To glamp or not to glamp: how to staycation in style
The long-term effects of Britain’s exit from the EU are yet to be seen, but one immediate impact seems certain: the cost of holidays to some of our favourite European destinations will go up.
But the trend for holidaying at home began picking up pace a few years ago, with 12 per cent more Brits choosing to holiday on home soil in 2013 than in 20081.
These days, taking a UK break doesn’t have to mean slumming it in a rickety caravan or a high-rise hotel block in Camber Sands. There are some great options for those who want a bit of a treat.
The luxury cottage:
Why not opt for a cottage set against a backdrop of stunning views, with some of England’s best beaches a stone’s throw away? Escallonia Cottage2 near Bude sits prettily on the beautiful north Cornwall coastline, and boats comforts like Egyptian cotton, a wood burner and a rainforest shower.
The country house:
North of the border in Fife, you’ll find the glorious Balmule House3. This 14th century solid stone tower house has eight luxury bedrooms, with the master suite catering for the most discerning of tastes. This is a true haven offering a relaxing break away, with country pursuits on the doorstep and some of Scotland’s finest distilleries nearby.
The high-end yurt:
If you’re keen to get back to nature, but dread the prospect of a hard floor and a sleeping bag, then a yurt might be the perfect balance. Cotswolds Yurts4 has four options, including the Oakridge, set amid a flower meadow and orchard. Fairy lights and a campfire provide a romantic evening backdrop, with luxury bedding and sheepskin rugs to cosy up.
The 5-star spa:
If you want pure indulgence, there’s nothing better than a spa break. The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel5 provides second-to-none opulence in the historic city of Bath, with a double AA rosette restaurant to boot. A range of pampering spa treatments in the hotel’s tranquil surroundings underline a perfect getaway.