Well known for its rugged coastline and traditional English countryside, the West Country offers a diverse array of breathtaking landscapes. Whether it’s pristine beaches, picture-perfect villages or dramatic river valleys, between them, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset offer some of the UK’s most stunning scenery.
A varied landscape where mountains tower above lush river valleys and glassy lakes, interrupted only by charming towns, villages and many historic castles. The stunning coastline offers 750 miles of flawless beaches and hidden coves, and Cardiff offers a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of cultural discoveries.
Scotland is a land of real diversity. Revel in the vibrancy of Edinburgh and Glasgow or enjoy solidarity on the peaceful islands of Skye or Lewis. Walk beside gentle lochs or rushing rivers, climb towering mountains and discover hidden beaches and ancient battle grounds. Not only that but Scotland is swathed in historic castles, stately homes and attractions to suit just about anyone.
From the huge open skies and vast beaches in Norfolk to the traditional seaside charm in Essex, the East of England is a varied holiday destination. Taking in Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, you can also enjoy stunning countryside, cultural cities, historic castles and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Encompassing the likes of The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, a holiday in the Heart of England guarantees a traditional English break. Get lost in the stunning countryside, explore cultural cities, market towns and picture-perfect villages. Not only that but you can discover stately homes, peaceful gardens and beautiful castles.
Home to some of the UK’s most loved Victorian seaside towns, the South Coast promises perfect family memories full of fish and chips and ice cream! Head slightly inland and you can enjoy the likes of the New Forest in Hampshire, the South Downs in Sussex and cultural cities like Canterbury in Kent.
There are many contrasting landscapes in the North of England, from the unspoilt mountains in the Lake District to the vast rolling countryside of Yorkshire. If you’re more interested in the coast then Northumberland’s stunning beaches and Yorkshire’s popular fishing villages will not disappoint.
With so many beautiful places in the UK designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a testament to just how special much of the country’s landscapes are. Choose from the peaks of Snowdonia, the honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds, the unspoilt wilderness of the Cairngorms.
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Bournemouth (2mls E), Dorset
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It’s not hard to find something to get excited about in Bournemouth. With its seven miles of sandy beach, fantastic restaurants and bars, top nightlife spots and great programme of events, you’re sure to find a side of Bournemouth which suits you.
Our hand-picked holiday cottages in Bournemouth are perfectly positioned to help you make the most of the town and the surrounding area. Don’t worry if you’d like to bring the family dog along too, they’re more than welcome at our dog-friendly cottages in Bournemouth!
Boredom is unheard of in this town. With so much to see and do you’re likely to need another Bournemouth holiday just to finish off your to-do list!
The beach, of course, is the feature which stands out the most. The seven mile stretch is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, with kite surfers, wind surfers, body boarders and swimmers regularly seen among the waves. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, there are a number of schools and activity centres in whose safe hands you can try everything from jet skiing to stand up paddle boarding.
If getting wet’s not for you, a relaxing day on the beach in the summer could be just the ticket. If the weather is a little cold, however, or you fancy stretching your legs, the walk from Boscombe pier to Bournemouth pier is a great way to make the most of the beach. Take a break in one of the many cafés and restaurants along the way for a well-earned coffee and cake.
The Russell-Cotes art gallery and museum is perfect for those looking for a little bite of culture during their holiday in Bournemouth. The former home of two Victorian collectors, Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes, the incredible house is filled with souvenirs from the couple’s travels and a fascinating collection of art. The gallery also offers beautiful views from its cliff top location.
If shopping is on the agenda, you’ll love Bournemouth. The town centre itself boasts department stores, big brand names, fashion and independent boutiques, while out of town Castlepoint Shopping Park offers even more opportunities for retail therapy!
A lovely way to enjoy the weather on a fine day is to explore the beautiful gardens of Bournemouth. Retaining much of their Victorian charm, the Upper, Central and Lower gardens are Grade II listed. Vibrant floral displays are a feast for the eyes and along with trees and shrubs provide interest all year round. The tropical garden of Alum Chine overlooks the bay and has a fascinating selection of exotic plants and the newly renovated Boscombe gardens now reflect their glorious Victorian past.
Treat yourself to an evening enjoying the arts at Pavilion Dance Southwest or the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. They hold regular world-class contemporary dance performances and fantastic professional shows, while smaller venues throughout the town also have an exciting performance schedule.
The area surrounding Bournemouth is rich in fantastic attractions and interesting towns. Visit Poole, Bournemouth’s neighbour, which is home to the world’s second largest natural harbour or head a little bit further around the coast to the small town of Swanage.
The New Forest National Park is a big draw for many visitors, offering a wealth of great walks and picturesque villages, not to mention the opportunity to see wild ponies in their natural habitat.
Active families will love Go Ape, the Top Adventure Course just out of the town centre. Swing through the trees and enjoy being a monkey for a couple of hours on their exhilarating course of zip-wires, swings and obstacles!
If you’ve got little ones with you, what better way to spend a day than at Paultons Family Theme Park. The New Forest based park is home to over 60 rides and attractions, including the popular Peppa Pig World.
Discover some of Bournemouth’s heritage sites, including the iconic Corfe Castle in Wareham, Athelhampton House and Gardens in Dorchester and Durlston Country Park near Swanage.
Whether you’re after a quick bite to eat on the beach or a slap-up fine dining experience, you’ll find it in Bournemouth.
With over 250 restaurants covering every genre of dining, from Thai to Turkish, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Add to that the many cafés, fish and chip kiosks and numerous ice cream shops and you’ve got a foodie paradise!
After your delicious evening meal, if you’ve still got enough energy you can head out for a night on the tiles. With nightclubs, pubs and bars aplenty there’s always somewhere to party the night away. Cameo is a top choice for those after a buzzing club experience, while converted church Halo and Lola Lo are also popular.
Whether you want an active holiday of water sports and clubbing, or a relaxing break enjoying the beach and gardens, Bournemouth is the place for you. Browse our selection of self-catering holiday cottages now and find your perfect home-from-home.
Buzzing beachside town Bournemouth is an exciting year round holiday destination. A stunning seven mile stretch of golden sand, fantastic array of activities and amazing selection of shops and restaurants make it a top choice for those looking for a memorable time.
Try your hand at water sports from surfing to stand up paddle boarding, treat yourself to a top dining experience at one of the town’s over 250 restaurants and simply relax and enjoy the beach and gardens.
Our Bournemouth holiday cottages are well placed to help you make the most of the vibrant town and the surrounding area including the New Forest and nearby Jurassic Coast.
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