While far-flung holidays will always hold their appeal, there is something truly pleasing about getting in your car or jumping on a train on a Friday after work for a weekend break somewhere in the UK.
From stately Cotswold stays to penthouses in Cornwall, we round up the best British breaks.
The picturesque Wilderness Reserve is a collection of exclusive country cottages and luxury farmhouses available to rent, set within an 800-acre private estate in Suffolk. There are myriad advantages to this set up: the feeling of being alone in the middle of nowhere without actually being alone; the freedom of self-catering but with housekeeping and private chefs on tap; the solitude of a countryside retreat but with a range of activities on offer, including complimentary row boats and Pashley bicycles. The grounds are vast and beautiful (so much so, that they formed the backdrop of a Harper's Bazaar cover shoot with Keira Knightley), with winding roads, serene lakes and endless fields, and there's plenty of wildlife to spot, with rangers on hand to give you a tour of the 2000 bird nest boxes. The reserve also hosts Fire Feasts on demand - spectacular outdoor dinners set in a woodland clearing - which once a year is elevated to the Bonfire Fire Feast, in partnership with a Michelin-starred chef (for 2021 it was Tom Kerridge). Of course, this isn't your average gathering around a bonfire; think fine dining with linen table clothes and fresh flowers under a specially constructed canopy; with crackling meats, roasted vegetables and charred flatbreads; elegant cocktails and endless champagne; and a side of outdoor entertainment (anything from axe-throwing to fire dancers and live music).
With 14 luxury properties of varying size to choose from - with 100 bedrooms between them - Wilderness Reserve truly has something for everyone, whether a couple's getaway, a family holiday or an escape with friends.
Wilderness Reserve, one-bed cottages from £387 per night. Dates for the next Bonfire Fire Feast will be revealed on the Wilderness Reserve website.
Beaverbrook Town House is the elegant new city sister of countryside favourite Beaverbrook, which has long been a hit with discerning customers looking for a luxury escape. A new addition to the capital, the townhouse – located just off Sloane Square – opened its doors in September 2021 and has quickly established itself as one of London’s chicest new destinations. Its desirability is boosted by its exclusivity; the boutique property only has 14 suites, each named after an iconic London theatre. The suites are so beautifully decorated and designed that you won’t want to leave them, but if you do, then you must treat yourself to a drink at the bar, Sir Frank’s - named after Beaverbrook’s creative director Sir Frank Lowe, curator of the hotel’s unique range of artwork, collectables and historic treasures (of which there are many). Booking a table at the restaurant, The Fuji Grill, which specialises in authentic Japanese cuisine, makes for a truly memorable dining experience; we recommend the popcorn shrimp, any of the excellent sushi selection, and the wagyu Sukiyaki which theatrically cooks in front of you at your table. For an utterly decadent treat, book in for the intimate Japanese Omakase dining experience – sampling a 20-course ‘chef’s selection’ menu of authentic dishes.
Beaverbrook Town House, Omakase package for £835 per night, including an overnight stay for two and the Japanese Omakase dining experience, as well as a welcome bottle of Laurent Perrier and a bouquet of flowers.
Cary Arms has rightly built a reputation as one of south Devon’s most picturesque and luxurious hotels. Perched at the bottom of a steep cliff, it sits at the foot of Babbacombe Downs overlooking the beach and surrounding bay which, on a sunny day, could easily be mistaken for a Croatian island or an undiscovered part of Greece. Shrubs and foliage grow from the cliffs, giving way to perfectly clear blue waters ideal for a swim. Book a room at the hotel itself, or if you’re looking for a more secluded option then choose one of its private cottages which come in varying sizes. We stayed at Foxes Walk, which sleeps nine, a three-floor property with ocean views, an expansive kitchen, a cosy living room and dining room with a woodburner for warming nights in, and a beautifully landscaped garden complete with sun loungers and a hot tub, again with ocean vistas. The thoughtful touches, from baskets full of snacks and a bottle of sloe gin to beach towels left in the conservatory and bath products from The White Company, will ensure you feel at home almost immediately. The pub offers delicious elevated takes on British classics, while the spa - nestled into the cliff face - boasts an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows from which to look out to sea. Make sure you book a treatment (we can recommend the body massage) for guaranteed shoulder-dropping relaxation. For the boat experience of a lifetime, you can board the 1930s hand-built yacht 'Escape'. In the capable hands of captain Andy, you’ll set sail on a tour of the dramatic coastline of the English Riviera.
