There’s something about autumn that feels magical. The sight of leaves changing colours – the warm golds and browns on the trees and the ground – is one we look forward to. So where can you best enjoy the spectacle in the UK this year? Culture Trip rounds up the top places for those autumnal vibes – from the Lake District to the banks of Loch Lomond – and where to spend the night in each.
Round up a group of friends and stay in this beautiful local home, built for 12. This property on the outskirts of Keswick is aptly named Borrowdale View for its surrounding landscape. Its location is second to none, with Derwentwater (the local lake) just 15 minutes away on foot.
Check in at the Crossing Retreat, a renovated timber-clad barn, to continue enjoying Norfolk’s nature. This “retreat” that sleeps two opens up to panoramic views of fields, which you can enjoy from a lantern-lit herb garden in the evenings.
Head to south Worcestershire in the Midlands to reach Croome Court, where beech trees, oriental plane trees and large horse chestnuts trees turn a glorious burnt hue by October. A popular walk to see this display begins at Croome Court’s Visitor Centre and lasts around two hours.
Make like the Earl of Coventry, who once called Croome Court home, and spend the night in rural luxury. Nearby in Twyning, up to six guests can rent out the Church End Farm Barn, which comes complete with a hot tub and an outdoor heated pool, and is considered a building of special historical interest.
The nearby Cotswold town of Tetbury boasts a beautiful self-contained annex, the Tetbury Annexe, which is fit for a couple visiting the area. Stay in this cosy little space, with its outside patio and shared garden, for respite from the bustle of daily life.
Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, is dubbed “one of the greatest neo-classical country houses in Ireland”, with its surrounding land considered an Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is here you can revel in the warm, golden hues of autumn – taking the Beech Trail, past the golden beech trees, before tracing its Lake Walk Trail.
Sleeping five, this waterside apartment in Portora Wharf, Enniskillen, is just five minutes from the centre of Enniskillen and a stone’s throw from Castle Coole itself. Watch the world go by from the spacious riverside terrace.
For the best of autumn in North East England, Allen Banks and its 50-minute-long ancient woodland walk, called the Allen Banks Morralee Tarn walk, should be on the itinerary. Time your visit right around October and see beech and oak trees in yellows, oranges, reds and browns – and perhaps spot woodland creatures preparing to hibernate.
Round off your day with a cosy stay at the Snug in Bardon Mill. This self-contained studio flat is only a five-minute drive from the ancient woodland, and within walking distance of a lovely local pub.
Fiery leaves and purple heather come out in full force when autumn descends in the New Forest, which covers 219sqmi (566sqkm) of the south of England. A 3mi (5km) walk around Wilverley Inclosure past ancient oaks, silver birch and evergreen pines will allow you to soak up this kaleidoscopic display.
A log cabin with a wood burner in the forest – need we say more? This rustic cabin at the edge of the New Forest is, as the listing details, for “people who enjoy natural environments”; owls and deer won’t be far from you. Meanwhile, despite being out in the sticks, you’ll still be well connected, with Bournemouth just a 20-minute drive away.
Near the shores of Loch Lomond, slap bang in the middle of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Auchendenan Cottage North is a newly refurbished, rural cottage designed to sleep six. You’ll have the entire cottage to yourself, and an electric fire in the evenings.
Built around 1200, Powis Castle is a medieval castle set on a spectacular garden. “As the cooler air arrives,” writes the National Trust, “see the garden come alive in a dazzling array of reds, yellows, burnt oranges and golds.” The best way to do it is on an easy 2mi (3km) long walk around its multi-layered garden, within which you’ll discover 100-year-old apple trees and red, orange and yellow-tinged sumac tees.
The next best thing to renting out Powis Castle may be booking a stay at the Gatehouse, which indeed was once part of the Powis Castle estate. This one-bedroom property is adjacent to the Montgomery Canal, with the castle within walking distance.
Surrounded by six acres (2ha) of woodland and gardens, this self-catering cottage in Wye Valley village allows you to continue the theme of peace and quiet. Fitted with a sauna and jacuzzi, it is the ultimate place to unwind.