Best of Britain
There’s no need to fly off for a summer holiday. Karen Pasquali Jones discovers an array of stylish staycations available from Midcounties Co-operative Travel
Published 10 Jul 2017
Every year most of us dream of the Great British getaway, imagining jetting off to exotic locations where we can soak up the culture and traditions, as well as the sun. But who needs to leave our shores when we have so many beautiful places to visit and explore right here in Britain? There’s no jet lag to overcome, just plenty of British gems to discover and fun to be had for families, couples, and pets, too.
So why not leave the passport behind, take a stress-free staycation and see the very best of Britain? With some of the loveliest (and dog-friendly) beaches in Europe, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, historic country homes and accommodation to suit every budget, there are lots of great ways to explore this island we call home.
BEST OF BEST FOR FAMILIES
Just a short drive from Newquay, and its 11 golden beaches, Hoseasons’ Piran Meadows Resort and Spa is the ideal family location. Part of the Go Active Breaks+ Collection, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained, including an indoor heated pool, outdoor splash zone, fi tness suite and spa. You can try bowling, archery, horse riding, snorkelling or quad biking and there’s a kids’ club, too (not included in the price). The park, which has a 5-star award from VisitEngland, has cottages that sleep up to 12 and lodges that can sleep eight.
Staying there: Perranporth Premier Lodge has a 40-inch fl atscreen TV, decking area and outdoor hot tub. From £815 a week (sleeps up to eight).
BEST FOR OUTDOOR HOLIDAYS
From Walking through History breaks to trips focusing on railways, wine tasting, dancing and exploring Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, HF Holidays are designed to discover hidden gems across Britain. There are holidays for walking novices who are just as interested in making new friends as trying new activities, through to thrilling walking challenges for the more adventurous. HF Holidays is also a co-operative and offers socially responsible trips.
Staying there: Based at Larpool Hall near Whitby, a three-night break commencing on 22 September has a two-day Lyke Wake walk starting at Osmotherley and crossing the North York Moors National Park to Ravenscar. Prices start at £359 for a single en-suite room with full board.
BEST FOR COUPLES
What could be more romantic than a Grade II-listed country house that wouldn’t look out of place in a period drama and is set in 12 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside? Alvaston Hall, a Warner Leisure Hotel, was a private house before being turned into what many loyal couples rate as ‘the best’ Warner Leisure Hotel. Boasting a 9-hole golf course and spa, it also has a leisure club with swimming and bubble pools. There’s a new cabaret restaurant, and guests can also learn about falconry.
Staying there: A two-night stay in a standard room for two starts at £157 per person for bed & breakfast plus three-course dinner and show
BEST FOR CRUISING
Stylish and sumptuous, it’s so easy to sail from Southampton on a P&O cruise and explore several locations without having to repack your bags once. You could choose a two-day break to Guernsey or a 14-day itinerary taking in the Orkneys and Guernsey, via Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool and Dublin, among others. Explore each destination at your own pace, or on a guided tour, before enjoying the activities, dining and entertainment on board ship
Staying there: A 14-night British Isles cruise on Adonia from 14 to 28 July 2017 starts at £1,499 per person for two people sharing a balcony cabin.
BEST FOR PETS
Nowadays, many hotels and holiday parks welcome and cater for pets. A fi rm favourite is Anglesey’s Lakeside Lodges, in north Wales, close to 30 dogfriendly beaches. Part of the Hoseasons’ Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, the lodges overlook the rolling hills of Anglesey
Staying there: Lakeside Retreat has three bedrooms and sleeps six. It has its own jetty, a picnic area with summerhouse, fi re pit and outdoor hot tub. It costs from £719 per week. A dog can stay, too, for £35 per week.
To book a holiday, visit your local branch, call 0845 450 8225 or go to cooptravel.co.uk. Double points on all holidays booked between 10 and 31 July 2017.