Jedburgh is an ideal place to visit on a cottage holiday. Ten miles north of the English border, historic Jedburgh is a fascinating town set among beautiful, rolling green hills. Like so many towns in this area, its story is one of repeating sacking and rebuilding, and is told in the town’s visitor centre, which brings alive the turbulent and bloody history of the Scottish Borders region. Mary Queen of Scots is associated with the town, and a leisurely ramble along the town trail takes in some of the best sights. Jedburgh Abbey is a stunning ruin, standing unbowed on the banks of the Jed River, and Mary Queen of Scots House is a beautiful sixteenth century tower where the troubled Queen stayed in the middle of that century before visiting her future husband in Hermitage Castle. The displays recount the sad history of her life.
Archive for November, 2011
A small market town between Pickering and Helsmley, Kirkbymoorside is often described as the gateway to the North Yorks Moors. Literally, ‘settlement with a church by the moor’ this is a predominantly rural community with a good golf club and a brass band which has achieved national acclaim. For those staying in a holiday cottage in the North Yorks area, it provides local services and amenities, including a busy weekly market. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking and varied; mile upon mile of heather moor land contrast with the pretty valleys of Farndale and Rosedale.
Totnes is a trendy Devon market town with a rich cultural, archaeological and historical heritage and has become something of a self-styled ‘Glastonbury of the west country’, with its thriving arts community, shops and New Age ambiance. Totnes has a long history and a prosperous past; it was once the second most important borough in the county, thanks to wealth created from the woollen industry from nearby Dartmoor sheep, and today still holds many delights for a visitor on a cottage holiday. (more…)
Just a short drive, yet seemingly a world away from busy Birmingham, Tenbury Wells is an ancient market town nestling in the tranquil Teme Valley. On a cottage holiday, The Pump Rooms is well worth a visit and is situated in a rather idiosyncratic landmark building, designed in the late nineteenth century to house to town’s Spa. The unique Round Market was built by the same designer and here markets still take place twice weekly, in time-honoured fashion. Follow the Tenbury Town Trail to take in these sights and more. You’ll discover the Burgage, St. Mary’s Church, many lovely half-timbered black and white houses dating from the seventeenth century, the Stepping Stones and the Tenbury Museum. Stay a while and take in a film at the delightful Regal Picture House, a cinema complete with trappings from the 1930’s. (more…)
Malham is a delightful Dales village to visit on a cottage holiday. The village nestles beneath the vast amphitheatre of Malham Cove, a massive slab of limestone pavement at its summit. In a pretty setting, strung out along a babbling river, the village swells with walkers, cyclists and tourists during weekends throughout the year. (more…)