The Handbook
The Handbook

Right now it’s been advised that we stay inside to help fight the spread of COVID19, but it doesn’t mean we can’t while away our time daydreaming about our next rural staycation. From cosy cottages to royal favourites, here’s where we’d like to head when things begin to calm down.

University Arms

You may not have bagged yourself a place at the prestigious University of Cambridge, but you can revel in all of the city’s fame and glory when you stay at the University Arms for a weekend getaway. 

Located just outside of the historic centre of the city, University Arms is rich in elegance, grace and history, which despite being recreated back in 2018 by architect John Simpson and interior designer expert Martin Brudnizki, still emulates the Edwardian traits many have grown to love. Downstairs you’ll find Parker’s Tavern serving up British classics. Sounds like a perfect staycation getaway to us. 

Where: Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AD
Website: www.universityarms.com

Where: 28 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AE
Website: www.atthechapel.co.uk

At The Chapel

At The Chapel is giving us serious interiors envy. 

Set within a restored medieval chapel, At The Chapel is home to eight immaculate rooms that’ll see you wanting to both get snap happy on the ‘gram and cosy in for a night of Netflix and chillin’. Over in their all-day restaurant, you’ll find them serving up Mediterranean favourites with a British twist, wood-fired pizzas and a dirty cow martini that’s to die for. We’d happily spend our weekend cosying up away from crowded London and bedding in for a weekend of countryside bliss.

Cliveden House

Anywhere that’s a firm favourite with royals is always going to be a firm favourite of ours, and Cliveden House in Berkshire falls under that bracket. 

We’re always retelling you about the time that we’ve visited this beauty, the same place that Meghan Markle stayed at the night before she married Harry, and we’ve done so several occasions and here we go again, but when a hotel is as grand as Cliveden House Hotel, we hope you will forgive us…

Boasting a whopping 376 acres of sweeping countryside gardens, Cliveden House is steeped in history and out of this world, royally approved interiors. Think classically British furnishings and dangling chandeliers. The spa is an absolute must-visit too if you’re lucky enough to nab yourself a room.

Where: Cliveden Road, Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF
Website: www.clivedenhouse.co.uk

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

You can always count on the Four Seasons empire to deliver on style, service and one hell of a magical time. 

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire will certainly see you journeying to the depths of the British countryside and adopting a few countryside rituals too, including horseback rides along the rolling hills. Inside, expect classically British interiors and exceptional dining options too. 

WherE: Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Hook, RG27 8TD
Website: www.fourseasons.com

Boringdon Hall Hotel & Spa

I’ve always found that there’s something rather magical about the South West of England, and it’s without a doubt got something to do with the glistening turquoise blue sea that draws many a city dweller back again and again. Our favourite spot to reside is Devon, that’s famous for inventing the all important cream tea, and we love getting our fix at Boringdon Hall Hotel & Spa. 

This Devonshire manor is rich in history, and became crown property following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by Henry VIII. Nowadays it boasts five star service, cosy suites and a sparkling spa that’s just waiting for you to make a quick splash. 

Destress from city life with one of the Gaia Spa treatments, delight in a spot of cream tea and gaze out over Devon’s rolling hills surrounding you.

Where: Boringdon Hill, Colebrook, Plymouth, PL7 4DP
Website: www.boringdonhall.co.uk

Thyme

It seems a bit obvious for us to include this one but we can’t help returning to this beauty, as Cydni Lauper would put it, time after time. 

Describing themselves as ‘a village within a village’, Thyme will see you journeying to a place that’s quieter, slower and a whole lot cosier than London. The pub-cum-boutique hotel has become renowned for its cookery school that’ll see eager foodies cooking up a storm in the kitchen in no time, ranging from weekday suppers to perfecting the magic of patisseries.

WherE: Southrop, Lechlade, GL7 3PW
Website: www.thyme.co.uk

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa

If you’re an avid surfer, or rather see yourself more as a bodyboarding champion, a must-visit beach is Fistral beach in the heart of Newquay, Cornwall. After a day of swimming, sandcastle building and topping up on vitamin D, rest your head at the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa. 

Dotted just a short stroll from the beach, the hotel of course boasts exceptional oceanic views, as well as stylish contemporary rooms and, if you’re lucky, even your own hot tub. If you’re more of a pool lover, rejuvenate and reside in a day by the pool at the Fistral Spa.

Where: Esplanade Road, Newquay, TR7 1PT
Website: www.fistralbeachhotel.co.uk

The Pig

Wherever you’re looking to visit this summer, make sure one of The Pig collection is on your list.

The Pig prides itself on home-grown and local produce, sourcing only the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients in their hotel restaurants. In terms of interiors, expect a real rustic vibe from wooden embellished walls to cosy cottons. Oh, and if you’re a fan of a tub in the bedroom, The Pig almost certainly has you covered.

Where: Various Locations
Website: www.thepighotel.com

Great Fosters

For those looking for a brisk weekend getaway destination, look no further than Great Fosters. The rural hotel is home to Tudor-style suites, sprawling gardens and one of the smallest Michelin Star restaurants in the country, so it’s set to be a definite hit with you foodie obsessed readers. 

Just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, Great Fosters provides the perfect backdrop for any mini-break.

Where: Stroude Road, Egham, TW20 9UR
Website: www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

Artist Residence

I don’t know how Artist Residence has managed it, but the hotel truly encompasses Brighton’s artistic spirit, and we simply can’t falter it. Located perfectly just a stroll away from the buzz of the centre of Brighton, Artist Residence comes to life through its quirky interiors, sea views and stellar cocktail bar that’s become somewhat of a trendy hotspot among fellow Brightonians.

Where: 34 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FJ
Website: www.artistresidence.co.uk

Where: Storrs Hall Hotel Storrs Park, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, LA23 3LG
Website: www.storrshall.com

Storrs Hall

The Lake District has an enchanting pull about it, and with hotels as dreamy as Storrs Hall, it’s easy to see why so many return each year to this scenic hotspot. 

As breathtaking as Storrs Hall is, we want to draw your attention to their Boathouse and Boathouse suites which are simply sublime. As the name suggests, this little country resort is home to one hell of a lakeside view, that’s wrapped in woodland. Each suite is finished with contemporary, yet rustic quirks, and boasts their own Japanese style cedar wood hot tub too to while away your afternoons in. We know where we’d rather be right now…