People of England it’s time to get your travel bags and your maps out – it’s English Tourism Week! Running between the 5th and 12th of March, English Tourism Week is a week-long celebration of events, special destinations and activities all centred on England’s tourism industry.
Businesses large and small are getting involved this year, from bed and breakfasts and small local cafes to national hotel chains and large restaurants. Not only does this represent a chance for us to enjoy some of England’s most beautiful destinations; it also provides a wonderful promotional opportunity for businesses who wish to market towards a wider audience.
England’s Hidden Gems – Where to Visit
So to mark the occasion and support such a fantastic event, the team here at Glass Extensions have come up with a list of some of England’s most obscure places for you to visit. You won’t find a Stonehenge or a famous opera house here; instead we recommend visiting some of these lesser-known places for something a bit different!
Secret Gardens of Kilver Court – Somerset
The appropriately named ‘Secret Gardens of Kilver Court’ can be found right at the heart of Somerset. First created by Ernest Jardine over 100 years ago, the landscape has since been influenced by a number of different designers, the most affluent being Francis Showering. Here you can walk the herbaceous borders, visit the parterre and explore the millpond in blissful and exotic surroundings. If you’re looking for the prefect countryside escape, this is definitely up there!
Three Crowns Chagford – Devon
Chagford is an attractive, vibrant and quiet little town based in Dartmoor, Devon. Sitting right at the heart of the town is The Three Crowns Inn – one of the most charming pubs you’re ever likely to visit in the whole of England. The flag ship 16th century tavern has undergone a large scale renovation to offer you a warm, stylish and elegant stone-walled building filled with beamed ceilings and Inglenook fireplaces.
The boutique bedrooms are beautifully decorated and cosy, blending comfort with personality and character. The team here at Glass Extensions had the pleasure of working alongside some of UK’s leading architects to produce a design for the court yard here, check it out.
Botany Bay – Kent
Once a famous setting for 18th-century smugglers to bring in contraband, now Botany Bay is an absolutely breath-taking natural arena for you to stand and admire. Located between Broadstairs and Margate, the gorgeous coastline is dotted with huge chalk stacks and soaring cliffs; creating an awe-inspiring backdrop to the beach. When the tide is out take the opportunity to go fossil hunting – you’ll be surprised at what you might find!
Hatfield House – Hertfordshire
This massive country house is set in The Great Park on the eastern side of Hatfield in Hertfordshire. The house itself was built by Robert Cecil, Chief Minister to King James I and First Earl of Salisbury, in 1611. It has remained the home to the Cecil family ever since and represents a wonderful example of Jacobean architecture.
We are extremely proud to have some involvement with this astonishing building. The team here at Glass Extensions were tasked with building a light and contemporary glass space to form part of a new restaurant, integrated with the old coach house.
Blakeney Point – Norfolk
Blakeney Point is a sand/shingle spit stretching out into the sea, starting from the very heart of Blakeney national reserve. Here you can take a boat journey to sea grey seals basking on the sand and the Old Lifeboat House – home to National Trust rangers. From the visitor centre you can discover rare habitats and see all of their inhabitants up close and personal. A wildlife tour unlike any other!