English Country Escapes
From a charming country manor to a bijous beach cottage, here’s our pick of the best quintessentially British stays for a weekend away this Valentine’s.
With its open fires, local ales and stunning rural setting, the Beckford Arms has everything you would expect and more from a cosy country stay. This traditional yet stylish country pub is situated on the edge of beautiful rolling parkland in South Wiltshire, so don’t forget to pack your wellies as there are plenty of fabulous walks to discover. The restaurant serves a delicious gastro-pub menu and the eight bedrooms are elegantly decorated. For an extra indulgent treat, book a massage with the hotel’s in-house masseurs.
This 15th century country manor is an impressive romantic retreat. Situated in the Cotswolds, Ellenborough Park is set in 90 acres of stunning National Trust land, with some of the rooms overlooking the finishing line of the Cheltenham Racecourse. Unwind in the Indian-themed spa and take a dip in the heated pool which is warm all year round. The AA five star hotel’s renowned restaurant serves an exquisite best-of-British menu as well as afternoon teas. For couples wishing to tie the knot in style, Ellenborough Park is also a truly magnificent wedding venue.
If you are after a weekend of bracing beach walks and dining at celebrated seafood restaurants, head to Monkey Beach Cottage on Mersea Island. Located in Essex, this atmospheric estuary is popular with day-trippers and seafood lovers. Monkey Beach Cottage is a charming 300-year-old Grade II listed house overlooking Mersea’s famous Monkey Beach, with stunning views of the sea and moorings. Not only is this self-catering cottage one of the most beautiful houses on the island, but it also boasts one of the best locations, overlooking the beach and minutes away from Mersea’s renowned oyster restaurants.
Escape in style…
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