Craving a weekend away? 11 UK staycation spots that promise total relaxation

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    Feeling a little, well, under the weather right now? Don’t worry – most of the UK are with winter dragging on and rain predicted for the next week or so. That being said, starting to plan a UK staycation or trip abroad is one way to keep the gloom away.

    You might be more keen to holiday further afield, now that restrictions are lifting and the Omicron wave seems to be slowing down. But, if the past few years spending your holiday in the UK has reminded you of anything, it’s of how many amazing hotspots there are right here on your doorstep.

    Sure, we might have visited the likes of Cornwall, Devon, and Skye out of necessity last year, but we also marvelled at the sheer beauty the UK has to offer.

    Not a keen flier and prefer to stay on home turf? The UK seems like a pretty appealing long weekend or holiday destination, if you ask us…

    11 UK staycations to book ASAP for a weekend break

    1. Artists Residence, various locations

    Easily one of the best independent boutique hotels in the UK, Artists Residence has townhouses in London, Brighton, Cornwall, and more. Fancy a stay somewhere totally unique (each inhabits an old, forgotten building), with cocktails on tap, a bathtub in your bedroom, and complimentary Tunnocks chocolate bars in your room? Then you’ll love the Artist Residence hotels, offering a comfy home away from home with added quirk and plenty of character.

    Where? Locations span London, Oxford, Cornwall, Brighton, and Bristol.

    How much? From £95 per night.

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    2. Kudhva, Cornwall

    Like the idea of a camping holiday complete with wild swimming, stargazing and hiking but not so into the, well, having-to-pack-everything-you-need vibe? Then you’ll love Kudhva, a glamping spot in Cornwall that sits in the trees above an old disused quarry. They have everything you need on site and choose from tree tents, architect-designed huts and cabins to cosy up in. Head down to the communal hut to grab a complimentary mug of chai tea, charge your phone, or take a shower, and don’t miss the waterfall, either. It’s pretty magical.

    Where? Tintagel, Cornwall

    How much? From £108 per night.

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    3. Port, Eastbourne

    If you’re after a relaxing weekend by the coast in one of the UK’s oldest seaside towns, Eastbourne’s your spot. Less busy than neighbouring Brighton, you can now book a room at Port, an independent Scandi-inspired hotel on the seafront with terrazzo floors, vinyl players in each room, and bathrooms bigger than a number ten lockdown party. Plus, the hotel is impressively eco, too, with Who Gives A Crap and Faith in Nature toiletries throughout. Don’t miss the Towner Gallery, while you’re in town, or the walk along the coast to Beachy Head.

    Where? Eastbourne

    How much? From £120 per night.

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    4. The Lanesborough, London

    After a more fancy weekend away? Then you can’t go wrong at The Lanesborough. First built in 1719, it boasts five stars, 93 rooms, and Michelin-star Celesté restaurant, too, all just a stones throw from Hyde Park. Celebrities and Royalty alike are rumoured to be regulars at the hotel, so it’s worth a weekend here just to people watch and marvel at the first-class service. Don’t forget towind down in the spa, and enjoy tea and homemade shortbread delivered to your room by a butler in coat and tails – there are no kettles in the rooms at this 5* establishment..

    Where? London.

    How much? From £675 per night.

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    5. Birch

    Are you a Londoner on the hunt for a weekend destination that you can get to in less than an hour? Then you’ll love buzzy new Birch, located in a grand, formerly run-down hotel near Cheshunt. Now fully renovated by some of the UK’s best architects, it’s a impeccable-yet-zany joy, with food in by Robin Gill, formerly of The Dairy. Choose from a whole host of masterclasses, including sourdough making, to terrazzo coaster making, to pottery making, and more, and don’t miss the lido (swimming-costumes-optional, or so the sign reads) and frozen rose, served from a pink van come summertime.

    Where? Cheshunt

    How much? From £140 per night.

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    6. The Shepherd’s Hut Retreat, Somerset

    You’ll likely have seen the world and their aunt try glamping in the UK over the last few years – largely thanks to the fact we couldn’t travel and were all craving the outdoors after months cooped up inside, but also because they’re an easy and romantic way to reconnect with nature. There are loads to choose from, but the Shepherd’s Hut Retreat offers four luxury shepherds huts in the heart of Somerset, perfect for catching up with friends or taking your partner. Each spacious hut is nestled in secluded woodland, has its own patio and fire pit and access to the wood-fired lakeside hot-tub and woodland sauna.

    Where? Somerset

    How much? From £150 per night.

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    7. Magic bus, Lake District

    After something totally unique? Enter stage right Hinterlandes, otherwise known as Magic Bus, one of the UK’s most – ahem – unusual staycation spots. It’s a converted bus with two vans welded together to form a cosy one-bed staycation location. It sleeps just two, but, nestled into a remote area of The Lake District, is a really dreamy weekend getaway destination. Plus, did we mention the wood-fired hot tub and the bikes available for hire?

    Where? The Lake District

    How much? From £145 per night.

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    8. Babington House, Somerset

    You’ll have heard of Babington House – a part of the Soho House empire, it’s one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the UK, set in a Grade II-listed manor in the heart of Somerset. Decompress surrounded by 18 acres of countryside in any of their rooms, the Coach House being our personal favourite. All rooms come with a decadently comfortable four posted bed, freestanding bath, and an open fireplace. Not forgetting the Cowshed Spa, of course..

    Where? Somerset

    How much? Only available to Soho House members.

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    9. Hiraeth, Herefordshire

    After something a little more, well, colourful? Then it’s time to head to Herefordshire, as there’s a rather colourful barn which will be right up your street. The vibrant holiday destination is an up-cycler’s  dream, offering pre-loved and reworked furniture like an inverted antique bathtub, carpenters’ work benches, bicycle sink, and cupboard handles made from old cutlery. It sleeps five, plus you’ll get to lap up total peace and quiet thanks to the surrounding countryside, offering complete privacy and endless woodland walks, not to mention a dedicated hot tub all to yourself.

    Where? Herefordshire

    How much? From £165 per night.

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    10. The Lake House, Cheshire

    Another perfect UK staycation? This little gem in Cheshire, a lakeside retreat in the countryside. The Lake House not only offers a cosy home away from home equipped with wood burning stove, copper alfresco bath and your very own deck by the lake that you can feed ducks from, but local honey, fruits, and vegetables and fresh duck and hen eggs year-round. Instagram perfect? Check.

    Where? Cheshire.

    How much? From £145 per night.

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    11. Treepod, Cornwall

    Last but by no means least, Cornwall’s Lost Meadow Treepod is practically Insta-famous at this point thanks to it’s rather unique positioning in the trees. Taking treehouse staycations to a new level for real nature lovers, it sits in the middle of a forest and promises to be perfect for both star-gazing and bird watching. Don’t worry, it’s cosy, complete with a wood burner and tour-books for the surrounding local area.

    Where? Cornwall.

    How much? From £105 per night.

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    So there you have it – eleven gorgeous weekend staycations right here in the UK. What are you waiting for? Get booking…

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