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Some of the UK’s quirkiest vineyards offer unique breaks, and range from a converted cow shed to jail. Data compiled by holiday cottage company Lyme Bay Holidays, has revealed the nation’s top ten favourite vineyards across the country – and places to stay nearby.
Research has been compiled from data including Google searches, TripAdvisor, and social media, to reveal the most popular destinations.
The Hut, Woking
Surrounded by greenery, The Hut has a private jacuzzi and is a stone’s throw from the UK’s favourite RHS Wisley vineyard, which has been producing alcoholic beverages since 1878.
The cedar wood cabin is perfect for a mini getaway for two priced at £456 for a two-night minimum stay.
Carden Park Hotel, Chester
Also securing a place in the top ten is the Carden Park Hotel.
With an onsite spa, golf course, and incredible restaurants, this staycation location is nestled away in 1,000 acres of Cheshire countryside where guests can enjoy afternoon tea and a gourmet dining experience.
You can take a stroll around the vineyard and sample the Carden Park, plus the sparkling wines in their bars and restaurants.
Stay in Carden Park Hotel for £239 per night.
The Cow Shed, Kent
A lovingly converted cattle barn, surrounded by country gardens, The Cow Shed is an ideal location to stay near Chapel Down vineyard, which holds second place in the vineyard rankings.
Near the historic town of Tenterden, this country accommodation benefits from private gardens and luxurious modern interiors.
The Cowshed is available for £281 for a two-night minimum stay.
Top O’ Th Hill Farm, Holmfirth
Located on the infamous ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ Hill Street, this Grade II listed farm dates to 1750.
Surrounded by six acres of woodland, this cosy farmhouse is close to the Yorkshire winery, Sheveling Wine Estate, which has an on site gym and sauna.
This family owned vineyard offers a wine tasting tour with a two course breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea option.
Stay at Top O’ Th Hill Farm for £76 per night.
Llanerch Hotel, Pontyclun
Llanerch Vineyard & Hotel secured third place and offers the perfect full package getaway.
Based in the Welsh countryside and just over a 30 minute drive from Cardiff, you can indulge in their award-winning restaurant.
Or to really have the full experience, head down to the 22-acre vineyard overlooking the vales of Glamorgan for wine tasting.
Llanerch Hotel is available from £300 per night.
Shepherd’s Rest, Dorking
This unique shepherd’s hut was named as the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This restored original Tasker abode sleeps two and provides a perfect base for visiting Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey.
Denbies is also known for being the largest vineyard in England, resting on 265 acres, attracting around 300,000 visitors a year.
£187 for a two-night minimum stay at the Shepherd’s Rest.
Whitmoor Farm, Guildford
Located in 38 acres of woodland, Whitmoor Farm embodies English countryside relaxation and offers the perfect escape from the city.
Just 15 minutes from nearby Painshill Park which has an incredible vineyard with views of the North Downs.
Stay at Whitmoor Farm from £165 per night.
Lakeside Retreat, Haywards Heath
Lakeside Retreat is situated on a working farm overlooking a lake, in rural Sussex, 20 minutes from Bolney Wine Estate.
The estate is considered by many as one of the most beautiful and oldest vineyards in England, known for its award-winning red, white and sparkling wines.
The Lakeside Retreat offers different sized cabins sleeping five to seven persons, with incredible floor to ceiling doors which have uninterrupted views of the lake.
You can stay at the Boat House Lakeside from £690 for a four-night minimum.
Smugglers Cottage, Devon
Fancy yourself a historian and a sommelier? This gorgeous 18th century cottage is based in the heart of Devon, in the ironically-named village of Beer.
Perfect for a cosy night in after visiting the nearby Lympstone Manor vineyard, this cottage sleeps four and is set over three floors with a rooftop view of the sea, near to the Jurassic Coast.
Lympstone has a world class wine cellar and 21 luxury guest rooms for those wanting a romantic trip overlooking the 10.8-acre vineyard.
Stay in Smugglers Cottage for £510 for a minimum three nights.
Bodmin Jail Hotel, Bodmin
Probably the most unexpected place to stay when on a wine themed holiday, this atmospheric converted 18th century prison now boasts a luxury boutique hotel.
Situated in Bodim, Cornwall, this Grade II listed building has incredible history mixed with 70 contemporary rooms for guests to sleep in.
Camel Valley Vineyard is based not far off, with guided tours costing £8.50 where you’ll learn how the grapes turn into delicious wine.
The Bodmin Jail and you’ll be guaranteed an experience like no other and is available from £270 for one night.
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