Swiss Cottage, StaffordshireAlrewas is the type of village the place roses develop over whitewashed partitions and candlelit pubs serve good old style pints. This half-timbered cottage, simply steps from the canal, has a patio with wrought-iron chairs. There are 150 acres to discover within the Nationwide Memorial Aboretum, only a stroll away, with a sensory play backyard, Youngsters’s Wooden and Stick Man path, to not point out poignant historical past. The arboretum launched a brand new free augmented actuality app in March and an Outside Escape problem opens on 29 Might. Drayton Manor theme park and Tamworth Snowdome are each inside 20 minutes’ drive and it’s half an hour to Boscobel Home, which has simply reopened after a serious improve. Moreover a Victorian farm, an interactive path and the oak tree the place Charles II hid, there’s a brand new hide-and-seek themed playground. Sleeps 4, £969 for 7 nights from 28 Might, welcomecottages.comEttrick Valley Yurts, Scottish BordersEttrick Valley Yurts in Scotland. {Photograph}: Undiscovered Scotland https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/It could be solely 1½ hours’ drive from Edinburgh (and fewer than two from Glasgow), however that is wild, rolling nation of lochs and waterfalls. Scottish faculties have lengthy weekends quite than a full summer time half-term however a few of these yurts are additionally (at the moment) free close to the beginning of Scotland’s earlier summer time hols (and for English and Welsh half-term). Furnished with embroidered patchwork, photo voltaic lamps and fairy lights, they’re set amongst looming fells and fields of sheep, underneath night time skies stuffed with stars. The value consists of bedding, the woodburner is lit earlier than you arrive, and every yurt has its personal firepit. Scotland’s greatest hedge maze, within the beautiful grounds at Traquair, the nation’s oldest inhabited home, is shut by too. Sleeps 6, from £330 for two nights midweek in excessive season, ettrickvalleyyurts.co.ukRosslare Cottage, County AntrimSlemish Mountain, the legendary dwelling of St PatrickJust 45 minutes’ drive from Belfast and 20 minutes from the attractive Antrim coast, this cosy whitewashed cottage in startlingly inexperienced, cow parsley-laced countryside has excessive wood ceilings, a log-burning range and a farmhouse kitchen. It’s acquired two double bedrooms, which gained’t go well with each household, however the location is ideal for climbing rocky Slemish mountain, the place St Patrick is alleged to have herded cattle, and exploring the forests, glens and waterfalls close by. Volunteer-run Broughshane chook sanctuary is a few miles down the highway, and it’s an excellent time to identify fluffy cygnets and goslings. Close by, the Millside Gracheill restaurant in Ballymena, serves youngsters’ meals and salted caramel apple pie,and the River Room (which hasthree AA Rosettes and a thumbs up from Michelin) nonetheless has the odd slot free for dinner (e book forward, galgorm.com/river-room). Sleeps 4, £575 for seven nights from Might 29, sykescottages.co.ukSt Cuthbert’s, Herefordshire‘Champing’ (tenting in previous church buildings) at Holme Lacy. {Photograph}: Joseph John CaseyA few champing websites (tenting in previous church buildings) have availability for not less than a part of half-term, some with a short lived particular £1 fee for youths. This one’s free till Friday 4 June. It’s a late Thirteenth-century sandstone magnificence close to the village of Holme Lacy, with stained glass, spooky tombs and carved medieval stalls. You sleep on a row of camp beds (pictured above) and there’s a fairy-lit sitting space. Exterior, the River Wye snakes by way of fields with a footpath and views of the wooded hills past. There are kayaks and canoes to rent at Holme Lacy Bridge, and Hereford, with its chained cathedral library, is 5 miles away. £51.50 an evening adults, £1 an evening under-16s, champing.co.ukGranary Cottage, CotswoldsThe cottage is beside a farm in Ebrington villageThis treacle-coloured Cotswold cottage, with slate flooring, beams and woodburner, is subsequent to a farm within the village of Ebrington. It’s a few miles from gold-stoned Chipping Campden, begin of the epic Cotswold Approach long-distance path, which runs over hills to Tub. No must deal with the entire path; take