Wherever we are with lockdown restrictions, we are all desperate for something to look forward to and the staycation is the height of fashion this year. Here are our top 5 staycation spots…
Where: Sibton, Suffolk
Sleeps: 2 – 42
Best for: Countryside escapism
Sibton Park at Wilderness Retreat
Moat Cottage at Wilderness Retreat
Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk redefines the luxury self catering staycation. The 8000 acre reserve is home to a collection of uniquely redesigned luxury farmhouses, homes and cottages. Moat Cottage, one of the unique cottages on the estate, catches our eye. The cottage sleeps 12 and as well as paddle boarding on the moat, barbeques on the lawn and cocktails in the hot tub, there’s the whole reserve to explore. As described by Wilderness themselves, “Your own private island for the weekend but without the airfare to Necker”.
Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate
Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
Where: St Ives, Cornwall
Sleeps: 1 – 8
Best for: Tranquil seaside escape
It’s not just the stunning location of Carbis Bay in St Ives that sets this UK resort apart from the rest. 125 acres of beachfront estate offers breathtaking views over the bay.
Year round heated pools, a 25 acre blue flag beach, the secluded C Bay Spa and for the ultimate in beachside living, the hotel’s new Beach Lodges with roof gardens and al fresco hot tubs all ensure an idyllic seaside escape.
Rydon outdoor pool Ó Unique Homestays
Where: Teign Valley, Devon
Best for: Luxury self catering
Tucked away in the heart of the Devon countryside, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, sits Ryden. Perfect for an escape at any time of the year, this 15th century barn sleeps 6 and offers an idyllic retreat in the form of the heated open air pool (May to September), vast landscapes and roaring log fires.
Bookings: www.uniquehomestays.com, +44 (0)1637 881183
Pippin Yurt at Walnut Farm Glamping
Where: Melplash, Dorset
Best for: Luxury glamping
There are luxury yurts and there are the three luxury yurts at Walnut Farm. Think comfortable-beyond-belief beds, heated ensuite bathrooms and wood burning stoves. There’s no need to put your wellies on to make coffee in the morning as each yurt has its own Nespresso machine and make sure you enjoy the wood fired hot tub – the ideal spot to drink a glass of bubbles and breathe in the beautiful view over the West Dorset hills. Hot off the press is news of a new 2 bedroom yurt with its own kitchen and private copper hot tub.
Cley Windmill at dusk
Sleeps: 2 – 12 plus 8
Best for: Unique seaside short breaks
Cley-next-the-sea is home to Cley Windmill with gorgeous views over the marshes and out to sea. Take the windmill exclusively or just a room for 2 and enjoy the beauty of one of the most stunning stretches of the Norfolk coastline.
The windmill offers an enchanting luxury escape. Prebook to enjoy dinner in the fabulous, round beamed dining room during your stay and make the most of exploring the Norfolk coast.
Written By: Travel Editor