Last-minute Bank Holiday breaks

Last-minute Bank Holiday breaks

Want to head off this Bank-Holiday weekend but not sure what to do? We’ve selected the best places to stay in Britain during the long weekend; from the best countryside spas to beautiful boutiques by the seaside you’re sure to find something to make the perfect quick getaway…

Scenic spas
This selection of spas in scenic surroundings is best for dusting away any cobwebs and making sure you feel rejuvenated and relaxed in time for autumn. Try the C.Side at Cowley Manor in the Cotwolds, where all the treatments use natural Green&Spring products, made using ingredients found in the grounds of the manor itself. Or, if you’re near Somerset, head to wonderful Babington House where the Cowshed spa promises the same glamour and luxurious style as sister-property Soho House in London. See all scenic spas here

Boutique hotels by the seaside
These boutique hotels by the seaside are all beautiful. The fantastic Kemp Townhouse in Brighton which boasts the biggest four-poster bed in Brighton is brilliantly chic and is perfect for those who want a quick getaway from the capital. Further afield in Cornwall, you’ll find the Salt House – an ultra-modern take on the seaside abode. Both rooms have been individually designed with sleek decor and finished with colourful Orla Kiely textiles. See all boutique hotels beside the seaside here

Rural retreats
Looking for a real hideaway? Then we recommend one of these rural retreats in Britain. Lime Wood in the New Forest in Hampshire is ideal for those looking for laid-back luxury in a posh country pile. For a smaller and cosier take on the rural sojourn, try Byfords in Norfolk. The 16 rooms are beautiful; furnished with antiques and with big bathrooms and luxuriously comfortable beds. In true countryside-style, Byfords’ restaurant is located in a connected building and serves delicious local food. See all rural retreats here

Autumn breaks
Once the summer tourists have left, Cornwall becomes a perfect place to indulge in some quality relaxation. The Westcroft Guesthouse is best reached by a train to Plymouth, followed by a breezy ferry trip across the Tamar River and the owners, Sarah and Dylan McLees-Taylor, will pick you up from the jetty. Their tall, higgledy-piggledy house by the sea has a retro sitting room (imagine Marc Bolan’s dressing room) and three bedrooms – including the Clock Tower suite, a romantic hideaway beneath the beams. See all autumn break hotels here

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