A great way to relax on holiday is sitting back with a chilled glass of white wine or a smooth, fruity red. It’s no surprise, then, that vineyard holidays in the UK are on the rise as more and more of us want to discover how this beautiful beverage is produced. And whether you’re looking for winery accommodation in West Sussex or vineyard stays in Shropshire, you’re sure to find a rental you can raise a glass to on Holiday Lettings.
Which of these vineyards has got your taste buds tingling? Which one makes you want to clink glasses with everyone around you? Vote for your favourite vineyard by 10th June!
UK Vineyard Stays
You don’t need to limit your wine getaway to only vineyards with overnight accommodation. Booking a break near a British vineyard is even easier, as you’ll find all kinds of rental properties on Holiday Lettings. From family-friendly barn conversions to sleek apartments, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Why not pick a rental with a private garden where you can enjoy a glass or two on a balmy summer evening? Or maybe book a cottage with a woodburner so you can curl up with a glass of red on a chilly autumn night? The choice is yours.
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Bolney Wine Estate | West Sussex
Located in the pretty village of Bolney, this wine estate is one of the longest established vineyards in England. It’s situated on a hill which was part of the historical Butting Hill One Hundred and, from its humble beginnings, the vineyard has expanded to 39 acres with over eight varieties of grape grown on site. So, whether you want to explore the vineyards, discover more about winemaking, get involved in wine tasting or enjoy lunch on the stunning viewing balcony, it’s well worth booking a vineyard stay for.
Glyndwr Vineyard | Vale of Glamorgan
Established in 1979, Glyndwr Vineyard is the oldest and largest established family wine estate in Wales. The vineyard hosts a wide array of tailor-made events, including vineyard tours, parties, weddings and more! Passionate about the important bond between nature and the wine they produce, two generations are now working together, blending the vineyard’s heritage with innovation. A menagerie of chickens, ducks and wild pheasants roam the vineyard, hedges are left to grow wild to encourage bird life, and the vines are treated with organic material. The pretty gardens are open to the National Garden Scheme, and there are ponds, woodland areas and orchards containing a number of old British apple trees for Glyndwr’s delicious cider.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates | East Sussex
Situated on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, near the famous Bluebell Steam Railway in Sussex, Bluebell Vineyard Estates is home to the award-winning range of ‘Hindleap’ English Quality Sparkling Wines. The vineyard is nestled among bluebell-strewn woods (hence the name!), specialises in the production of English sparkling wines and is open year round for fun and informal tastings and tours. Visitors are also invited to take a wander through the vineyard and woodland trail, or bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular views from the terraced seating area. East Sussex is perfect for a holiday in the countryside, so if you’re looking for winery accommodation nearby, there’s plenty to choose from.
Yorkshire Heart Vineyard | North Yorkshire
This award-winning, family-run vineyard and brewery is based in Nun Monkton, a picturesque village between Harrogate and York. The focus is on producing fine English wines from grape to glass, as well as a fantastic range of quality, easy-drinking craft beers. The vineyard is fast becoming recognised as one of Yorkshire’s finest drink producers, and a top visitor attraction, offering tours, tastings, meetings, parties, weddings and more. Their knowledgeable team work hard to ensure that visitors have a fantastic time and the team’s enthusiasm for fine wine and craft beers is infectious! You might find yourself booking a vineyard holiday every year after a visit.
Kerry Vale Vineyard | Shropshire
This small family-run vineyard is all about fresh, local, handcrafted and excellent quality goods. This is conveyed in the care and attention the owners lavish on their 6,000 vines, resulting in beautiful clean-tasting wine. They’ve won multiple national and international awards, and the wines have even been enjoyed in the Houses of Parliament! The café and shop showcases the produce and highlights local historical points of interest. Although a fairly new vineyard (planted in 2010), its land was once home to a Roman fort, two Roman marching camps, a Bronze Age funerary monument and a medieval settlement.
Hambledon Vineyard | Hampshire
Hambledon Vineyard offers a range of tours giving a unique behind-the-scenes view of the oldest commercial UK vineyard’s working life. All tours are hosted by the qualified in-house wine educator or a member of the winemaking team. Highlights include a guided visit around the cellars, the state-of-the-art, gravity-fed winery (the only one of its kind in the UK) and the vineyards. Visitors end their day with a tasting of one or more of the award-winning sparkling wines. Tours can also be combined with a cream tea and bespoke visits are available by appointment. So, if holidays near English wine vineyards set your taste buds tingling, book a rental near Hambledon Vineyard this summer.
Chapel Down | Tenterden
Chapel Down is one of England’s leading wine producers with a world-class range of sparkling and still wines. Based in the picturesque market town of Tenterden in Kent, this English vineyard is surrounded by 22 acres of vineyards, recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chapel Down sources fruit across South East England and produces traditional method sparkling wines, crisp and aromatic whites, delicate rosés, and elegant light reds.
This UK winery has excellent facilities for visitors, including a two AA Rosette and Michelin BiB Gourmand restaurant, and a shop stocking a variety of local produce.
Biddenden Vineyards | Kent
Biddenden, Kent’s original commercial vineyard, is owned and managed independently by the Barnes family. Visitors are welcome to stroll round the 23-acre vineyard, which is open daily, to see the 11 different grape varieties that are grown on gentle south facing slopes. Tastings of Biddenden’s award-winning, estate-grown, still and sparkling wines, Kentish ciders and local fruit juices are available in the vineyard shop. They also stock a selection of local and regional produce so you can buy some delicious ingredients to take back to your holiday rental kitchen. Why not pre-book your own private guided tour to find out more about how the wine is made.
Camel Valley Vineyard | Cornwall
Camel Valley vineyard has been producing award-winning, world-class wines in a beautiful corner of Cornwall since 1989. Wondering what makes their wines so good? The recipe is simple: sun-drenched slopes near the famous Camel River, excellent grapes that perfectly suit the soil, and an ideal climate. Plus, the makers’ respect for traditional vineyard practices combined with a modern approach helps them to create wine that provides pure pleasure! Enjoy the idyllic views from the terrace where you can buy wine by the glass. A visit here is sure to ignite a love of British vineyards.
Cairn O’Mohr Winery | Perthshire
Since 1987, the Cairn O Mohr Winery has been brewing up juicy, fruity, berry-loaded, blossom-scented, leafy-layered, award-winning wines and ciders! Using wildflowers, apples, leaves and the berries for which Perthshire is famous, their delectable drinks are definitely worth going on holiday for. This UK winery is a must if you like wine, have a sense of humour and are prepared to be blown away with tastes.
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