The UK boasts some pretty spectacular scenery, so it’s not hard to see why the “staycation” is more popular than ever. For the past few weeks here at RBA HQ we’ve been dreaming of escaping to the countryside, of, long muddy walks with views that make our hearts soar, only to come home to piping-hot cups of tea and roaring fires. It’s National Tourism Week right now, so to celebrate we thought we’d share some inspiration for your best rural break yet.

The Rookery:

Highly Commended for the Rural Tourism category at our 2017 Awards, The Rookery describes itself as ‘a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.’ In the shadow of Pendle Hill in Lancashire, close to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Rookery marries it’s industrial heritage with a luxurious feel and a touch of steampunk, making it a truly special place to stay. Surrounded by 6 acres of farmland, the cottage has been built by its owners Danielle and Ben, with sustainability and energy efficiency at the forefront of the design process.

With The Rookery as your base there is plenty to see and do. The area is famous for the Pendle Witch-trials of 1612, and by walking up Pendle Hill you can follow in the footsteps of one of the darker chapters of British history. The cottage is just 15 miles from the dramatic moorland and quaint village of Haworth and the Brontë Country. You can visit the charming market towns of Skipton, Clitheroe, Lancashire’s most beautiful village, Downham, and there are a selection of castles and great houses within a 25-mile radius. With great cycling and walking through the beautiful surrounding countryside, The Rookery is also dog friendly making it the perfect place to take your furry companion.

The Rookery sleeps up to 6 guests and is located in Roughlee, Lancashire. For more information go to http://www.therookeryroughlee.co.uk/


Beech House Holidays:

Nestled in the heart of the Cumbrian Countryside, the 18th Century Threshing Barn has been lovingly converted by it owners, combining its historic character-features with contemporary design and comfort. With an exquisite open-plan living space and 4 luxurious bedrooms this is the perfect place for connecting with family or friends, and the countryside. The Threshing Barn is pretty unique in offering a varying service level, meaning that you can tailor make your own holiday experience, from being completely self-catered to being completely serviced with a personal chef and dedicated host, making the most of local ingredients.

The Barn in situated in 20 acres of private farmland and is in an ideal location to explore Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District, with a variety of outdoor pursuits nearby, including walking, fishing, horse-riding, shooting, sailing and cycling. If our word isn’t enough in 2014 The Threshing Barn was featured on the Times’ 100 Ultimate Holidays list.

The Threshing Barn sleeps up to 8 guests, and can be found in Stockdalewath, a hamlet close to Carlisle in Cumbria see http://www.beechhouseholidays.co.uk/threshing-barn for further details.


North Shire:

For a truly unique holiday experience, head to North Shire, located in the dramatically beautiful North York Moors. One of our Finalists for the 2016 Awards Tourism category and named one of the Times’ 50 Best Cottages, North Shire describes itself as creating a ‘magical place for children large and small to escape from the pressure and stress of daily life.’

The 6-acre farm feels as though you’ve stepped into the pages of a fantasy novel. North Shire’s accommodation includes Shire House, better described as a Hobbit Hole than a holiday cottage, a collection of family sized shepherd’s huts, brightly coloured vintage caravans fully furnished Bell tents and, soon, a replica of Hagrid’s Ground Keeper’s Cottage. The attention to detail and obvious love and commitment of the site’s owners makes this a truly magical place, as if you really were a part of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

Another highlight is the North Shire’s family of animals, with peacocks, chickens, miniature ponies, horses and goats, sure to be a success with families. Just a short drive from Whitby and the of Yorkshire Coast, with this holiday you’ll get the perfect mix of rolling fields, golden sandy beaches, and a pinch of magic.


North Shire, located in Cleveland, North Yorkshire offers a variety of accommodation, with cottages that can sleep up to 4, 6, and 8 people, and a campsite with hardstanding pitches available for members of The Camping & Caravanning Club. For more information see: http://northshire.co.uk/


If you think you own a rural retreat to rival these three, why not enter our 2018 Rural Business Awards by following this link: https://ruralbusiness.awardsplatform.com/

Or you can find out more information on our entry guidance page, here: https://www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk/enter/

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