In need of a weekend away? We’ve scoured the UK for five of the most covetable places to stay… think good food, stylish interiors and seriously relaxed vibes!
Bowood Hotel has charm in abundance and offers up plenty of options for a restorative weekend away. Whether you’re staying in one of the 43 sumptuously furnished rooms at the main hotel, or the stunning four bedroom lodge that’s situated on the estate – it’s all done in the best possible taste. What’s more, with a championship golf course and spa (with indoor pool) set in the heart of stunning parkland, and complimentary access to Bowood House and its gorgeous, there’s something for everyone.
Six years on from its originally touted opening date, Heckfield Place in Hampshire launched this summer – and the consensus is it was worth the wait! The hotel’s two restaurants, Marle and Hearth, serve food made up from ingredients grown on site (with Skye Gyngell as Culinary Director guests can expect food that is natural and authentic, true to her style), while the 46 rooms all feel special with charming touches, perfect to retire to after a long walk around the estate.
In 100 acres of farmland north of Oxford, Soho Farmhouse is the Soho House group’s first ‘resort’, with 40 cabins, studio bedrooms and a Farm Cottage, and there’s plenty to do here: guests can swim in the lake, indulge in the spa, try their hand at one of the cookery classes on offer, explore the on-site shop with its selection of gorgeous homewares or sit back in the glamorous film screening room that has plus velvet beds as well as armchairs), the perfect restorative weekend retreat.
The perfectly proportioned countryside retreat, this 18th century Georgian estate has everything you’d need from a weekend away. With 17 bedrooms to choose from in the Coach House and a further six in the recently restored Dovecote farmhouse, a buzzing yet relaxed restaurant serving food picked from the estate and vintage bicycles with which to explore the 200 acres of surrounding private countryside, it’s a home away from home, with treats such as Roberts radios and rolltop baths that make it feel just that little bit more special.
An oldie but a goodie, The Olde Bell Inn, with its inglenook fireplaces, sloping floorboards and rocking chairs is full of character. There are 48 rooms spread across six buildings, all of which offer up the same rustic-chic style, and a destination restaurant overseen by chef Warren Geraghty. The award-winning menu of beautifully prepared, full-of-flavour homely English dishes is one of the inn’s main draws and is a foodie-haven. And all just 40 minutes away from London!
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