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Great Fosters, Surrey
For a charming countryside getaway filled with acres of sprawling countryside, an outdoor pool and hot tub and Michelin-starred dining, a stay at Great Fosters is anything but ordinary.
Just a 40-minute train ride from Waterloo, the Great Fosters Estate is steeped in history and home to 56 suites and bedrooms, all uniquely designed and styled.
Book in now to try one of their Utopia Retreat packages – think an art-deco heated outdoor pool and hot tub, couples treatments and full body massages.
Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR
Richmond Hill Hotel, Surrey
Looking for maximum countryside vibes with minimal travel? Richmond Hill Hotel is your perfect big smoke antidote. A Georgian townhouse situated amongst the leafy surrounds of Richmond-upon-Thames a mere eight miles from central London, this mini break is actually commutable by tube.
With refreshing morning walks in Richmond Park on the doorstep, plus the shopping boutiques of Richmond town centre and paddle boarding on the River Thames both an amble away, there is no shortage of distractions. Alternatively, hunker down in the luxurious interior of the hotel itself and while away the hours at 144 On The Hill, renowned for cool and cosy drinking and dining. Added bonus, the hotel is pooch friendly too so no need to leave Fenton at home…
The Mitre Hotel, Surrey
A stone’s throw from London and located next to Hampton Court Palace, The Mitre Hotel is a little home-away-from-home paradise. Expect the chicest of interiors from designer Nicola Harding, with bold patterns layered on top of one another, antique furniture and one-of-a-kind artwork.
You’ll find two restaurants on site. 1665 is their riverside brasserie serving up dishes such as angus steak tartare with sourdough; chicken milanese; and whole Cornish sole en papilotte. While the Coppernose is a more relaxed café and wine bar, perfect for that integral nightcap before bed.
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Heckfield Place, Hampshire
Over in Hampshire, an hour or so from London lies Heckfield Place. You’ve no doubt heard hundreds of raving reviews about this Georgian family estate.
Set within 400 acres of secluded Hampshire countryside, every ounce of the hotel is truly sensational. The rooms have been fine-tuned to every detail, offering one-of-a-kind furnishings, from bespoke old English oak furniture to a muted toned colour palette.
Hidden within the estate is Marle, the sustainable restaurant delivering the best locally and responsibly grown food, and one of the first few restaurants that have been awarded a Michelin Green Star.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire, RG27 0LD
Hever Castle, Kent
Slotted just 30 miles out of the city is Hever Castle, the country house that was the seat of the Boleyn family in the mid-15th-16th century. Nowadays the quaint village castle and gardens can be visited all year round, with rooms for staying in the Hever Castle Luxury Bed & Breakfast & Medley Court.
The B&B boasts 28 rooms which are located in the Astor Wing and the Anne Boleyn Wing, an Edwardian Wing attached to the Castle and connected inside. While the Medley Court is a four-bedroom property forming part of the Astor Wing and accommodating up to eight guests, perfect for a family staycation to really immerse yourself in the royal lifestyle.
Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge, TN8 7NG
Barnett Hill, Surrey
Head for the Hills and book in for a weekend break to Barnett Hill. Located just outside Guildford, the glorious hotel is perched atop a hill with views over the Surrey Hills.
It’s part of the Alexander Hotels group and features 56 boutique rooms, suites and residences. We’d recommend enjoying a quintessential afternoon tea in the garden and booking in for one of the spa treatments for a real relax.
There are plenty of things to do nearby too, from exploring picturesque villages and cycling routes to discovering the Silent Pool Gin distillery.
Blackheath Lane, Wonersh, Guildford, GU5 0RF
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No.42 by GuestHouse, Margate, Kent
From pottering around the vintage shops in Cliftonville to whizzing on the ride at Dreamland, Margate is a seaside town with buckets of old-school charm. The newly launched No.42 by GuestHouse, Margate has given the hotel scene here a new lease of life, taking an old Victorian townhouse and transforming it into a must-visit destination.
Home to 21 immaculate rooms, the original features have been preserved and paired alongside beautiful modern furnishings. The balcony sea-view rooms are beautifully finished overlooking the iconic beach.
Whether you’re after a light lunch at Pearly Cow or a sundowner at the Rooftop Bar, there’s something for everyone.
42 High Street, Margate, CT9 1DS
You’ll have seen this one all over your Instagram feed thanks to its super adorable hot air balloon outdoor dining. This year’s theme is ‘Love is in the Air’ with a colourful heart design by luxury table dressers Summerill & Bishop to match.
The hotel itself is just as exceptional, nestled in the Surrey Hills and home to classic English Country House interior nods. For wellness lovers, there’s also the spa and outdoor pool that’s perfect for summertime.
Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QX
Artist Residence, East Sussex
Artist Residence has taken the best aspects of Brighton – its eccentricity, creativity and boho vibes – and brought them to life through its interiors.
From the outside, you could mistake Artist Residence as any other townhouse on Regency Square, but inside it brings the city to play through its art and hipster design. Home to 24 rooms, all are filled with original artist murals, vintage and reclaimed furniture, and some even boasting views out over the West Pier (the burnt-down structure for those who aren’t locals or regular Brighton frequenters).
The hotel’s onsite restaurant and cocktail bar is the perfect place to start your morning or cosy into one of the chairs and wind down for the evening with a nightcap.
33 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GG
Coworth Park, Berkshire
Renowned for its Michelin-starred restaurant, immaculate suites and stunning Berkshire parkland, Coworth Park is an ideal hotel for a romantic countryside getaway. Pair that with their luxury spa, home to deep tissue massages, rejuvenating facials and a luscious pool in their on-site spa, you can’t go wrong.
And at an incredibly handy 45 minutes from central London, The Spa at Coworth Park is the perfect city escape. Book in and leave the experts to soothe away every tense knot in your body.
Blacknest Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, SL5 7SE
The Relais Henley, Henley-on-Thames
The Henley Regatta may have been and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still soak up the river town’s quaintness throughout the summer. The Relais Henley offers the best of the town’s rowing spirit, serving up great food and charming rooms.
Book in for afternoon tea or try dinner at The Clipper Restaurant that’s home to a menu cramped by Mosimann’s of London.
Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AR
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THE PIG in the South Downs, West Sussex
If you like your weekend breaks with a side of history, THE PIG in the South Downs is situated just four miles from the old market town of Arundel, famed for its enchanting Mediaeval castle. It’s part of THE PIG family, a series of hotels and restaurants dotted around the country, and is our personal favourite from the bunch.
Following THE PIG’s footsteps, expect rooms that are filled with cosy fabrics, roll-top baths and locally-stocked larders, as well as views out across the fields or walled gardens.
Madehurst, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0NL
The Grove, Hertfordshire
Great for families, couples or staying solo, The Grove is home to stunning grounds, an award-winning spa, a golf course, outdoor cinema events and more.
It might only be a short train ride out of the city centre but it’ll feel like a million miles away thanks to the 400-acre grounds the hotel is set within. Expect stunning views out over the greenery from every room.
There’s so much always going on here, including this summer’s special partnership with Everyman cinema and their secret cinema hidden in their Walled Garden.