With the end of the UK lockdown in sight, the desire to travel and escape the monotony of everyday life is greater than ever before. It is not surprising that UK summer holidays have become increasingly popular over the past few months with holiday cottages and houses for the peak dates now in short supply. We have collated a list of some “off the beaten track” staycation inspiration for those looking for something a little different this summer:
Royal Scotsman, Scotland
Take a ride on one of the world’s most opulent trains and explore the Scottish Highlands in style. This Belmond train takes luxury to the next level with its stunning Edwardian-style interior design, private cabins and exquisite food and service which could easily mirror that of a top Scottish country house hotel. Various exciting itineraries and excursions are available throughout the summer with prices starting from around £3,000 per person.
This marvellous “village within a village” is the epitome of English heritage and Cotswold charm. The estate is made up of a collection of sympathetically restored farm buildings which have been beautifully finished to the highest of standards emphasising the character and history of the site. With a multitude of accommodation options, a superb restaurant, elegant shop, Meadow spa, enviable cookery school, kitchen gardens, country pub and natural spring water swimming pool, Thyme is an experience not to be missed. Bedrooms start from £265 per room per night.
Bovey Castle Private Estate Lodges, Dartmoor National Park
Enjoy the best of both worlds with the privacy and freedom of your own lodge set within the grounds of the five-star Bovey Castle hotel. These stylish and contemporary lodges the perfect setting for a family break with their excellent self-catering facilities, cosy fireplaces, barbeque areas and stunning views across the estate. Lodges start from £720 per night.
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire
Immerse yourself in the countryside at one of the Britain’s most renowned manor house hotels. With 32 luxurious bedrooms and suites, a two Michelin star restaurant, The Raymond Blanc Cookery School and organic kitchen gardens, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is the perfect place to unwind and escape the challenges of today. Deluxe rooms from £1,125 per night.
Of course, these are just a handful of the options available, and we’re on hand to help tailor an escape unique to you for this summer (and beyond).
To discuss your next escape and to have something to look forward to this summer, why not speak to our team and let them create something out of this world, right on your doorstep.
Head of Private Travel, The Oxford Travel Collection