Who says you need to travel abroad to get the most out of your holiday? Why not staycation in a top luxury hotel across the land of crumpets – take a look at my favourite picks…
Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire
Behold! A 30 bedroom contemporary country house hotel and spa located in the glorious Cotswold countryside surrounded by 55 acres of parkland, woods and meadows. With emphasis on comfort, service and very few rules, Cowley Manor is the ideal place to relax, unwind and indulge in the heart of the British countryside. The spa also hosts excellent treatments and a heated outdoor pool.
Double (including breakfast) from £195 (cowleymanor.com)
The Savoy, London
The self-proclaimed ‘home-away-from-home’, is one of the most celebrated of London landmarks, proudly standing on the Northbank of the River Thames. The hotel’s 267 luxury rooms and suites celebrate The Savoy’s dual historical influences, featuring either elegant English Edwardian design or sensational Art Deco style. Choose a deluxe suite to enjoy a dedicated Butler service, whilst all guests have access to spa treatments, a private pool, and 24-hour gym in The Savoy’s Beauty & Fitness.
Double room from £450 (fairmont.com/savoy-london)
The Glasshouse, Edinburgh
When the 160-year-old Lady Glenorchy Church was converted into The Glasshouse Hotel in 2003, Scotland exchanged one iconic piece of history for another. This 77-bedroom luxury boutique hotel is now considered one of the best places to stay in Edinburgh, with cosy-contemporary interiors, warm Scottish service and consistently spectacular views of the city centre, Calton Hill or the hotel’s two-acre rooftop garden.
Double from £135 (theglasshousehotel.co.uk)
Llangoed Hall, Wye Valley
Llangoed Hall is a wonderfully elegant and historic country house hotel situated in the beautiful Wye Valley in the heart of the Welsh countryside. It offers the quintessential Edwardian country house experience, once belonging to Laura Ashley’s husband, Bernard, who bought it two years after the designer died and decorated it in her trademark style before it opened as a hotel in 1990. While very much a country-house hotel, Laura Ashley traces are still in evidence; pretty floral bedspreads in enormous, thick-carpeted bedrooms and sketches on the walls.
Double (including breakfast) from £150 (llangoedhall.co.uk)