The Great Escape: country house hotels
In the UK, we’ve been blessed with an extra-long bank holiday this year thanks to good old Lizzie’s Platinum Jubilee. Instead of three measly days, we’ll be rollicking our way through a luxurious four (or more if you had the foresight to request time off) day weekend at incredible country house hotels.
Naturally, we’re often inclined to jet off somewhere fabulous to make the most of those precious vacation days. This year, however, we’ve decided to keep things a little closer to home to spend less time en route and as much time as possible recumbent, drink in hand, eyes closed. One of the most wonderful things about living in the United Kingdom is the accessibility and abundance of fabulous country house hotels (we’re not sleeping; we’re just resting our eyes!).
The Ox Barn at Thyme:
Nestled in verdant Gloucestershire, Thyme is a truly magical spot. Its founders sought to conserve and preserve the beauty of the land, honouring by making it available for all to enjoy. Think of this as your long-awaited, much-needed botanical breather. One of our Country house hotels favourite.
Ok, ok, so it’s not exactly the UK, but even though Castle Leslie is further afield (think County Monaghan in Ireland), this incredible estate is really worth a visit. Set amidst 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, Castle Leslie is ideal for those looking for the perfect balance of relaxation and outdoor pursuits. Fish the lakes, canter through the countryside or decompress at the spa. But whatever you do, don’t miss their seriously indulgent breakfast.
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa:
Wiltshire might not be first on your list, but once you bunk up at Lucknam Park, we can bet you’ll be coming back pretty regularly. Even arriving to this stunning hotel is an experience thanks to the dreamy beech tree-lined, mile-long lime driveway. We love that Lucknam is only a few miles from Bath should those country jitters set in and the need for a pub lunch strike.
One look at an aerial shot of Cliveden House’s jaw-dropping grounds and you’ll be packing your bags and swearing off city life for good. Built in 1666 by the Duke of Buckingham, Cliveden house is rife with history. Luckily, however, that doesn’t mean it’s not equipped with the best of the best in terms of modern amenities. If you can take an extra day or swing a WFH situation, we highly recommend coming a little early, as there is just so much to explore at Cliveden.
Turns out there’s far more to Ascot than wild fascinators and horse races. Coworth Park is the perfect escape, no matter the season. This gorgeous country house hotel is the ideal place to indulge and detox from hectic city life. Wander the grounds, breathe in the delicious scent of the gardens and embrace the peace and quiet of Coworth Park.
Even if you’re not a golfer, there’s something irresistible about Gleneagles. A self-dubbed ‘glorious playground’, Gleneagles is pretty magical if you ask us. The luxurious country house hotel boasts over 850 acres of rolling hill, field and stream that are made for invigorating country pursuits. More of a lounge-by-the-pool or sip-cocktails-in-your-robe type of person? No bother! The spa at Gleneagles is as wonderful as the rest.