South East

From the sweeping beaches of Brighton to the huddled villages of Berkshire, the South East of England is one of the busiest and most beautiful areas of the country.
Visitors can take in the Needles that rise off the western end of the Isle of Wight, explore the picturesque royal town of Windsor or admire the graceful spires and cobbled streets of Oxford.

The region inspired fictional places found in the well-known novels of Roald Dahl such as Watership Down in Hampshire and Ashdown Forest in East Sussex

Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club, Sussex.

Hotels in Sussex: Ashdown Park Hotel

Treat yourself to a luxury escape at one of the grandest hotels in Sussex, set amid the beautiful Ashdown Forest – home to AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh

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Hastings: the reinvention of a historic town

There’s more to this East Sussex town than the Battle of Hastings – alongside the history you’ll find a vibrant seaside scene, with an exciting new pier, restaurants and galleries

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The nave at Canterbury Cathedral. Credit: Steve Pill

City Guide: Canterbury

A significant settlement since the Roman times and the home of the Church of England, historic Canterbury is the jewel in Kent’s crown.

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Bayeux Tapestry. Credit: Robert Harding Picture Library/Alamy

10 facts about the Battle of Hastings

In 1066 William the Conqueror set sail from Normandy to take part in one of the fiercest battles on British soil and one that changed the course of history forever…

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10 best stately homes

Britain has a wealth of beautiful stately homes, many of which are used as sets for filming period dramas for film and television. Here is our pick of the best. Read More »

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Top 10 beaches in Britain

Britain’s beaches offer something for everyone, whether it’s the traditional bucket-and-spade seaside experience or somewhere to walk and admire the scenery. Here is a selection that have grabbed our imagination.

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Major exhibition marks Battle of Jutland centenary

A major new exhibition opens to mark the centenary of the defining naval battle of the First World War, the Battle of Jutland.

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Highclere Castle

Video: Downton Abbey star on filming at Highclere

Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville and its executive producer let us in on the secrets of shooting the show at Highclere Castle and its global success.

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Stars line up for Henley Festival

World-famous performers set to wow crowds at the UK’s most glamorous boutique festival.

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Top 10 escapes in the UK

Living in the UK can easily feel very busy. Our towns and cities, although lovely, can be congested and the daily grind can become a chore to wade through queues and traffic jams. Our green and pleasant land has so much more to offer and can provide beautiful opportunities to escape and get away from it all. Here are Oliver’s Travels top picks for the best great escapes in the UK.

Ross-shire, in the Highlands of Scotland

Head north, and just keep going. Half an hour from Inverness lies Ross-shire, where you can enjoy the wilderness by fishing in lochs, watching dolphins in the Moray Firth, or taking a walk through the breathtaking views.pad_738_527_Ross-shire-Hall-Scotland-Olivers-Travels-_5_

Where to stay: Ross-shire Hall is a luxury holiday home nestled in the heart of the Ross-shire countryside. This traditional home, set in six acres of private land, provides plenty of room for large parties to stay in luxury. Sleeps 14


Cowal, on the west coast of Scotland

It is easily accessible from Glasgow, yet feels as if it were a million miles away. Stunning areas of remote natural beauty include rugged coastline and mountains reflected in mirror-surfaced lochs. It’s a perfect area for being outdoors and soaking up the peace around you. Rural pubs provide open fires, local whiskies and infamous oysters.


Where to stay: 17th-century Old Argyll House provides ample space for a family escape in the wilds of Scotland. This large holiday home has large entertaining spaces, but also provides gardens, a games room, and sumptuous bedrooms for when you want to enjoy time to yourself. Sleeps 18


Ullswater, in the Lake District

Britain’s second largest lake at seven-and-a-half miles long is flanked by dramatic mountains and rolling hills just waiting to be explored. Its renowned hikes are peppered with quintessential country pubs with roaring fires and hearty fare.


