A great way to relax on holiday is sitting back with a chilled glass of white wine or a smooth, fruity red. It’s no surprise, then, that vineyard holidays in the UK are on the rise as more and more of us want to discover how this beautiful beverage is produced. And whether you’re looking for winery accommodation in West Sussex or vineyard stays in Shropshire, you’re sure to find a rental you can raise a glass to on Holiday Lettings.
From family-friendly barn conversions to sleek apartments, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Why not pick a rental with a private garden where you can enjoy a glass or two on a balmy summer evening? Or maybe book a cottage with a woodburner so you can curl up with a glass of red on a chilly autumn night? And with so many other things to do nearby, some of which can be booked on TripAdvisor, you’re in for a treat.
Bolney Wine Estate | West Sussex
Located in the pretty village of Bolney, this wine estate is one of the longest established vineyards in England. It’s situated on a hill which was part of the historical Butting Hill One Hundred and, from its humble beginnings, the estate now has five unique vineyard sites. You can explore the vineyards, discover more about winemaking, get involved in wine tasting or enjoy lunch on the stunning viewing balcony. Maybe take a bottle back to your rental to enjoy as the sun goes down?
Other attractions nearby include the Wings Aviation Museum where you can learn about rare aircraft from all over Europe. Get crafty at Made and Making by learning how to crochet or sewing a soft toy. Or if you’re in the mood for a challenge, head to Tulley’s Escape Rooms to get the old grey matter working.
Glyndwr Vineyard | Vale of Glamorgan
Established in 1979, Glyndwr Vineyard is the oldest and largest established family wine estate in Wales. The vineyard hosts a wide array of tailor-made events, including vineyard tours, parties, weddings and more! A menagerie of chickens, ducks and wild pheasants roam the vineyard, hedges are left to grow wild to encourage bird life, and the vines are treated with organic material. The pretty gardens are open to the National Garden Scheme, and there are ponds, woodland areas and orchards containing a number of old British apple trees for Glyndwr’s delicious cider.
When you’re not sampling wine, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied in the Vale of Glamorgan. Spend the day enjoying the sun at Whitmore Bay Beach with its flower gardens, cafes and amusement park. If you’re a Gavin and Stacey fan, this three-hour tour of Barry Island is not to be missed!
Bluebell Vineyard Estates | East Sussex
Situated on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, near the famous Bluebell Steam Railway in Sussex, Bluebell Vineyard Estates is home to the award-winning range of ‘Hindleap’ English Quality Sparkling Wines. The vineyard is nestled among bluebell-strewn woods (hence the name!), specialises in the production of English sparkling wines and is open year round for fun and informal tastings and tours.
If you’re a ‘tinkerer’ and have a love of machinery, be sure to check out the nearby Tinker’s Park. It’s home to the Claude Jessett Collection where you’ll find steam traction engines, a fair organ museum, a miniature railway, historic farming equipment, and much, much more! If you’ve got kids with energy to burn, let them explore the play equipment and pathways at Wilderness Wood before enjoying a cake at the on-site cafe.
Yorkshire Heart Vineyard | North Yorkshire
This award-winning, family-run vineyard and brewery is based in Nun Monkton, a picturesque village between Harrogate and York. The focus is on producing fine English wines from grape to glass, as well as a fantastic range of quality, easy-drinking craft beers. The Yorkshire Heart Vineyard is fast becoming recognised as one of the county’s finest drink producers, and a top visitor attraction, offering tours, tastings, meetings, parties, weddings and more.
North Yorkshire is home to a huge range of tours and attractions. It’s renowned for its ghost tours, like this spooky bus tour which is sure to give you the heebie-jeebies! For something less scary, but just as thrilling, join a guided cycle tour of York where you can find out more about this historical city. And after all that excitement, you can head back to your holiday rental where you’ve left a glass of wine chilling in the fridge. Perfect!
Kerry Vale Vineyard | Shropshire
This small family-run vineyard is all about fresh, local, handcrafted and excellent quality goods. This is conveyed in the care and attention the owners lavish on their 6,000 vines, resulting in beautiful clean-tasting wine. They’ve won multiple national and international awards, and the wines have even been enjoyed in the Houses of Parliament!
After your tour of the vineyard, why not stop by Roundton Hill just down the road? This stunning vantage point was once an Iron Age hillfort. For a fun day out for all the family, hop over the border to Wales and visit the beautiful National Trust property, Powis Castle and Garden.
Hambledon Vineyard | Hampshire
Hambledon Vineyard offers a range of tours giving a unique behind-the-scenes view of the oldest commercial UK vineyard’s working life. All tours are hosted by the qualified in-house wine educator or a member of the winemaking team. Highlights include a guided visit around the cellars, the state-of-the-art, gravity-fed winery (the only one of its kind in the UK) and the vineyards. Visitors end their day with a tasting of one or more of the award-winning sparkling wines. Tours can also be combined with a cream tea and bespoke visits are available by appointment.
Chapel Down | Tenterden
Chapel Down is one of England’s leading wine producers with a world-class range of sparkling and still wines. Based in the picturesque market town of Tenterden in Kent, this English vineyard is surrounded by 22 acres of vineyards, recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chapel Down sources fruit across South East England and produces traditional method sparkling wines, crisp and aromatic whites, delicate rosés, and elegant light reds.
Biddenden Vineyards | Kent
Biddenden, Kent’s original commercial vineyard, is owned and managed independently by the Barnes family. Visitors are welcome to stroll round the 23-acre vineyard, which is open daily, to see the 11 different grape varieties that are grown on gentle south facing slopes. Tastings of Biddenden’s award-winning, estate-grown, still and sparkling wines, Kentish ciders and local fruit juices are available in the vineyard shop.
Why not make a holiday of your trip to the vineyard and book a rental close by? There’s so much to do in the area so you can easily fill your time. Sissinghurst Castle with its gorgeous formal gardens is well worth a visit. And if you’re an animal-lover, be sure to check out The Big Cat Sanctuary – the amazing reviews on TripAdvisor speak for themselves!
Camel Valley Vineyard | Cornwall
Camel Valley vineyard has been producing award-winning, world-class wines in a beautiful corner of Cornwall since 1989. Wondering what makes their wines so good? The recipe is simple: sun-drenched slopes near the famous Camel River, excellent grapes that perfectly suit the soil, and an ideal climate. Plus, the makers’ respect for traditional vineyard practices combined with a modern approach helps them to create wine that provides pure pleasure! Enjoy the idyllic views from the terrace where you can buy wine by the glass.
Nearby, you’ll find the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre, where you can get up-close-and-personal to golden eagles, kestrels and more. And if love nothing better than a saunter around a stately home, Pencarrow House and Gardens will be just your cup of tea.
Cairn O’Mohr Winery | Perthshire
Since 1987, the Cairn O’Mohr Winery has been brewing up juicy, fruity, berry-loaded, blossom-scented, leafy-layered, award-winning wines and ciders! Using wildflowers, apples, leaves and Perthshire’s famous berries, their delectable drinks are definitely worth going on holiday for. This UK winery is a must if you like wine, have a sense of humour and are prepared to be blown away with tastes.
Book a rental in the countryside close to the winery, or if you want somewhere with more of a buzz, choose a place in Perth where you can visit the Perth Museum and Art Gallery or take in a show at the theatre.
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