Central England

Sensory Indulgence

7 nights - 300 miles

Weaving your way North through middle England, this break is for those looking to indulge all five senses - rare landscapes, creative dining featuring some of the nation’s finest produce and hotels that prioritize wellness.

About the break

Your adventure begins in Rutland! Did you know Rutland Water covers 4,200 acres of open countryside, with everything from walking and cycling to fishing and water sports on offer? There is also the nature reserve, home to the Rutland Osprey Project, and the Water Park to enjoy time in the great outdoors. You may also consider a hot air balloon to float over miles of spectacular English countryside dotted with pristine stone villages.

Stay at Hambleton Hall, overlooking Rutland Water, and dine in the restaurant that has held a Michelin Star since 1982. A visit to Hambleton’s own bakery in the nearby charming village is a must!

Meander northwest, passing through the regional food capital of Melton Mowbray, famous for its Pork Pie and being the centre of Stilton Cheese production. After a little taste of indulgence, continue through Britain’s first national park, the Peak District, an area of exquisite natural beauty. You then head into the Ribble Valley and the Bowland Fells in Lancashire. Now you are definitely in food and produce heaven. From Michelin-star dining to local pubs, this region is bustling with high-quality homegrown produce. Considering all that Ribble Valley has to offer, it’s no wonder that it is recognised nationally as one of the best places to live in the UK.

Stay at Northcote – A 19th-century manor house on the edge of the Ribble Valley and enjoy Executive Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen’s exciting Michelin-starred dining driven by local, seasonal ingredients.

Your next stop is Cumbria, yes – it’s time to enjoy the lakes. There are ample river cruise options, or alternatively, if all you want to do is soak up the culture, there are art galleries, antique stores and cafés to keep you entertained.

Stay at Gilpin where you can choose from the lake house or the hotel and continue your culinary quest at one of their three unique restaurants, including SOURCE, coveted with a Michelin star.

As you wind down to the green valleys of the Yorkshire Dales, it certainly is walking paradise. The dales offer landscape walks, waterfall walks, mindfulness walks and even an amble with an alpaca along Semerwater in Wensleydale. Yes, we are back to food – Wensleydale, as you know, is famed for its cheese.

Stay at Yorebridge House in the heart of Wensleydale before heading to Grantley Hall, a unique country house hotel wearing many hats, from a foodie heaven to a wellness retreat, and a countryside stay to a glitzy resort.

Stay Dine Spa

Hambleton Hall

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Rutland Water

Melton Mowbray

Peak District

Ribble Valley

Forest of Bowland

Northcote

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Windermere

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

Yorkshire Dales

Semerwater

Yorebridge House

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Grantley Hall

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

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