As France is removed from the no-quarantine list, a staycation has never looked more appealing. So it's great news that many of our favourite UK hotels have now re-opened. But are we ready to go back to them? A self-contained house serviced by a hotel or one benefitting from hotel-quality services seems like a pretty good place to start. Here are ten of the best.
Seabreeze, Tresco Estate, Isles of Scilly
三级成人视频Following in the footsteps of Charles and Diana, who often took Princes William and Harry to the sub-tropical Isles of Scilly for holidays when they were little, The Cambridges have decamped to the archipelago for a quick holiday before George and Charlotte start school again and have been spotted walking on Tresco (Charles has a house on the neighbouring island of St Marys). Should the same idea appeal to you, consider booking the newest and most luxurious holiday house in the Scillies, Seabreeze.
三级成人视频Sitting right on the water’s edge overlooking Ravens Porth Beach, Seabreeze cottage has five en-suite bedrooms, a cosy living room and spacious open-plan kitchen-dining room, a yoga deck and a private garden with a barbecue, outdoor kitchen, firepit and direct access to the beach.
三级成人视频Set within the Tresco Estate, the house has access to Sea Garden Spa, (a two-minute walk away) with its indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and tennis courts and elsewhere on the estate, on the neighbouring island of Bryher, so close you can walk over there in wellies on a Spring low-tide, is Hell Bay Hotel, with its award-winning restaurant.
From £5,355 for seven nights.
Lake Suites at Linthwaite House, Cumbria
三级成人视频After last year’s £12m refurbishment by new owners, Linthwaite House emerged with a new restaurant by Simon Rogan (chef-owner of two-Michelin starred L’Enclume nearby) and six Lake Suites, just a short stroll from the main house, close to the hotel’s private tarn (small lake).
三级成人视频These suites are split between two new barn-like structures – three in each - which share their own private lawn and drive. All have floor-to-ceiling windows and two suites in each have a hot tub.
三级成人视频The hotel has just launched a package offering all six suites together, including ingredients for a gourmet picnic from Rogan’s new restaurant at the hotel, Henrock.
Like all of the hotels mentioned here, it hopes to re-open in July if government guidelines allow it.
From £8,200 for two nights;
The Dower House at Coworth Park, Berkshire
三级成人视频This Grade II-listed private cottage in the grounds of Coworth Park was built the year before the main house, in 1775. Today, it’s a great alternative to a stay at the hotel, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in September and has an excellent spa and a renowned equestrian centre and polo fields.
While the house is only a couple of minutes’ walk away from the main mansion, it has its own private gated entrance and couldn’t feel more private.
There are three en-suite bedrooms, two working fireplaces, a drawing room, study, dining room and a fully-equipped kitchen with an AGA. You can also enjoy the services of both a chef and a butler on request. The hotel is hoping to re-open on 4 July.
From £5,500 per night, with a two-night minimum stay;
The cottages at Lucknam Park, Wiltshire
A Palladian mansion-turned-country house hotel near Bath, Lucknam Park, which is hoping to re-open on 14 July, sits at the end of a lime and beech tree-lined Avenue.
Set within 500 acres of listed parkland, it’s got a great spa with in-and-outdoor pools, tennis courts and a riding school but also a Michelin-starred restaurant and an excellent cookery school.
There are two tucked-away cottages – one in a courtyard near the entrance to the estate, the other close to the spa. The former, Keeper’s Cottage, which opened in 2018, sleeps six in three en-suite bedrooms and Squire’s Cottage, which opened last autumn, sleeps eight in four en-suite bedrooms.
Each cottage is individually decorated but both are elegant and cosy with wood-burning stoves and enclosed gardens. Each comes with daily linen change and a welcome hamper with champagne, Nespresso capsules and other ‘essentials’.
Keeper’s Cottage cost from £1,150 per night and Squire’s Cottage from £1,550, with a three-night minimum stay.
Queenwood Lodge at Bowood Hotel, Wiltshire
Bowood Estate has been in the Lansdowne family since 1754 - the 9th Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne still live in Bowood House, amidst 100 acres of Capability Brown parkland. It’s also home to Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort - and Queenwood Lodge (pictured top).
三级成人视频The lodge is a Georgian house with four bedrooms (sleeping eight) set within its own private grounds on the estate. Guests can use all the hotel facilities and you’re only a stroll from the stately home and formal gardens.
