5 luxury breaks in the countryside

14 December 2016

From Emily Bronte's wild Yorkshire moors to Virginia Woolf's picturesque Cornish coast, the UK offers a wide variety of scenic destinations to choose from for a country escape.

If you're thinking about leaving the bustle of the big city behind for a while, why not treat yourself to a little bit of luxury with one of these high quality country breaks? Country living has never felt so good…

1. Coda cottages - Cotton, near Stowmarket

Nestled in the quaint village of Cotton, deep in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, this trio of 17th century cottages offer contemporary comfort combined with traditional charm.

Light, bright and airy interiors, decorated with stunning wooden beams, create a calming ambience that's the perfect antidote to city life. An ideal romantic retreat for couples, light a roaring fire in the hearth and cosy up away from the world outside.

2. Witton Hall - Witton-le-War, near Crook

Play at being lord and lady of the manor in this magnificent country house with it's panoramic views of County Durham and the Dales.

A variety of suites offer sumptuous apartment living in the grounds, surrounded by landscaped gardens, but our pick of the properties is the South Lodge which once served as the gate house. Here you can enjoy your own private patch of garden and pop the champagne while relaxing in your very own hot tub. How the other half live!

3. Saintbury Grounds farm - Bretforton, near Broadway

This beautiful farm, situated in the breathtaking countryside of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, offers a rustic yet chic country break for those looking to get back to nature. The three available properties are set on a 30 acre plot of land and offer a selection of experiences for guests.

The Byre is our favourite - a traditional stone cottage with a 6ft double bed, airy windows and private patio with stunning views across the Cotswolds.

4. The Water Tower - Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead

For those in search of something a little bit different, The Water Tower is a property straight out of an episode of Grand Designs. This elegant, stone tower has been completely refurbished inside to offer a high quality accommodation with huge windows, a four poster bed and beautiful cream-coloured interiors.

This little slice of countryside bliss is conveniently located just an hour's drive from London with National Trust properties, golf courses and the seaside town of Brighton just a short journey away.

5. Waldon Valley Lodges - Bradworthy, near Bude

Head south to Waldon Valley Lodges, just a stone's throw from North Devon and the North Cornish Coast, and relax beside the peaceful River Waldon on the private porch of your comfortable property.

The area is rich in birdlife and wildlife with plenty of picturesque routes to walk. Alternatively, try your hand at fishing in the lake, stroll to the tranquil village of Bradworthy or drive to the beach and explore the nearby seaside town of Bude.

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