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Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Quiet cottage near the beach, from £420 - £957 per week (sleeps 4)
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
Sea kayaking explorations on the Pembrokeshire National Park coastline, from £289 (3 days) ex flights
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
Our cabin is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the countryside, from £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Brecon Beacons bed & breakfast accommodation, Wales
Good wholesome home cooking and comfortable rooms, from £55 - £70 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Lake District family activity holiday
Walk, climb, abseil and canoe around the Borrowdale Valley., from £395 (7 days) ex flights
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
Luxury B&B in the Cotswolds, from £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Fowey accommodation in Cornwall, sleeps 2, England
Cottages in a Cornish watermill, from £95 - £125 per cottage per night
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Snowdonia country farmhouse B&B in Wales
Five star comfort and wonderful scenery nr Snowdonia NP, from £35 - £55 per person per night
Isle of Islay self catering accommodation, Scotland
Cottage in peaceful location on Isle of Islay, Scotland, from £400 - £700 per cottage per week (sleeps 6)
Walkers accommodation in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Family-run walkers lodge in the Scottish highlands, from £21 - £40 (2 days)
Aberystwyth caravan park, Wales
4* self catering holiday park accommodation, from £130 - £520 per accommodation per week
Malvern bed and breakfast accommodation
Stay at a 600 year old family home, from £65 - £90 per room per night
Walking holidays in England
Discovering the beautiful English countryside on foot, from £495 - £850 (6 days) ex flights
Alternative hen party weekend in Scotland
Unique hen parties in the Highlands of Scotland., from £125 - £175 (3 days) ex flights
Scotland railway short break, West Highland Line
First-class trip on Scotland's famous West Highland Line, from £275 - £300 (3 days) ex flights
Family adventure holiday in Wales
Discovery, fun and exploration in Pembrokeshire, from £469 - £525 (5 days) ex flights
Dartmoor & Exmoor self guided walking holiday, England
Self guided walking between the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks., from £269 - £639 (3 days) ex flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
Extraordinary wildlife above and below the waves, from £600 (6 days) ex flights
Peak District bed and breakfast, England
Organic farmhouse B&B in the Peak District National Park, from £43 per person per night
Scottish borders B&B farmstay accommodation
A guesthouse set amidst 1000 acre working upland sheep farm, from £27 - £41 per person per night
Luxury self catering accommodation on the Isle of Wight
Organic farm near picturesque Godshill, from £150 - £900 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Yorkshire self catering accommodation sleeping 4, England
The perfect eco escape to the countryside, from £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)

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Devon self catering loft apartment in farmhouse, Honiton
Memorable parts? Very pleasant time on Sidmouth and Lyme Regis seafronts (easily accessible from the farmhouse) Tips? Buy all provisions at Greendale farm shop (a short drive away, open until 8pm), which has a superb fish counter. Also a good selection of seafood in Lyme Regis, from a fish stall which was open on Easter Sunday. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A superb location in West Devon, i.e. some of the best that the South West has to offer while relatively... (more)Andrew Jones
From £250 - £550 per cottage per week
Guernsey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the smaller islands of Sark and Herm. Not only was the scenery fabulous but the weather was kind! (more)Stuart Harris
The day trip to Herm, the beaches were beautiful and the weather was great for an easy walk round the island. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
From £644 - £945 excluding flights
Pembrokeshire activity holiday in Wales
Memorable parts? I really enjoyed the surfing under really bad weather conditions, so much fun! Tips? You don't have much of a phone signal (though you can get your emails through Wi Fi) so it's very relaxing and you get to sleep loads too Local benefits? I guess we contributed financially Overall rating? Fantastic balance between activities and relaxing time (more)Sol Arigos
From £219 - £525 excluding flights
Family adventure holiday in Wales
Memorable parts? The activities were fantastic! The guides made it so enjoyable even when you were a little bit achey from the day before! Tips? Back hiking books and take plenty of dry clothes! Local benefits? Yes, Yes and Yes! Overall rating? Fantastic! The whole family enjoyed it. Great people, great activities, great food - overall a great adventure! (more)Jill Ferries
From £469 - £525 excluding flights
East Devon farmhouse bed & breakfast, near Honiton
Memorable parts? The surroundings are beautiful. A very peaceful place to stay. Tips? Take your sat nav! Local benefits? Yes. Everything is locally sourced or made on site. Overall rating? Absolutely wonderful, the couple who run the farmhouse are such fabulous people. Very friendly and welcoming. (more)Paula Withers
From £85 - £95 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Yorkshire self catering accommodation sleeping 4, England
Fantastic. Lovely cottage, very well stocked and furnished. Very friendly and helpful owner. The cottage is spacious and in bad weather you can sit and gaze into the garden and listen to the birds. (more)Helena Poldervaart
