With fallen, orange-tinged leaves and darker days, autumn is a time for cosy comforts. British autumn is stunning, particularly when staying in the depths of the country and surrounded by nature. Now that restrictions are lifted, it is possible to book an autumn staycation, however it is still advisable to take a UK Government Approved Healgen Antigen Test Kit before travelling anywhere and to keep regularly testing yourself whilst away on your getaway.
Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
Located on the north side of Loch Ness and surrounded by the Urquhart Bay, this idyllic village Is a peaceful place to holiday. The urban myth of the Loch Ness monster is very much alive at Drumnadrochit, with the opportunity to visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition and easy access to the lake. There is more to do in Drumnadrochit than hunt urban legends which includes exploring the sprawling Urquhart Castle and enjoying fishing and boat trips.
Before travelling to Scotland, make sure to take a UK government approved rapid antigen test and check the UK government guidelines.
Kimmeridge is a small village situated on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset and is close to the stunning Jurassic coastline. Just a half-mile away is the impressive Kimmeridge Bay, which is home to an array of sea life – the perfect place for snorkelling and diving!
The village itself is beautifully compact and a great place to relax and unwind during the autumn months. There are a number of pubs and restaurants within walking distance – holiday goers looking for peace and quiet would love Kimmeridge.
Port Isaac, Cornwall
Fans of ‘Doc Martin’ will adore a visit to Port Isaac in Cornwall. This small and charming village is home to stunning pebble beaches, quaint cottages and cosy pubs and was the filming location for the hit tv show. With some fantastic restaurants and picturesque fishing spots, Port Isaac should be on the top of your staycation list for this autumn. This village is a great base to explore the wider area, with the best surfing beaches in the UK just a short drive away.
Holmbury St. Mary, The Cotswolds
Imagine a traditional English town with stone cottages and thatched roofs and you’ll see the delightful village of Holmbury St. Mary. The infamous cottage from ‘The Holiday’ was based on cottages in Holmbury and with its winding roads and rolling fields, it isn’t hard to see why this village was inspiring to film makers. Autumn months at Holmbury St. Mary is stunning, surrounded by 2,000 acres of open access woodland and countryside. Though a very small village, Holmbury does have quaint pubs and restaurants. This location is perfect to explore Surrey and is just an hour away from London.
Appletreewick, Yorkshire Dales
Appletreewick is a quaint village located in the heart of Wharfedale, North Yorkshire. Encompassed by a winding river and lined with large oak trees, this relatively small village is filled with 12th century cottages and is overlooked by a dramatic hillside. With just 250 residents, Appletreewick is a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The village is home to two pubs and a very popular campsite and is a great spot for picturesque walks in the depths of the Yorkshire Dales. The neighbouring village of Grassington is a short walk away which is home to quirky independent shops and bustling pubs. Appletreewick is also just a short drive away from Harrogate – reportedly the happiest place in the UK – so make sure to visit for a fun day exploring Yorkshire’s favourite town.