overlooking the rich greenness of our Scottish countryside, a cosy invitation awaits you. The downstairs double bedroom has an en-suite shower room and the two further upstairs bedrooms benefit from a shared bathroom, with all double beds able to be set up as twins.


keeper of The Bookshop, Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop, where thousands of titles line nearly a mile of shelving.

Nature also works her artistry in these parts, notably at Logan Botanic Garden, where exotic palms, ferns giant gunnera and other wonders from the world’s hottest spots are nurtured by the Gulf Stream on the south west tip of Scotland below Stranraer. 32

Ross Bay Retreat self catering holiday cottages in Dumfries & Galloway, a cosy, coastal retreat with sea views from each balcony; when you need to get away from it all.

Our quartet of seafront self catering cottages, and our Retreataway have uninterrupted views of the shoreline of Ross Bay with its birdlife and wildflowers, the sounds of silence and the tides rolling in and out over the salt marshes each day… look across to Skiddaw in the Lake District, and enjoy the beautiful Solway. The sea is only a stones throw from the cottages! Location, location, location…when you want to get away from it all!

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Everybody loves the idea of staying somewhere unique, especially when combined with comfort, conviviality and stunning surroundings such as those featured here.

Oxford Glamping is extraordinary glamping in a spacious, well-equipped nature dome, with windows positioned for spotting those celestial special effects and constellations from the deeply comfy bed. Games galore and

a friendly village pub help to ensure a happy, relaxed atmosphere.

The friendly Manor Arms in Cumbria offers traditional pub pursuits and an extremely palatable range of cask ales to satisfy even seasoned connoisseurs. Enjoy the qualities which make this a favourite with locals from the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA.

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The glamping bedroom hut is nestling in the garden of this charming Georgian house in the centre of a traditional Dorset village. It’s cosy and super comfy with double glazed windows and central heating. The double bed can be converted to twin beds. Within a couple of steps is the bathroom hut with shower, toilet and basin. There is a garden table and 2 chairs on the lawn and you’re free to enjoy the rest of the walled garden. Dogs are welcome.

Nearby is a hut which has a raised fireplace. All 3 huts are for exclusive use. Cost, £90 per night. There are also 2 double bedrooms in the main house which are adjacent to their dedicated bathroom with bath, overbath shower, toilet and basin. £90 per night per room. Book a Holistic Massage for those aches and pains - either a light massage or deep tissue; or perhaps an Indian Head Massage. Ask for details and prices. website:

The bbq hut with raised central fireplace can be used to just sit and enjoy the space. If you wish to light the fire, use the fridge and microwave a small charge will be made which includes logs and kindling. You can order yummy freshly made meals in the village and there is a cafe opposite. Excellent food is served in our pub which is 2 minutes’ walk. 34


A secluded, off-grid hideaway, nestled deep in the Cambrian Mountains of wild Mid-Wales. Woodcock Cabin offers a luxury, romantic bolt hole for those wishing to immerse themselves in nature and appreciate the simpler pleasures in life.

Curl up in front of the cosy log burner, recline on the veranda in the beautifully handcrafted swing-chair, or lie back in the hammock and drift off to the sounds of nature. For a unique and heavenly experience, light the wood-fired hot tub and immerse yourselves in the unforgettable pleasure of outdoor bathing under the incredible stars.

From tragic tales of a once prominent country estate, to exquisite dark skies, this truly special place will entrance all who visit. You simply cannot leave Woodcock Cabin without absorbing just a little of its magic.


Manor Arms, the gateway to Duddon Valley

This award winning, family run 17th century Free House, The Manor Arms is open daily from 12 noon, closing at 11.30pm (12 midnight on Friday and Saturday). Furness CAMRA’s pub of the year 2019. In the bar we have a pool table and a pool team in addition to a selection of other activities including dominoes, cards, chess and books to keep the children happy.

We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy The Manor Arms and this uniquely attractive area and remind you that, for the weary tourist not wanting to return home just yet, there are comfortable en-suite rooms accompanied the following morning by another splendid experience in the form of a Manor Arms breakfast served in the comfort of your room.

• A mini beer festival, daily!

