UK travel had a resurgence when borders were closed during the pandemic, and it seems the trend is here to stay. Amanda Bower of Travel Counsellors gives us her top places for the perfect UK escape.
Godstone Valley | Surrey
Create your own festival, retreat, or occasion in an exclusive area of land in the Surrey hills, with spectacular views. The location is ideal for a corporate retreat, family gathering, wellness retreat, or creative and fitness retreat, and can be tailor made to your specific requirements. Each beautiful 6-metre bell tent has comfortable double beds with proper mattresses, bedside tables and reading lamps, a full-length mirror, and a sofa. All bedding, linens, and power points are included. Hot showers, real toilets, and a magnificent giant tipi with a banquet table, lounge, and a games area are also part of the deal. This a unique getaway offering a combination of glamping accommodation and first-class hospitality.
Yoga and Wild Swimming Retreat | Anglesey, North Wales
Truly immerse yourself in the wild landscape of North Wales, on a luxury wild swimming and yoga retreat on the isle of Anglesey and experience the rejuvenating power of nature. Once you arrive at your country house, surrounded by acres of idyllic parkland, you’ll embark on a weekend adventure that will get you back in touch with nature, and leave you feeling refreshed and re-energised, having the full benefit of escaping busy life and returning to the great outdoors.
Set out each day and discover a beautiful new wild swimming location, exploring the beautiful Anglesey coastline with its hidden, misty coves, secluded beaches, majestic sand dunes and stunning countryside and get sand between your toes with beach yoga sessions. These are spots that the locals have been using for hundreds of years, but they’re far enough off the tourist trail to still feel totally wild, wonderfully unique, and completely unspoilt, so you can bask in the feeling of swimming in complete seclusion.
This is a retreat suitable for anyone; solo travellers, couples and groups of friends who want to explore the stunning coastline of North Wales from a totally unique perspective, and for those people who really want to get away from it all, be as active or relaxed as you like in true wilderness.
The Chestnut Cottage | Cotswolds
Enjoy five star luxury and get off the beaten track in the Cotswolds, in this beautiful, awardwinning eco-retreat nestled in rolling hills and picturesque lanes.
Enjoy a sustainable, responsible holiday in this carbon neutral retreat. Explore the rolling hillsides and quiet woodlands from your luxurious base in the rural idyll of the Cotswolds off the beaten track in the UK.
Located in the idyllic little village of Shilton, this stunning cottage with room for eight to sleep comfortably makes the perfect base for exploring the outstanding natural beauty around you. As well as being luxurious, the cottage has been lovingly restored to make it as environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly as possible, with the use of features like underfloor heating, LED lighting, and efficient insulation.
In fact, the cottage has won numerous awards recognising the effort that has been made to make the retreat responsible, ethical, and sustainable, so that you can be sure when you visit, you are making the best choice for the planet.
The cottage has been restored to preserve the traditional aspects of the building and finished with contemporary luxuries. The stone floors, oak beams and inglenook fireplaces exude old-world charm, while stylish furnishings, original art, and kitchens equipped for the keenest chef make them heavenly places to be. Beds are incredibly comfy, and the bathrooms have drenching showers and double-ended baths for a spa-like feel.
All seasons in the Cotswolds are magnificent and the cottage is equipped for all weathers; underfloor heating, roaring log fires, and goosedown duvets keep you toasty in winter and the stunning private garden with places to relax, cook a barbecue, and unwind are a haven in summer. The village has a terrific food pub within a short walk and some of the most acclaimed food pubs in the area are within a short drive.
Weekend Crochet Retreat | Cheshire
This all-inclusive crochet retreat will drown you in a world of craft enthusiasm! From the moment that you walk through the doors, you can relax and enjoy laughter, crochet, fabulous food, beautiful scenery, and the company of wonderful like-minded people.
All in an amazing setting in the heart of Cheshire. Come alone or with friends. The retreats are kept to small groups. This way you can share and benefit from one-to-one help and advice if needed. Whether traveling alone or with friends, you will feel included and part of the event, without the worry of being in an intimidating large group.
Take inspiration from others who are just as passionate about crochet and yarns as you are. Our crochet tutor will be on hand to assist if you’re still learning the yarns and can offer one-to-one guidance if you are new to certain aspects of crochet or would like to benefit from some expert tuition on areas that you would like to improve.
Enjoy outstanding four-star accommodation on a crochet-filled weekend lead by an expert. You can even relax in the pools and jacuzzi or book a spa treatment. To book one of these amazing breaks, contact Amanda Bower at amanda.bower@ travelcounsellor.com