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Top ‘Shoulder Season’ Sojourns for Couples, Young Families, and Solo Travellers

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Published 19/05/2021 Top ‘Shoulder Season’ Sojourns for Couples, Young Families, and Solo Travellers


In travel terms, the ‘shoulder season' refers to the lull between peak and off-peak travel times for popular holiday destinations.

Usually, this means April to mid-June, and September to October... a ‘shoulder' on either side of summer!

There is a wealth of benefits to taking a trip during shoulder season. Not only will you escape the tourist hordes - and noisy children on their school holidays! - but prices are usually cheaper, too.

That's why we've lined up some of our favourite shoulder season sojourns, especially for couples, families with young children, and those holidaying alone.

(You're welcome!)

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Secret Yurts | Powys

The Old Lockup

The Old Lockup

The Old Lockup is where historical tales of crime and intrigue reside in the picturesque Derbyshire Dales...imprisonment doesn't get cosier than this! The historic market town of Wirksworth, found right on the edge of the glorious Peak District National Park, is renowned for many things; rolling hills, exceptional views of rugged natural beauty...and the infamous Old Lockup. …

The Nest Treehouse

The Nest Treehouse

A genuine treehouse, up a tree; unique, idyllic and perfectly luxurious treehouse hideaway in Devon's beautiful Blackdown Hills. The Nest offers the chance for a lucky pair of lovebirds to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an ancient broadleaved wood, fully suspended nine metres high in a mature English oak tree. After a short meander through the surrounding woodland, you'll find yourself…

Roulotte Retreat

Roulotte Retreat

Enrich your senses and live life on artisan wheels with this exquisitely quirky ‘glamvanning' experience in the wildflower-strewn natural setting of the Scottish Borders. Are you looking for a reviving break that imbues all the exotic style and elegance of an Asian palace, combined with an unspoilt meadow setting to take you on an enchanting journey of nature, self-discovery and…

The Little Barn

The Little Barn

Relax in an enchanting stone cottage for two, blissfully secluded from the world's worries amongst miles of scenic Yorkshire countryside. Wild and windswept, the beautiful Yorkshire countryside has been the setting for many a classic novel. Plan a romantic escape to The Little Barn, perfectly situated in the tranquil hamlet of Hurst, between historic Richmond and the Dales town of…

Twentysix Anderby Creek

Twentysix Anderby Creek

A small but perfectly formed seaside retreat lovingly restored by contemporary design, tucked cosily away by the soft sands of tranquil Anderby Creek. Twentysix is an 'Anderby Chalet' - an original timber-framed Modernist classic, first launched by Vic Hallam in 1959. A stay here takes the traditional English beach holiday to a blissful new level, for couples and small groups - including…

The Orchard Retreat

The Orchard Retreat

Experience a refreshingly rural Devon hideaway that's uncommonly good for mind, body and soul. The Orchard Retreat is the secret that Vogue didn't really want to tell you about! Featured in the prestigious magazine's ‘Best Destinations for Families', the eco-friendly, family-run and award-winning glamping site is rich in country luxury and blissful relaxation, offering plenty of on-site…

Breac.House

Breac.House

Offering glorious architecture, exquisite hand-crafted furnishings and the rugged wilderness of North West Donegal, a stay at Breac House is sure to delight, indulge and inspire. Breac.House is a truly luxurious home away from home, where contemporary design blends with traditional craftsmanship to culminate in perfect comfort. Situated on Horn Head, one of Ireland's most spectacular…

Westside Woodshed

Westside Woodshed

Westside Woodshed is an architect-designed oasis of calm, peacefully located at the end of a winding farm track in Scotland's Pentland Hills. Enjoy the best of all holiday worlds with a luxury stay at Westside Woodshed, serenely nestled within the soothing heather-clad Pentland Hills, yet just a short drive away from all the buzz and excitement of Edinburgh. The eco-friendly Woodshed…

The Enchanted Faraway Tree

The Enchanted Faraway Tree

Spirit yourself away to The Enchanted Faraway Tree - a storybook-inspired hideaway in the form of a unique treehouse pod, cosily nestled in the Garden of England. Fans of Enid Blyton's enduring childhood classic, ‘The Magic Faraway Tree', are sure to be in seventh heaven, with a stay that recreates all the charm and enchantment of the famous storybook. Beautifully primed for a romantic…

Tor View Shepherd's Huts

Tor View Shepherd's Huts

Meet Ted and Len, two luxurious hot tub hideaways perched high on Somerset's soothing Mendip Hills at Tor View Shepherd's Huts. If you crave that wonderful feeling of really getting away from it all, a stay at Tor View Shepherd's Huts is just the solution. You won't find any signs, doorbells or tourists here. You'll simply be welcomed by a luxurious, lovingly-designed hideaway, privately…