三级成人视频Golfers will love Queenwood Lodge’s proximity to the estate’s Dave Thomas-designed 18-hole PGA golf course and academy, which you can see from its private patio (with barbecue area) and garden. With its stylish but relaxed, book-filled drawing room with an open fire, this house is perfect for a family.
三级成人视频You can take it on a fully hosted basis (with chef and housekeeper) or do your own thing. The hotel is hoping to re-open on 4 July.
From £465 per night;
Long White Cloud at YTL Hotels’ Monkey Island Estate, Berkshire
三级成人视频Monkey Island Estate, the hotel which opened early last year in two Palladian follies on a seven-acre island in the Thames at Bray, recently launched six Private Residences. These are all off-island on the Bray side of the river (a footbridge connects the two), in historically interesting buildings.
三级成人视频The closest to the hotel and the loveliest is Long White Cloud, which sits right on the river’s edge, was once owned by Stirling Moss and where Elgar often stayed. After a complete restoration, it has emerged freshly contemporary with four en-suite bedrooms, a spacious kitchen and an indoor swimming pool.
三级成人视频Long White Cloud is also right next door to another of Monkey Islands’ new private residences, the three-bedroom Sundial Cottage which was the home of Thunderbirds creator Sylvia Anderson (also the voice of Lady Penelope) until she died. The houses come with full use of all the hotel facilities, 20% off treatments at the excellent Floating Spa (located on a barge) and 10% off food at the restaurant.
The hotel is yet to announce its re-opening date.
Long White Cloud costs from £950 per night;
Ivy Cottage at Summer Lodge, Dorset
On the edge of a pretty village in the Dorset hills, Summer Lodge is the only five-star hotel in the area. It is staunchly floral, but in this setting it works.
The hotel is well known for its excellent spa and world-class wines – a winning combination. For a bit more privacy while still enjoying all the facilities, book a stay at Ivy Cottage, an idyllic 400-year-old stone chalet next door, where the bold English florals continue.
The house sleeps four in two double bedrooms – one with a splendid freestanding tub - and has an open fire and a pretty little sheltered garden with a hot tub. Room service is available 24 hours a day and you can dine by candle light under the stars. Summer Lodge is hoping to re-open on 4 July.
From £635 per night;
The Townhouse at YTL Hotels’ Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath, Somerset
For something more urban, consider The Townhouse at Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in Bath with direct access to the city’s thermal waters, brilliantly situated right in the centre of the city.
The Townhouse, an elegant Georgian home adjacent to the main hotel, sleeps five in three bedrooms and spread over four floors, it offers both privacy and space. The characterful house, which also has an outdoor patio, is filled with unique Georgian antiques and furniture and a few particularly decadent touches like a copper bathtub in the master suite. A daily turndown by hotel staff is included unless you request otherwise.
The hotel is yet to announce a re-opening date.
From £795 per weeknight;
Hound Lodge at Goodwood Hotel, West Sussex
三级成人视频A peaceful, private retreat at the heart of the Goodwood Estate, Hound Lodge sleeps 20 in ten rooms. Built by the first Duke of Richmond in the 17th Century as a very grand kennel for his beloved hounds, it has gone from ‘dog house’ to one of the loveliest holiday rentals imaginable. Dogs are, of course, still very much welcome.
Now a ‘Masterpiece Estate’ within the Oetker Collection of very grand rentals, Hound Lodge is offered on a hosted basis, with privileged access to all the best things on offer at Goodwood, so expect everything from exclusive access to the historic motor circuit and racetrack to cricket matches.
You can use The Goodwood Hotel’s indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi and add in as many other extras as you like, including a tour of Goodwood House, golf on its two championship courses, clay pigeon shooting, a drive to the nearby Cass Sculpture Foundation.
From £10,000 per night (excluding host & VAT); oetkercollection.com
Carbis Beach Lodges at Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Just before you get to St Ives you hit Carbis Bay – home to the most extraordinary expanse of golden sand, lapped by turquoise water. It is also home to Carbis Bay Hotel, which owns and maintains the beach and recently built eight new Beach Lodges on it, with direct beach access.
Seven lodges sleep six and Lodge Eight, at the end of the row so the most private-feeling, sleeps eight. Each has great big windows, an open-plan living and dining space, a private garden and a surf-facing hot tub. The hotel can arrange private dinners in your lodge.
三级成人视频In-lodge dinners would normally be prepared by the chef in front of you, but in the current circumstances, they will be prepared at the hotel and delivered to your door. The hotel can also arrange for you to have your own private barbecue on the beach. All being well, the hotel will re-open on 4 July.
Lodges start from £1,500 per night;
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