Perfect late summer picnic spots

What better way to maximise the rare UK heatwave than with a quintessential summer picnic in some of the UK’s most idyllic picnic locations. [...]

What better way to maximise the rare UK heatwave than with a quintessential summer picnic in some of the UK’s most idyllic picnic locations. Team Coco has rounded up our top three summer picnic picks so you can have a summer to remember House of Coco style.

A regency style picnic at the Francis Hotel, Bath

The Francis Hotel Bath has created a summer picnic offering that will ensure all the family enjoy a day out in the sunshine. Francis Hotel’s picnic hamper includes glassware, crockery and comes with a picnic rug so that you can set up camp wherever and whenever.

The delicious summer menu includes a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, a sumptuous baguette with a range of fillings and all accompanied by a bottle of water. For those with a sweet tooth, strawberries and cream are just the thing for dessert, giving explorers a burst of energy as they continue their recce of Bath and its surrounding areas. The team at Boho Marché also offer bespoke picnic hampers for guests with special dietary requirements.

Set in the heart of Bath, the Francis Hotel is a 98-room boutique hotel that was first opened by Emily Francis in 1884 (perfect for Bridgerton fans!). Emily was ahead of her time and was a leading entrepreneur who merged seven Georgian townhouses to form the Francis Hotel. Located in the heart of a World Heritage Site, the Francis Hotel has plenty to explore on its doorstep.

HOW: Room rates at Francis Hotel Bath start from £139.00 inclusive of breakfast and VAT. For more information visit www.francishotel.com. Francis Hotel Bath’s picnic hamper starts from £15 per person and includes a bottle of water. A choice of drinks are available – including wine and champagne – and will be an additional cost. Bespoke options are available providing the team has 24 hours notice. 

A quintessentially English picnic at Castle Hotel Windsor 

Castle Hotel Windsor’s summer picnic hamper has been designed by Executive Head Chef Suraj Lokhande and offers the very best of British picnic fare. Castle Hotel Windsor’s picnic hamper continues the festivities after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and is accompanied with a bottle of water, a comfortable rug and all the delicious food items packed up in a beautiful hamper. All this conveniently assembled so that guests can carry everything with ease.

The hamper includes a charcuterie board complete with cheese and rustic bread for starters, followed by a choice of either a healthy superfood or Niçoise salad. Afterwards, guests can indulge in either a Coronation chicken wrap or hummus with grilled pepper vegan wrap. Finally, and remaining very English strawberries with cream offer a final sweet flourish to the hamper.

Castle Hotel Windsor is undoubtedly one of Windsor’s finest boutique properties. The castle is steeped in history dating back to 1528. With just 108-rooms at the heart of Windsor, situated opposite Windsor Castle and the Windsor and Royal Borough Museum – there is no better place to explore the local sites than at Castle Hotel Windsor. The hotel is also just a short walk from a plethora of wide, open spaces including the famous Long Walk, Windsor Great Park – including the Long Walk – Savill Garden and the River Thames. All of which are perfect spots to set up and soak in the great outdoors whilst enjoying a picnic. 

HOW: Room rates at Castle Hotel Windsor start from £154.00 inclusive of breakfast and VAT. For more information visit https://castlehotelwindsor.com/. Castle Hotel Windsor’s picnic menu starts from £30 per person and includes a bottle of water.

A picnic fit for royalty at Glenapp Castle  

It is easy to get lost within the castle’s 110 acres of private estate and local woodland or escaping to the majestic Scottish countryside for long romantic walks and beautiful views of Ailsa Craig and Northern Ireland. Glenapp Castle offers 65 diverse activities from stargazing, canoeing, coasteering, kayaking, yoga, forest bathing – making sure there is something for every kind of traveller.

One of the main attractions is exploring the west coast on the Glenapp Castle RIB boat. From the local port of Girvan, guests can spend the day on a private boat tour visiting the iconic Ailsa Craig, the volcanic outcrop that is home to an abundance of bird life. While not exactly a summer picnic, you can also enjoy a meal outside your glamping tent, cooked by a private chef. Now this is the kind of picnic that would impress even the most discerning luxury traveller.

The wonderful Glenapp Castle team can prepare a wonderful picnic with freshly prepared sandwiches, delicious salads and fresh fruit to enjoy after a busy day of exploring. There is also plenty of opportunity to spot amazing marine life, from twenty-foot-long basking sharks to dolphins, minke whales, and seals!

HOW: Glenapp Castle offers a private boat trip to the iconic Ailsa Craig costing from £750 for half a day. Picnics cost from £27.50 per person / www.glenappcastle.com / 01465 831212

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