With international travel this year still not a sure thing, the silver lining is that it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace our home-grown talent and support the UK economy by booking a staycation instead.
An end of summer staycations can be just as glorious as a beachside trip at a far-flung destination, particularly when you see what the UK has to offer. For one, there are plenty of magical Airbnb spots that have wowed past visitors and continue to offer the absolute best of British. Then there’s the huge array of other cottages and cabins, and of course, some impressive hotels both in the capital and all around the country.
We’ve selected 16 of the absolute best for you to enjoy a staycation this year, but be warned: these idyllic destinations get booked up, so plan ahead.
16 of the best cosy autumn staycations in the UK
The ideal option for bigger groups (which must come from only two households, in line with current Government guidelines), Grove Farm House houses an impressive ten guests, while Black Swan Barn takes six. The rural property is located in Thornham Magna, Rural Suffolk, and features large gardens, inglenook fireplaces, and exposed beams. Prices from £2,456 with a three-night minimum.
Located in the Dimmingsdale heritage woodland, on the edge of the Peak District, this traditional yet chic lodge is perfect for the outdoorsy type. It has a 100 square meter decking area, a logburner in the lounge, and a hot tub, which is a draw in itself. The listing sleeps 12, and prices begin at £175 per night.
The Pig Hotel now proudly boasts six spaces dotted around the country, and each is as special as the last. For a rustic, traditional yet modern aesthetic, head to your nearest ‘branch’ of The Pig, which has been hailed as offering the best of the English countryside. Prices vary depending on location, so visit their website to find out more.
Live in the capital and want a close-by getaway? This lodge — which is located in Maidstone in Kent — may just be what you’re looking for. It has quirky, cosy interiors, a hot tub, and a BBQ for toasting marshmallows when the sky stays clear. It’s ideal for a couple as it houses two, and prices begin at £125 per night, with a three night minimum.
Perhaps it’s more of an adventure you’re after – in which case look to this glamping destination, which will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a Lord Of The Rings film with its cute circular entrance and unique shape. The property is a converted 1945 boat, which is nestled within a private forest overlooking the beautiful open fenland countryside. It houses two guests and prices start at £154.
Looking for a weekend in The Cotswolds? Entrust The Fish with hosting your stay, which in this setting, is sure to be magical. The hotel combines rustic countryside and modern luxury for the perfect stay, and there are lots of options when it comes to your accommodation. Stay in the main building, or opt for one of the adorable pods or impressive treehouses. Prices start at £150 per night.
If you’re looking for something that’ll make your friend jealous, this is the listing for you. Located in Drimnin in Scotland, the insulated aluminum pod is the perfect place to watch beautiful sunsets, and nighttime skies. The place understandably gets booked up, so you may need to race others to the reservation for this one. It sleeps two, and prices begin at £150 with a three night minimum.
This riverside home in Nethy Bridge, Scotland, boasts log fires, a hot tub, wood fires, fishing, and plenty of beautiful hiking trails right on your doorstep. It can accommodate up to 10 guests, meaning it’s a perfect option for big families or occasions. There’s a two-night minimum stay at £340 per night (which, split between a group of adults, could be very reasonable indeed).
Cowarth Park may sound familiar to you, and that’s because it’s the place the Duke of Sussex stayed the night before his wedding. And if it’s good enough for the royals, you know it’s going to be the epitome of luxury. The Ascot-based destination boasts a five-star 17th-century country house situated within 240 acres of grounds. Stay in the main building or opt for the incredible outhouses, visit the spa and tennis courts, and enjoy the Michelin-starred food. Prices begin at £405 per night.
If the idea of having your own little island sounds appealing, this cabin may be worth checking out. Accessed via foot on a lock bridge, the Shepparton-Based property is remote and private, but still offers plenty to do, including beautiful river walks. It’s pretty small, so is best for a couple or person travelling solo, and has a two-night minimum stay at £82 per night.
London-dwellers will likely already be familiar with The Ned; a luxurious and ultra-stylish hotel that is owned by the group behind Soho House. The rooms are stately and impressive with a 1920s Art-Deco feel, and there’s plenty to enjoy within the hotel, including the many dining experiences and Cowshed spa. You can stay from £226 a night.
The beautiful Lake District is home to some stunning properties, and none are more impressive than the gorgeous Boathouse, which sleeps two and is perfect for a romantic getaway. The secluded location means total privacy, and the 19th Century stone building will a hit with history buffs. Dine outside while it’s still warm enough on the lovely front-facing balcony, and enjoy long hikes in the surrounding area. Prices start at £190.
Based in Fareham, this little cabin really is as ‘magic’ as its name suggests. Most notably, the rustic cottage is made from totally recycled materials, and follows an eco philosophy including ‘green’ electricity. There’s a lovely outside seating area for morning coffees, and plenty to do around the area. It can accommodate three people, and there is a two night minimum stay at £90 per night.
This amazing earth house in Moray, Scotland, will make you feel as though you’re on a film set in New Zealand. The eco-conscious home is amazing inside, and particularly cosy during the winter months. It is deceptively spacious, so can fit up to six guests, and there’s a three-night minimum stay at £154 per night. Be warned though: this is a cult Airbnb property, so you might have a lot of competition to make a reservation.
Buxton Crescent Hotel is a new offering located within the rolling hills of the Peak District, opening on the 1st October, 2020. The building is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture at its best, which has been restored sensitively to offer 81 lovely rooms and a wellness spa with mineral rich water spa treatments. Rates start at £125 per night.
Soho House members often considered Soho Farmhouse as the biggest perk of their exclusive membership, and for good reason. The Insta-famous destination is famous for the personalised bikes, outdoor baths, and exquisite attention to detail that make it a five-star experience. It’s located among the rolling hills of Oxfordshire – you can find out more at Soho Farmhouse’s website.