01 September 2020
As the school holidays draw to a close, and the kids go back to school, those without children are left to enjoy all the freedom presented by the dwindling crowds.
To help you make the most of it, we’ve picked out four luxurious UK properties that should be high on your list for an indulgent break this autumn.
Looking to slow down and leave the hectic urban life behind? A rural retreat to the leafy shores of Lake Grasmere in the Lake District National Park may be just what you need.
This renovated Gothic fairy-tale property still bears much of its characterful features and has spacious gardens to sit out in and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings and postcard-perfect views that inspired the work of William Wordsworth.
Forest Side’s luxurious Master Rooms are elegantly appointed with high-quality furnishings, separate sitting areas and luxurious bathrooms with double-ended baths and natural bath products handmade by Bramley.
Nestled within a 150-acre estate, the Thyme hotel encapsulates an idealised vision of the British countryside. The hotel is made up from a collection of restored historic buildings including a cosy local pub and 17th-century cottages.
The hotel is a big advocate for sustainability which is why when you dine at the restaurant, you’ll find that much of your food is sourced from the onsite farm – whether that’s eggs from the resident hens or herbs and vegetables from the garden. Thyme is also the proud recipient of the highest rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and is working towards totally removing all single-use plastics.
Once a medieval hunting lodge, this New Forest manor has received an elaborate makeover to become the award-winning property that we see today.
The Herb House spa is spread over three floors with a mud house, sauna, steam room, indoor and outdoor heated pools and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The Raw & Cured café also serves up fresh healthy smoothies and juices to enjoy post-treatment.
For an indulgent couple’s trip, the Pavilion Forest Lodge is a dream escape. Separate from the main house, the lodge features a four‑poster bed, a roll‑top bath in the bay window and a private terrace overlooking your rural surrounds.
Take yourself away to the lush green countryside of Wales for a peaceful break at this cosy guesthouse. Having been named the best hotel in Wales by the Sunday Times, The Royston brims with personality from its vibrant décor and stunning valley views.
If you enjoy outdoor pursuits, you can find waterfalls, woodlands and adventure sports within easy reach, and after a day out exploring, simply curl up by the fire pit and enjoy one of the provided board games.
The homely dining room serves up breakfast and supper, with a focus on nourishing home-made fare created using ingredients from local farms. When the sun is out, you can take your slice of cake and drink outside into the gardens.
To book your staycation to some of the UK’s most luxurious properties, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.