With the year flying by, and you might be a little shocked to realise that autumn is upon us. With the recent lockdown situation, you can be forgiven for feeling that you have been robbed of a proper summer holiday. Thankfully the changing of the seasons makes autumn the perfect time to enjoy a small break away. With Village Hotels all over the country, let’s look at some of the best places to enjoy a relaxing mini-break this autumn.
If you want the perfect balance between the home comforts of a well-sized, interesting town and some of England’s most beautiful countryside right on your doorstep, you will struggle to top a visit to Swindon. Lying in the heart of Wiltshire, Swindon is lucky enough to be sandwiched between two certified Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or AONBs. These are in the form of the Cotswolds to the West and the North Wessex Downs to the South and East. Autumn is a perfect time to enjoy a country ramble, as long as you’re prepared for the occasional English downpour! Be sure to check out some local guides to find a walking route that ticks all the boxes. Swindon itself is great for a weekend away, with parks in and around the town itself. They come in the form of the Coate Water Country Park and Lydiard Park. If the Great British weather is anything to go by, it’s always good to have a few backup indoor activities ready to go to save you from a soaking. Luckily, Swindon can deliver on this front too with a variety of great museums. These include the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, and the Museum of the Great Western Railway. The local Swindon Village Hotel makes the best spot to base your adventure.
For those who are interested in culture and history, Chester is the perfect city to unlock the past over an autumn weekend break. The walled city lies right on the Northern border of Wales dating back to Roman Britain, originally serving as an army camp in the era of Emperor Vespasian. Visitors today can find out how the Romans came to establish Chester on tours that take in the likes of the largest ancient amphitheatre in Britain and the famous Roman Strongroom. Chester is not just associated with the Romans. The famous black and white style architecture that can be found in the centre of the old town dates back to medieval times, and many more buildings in this style were built more recently by the Victorians. While the Romans built the famous city walls, they have played a key role in Chester’s story with additions and maintenance being carried out from several periods of history including the Anglo Saxon-era, the English Civil War, and the Georgian age. If you want to take a historical weekend in Chester, why not check-in at the fabulous Chester Village Hotel for your break?
Kent is known as England’s garden for good reason. The rolling hills and stunning countryside have been a welcome refuge for those who stay in the urban jungle of nearby London for many decades. If you happen to live in the capital but want to get away from the city without driving hundreds of miles North, you can look closer to home for some respite. The pretty town of Maidstone ticks plenty of boxes and lies in the heart of Kent. Being right on the River Medway, linking to the Thames estuary makes Maidstone a place with a variety of different activities on offer for those who visit. Whilst going in a rowing boat in the shadow of Leeds Castle might be a bit of a struggle in the autumn months, there is still plenty to do in and around the town. Local places of interest include the aforementioned Leeds Castle, Thurnham Castle or the Stoneacre historic house. If you’d like to take a Kentish getaway, be sure to look at the Maidstone Village Hotel as a place to stay during your trip.
The places we have discussed today only scratches the surface of what’s available near to Village Hotels. Take advantage of our exclusive autumn breaks offer from £79. You'll enjoy an overnight break, with breakfast + £40 to spend on dinner. Plus all your member benefits - free parking, wifi, access to our huge gym & pool, and VWorks access where available. It's an exclusive offer for Booking Revolution members, so be sure to sign up here. Before you start planning your autumn holiday, we recommend checking the latest Government advice and local travel guidance.