With many of us fearing that our annual great summer holiday would be unsalvageable, a recent Government announcement green-lighting the opening of UK hotels, B&Bs and camp spots has resurrected the possibility of a sunny getaway. Fancy staying in your own human sized beehive? Listening to the sound of owls hooting as you drink champers from a hot tub? Wild swimming in a privately-owned river? Practicing your longboarding in Cornwall? Sophie Everard rounds up the best staycation holidays in the UK, away from crowds.
Active staycation holidays with 2XS
A dedicated water-sports centre based at the beautiful West Wittering beach, the UK’s answer to the Caribbean. 2XS teach everything from windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and stand up paddling to foiling. Escape to one of the UK’s most stunning beaches for a hit of action to rekindle your sense of adventure.
Surfing staycation holidays with Surf Sistas
Surf Sistas are one of the most-loved British women’s surf camps, who have been operating for over 15 years with outposts around the world. Based in Newquay, the Cornish surf weekends offer everything from beginner trips to longboard focussed clinics. With a ratio of 1 to 3 clients per coach, all lessons are conducted within the 2 metre social distancing guidelines. Priority is given to disinfecting equipment.
Boating staycation holidays at sea with Vivid
Vivid is a 88ft Jongert 2700M, the flagship vessel in diYachting’s fleet, and will be available to charter from 11th July in the UK. Offering a slightly different take on the UK staycation, Vivid will be exploring the South of England by sea in true style this summer, with paddleboards, fishing rods and donutting, which will create endless fun for those on board.
Glamping staycation holidays with Home Farm
With 150 acres of stunning fields and woodland just outside London, Home Farm Glamping is London’s nearest glamping site, located in farm land in Elstree, just five minutes from the end of the Jubilee and Northern Lines. Relax and reconnect with nature a stone’s throw from the country’s capital.
Treehouse staycation holidays with Canopy And Stars
Canopy and Stars‘ unique getaways adorn many an Insta-feed. Their artfully curated selection of the most inspiring places to go glamping in the UK fuels many mid-afternoon scrolling breaks as their collections of unique, creative places to stay in the outdoors give you a genuine experience of a life more wild. Book yourself a whimsical treehouse, stay in a romantic, secluded lakehouse in the Cheshire countryside, kip amongst lavender fields in a converted removal van, moor up in Brixham in a boat, or stay in a human sized beehive (yep!), sipping champagne as the steam from the outdoor bath drifts up the rock walls. Dreamy.
Devon staycation holidays at Longlands
Explore North Devon and immerse yourself in a simpler way of living. Toast marshmallows over the fire, gaze at star filled skies, snuggle into a warm bed and listen to the owls and the babble of the stream at Longlands Devon’s stunning luxury glamping pods. It’s an experience that will make you feel lucky to be alive.
A Weekend by the Sea in Margate
Stay at the two-bedroom Margate Majesty and spend the weekend blowing away the lockdown cobwebs with refreshing sea breezes, coastal walks and fish & chips on the front. The picturesque property is well located to explore the town’s shops, cafes and local attractions, and the famous Viking Coastal Trail. A 25-mile trek which passes through Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate to Pegwell Bay is perfect for those wanting to stretch their legs. Available through THIRDHOME Rentals.
St Tropez Style Beach Retreat
Oliver’s Travels’ Beach Retreat boasts an enviable position right on the Kent coast. The house has been newly refurbished to an exceptional standard with king size beds, Jacuzzi bath, marble fireplaces, cinema room, real sunlight room, St Tropez style living area with beach bar, spacious garden and direct access to the sandy beach.
The retreat is one of the first in the country to have installed innovative health-giving sun simulators safely imitating real sunlight. The sun room is beneficial against a whole host of health conditions including Seasonal Affective Disorder, stress, arthritis and more. The property is located in the village Dymchurch nearby Hythe and Folkestone, and sleeps 13 guests in 7 bedrooms so get booking that party gathering now!
