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    Discover B&B’s with the best breakfasts…

    by  • 30/09/2016 • Country food, Country moment • 0 Comments

    Country Style bedroomBook a weekend at a B&B known for its fine start to the day! We’ve found three of the cosiest places to tuck into the tastiest of breakfasts this season…

    Ramsden Farm, Kent
    Set in the Garden of England, this B&B (pictured) is the place for sleepy heads, there are no breakfast times and no rules; guests are encouraged to make themselves at home. Inside the renovated farm buildings, a cosy fire welcomes on cooler evenings and sunny bedrooms offer comfy mattresses, crisp white linens and bathrooms with travertine marble and underfloor heating. South-facing views across the Kentish Weald add to the ambience. Guests eat around the kitchen table with its yellow Aga and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, while owner Sally Harrington cooks up a feast.

    Bulls Hall, Suffolk
    Brimful of character, this 16th-century thatched house is set in beautiful gardens with a meadow, ponds and wildlife. Its charming features include sloping floors, low doorways, a large inglenook, beams and high ceilings. Guests can wander among five acres of gardens or look out for wildlife in this beautiful country setting. On rainy days, there are plentiful books and indoor games to enjoy. Owner Angela Hall runs a family-friendly B&B with a double room or a suite for four. Breakfast beckons with fresh fruit juice, homemade jams, free-range eggs, freshly picked field mushrooms and Suffolk bacon cured by Angela’s son with molasses, brown sugar and local Porter beer.

    Jericho, Somerset
    This rural idyll caters for vegetarians with its award-winning breakfasts. There is one stylish suite with a generous-sized bedroom and sitting room with doors to a vine-hung loggia and parterre. Owner Stephen Morgan has created a relaxed look with stylish furniture, rugs and fabrics. Grey panelling, original art and a wet room with drenching shower add to the luxurious feel. There’s no need to leave your room – hand-pressed apple juice from the orchard, coffee, tea, and delicious vegetarian dishes are delivered to your door.

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    Enjoy a healthy yoga retreat

    by  • 23/09/2016 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    Enjoy a yoga holidayIt’s the perfect time of year to book a rejuvenating yoga break! We’ve discovered three of the best places to stretch out in mindfulness and relax with some me-time in a gorgeous country setting…

    Split Farthing Hall, North Yorkshire
    Set between the stunning Yorkshire Dales and the magnificent North York Moors, the Raw Horizons wellbeing retreat has a strong focus on yoga, and is an ideal place to rest and renew body and mind. Exclusive to women, courses include yoga, and guidance on achieving a balanced healthy lifestyle. The estate’s Georgian manor has six stylish bedrooms with Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels, cosy bathrobes and natural bath products. Book a Yoga & Relaxation package which includes two nights accommodation, three Kundalini yoga sessions, two mid-morning yoga sessions and evening wind-down time, plus wholesome meals throughout your stay.

    The Clover Mill, Worcestershire
    Settle into this boutique-style Ayurvedic spa retreat for guests with yoga classes, bespoke treatments and expert help towards a feeling of wellbeing and escapism from busy lives. In this restful country landscape, innovative eco lodges with timber-clad designs and earthy tones compliment the lakeside views and spa facilities . Ayurveda packages range from a weekend retreat to three night or five night stays, which include a personal dosha assessment, meals prepared fresh from ingredients in the vegetable garden and daily yoga and relaxation classes.

    Eco Yoga, Argyll
    This hillside retreat offers a healthy sustainable lifestyle with a yoga experience among Scottish woodland, lochs and rivers. Local crafts and reclaimed finds add a rustic feel to this hideaway. Choose from a family sized bothy or a simple guest room. A large communal space includes a kitchen, showers and spa facilities including a hot tub in a glass dome and the lure of a bubble bath by a waterfall… Cook up a meal in the self-catering kitchen or head to the nearby village of Kilmartin for further dining and shopping. Try yoga poses outdoors or stretch in the heated studio which has river and countryside views.

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    Our favourite place: Haslemere

    by  • 16/09/2016 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    ready_haslemerevisitorcentre-copyMake the most of the weekend with a trip to a pretty market town! Set at the gateway to the South Downs National Park in the Surrey Hills, we think that Haslemere is the perfect place to explore beautiful countryside and enjoy a little shopping too. We love it for its…

    History The arrival of the railway  in the 19th century opened up rural Haslemere, and drew notable cultural figures to live here, including poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and playwright George Bernard Shaw. Today, the charming town centre is still peppered with tile-hung timber cottages and has a 19th-century town hall. Discover more at Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High Street.

