The UK has many incredible destinations that are great ways for us to relax and unwind. Let us inspire you to make your next vacation a domestic one.
Luxury Holidays in the UK
Recent years have seen a surge in UK staycations. People are at last realising the treasures that await the domestic tourist awaiting them on these shores.
Whether you wish to discover Britain’s long coastline, explore one of the many national parks, or unearth the UK’s rich and varied culture the opportunities for the UK visitor are endless.
This culture stretches back to the ancient remains, such as Stonehenge, that are littered around the country, through the many Roman cities, such as Bath, Chester and York, to more modern classics, including the capital cities of London and Edinburgh. Many stately homes, castles and ruins are run by the National Trust and English Heritage ensuring that the country’s treasure are preserved and open to the public.
In many towns, museums and galleries are free for public access, and the recent growth in bespoke city tours, often led by history buffs, allows people to discover the local culture in a way that is far removed than the staid formula of yesteryear.
A more contemporary approach also applies to the UK’s food and drink industry. The emergence of gastro pubs, craft beer and gin distilleries, fuelled by the country’s obsession with TV chef celebrities has changed the hospitality industry throughout the country. Now, the UK has a cuisine to rival that of across the Channel, but with a youthful dynamism that ensures it will continue to flourish well into the century.
Away from the urban areas, the UK has an amazing, wide array of landscapes as evidenced by the diverse national parks and long coastline. Many people are now returning to nature in their choice of vacation, travelling in an environmentally-friendly manner across the country, glamping, cycling, forest bathing, wild swimming, meditating or simply rambling through the wonderful inviting countryside. The UK really is a treasure waiting to be explored on your doorstep.
Our favourite UK Stays
Indulge in comfort with your family or friends with a UK staycation. Here is a selection of our most popular places to stay. This sample of lodges and hotels is provided to get your creative juices flowing, but if you already have a place in mind, we would love to help tailor make your dream holiday.
3 NIGHTS – SLEEPS 4
Nestled within 97 acres of magnificent landscaped parkland, Clowance is the perfect choice for those who wish to relax and unwind in a tranquil setting and it was awarded Made for Mums bronze award for family-friendly holidays.
Well-positioned to explore the delights of the surrounding area and only 20 minutes from both North and South coasts. An unforgettable holiday experience that you will want to enjoy all year round.
Coworth Park, Ascot
2 NIGHTS – 2 SHARING
Coworth Park offers idyllic relaxation in many guises, from a rural detox to an indulgent, romantic escape. Here you’ll find an experience to refresh every sense within a welcoming oasis of calm.
A hotel for all seasons, you can enjoy the wildflower meadow in summer, relax in comfort during winter evenings in front of the fire, take long, tranquil walks through golden autumn and savour the fresh scent of the vivid bluebells of spring.
Pennyhill Park, Surrey
2 NIGHTS – 2 SHARING
Tucked away in the Surrey Hills is this gorgeous luxury hotel and spa, 123 acres of land offering beautiful country walks. This really is a countryside retreat like no other.
Experience some rest and relaxation with multiple pools and Jacuzzis, thermal cabins, relaxation rooms and spa treatments. Once rejuvenated head on over for a bite to eat in the restaurant and settle into the evening by the fireplace with a drink.
Countryside Retreat in Suffolk
4 NIGHTS – SLEEPS 8
Enjoy a rejuvenating stay at this bright and beautiful restored, countryside cottage. Lose yourself in nature… disconnect your phone and reconnect with yourself and the family.
Set in the heart of Suffolk, this stunning bolthole has panoramic views from every window. Nestled in a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, showcasing perfectly landscaped gardens and clear lakes, an exclusive reserve for an old-fashioned country escape.
Grantley Hall, Yorkshire
2 NIGHTS – 2 SHARING
Imagine sitting in a big arm chair, round the fire place with a drink in hand, not a care in the world. This really is a hidden gem found in the Yorkshire Dales offering four restaurants to choose from and three bars to indulge in.
