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Posted: 17 August 2011
by Junior

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For woodland sprites

Perthshire Blair Atholl, near Pitlochry, is an ideal place to spot local wildlife, including red squirrels and roe deer. There is a 40-mile network of trails on the doorstep as well as salmon rivers or hill lochs nearby for fishing. There are also Highland pony treks or you can take a guided Land Rover tour or even a tractor tour to some of the most dramatic areas of the Atholl Estates. 

The Atholl Estates has six traditional lodges; a four-person lodge costs from £600 in August. Alternatively, their new Scandinavian-style woodland lodges cost from £675 for a two-bedroom lodge in July and August. 

Hampshire The New Forest is perfect for a family cycling holiday with trails starting at Bolderwood running through a deer sanctuary and past free-roaming deer, donkeys, and horses. 

The Country House Hideout come from the creators of Featherdown Farm Days and is a luxury eco-holiday concept that transports urbanite families to an era when children had the freedom to roam and discover nature. Hidden away on the estates of some of England’s finest country houses, the hideouts are small groups of exquisitely designed tents, with Days of the Raj-style furniture, an old-fashioned microscope with slides, a telescope and a proper bath tub in your own private bathing tent. The first hideout to be launched is at Hamptworth Estate in the New Forest. Prices are from £445 for a weekend break and tents sleep up to eight people.

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