Dog-friendly North Wessex Downs
- Pangbourne , England
Set in the bustling village of Pangbourne beside the River Thames, dog-friendly The Elephant Hotel in Berkshire has everything for the perfect weekend with your best furry friend. It has wonderful river walks nearby and offers a great base to visit Windsor Castle, dog-friendly Basildon Gardens, Henley and the Chilterns.£60Price per night from
- Swindon, England
For a stylish, dog-friendly, home from home 4 miles from Swindon, look no further than Alexandra House. On the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, this hotel is the perfect place for you and your furry-friend to base yourselves when exploring the local countryside.£95Price per night from
- Helhoughton, EnglandDating back to the 17th century, Meadow Cottage is packed with period charm, while offering all the modern conveniences needed for a lovely holiday. Boasting a lovely garden and a wood burner, this is the perfect year-round choice for your Norfolk break. Featuring two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this pretty little semi-detached cottage is tucked away in rural idyll with a children’s play area just down the road, but is still close to lots of the highlights of this much-loved county.
Head to Wells-next-the-Sea and sit quayside while the little fishing and sailing boats bob on the tide. Or explore Staithe Street, which is packed with artisan and boutique shops, cafés and restaurants. Then go down to the wide sandy beach, one of the best in the area, and see the pretty painted beach huts. If you are a coast lover you will find so many habitats to explore along this coastline from rolling sand dunes and salt and clay marshes to sand and shingle beaches, quays and fishing available nearby.
History buffs will enjoy visits to the Holkham, Houghton, Sandringham and Blickling Estates along with a trip on North Norfolk railway and visits to the Muckleburgh and Thursford Collections, the latter of which hosts its famous Christmas Spectacular and is home to Santa’s Magical Journey every year.
Make time to visit the Georgian market town of Holt with its unique High Street. This pretty little town is a firm favourite with locals and is great to just potter around. Nature lovers will find many habitats to explore including RSPB Cley Marshes, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Sheringham Park and you can make at trip to the Norfolk Broads from here too and be in the heart of them in just 50 minutes. Add in Amazonia Zoo, Cromer Pier, Fakenham races and so much more and you will soon see why this part of Norfolk is so very popular. And then you get to return to lovely Meadow Cottage for a glass of something chilled in the garden or cosy up by the wood burner. Just perfect. Beach 13 miles.£68From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Marlborough, EnglandThis beautiful 18th-century mill is set by the side of the river in a picturesque hamlet, only 2 miles from the busy market town of Marlborough. Standing alone in its own secluded gardens with the river running alongside, it is the perfect setting to just get away from it all and relax.
The mill provides an excellent base from which to explore this lovely part of the country. Avebury is nearby with its stone circle which is larger and older than Stonehenge. The 4500-acre Savernake Forest, Cheddar Gorge, Stonehenge, Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead Gardens, the historic city of Winchester and the Roman spa and Georgian streets of the city of Bath are all within an hour’s drive. Other places to visit include Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Bowood House and Gardens. The area is perfect for walkers with the Ridgeway and many footpaths along the downs. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.£141From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Royal Wootton Bassett, EnglandThese fantastic semi-detached holiday properties are situated within the owner’s extensive landscaped grounds, with beautiful views across the Wiltshire countryside. These single-storey barn conversions, Bluebell Barn (ref UK12792) and Buttercup Barn (ref UK12963), have been decorated to a high standard with underfloor heating throughout. The properties’ courtyards lead out to public footpaths from which you can explore thousands of acres of the surrounding countryside. Long Barn Cottages are situated on a stud farm. You also have access to the owner’s grounds which house a decked pond area and beautiful summerhouse, great for those balmy summer evenings.
Nearby is the village of Royal Wootton Bassett, the historic market town of Marlborough, Amesbury and Avebury Henge, all just a short drive away. There are plenty of National Trust sites close by including Stonehenge with its mystical stones, as well as Stourhead and the village of Lacock. There are great shopping opportunities at the Swindon Designer Outlet, or the World Heritage city of Bath is under an hour’s drive away. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 guests.£116From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandCome and indulge yourself at IIsley Farm, an attractive cluster of luxurious barns nestled in the rolling countryside of Berkshire. This is the perfect place for blissful escapes, rural adventures and memorable breaks with friends and family whatever time of year you choose to visit.
These former barns (1 The Pheasant ref UK31228, 2 The Pheasant ref UK31229, The Gallops ref UKC4259, The Downs ref UK33749 and Partridge ref UK33748) are located on a working arable farm and have been sympathetically restored to the highest standards to uncover much of their original charm and character boasting exposed beams with imposing vaulted ceilings, stone walls and lots of wonderful welcome touches have been added for that ultimate relaxation experience.
Step inside and in each property you will be greeted with a large open plan living space which flows seamlessly through to the exquisite kitchen areas, providing the perfect place to cook up your favourite meal, or simply kick back and unwind following a busy day’s adventure! Each bedroom has been tastefully presented with the highest level of comfort in mind, dressed in crisp white bed linen and all bedrooms with the added bonus of en-suite facilities. Outside, the wide open space with south facing patio makes the ideal place to relax, enjoy outdoor games or even al fresco dining on a sunny day!
Berkshire, famed for its connections with the Royal family, is full of character and hosts a wealth of charming towns and villages and countryside to explore make this county the perfect antidote to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day living. The bustling market town of Newbury is within easy reach and is home to a plethora of traditional ale houses and thriving restaurants set along the glistening banks of the River Kennet. The vibrant high street offers a good mix of well-known high street names, local independent shops and is also home to the Corn Exchange arts centre providing a wide variety of entertainment and a cinema complex. Other places of interest nearby include Newbury Racecourse, Highclere Castle, Donnington Castle, Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre and the prestigious Windsor Castle. Whatever your adventure, this wonderful collection of luxury accommodation will be waiting for you when you return from your days out exploring. Kick off your boots, pour a glass of wine and relax in your Ilsley rural adventure.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 42 guests.£206From price per night based on 7 night stay