We were intrigued to stay in a house made of straw bales and to see how recycling/ reuse can be put into practice and good effect.- we were not disappointed! We found the photo albums showing the building of the house really interesting. (more)C Sharkey
From £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Memorable parts? climbing LadhAR BHEINN Tips? COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF WEATHER Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)May Diver
From £17 per person per night
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Scotland luxury rail holiday
Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall (more)Andrew and Hilary Walker
Wow, a number of exciting parts, firstly the train journey from Queen Street station to Fort William, absolutely superb. Staying at Inverlochy Castle, truly breathtaking location. Steam train. (more)Anne Feeley
From £1750 - £1820 excluding flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
Wonderful holiday and great value for money. I'm considering running away to sea! (more)Patricia Moss
The most memorable part of my time on St. Hilda was the amazing spectacular scenery of Scotland, the sea lochs, seals, birds, jelly fish and the warm welcome. The knowledge and expertise of Colette and Michael on the whole trip. The lovely food, Colette is a great cook, but very modest! The being at sea. Sleeping in a Bunk, hearing the sound of the wind and waves, feeling warm and cosey! (more)Sue Holloway
What can one say about this holiday it has to be one of the best holidays I have ever been on with two of the best hosts you could ever wish to meet in Michael and Colette who make your trip so wonderful and informative and the fellow passengers John, Julie, Peter and Mike who it was a pleasure to sail with. (more)Gordon Garrett
From £600 excluding flights
Devon self catering cottage, England
The most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
Nice and relaxing..the best part was bike riding part of the Tarka trail and the Granite way, great fun! (more)Naomi Simcox
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
West Devon accommodation, B&B on organic farm
Staying in this farm you may feel you are staying at home. The farm owners are simple and friendly. (more)chanuan ratanawaraha
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the Eden Project, Rosemoor Gdns, other NT/RHS properties in the area. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
The wonderful breakfasts that Rose cooked were made up of local produce and tasted delicious. Rose is a very good jam maker too! (more)Amanda Porter
From £35 - £45 per person per night
Peak District self catering cottages, England
Very relaxing and the cottage was wonderful to come back too at the end of the day, or have a break during the day. (more)Colin Ingram
Exactly the relaxing break we needed and more....The cottage was wonderful and the views superb. We did some great walking and some amazing eating. The farmhouse breakfast has to be described as memorable -delicious! (more)Kathy Longford
Most memorable part was arriving at the beautiful cottage surrounded by glorious hillside views!...Amazing- we'd love to go back! (more)Hannah Merriman
From £270 - £740 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Peak District bed and breakfast, England
Memorable parts? Seeing the farm and the animals and finding out about how they have converted to an organic farm. Tips? Make sure you book restaurants in advance as they get busy. Local benefits? Yes yes yes. Overall rating? Excellent, would go there again. (more)Sue Kerrigan
From £43 per person per night
Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England
Very very good. Derek was very knowledgeable and helpful. Lunches were delicious. (more)Isabel Clare
Walking through Godmersham Park in the footsteps of Jane Austin was the single most memorable aspect. (more)Deborah Rice
Our holiday on the North Downs Trail in late spring was breathtaking. (more)Carol R Mehler
From £559 excluding flights
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
We loved the cafe in the woods and the steam train at the bottom of the hill....9 out of 10 . Very peaceful and private with fabulous views of the mountains. (more)Katherine Dukes
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
Fantastic. We WILL be back! (more)MARTIN CLARK
Excellent - we would definitely go again (more)Prue Thimbleby
very good well organise energetic weekend (more)Sarah Latham
From £289 excluding flights
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Staying on the houseboat was the most memorable part!...I would give it an A+. (more)Cathy Halley
The most memorable part of the holiday was ...Spending a peaceful time in beautiful surroundings without a TV. (more)Amanda Curtis
Simply sitting back, enjoying the peace and tranquillity was the most memorable...We genuinely think we had very little impact on the environment. We spent money in local shops - although the nearby Waitrose was a temptation! (more)Tony Dunne
From £385 - £750 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
This was our second visit to The Cotswolds (last over 4 years ago) and we were charmed anew. Too often our holiday experience has been such we're ready to return home after a few days, but on this occasion a week passed quickly, happily, relatively comfortably. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
It was an excellent location. Very quiet B/B. Very friendly hosts and good breakfasts. Room well equiped with everything we needed. (more)Anne Grant
From £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
Although it was a short break, we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay and felt refreshed both physically and psychologically for it. (more)Carolyn Moore
The cabin was beautifully constructed and we enjoyed a very relaxing time in an interesting part of the country. (more)Bob Simmonds
Most memorable? The building itself that we stayed in - a straw bale cabin. I'd never even heard of such constructions before and so I was intrigued at the prospect. I loved its comfort, location and overall kookiness. (more)Damian Slee
