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We all love going abroad and our lavish holidays to sun, sea, and sand. The long-haul flights, sipping Champagne 30,000 feet in the air, enjoying the whole travel experience as we get away from daily lives and switch off for just a few days or even a couple of weeks. But with ever increasing costs and pressures on the environment, not to mention the impact that Covid-19 may have, how long will long-haul flights and big overseas holidays be a big thing? This is perhaps the time to consider what you may have not done before, and that’s going away in this country, and staycationing!
The Lygon Arms, Worcestershire
Originally a traditional coaching inn, this is a traditional British hotel with all the wooden panelling, chandeliers and cosy fireplaces to show for it. There is a classic dining space, the Bar & Grill, an also a spa that prides itself on using specifically British products. A real luxury getaway.
The Pig Group
With locations all over the country, this small group has six “restaurants with rooms”. Their food philosophy is to only utilise their own-grown produce or failing that those sourced within 25 miles, and celebrating locality and freshness, which we think is a great ethic to be following. Please check out their website for full sustainability credentials but they are for sure doing some great stuff. Their rooms are British countryside, with that hint of luxury without losing any sense of authenticity. With locations in countryside, coastal and rural spots, these hotels give you a real escape.
Whatley Manor, Malmesbury
This former manor house in the Cotswolds is a Grade 2 listed building, boasting 12 acres of land that has been renovated to 26 different garden spaces outdoors, and three dining spaces, a spa, and 23 rooms and suits indoors. They’ve even got a luxury cinema, which can be hired out during your stay; and good news for those with a fondness for canines who can’t bear the thought of leaving your precious pet at home- dogs are welcomed for just a £30 charge per night. With Whatley’s Dining Room boasting the accolade of Two Michelin Stars, and membership of the prestigious ‘Relais & Chateaux’ Group, this is a truly luxurious staycation.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, The Lake District
For a real chance to indulge yourself and escape to beautiful surroundings, head up towards Lake Windermere on the north-west side of the UK, and check-in to the Gilpin. Part of the charm of this old-Edwardian house, stunning location aside, is its interior of quirky and idiosyncratic guest rooms and public spaces, set amongst a plush country house hotel. The rooms exude comfort, elegance and sophistication, whilst an army of staff will look after your every wim. There is, naturally, a spa, with bespoke-made products, and after a day relaxing in that, you would have a choice of evening meal; either a more laid-back style or 1* Michelin food with an Indian twist. A treat- but worth it.
Lympstone Manor, Devon
The brainchild of renowned Chef Michael Caines, Lympstone Manor is perhaps the newest and grandest of luxury hotels in the UK. Granted it’s a way away in the corner of Devon, but the drive will be worth it, for the surroundings and nature alone in and around the Jurassic Coast. There are 21 guest bedrooms, all the epitome of luxury, each with a unique design. The stunning interiors flow through to the dining room, where Michael Caines’ Michelin-starred food is the epitome of classic yet diverse European cuisine, truly using the seasons and the local area to exquisite effect. Moreover, the site has recently planted a vineyard with the intention of producing classic Champagne-style wines at the Hotel. A visit to Lympstone is not cheap, but for luxury at its absolute best, it is worth a trip, especially for “that special occasion” that you have undoubtedly been waiting for.
Above all, come the end of this crisis, and once we have the assurance that places are safe for us to visit again, you will be jumping at the bit to get away, and explore a bit. After all, we’ve got a lot of holidays to make up for! So why not make your next holiday a staycation; support local, and still have a super luxurious time away.