fall forays in britain

June 22nd, 2010

Cottages Blog

This fall, stave off that sad summer-is-over feeling with a trip! Take in all that the season has to offer in a cozy English cottage and check out the happenings of a British autumn. Festivals with local cuisine dapple the September calendar and country houses are surrounded by orchards brimming with fall fruit.

For Foodies:

Go: The Big Green Food & Craft Festival at Beningbrough Hall will have great Yorkshire food and crafts, fresh produce, and a Hog Roast. September 25-26.

Stay: Goodramgate, York

A cozy apartment in a medieval building right in the town of York – perfect for exploring on foot.


Go: A World War II event in Northumberland gets visitors to think of wartime food, rationing, and Victory Gardens. Weekend of September 25.

Stay: Westwood Cottage, Northumberland

Previously part of Wallington Estate’s stable block, this stone house is built around a central courtyard and is close to the grand estate’s main house.


Go: Get tempted at the “Taste and Temptation” weekend at Petworth House and meet local producers and taste their delicious, fresh products. September 26.

Stay: Emley Farmhouse, Surrey

Surrounded by farmland, this quaint country cottage retains many of its original features, such as an internal well and large fireplaces.


For Nature Lovers:

Go: The beautiful island of Anglesey has dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and mountain views of Snowdonia.

Stay: Bryn Llywelyn, Anglesey

This stately Georgian farmhouse has a large walled garden full of apple trees and has a view over the wild Llanlleiana Bay.


Go: The fascinating Calke Abbey is filled with fascinating possessions and surrounded by a National Nature Reserve replete with trails.

Stay: Southwood House Farm, Derbyshire

This 18th century brick farmhouse is flanked by fruit trees and sits on the south side of the Calke Abbey estate, formerly used as its dairy.


For Beach Bums:

Go: Hell’s Mouth Bay – despite its foreboding moniker – is a great place to swim and surf. In autumn the water is still warm and the waves start picking up again.

Stay: Pant Rhiw Cottage, North Wales

This remote cottage sits on a hillside overlooking the bay and is accessible only by a walking path. 


Go: Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Cornwall and the gregarious charms of Polzeath, known for its surfing.

Stay: Overhaven, Polzeath

This tranquil cottage is a stone’s throw from the town and has sweeping views of the countryside and the coast.


Go: Explore the cobbled lanes and idyllic houses of Clovelly in Devon this fall, when all the summer crowds have dispersed.

Stay: 1 Coastguard, Clovelly

Hidden in the woods about a quarter mile from the shore, this cottage is a great retreat for exploring the rugged coast.

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