Our top 10 boutique hotels for the ultimate staycation

There’s nothing more indulgent than a stay at a gorgeous boutique hotel. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, want some space away from the kids, or just feel like treating yourself, here are a few of our favourite places.

Birch – Hertfordshire

If you want time and space away from your busy life, then Birch is the answer. Dubbed the ‘escape from urban living’, it’s a hotel with a difference. Whilst there you can choose from a whole range of activities to help you reenergise – from glassblowing to bird box building and soda bread making. Plus, if you book for Friday and Saturday night, they’ll throw in Sunday for no extra cost.

The Pig(s) – Hampshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Kent, Cornwall

The Pig(s) are restaurants with rooms. Perfect for foodies – they put home grown and local produce at the centre of their offering with a menu of uncomplicated and simple British garden food. If you want a getaway filled with great meals in a relaxed setting, look no further than The Pig.

The Crazy Bear – Buckinghamshire

The oldest documented building in Beaconsfield, The Crazy Bear is a fifteenth century coaching inn that has been restored to provide dramatic architecture and uncompromising luxury. From velvet walls and leather floors, to marble wet-rooms and dark moody colour schemes, you’re in for an indulgent time.

Llys Meddyg – Pembrokeshire

Nestled on the Nevern estuary within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Llys Meddyg offers a taste of modern Wales – blending old and new with elegant furnishings, deep sofas and a welcoming fire. You’ll find breath-taking beaches, rivers, woods and mountains all a stone’s throw from your door.

Thyme – Cotswolds

A village within a village, Thyme is a cluster of honey-stone properties nestled in the Gloucestershire countryside. Peaceful, chic and idyllic, this is the kind of place you choose when you want a little time to yourself after a busy home-schooling and COVID-filled year.

Brimstone – Cumbria

Slap-bang in the middle of the Lake District, Brimstone offers luxurious suites with log burning stoves, emperor beds and private balconies. A stay here gives you complimentary access to the spa and thermal experiences, pool, fitness studio, exercise classes and sauna. Plus, you can even borrow walking gear to go exploring in the peaceful Lakeland countryside.

Foxhill Manor – Cotswolds

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel hideaway, look no further than Foxhill Manor. At this private country house hotel you get whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy it. A personal host is on hand 24 hours a day, and the chef will create your own bespoke menu that you can eat wherever you want. Spoilt, much?

The Gunton Arms – Norfolk

Keep things cosy at The Gunton Arms – a traditional pub with bedrooms. It’s comfortable, classic and a home from home, set in a one-thousand-acre deer park. The pub serves its own venison and sources seafood, mussels and Cromer crab from the local fishermen. A real taste of England.

Tigerlily – Edinburgh

If urban bustle is more your thing, why not visit Tigerlily, situated in Scotland’s capital city. The rooms are bold, busy and indulgent – a designer’s dream. And you can enjoy cocktails in their bar, with guests receiving free entry to the Lulu nightclub downstairs.

Harbour Hotel – Devon

If the spa is calling, you’ll want to visit the Salcome Harbour Hotel & Spa. Located on the shores of the Salcombe estuary, it’s an idyllic coastal getaway. Relax and revive in the lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, or on the outdoor sun terrace. And make the most of their great products and treatments.

We know that we’ve probably made it incredibly hard to choose your next staycation location – so why not just have lots of mini-breaks and check out them all!

  • SMARTY Team
  • September 3rd, 2020