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Nature Holidays in The UK

Looking to get back into nature? With most of us living busy urban lives, it makes sense to leave the rat-race behind for a bit and immerse ourselves in the beauty of the natural world. Happily, in the UK we are blessed with plenty of nature hotspots on our doorsteps.

Nature Holidays in the United Kingdom: Top Holiday Lettings

Cottage Bellingham
20 Dec - 27 Dec
£102 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Bellingham, Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Cottage Cyngor Bro Dyffryn Cennen
8 Oct - 15 Oct
-41%
£185
£109 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
5.0
"Excellent" (9 ratings)
Cyngor Bro Dyffryn Cennen, Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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Cottage Aberdaron
25 Nov - 2 Dec
-18%
£86
£70 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
5.0
"Excellent" (3 ratings)
Aberdaron, Gwynedd, United Kingdom
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Sykes Cottages
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Popular Destinations In The UK To Visit For Nature-Lovers

Popular Destinations In The UK To Visit For Nature-Lovers

Does the coast call you? Do you dream of rolling green hills and woodlands, or do you fancy bird-watching at a beautiful nature reserve? Try these destinations for a fantastic nature break.

  1. The New Forest

    Just 90 minutes away from London, the New Forest boasts mile upon mile of forest and woodland, heathland, open moors, wild ponies, and majestic glades. Choose from an excellent range of accommodation, from glamping tents and wooden lodges through to luxurious B&Bs, and enjoy high ropes, horse riding, and long peaceful walks.

  2. The Peak District

    One of the UK's most beautiful national parks, the Peak District is a nature paradise. Walk up Mam Tor, take a ride in a cable car at the Heights of Abraham, and visit the Peak Wildlife Park. Carsington Waters is a great spot to enjoy the great outdoors with facilities that include cycling tracks, watersports and a visitor centre with cafés and a shop.

  3. Dumfries & Galloway

    This spot is less well known by many of the UK's visitors, but it offers some of the most stunning countryside that you'll ever see. See red kites at the Mabie Forest, look out for dolphins and porpoise at the Mull of Galloway and visit the official Dark Zone of the New Galloway Forest at night, to see the stars in all their glory and without any city light pollution. Look out too for local foraging courses, where your expert guides will help you to pick edible plants, fungi, and seafood, before doing a cook up on one of the beaches.

  4. Inner Hebrides

    Head to the Isle of Rum to see the annual red deer rut in all of its wild glory. With over 300 deer competing over females between September to November every year, the view of the wild deer rutting is one that has thrilled human watchers for centuries. See the local native wild ponies too, as you relax in one of the excellent local pubs with fine food and a whisky or two.

  5. Devon

    Head to Dartmoor for a butterfly safari with local guides in summer. Your guide will show you local species such as the high brown fritillary and the pearl-bordered, as you walk through beautiful green countryside, surrounded by colourful butterflies amongst the wildflowers. It's a lovely choice for those looking for a more laid-back approach to nature, with plenty of cafés and eateries nearby to recharge in afterwards.

Best Places to Stay for Nature Holidays in the United Kingdom

Cottage Calstock
2 Dec - 9 Dec
-38%
£116
£73 per night
Cottage ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
4.7
"Outstanding" (169 ratings)
Calstock, Cornwall, United Kingdom
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Sykes Cottages
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Cottage Barmouth
19 Nov - 26 Nov
-41%
£106
£63 per night
Cottage ∙ 3 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Barmouth, Gwynedd, United Kingdom
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Cottage Marldon
5 Nov - 12 Nov
-71%
£140
£41 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
4.9
"Excellent" (18 ratings)
Marldon, South Hams District, United Kingdom
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Sykes Cottages
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Top spots for flower spotting this spring:

The UK's Best Counties for Botanical Breaks

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Following a long, cold and stormy winter, the first signs of spring are finally starting to show. With bluebells, daffodils and rhododendrons soon set to bloom, now is the perfect time to add country walks and spring flower spotting to upcoming holiday itineraries. HomeToGo has dug into the data to help holidaymakers find the top spots in which to see fabulous floral displays while on holiday this spring.

By comparing the number of public gardens with spring blooms on show, the variety of flowers therein, and the median price per night for a holiday home in the area, HomeToGo has created a ranking of the best UK counties for botanical breaks. Cornwall, the country's most popular staycation destination, took the top spot, followed by Kent and Sussex in second and third place, with Devon in fourth and Yorkshire in fifth.

Find a destination for a blooming lovely holiday this season with HomeToGo's round-up of 50 sites in which to see stunning spring flowers across the top ten counties:

1. Cornwall

🌸 Spring visitors to Cornwall can look forward to seeing highlights such as 300 varieties of daffodil at Cotehele House, Caerhays Castle's National Magnolia Collection and swathes of brightly coloured blooms in the Antony Woodland Garden - one of only five International Camellia Gardens of Excellence in the UK.

Cornwall's Lost Gardens of Heligan
Cornwall's Lost Gardens of Heligan
5 places to see spring flowers in Cornwall:
Antony Woodland Garden, Torpoint
Caerhays Castle Gardens, Saint Austell
Cotehele, Callington
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Saint Austell
Trebah Garden, Falmouth

2. Kent

🌼 Kent locations such as Hole Park and Ightham Mote are famed for their carpets of bluebells, while thousands of tulips bring colour to Emmetts Garden and the grounds of Hever Castle in spring. Keen gardeners should add Great Comp's Spring Fling Plant Fair, scheduled for 10th April 2022, to their calendars.

