Places specifically set up for walkers tend to be located near to some of the best marked trails in the country.
Some have great yomps starting on their property, some can direct you to the local bus route, but all are run by owners with a passion for sharing their top tips. Contact the owners in advance for advice on the best routes and their recommendations for pubs and places to stop off on the way.
So grab your OS Map, your waterproofs and your stout walking boots and hit the ground running. Or walking at a more leisurely pace. You are on holiday, after all.
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From £599 for low season short break From £1039 for mid season short break From£1909 for peak season short break Prices for Residence 3 Bed in 2016
B&B: £35 pppn. Self-catering: from £300 per week.
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
Cottage sleeping 2: £280-£445; Cottage sleeping 6 £385-£675
Double room £75.00 Kingsize Room £80.00
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
92 € guestroom, 119 € guestroom, 125 € guestroom per night incl breakfast, 660 € selfcatering apartment per week
Weekend €239, week €399 all year round
Prices based on two people sharing , £128 for a two night stay off-season, £256 for a week off-season and £320 Summer and Peak season periods.
High season - 1 week sleeping up to 13 £1350, but much lower outside of school holidays. Couples have option of renting only one end. Weeks at low season begin at £445.
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Weekends £300 in Barn 3 bedrooms:week end £400 in 4 bedrooms: weekly £600 for barn: weekly in 4 bedrooms £700: Bed & Breakfast king £80 pp:single £35 :twin £35 pp: double £80pp>
Weeks: £420 to £550. Short breaks: £250 to £320 (discounts possible)
Old Fisherman's Cottage £620 per week (Sleeps 2), Shore Cottage £720 per week (Sleeps 4), Beach Cottage £900 per week (Sleeps 6)
From £75.00-£110.00 double super-king/twin. From £125.00-£160.00 family room.
Prices from £69 to £119.
£99 - £240
B&B £60 per room per night, single occupancy £35, £55 for stays of 3 nights or more; self-catering per night ranges from £45 Nov-Feb, £50 Mar-Oct except July and August £60 (2010 prices)
One bedroom cottage in high season for a couple is 350 euro, Two bedroom cottage for a family in high season is 500 euro.
Gallery/Gospel Hall: £1100/£1200pw sleep 6 each, Upcott: £3950pw sleeps 12+2
The eco barns each sleep a maximum of 4-7 people, and cost between £365 and £1365 per week. Short breaks for up to 4 nights stay are also available, costing from £300.
From £223 for 2 nights in low season to £814 for 7 nights in high season
7 days Low Season range: £450 for 4-6 people, £950 for 8-10 people. High Season range: £1660 for 4-6 people to £2650 for 8-10 people
1 Double £70 per room per night incl Breakfast, Twin Room £60 per night incl. Breakfast and single room £35 incl. breakfast
Weekly Rates: Oct-Mar 500-700€, Apr-May 600-800€, June&Sept 700-900€, July&Aug 800-1000€
From €160 for a standard room to €440 for an apartment suite; Garden House (3 rooms, sleeps 6) €790; Berber Salon for 3 €130; Berber Salon for 4 €160
Low season £360 per week, Mid season £520 p week, Peak season £640 p week
Depending of Property for 2 persons £85 - £150 per night. 15% discount for guests arriving for short breaks by train.
Pods from €234. Refuge from €47 Euros pp for double, €20 pp for dorm
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
Weekly £375 to £575
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or with breakfast.
From £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing
Weekly prices from £413 - £816 and Short breaks from £302 - £581
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
From £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights
£66 per night private double with continental breakfast,, £110 per night family type 4 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, £27.50 pppn in shared/ mixed 6 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, , Bunkhouse £23 per bed, £85 per room, Camping Barn £11.50 per person, £85 whole use
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
£130-£185 per room
Lodge s/b from £ 246, wk from £352 • Pod from £40 pn • Pitch from £10pn
3 nights in peak season £312, low season 4 nights £252
High season weekly prices £1200 for largest lodge, £595-498 smaller lodges, £498 cottage. Low season from £200 per week . Short breaks also available.
£80.00 - £120.00 based on room type & facilities
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
From £319.00 to: £649.00 (based on two staying)
The price range is £250-£455. Short breaks 2-4 nights £173-£256 depending on season.
