Category: Self Catering
Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search, as chosen by the people in the know – the regional Muddy editors.
Hollington Park Glamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury
If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.
Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay. The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!
Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?
STAY IN… BERKSHIRE
River Arts Club, Maidenhead
Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?
One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.
Dreary, freezing January evenings are made for summer holiday planning – I can’t be the only one already dreaming of cocktails al fresco, snoozing on sun-loungers and those days when the sun soars up beyond eye level, can I?
This year I’m planning to take the Muddy tribe to Devon or Cornwall (to avoid airport-based faffing) so have been browsing luxury self-catering letting agency Perfect Stay‘s gorgeous website, perving over their super-stylish collection of properties.
In a dry January – yes I’m doing it *groan* – when the weather has turned totally pants and half-term break feels forever away, I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he desires me), cool city breaks with Mr Muddy, gorgeous cottages in rugged climes for walking hols with my galpals and for family time in the UK, something luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish.
I’m starting to do more travel on Muddy, figuring that though you love Oxon and Bucks you like to escape sometimes too (quick, dig the tunnels). I mentioned Perfect Stays a few days ago, a luxury self-catering company in Cornwall and Devon that looks *awesome* and is on my radar to try out over the summer, but if you’re into shorter traveling times and have your sights set on Dorset, I reckon Deans Court in Wimborne (above) will tick your boxes too.
Sometimes I come across stuff that’s so cool that I get a bit overexcited. Pour myself a large glass of wine, refill for politeness’ sake (look, it’s a ‘me’-date), scoff some crisps, refill, stare out of the window for a while in soporific happiness…
… and then shout something like OMG CHECK THIS OUT!!! from the top of my fingertips (this being the computer and all).
Excited to tell you about this because it is a great option for low-hassle camping – and lord knows in the not-very-tent-friendly Muddy family we like the sound of that!
I’ve wrote a few weeks ago about the children’s activity days at Longridge (nr Marlow) that run through summer (see my post here), but it’s also worth telling you about the Family Activity Weekend I just went on with the Muddy ankle-biters.
Can you feel Autumn in the air? Morning and evening feel more crisp, nights are a little darker a little earlier, mists are starting to appear.
But September and October can still surprise, and there may yet be outdoor weekends to enjoy. With that in mind I’m posting a trip I made a few weeks ago to the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester because it would make a great little weekend away or a half-term break.