The Summer has officially started, is city, urban life grinding you down ? Not got the time for a longer vacation, just yet. Have you thought about a quick, cheeky getaway all within the perimiters of The Great British countryside ? This offers some of the most breathtakingly beautiful landscapes in the entire world. Below, we’ve selected some of the most sought after retreats across the UK right now, offering complete privacy coupled with impeccable service and facilities.
Classic Luxury: Gleneagles Holiday Lodges, Scotland: Gleneagles boasts a stellar reputation for its unrivalled sporting facilities and exquisite service. However, venture into the hotel’s grounds and you’ll find Glenmor village – a group of hidden private lodges divided by a picturesque river. The village offers two, three or four bedroom private lodges, each with their own outdoor terrace. As well as your own lodge, each retreat also comes with complimentary golf for one person for the duration of your stay.
Designer Luxury: The Lakes by YOO, Cotswolds: Situated 90 minutes from London in the tranquil Cotswolds countryside, The Lakes by YOO boast a collection of stylish lakeside holiday apartments. With interiors designed by Kate Moss, Elle MacPherson, Jade Jagger, Kelly Hoppen, Phillipe Starck & the Yoo Studio, The Lakes offer the perfect family-friendly escape whilst boasting sublime style. The resort also provides a children’s adventure park and basketball court, while older guests can enjoy the luxurious spa and make use of a full concierge service.
Chic Luxury: The Mews at Sopwell House, Hertfordshire: Originally an old stable block, the newly renovated Hertfordshire oasis comprises 16 Mews set within the 12-acre grounds of the stunning Georgian manor house, Sopwell House. With the choice of studio, one bedroom and duplex mews houses, each of the properties is styled in a quintessentially British manner. The glamorous retreats benefit from full use of the Sopwell House Hotel’s elegant restaurants and award-winning spa. The Mews surround a stunning communal botanical garden with a hydrotherapy pool, designed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Ann-Marie Powell. Many have their own private terraces with sunken hot tubs.
Royal Luxury: The Sandringham Estate, Norfolk: For a retreat with the royal seal of approval, why not try Kate and Wills home from home – The Sandringham Estate. The Sandringham Estate offers a choice of two private holiday cottages in the heart of the Norfolk Coast. The first, The Garden House, was originally the Head Gardener’s abode overlooking the ornamental square garden adjacent to Sandringham House. The building is well appointed with a fully fitted kitchen including an Aga and four bedrooms. The second, The Granary at Great Bircham, is a recently-completed luxury barn conversion with three en-suite bedrooms and an enclosed garden with its own patio.