The gardens at Scotney Castle
The gardens at Scotney Castle
5 places to see spring flowers in Kent:
Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks
Great Comp Garden, Sevenoaks
Hever Castle and Gardens, Edenbridge
Hole Park Estate, Cranbrook
Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks

3. Sussex

🌷 Bluebells abound in Sussex with a dedicated walk at the Bates Green Garden and a wood at Sheffield Park. What's more, around 20 acres of the Standen House grounds are covered by these beautiful blue blooms. The county also sees two Tulip festivals starting in April - one at Arundel Castle and the other at Pashley Manor Gardens.

Flowers at Borde Hill Garden
Flowers at Borde Hill Garden
5 places to see spring flowers in Sussex:
Arundel Castle, Arundel
Bates Green Garden, Polegate
Pashley Manor Gardens, Wadhurst
Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield
Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead

4. Devon

🌸 Take a stroll under the cherry blossom at Coleton Fishacre, or visit Knightshayes to see rhododendrons in Michael's Wood and wander by bluebells in Sir John's. From the famed grounds of Hotel Endsleigh to the hidden gem of Fast Rabbit Farms, there's no shortage of spring blooms on display in Devon.

Garden in bloom at Marwood Hill
Garden in bloom at Marwood Hill
5 places to see spring flowers in Devon:
Coleton Fishacre, Dartmouth
Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens, Dartmouth
Hotel Endsleigh Gardens, Tavistock
Knightshayes Court, Bolham
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington

5. Yorkshire

🌼 Holidaymakers in Yorkshire can expect to see bellis and forget-me-nots amongst the 10,000 spring plants at Brodsworth Hall, alongside 110 different types of daffodil at Thorp Perrow Arboretum. For a more hands-on experience, Harewood House and RHS Harlow Carr offer Spring Wreath and Bouquet workshops during April.

Peaceful pond in the Harewood House Gardens
Peaceful pond in the Harewood House Gardens
5 places to see spring flowers in Yorkshire:
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Brodsworth
Harewood House, Harewood
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate
Sledmere House & Gardens, Driffield
Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale

6. Surrey

RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley
5 places to see spring flowers in Surrey:
Hampton Court Palace Gardens, Molesey
Painshill, Cobham
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking
The Savill Garden, Egham
Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming

7. Northamptonshire

Bluebells at Coton Manor
Bluebells at Coton Manor
5 places to see spring flowers in Northamptonshire:
Coton Manor Garden, Guilsborough
Deene Park, Corby
Evenley Wood Garden, Evenley
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Kelmarsh
Lamport Hall and Gardens,  Lamport

8. Wiltshire

Bowood House and Gardens
Bowood House and Gardens
5 places to see spring flowers in Wiltshire:
The Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury
Bowood House & Gardens, Calne
Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal
Stourhead,  Stourton
The Courts Garden,  Bradford-on-Avon

9. Hampshire

A walkway through Furzey Gardens
A walkway through Furzey Gardens
5 places to see spring flowers in Hampshire:
Exbury Gardens, Exbury
Furzey Gardens, Minstead
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey
Hinton Ampner, Alresford
Mottisfont Abbey Gardens, Mottisfont

10. Gloucestershire

Flowers in bloom at Hidcote Manor
Flowers in bloom at Hidcote Manor
5 places to see spring flowers in Gloucestershire:
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh
Hidcote Manor Garden, Hidcote Bartrim
Highnam Court Gardens, Highnam
Upton Wold, Moreton in Marsh
Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury

How we created this guide (Methodology)

To create this ranking, we researched five data points for more than 50 counties across the UK: the number of public gardens with four types of spring-blooming flowers on show (bluebells, tulips, daffodils and rhododendrons) in addition to the median nightly price for accommodation in the area. After obtaining the raw data, we assigned each data point a representative numerical value between 5 and 10, with 5 representing the lowest data point and 10 representing the highest data point. We used the following equation in order to calculate this for every factor:

Score(i) = 5 · (x(i) - xmin ) / (xmax - xmin ) + 5

Price of Accommodation: We used internal HomeToGo data to find the median price per night for a holiday rental in each county between 20th March - 21st June 2022. The county with the lowest median price per night for a holiday rental was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining counties were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected in February 2022, prices and availability are subject to change.

Spring Flowers: We used data from Great British Gardens to find the number of public gardens listed as featuring bluebells, the number of public gardens listed as featuring tulips, the number of public gardens listed as featuring daffodils, and the number of public gardens listed as featuring rhododendrons in more than 50 counties. For each flower, the counties with the most gardens were given a score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 5 or higher.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does holiday accommodation for Nature Holidays in the UK cost?

You can find a brilliant holiday rental within the average price range of £100 - £186, with great discounts of as much as 60% available!

What types of holiday accommodation are available for Nature Holidays in the UK?

There's plenty of variety available when it comes to holiday accommodation for Nature Holidays in the UK, with 48,779 Cottage and 44,875 Apartment rentals on offer.

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