Today is officially the first day of Summer but if, like me, you’ve had your Summer holiday cancelled, it doesn’t feel like there is much to celebrate.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve discovered you can still get that holiday high by vacationing in the UK on a ‘staycation’ break. The best thing about a staycation is at the end you can jump in your car and be home in a couple of hours with no airports, plane food or taxi queues in the rain to contend with. With the help of my trusted travel advisor I’ve put together a guide to the best UK hotels that scream staycation luxury – just because you’re staying close to home doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
Let me know your favourites in the comments!
This multiple award-winning, stunning country house is perfectly located for both the beach and the countryside, but you may not want to leave the 4 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds that surround the house. It’s the perfect destination for those who are looking to get away from it all.
This Georgian house has been meticulously renovated to stunning results mixing original features with modern day elegance to create a sexy, stylish hotel in the middle of Cheltenham. Whether you’re using this hotel to enjoy Cheltenham or as a base to explore the Cotswolds, this beautiful restoration will not disappoint.
If you’re looking for a spa weekend then Grantley Hall is the place for you. This charming, luxury hotel has four (four!) restaurants and stunning spa and leisure facilities that are sure to make you forget all the stresses of modern day life. With that many places to eat, you don’t ever need to leave the hotel!
For people who need a little bit of luxury in their lives, then look no further than Monkey Island Estate. Located on a private island on the River Thames, this grade 1 listed building built in the 1700s oozes timeless glamour and charm. History buffs can immerse themselves in the island’s past, or you can head out and explore the beautiful village of Bray before returning to the hotel for dinner and a nightcap.
A delightfully quirky hotel hidden in the centre of Chester, Oddfellows is one of my favourite places to stay whenever I’m in town. After a day of shopping in the boutiques of the historic town, put your feet up in the Secret Garden and wind down with a cocktail or two.
I’m in love with the Scandinavian elegance of this tiny 7 bedroom B&B overlooking Falmouth Bay in Cornwall. The interiors are a lesson in contemporary Danish design and the views from the house are like something from a postcard; the perfect home away from home.
Another superb English country house with a luxury, Indian inspired spa that is sure to have you wishing you could stay forever. The hotel has 90 acres of National Trust land to explore and, if you’re a betting (wo)man, some of the bedrooms have views over the finish line of the Cheltenham Racecourse!
Advertising itself as a ‘restaurant with rooms’ this 17th-century coaching inn is well known for it’s famous Yorkshire welcome and the perfect Sunday roast. Spend the day walking Yorkshire’s moors and coastline before returning to a roaring fire and a pint of ale.
The perfect family retreat, these incredible modern villas are all built on private plots around a gorgeous lake. The villas all vary in size with some even offering hot tubs and heated private pools. The best place for you and your entire family to escape from it all.