Travel: National Trust properties
A tour of northerly National Trust properties comes attached to an all-inclusive price tag with HF Holidays. It's one of 20-plus heritage tours on the menu – perfect for those who prefer UK culture to tropical cocktails.
Check in You'll stay full board at HF's own four-star home-from-home, Nether Grange in seaside Alnmouth.
The atmosphere A genial mix of friends, singles, couples and families. You're sure to come away with an enhanced address book.
Where you'll go Five full-day excursions are packed with delights, from Lindisfarne for Edwin Lutyens' castle, to a Farne Islands cruise to Cragside, the gadget-filled home of a Victorian inventor.
Best perks It's all so effortless. Transport is provided so you get to gaze at Northumberland's big-sky scenery, and the tour leader whisks you into the properties for an in-depth tour (admission included).
Dine with dash You put together a picnic lunch from a big choice. A real boon is the newly attached Dandelion Café, a lovely chill-out with a smoothie menu.
How much From £779pp for seven nights' full board, including guide, transport and entrance fees. Call 0845-4708558; hfholidays.co.uk. Book now for the next date: 25 August.