Tom Daley discusses taking up knitting
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If you still haven’t decided where to take a UK holiday this year, online booking platform, eviivo, have eight different staycation destinations that accomodate to popular pastimes. Lockdown has seen thousands of Brits taking up a new activity to help pass the time, including Team GB Olympic diver Tom Daley showing off his knitting skills he has learned in the past year.
Both Cornwall and Devon both ranked first and second respectively in a recent poll as the most popular places for a nostalgic UK holiday.
So which places are considered the best based on your favourite leisure activity? Here are the eight properties that are still available for a last-minute trip.
Dog-walking: Bulleigh Barton Manor, Newton Abbott, Devon
Awarded ‘Dog-friendly Business of the Year’ in the 2018 VisitEngland Awards, this South Devon country house welcomes pooches and their owners for a relaxing staycation in a five-star B&B.
Close to the village of Ipplepen and just under a 20 minute drive from Torquay and Paignton, there are plenty of scenic coastal and rural routes for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy.
On site, dogs are treated to the ultimate ‘A la Bark breakfast’ in the morning, and there are four acres of garden and grounds for furry friends to explore.
Swimming and spa days – Boscundle Manor, Boscundle, Saint Austell, Cornwall
Boscundle Manor is a property that exudes charm, character and absolute comfort. This luscious Cornwall manor house hotel is set within two acres of private gardens and conveniently based just five minutes from Cornwall’s ancient harbours and iconic bays.
Complete with a croquet lawn, indoor spa and vast lounging areas with open fireplaces, holidaymakers are able to while away their stay in pure luxury whilst being close enough to the pulse of Cornwall’s best attractions.
Puzzle-solving – Smeaton Farm, Saltash, Cornwall
Anyone likes being kept entertained by solving jigsaws and puzzles into the late hours may want to try their hand at a 3D challenge at the Amazing Cornish Maize Maze at Smeaton Farm.
This 450-acre working farm situated in Tamar Valley, offers guests to uncover protected wildlife habitats, surrounding the landscape, enjoy taking a picnic lunch with the resident alpacas and Mule sheep.
Pottery – Rame Barton, Torpoint, Cornwall
This 18th century farmhouse is situated in the Rame Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts photographic views of the two-acre gardens overlooking Whitsand Bay.
Guests will be treated each morning to a hearty Cornish breakfast before getting a chance to recreate the famous ‘Ghost’ film scene in the pottery studio.
Potter Paul Cardew, will be on hand to teach you the best skills in the business, who is famous for his limited-edition teapots sold across the world.
Wine tasting – Old Walls Vineyard, Teignmouth, Devon
As seen on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed, this property offers the perfect retreat for those looking to wet their whistle.
With six modern lodges to relax in, guests are welcome to take a tour and sample the vineyard’s finest wines while enjoying a ploughman;s lunch or afternoon tea.
Each open-plan lodge can sleep up to four guests and comes with a kitchen-diner and a veranda with a BBQunwind in style. Some of the lodges are also pet-friendly if you fancy taking your furry friends along.
Painting – Westcroft Guest House, Torpoint, Cornwall
Perfect for a stay away from the hustle and bustle, this charming Georgian house with a modern interior twist has been standing since the 1760s.
Based between Tregantle Beach and Rame Head Heritage Coast, this boutique B&B is the ideal base to draw inspiration for those who enjoy painting.
It boasts its own private art gallery where guests are given exclusive access and are encouraged to choose their favourite Cornish artwork to hang in their room.
Depending on which room you choose to stay in, prices range from £90 to £100 per night, with dogs welcome for an extra fiver.
Exploring and outdoor living – The Sanctuary, Fowey, Cornwall
If trekking the great British outdoors is what floats your boat, this offgrid eco building welcomes up to four guests per stay to reconnect with nature like never before.
Overlooking Golant village and the Fowery Estuary, this staycation hidden gem will be an outdoor lovers paradise, surrounded by 12 acres of woodland to discover on foot.
Kayakers can even hire out a canoe just a stone’s throw from the property, don’t forget to pack your camera to get some great wildlife photography.
Home brewing – Pub on the Hoe, Plymouth, Devon
If you enjoy trying out bespoke gins, ales and craft beers then Pub on the Hoe is the perfect place to stay.
Following an electrical fire in January 2020 and lockdown, this family-friendly business is back up and running with three newly decorated rooms for just £65 a night.
Open seven days a week, there’s plenty of time to sip your way through more than 21 drafts on tap with some locally sourced food to order.
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