The North West of England - encompassing the rural retreats of Lancashire, with its magnificent coastline and pastoral green valleys, the stunning Lake Destrict and Cheshire - offers a wealth of charm and Northern good-humour.
Victorian Seaside Towns
For a relaxed self-catering countryside break in Lancashire, visit genteel St. Anne’s, where you can relax on the beach or original Victorian Pier, taking in the sights and watching the spectacular sunsets. Enjoy the stunning views from Morecambe Bay across to the green hills of the Lake District.
The Lovely Lake District
Cumbria and the Lake District National Park is one of the country’s most magnificent Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Lake District demands no introduction; the area is so well known for its lush green valleys, expansive blue lakes and imposing mountains, including the highest point in England at Skafell Pike. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious base to relax in after a tough day’s fell walking, or a rustic country cottage from which to explore the myriad country towns and restaurants, Cumbria is a county impossible not to fall in love with and there are plenty of luxury self-catering properties in which you can stay.
A little further south, Cheshire is a history and heritage-lover’s dream destination and a wonderful place to enjoy a countryside luxury getaway, with numerous stunning National Trust estates, parks and country houses and its County town Chester’s historic city walls, medieval rows and Cathedral. If shopping is your idea of a relaxing break, you’re spoilt for choice within the city of Chester and also the designer outlet Cheshire Oaks.
Top recommended attractions across the North West:
• Crosby Beach’s Gormley Statues, where 100 man-size statues look out over the sea across a 2 mile stretch of beach, disappearing when the tide is high. A strange but beautiful spectacle, best viewed at sunset.
• Zeffirelli’s in Ambleside is a fantastic, award-winning vegetarian restaurant, providing organic, locally sourced and flavoursome food alongside a trendy independent cinema and live jazz and world music.
• Take a cruise along the stunning Lake Windermere, enjoy the wide variety of watersports on offer or have a nose around the Beatrix Potter Museum for true countryside charm.
Expect idyllic, rustic retreat cottages full of character and original features in Lancashire, and luxurious farmland properties with stunning countryside views for your self-catering break in Cheshire and Chester. Cumbria and the Lake District are home to huge, sprawling manor houses and holiday homes with quaintly opulent cottage charm.