Cary Arms & Spa, prices start at Foxes Walk at £495 per night.
Hotels don't get much better than Storrs Hall, an 18th-century mansion house set on the shores of Lake Windermere. Historic properties such as these can often veer into stuffiness, but Storrs Hall is elegant and opulent without any pretension. Either stay in the main hall, or opt for one of the spacious Lakeside Suites, modern yet beautifully designed accommodation each with private terraces and a hot tub shrouded by trees. Floor-to-ceiling windows heighten the feeling of being enveloped by nature - these are views you won't tire of (don't miss the sunsets). Inside the main house sits a high-end restaurant overlooking the lake, with a menu that focuses on seasonal ingredients, a refined drawing room, and its very own pub, an ideal spot for a few after-dinner drinks. The setting is nothing short of sensational - make sure you explore the expansive grounds and visit the National Trust-owned folly The Temple – an octagonal garden house with arched openings that juts out onto the lake. It would be wrong not to mention the high standard of the service at Storrs Hall - for all the grand architecture and decor, the staff are warm, welcoming and down-to-earth. If Bazaar did star ratings, this elegant hotel would easily receive five.
Storrs Hall, prices start at £234 per night.
Nestled within Kent wilderness, Cabu by the Sea lies on a stretch of natural private grassland at the heels of the bracing English Channel coastline. The self-catering accommodation comprises an intimate collection of high-spec timber cabins, each beautifully furnished with a feel of sophisticated simplicity. Outdoor activities are plentiful, from swimming in – or lounging by – the heated outdoor pool, wildlife-spotting (mind the rabbit burrows!), hot tubbing, and exploring the seacoast by bike or foot. The on-site shop, Cabu House stocks essentials and little luxuries, equipping you to cook on your private BBQ and at the communal kitchen complete with central grills and a pizza oven. This social ‘sitooterie’ is a great space to congregate at meal times and for keeping cosy when the sun sets, or from the elements. For family-friendly luxury, this unique holiday spot is a true hidden gem.
Cabu by the Sea, prices start from £250, for 2 people for 2 nights.
If you’re looking for a snug Cotswold retreat look no further than The New Inn, a picturesque 16th-century inn in the quaint village of Coln St. Aldwyn’s. It promises a successful staycation not only for its location – ripe for exploring on foot – but for its cosy décor (think open fireplaces and rolltop bathtubs), and buzzy atmosphere throughout the bar and restaurant where you’re guaranteed sensational food. If you want to take in the rural countryside charm with more than one stop, look into the travel package ‘Experience The Cotswolds’. For £300 (based on two people sharing) it combines overnight stays at The New Inn and at The Stump, another country pub in the nearby village of Fosse Cross. Breakfasts and dinners are included at both, plus coffee and cake at The Twig in Bibury to fuel your walk to it through the Gloucestershire countryside.
The New Inn, double rooms are available from £100 per night (per room), for more info and to book call 01285 708080.
If you're looking for unadulterated luxury in a bucolic setting, then Coworth Park is the ultimate destination. Favoured by celebrities and royals alike, this five-star 17th-century country house is situated within 240 acres of grounds, complete with a tennis court, state-of-the-art spa, indoor pool, library and equestrian centre. The rooms offer a Downton Abbey level of grandeur, combined with modern twists - expect roomy four poster beds, gilded mirrors and copper roll tub baths and indulgently plump chaise longues, combined with huge TVs and Nespresso machines. The uniformed staff are everything you might expect from a property as stately as this - polished, friendly and utterly welcoming. The crowning jewel is Dower House, a grade II-listed Georgian building not far from the main hotel, where the Duke of Sussex stayed the night before his wedding. Whether you come for the eco spa, the Michelin-starred food or the meandering meadows or a mix of all three, you'll leave Coworth Park feeling pampered and rested.
