With lockdown beginning to ease, we can start to think about a lovely break in a quiet corner of the UK!
Here are just eight of the hundreds of gorgeous Sykes Cottages available, where you can truly get away from it all…
Where: Rhayader, Powys
Price: Seven nights from £600
Perfect for groups of friends, the lodge has a wood-burning stove, hot tub, firepit BBQ and pizza oven – all the ingredients for a relaxing break.
Haydon Bridge near Hexham, Northumberland
Price: Seven nights from £459
Humbleton Cottage is a former shooting lodge, which perches on a hilltop which has stunning views of the surrounding Northumberland countryside.
Guests can spend time curled up in front of the wood-burning stove while free of digital distractions.
There’s also the chance to take in Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water, Northumberland National Park, Alnwick Castle and gardens, and the magnificent Heritage Coastline, which are all within driving distance.
Gulworthy near Tavistock, Devon
Price: Seven nights from £323
With no TV or WiFi, guests can switch off from everyday life within these serene surroundings.
For walking or cycling routes, the Tamar Trails activity centre is a 20-minute walk away. The National Trust’s Cotehele House, Buckland Abbey and Morwellham Quay are also close by.
Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd, Snowdonia
Price: Seven nights from £676
The property is packed with unique features, including an arched Gothic doorway and traditional windows throughout.
The surrounding area has a lot to offer, including stunning mountain walks, picturesque villages such as Beddgelert and seaside towns like Criccieth.
Kilninver near Oban, Argyll and Bute
Price: Seven nights from £347
This cosy log cabin is nestled in the Scottish countryside, just four miles from the coastal village of Kilninver and 10 miles from Oban.
Its outside decking area overlooks a duck pond and hills and mountains beyond, providing an excellent place to relax with a morning coffee.
The nearby town of Oban has a ferry terminal where you can take boat trips to the beautiful islands of Mull and Rum.
Price: Seven nights from £1,008
Limecombe is a former shepherd’s cottage on a 6,000-acre country estate, near Simonsbath, tucked away down a mile-long private stone track.
Just sit back, relax and listen to the stream and waterfalls that run through the nearby combe.
Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Mendip Hills, Somerset
Price: Seven nights from £346
Set in the grounds of a 40-acre farm, The Roundhouse is the perfect place for a unique, relaxing holiday.
Bath and Wells are just a short drive away, and guests can also explore Glastonbury or the famous Cheddar Gorge.
Invertrossachs near Callander, Stirling
Price: Seven nights from £528
A wonderful wooden cabin set on the fringes of Loch Venachar, Alder Cabin is perfect for a Scottish getaway as a small family or couple.
The town of Callander is nearby and has a range of local amenities, including popular eateries, an art gallery and a golf course.