• Up to 8 real ales available

• 150 guest ales annually

• En-suite rooms available

• CAMRA B&B start rating

• Pool table and games

• Car parking nearby

• A long established, family owned free house

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The Cairngorms is the largest of the UK’s national parks, double the size of the Lake District and an treasury of stunningly beautiful mountains, countryside and ancient forests, not to mention welcoming human communities, in the heart of Scotland. Here, visitors can find amazing walking trails, jewellike lochs, rushing rivers and

amazing attractions such as three ski centres, a mountain railway and the Highland Wildlife Park, where residents include polar bears, wolves, elk and bison supplement the local celebrities such as golden eagles, otters, red deer and mountain hare.

Those with energy to burn can get busy bagging Munros –

peaks over 3,000 feet high, the tallest being the UK’s second highest behind Ben Nevis, Ben Macdui – from a choice of more than 40. Others may enjoy strolling around royal hang-outs such as Ballater and Braemar, perhaps taking in choice castles, Highland Games, or visiting the many whisky distilleries around Speyside and beyond. 38

Auchnascraw Mill is nestled in the beautiful heather-clad Ladder Hills of the Braes of Glenlivet within the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. Our stone mill was originally built in the 1830s as a working mill, grinding oats for the local farming community until the mid-1940s. Many original features of this mill have

been integrated into what is now a modern, light-filled and characterful living space.

The spacious and open living/ dining room features everchanging panoramic views of the fields, farmland and hills.

Everyone will appreciate the original Caithness flagstone

floors, now modernized with cosy underfloor heating. Venture out to enjoy the great outdoors or light the woodstove, stay in and just relax. We have a high percentage of return guestsread our reviews to get a sense of why people love Auchnascraw Mill . . . for its comfort, functionality and down-to-earth style.

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“It was our first trip to the Scottish Highlands and we were mesmerised by the beauty of the land and the friendliness of the people. We loved visiting castles, sipping whisky and discovering standing stones. We even saw a playful pod of dolphins in Spey Bay! We can’t wait to come back!”



Yurts offer great glamping accommodation with much more space than pods and huts can offer. Our featured selection is seriously superb!

Embrace the Space is very special, with six amazing acres of land to explore in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. There is a choice of three fixed yurts, one Mongolian model and

two luxurious European. Surrounded by stunning views and close to fantastic beaches and woodlands, it offers endless adventures for the whole family.

Ruby’s Orchard sits in a splendid setting between Dartmoor and the North Devon coast. It is both wild and private, with habitats including forest, gorse and orchard, a haven for nature close to the

Tarka Trail and many other highly popular attractions.

Quality counts at another Devon location, Blackdown Yurts, endowed with a rare Visit England Gold Award. It’s just perfect for families, with encouragement given for den building, wildlife spotting, bat detecting and many other wild, wonderful activities. 42 Please mention the County Lifestyle and Leisure magazine when responding

Welcome to Embrace the Space, the home of luxury yurts and traditional yurts. Embrace the Space is nestled in the fantastic Welsh countryside, just 12 miles north of Carmarthen and 6 miles south of the market town of Newcastle Emlyn. This is the perfect location to enjoy the tranquility of nature whilst still being in striking distance of all the outdoor adventures and beautiful beaches that the counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion have to offer. We have always had the dream of making an exclusive retreat, tucked away in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of your usual tourist centres, but within easy reach of them if required. Embrace the Space is the perfect hideaway where you can come, connect with friends, family and loved ones and enjoy the space and nature.



Shepherd’s Huts are simply the best when it comes to creating the right conditions for a romantic tryst, a sweet short break with a very young child or just some private time, ringfenced against the needs of business, career building and other everyday concerns. Our top five Shepherd’s Hut providers are

all situated in dream locations, close to breathtakingly beautiful nature and yet offering modern comforts and even luxuries such as your own private hot tub in which to relax the evening away under exceptionally starry skies.

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Craven View Shepherds Huts

We have two beautiful shepherds huts, on our small working farm, situated near the Weets Hill above the small town of Barnoldswick. Wake up to the stunning panoramic views looking towards Craven and the Dales including Ingleborough, Penyghent and Malham Cove. Just a ten minute walk away is Barnoldswick with its unique selection of independent retail shops and town square. Visit Bancroft Mill Engine Museum, walk or cycle along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal to the famous mile tunnel at Foulridge. Find us on Sykes Cottages or AirBNB

and relish the peace, quiet and tranquillity which they offer, without the need to sacrifice any comfort whatsoever. Feast on tasty treats cooked on an open fire or barbecue and snuggle up with panoramic views of Britain’s most stunning countryside. Life doesn’t get any lovelier than this!

