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Wine and walking

April 1, 2014 | Travel | Permalink

THIS ISSUE we are taking time out to enjoy all the best things that British Summertime has to offer.

Where better to find yourself on a lazy, sunny afternoon than meandering through the glades and grottos of some of the country’s finest heritage gardens? We select our favourites, from the formal to the fanciful, tamed wilderness to 1andscaped lawns.

England is not known for its fine lines, but a trip to one of its rapidly enveloping vineyards could tempt our taste buds with a refreshing mintage. This is the perfect time of year

visit, with leafy vines lining the sides, and the opportunity to take tours or even stay at a vineyard. One very traditional way of enjoying e Summer months in Britain is on a walking tour through its glorious countryside. We follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright, the hiker who famously recorded his journeys in his own inimitable style in a series of

illustrated guides, through the Pennines to the Scottish Borders.

Even our stately home feature has a holiday theme, as we focus on Holkham Hall, a seaside treasure on the coast of Norfolk. Marvel at the

artistry of the interiors, and then pull off your shoes and socks for a paddle on its beaches.

And if it’s a seaside holiday you’re looking for, head with us to Hastings on the south coast. In this, the 940th anniversary year of the Battle of Hastings, we tour 1066 Country, delve into the history of this famous conflict and focus on the historic town forever linked to the fight for England.

So get out the deck chair, flick through our pages, and experience a truly British Summer.



Garden festival

THE LAKE DISTRICT’S most prestigious Garden and Countryside Festival takes place from 30th May to 1st June . Held at beautiful Holker Hall, near Grange-over-Sands, the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, it includes floral competitions and craft displays such as swill and willow basket making .

1. Garden and Countryside Festival

If you are interesting in country gardens see some beautiful places in France at this annecy hotels website.


Balgonie Country House: Braemar Place, Ballater, Royal Deeside. Built in Edwardian style as a private house, this spacious and attractively furnished hotel prides itself on its care and attention to guests. Well placed for visits to Balmoral. If you are interesting in country houses you can check some at this hotels in calais website.

Colquhonnie Hotel: Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. Set in the shadow of the Grampian mountains, this beautiful 18th century hotel is Scottish Tourist Board 3 crowns recommended.

Kildrummy Castle Hotel: Kildrummy, Alford. Enjoy the elegance of a bygone era. The hotel overlooks the 13th century ruins of Kildrummy Castle and is adjacent to the renowned castle gardens.

Old Manse of Marnoch: Bridge of Marnoch, By Huntly, Aberdeenshire. Enjoy gracious living, choice food and wine in this Georgian country house set in four acres of mature gardens on the banks of the Deveron. Ideally situated to explore Grampian.