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3 reasons to love long weekends

Rhossili Beach near South Pilton Green Farmhouse © Mike Henton

Rhossili Beach near South Pilton Green Farmhouse © Mike Henton

What a difference a day makes – especially on a long weekend, when that one extra day opens up a world of possibilities. With at least two full days to explore somewhere special, as well as time to get there and back, you can transform your three days from a weekend into a mini-holiday.

So why not use your next long weekend to get out there and live? Get away, experience natural beauty, have fun – and make some treasured memories.

Here are our top three reasons to love long-weekend breaks.

1. Discovering new places 

From mountains, to lakes, to characterful coastlines… from historic houses to scenic gardens, the UK is packed with beautiful places. We may live on a relatively small set of islands, yet there’s always somewhere new to discover.

A long weekend is your chance to get a complete change of scene, in a special place you’ve never been to. Even familiar regions will have unexplored pockets, where new sights and experiences await.

Why not dive into Devon’s wild coast, wander among the valleys and lakes of Cumbria, or take in the dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia? Choose any of the UK’s regions of natural beauty, and you’re sure to find a nearby National Trust house or garden to visit too.

2. The chance to recharge your batteries

In three days you can disconnect from the stresses of daily life, and delve deeper into relaxation. If you need to soothe your spirit, why not try a gentle stroll through a serene garden? Many National Trust holiday cottages are located near, or right inside special gardens, making them an ideal base for soothing walks.

If you fancy a bit of luxury and spa-style pampering, a stay in the grounds of our Historic House Hotels is a revitalising treat. Here you can enjoy fine dining, magnificent gardens and traditional afternoon teas – as well as health and beauty treatments.

3. Big-time celebrations 

If you’ve got an extra-special birthday, anniversary or special event on the horizon, a long weekend gives you a chance to do the occasion justice.

For anniversaries, pick a romantic cottage for two in stunning surroundings. Or if your celebration calls for a big get-together of family and friends, go for a larger holiday cottage or bunkhouse. Forty National Trust cottages sleep eight or more, and some of our bunkhouses can accommodate groups of 20.

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