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Our Favourite Flight-Free Holidays!

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Published 08/07/2020 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

Radio Tower

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. The Radio Tower holds more than a few enthralling stories within its iconic structure.  Originally built as an observation tower by German occupying forces during the Second World War, its style is completely unique to…

Helen's Tower

Helen's Tower

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. "Helen's Tower, here I stand, Dominant over sea and land." Standing deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate, Helen's Tower was built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin in honour of his mother, Helen Selina…

The Isle of Carna

The Isle of Carna

Cast yourself away to your very own private Scottish island, teeming with native wildlife and boasting 600 blissful acres of fresh, tranquil luxury. The Isle of Carna is a very special island indeed.  Family owned and run, grandly historic, blissfully private and with absolutely no digital distractions, there is simply no better place to escape to when the stresses of a life spent…

Ješted

Ješted

Live amongst the clouds in the unique and award-winning Liberec Hotel Ješted, set at an arresting altitude of over 3,000 feet. Awarded the prestigious Perret Prize for its innovative architecture, and a proud symbol of the Czech Republic's Liberec region, Hotel Ješted is no ordinary place to rest your head. For starters, with an altitude of over 3,000 feet you'll be resting your head…

The Black Castle

The Black Castle

Travel back through time with an ‘over-knight' stay for two in a majestically authentic 16th century Gaelic castle.   It may be a long way to Tipperary, but travelling back to the 16th century is a far shorter journey than you may think!   Secluded within the breathtaking natural landscape of the shimmering Lough Derg, amongst the invigorating backdrop of North Tipperary, you…

Chateau Ramsak

Chateau Ramsak

Idyllic Slovenian vineyard glamping in the refreshing midst of natural and unspoilt luxury, with plenty of good wine! Nestled within over thirty-five acres of rolling green hillsides and exquisite vineyards, in the heart of the scenic wine region of Styria, is a true paradise for lovers of nature, luxury...and wine itself! Styria, just moments away from the bustling city of Maribor, is…

Hidden Treehouse Resort

Hidden Treehouse Resort

A gorgeously green German glamping site, where fairytale forest living has been given a five-star upgrade. Nestled in the gently refreshing forest land of Lower Saxony, you'll find one of Germany's most exciting and stylish outdoor retreats. Recommended by travel journals and commended by Departures New York as one of the "top ten treehouse resorts in the world", rest assured that Resort…

Les Ormes Domaine & Resort

Les Ormes Domaine & Resort

A welcoming family accommodation and activity centre, set on a two-hundred acre French country estate. Perfectly positioned in between the stunning Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo, Les Ormes is a former bishop's estate and the site of a 16th century château, lovingly transformed into an award-winning accommodation and activity centre with a little something for everyone! You'll be…

La Maison Atypique

La Maison Atypique

Wind back time with the family in a retro-styled holiday home in the heart of picturesque Normandy, close to the beach. ‘La Maison Atypique' means ‘untypical house' - and from the moment you step inside this retro-styled wonder, you're sure to agree with the description! This unique home, sleeping up to six people, is perfectly located in the scenic French region of Normandy, found…

Rosita

Rosita

Explore the rural tripoint of Switzerland, Austria and Germany in a colourful choice of light, bright and eco-friendly vintage caravans! The brainchild of travel journalist and artist Gerold Huber, Retro Rolling Rosita is a uniquely fun, refreshing and eco-friendly way to travel through the lush landscapes of Central Europe. Retro Rolling Rosita comprises nine ultra-light and iconic…

Hayema Heerd

Hayema Heerd

Recreate fairytales of old at Hayema Heerd, a Dutch hotel made of straw, set on a peaceful farm in the north of the Netherlands. Located on an authentic and refreshing Dutch farm, in the rural north of the Netherlands yet just twenty minutes from the stunning city of Groningen, Hayema Heerd Straw Hotel is a bucket-list stay just begging to be experienced. After all, who could resist the…

Glendoria

Glendoria

Discover one of Poland's best-kept secrets, with a soul-soothing rural escape in the "land of a thousand lakes". A special place that's bursting with natural charm, Poland's Masurian Lake District is known as the "land of a thousand lakes" for good reason!   With over two thousand lakes rippling through endless stretches of unspoilt forest and marshland, the breathtaking scenery…

Le Monteil Revolution

Le Monteil Revolution

Unplug from everyday life and head for a slice of rural French paradise, where friendly animals roam free (and so will you!). The moment you arrive at Le Monteil Revolution, you'll feel your cares melt away as if by magic. Nestled within forest land in central France, the peaceful smallholding and glamping site is the brainchild of friendly owners Charley and Calum. Their enduring mission is to…

57 Nord

57 Nord

A boutique hideaway in the wildland of the north, 57 Nord takes its name from its location on the 57th parallel nestled within the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands just south of the Isle of Skye. This boutique hideaway for two has staggering views of Loch Duich, Eilean Donan Castle and the Kintail Mountains and provides the perfect setting to slow down, recharge and reconnect.…

Culture Campsite

Culture Campsite

An ingenious collection of upcycled, ‘tiny house'-style sleeping pods, on a creative campsite in the heart of Rotterdam. Fresh, innovative and sustainable, Rotterdam's Culture Campsite is strewn with creative architectural delights - in the form of a range of completely unique sleeping pods. Each pod is a characterful creation from a different designer, artist or architect, all using…

Coucoo Grands Chênes

Coucoo Grands Chênes

A soaring nature escape for couples and families, set in fairytale forest land just outside the city bustle of Paris. The philosophy at Coucoo Grands Chênes (that's "Great Oaks" in English), is to sit back, relax, and enjoy nature at its timeless best. Though you'll be under 40 miles away from Paris, you'll feel as though you've stepped into another world entirely, surrounded by acres of lush…

Amsterdam Windmill

Amsterdam Windmill

An authentic, operational nineteenth century Dutch mill, with easy access to the city and expansive green views all around.Ever fancied transporting yourself back in time?You'll feel as though you've stepped straight into a more peaceful age with a stay in this authentic Dutch windmill, originally built in 1874 and still fully operational.Sleeping up to six guests, the windmill has an immediately…

Ile d'Iris

Ile d'Iris

Ile d'Iris is an exceptionally grand group break setting, on an outrageously beautiful private island in Southern Brittany's Gulf of Morbihan.With its awe-inspiring natural landscapes, the Gulf of Morbihan has to count amongst the world's most beautiful bays.  It's here that you'll discover Ile d'Iris, a tranquil oasis in the form of a serviced, private island that's the only one of its…

Lakeside Petzen Glamping

Lakeside Petzen Glamping

Spoil yourselves with views of the picture-perfect lakes and mountains that surround Austria's first glamping resort. Beautifully located in the Eastern Alps, the Austrian region of Carinthia is characterised by its breathtakingly picturesque mountains and lakes - including Pirkdorfer See, which is one of Europe's warmest and purest bathing lakes. It's here that you'll discover Lakeside Petzen…

Tuckmill Treehouse

Tuckmill Treehouse

Enjoy a naturally luxurious, beautifully scenic hideaway for two, peacefully secluded on a 40-acre working farm in the ‘Garden of Ireland'.You'll have plenty of neighbours at Tuckmill Treehouse... they just won't be of the human variety!Deliciously secluded in Baltinglass, County Wicklow (an area known as the ‘Garden of Ireland' no less), the lovingly crafted treehouse is set on a friendly…

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