England’s lush green countryside and picturesque villages make a countryside holiday a perfect way to unwind and recharge. Most of us find the English countryside strangely familiar, as it has been the setting for so many TV-shows and films over the years. It is easy to imagine you are in a movie-scene when you visit some of the magnificent stately homes or charming villages. Whether you wish to explore the hilly Peak district, stunning Cotswold’s or quintessentially charming Lake district, all are ideal for a relaxing countryside holiday with their unique charm and history to explore; such as the mysteries of ancient stone circles, and white horses carved in the rock to grand Victorian country houses, gorgeous little villages with their pubs and tearooms and a sleepy charm of the days gone by. I sometimes like to theme my trips and build the itinerary around a specific interest. For example, Time travel in Hampshire. Here I would start by heading to the 18th century, following the footsteps of Jane Austen and her heroines. As she lived in Chawton, Hampshire, for a large part of her life, her home is now a museum dedicated to her life and work. She is buried in the Winchester cathedral which is also worth a visit, as is the city of Winchester itself, the ancient capital of England. For accommodation there’s a lot to choose from to suit any budget and taste, from rented cottages, to family run B&B’s and boutique spa hotels. Hampshire’s proximity to London makes it very accessible, and an easy getaway when the hustle and bustle of the capital gets too much.