    Shops The town has lots of delightful stores, including independent shops stocked to the rafters with country-style buys. Lifestyle shop Holly Park, 4-6 West Street, sells furniture, lighting, homewares and gifts; while Rural Living, 1 Charter Walk, showcases Neptune kitchens and sells country-style garden furniture plus Garden Trading accessories. Dress your windows at Mitchell’s Fabrics, 2 Petworth Road, and source decorative mirrors at India Jane, 31-33 High Street. At Aga Living, 35 High Street, you’ll find range ovens plus a cookshop; and nearby, Classic Cookware sells kitchenware, plus porcelain and utensils at 4 Causewayside. And be inspired by wood flooring and tiles at the fabulous Fired Earth showroom, 14c Lower Street.

    Food Heroes Surrounded by rolling hills and National Trust land, the town is a great source of delicious food produce all year round. Support local growers and producers by visiting the regular farmers’ market (first Sunday of the month). Buy traditional loaves, handmade bread, pies and cakes at Bread of Heaven, The Granary, 32 West Street. To make birthdays extra special, try themed or bespoke cake pops from Harry’s Pop Bakery, 18 Fieldway. Or head to Dylan’s, The Milk Barn, 1 Junction Place, for homemade natural ice-cream. The stripy honey and chocolate bumblebee flavour is irresistible…

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    Enjoy a vineyard vacation

    by  • 09/09/2016 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    Enjoy a vineyard vacationHurray, grape harvest season has arrived! There’s no better time to take a trip to a British vineyard for a little wine tasting. And no need to rush home; we’ve found three of the best places where you can sip and stay over. Time to pick your favourite…

    Old Luxters Farmhouse B&B, Hambleden, Oxfordshire
    This idyllic 17th-century farmhouse barn sits in the grounds of the Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery offering magnificent views of the Hambleden Valley beyond. Guests can join a Tour & Taste experience to find more about the production process followed by a tutored tasting session of the estate’s best produce. There are four comfortable bedrooms with rustic-style bathrooms, luxurious linens, fluffy towels, and filtered water. Slumber is easy with just the occasional sounds of owls… In the morning, friendly staff serve freshly brewed coffee and your farmhouse breakfast is cooked to order on the Aga. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the orchard with treats from the cellar shop (homemade pates, cheeses, chutneys, crackers, and meats) or dine at country pubs nearby.

    Denbies Farmhouse B&B, Dorking, Surrey
    Set in England’s largest vineyard, Denbies B&B offers a peaceful setting with the option of fine dining, tours and seasonal events. Make plans for an October visit here to make the most of special harvest events! Try a vine and dine grape picking lesson, a harvest cheese and wine making experience or a delicious harvest supper where you can taste the first pressing. There are seven contemporary style bedrooms; ask for a vineyard room and see the morning sun rise over the vines. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with garden views, and dine at The Conservatory or Gallery restaurants later in the day.

    Three Choirs Vineyard Lodges, Newent, Gloucestershire
    Guests can stroll along the paths that weave through the vines of this hillside vineyard, which now produces an incredible 300,000 bottles a year! There are regular tastings on site, plus a wine and gift shop. Three fabulous lodges await by the lake; wallow in claw-foot baths and comfy beds or try spacious rooms at the restaurant building which overlooks the vineyard. Take continental breakfast in your room, or tuck into cooked breakfast in the restaurant, which also serves lunch and dinner. Try the popular goats cheese soufflé with beetroot crisps, spiced monkfish with mango purée or sticky toffee pudding with cinnamon ice-cream.

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    Head to a walking festival . . .

    by  • 02/09/2016 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    visit jerseyIt’s the perfect season to step out and walk along beautiful country and coastal trails. We’ve rounded up three of the best festivals which offer walks to suit all levels of ability, from pushchair strolls and easy beach rambles to hardier challenging hikes.