Coworth Park, prices start at £405 per night.
If you're looking for a family-friendly luxury escape, then Foxhills should be top of your list. The award-winning country club and resort in Ottershaw covers more than 400 acres of beautiful countryside and features numerous amenities to keep little ones entertained - most of which can be found in the new state-of-the-art Pavilion building. The impressive building features a crèche, art studio, playroom, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a games room and three studios for dance, functional fitness and studio cycle - plus a timetable of between 90 and 140 weekly activities - all set within a Victorian walled garden. Foxhills also has plenty to keep big kids entertained too, with two Championship golf courses, three restaurants, a health spa, additional outdoor pools, and tennis courts, not to mention the 70 guest rooms and suites. Relax and unwind while the kids are occupied by booking yourself a spa treatment (we recommend the signature therapeutic massage or a session in the hammam), before retiring for a cocktail in the Manor Lounge.
Foxhills Country Club & Resort , prices start at £170 for bed and breakfast.
If York is your destination of choice, then you'd do little better than to book a stay at The Grand - a five-star hotel with impeccable service and old-world charm. Originally built in 1906, the hotel feels as though it holds as much history within its walls as the city itself, and is filled with beautiful original features and architecture. A significant renovation in 2010 restored the building to the glory of its Edwardian heyday, but with all the contemporary amenities and comforts that you could want from a relaxing staycation. Situated conveniently close to the station, it's an ideal spot for those who don't drive (or those who do, for that matter), and is perfectly located for exploring York's famed city walls on foot. During your stay, make sure you book a table at The Rise restaurant, which offers locally sourced British cuisine with a Yorkshire twist (we recommend The Grand scotch egg and the Vale of York pork belly), and is also a particularly popular spot for afternoon tea. For some additional pampering, book in for a treatment at the hotel's spa, which has an extensive menu and excellent therapists; the Drift Away massage will help you do just that.
The Grand York, prices start at £219 for bed and breakfast.
Home House is known as one of London’s chicest members-only clubs, an elegant Georgian townhouse discreetly tucked away on leafy Portman Square. It’s situated just five minutes from Marble Arch and Oxford Street, but its secluded spot feels a million miles from the noise and chaos of the surrounding area. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a member to stay in one of its characterful, opulent rooms, each of which have their own personality and decadent charm. We’d recommend the Lady Islington junior suite, a spacious chamber with a spectacular marble bathroom designed in 1922 with the walls covered in the same red marble as found in St Paul’s Cathedral. From the four-poster bed and beautiful floral wallpaper to the elegant marble fireplace and super soft dressing gowns, this is a special place for an overnight stay. As a guest, you’ll enjoy all the perks of being a member, including dining at the brasserie restaurant (do try the Swaledale lamb cutlets with aubergine, artichokes, bulgur, chilli, pistachios), the elegant drawing rooms and its choice of live music, its late-night party bars, as well as the garden – the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast in the morning or cocktails under the twinkling lights by night. There are so many fascinating stories that form part of the history of Home House, so make sure you ask the staff about the tales behind each room. If you’re looking for a quintessentially British hotel with character in abundance, and plenty to keep you occupied, this is the place.
Home House, non-members prices start at £259 per night.
Imagine waking up in the morning to the sound of birdsong and a babbling river outside. You pull the curtain and all you can see is nature - a canopy of trees overhead and a private seating area with a firepit that you might use in the evening. You can hear sheep in the fields the other side of the river. It feels perfectly, blissfully peaceful. This is the reality of a stay at The Shepherd's Hut, a luxury bolthole in the grounds of a 19th-century hotel in the Lake District called Victorian House. Don't let the 'hut' element fool you - the intimate, cosy space comes with luxury trimmings, including a roll tub bath, underfloor heating and fine bedding. Ideal for two, this charming retreat is an ideal way to escape from stress and a fast pace. Inside the main hotel is a relaxed garden room in which to enjoy a supremely good breakfast, or to indulge in its current pop-up foodie offering from Grasmere Pizza Co. We highly recommend a visit to the nearby acclaimed restaurant, The Yan, which not only offers breathtaking views of the surrounding fell, but also hearty, warming food. No full day of walking around this beautiful part of the world would be complete without The Yan's shepherd's pie made with slowly braised lamb.
