Get out and about this spring 

Planning a little Easter break? Here are some special places that our guest blogger Cathy Winston recommends…

Sitting in the gorgeous Tea Room at Yeo Valley, the sight of the gorgeous Somerset scenery made me want to get out and explore some of my other favourite spots around the UK.

So with a bit of inspiration from the unspoiled nature surrounding the farm, here’s some of my favourite places, whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly getaway or a fun family retreat.

Ladybird Barn, Down Farm, North Devon
On the edge of the wilds of Exmoor, tucked away in one of Devon’s rolling green valleys, the Ladybird Barn is the perfect getaway for families. There’s 53 acres of farmland to explore, as well as a treehouse to live out a few childhood fantasies, and the coast and moors are both nearby.

But you needn’t even go that far if you want to explore as the Tarka Trail foot and cycle paths are just a mile away.

Dandelion Hideaway, Leicestershire
Even the name is fun – and the brand new Dandelion Hideaway is guaranteed to change anyone’s mind about camping. The ‘canvas cottages’ have proper beds and their own ensuite bathroom, as well as plenty of retro style from the red leather sofa to the vintage chic decor.

The perfect family-friendly nature getaway, there’s a set of I-spy books and binoculars provided in the trunk to help you spot buzzards and barn owls, you can groom the Shetland ponies or just chill out as the sun sets over the cornfields.

Knightsfield, Brecon Beacons, Wales
It’s hard to beat the stunning scenery of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park especially as there’s nothing to distract you – no internet, no street lights, no neighbours. Knightsfield, a restored Welsh farmhouse with its own outdoor hot tub, is tucked away down four miles of winding single lane tracks, for the ultimate back to nature spot, with some of the country’s best walking on the doorstep. Paths lead to Hay Bluff and Offa’s Dyke, or hop on a mountain bike to explore.

The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
The eco-friendly Scarlet Hotel, perched on the cliffs of Mawgan Porth in Cornwall, is the ideal grown-ups-only zone. Bedrooms and the restaurant look out to the Atlantic and there are cliff-top hot tubs heated by log fires so you can gaze out across the ocean.

If you can drag yourself away from the relaxation terrace and spa’s hanging pods, you can learn to surf, try your hand at some wild swimming and coasteering or go horse riding on the beach. All with a clean green conscience.

What are your favourite places to escape to? Share them with us in the comments box below…

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