HOLIDAY BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS

December 08, 2020
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THE OUT

We’ve pulled together a few suggestions covering day trips, nights away or weekend breaks that could work nicely as a great little escape.

 

Botanical Gardens, Cambridge

Cambridge, arguably the most beautiful city in the UK, loaded with cobblestone roads, traditional victorian townhouses and of course, the jaw dropping Cambridge University buildings. Besides the history and charm this town boasts, the botanical gardens are the go to place, where you can explore over 8,000 species of plants over multiple landscapes.

For a crisp winter morning stroll, there aren't many finer places to visit. Ponds, wildlife, glasshouses, a grass maze and a lovely cafe, it's got it all. If that's not enough, Cambridge has an array of little gems to uncover.

 

West Wittering beach, Chichester

West Wittering if you haven’t already been, is one of the most cordial beaches in the UK. Just a short two hour drive from London is the dog friendly, sand dune packed beach. Whether it's frisbee throwing, taking your four legged friend for a walk or just a leisurely stroll with your partner, this is the beach for you.

The kilometer long sandy beach is littered with beach huts, sea groins and wildlife. Home to the East Head National trust, and a cafe with all the beach necessities one may need, in our case, a sausage roll and a warm cup of tea.

 

Brocket hall, Welwyn

The magnificent classic country house is situated just outside of London, is the home county of Hertfordshire. Brocket Hall hosts not one but two, full eighteen hole golf courses and seven smaller listed buildings to admire. The grounds and houses are impeccable, making a walk around them a day out to remember.

An excellent 6.6km walk around Brocket Hall and surrounding areas, to then finish off with a homely traditional english pub lunch at The Wagoneers, who would say no to that?

 

Old smock, Kent

Who knew windmills could be so romantic? With dramatic views across the sweeping wealden landscape, delightfully high ceilings being held up by thick large beams and of course a place to lay your head at night, is this not the most idyllic setting for a night away?

To top it all off, fresh eggs will be in your windmill on your arrival for the next morning. This really is the place to get a breath of fresh air this christmas, and step aside from your busy festive schedule.

 

Alexander House, West Sussex

The last year has been tough on everyone, to say the least. For most, leaving little time to look after yourself and Christmas is no different, having to cater for the family and of course, organising presents. We urge you to take some self care this christmas and enter 2021 fresh.

What better place to do so, than at the gorgeous 5 star Alexander house? An all inclusive eco detox weekend. With the award winning Utopia spa, amazing restaurants and champagne bars, there's really no better way to end the year.

 

The Plough inn, Kelmscott

Nestled right in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside just over an hour from London and sat right by the Thames, you'll find the picturesque town of Kelmscott and the infamous Plough Inn. This delightful Cotswold pub offers beautifully furnished rooms that could quite honestly be featured in Interior decoration magazines, with wooden beams, stone walling and windows that overlook a wonderful cottage garden.

As hard as it will be to leave your lovely room, you cannot miss out of the town of Kelmscott, the quaint and frankly stunning town is home to lots of walks along the river and countryside, shops and cafes. Definitely somewhere to shoot off to to take a breath of fresh air this christmas.

 

The Pig At Bridge Place

Three miles south of Canterbury, just outside the historical town of Bridge, lies a gorgeous red bricked manor, The sixth Pig hotel. The hotel has transformed the Grade II* listed Kent house into a haven of fun, relaxation and luxury. All the food and drink ingredients here are either home or locally grown giving visitors a real taste of what's around them.

Whether it’s a healthy weekend away from christmas festivities for treatments and quiet, or to stick with the trend of drinking in the christmas season, The Pig at Bridge Place will cater for anything.

 

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

A charming country house hotel just over 2 hours away, further accompanied by their own romantic, luxury treehouse suites. For a weekend of fun and unwinding, this is your best bet. Located in the scenic New Forest, there aren’t many many better places for horse riding, cycling and running. Chewton and Glen specialise in all 3.

Chewton and Glen have so many family activities, from Axe throwing and archery to Teddy bear sheep walking for the little ones. Positioned on the South coast of England in New Milton, Hampshire, Chewton and Glen offer sailing to guests, and encourage you to go off piste where possible.

 

Gilpin Hotel and Lake house, Windermere

This magical hotel has luxury and elegance in abundance. If you fancy being catered to for a weekend like royalty, look no further. With opulent personal hot tubs, spa treatments and a michelin star restaurant, this is the perfect place to put your feet up.

A 20 acre estate hotel ideal for walks and exploring. If that's not enough, just down the road one mile away is the 100 acre Gilpin Lake House Estate, free if you are staying at the hotel to wander endlessly through, what is a remarkably beautiful stretch of land for some needed open air.

 

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