We all need some luxury and relaxation in life, so head on into the Three Graces Spa and choose from the extensive list of treatments or just simply lay back and relax by the pool.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
2 NIGHTS – 2 SHARING
A beautiful Georgian family home lovingly restored to its historic origins, Heckfield Place is at the heart of a bountiful 400-acre estate and boasts a holistic environment with a deep rooted eco-friendly ethos.
Embrace the Great British countryside in style and be sure to pack your smart tweeds, classic checks, waxy Barbour’s but no need to worry about wellies as you will have plenty of Hunters to choose from.
NC500 Self-Drive Adventure
11 NIGHTS – 2 SHARING
The North Coast 500 brings together a route of more than 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery – 516 miles, to be exact. Not only is this one of the world’s best road trips, but it’s also one of the most beautiful.
The NC500 has hundreds more miles to explore, don’t just stick to the main route – step off the beaten path to discover all the experiences, culture and opportunities on offer.
grand Tour of the Uk
11 NIGHTS – 2 SHARING
Imbued with centuries of history and culture, the UK is one of the most rewarding nations to explore by train. Discover the length and breadth of Britain, experiencing ancient attractions, modern cities, and wild landscapes.
A highlight for many, will be the journey on the ‘The Jacobite’ steam train to Mallaig from Fort William. Seen in the infamous Harry Potter films, you will travel the same line.
Heart of England Tour
5 NIGHTS – 2 SHARING
“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it” – so wrote William Shakespeare in As You Like It. Explore Shakespeare’s Stratford, including visits to his Birthplace and School.
There is so much more than just the Bard to discover on this tour. Explore the picturesque Cotswolds and the tranquil Hidcote Manor Garden, visit Warwick Castle and immerse yourself in the streets of Oxford.
Places to visit in UK
Cornwall Breaks UK Coast Path Penzance
The UK is much like Dr Who’s famed Tardis, the space inside is far larger than at first appears. While major cities, such as London and Edinburgh have a plethora of cultural and culinary attractions, the further you steal yourself away from them the greater the freedom you will discover.
Whether it is sailing or surfing off the coast in Cornwall and Devon in the far Southwest of the country, or wild swimming and glamping in the forest of Scotland, or hiding away on the remote Scottish islands in the Hebrides and Shetland, you are bound to return from your UK staycation revitalised, reinvigorated and reborn.
Make it a Christmas to remember.
The festive season is traditionally one where many people elect to go abroad to explore sun soaked beaches or hit the slopes to ski. However, now there is a tendency for people to celebrate their Christmas break in the UK. The traditional Christmas markets across the land, especially at Winchester and Beverley are wonderful places to explore and purchase local produce while sipping mulled wine. If you wish to get away from it all, then why not head to the four corners of the UK where you will discover affordable space outside of the peak holiday season, as well as a ruggedness that typifies the British countryside in winter. Alternatively, work off those excess Christmas calories, or discover a sense of calm after tip-toing through eggshells on your family Christmas, by taking a wellness break in the short gap between Christmas and New Year. Make this Christmas one to remember.
The wellness, spa and leisure sector in the UK has seen a surge in recent years. From meditation retreats to spa breaks there are numerous opportunities awaiting a UK public that is increasingly concerned with its own well-being, both mentally and physically. Often these mini-breaks are located in ornate stately homes steeped in history, or in bewitching locations, allowing you to become fully enriched on your wellness mini-break.
Add on extra excursions to your UK break to make it more memorable.
As with wellness, the transformation of the UK’s food and beverage industry has been quite astonishing over the last decade. The nation is no longer a laughing stock across the continent, with young UK chefs demonstration a vibrancy which is nothing short of sensational. People are increasingly deciding where to take their UK vacation based upon the number of rosettes the hotel’s restaurant or chef possesses. Local wine tastings, visits to food markets and gin tasting are becoming the norm rather than the rule, as UK’s holidaymakers are beginning to discover the culinary treats they can savour on their shores.