From £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
Brillant!...The Scotish scenery and the castles. The b&b was the very good, we really enjoyed staying there. (more)Michael Hinton
Excellent...Extremely welcoming host, all facilities excellent & so refreshing to see eco policies put into practice so thoroughly (more)Geraldine Moon
This was the best holiday I have had in a long time and I travel frequently as I am retired. Everything about the accommodation is first class, from the moment you are met on arrival, through the delicious and wonderful meals, the oh so cozy bedroom and the exquisite decor of the house. (more)T. J. Rose
From £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
Jersey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands
Memorable parts? It is hard to pin point one part - the whole holiday was great. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Extremely good. (more)Christine Ermuth
From £549 - £1059 excluding flights
Ullapool self catering cottages, Scotland
Excellent! Exploring the local environment and seeing wild deer, seals and otters were the most memorable parts. (more)Lindy Brown
The 'Lochside Cottages' are in a beautiful spot, right on the shores of Loch Broom. Very peaceful and relaxing. Good access to hills in Assynt and Torridon for the more adventurous. (more)Elaine McAdam
The view from each window spectacular and so close to the loch that it was almost like being on a boat at times! Views changed with the stillness of the water or with the time of day and weather. Misty mountains at dawn to orange and red sunsets and each day and time different from dawn to dusk. (more)Julia Graham
From £190 - £600 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Scotland railway short break, West Highland Line
Memorable parts? Jacobite steam train and the ben Nevis range cable car and walks at the top. Tips? Look forward to having a great time! Local benefits? Yes, all of that. Overall rating? Responsible travel were very efficient and all travel went smoothly. The hotel is a superb venue, run by nice people. Clean, comfortable and great food. (more)Alison Tucker
From £275 - £300 excluding flights
Traditional crafts holiday in Scotland
The most memorable part was the excitement of watching the different colours emerging as we used natural dyes and the anticipation of what could be created using them. I have never felt so invigorated, and relaxed?!!!, at the same time. (more)Diane Peel
I loved the whole process of gathering natural materials (lichen, fungus, nettles, birch bark, etc) to dye the wool, the dyeing itself and the amazing array of colours we created with single and secondary dyes. (more)Jennifer Woodward
I felt relaxed during my holiday but I also learned a lot that I could bring back and use during my college studies for sculpture and textiles. It was an excellent combination without the fuss of dye labs and overly processed and wools. (more)Tegan Ford
From £745 - £895 excluding flights
Northern Ireland walking holiday
Memorable parts? The hike from the giant's causeway to Ballintoy was spectacular. Tips? Familiarize yourself with the maps. We had some navigation issues due to the trail being closed in one spot. Also, prepare for wet weather. Local benefits? I think we benefited local businesses. Overall rating? It was terrific. I think the company could have been a bit more organized in getting us our materials and in alerting us to the problems caused by the Irish open. Also,... (more)Julie Bordwin
From £399 excluding flights
Adventure cruise in Scotland, lochs and canals
A fabulous unique opportunity to enjoy and marvel at nature in all its glory....The most outstanding part of the trip was definitely the experience of being immersed in the stunningly beautiful environment of the lochs of western Scotland. (more)David Ritchie
A really terrific week which we will always remember (along with how to tie a bowline). Two of my colleagues at work have already expressed interest! (more)Helen Newton
Absolutely fantastic for ALL ages, young and old. Colette is a brilliant cook and the meal she made out of freshly caught Mackerel fish has set a very high bench mark to beat. Michael knows so much and is a very patient teacher. We miss them dearly - thank you for a trip to remember! (more)Lani Retter
From £794 excluding flights
Coast to coast cycling holiday in England
A very well run & organized 'supported' cycling holiday. We were taken from A to B, pointed in the right direction, fed and watered and put to bed at night. Also lots of encouragement thrown in when we needed that extra boost. (more)Ingrid Struik
A great escape from London and have booked again already! (more)Helena Posnett
From £475 excluding flights
Walking holidays in England
I think reaching the end of the Wall. Although bittersweet, it marked an achievement for all of us...the organization of rooms, food, transport, etc was excellent and the guide's knowledge put me completely at ease. (more)Kelly Malone
Most memorable was walking Hadrians Wall with a very knowledgeable guide and great company. It was easy to imagine the Romans marching up and down, defending their empire from the marauding tribes. (more)Jill Marquis
From £495 - £850 excluding flights
Wild food cookery weekend in Scotland
Exceeded my expectations by far! An amazing holiday for anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, food and agriculture. (more)Alexandra Young
The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was drinking nettle beer as the sun went down on the Saturday night. We'd had a busy day digging, foraging and cooking, so seeing it all come together at the end of the day with a crackling fire and that beautiful view of the valley below was truly memorable. (more)Heather Pollington
From £150 - £170 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

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