Victorian House, prices for the Shepherd's Hut start at £173 per night.
A charming little hotel on the high street of the village of Sherborne in Dorset (of abbey fame), the Eastbury was taken over by the esteemed hotelier Peter de Savary earlier this year. Thanks to his endless resource of art and furniture (not to mention keen interiors-savvy eye), the hotel decor has benefited from a series of artistic flourishes, including a bed upholstered with £10,000 worth of gilded fabric. The Rosette-garlanded chef cooks up homegrown delights such as crab with cucumber, horseradish, apple and dill, and rump of lamb with caramelised red onion, yoghurt, courgette and oregano. The garden is an anglophile’s dream – watch out for the new Bothy spa coming to the bottom of the lawn soon.
For more information, visit theeastburyhotel.co.uk.
Leave the stresses of day-to-day life behind with a mini-break in one of the many beautiful barns at Retreat East. Stay in your very own countryside hideaway, complete with a kitchen and lounge area warmed by a cosy fire if you fancy a night in. Or if you're wanting to dine out, head to the Great Barn to feast on hearty meals made with the freshest ingredients paired with the perfect wine. Set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, you'll feel a million miles away from the business of life. There's a spa and gym on site, so that all your relaxation and workout needs are taken care of.
Retreat East, prices start from £220.50 per night
Since opening in May 2017, The Ned - a beautifully restored former bank - has become a popular location for discerning travellers. Each of its rooms nod to 1920s glamour, ranging in sizes - from the well considered snug rooms to lavish heritage suites with decadent four-poster beds. The hotel and private members' club features many of the original features from its heritage site - including the basement lounge bar, which is housed inside the bank's original vault, with its 20-tonne door and 3,000 stainless steel security boxes. While the ground floor is open to the public for drinks and dining, hotel guests also get access to the private Ned's Club areas, including the rooftop, vault bar, pool, spa and gym facilities. The Ned was born from a collaboration with the London-based Soho House and New York's Sydell Group, and the interiors reflect this; the rooms are beautifully curated and thoughtfully designed, with sumptuous velvet sofas and freestanding roll-top baths. For a decadent staycation with fun on tap, look no further.
Prices start at £350 a room a night. For more information visit Thened.com
If the key ingredients to excellent London accommodation are location, space and style, then Tyers Gate is a prime choice. Available as part of the onefinestay canon, this stylishly decorated converted warehouse is situated close to London Bridge and minutes from the cafes, restaurants and pubs of Bermondsey Street. The second home of a BAFTA-winning director (you'll see his certificates pinned to the walls), Tyers Gate is a spacious open-plan apartment with exposed brickwork, high ceilings and original beams. The walls are covered with eclectic artwork, while sculptures sourced from around the world add personality. If the property didn't already feel enough of an oasis amid the city's bustle, then the small, but pretty nearby Leathermarket Gardens offer a sense of calm. Thanks to onefinestay, guests are also given hotel-quality housekeeping and 24/7 support, as well as the option to hire private chefs and childcare. The rental company can also organise spa treatments and private day trips if you're in need of inspiration.
Tyers Gate at onefinestay, prices start at £278 per night with a three-night minimum.
The Cottage in the Wood, positioned high in the Malvern hills, feels like a breath of fresh air. A luxury home-from-home, with spectacular views, there are various accommodation options (it's safe to say the property surpasses cottage scale) thanks to 30 individually-designed rooms all promising sound sleep. The Georgian style restaurant, awarded two AA Rosettes, makes for decadent dining - be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Cocktails in the adjoining bar come highly recommended, too. To offset the indulgence, you can step straight out into the hills for anything from steady strolls to hardcore hikes dependant on your capacity (and the weather). To make more of your time there, explore the charming local villages and towns nearby, with the Cotswolds, Vale of Evesham and Severn Valley beyond.
cottageinthewood.co.uk, prices start from £90
Located on the edge of London’s Trafalgar Square, the Trafalgar St. James is a luxurious sanctuary within the city. Each room offers guests a relaxed and memorable stay in chic rooms designed to celebrate the modern British aesthetic. Art Deco features evoke the glamour of travel’s golden age and wall art celebrates the best of London’s music idols, while tactile furnishings, bold colour choices and playful ornamentation create an elegant yet welcoming feel.
