Six ideas for a Great British staycation
Only recently we were talking about the rise of the staycation and suggesting just some of the treats that might lie in store if you choose to stay in the UK for your holidays.
No surprise, then, that by July, two senior members of HM Government were also extolling the virtues of the Great British staycation. A recent news story revealed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak have promised to stay in the UK for their summer holidays this year.
Indeed, the Prime Minister gave the staycation a roaring endorsement when he described the “peerless, wonderful, superlative places” there are for a staycation in the UK – according to a report in the Telegraph newspaper on the same date.
Here are a few suggestions as to where you might spend your Summer staycation …
- the historic university cities of the UK seem tailor-made for the great staycation – and the City of Cambridge is no exception;
- Harpers Bazaar recommends a stay at the University Arms, which was reopened after exhaustive renovation in 2018 – yet still manages to exude every inch the gentility of a bygone age;
- in 2019, Time Magazine designated the University Arms one of the top 100 places in the world to stay;
Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
- in what must be a ringing endorsement for the great staycation, Ross on Wye, in Herefordshire, claims to be the birthplace of British tourism;
- it is conveniently situated in the picturesque Wye Valley and is one of the primary market towns for a vast area stretching north into the borders between England and Wales and west towards Chepstow and the confluence of the Rivers Wye and Severn;
Coworth Park, Berkshire (pictured above)
- if you want five-star bliss, Coworth Park offers idyllic relaxation in many guises from a rural detox to an indulgent, romantic escape;
- here you’ll find experiences to refresh every sense among the 240-acre gardens, meadowlands, lake and the equestrian centre;
- for complete luxury, you can go all-out and stay at The Dower House and have your own private gardens, a gated entrance and, if you want, your own personal chef!
Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
- travel north of Ross, and you will soon see the Malvern Hills rising from the border country;
- for a great staycation, with luxury accommodation in Georgian splendour, you might choose to stay at The Cottage in the Wood – a gloriously peaceful setting with stunning views and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, bar and covered terrace;
- probably the most surprising destination to steal the limelight as a trending destination – according to the Huffington Post – is Warton in Lancashire;
- it is a tranquil village with lots of history in open countryside, and views across the vast expanse of Morecambe Bay on the estuary of the River Ribble, just to the west of Preston;
- Warton also has links to the US (a branch of the Washington family lived in the area) and on the 4th July, Independence Day, each year, the 'Stars and Stripes' flag is flown;
Retreat East, Suffolk
- a sophisticated staycation is likely to greet you at Retreat East, in the village of Hemingstone, between Ipswich and Stowmarket, in Suffolk;
- this private members country club – complete with a spa at which you can pamper yourself – has temporarily opened its doors to non-members who may also enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Suffolk countryside.
This is a small handful of just some of the fabulous destinations and accommodations that Great British staycation may offer. Enjoy!
This data is correct as at the time of writing.