Just like you, we cannot wait to once again set out on the road and start travelling again. With international travel still on the rocks, we’re looking at all the wonderful destinations in the UK to pre-pre-pre-plan our summer staycations this year.
Here’s all of the dreamy destinations we’re booking as soon as lockdown is lifted, so that you can satiate your wanderlust just in time for a summer of travel (we hope).
A MGallery Hotel Collection property, the Francis Hotel Bath is set in the heart of Bath and is one of the city’s most impressive hotels. The luxury 98-room boutique townhouse hotel offers plenty of style and also a beautiful outdoor terrace for socially-distanced dining. Not to mention, eclectic Mediterranean restaurant Boho Marche recently opened at the hotel bringing sumptuous Moroccan flavours to Bath.
Castle Windsor is undeniably one of Windsor’s finest boutique properties. The 108-room hotel opened in 1528 and is steeped in history and is another jewel in the MGallery portfolio. The hotel is located across Windsor Castle and a short walk from the idyllic views of the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, Savill Garden and the River Thames. Fun fact: One of the hotel’s most famous guests was the Duke of Wellington, who graced its halls after his victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
Glenapp Castle is a stunning 17-bedroom castle property nestled in the picturesque Ayrshire coast in South-west Scotland. The hotel has added a list of wellness and outdoor activities including forest bathing, digital detox and yoga which join the signature ‘Hebridean Sea Safari, which gives guests the opportunity to discover the wildlife of the Scottish Isles. Not to mention, the hotel has just introduced a new Penthouse Suite called ‘The Endeavour’ which is the epitome of luxury and perfect for a splash-out staycation this summer.
If you’re looking to add some adventure to your next staycation, adventure travel company Wild Frontiers has just launched its first-ever UK Itinerary which begins in the Highlands of Inverness and invites would-be adventurers to discover the northern island groups of Orkney and Shetland. Guests can visit historic sites going back to Neolithic times up amd hike a nature reserve on the most northerly point of the United Kingdom.
The Grove is a five-star hotel in Hertfordshire, set in 300 acres of picturesque countryside. The hotel was once the home of the Earls of Clarendon and is just 18 miles north of London — perfect for a last-minute retreat away from the city. The Grove is also home to an award-winning spa and championship golf course. Oh and did we mention that it was dog-friendly too?
If you’re looking for a staycation that’s more of the self-catered variety, Latitude 50 offers a suite of luxury self-catering accommodation in the North of Cornwall that are perfect for families both big and small. Latitude 50’s cottages are spread across Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Port Isaac, combining Cornwall’s breathtaking coastal landscapes with the ultimate in self-catering luxury.
Part of the Premier Cottages portfolio, Enfield House is a 13th-century thatched luxury cottage surrounded by rolling green hills and river valleys. Exmoor National Park is nearby, and the Devon coastline is just a short drive away, giving guests plenty to explore during their stay. With contemporary décor, and an enclosed lawn garden, Enfield House is the perfect cosy retreat to book with your close pals to celebrate the end of lockdown 3.
Another Premier Cottages property, Wallops Wood Cottages is just an hour and forty minutes away from London and is a great self-catering cottage option for families. Wallops Wood comprises a selection of generously-sized cottages with stunning countryside views and plenty of amenities including underfloor heating, wood burners, indoor heated pool, hot tubs, and pet-friendly gardens too.
Overlooking Lake Windermere, The Samling is truly a special property in the Lake District. The Samling is a striking gabled Georgian house that balances the house’s timeless style with contemporary luxury amenities. The Samling is the perfect base to explore the natural wonders of the Lake District and offers plenty of space to enjoy some much-needed calm. It also offers an exceptional fine dining menu, including one of the finest wine lists in the UK.