Romantic Thatched Cottage Break

Romantic Thatched Cottage Break

Leave those soul-less chain hotels behind and book a romantic cottage break instead! Pack yourself an overnight bag and head to this gorgeous little thatched holiday cottage deep in the Buckinghamshire countryside for a relaxed short break treat.

Little Thatch is one of a higgledy-piggledy row of stone cottages with thatched roofs. Just as you’d expect from any self-respecting chocolate-box cottage this one comes complete with roses around the door and a small but perfectly formed box hedge in the front garden.

Walk up to the front door and it’s all very much classic English cottage garden. Sit for a while on the wooden bench under the window and contemplate the view. Is that the sound of gently flowing water you can hear? That’ll be the brook that runs along the bottom of the lane. Glance across the field of cows opposite and you’ll catch sight of the Parish church. Listen a little longer and you’ll hear well not much actually because this is farming country. It’s very much all about cattle grazing ears of corn waving in the wind and mud-caked Land Rovers towing horse boxes along hedge-lined narrow country lanes around these parts.

But all this country living quaintness and centuries old buildings doesn’t mean a lack of modern conveniences. Under that cosy thatch roof there’s a delightful little dwelling with wifi Sky TV and a fully fitted kitchen (a suitably countrified pine one at that!) so this cottage really does have everything you need for a few days away.

There is still plenty of evidence to life a few hundred years ago around 1650 when this thatched cottage was built. There’s the charming inglenook fireplace (now housing a woodburner with logs provided for that cosy night in part of your break) and then there are the really really low beams. It might be a case of ‘mind your head’ but it all just adds to the rustic feel of this wonderful little holiday cottage.

And then there’s the very romantic bedroom. Getting to it means climbing up a steep little staircase but once at the top it opens out into a stunning bedroom with the apex dominated by the twisted and bowed beams and rafters and the undulating plaster all topped off with that thick thatch roof to naturally insulate the cottage. Just beautiful.

If you’ve never slept or lived in a thatched cottage it’s said it does have a very special feel to it. This romantic cottage break lets you experience life in the slow lane with not much to do. But that’s the whole point. At a stretch you could maybe get your wellies on and head off on some of the many public footpaths go cycling or maybe explore facilities such as the many golf courses in the area or even nearby Silverstone race track otherwise just kick back and chill at this delightful little cottage.

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Airstream Glamping

Airstream Glamping

Travel back in time and enjoy a vintage Airstream glamping holiday! This fleet of original classic American Airstreams is ready to welcome you on the most relaxing and impossibly romantic getaway you could dream of in a hidden corner of the Isle of Wight.

We’ve all seen Airstreams in the movies. They’re the American trailers with those bright aluminium panels riveted together to create that distinctive curved form that glistens in the sunshine. Back in the 40s 50s and 60s pitching up your Airstream was the way to spend time away from home be it surfing in some cool secluded bay or just relaxing in the countryside away from urban life. To this day vintage Airstreams are still very much sought after and have an incredible cult following.

What makes the Airstreams on this Isle of Wight glamping site so special is that they have been lovingly restored rather than being renovated whilst keeping as many original features as possible. That means that rather than replacing those slightly worn classic chrome curvy handles they keep them. Then there’s the wood panelling and original Formica cupboards. Even the decor is in keeping with the period – right down to the chintzy china and crocheted blankets.

This really is a holiday with that genuine retro feel. It’s a bit like a 1950s boutique hotel in an (aluminium) tin all so classic cosy and lovely that you will just adore the ambiance and laid back feel of these Airstreams. Each one is individually decorated meaning that every one has its own character but all have the very vintage vibe to them that makes these holiday rentals on the Isle of Wight so utterly quirky in every way.

So apart from chilling out on your classic striped deckchairs and challenging your partner to a game of Monopoly (a wonderful genuine 1960s version of the boardgames that is!) what else is there to do when you’re glamping it up on the Isle of Wight in an Airstream? Well with beaches harbours woodlands and marshes the Isle of Wight has been described as being like ‘the whole of England condensed into one small island’ which sounds pretty perfect to us.

Add to all that the likes of the zoo and botanical gardens Osbourne House Carisbrooke House and Cowes with the steam railway and model village too and you’ve got plenty of choice for things to do during your weekend of Airstream glamping all in that delightfully and captivatingly vintage 1950s kind of way of course!

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Luxury Treehouse Break

Luxury Treehouse Break

Enjoy a canopied treehouse holiday in the heart of the Welsh countryside! These gorgeous treetop nests offer a luxurious two-night UK holiday on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park that makes you feel totally in harmony with nature as you climb up into your private woodland retreat. Forget draughty rickety boxes on a platform – stay in a treehouse and you’ll be treated to stunningly opulent surroundings and luxurious if minimalist accommodation.

As soon as you start your holiday you’ll learn that the heart of all treehouses is the wood burner. As well as keeping you warm and cosy the burner heats the collected spring water for your refreshing morning shower and provides a hot plate for cooking on. So once you’re in your treetop-skimming treehouse holiday hideaway light the fire cuddle up and snuggle down to a seriously relaxing evening in. Staying in when you’re in one of the UK’s cutest treehouses is definitely the new going out. Even bedtime is a delight as the double or twin beds are really comfy inviting you to drift off to sleep and look forward to waking up to the gentle trickle of mountain streams and rustling of the trees.

There are five treehouses for you to stay in and each one is very much designer and futuristic yet eco-friendly. It’s back to basics yet with all the comforts you need. There is no mains electricity but then there’s no need – you’ve got the wonderful soft lighting of solar lanterns and the wind-up lamps. Normal UK civilisation in its mildest form is not far away from the treehouses with a gentle 15 minute holiday-paced walk bringing you to the cute local pub. If you can bear the thought of leaving your cosy cocoon there are also lovely walks beautiful beaches to discover and if you feel like being active mountain biking and kite surfing to be done too.

If you opt for the family treehouse holiday you will be staying in one of the treehouses with a bedroom and a set of bunk beds. Holidaying in the UK rather than aboard and in a treehouse rather than a hotel offers good old-fashioned family fun and a superb adventure. After all it’s not everyday that your very own toilet facilities are up a tree! Kids and adults alike will love it.

For your treehouse holiday in Wales everything has been thought of. There are even little luggage trolleys so you can leave your car behind and stroll the last few metres through the forest to your high-rise hideaway. We honestly think that as well as staying in a treehouse we could actually live in one of these cool designer wooden homes!

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