The first May Bank Holiday weekend is around the corner, kicking off on Friday 28 April.
The best news? England is set for another mini heatwave, with temperatures forecast to hit as high as 21C.
Celebrate with a staycation in one of the five following gorgeous counties (and picture perfect Hoseasons accommodations therein). Or, if you’re from outside of England, start planning your next trip to Blighty now!
Dorset is home to the Jurassic Coast [pictured above], a dramatic, 96-mile shoreline that must be seen to be believed. A World Heritage Site, it was the first natural site in England to make it onto the list.
It’s one of England’s loveliest regions, with over half its 2,653 km² is officially recognized as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Plus, Dorset reportedly gets 364 more hours of sunshine than the UK average.
Where to stay in Dorset:
Straddling the Dorset/Somerset border are the picturesque Swandown Lodges. They’re located within the parkland of the renowned and historic Cricket St Thomas Estate, covering 1000 acres.
The lodges are stylish and contemporary in design, while the site itself boasts an indoor heated pool. It’s a Hoseasons 2016 Diamond Award winner.
The Northwest corner of England is where you’ll find the county of Cumbria – and of course, the mighty Lake District, which is visited by 16 million people per year. It’s home to the country’s tallest mountain, Scarfell Pike [pictured above], which is 978m above sea level.
Furthermore, other stunning natural sights in Cumbria include Aira Force waterfall, Grizedale Forest and Windermere, the largest lake in England.
Where to stay in Cumbria:
Found near the top edge of the Lake District and secluded in the magical Greystoke Forest is Thanet Well Lodge Retreat. It boasts magnificent views of Carrock Fell, Bowscale Fell and Blencathra Mountain.
Again, the luxurious lodges –which sleep up to six – have a clean, cool, modern aesthetic. The complex is served by an on-site shop.
Also straddling the tip of the Lake District is Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat. The complex also benefits from being 10 miles from the historic town of Keswick. This glossy new park was opened in winter 2016, so the lodges look ultra modern inside and out, and some complete with private hot tub.
Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat has everything you could possibly need for a mini break: check out the Ammara Spa, an adults-only Jacuzzi and sauna, a state of the art gym, Cooper Fells Bar and Brasserie and the on-site corner shop.
Somerset is best known for Glastonbury Music Festival, which attracts up to 200,000 revelers, making it the seventh largest city in the south of England when it’s on. But there’s plenty more to see in the Southwestern county – not least the Glastonbury site itself, which is strangely beautiful when the festival isn’t on.
Other major selling points include Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Exmoor National Park and miles of beautiful coastline looking up into the Bristol Channel.
Where to stay in Somerset:
Located a 16-minute drive from Somerset’s most famous city – the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Bath – are these cosy self catering accommodations. The edge of the Cotswolds is also close by.
The pretty Newton Brook stream passes through the park. Plus, the retreat also has its own eatery, The Brook Bar and Bistro, based in 350-year-old mill house.
Sharing a border with Somerset is Devon, which boasts coastline looking at the Bristol and English Channels. The second largest county in England, after North Yorkshire, also has two National Parks.
Dartmoor covers 954 km², Exmoor covers 692 km² – that’s almost 25% of Devon’s 6,707 km². The parks are home to a vast array of wildlife, including red deer, otters and bats.
Where to stay in Devon:
It’s only 12 minutes in the car from the picturesque town of Newton Abbot, but you’ll feel a million miles away in Finlake Holiday Resort, as it’s set among 130 acres of peaceful woodland.
In addition to Finlake’s fantastic, Scandinavian-style lodges, the park offers a multitude of activities. These include fencing, archery, body sorbing, horse riding, and also a climbing wall.
Next, under an hour’s drive away from Finlake on the eastern side of the county is Hawkchurch Resort and Spa, known for their chic interiors.
No doubt, this is a great destination for wellness lovers. The park offers a hydrotherapy pool and a sauna and Hamman-style steam room. Treatments include massages, mani/pedis and also skin polishing.
Finally, Cornwall, which shares a border with Devon and is found in the most Southwesterly tip of England. Thus it has an amazing 300 miles of coastline to its name, making it the surf capital of the UK.
What’s more, there’s plenty to see further inland too: world-renowned attractions like the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan help draw 4.5 million visitors to the area per year.
Where to stay in Cornwall:
For five star luxury – and if you wish, your own private hot tub to relax in – head to Gwel an Mor. Found in North Cornwall, many of these sumptuous, multi-award-winning accommodations are a short walk from the beach.
After burning calories at the indoor swimming pool, on tennis court, or in the fitness suite, enjoy some R&R at the Wellbeing Spa. Furthermore, we’re dreaming of the Ultimate Pamper Package treatment, lasting five-and-a-half hours and including a facial, a head massage and foot and hand treatments.
Another Cornwall abode, and a 13-minute drive from the surfing hotspot of Newquay is Piran Meadows Resort and Spa, part of the Go Active Breaks+ Collection. Here you’ll find a multitude of comfortable caravans, cottages, holiday homes and, of course, lodges.
Like Finlake Holiday Resort, the activities here are endless. There’s bouldering wall, laser clays, a bowling alley, WaterWalkerz and Bodyzorbs, fencing and quad biking to name but a few…
Finally to a secluded woodland of seven acres, nestled between two hills, and these luxury lodges, also a short walk from the beach.
Also driving distance from Newquay, the resort is closer still to the charming Cornish village of Perranporth. Or you could of course stay on-site, book a lodge with a hot tub and pre-order a pamper pack containing luxury Cornish food and beverages.
*These locations have £100 ($128, €117) off June breaks (applies to breaks booked between 2 June 2017 and 26 June 2017. Book by 2 May 2017)
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All destination pictures from Pixabay. All accommodation pictures courtesy of Hoseasons.