A Renovated Factory in the Heart of the New Forest
Nestled within the New Forest National Park, The Brick House is a beautifully renovated factory situated on the edge of the privately owned Beaulieu River. Beautiful brickwork and modern amenities bring together a perfect mix of old and new and the welcome addition of a yurt in the warmer months allows space to invite a few more guests. It also doubles as a magical outdoor hideaway for younger guests.
On the topic of kids, the New Forest is brimming with fun family activities including kayaking, canoeing and archery. Guests can brave some wild-swimming in the nearby pontoon or take the boat taxi from the house downstream to a local pub for a spot of dinner and a pint, because you will have earned it after all that outdoor fun. The Brick House comfortably sleeps up to eight guests across five well-appointed bedrooms.
A Rustic Country Farmhouse in the Cotswolds
The Farmhouse is a beautifully appointed 18th century Cotswold stone house, turned into a luxurious home from home. Located in one of the most beautiful spots in the Cotswolds, it is a true English countryside retreat nestled on a stunning 150 acre working farm. Here you can benefit from using the estates’ facilities privately; exploring and wandering the extensive grounds; ordering farm to fork catering to your cottage; and have a fabulous team on hand to make sure you are thoroughly looked after. The estate facilities such as the heated spring water pool, hot tub, bikes, croquet, boules, badminton and tennis court will all be available for guests to book for private use, including the swimming pool.
Health reboot staycation holidays at the Lanserhof
Global leader in innovative medicine Lanserhof is now offering a post covid-19 programme at all of its resorts, including Lanserhof at The Arts Club, London. The programme includes a comprehensive diagnosis to give yourself a full head to toe MOT with therapies including infusion therapy, oxygen therapy, cryotherapy, lymph treatments and Sports science consulting and support. This is perfect for anyone in need of a mind, body overhaul after going stir-crazy during lockdown.
St Michaels Resort, Cornwall
In a bid to help save the great British summer getaway, St Michaels Resort has launched a new seven-night Full Board Break that puts Cornish food centre stage and champions local restaurant partners. The Full Board Break offers seven nights’ accommodation for the price of six, plus all meals; including a daily Cornish breakfast and a two-course lunch from the Garden Kitchen menu and a three-course dinner at Brasserie on the Bay.
Dine on their private sundeck or at the socially distanced restaurant. If you fancy venturing out of the hotel, you can dine at nearby partner restaurants, which is a great way to support local businesses.
The Painswick – reopening July 29th 2020
A picture perfect 18th century Palladian pile in the Cotswold village of Painswick, The Painswick is the perfect place for a snug countryside escape with family and friends. Its 16 sweet and stylish bedrooms enjoy stunning valley views and a sprawling terrace, which is ideal for al fresco drinks and dining.
Alongside country cool interiors, the bar serves creative cocktails and a bold restaurant menu packed with local produce presided over by chef Jamie McCallum. Cycle tours with Wild Carrot and walking on the Cotswold Way are some of the ways that guests can explore the local countryside.
The Lord Crewe Arms – reopening 29th July 2020
Wildly romantic and perfectly remote. The Lord Crewe Arms is perched in the tiny village of Blanchard in the middle of the North Pennines. Dating back to 1165 and originally a guesthouse for the monks of Blanchard Abbey. Today it has 21 rooms in soothing Pennine hues. Surrounded by forest and heath, The Lord Crewe Arms is a reflection of relaxed Northumbrian hospitality. Guests can enjoy locally brewed ales in the Crypt bar with food focusing on fresh local flavours. Make the most of the remote location with walking, fishing, cycling, shooting and star gazing.
The Gainsborough, Bath Spa
Those looking for true rest and relaxation post lockdown need look no further than YTL Hotels’ The Gainsborough Bath Spa – the only hotel in the UK to offer its visitors the opportunity to access and experience Bath’s famed natural thermal waters. The hotel’s private water reserve bubbles to the surface at 47 degrees centigrade, packed full of rich natural minerals. Combined with award-winning design, this is a majestic spa and gourmet journey in the heart of Bath.
Disclaimer: Always check the latest government guidelines before making any bookings.
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