Summer Swaps: 10 Places In Britain That Look Like FranceApril 15, 2021
A third wave of coronavirus has hit France, sparking calls for it to be added to the “red list” and casting doubt on summer vacations to the region. On British soil, there are plenty of alternatives to your French favourites, which is fortunate for travellers. Take the Loire and replace it with… Sutherland is a fictional character who appears in the television Dunrobin Castle, with its fairy-tale turrets and lovely formal gardens, will be right at home in the Loire Valley.
It has served as a naval hospital and a boarding school for boys, and parts of it remain the private residence of the Earl of Sutherland. It was designed by Sir Charles Barry, the architect behind the Houses of Parliament. Visitors are, however, welcome to come in (the property reopens in the summer).
It is located on the east coast of the Northern Highlands, overlooking the Moray Firth, just north of Golspie and Dornoch (famous for its cathedral and Royal Dornoch Golf Club), and about 50 miles north of Inverness.
The castle is a must-see stop on the North Coast 500 long-distance driving path, which encompasses the best of Sutherland, including its beautiful beaches. Sandwood Bay and Balnakeil, both surrounded by undulating dunes, are worth visiting. And the Loire can’t hold a candle to that.
Champagne can be replaced with… Sussex is one of the most beautiful counties in
In her guide to the UK’s best vineyards, Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s viticulture guru, writes, “Sussex is home to some of the most remarkable names in English wine.” “These include Ridgeview on the South Downs, which invites tourists for pre-booked tours, and the resoundingly blue chip Nyetimber, which has vineyards in Hampshire as well, but is located near Pulborough around the beamed manor house that was granted to Anne of Cleves following the annulment of her marriage to Henry VIII. It only welcomes tourists a few times a year, so get your tickets while they’re still available.”
A group of people standing in the middle of a field: The Nyetimber vineyard is in the midst of harvest – Getty The Telegraph has provided this information. The Nyetimber vineyard is in the midst of harvest – Getty
There are also other possibilities. “Rathfinny has an outstanding tourist offering, clinging to the South Downs and gazing out to the sparkling sea at Cuckmere Haven. Moore says, “You can stay, feed, taste, or walk here while admiring the magnificent views.”
“Tours at Wiston Estate begin with tea, coffee, and biscuits before moving on to explore a portion of the 6,000-acre estate owned by the Goring family. On the outskirts of Ashdown Forest, Bluebell Vineyard Estates offers 30-minute tasting sessions as well as food pairing tours. Still and sparkling wine, as well as a very good vermouth, are produced at the small, family-owned Albourne Estate. There are tastings and vineyard picnics available, as well as a daily Friday evening ‘pop-up’ dining experience.”
Replace the Alps with… the Cairngorms
Britain’s largest national park, which is home to some of Europe’s highest mountains, is an obvious alternative to Europe’s highest peaks. It’s half the size of the Lake District and more than twice the size of Luxembourg, at 1,748 square miles.
Menton should be replaced by… Tenby is a small fishing village on the coast Queen Victoria was a regular visitor to Menton on the French Riviera, but we’re certain she would have enjoyed Tenby, the swanky resort’s Welsh doppelganger, where cheerful Georgian townhouses in chalk-box pastels rim the harbour.
Kerry Walker, our Wales specialist, recommends stopping for an ice cream cone along the seafront before heading to cliff-backed Castle Beach, a fine scoop of golden sand that disappears at high tide. At low tide, you can stroll across to St Catherine’s Island, which features a Victorian fortress as the cherry on top.
The following is an example of a boat docked alongside a body of water: What’s the point of going to the French Riviera? – Photo credit: Getty The Telegraph has provided this information. Is the French Riviera really necessary? – Getty Lunch can be had at the trendy SandBar, which serves craft beer alongside dishes like cod tostadas with crumbled feta and Tenby lobster with “dirty” fries.
