Editor’s Choice

Our Favourite Flight-Free Holidays!

8 July 2020

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, Channel Islands
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
From
£190 / night

Helen's Tower

Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
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
From
£292 (2 nights)

The Black Castle

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

Chateau Ramsak

Pocehova, Maribor, Slovenia
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
From
£125 / night

Hidden Treehouse Resort

Bad Zwischenahn, Lower Saxony, Germany
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
From
£235 / night

Les Ormes Domaine & Resort

Dol-de-Bretagne, Brittany, France
A welcoming family accommodation and activity centre, set on a two-hundred acre French country estate.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£86 / night

Rosita

Wittenbach, St Gallen, Switzerland
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
From
£82 / night

Hayema Heerd

Oldehove, Groningen, Netherlands
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
From
£80 / night (igloo)

Le Monteil Revolution

Sardent, Limousin, France
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
From
£63 / night (Rocher)

Coucoo Grands Chênes

Raray, Picardie, France
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
From
£170 / night

Lakeside Petzen Glamping

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

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