Short breaks to banish the Summer blues
If you’re feeling the post-summer blues, then you’re in luck. We’ve teamed up with Aspinal of London to bring you our top picks of short breaks to escape the gloomy British weather and take a well needed break. From staying in an idyllic mansion in Hampshire to the picturesque Lake District, our picks are guaranteed to get you excited.
The Swan, Southwold
The Swan is a family-run hotel, with a brewing past. The Swan is therefore steeped in history surrounding the beer culture; you can even enjoy a tour of their brewery and distillery, or have a go at creating your own bottle of gin. Southwold was also recently voted as one of the best seaside towns in the UK, and with its stunning natural scenery and distinctive shops and galleries, it’s the perfect location to take a break from the everyday hustle and bustle.
Recently voted one of the best seaside towns in the UK
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
This restored Georgian family home has been beautifully renovated into 400 acres of Hampshire landscape. Every room has been made to reflect the English history woven into the building, as well as creating comfort and elegance throughout. The bespoke English furniture and handwoven mats bring character and luxury, along with meticulous craftsmanship in each room. The grounds are a country haven, the rolling beauty of the estate offer a magnificent adventure just waiting to be had, and the Marle restaurant’s fireside cooking features fresh produce drawn from their home farm. The hotel also has an all-natural wellness spa, with five treatment rooms, three studios for personal training and a yoga studio- great for a well-deserved relaxation.
The grounds are a country haven, the rolling beauty of the estate offer a magnificent adventure just waiting to be had
Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk
This 5,000 acre private estate is home to luxury manors, country houses, farmhouses and cottages providing 50 bedrooms in total. The relaxing environment paired with the open fireplaces and luxurious suites offers a unique stay, perfect for a weekend or week long city escape. The estate features golf, fishing and paddle boarding, with hot tubs and a hard tennis court open year-round- so there’s always something to do. Choose from exploring the estate by bike or opt for rowing boats to explore by water, finishing the day with a relaxing swim in the heated pool.
The relaxing environment paired with the open fireplaces and luxurious suites offer a unique stay, perfect for a weekend or week long city escape
The Samling, Lake District
Our next pick takes us to scenic Lake District, as this beautiful hotel is located overlooking Windermere. The décor of this Georgian house complements both the original interior and the contemporary conversion of the building. As for dining, Head Chef Peter Howarth uses a seasonal palette of ingredients to create exceptional dishes, which when paired with the incredible views, produces the most unforgettable experience. Get your daily dose of fresh air as you enjoy the great outdoors on one of the many walking trails available. One of the most popular walks is to the nearby town Ambleside, where you’ll pass Borran’s Park near Waterhead, the perfect spot for a picnic.
Get your daily dose of fresh air as you enjoy the great outdoors on one of the many walking trails available
The Hills Huts at the Fish Hotel, Cotswolds
Try something totally different and unique, staying in one of these luxury Shepherd Huts for a rustic, romantic getaway. The cosy huts are perfect for all year round stays as they feature under floor heating and wood burners in each lounge area- not to mention the private hot tubs.
Try something totally different and unique
The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds
This historic hotel has roots reaching the 1300’s, and boasts many well-known names in their guestbook. The spacious, renovated rooms retain all of their British character, whilst the hotel’s incredible location is surrounded by beautiful countryside, making for a perfect base to explore more of the Cotswolds. With something for everyone, the Cotswolds has several family friendly attraction such as Cotswolds Wild Life Park and Adam Henson’s Farm Park, or if you’re looking for more relaxing escapes, the Cotswolds castles and churches boast deep heritage for you to explore. And for guests looking to stay local, the hotel has a newly refurbished pool and a beautiful croquet area.
The spacious, renovated rooms retain all of their British character, whilst the hotel's incredible location is surrounded by beautiful countryside, making for a perfect base to explore more of the Cotswolds
For any short break away travelling light is a must, and Aspinal weekend bags are a reliable companion for any travel journey.