Beyond our award-winning gardens (2017 Britain in Bloom winners you know) we’re always happy to point you towards less-travelled roads and wide-open countryside. It’s a great opportunity to take off under your own steam while you’re with us and see some of the wonderful sights nearby.

Alvaston Hall’s new-look weekends include free guided walks in and around Cheshire, as well as trips to the races at Chester, Aintree and Uttoxeter. From the hotel, it’s easy to get to Nantwich for riverside walks and to Bickerton Hill where a climb to the summit is rewarded with 360 degree views of the Cheshire, Welsh and Shropshire countryside.

Over in North Wales, Bodelwyddan Castle is not only surrounded by 260 acres of Victorian parkland, but it has Snowdonia and the Clwydian Range on its doorstep – both fantastic stomping grounds for fresh air exploration.

Take a look at some of the breaks we've picked out for 2018. It doesn't matter where or when you go, all of our country and coastal locations have some of the best places to visit in England

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