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Top UK weekend breaks and holidays for 2010

12th January 2010 Print
UK Breaks

CV Travel has come up with a selection of the top UK places to stay in 2010 from a cottage for four on the South Downs to a Welsh manor to host a house party for up to 18 guests.

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February: Valentine’s romance on the South Downs

Deer Cottage provides an ideal setting for a romantic Valentine’s weekend retreat. This cosy flint and stone cottage 10 miles from the market town of Chichester and the south coast has spectacular views to the South Downs and is surrounded by fields frequented by wild deer, and adjacent to footpaths opening up miles of romantic country walks.

A three night stay for up to 4 guests from Friday to Monday costs £540, including chocolates, champagne and bath oils to sink into a hot, bubble bath on arrival.

March/April: Spring house party in a country manor

Rent a country manor house for a gathering of friends and family and experience the life of the landed gentry with horse-riding, falconry close by and country walks from the house. Brecon Beacons Manor sleeps up to 18 guests in 9 bedrooms and is a luxurious country retreat surrounded by 50 acres of gardens and parkland. The Brecon Beacons National Park is right on the doorstep and the house itself has six reception rooms, including a library and billiard room and a large kitchen with an Aga. A two night weekend costs from £2070 for 18 guests, including a housekeeper to light fires and make beds.

May/June: Learn to surf on Polzeath Beach

The gorgeous surroundings of the flat, sandy Polzeath Beach with its crashing Atlantic waves provides a top spot for surfing. Surf lessons can be arranged at the 'Surfs Up Surf School' ( for £25 for a 2 hour lesson or three 2 hour lessons for £65, including equipment and wetsuits. Stay at the wonderful converted 18th C barn at Mill Rock cottage where high quality accommodation is matched by having its own housekeeper and chef to provide breakfast, afternoon tea, children’s supper and a three course dinner with wine for up to 10 guests. Available from £4,700 for 7 nights.

July/August: Forage for food in Cornwall

Discover how to identify, prepare and cook the wild edible plants found growing in the Cornish hedgerows, woodland and coast around Creek View, a beautiful period property set adjacent to woodland in the far corner of Cornwall at Lamorma. During the summer months the owner of this beautifully appointed house offers guests staying at the 16 apartments within it the opportunity to forage for food and to learn to how to prepare delicious and organic recipes using the plants as ingredients. Rental prices from £268 to £477 for 3 nights in July 2010.

September: Make hay and harvest down on the farm

Set amid 37 acres of arable pastureland Home Farm is a wonderful place from which to enjoy the best of the English countryside, especially in early Autumn as local farmers start to gather in the autumn crops. Surrounded by fields, sheep and waking up to the sound of a far off cockerel, the house is a warm and cosy place to come home to with a spacious farmhouse kitchen, with Aga-Rayburn, accommodation for up to 8 guests and well appointed rooms, that include a bathroom with Philippe Starck fittings. 3 night rental prices from £1000.

October/November: Medieval manor for a spooky Halloween weekend

Carved stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, stone floors and heavily beamed surroundings give the West Wing an historic ambience which, with the addition of the arched stone chapel in the extensive grounds, give it endless possibility for a scary Halloween weekend. The property is part of a large country estate in North Wiltshire, set on the edge of the Cotswolds close to Chippenham and Bath, and is hugely atmospheric and has accommodation for up to 6 guests. Available from CV Travel from £840 for a 3 night weekend.

December: London apartment , Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge

Christmas shop from the central London location of a light and airy apartment in a beautiful classic Victorian building 5 minutes from Kensington High Street and Knightsbridge tube stations, set in private leafy gardens. A three night stay in December 2010 costs £750 for up to 4 sharing.

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