More Hidden Gems five special places to stay in the UK countryside

Forget about the usual tourist traps, keep away from the crowds and enjoy a UK cottage holiday somewhere a little bit different.  Here are five of our favourite hidden gems in the UK countryside.


Peak Walk - flckr - AcradeniaHartington, the Peak District
Spectacular landscapes... Fabulous views... Invigorating walks... You'll find them all in the village of Hartington, within the Peak District National Park.

Steeped in history, Hartington was mentioned in the Doomsday book. Visit the market square today and you'll find a pub, tea shops and a pretty village pond. You can also sample the local produce including cheeses, wines and beer at the Hartington Cheese shop in the market square.

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Safe Haven - flckr - mePorlock, Somerset
Surrounded on three sides by the hills of Exmoor and on the fourth by the sea, Porlock is the ideal place to explore dramatic landscapes away from the crowds. From ancient woodlands, moorland and riverside paths, this coastal village is a walker's paradise.

Famous visitors to Porlock include the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge. In fact Coleridge is said to have written Kubla Khan at a farm just outside Porlock and claimed that he was unable to complete his masterpiece after being interrupted by a 'person from Porlock'.

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The beach just outside Craster - flckr - Effervescing Elephant

Craster, Northumbria
Situated within the Northumberland Coast's 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', Craster offers rugged shorelines, fresh sea air and exhilarating walks.

Take the costal footpath out of the village and enjoy spectacular views as you walk towards the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Back in Craster village, you'll find the harbour where the Robson family have been landing herring and smoking kippers in the traditional way for over a century. 

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Climbing The Ladder - flckr - meDevizes, Wiltshire
Whether you prefer to spend your time exploring stately homes, love grand architecture or just want to enjoy the great outdoors, Devizes has something for everyone.

Explore Devizes' Georgian architecture and discover some of its 500 listed buildings. Or if you're looking to blow away the cobwebs, take an invigorating walk or cycle ride alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal or visit Roundway Hill, where you will find the Devizes white horse. And with Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury on the doorstep, there are plenty of options if you fancy exploring a little further afield.  

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Thornton-le-Dale - flckr - Between a RockThornton le Dale, North Yorkshire
Thornton le Dale is often named as one of the UK's most picturesque villages. But with its relaxed pace, you can still come here to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life away from the crowds.

Thornton le Dale's most photographed site is Beck Isle Cottage. Even if you haven't heard of it, you'll probably recognise this idyllic traditional thatched cottage as it appears as the iconic image of the perfect English cottage on many jigsaws, calendars and chocolate boxes.

Thornton le Dale is the perfect place in which to unwind but if you're looking for some action, you'll find Dalby Forest nearby where you can enjoy horse riding, mountain biking, zip wires and other activities.

Find out more about holiday cottages in Thornton le Dale and holiday cottages in North Yorkshire.

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