Now that domestic travelling is back on the table, we can’t wait to pack a bag and succumb to our wanderlust. While the exotic venues and remote adventures might still have to wait for a bit, a quick getaway to a safe and intimate location might be exactly what we need to recharge our batteries and start dreaming of our perfect vacation.
Luckily, the international travel restrictions have been recently lifted in the UK, so if you’ve got your vaccine already, you won’t need to surpass any tests and you won’t need to spend time in quarantine. And there’s no better place to get a comfy taste of nature while also being close to the lively urban areas than the UK.
Whatever your taste in lodging, I’m sure one of the places below will inspire you to throw a small suitcase together and get a taste of the long-awaited voyage.
Here’s our list of the best UK staycation spots
Get your Bridgerton flair on in this stunningly rustic location near Oxford. A “village within a village” is how they market themselves, which is the perfect summary of this restored historic manor and farm.
You get to take your pick between three beautiful cottages for your accommodation – The Farmhouse, The Tallet and the Old Walls. And when you get hungry, you can get a taste of the scrumptious food served by the in-house restaurant, made with organic ingredients.
The eclectic interiors are tastefully designed and nothing short of dreamy. I can think of no better place to cosy up with an Emily Bronte book then slip into a deep, comfortable slumber.
In the morning, you can take prolonged walks in the nearby meadows and gather wildflowers for a little art project on one of the terraces. The impressive gardens are also the perfect backdrop for taking pictures, and you can channel your inner debutante with one of the splendid silk dresses they hand-craft and sell on site.
And if you need a little bit more action than just walking around, there are plenty of things you can do to keep you entertained. There are culinary classes you can take from one of their chefs, frequent wine tastings and exciting events like art galleries on the premises.
Whether you’re a local or looking to visit from another country, there’s no better place in London for a stylish staycation. It was recently opened and took London by storm with its luxe interiors and in-house dining and cocktails experiences.
There are several room offerings, ranging from Classic to Royal Opera Suite, a delightful bar and events venue, and an opulent restaurant that will have you feel like nothing short of royalty.
Situated in the heart of the British capital, this exquisite location offers a viscerally luxurious experience in an atmosphere that you won’t probably be able to recall as real but rather dream-like.
The central location allows for easy exploration of London, but you won’t probably want to leave the premises, anyway. Its unique, “pleasingly Parisian” architecture will put a spell on you, and the expertly designed, lavish interiors will have you feeling like you are actually the one manoeuvring the wand.
While the NoMad hotel is certainly not what I would call affordable, they have several offers for locals, special rates all around the year, and a hefty 20% discount for guests who book three or more nights.
If you are looking for a cosier, unique experience that won’t break the bank, you should check out this delightful Airbnb in the countryside near Perth. The stunning, hand-made yurt is situated in a farmhouse garden and hosts up to six guests.
The interior is stunning, and it features a homey burning stove, hand-made colourful rugs and cushions, and dreamy fairy lights that contribute to a remarkable atmosphere at night.
There is plenty of space in the garden to relax and get a breath of fresh air while cooking your own meals with the use of the outdoor stove, BBQ and pizza oven.
If you don’t want to cook your own food, the hosts can arrange for Yurt Picnics upon your arrival or travel to Edingburgh for dinner. You can spend your time walking to the charming, nearby river, playing tennis or volleyball in the courtyard or catching some rays in the company of their adorable kittens.
There are many board games, craft materials and magazines available, and a small gift shop where you can buy artwork, handmade jewellery by a Lisbon artist, as well as prints, candles and essential oils.