With international travel still a game of PCR tests and green light whack-a-mole, we’re hedging our late summer staycation plans resolutely in the UK.
With an endless array of wonderful country houses, inns and hotels to explore in the British Isles, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite staycations so you can make the most of what’s left of the summer months in true #TeamCoco style.
A stunning Relais & Châteaux property, Mallory Court has been coined as the epitome of a quintessential English country house hotel and spa and it’s easy to see why. Known for its exceptional hospitality, Mallory Court boasts the same impeccable standards as its fellow properties in the Relais & Châteaux portfolio from design, service to amenities. Nestled in the heart of Leamington Spa, Mallory Court has been awarded the coveted four Red Stars from the AA and offers a 3 AA Rosette restaurant.
The beautiful, ivy-covered country house hotel features 43 individually-designed luxury bedrooms that exude classic English charm. It also has its own Elan Spa which offers a variety of relaxing treatments that set a new standard for wellness in Warwickshire. Oh, and did we mention that the Mallory Court was dog friendly too?
For more information visit www.relaischateaux.com
On an exceedingly scenic corner of Berkshire, sits the Pheasant Inn Lambourn, a wonderfully charming pub/inn that will outdo every one of your staycation expectations.
A well-loved local landmark, the Pheasant Inn has 14, individually-designed en-suite bedrooms which are as cosy as they are stylish; and an excellent pub that ‘simply and deliciously’ bring together only the best ingredients, and this certainly reflects in the quality of the food on offer. Want to know more? Our intrepid doggy reporter TeamCocopup Charlie recently reviewed The Pheasant Inn here.
For more information visit www.thepheasant-inn.co.uk
The Duncombe Arms, sister property to the wonderful Pheasant Inn, offers award-winning pub food and 10 exceedingly charming rooms in its main Walnut House. This beautiful inn offers a warm and cosy home away from home in the idyllic Staffordshire countryside. Not to mention, The Duncombe Arms also offers quirky self-catering accommodation for five to six people with its newly refurbished Old Barn and Garden Cottage.
For more information visit https://www.duncombearms.co.uk/
The Bradley Hare is one of the UK’s newest country inns. Situated in the beautiful village of Maiden Bradley in the Duke of Somerset’s Estate, The Bradley Hare offers twelve distinctive bedrooms designed by James ex-Soho House Design Director Thurstan Waterworth. You can expect the same cool yet effortless Soho House vibe with all the pastoral beauty of Southwest Wiltshire. Not to mention, there is an excellent restaurant too.
For more information, visit www.thebradleyhare.co.uk
M Gallery City & Country Escape
M Gallery Hotels, which has a collection of three distinguished properties in Cheltenham, Bath and Windsor, is offering a ‘City & Country’ getaway package which offers a wealth of experiences all in one short break. The package includes a self-guided tour of must-see historic sites and tickets to local attractions too. Hotel guests are also treated to a special gift from a local artisan and a book providing more information about each of the local areas.
The City & Country Getaway is available at all three UK hotels and is based on two guests sharing, for bookings until 30 September 2021.
Located amidst 300 acres of lush Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove is a retreat in a world of its own. The interiors, designed by Martin Hulbert, are the embodiment of sophistication and panache; perfectly blending into the rich pastoral landscapes that surround it. Hannah Tan-Gillies and our intrepid doggy reporter #TeamCocopup visited The Grove for a five star staycation like no other – get inspired with their review here.
For more information or to book please visit www.thegrove.co.uk or call 01923 296010.
April Cottage is coastal cosiness at its finest, and part of the Winterton Cottages portfolio. Winterton Cottages offers an incredibly wide range of self-catering accommodation in Winterton-on-Sea which boasts easy access to the breathtaking Norfolk Coast. All the cottages are also just a short drive away from all the tourist attractions of Great Yarmouth.
What April Cottage may lack in size; it certainly makes up for in comfort. This beautifully furnished home sits right in the heart of the town and is overflowing with character. Inside, the decor is shabby chic with a contemporary twist. Downstairs, there is a cosy living room with a TV and woodburning stove. A separate dining room leads to a small kitchen, equipped with everything you need to serve up a hearty meal. We were greeted with a delightful welcome package that comprised of posh dog-treats, snacks and of course, a bottle of pink fizz. Check out TeamCocopup’s five-paw review of April Cottage here.
A week’s stay for four guests at April Cottage starts from £601 (wintertoncottages.co.uk, 01493 800645). For more information please visit www.great-yarmouth.co.uk.