11 British staycations to inspire your travel
An exotic adventure might be top of your travel wish list, but with foreign travel still in doubt we're turning our wanderlust closer to home. Here are 10 UK holidays worth checking out.
It’s no secret that staycations are firmly back on the map. And while travelling abroad for your holiday might be appealing, there are plenty of incredible UK destinations to explore – from sailing the English canals to coastal treks and luxury country spa getaways.
Here, the Travel Professionals reveal their pick of the best places in Britain to visit. So this year, there really is no reason to dust off your passport.
Walking & trekking
Head to south-west Wales and explore the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast in Britain’s only truly coastal National Park. Walking is a great way to discover the beautiful scenery which includes towering cliffs, secluded coves, traditional fishing harbours, Neolithic burial chambers and unspoilt beaches. Try your hand at sea kayaking and learn about Welsh culture and history.
Another off-the-beaten-track British destination is unspoilt Northumberland in the north-east of the country. Famed for its architecture and stunning landscapes, it’s also where Earl Grey tea originated. There’s plenty to see and do from rugged coastlines to ancient castles – and there are plenty of paths and routes just waiting to be explored. Discover Roman Britannia on Hadrian’s Wall and the scenic beauty in the Simonside Hills.
On your bike
Can’t wait for a new outdoor adventure but don’t want to venture too far? Explore the picture postcard scenery – scenic lakes, lofty crags and spectacular vistas – of the Lakes District from the saddle of a bicycle. From gentle country lanes and flat lake-side cycle paths to long-distance trails and iconic mountain ascents that will challenge even the fittest cyclist, this is the perfect cycling territory. Climb the forested Whinlatter Pass, stop to refuel on cake before whizzing down into Keswick.
Reposing on the edge of the New Forest, overlooking stunning parkland, sits Chewton Glen, an elegant country estate and one of the few remaining bastions of quintessential English living. Sandwiched between stunning countryside and the placid seafront and comprised of over 130 acres of parkland, gardens, and coastline, it’s a five-star luxury hotel and spa where guests can truly escape to relax. There’s a golf course, tennis courts and a croquet lawn, as well as plenty of activities from falconry and archery to duck herding and mountain biking. And with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Southampton a stone’s throw away, there’s plenty more to explore beyond the borders of this charming country house hotel.
If it’s the Cotswold’s you fancy, head to Farncombe Estate – a truly unique place to stay set on 400-acres in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside. There are three hotels on the estate, but we love The Fish – a collection of quirky houses and huts nestled in a hillside. Each one has been individually designed to connect guests with nature – think rustic interiors with exposed wooden frames, Scandi-chic decor, rooms heated by wood-fired stoves, outdoor heated bathtubs. Filled with historic towns and picturesque rolling hills aplenty – the Cotswolds offers something for everyone, be it families, couples or friends travelling together.
For the ultimate in luxury and glamour with a dash of adventure, it’s got to be the historic Belmond British Pullman. Built in the 1920s and ’30s, and once used to transport Royalty, visiting dignitaries and the British elite, each of the train’s cars have been restored to their former glory.
On offer are a range of unique themed day trips departing from London Victoria and selected locations around the UK, as well as a select few ‘Short Breaks’ to cities where you can choose to stay overnight. Journeys can be made to historic cities in the UK, including Bath, Canterbury, Cambridge and the Cotswolds villages as well as to events such as Goodwood, the Grand National and the RHS Chatsworth House Flower Show. Special events hosted on-board include dinners hosted by celebrity chefs such as Raymond Blanc or Michel Roux JR, as well as Christmas lunches, Valentine’s Day lunches and afternoon teas.
The United Kingdom has an extensive network of rivers and canals leading from one end of the country to the other. From the Norfolk Broads to the Oxford waterways and the Scottish Lochs and canals, you are never too far away from a waterway network. There is something for everyone – from the tranquil, natural landscapes of The Broads to the lively River Thames. Spend an afternoon strolling through quaint towns for afternoon tea, wind your way along shore side paths or stop to watch the sunset over endless horizons.
Looking for some coastal luxury? Say hello to Clowance near St Ives. Set in 97 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and woodlands, this collection of lodges with private hot tubs are amongst the most luxurious in Cornwall. So, whether you fancy an action-packed weekend exploring the Cornish coastline or want to experience an indulgent getaway with your loved ones, with an 18th century manor house, a range of onsite facilities and even a golf course, Clowance has everything you need for a truly memorable holiday.
Peckmoor Farm Lodges is the perfect rural escape to unwind, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Dorset’s countryside. Surrounded by wildlife and set within 350 acres of rolling countryside and woodland, the farm is home to animals including sheep and horses. And there are plenty of walks from short strolls to full-on rambles. The cosy cluster of lodges keeps the emphasis on indulgent home-from-home living – snuggle up by the wood-burner or drink in the dark skies as you sink back into the luxury of your own private bubbling hot tub. There’s plenty to see in the local area – soaring cliffs, horseshoe coves, unique beaches and famous fossils of the iconic Jurassic Coast. And for a city fix, Exeter’s fabulous cathedral, high street shopping and river cruises make for a great day out.
Gardens of Southern England
Take time out to discover the secret gardens of England. From formal walled gardens to open parkland, the flora of these historic houses and Conservation projects will delight and inspire your next green-fingered project. Various private tours are available at each location, and afterwards you can sit back in a tearoom, overlooking beautiful vistas. Or how about a self-drive trip? All about stunning landscapes and taking the time to stop and smell the roses. Travelling through Bath, Cheltenham, Bradford-Upon-Avon, Cornwall and Devon.
Set in the rural landscape of Sussex and enjoying a private hot tub, the Hobbit House is a wonderfully unique and cosy home for four, built by local craftsman using local materials. Enter through the distinctive round door you’ll and find a whole other world inside! A starry blue ceiling with perfect atmospheric lighting shines down on this enchanting wood-filled circular room. The vaulted and beamed ceiling and oak flooring perfectly frame the central living area. Outside and down the pathway there’s a hot tub – perfect for those who enjoy relaxing just as much as the great outdoors – with views across the Sussex countryside!
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