As lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease, it’s time to plan your travels for the summer months. Going abroad still feels unsure, so here is our round-up of five of the most beautifully designed English hotels that are perfect for relaxing staycations. Rooms are booking up fast so make sure you secure your summer bookings!
Artist Residence, Oxfordshire
Artist Residence have several locations scattered around the south of England, but it’s their idyllic getaway located in the heart of the Cotswolds that is captivating us for this summer. After a long year of lockdowns in the city, we’re craving the picturesque English countryside, and what better base for exploring quaint villages and wild-flower meadows than Artist Residence’s 16th-Century inn conversion? The stylish bedrooms are located beneath thatched roofs and beamed ceilings in the old farmhouse and outbuildings, combining antique furnishings and bohemian styling with contemporary twists such as limited-edition art prints. We particularly love statement pieces such as their unique four-posted bed crafted from tree branches, cast iron freestanding tubs, beautifully tiled bathrooms, and brightly coloured sofas.
Another Place, Lake District
Located on the shore of Ullswater, Another Place is the ideal getaway for anyone who wants to spend their staycation wild swimming, hiking and kayaking during the days – but wants a relaxing, cosy place to return to in the evenings. The iconic pool with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering dramatic views of the lake and mountains may be the most recognisable image of the hotel, but you’ll find stylish interiors and interesting detailing throughout. The original features of the Georgian building have been complemented by simple design choices, bold colours and statement pieces such as decadent headboards and patterned wallpaper. Keep your eye out for the suite designed by Interior Design Masters winner Lynsey Ford opening later this year.
The Rose, Kent
Located within Deal’s pretty, colourful streets, just a stone’s throw from the beach, The Rose is Kent’s prettiest boutique hotel. We love the intimacy of this small hotel – there are just eight unique rooms to choose from, varying in size and all boasting bold colours and vintage furnishings. The statement colour palettes, interestingly patterned wallpapers and fabrics, and antique wooden and rattan furniture combine to create eclectic interiors that feel warm, cosy and snug. There’s a distinct vintage vibe that works perfectly for a seaside getaway. We love all the little extras that the hotel provides, like record players with a stash of vinyl to enjoy, rolltop baths for long soaks, and piles of books and magazines for evening reading material.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
This magnificent Georgian house has been elevated by elegant interiors that showcase an innate sense of style. Located within beautiful grounds boasting walled gardens, beautiful green lawns and a luxurious spa, Heckfield Place is the perfect getaway for anyone looking for a little indulgence. Traditional furnishings are uplifted by colourful paintings, hand-painted wallpaper and bold pops of colour; creating stylish rooms that emit both a contemporary and cosy aesthetic, effortlessly feeling like a home away from home. This is a grown-up getaway where guests can take afternoon tea in the glass house, enjoy a relaxing massage, and dine on exquisite cuisine cooked from fresh ingredients grown on the farm that sits within the grounds.
Chapel House, Penzance
Chapel House is a great base for exploring the west of Cornwall, located in the heart of Penzance on bustling Chapel Street which is known for its antique and independent shops. This small boutique hotel is housed within an intriguing Georgian building that has previously been used as a lodging house, a shelter for evacuees in WW2, the Penzance Arts Club HQ and a family home. Wonderful original features such as decorative coving, archway doorways and decorative windows evoke the building’s past. There are six stylish double bedrooms to choose from in the main house, all featuring handmade oak beds, luxurious bathrooms and beautifully curated antique furniture that hints towards the local antique shops. There are also two larger suites that are a new addition to the building. The communal areas of the building create a cosy feeling, like you are staying in a much-loved family home – there’s a welcoming reception room with white wooden floorboards and comfy seating, styled with statement paintings and an assortment of vintage books, making you feel right at home.