The staycation trend of recent years looks like it’s here to stay and it’s clear to see why. From a short weekend away, mid-week breakthrough to a longer holiday there is so much choice when it comes to a holiday in the UK. Explore the rural wilderness of the Scottish countryside, enjoy the quaint character of historic English towns or opt for a romantic hideaway on the southern coast – all this and more can be found in our best UK staycation round up. Read on to find out more.
The Pheasant and Partridge, Helmsley, North Yorkshire by Beautiful Escapes.
This unique property itself comprises of two apartments which can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests or separately for smaller groups. This stunning historic conversion has been beautifully renovated to the highest standards with elegant furnishings, original artworks and high-spec gadgets to ensure every stay is as comfortable as possible. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor terrace which boasts an eight-person hydro pool hot tub for the ultimate in alfresco pampering.
Historic market town, Helmsley offers guests the best of both worlds. On the doorstep of the North York Moors, it’s great for outdoor adventure whilst the town itself is a bustling hive of independent cafes, shops and eateries and only a short drive away are award-winning restaurants including two Michelin star restaurants.
The Nook, Near Rock Cornwall by Perfect Stays
The Nook, is located on the outskirts of Rock in Cornwall and is a beautiful boutique hideaway ideal for couples. The property combines Scandi style finished with bold industrial accents. The open plan kitchen and living areas create a bright and airy space which opens out to the garden and terrace complete with hot tub. A free-standing bath for those who prefer to soak indoors and a wood burner makes this the perfect abode for couples to enjoy a romantic retreat.
The pretty coastal fishing village of Rock in Cornwall truly is a natural beauty spot which is known for its sandy beach and vibrant atmosphere. With a plethora of scenic coastal walks, excellent cycling routes and sheltered waters for all sorts of water-sports it’s the perfect place for lovers of the outdoors.
Place Barton, Near Exeter by Boutique Retreats.
For those looking for a country hideaway, the superb onsite facilities mean that guests have all they need within the property and grounds. This exquisite 15th century cottage is the perfect choice for a family holiday or gathering for larger groups. Set in 120 acres of woodlands, there is plenty to explore outdoors and the dedicated boot-room makes it easy to keep the mud at bay and for fitness or fun the heated outdoor swimming pool is a real attraction. For guests who prefer a more chilled-out vibe, the spacious living spaces within the property are kitted out with plenty of indoor entertainment facilities in sumptuous surrounds. Open fires, original period features and vintage finishing touches all contribute to the rustic charm of this stunning and unique property.
Approx. six miles southwest of Exeter, this property is the ideal base to explore the local area; coastal walks, water-sports, adventure parks and historic castles are all within easy access of the property. And the dining scene offers great variety with local country pubs presenting high-quality menus and a relaxed vibe or choose one of the two Michelin Star restaurants for a special occasion.
Little Scarlet, Burford, Oxfordshire by Unique Homestays
Combing business and pleasure is a balance that is easily afforded by working remotely and a quintessential Cotswolds cottage is an idyllic choice. This Grade II listed property is undeniably romantic and finished to the highest of standards with many retained original features meaning guests can work within opulent surrounding and enjoy more than a touch of luxury during downtime. This ‘adults-only’ property boasts a private courtyard for alfresco dinners and a soak in the twin-set free-standing slipper baths are the perfect way to end the day.
Known as the gateway to the Cotswolds, Burford is the epitome of olde worlde charm – winding streets and ancient properties line its charming high street and winding streets and the impressive medieval bridge adds to its historic vibe. With plenty of independent shops, pubs and cafes along the main high street there is lots of choice or venture slightly further afield to enjoy countryside walks, museums and wildlife parks.
The Fortalice, Glen Isla, Perthshire by Oliver’s Travels
The Fortalice is a historic Scottish castle set in the rugged Scottish Highlands and has been lovingly restored to present a pet and family friendly holiday home ideal for larger groups or even small weddings. The stunning Great Hall was made for banqueting so guests can make an occasion of every meal. Original features combined with modern luxury enhances this property’s unique charm and the indoor games rooms means that fun for all the family can be enjoyed no matter the weather.
The rural location presents an abundance of choice when it comes to outdoor adventure; walking, fishing, cycling and exploring can be enjoyed right on Fortalice’s doorstep or just a short car journey away lies world famous golf-courses, and snow sport facilities in the winter months.
Gardeners East Cottage, Coworth Park, by The Dorchester Collection.
This intimate private suite is located within the upscale Coworth Park which means guests benefit from the privacy of an exclusive use property whilst still enjoying the comforts of a hotel-like resort. Designed for blissful country living in all seasons, the suite boasts a roaring fire for cosy evenings in whilst the bright and modern garden room opens to a private garden presenting uninterrupted views across the lakes, polo fields and lush woodlands of the estate. The elegant and modern décor along with the freestanding copper bath make this a beautiful bolthole in which guests can completely unwind.
Coworth Park is in expansive historic woodlands close in the upmarket town of Ascot. The once Royal manor house dates back to 1066, and has a fascinating history, before undergoing extensive restoration, in September 2010 when it opened as a Dorchester Collection hotel. With onsite activities such as a spa and wellness centre, horse-riding, polo and many other country pursuits there is lots to do within the grounds. And for those wishing to take a day trip out nearby Windsor is a wonderful historic place to explore. The Restaurant Coworth Park has been awarded a Michelin Star and presents a fine menu and dining experience, whilst the other bars, snugs and social spaces offer guests a more relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy food and drinks.