According to research conducted by The University of Michigan, spending time in the great outdoors can improve your health dramatically, lowering stress levels and enhancing mental well-being.
In response to this research and a growing portfolio of rural holiday houses, family owned holiday rental company Original Cottages has introduced an activity oriented search to push its focus on holidaying in the great outdoors for 2018.
From hitting the surf to pulling on the walking boots and getting out into stunning landscapes, an array of activities are featured across a number of properties that cater for a variety of activity-driven audiences.
For keen bird watchers who love to grab the binoculars and spot species galore, a stay at the beautiful Birdsong Barn cannot go amiss.
Nestled in the heart of the Sussex countryside and surrounded by a wildflower meadow, the property really is in a wildlife wonderland. Think vaulted ceilings, bespoke oak staircases and floor to ceiling windows, while underfloor heating, a wood burning stove and a home cinema system make sure cosiness is in abundance. Don’t forget the camera, walks into the countryside will reveal prime opportunities to spot huge numbers of wintering wildfowl, with over 120 species of bird recorded. Personal wildlife tours with the owner can also be arranged for those who want to get even closer to their natural surroundings.
A visit to the beautiful Snowdonia provides the perfect backdrop for those who love hitting the road on two wheels. Stay at the stunning Bwthyn Sylfaen and enjoy your own private corner of Wales, with spectacular views over the Mawddach Estuary and beyond. The property includes a bespoke spiral staircase, exposed brickwork and a large gallery bedroom that still features the original oak framed roof, while the utility area is perfect for storing walking gear and bicycles. Nearby Barmouth is on the National Cycle way and includes both family friendly routes and challenging climbs for more experienced cyclists. Take on the 8 routes from the Coed Y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre, or explore the 43km of woodland paths, trails and fields of the South Snowdon Greenway.
Surf’s up for wave hitting adrenaline junkies at the Look Out, a beautiful apartment perched high in the hillside above the surfing hotspots of Sennen Cove and Whitsand Bay. This romantic nest comes with a superking bed and even a telescope for keen wildlife spotters, while the standout feature is the free-standing bath that sits right underneath the window, perfect for enjoying the incredible sea views with a glass of bubbles. The surrounding landscape is not only a playground for surfers but also for keen walkers, with this area of Cornwall steeped in mining history. Don’t forget the camera, just around the corner is Land’s End, with the famous signpost surely worthy of a snap.
Any fishing enthusiasts will think they’ve caught a good’un with a stay at Heronmere, a gorgeous riverside property located in the Norfolk Broads. Situated in the small village of Horning and on the banks of the River Bure, guests will have no problem unwinding into their natural surrounding. As well as a fishing licence, the property also has a private mooring and boat hire is available to explore the calm waterways first-hand. For baiters who fancy a real thrill, a visit upstream to the South Walsham Broad will reveal some of the biggest bream going.
Sandwich is arguably the best preserved medieval town in the country, but it also proffers a golfer’s paradise, with eight courses situated within a 10 mile radius. Guests can practise their shot at the Royal Cinque Ports, take on the 27 holes at Princes Golf Course or follow in the footsteps of champions at Royal St. George’s, one of the host venues for The Open championships. Stay on course at the Chapel House, a tastefully converted property that dates back to 1863 and still features original gothic style windows.
According to recent government statistics, people across the UK walked 198 miles on average during the year of 2016. Add to your mileage and explore life at a stroll with a walking holiday in the Lake District. With hundreds of routes that range from gentle climbs to adventurous hiking, there is something for all abilities.
Enjoy the sculpture walk in Grizedale Forest, take in the famous Tarn Hows view or rise to the challenge with a climb over Latterbarrow or Claife Heights. Hang up the walking boots at the end of the day at Knipefold Barn, a beautiful barn conversion that is in between the villages of Coniston and Hawkshead. Featuring original oak beams, unusual oak doors and underfloor heating, the property is the perfect place to relax. You’ll have to put in more steps if you want a pint though, it’s one mile to the nearest pub!
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