Guests can enjoy the hotel’s panoramic views from the rooftop restaurant, complete with alfresco and canopy-covered seating and outdoor heaters and blankets to cosy up with during the colder months. It’s the perfect location to take in the capital - sights include The Shard, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. Dine on Asian-inspired dishes, spanning grilled dishes, small plates and an impressive array of cocktails to choose from. We recommend ordering the prawn tempura, vegetable gyoza and miso cod. Of course, every meal needs a cocktail; order the Exotic Relish and you won't be disappointed.
The Trafalgar St. James, prices start at £218 per night
Considered the oldest hotel in Cambridge, previously frequented by the Rolling Stones and the Onassis family, The University Arms was renovated and reopened in 2018 having undergone an elegant makeover. Its bright, stylish rooms, beautiful, high-ceilinged lobby and must-visit restaurant, Parker's Tavern are designed by The Ivy's Martin Brudnizki to reflect the spirit of the university - think Cambridge blue, books aplenty, bespoke wallpaper inspired by book sleeves, original stainglass windows and eclectic posters and prints. Its bedrooms are each unique and its 12 suites, which look out onto Parker's Piece, feature libraries based on the Cambridge character that they're named after, from Stephen Hawking to Virginia Woolf. The while-tiled bathrooms are also well worth mentioning - big in size with elegant roll tubs and the fluffiest of robes. There is a bygone, genteel appeal to this hotel, where even the public lavatories are soundtracked by Alan Bennett's reading of Wind In The Willows. Only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, University Arms has a refined, yet welcoming charm where every last detail is considered.
University Arms, prices start at £119 per night.
Hidden away in a bucolic working farm in the Sussex hills sits Mill Laine Barns, a collection of four cottages of varying sizes but each as picturesque and calming as one another. Tastefully decorated and boasting exposed wooden beams and wood burners for cosy evenings in, we recommend The Stables which sleeps up to four. Wake up to the sound of the birds and step outside into a grassy courtyard from which to eat your breakfast while overlooking the idyllic setting. Walk through the sheep-filled fields to the excellent local pub, known for its mouth-wateringly good Jamaican food and warming atmosphere. The local town of Lewes is an idyllic walk along a meandering river where you’ll find more pubs and restaurants. Make sure you’re back at Mill Laine Barnes for the sunset and as night falls, when you'll be privy to the clearest view of the stars. Whether you stay a week or a weekend, a stay at Mill Laine will soothe the soul and calm the mind.
A week's stay in Mill Laine Barns’ The Stable in Sussex for up to four guests starts from £410 and a three night weekend from £308. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01273 965904).
This coaching inn began life in the 1500s, when it offered refuge to royalty (King Charles I slept in one of the suites the night before a battle of the English Civil War), with all the flagstone floors, fireplaces and cosy nooks to prove it. The dining-room, now the Lygon Bar & Grill, dates back to the 1800s, when it was a dance hall. Today, the vaulted ceiling, wood-panelling, oil paintings and chandeliers retain the sense of grandeur, but the menu is a thoroughly modern affair, with dishes such as skate wing with capers, shrimps and brown butter, and lamb chops. The excellent spa offers peerless massages and facials using British brands such as Oskia and Ila (the latter of which is made just up the road in Charlbury). It’s a suitably regal sister property to Cliveden House, where Meghan Markle spent her last night before joining the royal family in May.
The Lygon Arms, from £245 a room a night (01386 852255; lygonarmshotel.co.uk).
The only Taj properties in Europe – Taj 51 Buckingham Gate and St. James' Court – sit side-by-side, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. The former consists of three palatial townhouses overlooking a beautifully designed private courtyard. Once home to the Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court, the impressive suites all offer an individual character, such as the opulent 'Cinema Suite' (pictured), where Hollywood meets Bollywood. Intently family-friendly, children are greeted with bags packing a Taj ‘passport’, a James the Guardsman bear, sketchbook and their own hotel registration card. For childcare, the hotel works with agency Sitters, meaning you can enjoy time off in the divine Jiva spa and the Michelin-starred Quilon, a restaurant serving indulgent southern Indian cuisine.