Will's Tree House

Will's Tree House

Architect-designed luxury amongst the leaves, set on a working farm in a Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you've always thought living in a treehouse would mean taking your chances in the temperamental Great Outdoors, a sumptuous stay at Will's Tree House is sure to convert you for life. Nestled on a hillside in the north east Cotswolds, Will's Tree House is situated on a…

Glamping Canonici di San Marco

Glamping Canonici di San Marco

A pioneering taste of nature and luxury await, in a glamping paradise set just 20 minutes from Venice. Once featured in The Guardian as one of the best glamping spots in Europe, Glamping Canonici di San Marco is a pioneering concept in Italy, and one that is much loved by visitors from all over the world. It isn't hard to understand why. Italian hospitality, nature and culture combine…

Bredon Hill Treehouses

Bredon Hill Treehouses

Treetop luxury, complete with private hot tubs; mini breaks away for pure relaxation. Situated in the picturesque village of Little Comberton in Worcestershire with it's thatched medieval cottages, easily accessible for a perfect mini-break in the Cotswolds. Reconnect with the ones you love the most, slow down, unwind and step away from your work, phones and laptops to truly take in every…

Lushna Suites at Lee Wick Farm

Lushna Suites at Lee Wick Farm

Eco-friendly glamping on a working potato farm... complete with spectacular sea views. Endlessly charming and gloriously unique, you'll discover the friendly and welcoming Lee Wick Farm just south of St. Osyth village.   Close to the Essex and Suffolk coastline, and with a nature reserve literally just down the road, this is the perfect location if natureful beachside breaks are…

Radar

Radar

A wildly romantic escape for two, set on the Dungeness Nature Reserve and looking out across miles of wildlife, beach and open sky. Secluded within the Dungeness Nature Reserve, and boasting outstanding views of the sea and the surrounding shingle beach, Radar is the perfect escape for a couple in search of the refreshing natural life... ...without any compromise on modern creature comforts…

The Secret Yurts

The Secret Yurts

The Welsh countryside's best-kept secret, until now - three luxurious, eco-friendly yurts packed with cosy creature comforts.If you could design your very own private and lavish yurt experience in the Welsh countryside, it would probably look a lot like The Secret Yurts. Featuring three bespoke yurts packed with luxuries including downy bedding, fluffy towels and cosy robes, there is plenty of…

Rye Windmill

Rye Windmill

A friendly, family-run B&B in an iconic Grade II-listed landmark, perfectly nestled on the banks of a picturesque river. An ideal setting for awakening your creative spirit, Rye Windmill is perfectly positioned on the banks of the river Tillingham. This much-loved local landmark is an ideal base for you to explore the romantic cobbled lanes of the town that has inspired artists and writers…

Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites

Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites

Upgrade the traditional seaside break to a luxury beach hut suite-on-the-beach, perfectly set in family-friendly village of Felpham, West Sussex. Forming part of Felpham Village's award-winning Beachcroft Hotel (which means all its deluxe facilities are at your disposal!), the Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites are perfect for families in search of seaside luxury. Located right on Felpham Beach, you…

The Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station

Travel back in time to the beautifully restored station house and Pullman carriages at Petworth, first class all the way! Surrounded by the soothing natural beauty of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex, the former Petworth Railway Station is an exquisite sight to behold. Originally built in 1892, the striking building has been immaculately and lovingly restored to provide sumptuous…

Woodland Chase Glamping

Woodland Chase Glamping

Escape from everyday life, with luxurious, grown-up glamping on a Northumberland family farm set close to the beautiful coast. Old Felton Farm, beautifully positioned in the heart of Northumberland, is home to Woodland Chase Glamping, a sumptuous, adults-only country escape that feels like a well-kept secret. It's here, nestled amongst soothing woodland, that you'll discover a selection of…

Demeter Cave House

Demeter Cave House

A dreamily luxurious cave house with a romantic roof terrace and hot tub, blissfully secluded in a beautiful, unspoilt Santorini village. One of the most beautiful and visually iconic Greek islands, Santorini is a picture-perfect dream for travellers all over the world. Yet a mere five-minute drive from Santorini's famous, bustling caldera lies the charming village of Pyrgos. Relatively…

The Laundry Retreat

The Laundry Retreat

Luxury log-cabin-style hideaways, surrounded by breath-taking gardens on a historic Grade II-listed property in North Wales. In a true labour of love, friendly owners Tom and Jenny have spent years designing and developing the beautiful gardens on the grounds of their 18th century home, which was once the laundry and dairy to Llanrhaeadr Hall. And if you're in need of some well-deserved rest and…

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