6 of the most stunning country views

In celebration of National Countryside Week (22-28 July), Country Homes & Interiors share favourite views from all across Great Britain.

Championed by The Prince's Countryside Fund (opens in new tab), National Countryside Week (opens in new tab) (22-28 July) aims to raise awareness of the importance of the countryside to the UK, as well as recognise those individuals who work tirelessly to maintain and promote rural Britain. In celebration, Country Homes & Interiors share 6 of the best views from around the UK; whether it be a family picnic, bike ride or leisurely amble, be inspired to head outdoors this week and make the most of our treasured scenic surroundings...

The Sound of Iona may only be a mile from the tip of Mull, but it feels like a world away. It's illuminated year round by the most magical light, which comes down in shafts on the translucent Mediterranean-blue waters. ‘Iona is a deeply moving and spiritual place with an incredible history'; says author and Coast presenter Tessa Dunlop (opens in new tab), ‘in summer there are some amazing walks in the south of the island, around St Columba's Bay'.

sea and boats with sky

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Surrounded by woods in the Sussex Weald, this Jacobean house (opens in new tab) provided a sanctuary for favourite children's author Rudyard Kipling (opens in new tab). Chef and writer Silvena Rowe loves the view from his book-lined study: ‘I can imagine him sitting at his desk, gazing out over the stunning countryside that so inspired him. The view from here into the gardens is really special, probably at its best in spring when the first blooms start to break through the winter landscape'.

house surrounded by woods and sky

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Artist Michael Angove's (opens in new tab) designs are inspired by views of Salisbury Plain (opens in new tab) in Wiltshire: ‘my studio is a painted log cabin with a vaulted ceiling. Having the doors stretched open in summer with this scene beyond is heavenly. Seeing the sun move across the sky makes me feel more connected to the day's work'.

red flowered plants seen

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‘The Pool House (opens in new tab) in Wester Ross is the last and most remote location my husband James and I visited on our search for hotels', says Co-founder of the Mr & Mrs Smith (opens in new tab) Hotel Guide Tamara Heber-Percy; ‘it stands on the shores of Loch Ewe, which opens to the blue North Atlantic. It's beautiful and so still – there are herons, sea otters and porpoises, too.'

blue sky and water lake view

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Restaurateur and seafood champion Mitch Tonks (opens in new tab) loves walking his dog at Berry Head (opens in new tab) in Devon. ‘The view west towards Dartmouth and Steer Point is stunning. On clear days I can also see east to Portland, Lyme Bay and Torquay. Sometimes on my walks I try to keep my mind empty, and just take in the wonderful sights and smells. Life is hectic and I'm always surrounded by people, which I thoroughly enjoy, but that little moment of peace and beauty that starts off the day – I feel that's all mine.'

water lake and greenery view

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Plant-hunter and horticulturalist Tom Hart Dyke (opens in new tab) is passionate about Lullingstone Castle (opens in new tab) in Kent. ‘I grew up there with my parents and sister. My grandmother was an amazing gardener and instilled in me a passion for plants. I live in the 1497 brick gatehouse now, which is framed by the entry pillars and surrounded by one of the finest rare orchid collections. The sense of pride in seeing something thrive is just incredible. I feel so priviledged to be entrusted with the gardens and am passionate about keeping them going for future generations to see'.

house with greenery and trees

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Tara King