Luxury staycations

Why go abroad when you can find stylish hotels, great food and stunning scenery right on the doorstep. Carole Hamilton picks a few of her favourite boltholes
The Abbey

You can enjoy the delights of Bath from this funky hotel. The pop-up summer terrace is one of the city’s coolest al fresco hotspots for food and cocktails.

Focsle Down Under

Perfectly placed for the reopening of Tate St Ives, this characterful, seaview apartment overlooks Porthmeor Beach. A week’s stay costs from £889 for 6.


This organic farm near Truro hosts seasonal feasting evenings, often with guest chefs. Choose from nine delightful bedrooms in several converted barns including a Grade II listed mill house, an old piggery and a former chicken shed.

The Nare

With a view like this from the hot tub and the fact that the AA have rated The Nare the Best Hotel in Cornwall for the last 25 years, need we say more?

The Grove Narberth

Nestled in beautiful countryside close to the Welsh coast, make a date to stay for the  famous Fish Festival (24 June-2 July) and the hotel’s Fish BBQ on the 27 June. Book a room through

The Cotswolds
Foxhill Manor

It’s chilled luxury all the way at this gorgeous hotel with just eight bedrooms. There’s no set meal times, just a chef on call 24 hours to indulge your foodie whims.

East Sussex
The Gallivant

This laid-back restaurant with rooms at Camber Sands has a new Beach Hut spa room with delicious destressing treatments from Wildeye. 

The Priory Hotel

Overlooking the River Frome in Wareham, you’ll love the new restaurant with glass sides and spectacular views. Book a room through

The Old Quay House

The Penthouse at this boutique hotel in Fowey gets our vote for best view looking out over the estuary.

The Fish

How’s this for a back-to-nature retreat? New for the summer at one of our favourite Cotswolds hotels, the Hilly Huts have a Scandi-vibe and are super comfy with just enough room for two.

The Alexandra

Overlooking that famous harbour at Lyme Regis, we can’t think of a better place to enjoy some of chef Tom Holloway’s famous Lyme Bay scallops and crab croquettes.

Soho Farmhouse

It’s easy to see why this is the A-list’s favourite hideaway. Lodges by the lake, a Cowshed spa, horse riding, great food and no cars, so only pedal power to get around.