A world away, right on your doorstep with Original Cottages

Date published: 04 Apr 19

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Tropical sunsets, Mediterranean coastlines and Alpine peaks you don’t have to travel the world to discover some of its most beautiful spectacles. So this year, we’re helping you to discover world-travel worthy wonders, without the long-haul flights, right here in our beautiful British Isles.

To inspire you to explore the beauty of Britain, we’ve compared some of the most popular holiday hotspots from around the globe, to counties just a short drive away from home. Feel a world away, right on your doorstep.

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Ibizian sunsets, Californian breaks, and Mediterranean marvels – The South West

CornwallHidden coves and stunning bays, enchanting forests and rugged moorlands, rural hamlets and waterside villages – we’re not talking about Ibiza, California, or the Med, we’re describing our beautiful South West.

With breathtaking beaches, mouthwatering cuisine, and a world of arts, culture, and heritage – there’s no shortage of spectacular sights in Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset. Spot dolphins and whales splashing in deep-blue waters off the coast of Loe beach, embark on the breathtaking Tarka Trail that takes you across the enchanting Exmoor National Park and through the dramatic Valley of the Rocks, or indulge and dine al-fresco beside tropical-esque shores with some of the country’s most iconic foods.

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Bordeaux-style vineyards, Vegas-inspired lights – Kent and Sussex

KentBeautiful rivers, the finest wine from grapes grown in local vineyards, incredible historic houses and cathedrals, and vibrant neon lights in cities that never sleep – it might sound like you’re far away, but it’s all found just beyond the horizon.

Feel like a big kid with a visit to Brighton's infamous pier. Play traditional arcade games, and taste the best sugar doughnuts made right in front of your eyes. The North Laines are brimming with unique restaurants and quirky boutique stores, and the town’s renowned pebble beach is lined with independent cafés. Or, wander the winemaking kingdom of Britain, discover some of the country’s oldest castles, and relax on peaceful sandy shores near bustling seaside towns in Kent.

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Tuscan tranquillity under Gold Coast-like skies – Suffolk and Norfolk

NorfolkFar-reaching dunes and wide open seas, quiet countryside villages and spectacular strong-standing castles, and ancient forests that have inspired painters throughout history – you’ll find peace, tranquillity, and wonder, in our Eastern counties.

Relax and bathe on Gold Coast-like sands along the coast of Norfolk. Wide sandy beaches, dramatic low cliffs, and unspoilt salt marshes are a haven for wildlife. And the 93-mile Norfolk Coastal Path has so much to discover. Or, immerse yourself in a Tuscan-like countryside and coast in Suffolk. Constable County inspires artists and captivates visitors, Framlingham Castle is a hit with all ages, and RSPB Minsmere, BBC Springwatch’s former home, is the perfect spot to get a little closer to nature.

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Swedish-style hideaways and Basque Country bliss – The Lake District and Northumberland

The Lake DistrictWaterfalls and inland lakes, quaint villages and medieval castles, majestic mountains and vast stretches of forest – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were far beyond our borders. But you’re right here, in the great north.

Head to the Lake District, and climb the peaks of remote mountain-ranges, explore untouched countryside valleys, and head into the homes of historic icons like Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop, and Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage. Or, wander through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a myriad of vast gold beaches in the north-eastern kingdom of Northumbria. The once open moorland of Kielder Forest is now an enchanting coniferous woodland full of wildlife.

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Icelandic descents and Danish planes – our roses in the north

LancashireHair-raising steeps and never-ending descents, far-reaching moorland and wild heather valleys, unspoilt starry skies and rugged sandy beaches – it might sound Nordic, but there’s less snow in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Whether you ski, sail, or climb, you’ll find it all in the rambling Lancashire countryside. Make your way to the top of the majestic Pendle Hill. Famous for its spine-shivering stories of witchcraft, the summit leaves nothing to the imagination. Or, take a ride on a historic steam train through the wild North York Moors and admire breathtaking sea views along the dramatic Cleveland Way walking route.

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Alpine-esque ascents and Carribean-style shores – Croeso i Cymru, The Land of the Dragon

WalesVast, Alpine-like mountain ranges span Snowdonia, stunning tropical-style beaches line the coast, and magnificent lakes glisten between endless rolling hills – you’ll feel a million miles away in Wales.

Explore some of the country’s tallest peaks in the north, where mountains like Bwlch y Groes command breathtaking horizons. Hike through the hills of the Brecon Beacons, and discover the secrets hidden within its vast, and unspoilt countryside. Or, relax shoreside and watch as dolphins play in the azure waters of Cardigan Bay, or head to the golden sands of Abersoch to while away the afternoon with a favourite book, or build sandcastles with the grandchildren. 

Sun, sand, mountains and sea – they’re all closer than you think. Make memories that you’ll never forget, without the long-haul flights. Discover your dream Great British getaway, and feel a world away, right here in the British Isles.

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