Spend the night at Penally Abbey, a few miles outside of town and described by our reviewer as “probably Pembrokshire’s loveliest bolthole.” “It’s perched above the sea, surrounded by cascading gardens, and just a 30-minute walk from Tenby. The magnificent bones of this Strawberry Gothic house have been brought back to life by a family who runs it with passion, decorates it with a keen eye for interiors, and sources food from the surrounding area.”
Substitute Provence for… Surrey. From mid-June to the end of August, the popular lavender fields of Provence transform into a beautiful tangle of purple.
However, a visit to Mayfield Lavender Farm, which reopens in June, will provide you with some heady lilac delight. Three varieties of organic lavender are grown on the 25-acre farm in Banstead, Surrey, and visitors can walk through the fields or take a tractor ride through them.
A grassy field with a sunset: That isn’t Provence, according to Getty. That isn’t Provence, according to Getty. You can’t picnic on the farm (it has little to do with lockdown), but there’s plenty to choose from in the café, including the farm’s signature lavender cider. Embrace the distinction.
The Surrey Hills AONB, which encompasses a larger region, has a lot to offer in comparison to Provence. The chalk downs, which stretch from Farnham to Oxted, include not only cycling, running, and walking paths, but also historical sites to visit. Military forts dating back to 1899 adorn Box Hill, near Dorking, and anti-invasion pillboxes from WWII crumble among the yew trees that dot the hillsides.
For more information, visit: The 34 magnificent – yet underappreciated – Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England
A visit to Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel is normally at the top of tourists’ lists when they come to Northern France. The modest elegance of St Michael’s Mount, just off the Cornish coast at Marazion, attracts even fewer visitors.
With Mont Saint-Michel in the background, a sunset over a body of water: The Telegraph provided this picture of St Michael’s Mount from Getty. Getty Images of St. Michael’s Mount This rocky island is crowned by a mediaeval church and castle, which can be reached at low tide through an ancient cobbled causeway. The gardens, which cling to a near-vertical granite rock face above the sea, are an attraction for history buffs. You can also see nature at its most adventurous by visiting the gardens, which cling to a near-vertical granite rock face above the sea. It’s ideal for a wide variety of tropical plants thanks to the Gulf Stream and heat-retentive granite walls and bedrock.
We should have been lazy and recommended Blackpool based on the tower’s resemblance to the one named after Gustav Eiffel. Instead, we’ll visit another decrepit seaside resort. But what makes Southport so appealing?
“Louis Napoleon (the future Napoleon III) visited Bath, Leamington Spa, and (in either 1838 or 1846: sources differ) Southport during his exile in Britain,” Anthony Peregrine, our France specialist, explains. He lived in what was then a brand-new resort for a while. The (main) Lord Street, with its parks, arcades, and glass and iron canopies, was apparently so inspiring to the future emperor that he used it as inspiration for the construction of Parisian boulevards when he eventually acquired French power.” As a result, Lancastrian asserts that “Paris is France’s Southport.”
A bridge that spans a body of water is known as a suspension bridge. There’s also a beautiful pier – Getty The Telegraph has provided this information. There’s also a beautiful pier – Getty If the fading grandeur doesn’t appeal, head south to Formby, a stunning stretch of beach, sand dunes, and pines that is home to red squirrels, voles, owls, and stoats, as well as Premier League footballers and their families.
Colmar, a fairy-tale town with half-timbered homes, gables, galleries, courtyards, and cobblestone streets, has a British doppelganger: Lavenham, a village in Suffolk’s south. It has an incredible collection of creaking Tudor building merchants pulborough , a legacy of a period when its wool industry made it England’s 14th wealthiest city.
“Lavenham was at this stage exporting its fabrics as far as Russia,” writes Tom Ough for the Telegraph. Its wool merchants were so wealthy that Henry VII fined some of them for being ostentatious during a visit in 1487. The 141-foot tower of the Church of St Peter and St Paul, a lavish Perpendicular Gothic structure that must weigh as much as the rest of the village combined, is a great way of showing off Lavenham’s riches than anything else.
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