Editor’s Note: The following is a guest article from our advertiser, Stately Escapes.
Taking the kids away on an autumn break can be the ideal way to really explore the countryside, the luxury cottage rental specialist Stately Escapes have picked out three of their favourite locations for seasonal holidays. If one of these luxury holiday cottages catches your eye, just head to Stately Escapes to book your very own UK getaway this autumn.
There are few things quite so guaranteed to get kids excited as staying in a real life castle, and this ancient Ayrshire property fits the bill perfectly. Whether they’re pretending to be at Hogwarts or playing knights and princesses, the 13th Century Scottish Castle is sure to get their imaginations running wild. Set in an idyllic rural part of Scotland, the property is still only a twenty minute drive from Glasgow, so there’s plenty to see and do if you can tear them away from the castle for a day trip. The Tramway Arts Centre in the south of the city is known for putting on great children’s shows, or if you’d rather keep your retreat strictly rural, the Heads of Ayr Farm Park offers quad biking, adventure areas and plenty of exotic animals.
If your kids are history fans, whisk them away to the Jacobean Manor , where the oak-panelled halls, dramatic oil paintings, and expansive grounds can really bring the past to life. Situated in the rolling border country between England and Wales, it’s only an hour’s drive from the picturesque Snowdonia National Park. Twenty-five minutes in the other direction is the walled city of Chester, founded by the Romans in AD 79. Chester’s Deva Roman Experience is an interactive museum trip that charmingly and authentically recreates the ancient city – right down to the slightly less than pleasant smells!
The Lake District
This beautiful English region has always been a firm family favourite, and with so many outdoors activities on offer it isn’t hard to see why. For particularly energetic families, the Treetop Trek at the Lake District Visitor Centre in Brockhole is great for anyone with a head for heights – and the views of the surrounding countryside are unparalleled. Stay at the Goriding Country House to enjoy fantastic views of Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, and a cinema room to keep kids amused on rainy days.