Here at House of Coco we have been daydreaming about all of the travel we’re going to do post lockdown. Whilst we can’t wait to get together with our friends and plan wild nights in Ibiza, we’re equally as excited about having more time to reflect, enjoy our own company and reset. So, here’s our lowdown on the top destinations beyond English Borders for seclusion and privacy.
Marvel in the beauty of Northern Ireland from the comfort of a bespoke Stargazing Forest Dome at Finn Lough Resort
Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Northern Ireland from the comfort of a bespoke Stargazing Forest Dome at Finn Lough Resort, Enniskillen, a two hour drive from Belfast. The unique back-to-nature domes resemble giant bubbles and are set within the woods on the banks of Lough Erne – the second biggest lake system in Northern Ireland. Offering guests a complete digital detox – there is no wifi or TV – the domes allow guests to escape the noise of the outside world in luxurious surroundings. The domes feature a four-poster bed, waterfall shower, vintage record player, under floor heating and telescope. Each cabin overlooks the stunning Lough Erne, enabling guests to relax and dream while watching the water and wildlife passing by.
Experience the height of luxury in Glenapp Castle’s brand-new & self-contained penthouse, The Endeavour
Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire is set to launch The Endeavour, its brand-new, self-contained penthouse apartment in September 2020. Through the conversion of the castle’s entire top floor, The Endeavour provides 4,000 sq ft of luxurious accommodation. This penthouse is made up of four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen and dining room, a TV snug, sauna, library, a games room, a private lift and a personal treatment room for massages. It is able to be offered on an exclusive and private basis with a full butler service and private chef, meaning those travelling with their friends or family will be able to enjoy the luxury of the hotel whilst maintaining social distancing. However, if guests are able to be torn away from The Endeavour with its views of Aisla Craig and Ireland, the hotel offers a magical Sea Safari to explore the remote hebridean islands in search of incredible wildlife.
Escape to the stunning Irish countryside to be surrounded by nature and the outdoors at Hilton Park
Hilton Park is a luxury country house situated in an idyllic setting in County Monaghan. The six bedrooms are all individually decorated each with an en-suite bathroom, antique baths and stunning views of the estate and the surrounding countryside. All the bedrooms retain an enchanting old world country house charm and each has its own distinctive character. The house comes complete with two private fishing lakes, one swimming and boating lake, and 400 acres of pleasure grounds, working farm and enchanting woods. With a maximum capacity of 20 guests and extensive grounds to explore, each guest will have 20+ acres to themselves!
Isolate in a beautiful church conversion at Quarry Hill in Northern Ireland
This stunning church conversion in Strangford Lough, Co Down, is the perfect place for a unique luxurious stay in Northern Ireland. As you enter Strangford village you cannot miss the landmark church perched to your right on top of Quarry Hill. Saved from ruin by its local owners, the church has been lovingly restored and sympathetically converted into stunning self-catering tourist accommodation. The five-bedroom conversion perfectly combines traditional features with modern luxury to provide an ideal haven for visitors.
Seclude yourself in an under-water villa at Pullman Maldives Maamutaa for an experience of exotic marine life up close
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa is the only resort in The Maldives to introduce two Aqua Villas, featuring bedrooms submerged beneath the turquoise waters. With two bedrooms, the Aqua Villas can sleep up to four guests and are ideal for couples, a small group of friends or family. Not only do these unique villas offer an extraordinary experience of the local exotic marine life, but the villas have a private pool, the option of in-villa dining and the beach for a garden. With a drink in hand and sunset views, this is the perfect place to forget the world outside and relax.
Cocoon yourself in a luxurious log cabin in the Finnish forest to reconnect with nature
Connecting with nature is easy in a country where 74% of the landmass is forest, most of which can be found in the 40 Finnish national parks. Lodge L7 is a luxurious log cabin located in the wild remotes of Finnish Lapland, a two hour drive from Rovaniemi. L7 offers a full service from gourmet dining to daytime activities including cross country skiing, husky and reindeer safaris and snowmobiling. There is a sauna, a large outdoor jacuzzi for star-gazing and a big living room with a stone fireplace for the winter months.