Cosy Autumnal Retreats
Autumn is a wonderful time to plan a getaway. With Indian summers, autumnal days are often reliably warmer and the air is fresher. The fields and hedgerows are full of nature’s bounty which makes a great opportunity to sample some of the best British seasonal food.
We have compiled some wholesome activities alongside the cosiest places to rest after a long days exploring. So whether it’s sampling some scrumpy or making the most of the quieter beaches, we have got you covered…
Cider Sipping – Westons Cider Mill
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Nothing quite says autumn like apples! Herefordshire is renowned for its endless orchards full of delicious apples come the Autumn and what better time to visit brilliant Westons Cider. There is something for all the family, whether it’s the kids letting off steam in the play park or the adults sampling some of their scrumptious craft cider – what is not to like!
After a very hard day sipping cider, why not relax and unwind in Pontypinna Hideaways! These lodges overlook the beautiful Herefordshire landscape, an idyllic setting to sink into the hot tub to soak in the scenery. With trees and wheat fields glistening in golden and burnt orange tones. It isn’t called the Golden Valley for no reason.
Photo: Pontypinna Hideaways
Empty Beach Walks – Portmeirion
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Why not soak up some late summer sun with a gelato from Portmerion’s Angle Ices Gelateria! Portmeirion, created in 1925 by Sir Clough Williams-Elli, an inspiring italianate village located in North Wales. With its own private stretch of coastline, you can enjoy stunning views of mountains and explore their sub tropical forest, with 70 acres to wonder through. Now run by the National Trust, there are several restaurants and cafes within the grounds, and shops that include pottery from Sophie Conran and Emma Bridgewater. You will not be left disappointed by this magical place that often leaves a special place in people’s hearts.
Porth Eryri Glamping is located approximately 22 miles from Portmeirion. It also lends itself to be located within easy reach of Snowdon, or if you are looking for some fun and adrenaline, Zip World and Bounce Below is found approximately 13 minutes from these secluded cabins.
Photo credit: Porth Eryri Glamping
Ever Changing Colours – Lake District
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Let’s head to the Lake District to embrace the seasons change. The countryside becomes ablaze in colour, with rich golden, orange and reds, a glorious time to embark on an adventure. The Lake District will be noticeably quieter than the summer months, making it easier to get around to explore hidden trails and rounding off the day in a cosy countryside pub. Why not take to the lakes and and take a trip on Keswick Lake to enjoy the scenery from a different perspective. Only 7 miles from Keswick, you can ease those tired limbs in the wood fired hot tub of the In The Vale cabins! A trio of cabins, nestled into the countryside, perfectly positioned to frame your private slice of the Lake District!
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Seasonal Menu Sampling – Devon
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With an abundance of seasonal fruit and vegetables, why not treat yourself to sampling some of the best of what British fine dining can offer? At The Mason Arms in Devon, you will be welcomed by a picturesque, thatched 13th Century Inn. The Mitchelin Star restaurant not only offers an exceptional a la carte menu, you can also enjoy a more traditional style of food with a real ale. Whichever feast you decide, you will not be left disappointed. Approximately 1 mile from The Masons Arms you can stay at Keepers Lodge at Luckett Farm, a cosy and warm stone house with wood burning stove to snuggle up next to, a real home away from home.
Photo credit: Keepers Lodge at Luckett Farm
Fireside with a Good Book – Hay on Wye
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After the hustle and bustle of summer, we naturally tend to take life at a slower pace in the Autumn. We retreat a little and what better time to immerse yourself in the world of literacy. Hay on Wye, a small but mighty Welsh town is renowned for its high street, you can easily spend a day meandering around and exploring the town’s vast array of bookshops. Why not visit the recently restored Hay Castle, steeped in history! After a long day of novel hunting, kick back and relax by slumping into a comfy chair beside a crackling fire with a cup of tea. As they say, it’s the simple things in life. Lundy Lodge’s Castle View provides a great place to rest and restore beside the roaring log burner, with exquisite views over the Black Mountains. Or perhaps Glasbury River Cottage could tempt you? Where rustic country charm meets sleek modern lines, with wild swimming and already an envious bookshelf to delve into.
Photo credit: Glasbury River Cottage
For more autumn weekend breaks, check out our cosy cabins in the UK.