As Britain prepares to disentangle itself from the EU, fluctuating exchange rates have left many with a sense of uncertainty, particularly when it comes to travelling abroad. Many holidaymakers have suddenly found themselves saddled with inflated price tags and an ice-cream on the continent costing double what it used to. Luckily the UK is having a moment and a heat-wave to boot, so why not take advantage of what’s on our doorstep, soak up the sunshine and celebrate the best of British with a Bespoke Hotels stay-cation? Here are the #TeamCoco top picks…
Escape to the Seaside at The Lugger Hotel, Cornwall (above)
With doom and gloom taking up most of the news in recent weeks, Portloe’s picturesque Lugger Hotel is the perfect place to escape and disconnect from the news with a digital and spiritual detox. Celebrating its 65thbirthday this year, the hotel stands as the centrepiece of this charming fishing village, itself the jewel in the heart of Cornwall’s beautiful Roseland Peninsula. The hotel boasts 22 beautifully decorated bedrooms, many of which offer spectacular views across the harbour and outwards to the windswept cliffs, as well as an outstanding 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant and a locally sourced, as you’d expect with the village’s fishing boats just a dozen or so yards away! Rooms start from just £74.50 per person on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Dine in Style at The Chester Grosvenor
Located amidst the charming cobbled streets and traditional storefronts in the historic town of Chester, The Chester Grosvenor is an ideal location for those looking to escape, spoil, or pamper themselves, as well as epicureans wishing to sample outstanding cuisine. This Grade II listed building houses 68 bedrooms, 12 suites, expansive spa and treatment facilities, as well as two outstanding restaurants. Holder of a Michelin Star since 1990, and recently awarded the prestigious title of “Best Hotel Restaurant” at the 2015 European Hospitality Awards, The Chester Grosvenor is a perfect base not only for foodies, but for those who wish to unwind via a range of relaxation therapies, as well as to explore the historic town of Chester and the outstanding shopping on offer in its many upmarket boutiques. Rooms start from £97.95 per person on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Indulge in Some Horseplay at The Rutland Arms
A storied former 17th century coaching inn built around a cobbled courtyard in the centre of the racing town of Newmarket, The Rutland Arms is an ideal spot for a break celebrating the Sport of Kings and all things British. Its 46 bedrooms retain many period features, and are conveniently located for access to both the old town and the nearby gallops, as well as nearby Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. This summer, guests can enjoy a two night stay, including dinner on the first night and breakfast each morning, from just £35.00 per person, per night, leaving plenty left over should other expenses arise during your stay in the home of British horseracing!
Enjoy the Best of Highland Hospitality at Tulloch Castle
Dating back as far as the 12th Century, and featuring a 250-year old panelled Great Hall alongside original fireplaces, Dingwall’s Tulloch Castle Hotel offers an unspoiled piece of traditional Scottish charm. Its 20 bedrooms, as well as excellent restaurant and landscaped grounds boast outstanding views of the Black Isle across the neighbouring Cromarty Firth, while it is conveniently located for access to an astonishing 50 golf courses, including three of championship calibre, all within easy reach. However, those who wish to avoid the fairways should not despair, as there’s everything from dolphin watching in the nearby waters of the Moray, to historic cathedrals, national parks, whisky distilleries, and even Loch Ness under an hour’s drive from the hotel. Rooms start from just £34.00 per person on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Stow Yourself Away at Storrs Hall
A Grade II Listed Georgian Mansion boasting 31 guest bedrooms and an outstanding three AA Rosette awarded restaurant, Storrs Hall was first built in the 1790s and stands amidst 17 acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of the Lake District, offering spectacular views of Lake Winderemere, whether from the bedrooms, dining room, or spacious terrace. Offering an ideal location from which to explore one of the UK’s most naturally beautiful regions, including England’s tallest peak at Scafell Pike, Beatrix Potter World, as well as the historic nearby towns of Kendal and St Bees, Storrs Hall boasts beautiful surroundings and a defiantly British charm. Rooms start from £70 per person on a bed and breakfast basis.