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, prices start from £199
If you're looking for a centrally located, luxurious hotel in the heart of London, Sofitel St James is an excellent choice. Guests here have the best of the both worlds - Piccadilly Circus is a three-minute walk (although the super thick windows means you'll hear none of the chaos outside), and the greenery and calm of St James' Park is only five minutes away. It's hard not to feel unimpressed by the property's imposing neo-classical facade, but the interior is a more contemporary affair. Unlike a lot of high-end London hotels, where fussiness often overwhelms the space, the sleek rooms at Sofitel are modern with 1930s accents and Hermès bath products. The restaurant, Wild Honey, doesn't disappoint, neither for breakfast or dinner. Make sure you try the Cacio e Pepe pasta, served with crisp boneless chicken wings - a delicious indulgence that you won't regret. Sofitel St James is deserving of every one of its five stars.
Sofitel St James, rates start at £279 per night.
After a multi-million-pound refurbishment, this venerable Southwold institution emerged with bold new interiors (traditional chintz and patterned carpets banished to make way for emerald green velvet and wooden floorboards). But the handsome Georgian façade remains the same, and the Swan's status as reigning queen of the Suffolk coast is unchallenged. The beach is just a stroll away, as are the vintage delights of the town's pier, while the Swan's peaceful bedrooms provide a perfect nest following a day beside the sea.
The Swan, from £200 a room a night (www.theswansouthwold.co.uk)
Bringing its signature blend of international glamour to the Hampshire countryside, the Four Seasons outpost in Dogmersfield, near Basingstoke and Hook, has reimagined a grand Georgian estate for the jet-set, especially Americans who just can’t get enough of the British countryside. The 500-acre grounds have an activity playground with zip-line, clay-pigeon-shooting field, 16th-century dovecote and lake, not to mention a sweeping lawn straight out of a Jane Austen novel; incidentally, the author lived nearby in Chawton. The Wild Carrot plucks produce from the kitchen gardens and transforms them into delicious meals, such as roast beef with foie gras, spinach, cauliflower, black truffle and brioche croutons, and the farmers’ market banquet that takes place every Sunday. The impressive cellar will suit every pocket, even on the offchance that your budget stretches to £1,050 (which will buy you a 2004 Château Mouton Rothschild, in case you're wondering). There’s also an extensive spa area in the former stables, where traditional treatments are on offer as well as some that vary according to the seasons.
Four Seasons Hampshire, from £335 a room a night (fourseasons.com/hampshire).
With a centuries-old glittering legacy, Luton Hoo (formerly owned by a diamond magnate) played host to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip on their honeymoon and many subsequent wedding anniversaries, plus set to countless iconic films –from Four Weddings & Funeral to Eyes Wide Shut. The Grade I listed, 18th century mansion house may feel palatial, but it's also wonderfully welcoming. Inside the country house hotel you'll find the spectacular fine-dining Wernher Restaurant and a more relaxed lounge serving royalty-worthy afternoon tea. Beyond, there's the 1,065 acres of lush grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, a huge golf course and club house, plus ESPA spa (more on that here).
For more information visit lutonhoo.co.uk
This North Devon hotel is so quintessentially English that it's tea-room has been designed by Laura Ashley. If that wasn't enough, other homegrown pursuits include shooting and walks on both Exmoor and Dartmoor; and there's also a golf course. Afterwards, weary guests can retreat to the spa and fine-dining restaurant.
For more information, visit highbullen.co.uk.
High on a hill on the Cornish coast lies a truly idyllic retreat for design-loving urbanites - a sprawling two-floor penthouse complete with an expansive rooftop terrace and jacuzzi. It's the perfect destination for big groups (the space sleeps up to 10) to enjoy a weekend away by the sea.
To book, visit tregullandandco.co.uk or ring 01566 770880.