a kite and a picnic and climb a mile or so from the cottage by way of woods to Dover’s Hill, for Cotswold views. The realm is heaving with sights, from mannequin dinosaurs and mushy play at All Issues Wild in Honeybourne to the Arts and Crafts backyard at Hidecote Manor. Sleeps 4, £1,039 for 7 nights from 28 Might, cottages.comCaravan with sizzling tub, Isle of WightThe Lakes is on the sting of the island’s Space of Excellent Pure BeautyThe Lakes Rookley, a vacation web site with heated swimming pools, playground and acres of parkland, added some fancy caravans with sizzling tubs a few years in the past. Additionally they include respectable kitchens, non-public decks, en suite doubles and twin rooms for youths. At close by Carisbrooke Fort you possibly can stroll around the partitions, meet the resident donkeys, and catch half-term exhibits and tales, whereas neighbouring Godshill has a mannequin village, full with miniature trains, pubs, a cricket match and lots of of bonsai timber. Sleep 6, £536 for 4 nights from 31 Might, hoseasons.co.ukThe Log Home, Outer HebridesCalanais standing stones on Lewis are older than Stonehenge. {Photograph}: Pearl Bucknall/AlamyThis just lately constructed wood cabin 4 miles from the cafes and castles of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis has quirky, vibrant decor, together with Masai spears, neon-pink curtains and bar stools, and a balcony with views throughout the lengthy flat fields to Broad Bay. There are white sandy seashores with turquoise water (in the suitable mild) shut by and, half an hour’s drive throughout the island, the mysterious Calanais standing stones are older than Stonehenge. The Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, are 100 miles lengthy; look out for dolphins from the CalMac Ferry on the 2½-hour boat trip to Stornoway from Ullapool within the Highlands (examine it’s undoubtedly working earlier than you e book). Sleeps 6, £729 for five nights from 29 Might, lastminute-cottages.co.ukThe Outdated Dairy, PowysThe Outdated Dairy: ‘cosy and immaculately transformed’. {Photograph}: Carl BlankThis former farm constructing in the midst of the countryside is each cosy and immaculately transformed. With one double and a settee mattress, it may very well be a little bit of a squash for a household, however the long-horned cattle and deer outdoors make up for it. Guide a half-hour trip for small youngsters on a quiet pony or a full cross-country hack by way of the excessive moorland of the Bryngwyn Using Centre two miles away. The grassy mound of a medieval motte is simply down the highway in Painscastle and book-filled Hay-on-Wye is eight miles away. Sleeps 4 (at a pinch), £939 for 7 nights from 28 Might, cottages.comLongridge Glamping, Marlow, BuckinghamshireCamping at Longridge makes an excellent base for River Thames adventures. {Photograph}: Pitchup.comThis family-friendly riverside glamping web site provides bell tents in a peaceable nook of Longridge Exercise Centre (beds and bedding could be equipped for a price) a mile throughout the Thames from Marlow’s pubs, cafes and railway station. Salters Steamers do boat journeys and the nine-mile stretch of Thames Path to Henley passes abbeys, locks and Temple Island. Henley’s River & Rowing Museum can be open day by day over half-term, with a Mr Benn dress-up day on 5 June and an exhibition that includes Elmer the patchwork elephant. It additionally has scenes from Wind within the Willows and outside smartphone trails. Sleeps 4, £220 for two nights, pitchup.comCarn-Gwyn, GlamorganKenfig nature reserve close to Porthcawl is a 25-minute drive away from Carn-Gwyn. {Photograph}: Leighton Collins/AlamyThis pet-friendly place in the midst of the Welsh countryside is a walkers’ paradise. You may stroll spherical the sector behind the home, stroll a few miles to a neighborhood pub, or hike over the hills on the 20-mile Taff Ely Ridgeway, previous forests and historical hill forts. There are good cycle trails close by, too. The open-plan annexe comes with a backyard for watching the hills and the sundown. Large sand dunes and migrating waterbirds at Kenfig nationwide nature reserve are 25 minutes’ drive away. Sleeps 4 (double bed room plus sofabed), £1,089 for 7 nights from 28 Might, welcomecottages.comAll locations had availability on the time of going to press