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Five top picks for the August Bank Holiday
Are you still undecided on what to do this August Bank Holiday? If you want to get away but can’t face airport queues or peak season flight costs, we think we have the perfect solution.
With five beautiful two-guest boltholes still available across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, escape with a loved one for a relaxing long weekend in the glorious British countryside.
BEST FOR ARTS LOVERS
Braemar | West Linton | Scottish Borders
Sleeps 2, 25th – 28th August @ £412.50
This year the Edinburgh Fringe is celebrating its 70th birthday, so make 2017 the year you visit the world’s largest arts festival! This cottage sits in an extremely pretty conservation village which is just 16 miles from Edinburgh. Braemar is therefore perfect for daytrips to enjoy the delights of the last few days of the world-famous festival culminating at the end of the Bank Holiday weekend.
BEST FOR HERITAGE LOVERS
South Lodge | Belford | Northumberland
Sleeps 2, 25th – 28th August @ £625.00
Oozing with period charm, this charismatic gate lodge dates to 1818 and has been meticulously restored to respect its grade II listed status. Original features have been lovingly brought back to life to ensure that the history of the house shines through - restored doors and shutters, stonework and salvaged industrial pieces mix beautifully against a palette of rich heritage colours and carefully selected design accents evocative of its rich past.
BEST FOR KEEN WALKERS
Pigeon Loft, Kirk Yetholm, Scottish Borders
Sleeps 2, 25th – 28th August @ £446.25
The best things come in small packages and the charmingly named Pigeon Loft, is a heavenly sanctuary for romance and relaxation, or an uplifting base for walking and cycling in the captivating heather-clad hillsides of the Northumberland National Park. Kirk Yetholm lies at the northern end of Britain's oldest long-distance walk, the Pennine Way. You can enjoy perfect walking here with ten walks all starting from the village which vary in length from 1.5 miles to 9 miles.
BEST FOR FOODIES
Middle Cottage, Gunnerton, Northumberland
Sleeps 2, 25th – 28th August @ £422.50
Sitting on a small 37 acre working farm in an area with a strong philosophy on good locally produced food. Here guests can help themselves to fruit and veg from the garden when in season, or purchase homemade jams, chutneys and rare breed Dexter beef from the farm.
BEST FAIRY TALE ESCAPE
The Lauderdale Apartment, Thirlestane Castle, Scottish Borders
Sleeps 2, 25th – 28th August @ £357.00
Make a Scottish Castle your home for the weekend! Located within the south wing of the castle this apartment offers guests a unique opportunity to stay in a genuinely historic Scottish castle with rose pink sandstone walls and fairy tale turrets, just 25 miles south of Edinburgh.