After the recent heatwave that sent the country into a dizzy race to pub gardens and the closest beach, it would be difficult not to be craving the sun’s return. However, perhaps this time it would be better to plan for a more luxurious getaway. From Cornwall to the Lake District, you don’t have to travel far to find a good range of luxury holidays where you can enjoy the British summertime, and we’ve done the research for you.
Overlooking Carne Beach, this hotel has an inherent elegance. As it is privately owned, the comfortable luxuriousness has not waivered since opening in 1989. Even the poolside beach huts add a traditional British feel. Whether you want to dine in one of the two sea view restaurants, treat yourself at the spa, or indulge in a post-sun nap on the sofa, you’re never short of anything to do. With the ocean a mere glance away, It’s the closest you can get to sleeping on the beach without getting sand everywhere.
The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland
Country View Room (summer season)
This quintessentially British hotel boasts a definite countryside-chic atmosphere. With endless views of the Dorset coastline, all it takes is a peek out of the window to consolidate your love for British summertime. You can even socialise in true British fashion at the Smoked and Uncut Music and Food Festival which takes place 10th-11th June at the hotel, and perhaps have a massage in an original shepherds hut the next morning.
The Pig on the beach, Studland
The Lookout Room (weekend rate)
If you’re planning a break with a larger group, you may require a bit more space. How about a whole house? Seaview villa is a coastal Victorian home-away-from-home which sleeps up to 10. Spend the day drifting through the town’s abundant independent shops before sitting on the beach to watch the sun set, and then return to the house to unwind. Vibrant colours and cosy touches make Seaview Villa the perfect place for a seaside getaway.
Seaview Villa, Sheringham
Entire house (per week)
From £995 >
If the beach isn’t calling you, why not spend part of your summer halfway up a tree? Forest views and tranquil birdsong may be the perfect antidote to your busy schedule. The treehouses are part of the Chewton Glen hotel in Hampshire, and are the perfect setting for a romantic retreat for two or a family break. Details such as breakfast hampers, mood lighting and even a private hot tub on the terrace may convince you to ditch the traditional summer getaway and trade it in for a peaceful break in the woods.
Chewton Glen Treehouses, New Forest
Is there anything you’d rather be doing in summer than sipping Champagne on a lake terrace, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, watching as the lake cruises depart and arrive? If not, the Lakeside Hotel would be the perfect fit for you. The views will help you find inner peace at the spa, and for the more adventurous, there are plenty of local activities such as mountain biking, hot air ballooning and sailing. In the coolness of the evening, fresh local produce prepared in the restaurant will seamlessly take you from day to night.
Lakeside Hotel and Spa, Lake Windermere
Ultimate Lakeview Room
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