We round up of some of the best places for a brilliant British holiday
By Philippa Thomas
Who says summer has to be spent abroad? The UK has so much to offer, from rustic beachside huts to grand country hotels, so whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic escape or a group of friends looking for fun, here are 8 incredible UK staycation ideas.
UK Staycation Ideas
Bvlgari Hotel, London
You don’t even have to leave the city to go on holiday thanks to Bvlgari hotels. The exclusive central London residence is reopening next month with a collection of thoughtfully designed experiences for guests to enjoy. These staycation packages include programmes such as B.Beautiful, which brings together the best top-to-toe treatments from Bvlgari’s acclaimed spa, and B.Family, which offers high-energy entertainment for kids while their parents relax and enjoy quality time together. 10% of proceeds from the staycations will go to the Jenner Institute via the Bvlgari Virus Free Fund.
Tower O’Ess, Royal Deeside
Nestled on the edge of the Glen Tanar estate in Scotland is Tower O’Ess. This beautiful gatehouse conversion is the perfect romantic getaway, surrounded by towering Scots Pine and set on the banks of the River Tanar. It is an original Victorian tower that has been completely reimagined and transformed into a luxurious hideaway complete with an outdoor hot tub, super king bed, and a spectacular panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking the enchanting ancient forest. A staycation in this fairy-tale bolthole would be one to remember.
The Belsfield, The Lake District
For a room with a view, visit The Belsfield in the Lake District. This hotel nestled on the banks of Lake Windermere offers visitors unrivalled panoramas over England’s largest lake. Guests can enjoy the beautiful local area with a waterside picnic or go off and explore their surroundings by bike. Each of the 62 rooms in The Belsfield are expertly designed by Laura Ashley, making it a must-visit destination for fashion lovers. Book now to receive 15% off and free cancellation to ensure peace of mind when planning your post-lockdown escape.
Escape to the serenity of the Norfolk coastline by visiting Holkham estate. The 18th century Hall is set within 25,000 acres of majestic parkland, plenty or room to rejuvenate and recharge after lockdown. There are activities for adults and children alike to enjoy, from cycling down hidden paths in the nature reserve to and relaxing on the golden sandy beaches that surround the area. There is also a new Holkham rope course that challenges families to take to the treetops and test out their jungle skills. At the end of the day visitors can tuck into a well-deserved picnic at the water’s edge of Holkham’s mile-long lake.
The Mitre, London
Opening in September, The Mitre is a new luxury hotel set on the historical banks of the River Thames. The residence dates back to 1665 and was originally used as ancillary accommodation for guests of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace. However this hotel is far from past its prime. With laid-back luxe interiors, stunning riverside views and vibrant restaurant Coppernose, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend. The hotel’s commitment to sustainability is also a stand-out feature, with a rooftop brimming with herbs and all food waste being reused as compost for Hampton Court’s gardens.
Cloud Nine Glamping, Dorset
Return to nature this summer with St Giles House in Dorset. The country estate has launched a brand-new boutique glamping site with luxury accommodation, complimentary activities for all ages, and mouth-watering refreshments. Nearby is a lake where you can have a try at paddle boarding and kayaking. For those who prefer being on dry land, yoga and pilates classes will also be on offer in the estate’s glorious surroundings. Guests can enjoy a delicious selection of food and drink during their stay, with gourmet street food, pop-up cocktail bars, and wood-fired pizza. Sounds like one of the best staycations under the stars.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
For a post-lockdown refresh, visit Heckfield Place hotel. This nature-based retreat in the heart of the Hampshire countryside has created a Farm Fit training scheme to keep guests happy and healthy. There will be guided runs amongst the estate’s 438 acres, walks through wildflower meadows, tree bathing in an ancient woodland, and cycling down hidden paths. Brave guests can also enjoy wild swimming in the lower lake or outdoor yin yoga classes led by experts from The Little Bothy Spa. On Saturdays guests can also treat themselves to local produce and handmade goods from Heckfield’s Market.
The George, Cheltenham
The George is one of the first UK hotels to welcome in a fully contactless guest experience. The beautifully refurbished regency townhouse in Cheltenham has implemented a new range of measures, from automated check ins to well-stocked pantries, to allow guests to feel completely at ease during their visit. Staycations have never been more safe. Its boutique design and trendy interior also makes it a great base for exploring the local area.
Glen Dye Cabins & Cottages, Kincardineshire
Set up by the same family behind The Good Life Experience festival, Glen Dye’s collection of outdoor cabins are a unique escape in the heart of the Scottish wilderness. You can ease out of lockdown by cooking on an open fire, plunging into an icy cold river, and listening to some tunes on one of the bothy’s record players. Each of the cabins have been expertly styled to create a really hip hideout just 25 miles south of Aberdeen. With its all-natural surroundings, however, it truly feels like you are living on the edge of the world.
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Cover image: Mousehole, Cornwall