The Great British public love having a break and getting away from the chaos of daily life. Whether it was cloth workers in the midlands escaping to the Blackpool Pier for a day in the Victorian period; to more modern breaks after the rise of package holidays, where the public could soak up some sun abroad. To help you choose what to plan for your next break, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite British breaks to go on. Whether you like a literary inspired trip to Hampshire, or a seaside break at a holiday park in Devon, there will be something for you.
Take a break to Jane Austen’s neck of the woods at Tylney Hall, Hampshire
20 minutes away from Chawton, Jane Austen’s home and writing location, Tylney Hall is a brilliant place to stay for a break away from daily life. Within the 66 acre grounds lies the grand Victorian Mansion, which feels like it has been pulled right out of Downton Abbey; as well as stunning gardens, a tennis court, a complete health spa, swimming pools and an AA double star restaurant for you to make the most of. The Mansion itself has quite a history, acting as a hospital during the First World War, and today it is resplendent with luxurious rooms and stunning views from each room’s many windows. When you are out of your own room, you can enjoy the elegant bar, lounge and drawing rooms which act as peaceful communal rooms within the mansion.
The grounds themselves also help make Tylney a great place for a break; where you can walk around in the great green spaces, explore them on a mountain bike which you can hire from the mansion, make use of the jogging trails or the croquet pitch if you prefer a more relaxed afternoon.
Escape to a Royal country retreat at Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire
Whilst there are many elaborate stately homes in the country, only a few of them can claim to have previously housed a royal. Goldsborough Hall is a 400-year-old country retreat, which was once the home of Princess Mary, the aunt of our current Queen.
Goldsborough Hall has maintained its wonderful character with beautiful period features throughout the retreat, including four-poster beds that you can imagine members of the royal family sleeping in, as well as their favourite Chesterfield sofas. The house is more than just a museum to its prior inhabitants though, with a best in class fine dining restaurant for you to enjoy whilst you are there.
Woolacombe Bay, North Devon
If a relaxed holiday in the countryside of the home counties, or a regal break in the heart of Yorkshire doesn’t appeal to you, then a traditional British seaside break at Woolacombe Bay is the trip for you. With unique views out onto the sea and the famous woolacombe sands, which are just a walk away from the resort, it is truly a brilliant holiday destination and is a popular place to visit for good reason.
Aside from the picturesque setting, the site itself has a lot to offer. With a fun water flume, nature trails and an impressive climbing wall; there are plenty of high octane activities to throw yourself into during your stay at the resort. Or if you want a chance to take things slow, there are several more mellow activities such as golf. If even golf is too much effort for your liking, there are well heated indoor pools for you to relax in, as well as incredible spa facilities you can make use of.