The UK offers a plethora of gorgeous countryside landscapes just waiting for you to explore. With staycations firmly on the map this summer, the team at De Vere, a collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels has shared their favourite places to visit in the UK.
Located across the UK from Surrey to the Cotswolds, De Vere’s hotels are set within grand country estates and beautiful gardens, where guests can enjoy the great outdoors, with properties offering jogging trails and walking routes for guests to discover scenic lakes, sculptures, and breath-taking countryside walks.
For those looking to escape the city: The Chiltern Hills
Nestled in the countryside north-west of London, The Chiltern Hills is a wonderful place to escape to without being too far away from the city. The Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) covers the counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire, offering beautiful rolling hills and valleys; the perfect destination for a relaxing walk or bike ride, for a picnic or to go wildlife spotting.
Set in the heart of Buckinghamshire, De Vere Latimer Estate offers 21st-century comfort and style set within 30 acres of grounds within an area steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. The hotel is surrounded by fascinating places to visit and fun things to do, from the beautiful Roman city of St Albans to English country manors, the home of the Harry Potter movies, and the village where Roald Dahl wrote his world-famous stories.
During their visit, guests can take in the fresh air while admiring the sweeping views of the Chess Valley. Guests can opt to embark on the Chess Valley Walk on a sunny afternoon, this ten-mile walk takes you along the stunning River Chess past historic buildings, nature reserves and water meadows. Alternatively, the nearby Wendover Woods offers a series of designated cycle trails and walks to follow. There is even a Go Ape treetop challenge and a café in the woods. There’s also Coombe Hill for a family day out filled with beautiful walks, dramatic vistas, a children’s ‘play trail’, and a fascinating hilltop monument to the local soldiers who fought in the Boer War.
For those looking for a trip with the family: The Cotswolds
Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds and surrounded by rolling hills and 152 lakes, De Vere Cotswold Water Park offers the ideal location for a truly memorable escape with something for everyone to enjoy.
The hotel is located within Cotswold Water Park which offers over 100 lakes, a vast expanse of rivers, woodland, and open countryside, and an extensive range of varied leisure activities. Guests can enjoy exciting activities from canoeing, kayaking and sailing, to wakeboarding, water-skiing, and windsurfing, or opt to go on a hike, horse riding, cycling, or wildlife spotting and bird watching in the beautiful reserves. Visitors should also remember to bring their bucket and spade, as Cotswold Country Park & Beach offers an inland soft sand beach within Cotswold Water Park.
The property is surrounded by plenty of outdoor space for guests to explore and help clear the mind. The hotel offers jogging and walking trails on its doorstep as well as local trails - the Three Villages Walk or the Cleveland Circuit along the Thames Path.
For those looking to escape to the South Cotswolds, De Vere Tortworth Court is situated within 30-acres of stunning Gloucestershire parkland boasting one of Britain’s finest arboretums housing over 300 plant and tree specimens.
The property is close to four-mile circular walk the Cotswold Way which starts in Dursley Market Place and offers a breath-taking 360° view over the Gloucestershire countryside. Nearby is Warleigh Weir, an idyllic river location for picnics, paddling, and swimming – or to just sit and soak up the sunshine and fresh air.
For those looking for the best of both: The Royal County of Berkshire
Berkshire offers both city and rural attractions with activities to suit everyone. Located just three miles from historic Windsor is De Vere Beaumont Estate, located within 44-acres of stunning grounds complete with natural ponds and specially commissioned sculptures.
Nearby locations include Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, which has walks through ancient woodland and open wildflower meadows. Alternatively, Virginia Water is close by with plenty of walking trails, waterfalls, beautiful landscapes to admire, as well as a remarkable 100ft totem pole. The hotel is also close to attractions such as Legoland; Thorpe Park; Windsor Castle - a must-see British landmark; and Liquid Leisure, the largest waterpark in Europe complete with inflatable assault courses, boating, and rides.
25 miles away is De Vere Wokefield Estate, located close to Reading. Set in 250 acres of Berkshire parkland, the property offers endless opportunities to discover. Located nearby are English heritage sites; Silchester Roman Town, Lockey Farm and, home of Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, plus family-friendly spots such as Legoland or Basildon Park, where families can embark on the Wild Play trail for beautiful countryside views, with play stations along the way to keep the little ones entertained.
For golfers, the property is home to Wokefield Estate Golf Club, a 6,996-yard, par 72 championship course that is designed to US PGA standards, featuring elevated tees, streams, lakes, and bunkers to test players’ skill.
Staying with De Vere
Guests can book their stay with confidence with De Vere’s fully flexible cancellation terms. De Vere is also donating 10% of the value of each direct bedroom booking, including VAT, to NHS Charities Together* which supports NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.
For information on De Vere’s hotels and to book a stay, visit DeVere.co.uk or ring 0333 344 9200.
* 10% of your booking value including VAT will be paid to NHS Charities Together (registered charity 1186569) - supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients. Find out more about the charity at www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/ Donations made against direct actualised bedroom bookings only. Cancelled bookings not applicable.
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