countryside

Iconic Scottish mansion reopens to guests

For hundreds of years this beautiful Scottish mansion, Carphin House in Fife has been renowned for its hospitality and now it has opened its doors to visitors who can stay there on an exclusive-use basis.

The nine-bedroom house is beautifully decorated in light airy colours that naturally complement the original antiques, open fires and cosy atmosphere. The public rooms make the house ideal for house parties and boutique weddings with the option of in-house event planners to create the perfect event.  Guests can even rent a hot tub for the duration of their stay.

Owner, Ruth Macallan, said:

The North West - Rolling hills and industrial heritage

North West  Rolling hills and industrial heritage

From world famous lakes to industrial heritage, the North West seems to have it all.
A coastline that takes in art, entertainment and breathtaking beauty, plus cities steeped in history yet striding ahead.
It’s a region of variety, not least for walkers who can stroll on gentle hills or conquer a mountain. A visit to the Lake District never fails to impress. Old, young, fit or otherwise, you can stride out amongst the stunning landscape here or gaze in awe at the picture postcard surroundings instead.
Away from the lakes and mountains there are villages aplenty to keep visitors entertained. From sleepy Grasmere to bustling Bowness, browse the gift shops, galleries and museums at your leisure.

Hugely popular Park Life! is back for 2017 at Compton Verney

Hugely popular Park Life! is back for 2017 at Compton Verney

The much loved Compton Verney family event returns this summer, bringing the best of entertainment for toddlers to grannies, a wealth of top quality British folk music and a very special celebration of the English countryside

 

For the third year in succession, Park Life! will be staged in the stunning grounds of Warwickshire’s celebrated art gallery and park, Compton Verney.

 

Taking place on Sunday 25th June 2017 (10.30am – 5pm) Park Life! condenses a smorgasbord of entertainment, fabulous Folk, contemporary crafts and artisan products, including delicious food and drink all into a single day.

 

Somerset Garden yurt and Gypsy caravan is unique

somerset garden yurt and gypsy caravan is unique

Its exclusive and  offers guests a totally special experience,  Guests do not share the site with any other booking. They have it all to themselves, and enjoy space, privacy, and luxury.

Set in the rural Somerset Countryside, guests enjoy sole use of the barn, fitted with comfy seating, a log burner,  dining section and covered BBQ area. Added to that there is the  genuine original romantic Gypsy Caravan. The yurt is massive, providing an amazing circular space in which to chill sleep and relax There is also a cabin with fully fitted kitchen,  shower room and separate toilet.

We aim to provide most everything you might need, all your bedding,  logs for the fire pit, charcoal

British Tourism & Travel Show announces headline speakers for 2017

TV presenter Julia Bradbury and Travelzoo’s UK MD Joel Brandon-Bravo are now confirmed to host headline Keynotes at British Tourism & Travel Show 2017 – which returns to the NEC Birmingham next year on 22-23 March.

British Tourism & Travel Show – the largest domestic tourism showcase for the UK and Ireland’s travel trade is renowned for attracting a host of big name speakers discussing the key issues, opportunities and hot topics facing the domestic tourism sector today, and this year is no exception.

The secret to warm and happy guests all year round

Sunrise at The Secret Yurts

In the depths of winter we all long for those halcyon, warm days of holidays.

Find out how one glamping site in rural Wales has used innovative renewable technology to provide warmth to its guests all year round, minus the high heating prices and servicing costs, and gets a nice return through a Government incentive on the side.

Background

The Phillips’ run www.thesecretyurts.co.uk, a holiday business in the heart of the Welsh countryside

Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe – “A Fantastic Day”

exmoor calvert horseshoe a fantastic-day

Calvert Trust Exmoor ran its first ever open country horse riding event, the Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe, on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016.

‘The Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe’ offered two alternative rides through beautiful Exmoor countryside, a 15 kilometre leisure ride and a 25 kilometre endurance ride. Both rides started and ended at Comer’s Gate, near Withypool, taking in beautiful Exmoor scenery including the Barle River valley, Dunkery Gate,  Dunkery Hill, Cloutsham Ball and Horner Woods.

Local Rider Julie Lyons described her experience of the event; “I had a fantastic day, made some new friends, and enjoyed some beautiful scenery and lovely weather at this well organised event.  See you again next year!

The perfect English countryside retreat – La Fosse at Cranborne

La Fosse at Cranborne

La Fosse at Cranborne is an award-winning restaurant and boutique B&B situated in the heart of the countryside on the Dorset/Wiltshire border in the UK.  With this beautiful location La Fosse attracts avid walkers and cyclists from all over the UK, Europe and further afield, visiting for short breaks or longer holidays.  Guests are charmed by the history of the small Cranborne village and the Cranborne Manor Estate to which it once belonged.    

Guests can enjoy a range of well-appointed rooms and suites as well as sitting rooms, an English country Garden, outside dining area and barbeque hut.  With a selection of onsite bikes and walking guides, the team are always on hand to help guests explore the Dorset countryside.   

Castleton Caravan Club Site

Castleton Caravan Club Site is set within the heart of Peak National Park and is an ideal location for a family holiday to unplug and rediscover the great outdoors, get lost on nature trails and to get your wellies dirty with the whole family. The site has breath-taking views of the local countryside and boosts, toilet and shower facilities as well as wi-fi and laundry services so campers and caravanners have a comfortable visit.

The site is ideally located for lots of family fun actives such as cycling around the peak district, seeing how high you can climb on the rock climbing walls and discovering the underground rock formations in the local potholes.

A YEAR OF INSPIRATIONAL EVENTS AT DARTINGTON HALL

Dartington Hall

Set within a 1200 acre estate, Dartington Hall, a Grade I listed venue in the tranquil Devon countryside, is hosting a spectacular line up of events, inspirational courses and festivals throughout the year.  Utterly unique in the area, Dartington Hall is a social enterprise venue, whereby society not the business profits, and has a long history of using its land and activities to provide learning opportunities and entertainment for all ages and interests.