Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:28 AM 23rd May 2020

Exotic UK - Where To Stay Post Lockdown Thaw

Chevaliers Cottage
Chevaliers Cottage
Many of us will be searching for staycation options as lockdown measures start to ease and possible nerves about travelling abroad for prevail.

With that in mind Oliver’s Travels is introducing Yorkshire Times and Lancashire Times readers to some of its 297 UK 'staycation' properties.

Whether it be a family-friendly cottage by the coast, a romantic bolthole in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, a manor with 25 acres of landscaped gardens and river meadows, or a 140-acre estate surrounded by walking routes, there is something to suit everyone.

Guests can book with peace of mind thanks to Oliver’s Travels’ book with confidence pledge, giving them the option to postpone their trip to other available dates, up to 14 days prior to the holiday start date.*

Here’s a few ideas:

Be Transported to the Mediterranean at Amberstone Manor in North Devon
Amberstone Manor
Amberstone Manor
Relax in formal gardens reminiscent of a Mediterranean palace whilst taking in the countryside views at Amberstone Manor in North Devon. Set in five acres of landscaped gardens and 20 acres of river meadows, Amberstone Manor offers uninterrupted views across a river valley and woodlands looking out towards the beautiful Dartmoor National Park.

Guests will be transported to the Mediterranean with a sunken salt-water swimming pool set amongst tropical plants, a tennis court surrounded by Rhododendron bushes, and a south-facing terrace built from limestone from Malta. Quintessentially British elements include a Victorian garden grotto, a croquet lawn, an apple orchard, and a vegetable garden from which guests can collect fresh produce. There is also a private outdoor bath for guests to bathe in whilst soaking up the view al fresco. Amberstone Manor sleeps up to 24 guests in 12 bedrooms.

2020 rates from £7,140 for a three-night stay.

A Beach Holiday at Skyfall in Sussex
Skyfall, South East
Skyfall, South East
With its an elevated position on the cliffs of St Leonards-on-Sea and magnificent sea views, a stay at Skyfall is a great alternative for those who had planned a beach holiday abroad in 2020. The beaches of West St Leonards are within walking distance and the property’s outdoor hot tub offers a peaceful setting from which to watch the summer evenings draw in.

Skyfall sleeps up to 11 guests in five bedrooms including a master bedroom and bathtub with impressive sea views. Two of the bedrooms feature zip & link beds, which can be set up as a double or twin beds, making it an ideal option for those holidaying with friends or family.

2020 rates from £1,428 for a three-night stay.

A Romantic Countryside Bolthole at Chevaliers Gatehouse, Shropshire
Chevaliers Gatehouse House
Chevaliers Gatehouse House
Couples looking for a romantic bolthole in the UK need look no further than Chevaliers Gatehouse, a converted Elizabethan era gatehouse situated in a secluded hamlet deep in the Shropshire countryside.

Spend the morning relaxing in the freestanding bath before enjoying a tranquil afternoon admiring the flower beds in full bloom, the fruit trees and the fountain in the courtyard or discovering local flora and fauna along the local footpaths. Guests can explore the region’s historic sites, scenic walks and gastro hotspots, all within easy reach from the property.

2020 rates from £768 for a three-night stay.

Family Holiday by the Sea at Beach Bay Cottage, North Devon
Beach Bay Cottage
Beach Bay Cottage
Conveniently located within the heart of the village of Croyde, Beach Bay Cottage is ideal for families who wish to be within a short distance of a range of amenities as well as close to some of the region’s best beaches, including Croyde, Saunton Sands and Putsborough.

Sleeping up to 10 guests, the property features four bedrooms including one with bunk beds for younger guests, a hot tub and a spacious outdoor terrace for families to enjoy meals al fresco.

2020 rates from £2,125 for a three-night stay.

A Classic UK Staycation Surrounded by Walking Routes at Malvern Estate in Worcestershire
Set within a 140-acre estate in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stay at the Malvern Estate offers complete privacy with plenty of walking opportunities nearby. There are multiple ways to explore the expansive grounds of the estate, including woodland walks, rowing trips across the lakes and playing a competitive game on the estate tennis courts. A selection of traditional pubs are within walking distance, as well as an abundance of marked hiking trails through the Malvern Hills.

Sleeping up to 18 guests in 9 bedrooms, Malvern Estate is perfect for a large family looking to get together or a group of friends.

2020 rates from £3,338 for a three-night stay.

*This flexibility applies to new bookings if travel restrictions within the UK are still enforced or reinforced. Find full T&Cs here.

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