    Autumn Walking Festival, Jersey
    Join walks along the island’s woodland paths (pictured) and lofty cliffs – the charming St Lawrence Food Trail rambles past fields of strawberries and potatoes. Guided walks are available for all ages and abilities around this beautiful island. From 10 to 25 September. Find out more…

    Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival, Herefordshire
    Add a little more to a hike. View Yat Rock from above and below at this festival of walks which offers additional activities in this scenic setting. Look out for iron age hill forts, old railway lines, King Arthur’s cave, and wonderful views from on high. Choose walks combined with steam trains, pub lunches and picnics, or include cycling or a canoe trip. The sky’s the limit! From 23 to 25 September, book tickets here.

    South West Coast Path Challenge, Somerset to Dorset
    Make plans to join this annual fundraising event which takes place throughout October. Find out how you can save the South West Coast Path and protect the coastline with this annual fundraising event to repair and improve this popular 630-mile trail which stretches all the way from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. Learn more about this fascinating route and choose a distance to suit you.

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    Sleep under canvas

    by  • 26/08/2016 • Country moment • 1 Comment

    Go glampingIt’s the season to get close to nature with a relaxing weekend in a tipi, alachigh or colonial tent! Our top three places to stay are set in beautiful countryside with stylish interiors and every creature comfort to hand, so you’ll be able to focus on time with family and friends. Happy glamping!

    Penhein Glamping, Monmouthshire
    Rolling Welsh farmland, ancient woodlands and magnificent views of the Severn Valley lure visitors to this stylish glampsite. It’s ideal for hesitant campers with comfort and style at every turn. High domed alachighs offer modern British country style with Persian inspired designs. Each tent is individually designed with pine tables, tealight chandeliers, handcrafted kitchen units with beautifully tiled worktops, wood burning stoves and cosy beds. A short walk away, there’s a super stylish shower block with piping hot water, toiletries, and a roll-top bath. A welcome hamper includes a selection of seasonal farm produce; cook on the woodburner or enjoy toasty sausages, marshmallows, and storytelling by the outdoor firepit and its charmingly carved woodland chairs. Amble along woodland paths for den building or a paddle in the brook or sway on the giant swing  in the meadow! For days out, it’s a short drive to lively Chepstow Racecourse or to the peaceful Wye Valley

    Wild Northumbrian Tipis & Yurts, Northumberland (pictured)
    This is the place for romantics and stargazers, set in a gold tier Dark Sky Park. Choose from handcrafted insulated Mongolian yurts, a Native American tipi a Scandinavia Laavu tipi or a shepherds hut. The Peetwit Tipi is closest to all facilities and set in a lovely location by an apple orchard with mature maples, hazels, hawthorns and wild cherries. Handcrafted beds, duck down duvets, candle light and underfloor heating make a very comfortable retreat. Enjoy hampers with local seasonal produce or book a large clay pizza oven and barbecue for a unique dining experience with friends in the Shepherd’s hut area where there’s a firepit, benches and tables for groups.

    Lantern and Larks, Suffolk
    Set in an enviable location between countryside and coast, this rural hideaway is ideal for families to learn about nature and enjoy fun days out. Hunker down in a spacious tent among flora, fauna and wildlife; explore nearby Framlingham Castle or head to Easton Park farm for pony rides and pet feeding time. A three bedroom tent with solid deck floors, storage areas and an open plan living area offers plentiful space. Snuggle up in solid pine beds with comfy mattresses and duvets and enjoy hot showers outside. There’s a kitchen hob for simple stir fries or cook up casseroles on the wood burner for meals in doors at the coffee or dining tables. On summer days head for fish and chips on the Suffolk Coast and by evening gather on the terrace for firepit barbecues and lazy moments on the outdoor sofa and armchairs…

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    Our favourite place to visit: Margate

    by  • 19/08/2016 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    Ready_BlogSizedGetty_MARGATEWith its magnificent architecture, artisan vibe and rapid rejuvenation, this market town is on the rise. We love it for its…

    Creative hub Historically favoured by Dickens and Turner, today’s hometown artist Tracey Emin supports the most spectacular addition to the town, Turner Contemporary, a pierside gallery filled with fascinating artwork in bright energising spaces. Culture lovers will also enjoy one of Britain’s oldest theatres, the Theatre Royal set in a magnificent Georgian building on Addington Street.

    Family fun Set on the Isle of Thanet, long sandy beaches stretch along the coastline from Margate to Broadstairs past chalk-stacked Botany Bay. Enjoy fun by the shore or visit the fascinating Shell Grotto, a 19th Century cave of shell mosaics to meander. By evening, go retro and enjoy British-style theme park rides at the restored Dreamland on Marine Terrace.

