Steppes Travel has been creating bespoke, private holidays to the world’s most extraordinary destinations for almost 27 years. One of our partners in the US recently visited our office in the Cotswolds and following a fabulous pub lunch in a nearby village, posed the question, “Why on earth don’t you offer holidays to the UK”? It is easy to be complacent about what is on your doorstep but with a wealth of riches only minutes away from our office in the Cotswolds, we agreed it was about time we used our travel expertise to showcase the wonders of our own back yard.
What to expect on your holiday to the United Kingdom
Staying true to our ethos of ‘beyond the ordinary’, Steppes Travel’s holidays to the United Kingdom promise the following:
- To take you to the sites for which the UK is rightly famous but also to show you our favourite but lesser known museums, gardens, villages and historic sites
- To lift the lid on the quirks and eccentricities for which the UK is renowned (ever seen a cheese rolling competition?)
- To provide local guides with personality, knowledge and passion that can help unravel the intricacies of UK history, culture and countryside
- To take you to authentic village pubs, serving outstanding beer and food and giving an insight into rural life in the UK
- To arrange accommodation that forms an integral part of the experience: from fully staffed private castles and stately homes to characterful guesthouses and boutique hotels
Best time of year to go on holiday to the United Kingdom
The weather in the UK is incredibly difficult to predict but one thing is for sure, we don't receive as much rainfall as led to believe! As a general rule the months from April to October are considered as the best and most obvious time to visit the British Isles. As well as being the warmest time of the year, it is also when British Summer Time extends daylight long into the evenings. It is during this period that visitor attractions are fully operational, and when many social and sporting occasions take place.
During the months from April to June, the countryside bursts into bloom. Wild daffodils and bluebells herald the start of the season when gardens are at their most colourful.
July and August are the hottest months in the year, both in terms of temperature and events! The abundance of thrilling competitions, breathtaking festivals and plenty of other colourful events cater for all tastes. However, if you fancy a family vacation or a relaxing retreat from everyday life in one of the stunning resorts, there's a great variety to choose from.
During the winter months, days are short and the temperatures are often cold. Many attractions in the countryside close for the season. However, the city museums and sights remain open, and their restaurants and theatres will be in full swing.
Visitors who travel over Christmas or New Year may enjoy these celebrations in the cities. But this is also a time when the country house hotels offer festive programs which make an excellent addition to a city break and are incredibly romantic with roaring open fires and convivial atmosphere.