Top 10 Peaceful Retreats (for when the kids go back to school)

Cosy 200 year old barn conversions - The Timble Cottages near Harrogate

Cosy 200 year old barn conversions – The Timble Cottages near Harrogate

1. Windermere Boutique Guest House

Escape to the Lake District and base yourself in the heart of the National Park in Windermere. Leave the car behind and go by rail (Windermere has its own station!). Choose from a selection of charming Victorian guest houses and luxury boutique retreats perfect for couples like Boundary Luxury Boutique Guest House with rooms specially aimed at couples and currently offering a 5% discount for all customers booking through iknow.

Top 10 Peaceful Retreats - Windermere

Top 10 Peaceful Retreats – Windermere

2. North York Moors 18th Century Coaching Inn

Have you been dreaming of a historic coaching inn retreat during those weeks of school holidays? Nothing beats a freehouse inn with stunning rooms, fine real ales and locally sourced food. Look to the National Parks for great country inn retreats like the Fox & Hounds Country Inn, an 18th Century coaching Inn in Sinnington village on the edge of the North York Moors with an AA Rossette Restaurant and currently a Dinner, B&B offer!!

3. Cosy Barn Conversion in the Yorkshire Dales & Nidderdale

How about a cosy 200 year old barn conversion for two on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The Timble Cottages in Nidderdale with oak beams and exposed stonework are perfect retreats for two ideally close to Harrogate, World Heritage Fountains Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales. A village inn is within walking distance!

Looe Harbour, South East Cornish Coast

Looe Harbour, South East Cornish Coast

4. Boutique Retreat in West Looe, South Cornwall Coast

Looking for an affordable coastal retreat close to beautiful coastal walking and quiet beach bays? Book your stay now in award-winning Calico Boutique Guest House in the Hannafore area of West Looe. Opt for the spacious super king-size room with sea views across Looe Bay and St Georges Island! Book in October and save up to £19 per room.

Cardigan Bay & the Ceredigion Coast

Cardigan Bay & the Ceredigion Coast

5. 5 Star B&B Retreat on the Undiscovered Ceredigion Welsh Coast

Have you discovered the hidden gem stretch of the West Wales coast between Aberystwyth and Cardigan around the Aberporth area? This is a truly stunning hidden corner of Wales with some equally stunning accommodation. Stay at 5 Star Ffynnon Fendigaid B&B only 10 miles north of Cardigan. Set in 8 acres of beautiful gardens with ponds and woodland, the B&B has two double ensuite rooms and is just 1 mile from the coast.

Staithes Fishing Village on the Yorkshire Coast

Staithes Fishing Village on the Yorkshire Coast

6. Fisherman’s Cottage for two in a Yorkshire Coast Fishing Village

The Yorkshire Coast is where to head for that quaint cosy fisherman’s cottage in a spectacular coastal setting. Receive a complimentary bottle of wine when you book a stay at the charming Longhouse Cottage in the beautiful fishing village of Staithes north of Whitby with sunny patio. Book your September break now!

Hot Tub Hideaway - Acorns Garden Apartment

Hot Tub Hideaway – Acorns Garden Apartment

7. Hot Tub Hideaway on the Jurassic Coast

Treat yourself – you deserve it and book an apartment for two with private hot tub and breakfast basket. Acorns Garden Apartment sits close to River Cottage HQ, and only 5 minutes from Lyme Regis. A perfect retreat near the beautiful Jurassic Coast, and only a short walk from a pub! Book now for last minute availability from 12 to 15 September!!

Coastal Escapes - the Lynton & Lynmouth Coast, North Devon

Coastal Escapes – the Lynton & Lynmouth Coast, North Devon

8. Wake Up to a Spectacular Sea View on the North Devon Coast

Enchanting Lynton and Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast are brimming with Victorian coastal gems and make the perfect quiet walking retreats with the Exmoor Heritage Coast and National Park on your doorstep. Stay in North Walk House Apartment in Lynton, a self-contained studio apartment with terrace and panoramic sea views. Perfect for couples and with a large garden to explore – this is quirky coastal heaven!

Drift off to St Ives in the Far West of Cornwall

Drift off to St Ives in the Far West of Cornwall

9. Drift Off to St Ives in Far West Cornwall

Stay at the Tregenna Castle Resort – tis the season for special offers and lookout for great value prices from October to March here in this luxury leisure resort overlooking St Ives Bay. Facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an 18 hole golf course, ball courts, a fully equipped gym and a Brasserie serving delicious locally sourced food. Indulge in some me time and enjoy a host of beauty treatments at Castle Beauty based in the hotel!

Mountain retreats in the Lake District at Coniston

Mountain retreats in the Lake District at Coniston

10. Romantic Mountain Retreat near Coniston

If a romantic retreat in a perfect rural setting is what you’re looking for, 4 Star Tarn Foot Cottage in the Duddon Valley near Coniston is it. This traditional cottage gem with cosy woodburner is perfect for couples and was restored by the National Trust. The famous Newfield Inn pub serving food is only around a 20 minute stroll away and the views of the valley and Coniston Fells are truly spectacular. Book now – the cottage has availability from 26 September through October!

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.