The UK’s Best Autumn Getaways

29 September 2019 | London Calling

As we fast approach October, and the steady drop in temperature makes getting out of bed that little bit more difficult, an autumn getaway is just what you need. Leave the chaos of everyday life behind and visit one of country’s best spots to catch autumn’s golden hues, laze by log fires, and enjoy a cosy evening in.

Why go: While Cornwall may be a summer hotspot, come autumn, when the leaves turn and the crowds disperse, the west country is at its best. Walk along the spectacular 300-mile South West Coast Path, take a wild foraging class, and visit a food festival - The Falmouth Oyster Festival is fantastic. For those still eager to make the most of Cornwall’s gorgeous beaches, there is no better time to do so. Whether you grab a surfboard and take advantage of the larger swell, or simply take a stroll along the sand, you will have the luxury of enjoying a far quieter atmosphere.
Where to stay: While there are plenty of idyllic places to choose from, the Coombeshead Farm is a standout. The Georgian farmhouse stands on 66 acres of woodland and meadows, and guests can expect to dine on incredible farm-to-table meals, with the added option of helping the chefs forage in the fields. A farm, five bed guesthouse, restaurant and bakery? Heaven.
Coombeshead Farm can be found at Lewannick, Launceston PL15 7QQ

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Why go: A short trip from London, Devon is an ideal option to quickly escape fast-paced city life. With its beautiful beaches and more gentle climate, it is unsurprising that the picturesque county is a popular autumn destination. Explore the historic markets towns, head off on a spectacular coastal work and make sure to visit the Dartmouth Food Festival which features chef demonstrations, cooking workshops and of course the chance to feast on some mouth-watering food.
Where to stay: During autumn, there is simply no better choice than the Hotel Endsleigh. Surrounded by the hanging woods beyond the River Tamar, the stylish hotel boasts stunning views and 100 acres of gorgeous, landscaped grounds to meander around before sitting down to a fantastic meal made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  
Hotel Endsleigh can be found at Milton Abbot, Tavistock PL19 0PQ

The Lake District
Why go: While the Lakes are a favourite getaway destination year round, come autumn when bathed in golden light, they are particularly breathtaking. Take advantage of the missing summer crowds and visit notable spots such as Beatrix Potter’s house at Hill Top near Hawkshead, stock up on autumnal treats at one of the local farm shops, and take a guided walk through the magnificent grounds of Sizergh Castle.
Where to stay: Boutique hotel Another Place, The Lake. Located within 18 acres of lakeside landscape, the contemporary hotel offers an extensive list of activities to partake in, and features a 20-metre lake-view swimming pool with floor to ceiling glass windows.
Another Place, The Lake can be found at A592, Watermillock, Ullswater, Penrith CA11 0LP

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Why go: More than just the home of Oxford University, the historic and idyllic county of Oxfordshire makes for a perfect autumn getaway. Wander around the beautiful countryside, absorb the city’s rich history, visit Ashmolean Museum (the world’s oldest public museum), and take refuge as the weather cools in any one of the city’s snug pubs and cosy cafes. For quirky shops, and a warming mug of hot chocolate, make sure to stop by the Covered Market.
Where to stay: Check in at the Artist Residence, the latest and possibly coolest hotel from British hoteliers Justin and Charlotte Salisbury. Nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside, the eccentric English Inn, and country pub, has five rooms to choose from and an excellent restaurant to dine in.
Artist Residence can be found at Mr Hanbury's Mason Arms, Station Road, South Leigh OX29 6XN
Why go: Head to Somerset and take advantage of an abundance of fabulous walks and seasonal festivals. Not too hot and not yet too cold, the crisp autumn weather is ideal for getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. Walk the Strawberry Line to experience the Somerset countryside in all its glory, and climb to the top of King Alfred’s Tower for a truly spectacular view. Somerset also holds various festivals and events during autumn including the West Somerset Railway Autumn Steam Gala and the eagerly anticipated Bridgwater Carnival, where an illuminated carnival procession makes their way through Bridgwater.  
Where to stay: The Talbot Inn. Located in the heart of the historic village of Mell, the traditional and stylish 15th-century coaching inn is the perfect spot to unwind after a long days walk. Lovey, attentive staff and hearty cooking served in the cosy dining rooms further add to what is sure to be a relaxed and enjoyable stay.
The Talbot Inn can be found at Mells, Somerset BA11 3PN

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