Perched above the Cleddau estuary, The Little Retreat is a tranquil glamping site tucked into Pembrokeshire National Park, 20 minutes’ drive from the south coast’s golden beaches and bracing cliff walks. Its bell tents sleep five and have private loos and a firepit. From October, you can also stay in brand-new insulated “geo domes”, which sleep four and come with beds, a kitchen, bathroom, woodburner, wood-fired hot tub, smart TV and wifi. Three nights for £140 for a bell tent and three nights for £330 for a dome; for a three-nights-for-two offer, email firstname.lastname@example.org. littleretreats.co.uk.
Back to university
With few international tourists and no students yet, the cobbled streets of Cambridge are wonderfully quiet at the moment. If you’re aged 62 or over, you can take advantage of an unusual deal from the city’s oldest and grandest hotel: 30 per cent off the best available room rate. Originally a coaching inn, University Arms had an £80m revamp in 2018 and has lovely rooms in shades of Cambridge blue, suites with libraries and a bistro that could be mistaken for a college dining hall. Rooms from £159 or £111 for guests aged 62-plus. universityarms.com.
Pub and grub
Book two nights at one of Young’s pub hotels and enjoy a complimentary two-course dinner and a gin and tonic on arrival. Among the group’s country hotels is the Lamb, a cosy 12th-century coaching inn in the village of Hindon, Wiltshire that is close to Stonehenge and Salisbury. In London, the options include the quirkily decorated Fox & Anchor at trendy Smithfield Market or the classy Crown & Horses next to Kew Gardens. Two nights from £95pp B&B including dinner on the first night until 31 October, youngs.co.uk.
Go pig-spotting in the New Forest
Ever since the days of William the Conqueror, pigs have been released into the New Forest in autumn to gobble up acorns, which are poisonous to ponies and cattle – a tradition known as “pannage”. After a day of pig-spotting, bed down at the four-star Balmer Lawn Hotel in the pretty village of Brockenhurst, a family-run establishment with a fine dining restaurant and a spa with indoor pool. Three nights from £210pp half board, Sunday to Thursday