Each hut has a kingsize bed, seating area, small kitchen area and an ensuite bathroom including a flushing toilet, sink and walk-in rain shower. Underfloor heating adds to the cosy feel. There is a TV and covered outdoor seating area. 44 Please mention the County Lifestyle and Leisure magazine when responding

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Combining the peace and quiet of a rural farm setting in the beautiful East Yorkshire countryside, with easy access to the coast and historic towns and cities, West Hale Gate Glamping offers a great location for a short break or longer holiday. Our Shepherd’s Huts, offer a high end glamping experience which can be an escape from day-to-day stresses, or tailored with optional extras to offer couples a very romantic and private stay.


Spacious Shepherd’s hut’s with outdoor bath’s. The Spindle berry Hut and The Hurdlemakers Huts are Beautifully bespoke Shepherds hut nestled in a tranquil field on a peaceful farm in the Piddle Valley, Dorset.

With outdoor claw foot Stargazing bath tub, King-size bed, en-suite shower room and fully equipped kitchen. High speed (fibre based) wireless internet connection. Relax, listen and watch nature or maybe sit around the fire pit with a glass of wine.

Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside and yet within easy reach of Dorchester, Weymouth, Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Nearby village pubs to wine and dine in at Piddletrenthide and Piddlehinton and The Brace of Pheasants Pub in Plush, within walking distance was Dorset Dining Pub of the Year 2017.

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Whether you’re seeking romance, grown-up downtime or full-on family fun, Dittisham Hideaway has the perfect dog-friendly self-catering accommodation in beautiful south Devon countryside. Just a few miles from the sublime beaches of the ‘English Riviera’ and within walking distance of the River Dart, it’s set in a wooded valley and has a stunning range of high quality treehouses, shepherds’ lodges and a fullyrestored 1950s American Airstream trailer, all luxuriously fitted out as the backdrop to an idyllic, peaceful getaway.

On-site facilities include a circular woodland walk with a boules pitch, ping-pong and table football table on the decks of the treehouses, while each hideaway has its own wood-fired hot tub and barbecue space.

Near at hand are Dartmouth Hotel with a spa, restaurant and championship golf course, a business renting out boats, kayaks and paddleboards, an adventure park, fishing trips and horse riding. A short drive can take you to mountain biking heaven in the Haldon Forest or exploring

Dartmoor, perhaps including a visit to the former family home of crime writer Agatha Christie.

The accommodation is all carefully designed, thoughtfully furnished and expertly equipped to give a high end, stylish experience in tune with the surroundings.

The four cedar-clad treehouses are geared to couples or young families and sleep up to five, with underfloor heating, a family bathroom and en-suite.

The Airstream is an iconic Sovereign of the Road for two, polished and gleaming as the epitome of stylish caravanning heritage, complete with retro-fittings but also up-tothe-minute technology from air conditioning to smart TV.

The shepherds’ lodges have been handcrafted to high and spacious specifications for two people to enjoy blissful togetherness, right down to the double hammock on the terrace. One of the five shepherds’ lodges has a separate mini-hut for children.

Dittisham Hideaway welcome packages provide West Country treats for both human and canine holidaymakers.

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Whether you’re staying in the landlocked Midlands or heading for the coast, you can be sure our selection of four top campsites will offer idyllic surroundings to ensure you have the best time while you’re on site. They’re all clean and green, run by people who really know about their customers’ needs and are at great pains to meet them.

Off site, all four sites have amazing experiences to people to enjoy. Check out the appealing retail pods of Amble Harbour Village in Northumberland, wonder at the Major Oak which sheltered the legendary Robin Hood in Nottinghamshire, explore the world famous Roman baths of Bath from Bristol or drink in the beauty of the Mendips here on home territory.