    Interiors shops Source practical items and contemporary style along the High Street or head through the lanes of Old Town for a touch of retro chic. Visit Papillon Interiors, 40 Fort Hill,  for sleek styles in design-led furniture including lighting and storage for home and garden. Scott’s furniture mart, Bath Place, boasts three floors of furniture antiques, architectural salvage and reclaimed items. Paraphernalia stocks vintage goods and retro items including dressers, mirrors, and suitcases, 8 King Street. And find plants and shrubs suited to coastal gardens at East Northdown Farm plant nursery, George Hill Road.

    Clothing & Gifts Head to Madam Popoff, 4 King Street, where former fashion student Deborah Ellis, selects beautiful pieces of women’s vintage clothing. Pick up colourful contemporary prints of Thanet and artworks from Paul’s Gallery, The Frame Centre, 25 Hawley Street.

    Food Heroes Head to the monthly farmer’s market in Cliftonville or enjoy fresh crab, cockles and oysters at Mannings beachside fish stall! Loose Leaves & Mud is the perfect place to pick up gifts for tea lovers from specialist leaf teas to stylish infusers, 9 King Street. And browse Old Kent Market, which offers an indoor local food and drink market packed with vintage charm.

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    Holiday on horseback!

    by  • 12/08/2016 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    Try a horseriding holidayIf you’re looking for summer breaks with a difference, why not try a horseriding holiday? It’s a great way head off the beaten track and see the best of the countryside and coast! Here are three of our favourite places to stay where you can also saddle up and enjoy the freedom of an equine escape!

    Clumber Park Hotel, Nottinghamshire
    With a luxurious spa and pony trekking on its doorstep, it’s the perfect horseriding retreat. The Trek and Treat experience offers easy ambles or full canters through Sherwood Forest. On return, unwind in the hotel spa (Robin Hood never had it this easy!) or visit the Museum of the Horse in nearby Tuxford. Contemporary style rooms with calming hues offer great comfort and there’s a  restaurant and inn with delicious food and refreshment after a long trek.

    Westport Woods Hotel, County Mayo
    It’s set on the rugged West coast of Ireland, near legendary Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. When the tide is low on Murrisk and Bertra beaches, enjoy the exhilarating experience of horseriding along the Wild Atlantic Way. Or head to the hills for spectacular views of the bay’s 365 drumlin islands. Wind down with a therpeutic seaweed bath and settle into spacious comfortable rooms overlook acres of mature gardens and historic Westport House.

    Gidleigh Park Hotel, Devon
    It’s the place to be for seasoned horse riders who love this stylish hotel with great food near Chagford. Horseriding experts Liberty Trails lead guests on a horseriding adventure across rugged Dartmoor. Explore heather clad hills, open moorland, ancient woodland, wild rivers, standing stones and granite posts (look out for familiar territory from the film War Horse). Enjoy an elegant Tudor mansion with a two Michelin star restaurant. Guests can bring their own horse or visit Liberty trails stables!

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    Take a dip on the wild side!

    by  • 05/08/2016 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    Try wild swimmingMake the most of these precious summer days and head outdoors for a wild swim! Glide, paddle or splash at your leisure in a swim-friendly country river or lake to feel at one with the surroundings. We’ve rounded up three of the best from the Wild Things book series including a gentle meander along a pretty Suffolk village stream, a woodland wallow in the New Forest, and a hardy soak in a magical moor-top pool in Derbyshire.

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    Announcing Country Homes & Interiors Christmas

    by  • 01/08/2016 • Country business, Country craft, Country food, Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments

    Country Homes & Interiors ChristmasWe know it’s summer but we are so excited about our first-ever show we had to let you know about it now! Country Homes & Interiors Christmas is being held at beautiful Stonor Park, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on 25-27 November 2016.

    Set in marquees on the front lawns of this stunning stately home, this must-go-to experience will bring to life Country Homes & Interiors at our favourite time of year. Enjoy the beautifully decorated entrance filled with festive styling ideas. Shop for creative and crafted home and garden accessories, lifestyle buys and gifts. Meet exciting country businesses and their inspirational owners. Treat yourself and your friends to fabulous seasonal food and drink.

    Country Homes & Interiors is the home of modern country style and we are thrilled to be hosting this unique and boutique festive show. Pop it in your diary now and get ahead and order tickets here.

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