Five boutique hotels perfect for a bank holiday escape
Ready for a couple of days away? Somewhere easy to travel to by car or train, where you’re guaranteed a fantastically warm Further Afield welcome. Stylish. Good food. Activities to fill the weekend. UK staycation heaven. Check out five great English hotels for your consideration.
1. Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, The Forest of Dean
A charming converted farmhouse in the small Gloucestershire village of Clearwell, Hari and Colin have created a beautifully formed boutique stay. Rooms of various sizes and styles – and lovely bathrooms – and a restaurant described by Tatler magazine as a “culinary oasis”.
Something to do close by: Book a forest bathe in the woodlands surrounding the village as recently reviewed in The Evening Standard.
2. Artist Residence Oxfordshire
Part of the family owned Artist Residence chain of boutique hotels this one is housed in a stunning thatched country pub. The rooms are spacious and the whole hotel is eclectic and fun in its styling and The Clubhouse – their take on a the country pub – has a great menu.
Something to do close by: The simply stunning Blenheim Palace is a fascinating day out. Make sure you book ahead.
3. The Idle Rocks, St Mayes, Cornwall
This is a corner of proper Cornish luxury, The Idle Rocks has 19 boutique rooms, many of which have views straight on to the harbour. The restaurant here also has great views, with a terrace just above the waterline. It’s almost like you’re on a boat sailing across the harbour.
Something to do close by: You really should take to the water here. Kayaking and dinghy hire is on the doorstep and then you can explore the coastline in this wonderful part of Cornwall.
4. Cedar Manor, The Lake District
On the shores of Lake Windermere, set in beautiful grounds with an ancient cedar tree is this boutique Lake District hotel. There’s just 10 bedrooms with a mix of classic and contemporary styling. During the evening there’s also a little menu of snacks and mains to choose from to take in the lounge.
Something to do close by: Jump in the car and head up to Beatrix Potter’s “Hill Top”. Now a National Trust property you can book a visit in advance. Have a read about the sometimes overwhelming visit you can expect.
5. Hazlitts, London
Sometimes it’s nice to go against the flow. Whilst many Londoners head out of town for Bank Holiday Weekends it’s your chance to head in and explore the quieter city streets. Staying at Hazlitt’s is like a step back in time with its Georgian architecture and antique furnishing, but you’ve the beating heart of Soho quite literally on your doorstep.
Something to do close by: Where to begin? But one thing might be to walk down to The Embankment and take a boat down the Thames to Greenwich.
Explore the rest of the Boutique Hotels in the Further Afield collection of individual and beautiful places to stay.