Explore the bucolic charm of the UK countryside with our selection of five best British escapes. For those seeking a blend of nature and comfort, we’ll delve into the world of glamping, where you can indulge in the beauty of the outdoors without sacrificing luxury.
Alternatively, if you’re drawn to the charm of more cosy accommodation, we’ve identified three exceptional luxury bed and breakfasts. While for those wishing to enjoy a regal overnighter, we visit the stately Combermere Abbey in Cheshire.
Whether you’re an adventurer at heart or simply looking to unwind in picturesque surroundings, our selection promises a range of experiences that cater to your preferences.
Join us as we share our pick of the five best UK short escapes, tailored to the sophisticated palate of the seasoned older traveller.
Best British escapes
Dimpsey – Somerset
This 5-star luxury glamping retreat is run by Somerset couple Emma and Andrew Warren, and it’s an all-in experience helping busy people to get some quality time together in the great outdoors. Dimpsey is located on a small farm in the Blackdown Hills, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty – so you can wake up every morning to beautiful views. Whether you choose to walk, run or cycle there is plenty to explore including rummaging for fossils along the Jurassic coastline.
Find out more at Dimpsey.co.uk.
Combermere Abbey – Cheshire
Combermere Abbey is a place where beauty and luxury combine to create a truly unforgettable getaway. Steeped in history, the North wing is the result of a major restoration project with two sumptuously appointed suites, the Salamanca and Bhurtpore Room, both with views over majestic parkland and the mere. Also part of the estate are nine dog-friendly cottages, which have been converted from the Grade II listed stables. Each cottage has its own character and individual style and can accomodate from 4 to 10 people.
Find out more about the suites and cottages available at Combermere Abbey.
Duncombe Arms, Staffordshire
The Duncombe Arms is six short miles short of the beautious outdoor spaces of the Peak District and even if you are not the outwardboundsy type, it is a venue that offers a perfect country escape.
The ten rooms of barn-conversion style Walnut House, named after the tree that sits between pub and accommodation, look out over bleating sheep and pasture running down to the River Dove. Within minutes of check-in you can be walking far from the madding crowd.
Now a thriving getaway and first-rate dining experience, it is hard to believe that the Duncombe had stood derelict little more than a decade ago.
Explore menus, room tariffs and more at Duncombe Arms.
Jamaica Inn, Bodmin
Situated high on the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor in North Cornwall, overlooking the A30, stands Jamaica Inn. Made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, the Inn was built in 1750 as a coaching Inn and was extended to include a coach house, stables and tack room creating the main part of the building as it is today.
For more details visit Jamaica Inn.
The New Inn – Isles of Scilly
Offering award-winning accommodation and food at the heart of the island, The New Inn is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a taste of island life. After waking to the sound of the ocean, guests can enjoy a hearty Scillonian breakfast before setting out to explore the Island either wandering barefoot along sandy beaches or exploring the subtropical Tresco Abbey Garden. All with beautiful sea views, the bedrooms are kitted with everything you need to have a relaxing and enjoyable stay on the island.
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