There's a reason the wait lists at Soho Farmhouse are so lengthy - everything in this Oxfordshire retreat is extremely well considered, from the baked bread left in your room to your personalised bicycle. Then of course there's the most Instagrammed bath in the world, positioned overlooking a lake with just the birds as your soundtrack.
For more information, visit Sohofarmhouse.co.uk
The Pig has been credited with re-imagining the English country house and giving it a broader, modern appeal. Charming, stylish and cosy, each of The Pig's five branches - dotted in various locations across the country - imbue contemporary rural elegance without ever feeling pretentious. The next opening will come in November in the picturesque cathedral city of Canterbury in Kent.
For more information visit Thepighotel.com
best B&B in Europe and the fourth best in the world by Tripadvisor. Acclaimed for its remarkable service, quality and value, this inviting former school house retains a lot of its original 19th Century features - think oak beams, open fires and a beautiful assembly room window. Outside, there's an orchard to make you feel even more tranquil.in the tiny village of Little Compton, near Moreton-in-Marsh, has been named the
For more information visit Oldschoolbedandbreakfast.com
It doesn't get more fairytale-like Glenapp Castle, a luxe 19th Century property tucked away on the breath-taking Ayrshire coast in Scotland. The local Galloway Forest Park is one of the only four ‘Dark Skies Parks’ in Europe, where a lack of light pollution means that you can immerse yourself in some spectacular stargazing. Or perhaps you'd rather spend a weekend hibernating inside where lavishly furnished rooms, which overlook either the sea or the woodlands.
For more information visit Glenappcastle.com
An overnight stay on Mersea Island, just an hour from London, will leave you feeling as relaxed as you would five nights away somewhere else. There's not a lot to do here, which is exactly what makes it so appealing. Its sandy beaches are beautifully empty (spare a few highly Instagrammable, candy-coloured beach huts), its seafood slim to none (The Company shed is particularly good) and its pubs cosy and inviting. Make your base charming Grade II listed property Monkey Beach Cottage, which overlooks the shoreline and moorings.
For more information visit Monkeybeachcottage.co.uk
The Landmark's pièce de résistance is its Winter Garden, a palm-tree-filled atrium which makes all inside its glass walls feel that they're somewhere much more exotic than they are. Elegance, great service and British tradition are this historic and iconic hotel's USP - its afternoon tea is a much-loved attraction. Consider the Landmark a beacon of calm despite its central London location.
For more information visit Landmarklondon.co.uk
If your idea of holiday heaven is a bolthole in the middle of the wilderness, then Croft 103 cottages are for you. Situated on the shores of Loch Eriboll near Durness in North West Sutherland, Scotland, the buildings fuse contemporary eco design with traditional craftsmanship. Quite frankly, who wouldn't be tempted by a warm bath overlooking the sweeping Scottish landscape - there's even an alfresco bathtub for the truly brave. Come in the winter and be in with a chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
For more information visit i-escape.com
The newly-refurbished Tudor Farmhouse is a hidden treasure that offers warming hospitality in the midst of the beautiful Forest of Dean. Each of its 20 rooms boast roll top baths, monsoon showers and duck feather duvets so good you won't want to get out of bed. Offering laidback luxury in a truly scenic part of the country, book a room now before everyone else does.
For more information visit Tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk.
If you're searching for a romantic, yet unusual holiday destination, then look no further than The Boathouse, an intimate bolthole with a private lakeshore positioned within the idyllic Lake District. This incredibly secluded 19th Century stone building features a balcony perfect for alfresco dinners and nights under the stars.
For more information visit i-escape.com
Between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and close to the Howgill Fells, Brownber Hall is the perfect place to return to after days rambling along some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. The young couple at its helm have added a modern touch to this rural pair of exclusive-use retreats (a sourdough pizza restaurant arrived last autumn), while thoughtfully preserving touches such as ceramic tiles, stained-glass windows and William Morris wallpaper. They’ll gladly direct you to the best hikes in the area – and their black Labrador Bella might even come along as your personal guide.
Brownber House (sleeps eight), from £1,216 for three nights and from £1,520 for seven nights; Brownber Hall (sleeps 15), from £1,520 for three nights and from £1,900 for seven nights. For more information, visit brownberhall.co.uk.