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Early autumn getaways for grown-ups

A couple on a walk at Penrose, Cornwall  © John Millar

A couple on a walk at Penrose, Cornwall © John Millar

Early autumn is the perfect time for adult holidays. Its calm days of mellow sunshine are just right for enjoying the finer things in life: walking at your own pace, taking in nature’s most spectacular seasonal display, or catching the last outdoor cultural events of the year. Even the inevitable blustery days offer plenty of opportunity for exploring before warming up in front of a roaring fire with a hearty supper and good company.

From exploring the countryside on foot to cosying up in a seaside hideaway, here are two ways to enjoy the best of early autumn.

Endless autumn walks in the countryside

For a holiday rich in possibilities, make yourself at home in one of our countryside cottages, where walking trails abound.

Whether you love meandering slowly through ancient forests or stomping along rugged ridgelines to dramatic peaks, many of our cottages have trails just a stone’s throw from the front door. All you have to do is lace up your boots and step out into early autumn’s glory.

Like the sound of stunning panoramas and wildlife-rich lakeside walks? Our Lake District holiday cottages make it easy to explore the fells, lakeshores and fascinating history of the area on foot, by bike or even by boat.

For a more stately stay, many of our cottages are nestled within the grounds of the manor houses and estates in our care. Stroll around walled kitchen gardens ripe with autumn produce; set off on longer adventures to admire the seasonal splendor of the parklands; or enjoy the tranquility of an early evening stroll through towering gnarled oaks once the daytime visitors have headed home.

Get away from it all in a coastal hideaway

Book yourself into a coastal holiday cottage and you’ll have the perfect base from which to explore some of the 775 miles of UK coastline in our care.

At this time of year, the crowds have abated but the conditions are often perfect for a stroll along the sand. You may even have the beach all to yourself, with just the swooping seabirds and the crashing waves for company.

Stay close to the South West Coast Path and discover remote Cornish villages and hidden craggy coves. Or check into one of our charming Welsh coastal holiday cottages and spend your days enjoying the vast stretches of sand and fiery autumn sunsets of the Gower Peninsula and Cardigan Bay.

Wherever you choose to explore by day, you’ll have a warm, characterful place to return to. And as you recline into a comfy armchair, you can relax with the knowledge that your stay is helping to support special places for ever, for everyone.

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