From £12.50 per night for tents to £195 for static caravan hire in low season
From £42 including full Welsh cooked breakfast. Full board with home cooked meals available.
St Anne's B&B
Gold members of Green Tourism Business Scheme and probably the first to sign up when they rolled the scheme out in Gloucestershire in 2006, St Anne's has 3 bedrooms. Initially set up to cater for walkers, especially those walking The Cotswold Way which passes the front door. Iris ran walking holidays before her family came along and it has been a natural progression to offer B&B to walkers. Painswick is really absolutely perfect as a walking base: half way along the Cotswold Way, but also at the centre of quite outstanding walking country with beech woods, unspoilt limestone commons, orchards, valleys and streams. Circular walks branch out and loop back to Painswick taking in some of the finest pubs you could wish for. Both Greg and Iris are involved in restoring the wildflower meadows on the surrounding commons with their small herd of Dexter cattle. They also started the village Orchard Group which encourages the planting of heritage orchard trees, organise juicing and cider making in the community as a way to encourage people to use the fruit from their trees. Naturally they only serve their own pressed apple juice for breakfast! 5 rooms available from £50 per night.
It's hard to believe that Hen Glyn was once considered derelict. Having been restored using largely sustainable materials, this Grade II listed cottage now effortlessly combines the modern and the traditional, with original 18th century wooden beams and panelling decorating the otherwise contemporary interiors. Sleeping up to 4, this is also easily one of the best accommodations in the region for walkers; the farm has some 230 acres to explore, while countless way-marked routes start right on the doorstep. In the evenings, rest your weary legs in Hen Glyn's heated outdoor hot tub and gaze out over the surrounding hillside.
Heath Farm Holiday Cottages
Heath Farm has solar panels, a wood pellet boiler, cut flowers and greenery from the grounds for the cottages to minimise buying foreign flowers, a local patisserie business on the premises provides handmade chocolates and local Banbury cakes for the guests' welcome, have a new, safe bike shed, a place to wash bikes and a place to dry wet/dirty clothes and boots and they have 70 acres of grounds for guests to wander. Part of The Green Tourism initiative awarded a 'silver' in Green Tourism. They began a conservation project and focus on supporting diversity for wildlife habitats by planting shrubs and low growing trees around the plantation margins as this is where most animals like to live. The old farm buildings were renovated using local stone (some from the premises and the rest from local quarry and villages). 5 cottages available from £381 per week.
Rubbing shoulders with the RBPB Ynyshir reserve is the Georgian Plas Mawr B&B, with a cheerful cherry-red front door and window boxes spilling flowers in summer. The three rooms are individually furnished; one double has views overlooking the reserve. The B&B is geared up for walkers and cyclists, with drying facilities for wet gear; even canoeists are catered for with a lockable storage available for canoes and paddles. The full Welsh breakfast includes local sausages and bacon and home-grown veggies, and they have an environmental policy on their website which gives details of their green endeavours. From £80 per night for two. >> Special offer! Plas Mawr are offering a 10% discount off the price of all stays until the end of August 2015 when they close their doors for the last time.
