If you are longing for a calming but quick getaway, this is your go-to guide.
Whether you’re looking for a family break, a couple’s retreat, or a weekend away with friends to unwind, we’ve staycation inspiration aplenty to set your plans in motion. What better way to welcome the summer holidays than to indulge in a short domestic stay?
Up sticks to Juneberry, a luxury romantic hideaway on Cornwall’s north coast. For a taste of rural bliss, this luxury self-catering cabin in the woods is just the ticket. The perfect cosy getaway for two, Juneberry shoulders the sands and surf of Holywell Bay. Post-beach, head back to enjoy the sun-trapped decking (complete with fire) at this rough-luxe abode.
Aldridge Road Villas II, London
This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Westbourne Grove should come with a warning which reads: “Guests may find it impossible to leave”. Decorated in subtle colours, like pistachio and dusty pink, vintage pieces, books, and artworks pepper the home’s sophisticated living areas. The elegant kitchen-come-dining area is made for hosting; gather to feast with your nearest and dearest soonest.
Kinnerton Street, London
In the mood for a London staycation? Kinnerton Street is a good option – feeling more like a refined country bolthole than a city pad. After an afternoon spent traipsing around London’s metropolis, retreat to this home of ‘caramel and cream hues, soft light and cuddly textiles’. Take in idyllic views of Belgravia rooftops, through sash windows, Negroni in hand.
Home Farm, West Cornwall
With the seclusion of the countryside and the draw of the sea, Home Farm offers guests the best of both. The restored Georgian home is ideal for larger families or a group celebration. With lots of space for relaxing, the dilemma of choosing between the hot tub and the formal lounge (replete with an imposing marble fireplace, large sash windows, and White Company sofas) is a welcome one.
Cadence, West Sussex
Host up to 10 of your nearest and dearest at this West Sussex retreat, inspired by the ’70s sci-fi movie Stalker. A playful modern retreat in Petworth – designed to evoke the ruins of a Roman villa – Cadence is imposing and impressive. It’s brick exterior conceals the calm, contemporary haven within and puts a whole new spin on the concept of the English country house.
Pylewell Park Penthouse, Hampshire
Separate from the main house, Pylewell Park Penthouse in the New Forest is grand as can be. From the top floor of the manor, guests can take in some stupendous views – topped only by those captured from the hidden-away roof terrace. Indoors, it’s a vintage affair, with rooms decorated with antiques and collectables. It’s the perfect (plush) pied-à-terre for playing Lady of the manor.
North Lodge, Ascot
North Lodge is the private gatehouse cottage located on the outskirts of the glamorous Coworth Park estate. Comprised of three spacious bedrooms, a dining room and a kitchen (where guests can cook for themselves or have a dedicated chef cater for them), it’s the perfect spot for a group couples holiday. Enjoy the hotel’s impressive spa facilities before retreating to North Lodge’s idyllic (private) country garden to enjoy al-fresco dining in privacy.
This woodcutter-inspired, self-catering hideaway places focus on the simple life. The rustic cottage for two is the perfect place to get away from it all. The open-plan living space – complete with open fire and Aga – caters to easy living. Head out to the spacious veranda, complete with outside fire and hot tub, and set off on countryside walks from your doorstep.
Number Six, Devon
Live in a bubble of luxury for a long weekend at Number Six. When the owner of the Georgian townhouse is an interior designer (with a shop next door) you can guarantee your surroundings will get an A+ when it comes to style. Design enthusiasts – add this (and your shortlist of guests) to your summer bucket list.