We’re kicking off our new travel feature with a collection of ideas to get you trying something new with explorative and adventurous trips

Cornish Escape

The Park, Cornwall is an award-winning holiday village, just a short stroll from Mawgan Porth beach. There are lots of accomodation options (including plenty that are dog friendly and many with private hot tubs) from luxury lodges to adorable cottages, or even the fairyland style yurt village. There are two pools, The Kitchen by the Beach restaurant, a sauna and steam room, and for children there are play areas and soft play. Perfectly situated, from your Cornish home hub you can walk parts of the stunning South West Coastal Path, visit castles, explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan, wander the world-famous Eden Project or book a show at the stunning cliff-side Minack Theatre. To book visit theparkcornwall.com

“luxury lodges to adorable cottages or even the fairyland style yurt village”

Un-fur-gettable holiday

If you’re a dog owner, you’ll know how hard it is to leave your best furry friend behind when you embark on a trip. PetsPyjamas are award-winning dog-friendly travel experts, where dogs stay free at over 18,000 locations. Coastal retreats with seaside walks, relaxing spa breaks in the Peak District, or boutique hotel city stays, where gourmet menus are available for the most pampered canine guests. They also offer some fantastic exclusive packages, for example, two adults and a dog can visit St Michaels Resort & Spa in Cornwall, including a two night stay, 2 Hour Hydrothermal Experience and Dinner in Brasserie on the Bay from £464. Alternatively, you can save up to 33% if you stay 3 nights at Homewood Hotel & Spa in Bath. Visit petspyjamas.com to start planning your next pet-away.

“dogs stay free at over 18,000 locations”

St Michaels Resort & Spa, Cornwall
Woodlands Glencoe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Homewood Hotel & Spa, Bath, Somerset

A Treehouse Experience

Elmore Court is an ancient country estate set in a bend of the River Severn in Gloucestershire, where you’ll find magic treehouses, wilding land, wild swimming and longhorns. These magical treehouses have been built to deliver happiness in a place where people can stay and connect with nature. Follow the zig-zag boardwalk to discover six bespoke designer cabins high in the canopy, overlooking wetlands where wild animals roam free. A reflective and playful space, all with a respectful nod to ancient wisdom, but in comfort and style. Each pod features a super king-size bed, wood-burning stove, a fully fitted indoor bathroom and kitchen and a dreamy outdoor copper bath. Each is individually designed and fits perfectly into its surroundings offering sunset views, outdoor living, eating and bathing; all while being super snug and warm inside. Visit elmorecourt.com/treehouses or rewildthings.com to experience the magic of Rewild Things.

Castle Contemporary

WT’s Em recently stayed at Leeds Castle’s fabulous new Lakeside Lodges and says “This is the place for the ultimate getaway, a dream-like combination of beauty and comfort amid nature. Total relaxation is guaranteed with every detail taken care of. In the 1920s Leeds Castle was aquired and exquisitely restored by the fabulous Lady Baillie, who would come to host many a celebrity getaway at her lovely castle (who wouldn’t?). The lodges now pay homage to her glamourous parties, as each is styled and named after one of her famous guests (Daphne du Maurier for me). They’re nestled in the Mediterranean Garden and overlook the spectacular Great Water. The castle’s history is brought to life here and combined seamlessly with up-to-date luxury. A few musts for your visit: explore after dark, when all is tranquil and the lighting of the castle is just incredible; take an early morning walk around the beautiful grounds; make sure you schedule plenty of time to enjoy picture-perfect floor-to-ceiling views of the lake from your bed (binoculars are, of course, supplied); tour the castle and learn about its fascinating past; get lost in the maze; most important of all, definitely make the most of the outdoor bath!”

“bespoke designer cabins high in the canopy, overlooking wetlands where wild animals roam free”

“a dream-like combination of beauty and comfort amid nature. Total relaxation guaranteed.”

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