With the August bank holiday on the horizon this is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all. For some downtime inspiration we’ve put together our favourite five UK getaways all within driving distance of our store;
Limewood is the last word in laid back luxury, and the place to go if you feel like a bit of a fitness reboot. Set in the heart of the New Forest you can choose between Matt Roberts retreats with their in-house personal trainer, or a roster of outdoor activities, from woodland walks, and bike rides. Fancy something slower? Try swimming in their indoor pool or rooftop yoga and a massage. Each to his own. All can be followed with massages galore and food from Hartnett Holder & Co, their in-house Italian restaurant.
For a dose of countryside charm, head to The Bull Inn in Charlbury, a quaint Oxfordshire village pub with an eye for design. A great base for a trip to Blenheim Palace and Wychwood Reserve, it also has a serious selection of ales to try, and a mouth-watering BBQ in the pub garden.
Or Centre Parks for adults, as it’s been called, Soho Farmhouse is the latest UK instalment from Soho House. With horse-riding and outdoor swimming for the kids on one hand, and a barn which really kicks off with the in-house DJ every Saturday night on the other, Farmhouse is a one-size-fits-all staycation venue for whatever you want it to be, be it relaxing spa weekend, to a party with friends.
Nothing clears a city-fogged brain like a well-earned trip to the sea, and The Pig on the Beach definitely does the job. Set above Harry’s Rock in Dorset, treat your desk-stiffened legs to a cliff-top walk come rain or shine, then settle in for a wholesome meal of English fare, made in their seasonal garden kitchen. Follow up with a massage in the cliff-top huts and then relax in your roll-top bath.
Whether you’re taking a mini-break to London or stay-cationing away from your own London home, the Artist Residence is the perfect weekend bolthole. Boasting a restaurant, a bar and an eclectic selection of art, you can get everything you need, from sustenance to culture, all under one roof. If you do decide to venture out, you have Pimlico on your doorstep, so drop into our favourite pub, The Orange fora pint, or surrender to being a tourist and head along the river bank for a tour of the Parliament buildings and Big Ben it’s more fun than you might think.