ing! There is another WhatsApp notification. These are the friends and family eager to fill their diaries for the months to come. Everywhere, it seems, people are making plans for the summer. And frankly, who can blame us after two years of tumbleweed?
While precious OOO (i.e. Out Of Office) days are better spent traveling overseas, weekends don’t require dipping into your vacation allowance or nearly as much planning – other than finding the perfect rental, ie.
The good news is that the UK is full of idyllic cottages that will let your obsession run wild. From thatched-roof Cotswold beauties and wisteria-laced honey-colored walls to coastal castles with epic views, they’re about as far from London’s concrete tetris blocks as you can get without setting foot on a plane. . But if you want to land the best spot, you’ll need to act fast. The upcoming Easter holidays have sparked a boom in bookings according to Staysure – up 175% from the same period in 2019 – a trend that is set to continue in the summer as UK travel picks up.
Whether you’re looking for a party venue for an invite-only festival, a weekend retreat for your family reunion, or simply looking for a country retreat for two, we’ve found the perfect cottages for your weekend getaway. end. Who knew paradise was right on our doorstep?
The Hoot, Cotswolds
The Cotwolds in summer is England at its best. This is the version that visitors flock from all over the world to see, and we have the first dibs. Find the perfect perch at The Hoot, an old country house turned luxurious with seven bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining space, living room and a terrace with a barbecue and – wait for it – a hot tub that has sipping champagne under the stars written on it. It’s an independent offer, but forget the shopping cart that rushes through the supermarket. Instead, order snacks, breakfast and barbecue boxes, and gourmet treats ahead of time, ready and waiting for your stay. As for views? You can practically see as far as the Brecon Beacons.
From £1,500 per night based on a minimum stay of three nights, hillsidehangouts.co.uk
Highbrook Cottage, Wales
Grab your crew and head into the hills for button-cute Highbrook Cottage, just across the Welsh border in leafy New Radnor. Pack your country best: The two-bed rental is a quintessential cottage, adorned with pretty floral and gingham furnishings against warm pastel walls with exposed beams above. There is even a wood-burning stove to avoid cold nights. If the nearby vineyard isn’t enticing enough, you’ll find a Gram-worthy waterfall dubbed Water-break-its-neck a short drive away through the village shops and cafes.
From £150, Wanderlist.com
Long White Cloud, Monkey Island Estate, Berkshire
Here for a while, not long? It takes just 40 minutes to get out of the hustle and bustle of London and into Bray, Berkshire, home of Monkey Island Estate. Here you will find six private residences, each serving refined stately elegance. Pack the largest option, Long White Cloud, which seats eight. The 19th century property offers four en-suite bedrooms, a private swimming pool and a jetty beside the River Thames. It’s the best of both worlds: enjoy the freedom, space and privacy of residences, knowing that luxury hotel hospitality and services are just minutes away.
From £1400pn subject to length of stay. Min 3 nights required on summer weekends, monkeyislandestate.co.uk
The Pink Castle, Ayrshire
Got little ones in tow? Watch their eyes widen in amazement as they lay eyes on the Pink Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland. The fairytale rental is complete with turrets (one of which houses a sauna) and magnificent sea views to the Isles of Arran and Bute. Glasgow is a train journey away, but for a short break, nearby Largs has everything you need from a small town, including lovely shops and an ice cream parlor for the obligatory holiday scoops.
From £2976 for a three night stay, holidayhomes.co.uk
Thatched cottage, Cirencester
Free yourself from the gravitational pull of London and set up a satellite love station in the heart of the Cotswolds. Thatch Cottage, postcard perfect, is a wonderful idyll. The decor is eccentrically English: think plush velvet sofas, colorful rugs and a cream-coloured kitchen for leisurely breakfasts. Unwind with a soak in the bath overlooking the resident orchard or relax in the comfortable highball tumbler in hand. For supplies, the local main street is dotted with small shops and restaurants. Make your trip greener by offsetting the carbon emissions of your trip with Luxury Cottages.
From £1195 per week, Luxurycottages.com