United Kingdom: A pocket guide
There are so many reasons to visit the United Kingdom that it’s hard to know where to begin. Although a small island, the UK is a veritable treasure trove of history and culture. Whatever your interests, you will find much to enjoy in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Venture south from the wilds of northern Scotland, from the distilleries of Aberdeenshire to the central belt of Fife, Perthshire, and Angus, then via Edinburgh to the Border Country. As you travel, you pass through majestic moorland scenery, swathed in purple heather, picturesque Saint Andrews, and an array of mighty aristocratic homes like Glamis castles, Blair Atholl, and Scone palace.
As you cross the border into Northumberland or Cumbria, explore some of the most beautiful countryside which England has to offer, with huge forests, lakes, and extensive moorland covered with herds of sheep. Small market towns are in abundance and famous inns are plentiful, especially in the Lake District.
Further south you come to famous cities like York, with its stunning minster and centuries of history. The Yorkshire moors surround many other famous towns like Harrogate, where the tearooms boast the best cakes to be found. The Derbyshire Peak district is well worth a visit, with wonderful walks and stately piles like Renishaw and Chatsworth House.
You soon find yourself in the picturesque Cotswolds, with its honey-colored cottages and slate roofs. Wander around the dreaming spires of Oxford and Cambridge, Britain’s oldest universities. Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, is close to Oxford, and from Cambridge visit the coastlines of Norfolk and Suffolk, which are pitted with famous seaside towns. Bath is often on the wish list of visitors to the UK and close by is Wells Cathedral, considered by many to be the country’s finest. The West Country is a patchwork of small valleys, country pubs, and the inspiration for many of our most famous poets and authors, including Austen, Milton, and Hardy.
London is the central attraction on any visit to England and the entry point for most guests. Whether visitors require a small rental apartment during their stay or a large country house to entertain family and friends, UltraVilla can provide a selection of wonderful homes to choose from. New to the British scene are tiny cottages and apartments of charm and authenticity, as well as grand castles and manors, so check in with UltraVilla as we uncover more of these gems.