Let’s face it, teachers are awesome. They deal with our precious little charges for nine months of the year and get them through nativities, sports days, exams and everything else in between. Yes, they get long holidays but we’re all grown up enough to appreciate it’s not all down time for them these days. But my goodness they still deserve a decent break.
One rather major glitch: working during term time does mean that they have to go away at the same time as all of their pupils, when they might just fancy some time away from tiny tears or adolescent angst. And if they don’t have any of that to contend with at home, they’ll want to avoid it on holiday too.
To help out our teacher friends without charges of their own or those with a personal entourage not needing their noses wiped for them anymore, we have put together some lovely UK breaks where there won’t be a tantrumming toddler in sight.
Epitomising Cotswold village nuances, this cute cottage in Burford is hidden away off the tourist drag – yet it’s a hop, skip and jump to the high street. This nook of tranquility is the perfect retreat from the daze of school days and no babies or infants are allowed. The gateway to the Cotswolds will charm you with its boutique shops (even the charity shops are high end), scrummy lunch options and plentiful pubs with their locally brewed beers.
Wadebridge in the heart of Cornwall is the perfect destination for those looking for country walks in an unspoilt village but with the option of sandy beaches a short drive away. This Grade II listed building was originally the village Methodist Chapel, which later became the Sunday School. Despite modernisation, the property retains some stunning original features and also has a log burner for those cosy child-free nights in.
If you are looking for a little mini break ‘a deux’ with no children (or with a small dog in tow because they’re allowed) then Melody Cottage is ideal. This character stone and slate cottage is quaint and traditional and is located about 1 mile from the small market town of St. Columb. With Padstow, Newquay and Watergate Bay just a short drive away you can be assured of some fabulous beaches and gourmet restaurants without a kids’ menu to contend with.
The perfect pied a terre for two, no room for anyone else. Half a mile from the centre of Padstow, less than a 10 minute walk to Trevone Bay, a skip to the nearest pub, do you need anything else? If you can’t quite shake the fact that every day’s a school day, go hire a surf board or join a surf school in the next bay at Harlyn. You’ll have the kids envious of your own show and tell!
Strictly no under 7s are allowed at this spacious apartment, which means that you can tuck into your complimentary bottle of champagne in peace! The delightful property sleeps 5 and has a stunning terrace offering beautiful views and use of the landscaped grounds. Guests can also take advantage of the large television with surround sound to watch grown up films without ever having to switch to Cbeebies at the request of a small child!
The name says it all, this is just for two. And it really is all about you. This dinky cabin has all you need for some time out and the hot tub tops it off perfectly. From this rural retreat in Wales surrounded by rolling countryside, take a walk or jump on your bikes (storage provided) and explore beyond the 10 acres of the owner’s land. The Red Kite Feedback Station at Rhayader is a comfortable 12 mile cycle. And by night savour your dark sky destination and relax.
For those still bathing in the glow of bringing new life into the world (otherwise known as the period of sleepless nights, shoulders covered in regurgitated milk, and constant worry) then Tresallyn Cottage is the holiday destination for you as only babies under the age of 12 months are welcome. This beautiful detached cottage is an idyllic spot on a working farm and is a great place to recharge your batteries. Padstow and the surrounding beaches are a short drive or you can just take in the tranquility of your surroundings (until the baby wakes up of course).
You would struggle to find a better view than at Pentyre House, which overlooks the estuary. This 1 bedroom first floor apartment is spacious and extremely well presented with enormous windows in the reception room and bedroom, which you’ll find hard to tear yourselves away from. If you do manage to stop staring, then you can head outside to the many harbour-side pubs and restaurants in Padstow knowing that after a few pints of Doom Bar you have just a short stumble home again. It is the stuff that child free holidays are made of!
Happy half term!