King John's Barn
King John's Barn is made up of two individual cottages, sleeping from 2-10 people extending an equally warm welcome to families and pets. It is a haven of peace and tranquility with outstanding views, set on the edge of Langley Farm, a former Royal Hunting Lodge for the Wychwood Forest, now a working stock farm. Prices from £395 per week
Three Ways House Hotel
Here’s a conservation concept with a difference. The Pudding Club was established at Three Ways House Hotel in 1985 with the aim of preserving the great British steamed pudding, then very much off most menus. And it’s been hugely successful. Make a dinner reservation here for a Friday night (and some Saturdays) and you’ll find yourself in a wonderfully wacky Pudding Club meeting. After a light main course the real session begins as seven puddings are paraded in with much noise and ceremony. Guests then vie to eat as many of them as they can – and depart having been awarded a pudding eating certificate. There’s a serious side to the Three Ways House operation, too. The hotel has a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and among many other measures recycles avidly, promotes local suppliers and encourages wildlife in the grounds. Prices from £88 per night for the 48 bedrooms
Homelands is a B&B of comfort, style and elegance in a convenient semi-rural location very close to Cheltenham. With it's own 2 acre garden and fantastic views on Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill, where guests can walk through Bushcombe Wood and access The Cotswolds Way. The Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) starts at the front door. Homelands has en-suite bedrooms and breakfast that is top-of-the range including homemade delicious jams and conserves, home-baked bread, and their own dry-cured Gloucester Old Spot bacon and very tasty sausages and a daily “special” on the blackboard, such as cold smoked trout and scrambled eggs, porridge with our own honey, or Continental style cold meats. The Deer Stalker’s special, smoked salmon, cray-fish, kippers and poached smoked haddock make a regular appearance. Why would you ever want to leave? Rooms and breakfast from £37
You’ll feel you’ve entered an enchanted world when you reach these three timber-frame and whitewash cottages, set down a rural track near Chilham about six miles from Canterbury. Each of the 15th-century properties has a large garden, open fireplaces or wood burning stoves, and wonderful views. They are amid chalk downland and near forests, water meadows and lakes - and with the Pilgrims Way footpath very close they make a perfect base for walkers. Rooms: one cottage sleeping two; one cottage sleeping three; one cottage sleeping five Prices: smaller cottages from £190 (to £285 high season) for two-night breaks; larger cottage from £330 (to £440) for two nights. Longer stays also available
Stinchcombe Hill House
This stunning Edwardian mansion is nestled on the edge of Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course and the Cotswold Way. The owners, Graham and Jane, are lovingly restoring the house to its former glory. Their quirky bed and breakfast offers sausages for breakfast made from pigs fattened on their land plus chicken and ducks eggs from their own poultry. All the preserves are home made along with elderflower cordial and organic soaps. The rain water collected off the Cotwold Stone roof tiles services the bathrooms. Afternoon tea with home made cake is taken either in the reception hall in front of a log fire when it's parky or during the summer, in the garden. The owners also have dogs, pygmy goats, horses and their pet pigs (Bobby is supposed to be a "micro pig" but he forgot to read the manual). The views across the River Severn and beyond will take your breath away. Graham and Jane like to give all their guests a warm welcome and hope they will leave as friends. 5 rooms available from £60 per night
Culls Cottage, sits in the unspoilt, quintessential Cotswold village of Southrop, an ideal base to explore all the highlights of The Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford or Bath. A traditional stone cottage dating from 1670, it has been lovingly restored to preserve the traditional and lavished with contemporary luxuries to bring it bang up to date. Enjoy the stunning ¼ of an acre, private garden with numerous places to sit and relax, is a haven in summer. Three double bedrooms means that Culls can comfortably sleep six and there is a double sofa bed in the lounge, should you need that too. Families are welcome; cots and high chairs are available free of charge, as well as free wifi. The house holds Four Stars and a Gold for excellence in service and quality with Visit England, and is the current holder of the Cotswold Tourism Awards ‘ Self Catering Holiday Provider of 2015’ (together with its sister cottage – The Chestnuts in nearby Shilton). Awarded a Gold with the Green Tourism Business scheme and the Silver Award with the Cotswold Tourism awards 2015. Cottages sleep 8-10 and from £999 per week
Little Shuttlesfield Farm
Tucked away down narrow lanes in the southern Elham Valley, Little Shuttlesfield is a well-converted farm barn on a charming smallholding where Jacob sheep and chickens are raised. With numerous footpaths nearby and with the Sustrans 17 cycle route running past the door, it’s a haven for walkers and cyclists. In summer outdoor facilities are wonderful: there’s a south-facing patio with dining table, a heated swimming pool and you can even lodge a horse in the stables here. Dogs and other animals are also welcome, after prior discussion. Rooms: two bedrooms sleeping four in total Prices: from £380 (to £595 high season) per week
Fishermen's Retreat is one of four artisan cottages which border the banks of the Midford Brook. Originally built for the Somerset Canal workers in the late 1800s, it is in the secluded location in the tiny hamlet of Tucking Mill in the Midford Valley and makes it the ideal place to relax and unwind, but it is less than 15 minutes' drive from Bath city centre. This high quality self-catering accommodation has been awarded a 4 star rating by Visit England, and has also been recognised with awards for welcoming cyclists and walkers with secure cycle storage and facilities for drying clothes. There are many delightful countryside walks and cycle routes on your doorstep, including Sustrans Route 24 which goes through the newly opened Two Tunnels providing direct access to Bath. If you have a fly fishing rod and a river licence you are welcome to fish in the Midford Brook at the bottom of the garden or go for a Hawk Walk with Jay, the falconer next door. Cottage from £196 per night.