Where to stay: Lakeside House enjoys a secluded setting within 26 acres of private grounds, with half a mile of lake shoreline. Flexible to suit the number of people in your party, this contemporary holiday home offers a boathouse and jetty, spa, infinity terrace and hot tub. Sleeps 12-20



North Yorkshire

This area enjoyed some time in the spotlight during the 2014 Tour De France, and this region is set to enjoy a reprise in 2016, with the Tour De Yorkshire cycle race in April and May 2016. The region’s beautiful rolling landscape, picturesque villages and famous hospitality is welcome therapy from busy city life.Eden-House---Yorkshire-Holiday-Home---Oliver's-Travels

Where to stay: Eden House is a handy 2.5 miles from the quaint market town of Skipton, however its proximity to the town doesn’t hinder the seclusion and peace offered by this sprawling estate. Sleeps 11


The cliffs of Norfolk

A perfect vantage point to view the staggering 90 miles of pristine beaches that Norfolk has to offer. The Norfolk Broads are surely the most relaxing way to take in the area, from the deck of a sailboat as you lazily navigate the purpose-built network of waterways.Meadow-Manor-Norfolk--Oliver's-Travels

Where to stay: Perched atop the cliffs, Meadow Manor is close to the tranquil village of Mundesley. Your family or friends can enjoy private beach access, a year-round spa pool, and modern comfortable interior. Sleeps 14


The Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye and Usk Valleys, Wales

Together these locations form an outdoor paradise. Atmospheric forests, waterfalls, ancient monuments and caves provide a huge range of activities to enjoy and marvel at.


Where to stay: Incredibly secluded Valley Cottage offers no mobile network coverage, absolute heaven for those needing a digital detox. Its remote location means that noise and light pollution are at a minimum, so star-gazers, be sure to look up. Touches such as roll-top baths and Aga stoves are a lovely addition to this luxury cottage. Sleeps 8



Fondly known as ‘The English Riviera’, but don’t worry, you’ll still find lots of privacy on your escape to this unspoiled area of southwest England. Huge networks of walking and cycling routes are a fantastic way to see Devon’s staggering five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Where to stay: Heatherside House lies in open farmland close to the rugged cliffs of the North Devon coastline. This luxury Georgian manor house is furnished to the highest standard, complete with a games room, large screen TVs and multiple entertaining areas. Sleeps 24


The New Forest

A magical place full of wild ponies and lush green glades. Cycle tracks are plentiful, and the forest is a relatively flat and relaxing place to explore on two wheels.


Where to stay: On the outskirts of neighbouring Ringwood, Forest Court is a beautiful spot for a family escape, complete with Italian sunken garden. This luxury holiday home is completely submerged in the forest, so you are free to enjoy complete tranquility. Sleeps 6-8


Bewl Water

This reservoir is the largest stretch of open water in southeast England. The intricate shape provides interesting coves and beaches to play amid and skim stones in, and the surrounding landscape is hilly, lush and calming. It is currently undergoing refurbishing works and will open in spring 2016 with a new boathouse, water taxis and improved pathways.


Where to stay: An impressive driveway and electric gates reveal the imposing Waterside House.  This stylish luxury holiday home has sumptuous finishes and design touches to make you and your nearest and dearest feel truly spoiled in this private oasis. Sleeps 16


The Cotswolds

This beautiful region is scattered with pretty villages, set in typical English countryside. Antiques shops, small galleries and markets are perfect for leisurely ambles and country pubs provide charming stop-off points.


Where to stay: 300-year-old thatched Beamers Cottage, is a gorgeously romantic escape. Exposed beams, stunning copper bathtubs and cosy sofas all lend themselves to a decidedly couply time, but be sure to leave this luxury cottage at some point to explore the nearby pretty market town of Chipping Norton. Sleeps 4


For more information on any of the above properties, or to get advice on your own perfect escape, please contact the Oliver’s Travels concierge team who will be happy to help.

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