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Our Favourite Flight-Free Holidays!

If you’re used to jetting off to exotic locations on your summer holidays, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little down right now.

But staying grounded doesn’t have to equal holiday boredom. You can still take the trip of a lifetime – it just involves giving that crowded airport lounge a miss!

We’re constantly astounded by all the fabulous locations we’re able to access, just by hopping on a train, or packing up the car. Who could fail to relax in the gorgeous French countryside, surrounded by plump vineyards and a plate of oozy cheeses?

Meanwhile, whooshing down the sparkling Swiss ski slopes is a sure-fire way to forget all your cares back home… and did you know that Scottish beaches are often claimed to be among the best in the world?  

To convince you even further, here’s a rundown of some of our favourite quirky places to stay, in flight-free destinations (from the UK).
Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: Hidden Treehouse Resort | Germany

Radio Tower

Saint Brelade, Jersey
Stay in one of Jersey's most iconic and unique buildings, with dramatic 360-degree coastal views all around that promise to take you far away from everyday life.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
£190 / night

Helen's Tower

Bangor, County Down
It's not every day you can stay at an enchanting home immortalised in the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, yet Helen's Tower in stunning County Down offers exactly that.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£292 (2 nights)

The Isle of Carna

Loch Sunart, The Highlands
Cast yourself away to your very own private Scottish island, teeming with native wildlife and boasting 600 blissful acres of fresh, tranquil luxury.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 6-8 per property
£1200 / week

The Black Castle

Coolbaun, Tipperary
Travel back through time with an ‘over-knight' stay for two in a majestically authentic 16th century Gaelic castle.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£274 / night

Chateau Ramsak

Pocehova, Maribor
Idyllic Slovenian vineyard glamping in the refreshing midst of natural and unspoilt luxury, with plenty of good wine!
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per unit
£125 / night

Hidden Treehouse Resort

Bad Zwischenahn, Lower Saxony
A gorgeously green German glamping site, where fairytale forest living has been given a five-star upgrade.
Bedrooms: 1 per treehouse
Sleeps: 4 per treehouse
£195 / night

Les Ormes Domaine & Resort

Dol-de-Bretagne, Brittany
A welcoming family accommodation and activity centre, set on a two-hundred acre French country estate.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£70 / night (barrel/bubble)


Wittenbach, St Gallen
Explore the rural tripoint of Switzerland, Austria and Germany in a colourful choice of light, bright and eco-friendly vintage caravans!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: Varies
£82 / night

Hayema Heerd

Oldehove, Groningen
Recreate fairytales of old at Hayema Heerd, a Dutch hotel made of straw, set on a peaceful farm in the north of the Netherlands.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£80 / night (igloo)

Le Monteil Revolution

Sardent, Limousin
Unplug from everyday life and head for a slice of rural French paradise, where friendly animals roam free (and so will you!).
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 4 per dome
£63 / night (Rocher)

Sky House at 57 Nord

Wester Ross, The Highlands
Sky House is a boutique hideaway in the wildland of the north, with 57 Nord taking its name from its location on the 57th parallel. It is perfectly nestled within the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands just south of the Isle of Skye.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£350 / night

Culture Campsite

An ingenious collection of upcycled, ‘tiny house'-style sleeping pods, on a creative campsite in the heart of Rotterdam.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 1-4 per unit
£55 / night

Coucoo Grands Chênes

Raray, Picardie
A soaring nature escape for couples and families, set in fairytale forest land just outside the city bustle of Paris.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-6 per cabin
£170 / night

Lakeside Petzen Glamping

Feistritz ob Bleiburg, Carinthia
Spoil yourselves with views of the picture-perfect lakes and mountains that surround Austria's first glamping resort.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£115 / night (chalet)


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