THE UK'S BEST LUXURY STAYCATION SPOTS


Thanks to the easing of government restrictions, this summer is all about the staycation. And while many will be flocking to campsites and cottages, we like to do things a little differently. Sometimes, you need a little luxury (or more than a little), and we think coming out of lockdown is the perfect reason to stay somewhere special. And, because we love to help you out, we’ve even done the leg work and rounded up the best, and most unexpected, spots our homeland has to offer. The British summer never looked so good.

Atlantic Surf Pods, Bude

If we were to suggest Bude, no doubt you’d think of throngs of tourists – not “alternative” at all. But what you’re probably not expecting is these Atlantic Surf Pods. About a mile from all the sandy beaches you could want from a Cornish holiday, this collection of 15 surf pods, bell tents and even a treehouse provides the ultimate escape from daily life. Eco-friendly, cave-like yet cosy, and just wild enough to feel like an adventure, this is definitely a stay you won’t forget. You want off the beaten track? You’ve just found it.

 

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The Dome Garden, Forest of Dean

Nestled in the Forest of Dean, we’d go as far as to call The Dome Garden magical. Ideal for adults and kids, stay in impressively-designed domes of different sizes to accommodate groups of up to 8, enjoy communal cooking and meals designed to get you right back to nature’s basics, and watch the sun go down and the stars come out without mobile technology to disrupt you. Sounds pretty dreamy to us.

 

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Red Kite Tree Tents, Powys

Some places have to be experienced to be believed. DIY fans may have seen this particular place on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces – a feature well and truly earned. Two spherical, cocoon-like camping pods sit high in the trees, and another on the hilltop, accessed by their own private tracks and enjoying acres upon acres of unspoiled views all to themselves. An outdoor kitchen means it’s learn to live wild or walk three miles to a pub, so channel your inner wild camper and immerse yourself in the off-grid – and off the ground – experience.

 

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Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent

Escaping to a nature reserve for the day is one of life’s simplest pleasures – so now imagine staying there, too. England’s only nature reserve that you can spend the night in, Elmley boasts a variety of accommodation options to suit every taste, from the classic glamping bell tent to charming shepherd’s huts and even whole cottages for big families (or those who like their space). Locally-sourced food, eco power and a remote location makes Elmley the perfect close-to-nature getaway for the eco-conscious traveller.

 

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Peaks and Pods, Yorkshire

If this place’s name didn’t already sell it to you, just wait until you see it. Peaks and Pods consists of, you guessed it, 5 camping pods on a family farm in Yorkshire with some seriously luxurious touches. Think cocoon swings and private hot tubs for the premium options, and outdoor seating with a personal fire pit and private bathrooms with heated towel rails in all pods. Top that off with optional extras like exclusive use of the on-site wood pizza oven and champagne on arrival, and you’ll wonder why going abroad was ever on your radar.

 

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