Getting away from it all: four UK destinations to unwind

Jenai Laignel / 08 March 2016

Looking for the ultimate escape? There's nothing like a change of scenery to re-charge the batteries. Here are some of the most tranquil places in the UK to really get away from it all.

The Cotswolds

Home to sturdy stone houses, thatched cottages, hidden gardens and lashings of authentic olde-worlde charm, the Cotswolds provides the ultimate escape.

Where to stay? Enjoy a quiet rural position in this self-contained wing of a lovely Cotswold home – Violet Cottage

With spectacular and unspoilt views over the Painswick Valley, it makes the perfect retreat to explore all that the Cotswolds has to offer. If you live in a bustling city, escape to the country and stay in this serene location.

Isle of Wight

Situated just off England's South coast and less than 2 hours from London via ferry, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Where to stay? Hop over to this magical island and stay on its secluded eastern shore at Bembridge Coast Hotel. 

Set amongst 23 acres of perfectly-manicured grounds, you could spend a day reading by the pool or sipping coffee in the hotel's café while watching the yachts out on the ocean.


With an abundance of fresh, local produce, spectacular beaches and magnificent countryside, it's easy to see why so many British holidaymakers escape to Dorset. 

Where to stay? Nestled in the Dorset countryside, you'll find Michaelmas Stables, just a stone's throw away from the charming market town of Wimborne. 

These detached former stables have been renovated to a very high standard, with solid oak floors, a spiral staircase and a wood-burning stove to snuggle up in front of on a cold winter's evening.


Just a stone's throw from London, historic villages nestle perfectly alongside vibrant towns amid the rolling countryside of Surrey. 

Where to stay? If you're looking for a retreat in Surrey, look no further than the accommodation found at Tilford Woods, only a few minutes away from the picturesque village of Tilford. 

These stunning getaway lodges in the heart of the Farnham countryside are the definition of idyllic – surrounded by open commons and woodland.

Fancy getting away from it all? Book a holiday cottage today through Saga and you'll save up to 10%.

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