Walkmill Campsite is a quiet and peaceful campsite encircled by the River Coquet. Amongst idyllic woodland and wild flowers across the meadow in mid-summer, Walkmill is a tranquil site on a smallholding of over 8 acres. The river bank that surrounds Walkmill is a Natural England SSSI and therefore a protected area due to the wildlife and wildflowers. The pleasant 30 to 40 minute walk to Warkworth Castle takes in the riverside passing by the hermitage and once in Warkworth the wonderful sandy beach stretches for miles.

Warkworth to Amble is quite an easy 3 mile walk or cycle following the estuary. This walk explores the River Coquet before the Northumberland Coast around Amble where there are boat trips to see the ‘Puffins’ on Coquet Island. Walkmill Campsite is within easy reach of the Coast and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh, so makes a good overnight stop for cyclists.

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Sherwood Pines

Sherwood Pines Campsite offers 40 acres of beautiful woodland in an ideal location for Sherwood Forest and Forestry England activities. Tents and tourers are welcome on any of the site’s pitches, ranging from non electric grass pitches to fully serviced hardstanding. The area is also packed with great walks including the famous Major Oak from the Robin Hood legends.

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Welcome to Embrace the Space, the home of luxury yurts and traditional yurts. Embrace the Space is nestled in the fantastic Welsh countryside, just 12 miles north of Carmarthen and 6 miles south of the market town of Newcastle Emlyn. This is the perfect location to enjoy the tranquility of nature whilst still being in striking distance of all the outdoor adventures and beautiful beaches that the counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion have to offer. We have always had the dream of making an exclusive retreat, tucked away in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of your usual tourist centres, but within easy reach of them if required. Embrace the Space is the perfect hideaway where you can come, connect with friends, family and loved ones and enjoy the space and nature. 54 1940s Step back to the Saturday 24th –Sunday 25th June, Saturday 1st –Sunday 2nd July Book your tickets in advance and save! SVR.CO.UK 01562 757900 THE BIG BAND SHOW A festival of 1940s music each Saturday night! ◊ Market trader/ wholesale ◊ Specialises in ‘Artisan raw milk cheese’ ◊ Bespoke british and Continental cheeses ◊ Supplies cheese boards and cheese ‘cakes’ for weddings Offering a wide variety of cheeses for all kinds of events as well as travelling across the uk bringing the best cheeses to you. Cheesemongers & Affineur based in the beautiful Cotswolds 07966 434783 

My name is Hilly Hannken and I am a yoga teacher with 20 years experience.


Alongside the weekly face-toface classes I run in Malvern, I also offer online yoga classes via Zoom. Being in the familiar comfort of your own home with no need to travel is, for many people a preferable way to attend a weekly class.


Every month or so I arrange a yoga retreat. This might be a day retreat or a residential weekend. I have access to some stunning locations within the three counties and sometimes beyond and, alongside a full programme of yoga, relaxation and meditation, there is usually time to explore the local countryside with a walk. These are a great way to step away from the usual pace of life and take some space to reflect with likeminded people and often great friendships are formed.

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Sandness, situated on the West Side of Shetland and Trefriw Woollen Mill in North Wales have been family run for five generations.

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Perennial’s Gardens

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Open Wednesday 2-5pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm, 1 April - 29 October. No booking required. West Stow, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HD

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As part of the 2023 events programme, a celebration of tulips will open the season. Over 20,000 tulips have been planted across the gardens. Some are the historical varieties planted by Sir Roy Strong and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman, with many more being chosen by the garden team, such as Tulip Jimmy in honour of the Senior Gardener and Tulip Wyndham for the Garden Manager.  Celebration of Tulips - 1, 2, 4 and 6-11 April. General opening - Tuesdays and Thursdays

13 April - 31 October. Booking essential.

Laskett Lane, Much Birch HR2 8HZ

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Situated in the historic market town of Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

Merton House Hotel is set in a beautiful location overlooking the River Wye and across to the Black Mountains of Wales. Please contact us for further details and current special offers.

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Albion Lodge Retirement Home

We are a family run establishment and the care we provide is very much based on the ethos that we look after people as if they are part of our own family. Offering individualised care, we aim

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Swan in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. We are well supported by our local surgery, district nurses, foot care, physiotherapists and a visiting hairdresser. Our CQC rating is GOOD.

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