By train Fishermen’s Retreat is located 2.9 miles from Bath Train/BusStation. Taxi fare approx. £12.
BW Mayfield House Hotel
Just minutes off the M4 in the beautiful South Cotswold's - family owned BW Mayfield House Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and explore... Highgrove, Westonbirt Arboretum, Royal Tetbury & Ancient Malmesbury are all on your doorstep - it's a classic location, with White Horses to our south, Cotswold Water park to the east, west to the Escarpments and North Cotswold villages a plenty. We offer 28 en suite rooms including Standard, Courtyard & Greenside view (overlooking our cream tea gardens. Yum!) Ground floor, Family, Disabled & really Dog Friendly accommodation abounds with awards for Cyclists, Walkers and Families, we have many many returning regulars every year! Our award winning restaurant serves beautifully cooked, locally sourced fare, served with a smile by local folk - with fine wines from our cellar and a comfortable lounge & bar. On the local bus route or cycles available for hire if leaving the car and exploring the "Quiet lanes" is more your style - there's so much to enjoy in England's oldest back-garden, Rooms from £79 B&B
Gwel an Mor
Beach side, self catering Cornish holidays in an amazing clutch of eco lodges and A-frame lodges set in woodland. There is a fabulous spa with indoor pool and treatments on site, a full service restaurant (which delivers take out to your lodge), tennis court and a wildlife sanctuary, badger and bird hide. Mini-golf and (soon) 18 holes of golf. Like a five star hotel, but without the five star price. Delightful staff and passionate conservationists in the wildlife centre.
Train to Redruth station from Paddington and transfer to the local bus (line 46 or 47) to Portreath, Forth Vean
Secret Cloud House Holidays
Luxurious yet sustainable yurt holidays in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales. There are only three yurts on site so peace and quiet is guaranteed. Inside find handmade wooden beds, featherdown bedding, a local breakfast hamper on arrival, fluffy towels... Every aspect has been carefully thought through to minimise the environmental impact of the business - showers are solar-powered, as are the lights; there's even a wood-fired hot tub! If you can tear yourself away, you're spoilt for choice with things to do in the area, from hiking and biking, to visiting local historic towns or relaxing in a spa.
Tudor Caravan Park
Tudor Caravan Park prides itself on being one of the best located caravan & campsites in Gloucestershire. A quiet country caravan site right alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, an easy 5 minute walk from the world famous Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Slimbridge. More pertinently, there is an adult only area, and a shower block now open in the Meadow features large showers cubicles, private washing cubicles, combined shower, basin & WC cubicles, baby-changing, full disabled facilities including shower room, indoor washing-up area, & laundry. All this has underfloor heating for the delicate. Voted Cotswolds Caravan Park Of The Year 2014 and awarded a Gold gong - so well done them! From £8 a night
There can’t be too many places to stay in this world where you can arrive by steam train; this 250-acre farm has it’s own stop on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway! Hendy Farm is a family-run sheep and cattle farm on the edge of the Dyfi Biosphere and guests are free to roam the farmland and meet the animals. Three comfortable and homely bedrooms are decked out in floral bedspreads and pale yellow walls, and there’s a separate sitting room should guests want to stick their feet up. The seaside town of Tywyn is a short walk away and there’s plenty of walking opportunities from the door.
Broadway Manor Cottages
Four award winning Cotswold holiday cottages and an apartment, run by Ross and Debbie Williamson of Broadway Manor Cottages, are located in the grounds of a Cotswold manor house, which dates back to the 16th century in the picturesque village of Broadway in the Cotswolds AONB. Located on The Cotswold Way National Trail at West End, the cottages are just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village with its independent restaurants, traditional pubs, art and antique galleries and boutique shops. The cottages have a 4 star VisitBritain grading, GTBS Gold award and were awarded Gold in the 2015 and 2014 Cotswolds Tourism Awards for Sustainable Tourism. Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome accreditation.