Would you like a hotel break with a restaurant, spa or tennis courts, but still want a little distance between you and other guests?
More and more hotels in the UK are offering self-catering cottages on their premises that offer the best of both worlds: a cozy, self-contained stay, plus great facilities – and food – on tap if you want them.
Budock Vean, Cornwall
Budock Vean is a 65-acre picturesque property on the Helford River (pictured) in Cornwall. Choose a modern bolthole or a more traditional cottage
At Budock Vean Country House in Cornwall you will find wine fridges and wood burners in the modern boltholes made of natural wood and stone. There are also a handful of more traditional cottages with enclosed gardens where dogs are welcome.
All are located on 65 acres of scenic property on the Helford River in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with numerous walks from the front door to creeks, bays and beaches. Available are the hotel pool, outdoor hot tub, golf course, spa and tennis courts. From Budock Vean’s private foreshore, cruise to the river for a guided kayak or boat trip to the estuary, or visit Frenchman’s Creek from Daphne du Maurier.
Book it: Modern cottages from £ 550 per week for six, traditional cottages from £ 470 per week for four. Short stays are also possible (budockvean.co.uk).
Sense of Fun: Thyme in Southrop has three stone houses for self-catering. The picture shows the Baa Bar with model sheep
They name Thyme in Southrop, a village within a village – the beautifully manicured grounds are home to a number of converted Cotswolds farm buildings and houses. And among them is a trio of self-catering stone houses with wooden beam ceilings.
The eight bedroom farmhouse is the main attraction, with a boules court and fire pit in its large walled garden, double-height dining room, and interior filled with antiques and velvet. The four bedroom valley is not sold for self-catering, but you can hire a chef to cook there. Two-bedroom Old Walls, just outside the hotel grounds and with its own garden, is the only place dogs and children can stay overnight (they are only allowed for Sunday lunch in the on-site restaurant, but can eat in the pub at all other times) . . Thyme has an outdoor pool, a small spa, and a cooking school.
Book it: From £ 595 a night for four to £ 4,000 a night for 16 (thyme.co.uk).
The Eastbury Hotel in Dorset
Charming: Eastbury Cottage is adjacent to the main hotel (pictured above) in Sherborne, Dorset
The house dates back to the 17th century and has a large fireplace, beams and antiques, and light, modern furniture
Enjoy exclusive use of the spa at the Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne when you check into the three bedroom Eastbury Cottage next door.
Renovated in the summer, the property dates back to the 17th century and features a large fireplace, exposed beams and antiques, and bright, modern furniture. There is a walled garden with a hot tub at the bottom. The spa has a sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy bath and is free when booking a treatment or for £ 25 per person.
The dog-friendly cottage is close to many National Trust and English Heritage sites and is an excellent base for exploring the Dorset coast.
Book it: From £ 850 a night for six or two nights minimum (theeastburyhotel.co.uk).
Swinton Park, North Yorkshire
Guests can stay in rustic log cabins at the 20,000 acre Swinton Hotel near Ripon in the Yorkshire Dales
Pamper your little home on the prairie in these rustic log cabins with rocking chairs and porches on the 20,000 acre Swinton Hotel near Ripon in the Yorkshire Dales.
The open tree huts have no electricity – lighting is provided by tea light lanterns and torches – but there is plenty of hot water, as well as a wood-burning stove and gas rings. They sleep seven people each and have a king-size bed on the top level of two mezzanine floors under a skylight for star gazing.
To get to the hotel’s spa, golf course, cooking school, and restaurant, it takes a ten-minute drive or an hour to drive across the property, though a coffee shop is just a five-minute walk away.
The nearby market town of Masham is home to two famous Yorkshire breweries – Theakston and Black Sheep.
Book it: From £ 125 a night for up to seven (oneoffplaces.co.uk).
The Swan, Cumbria
The Swan at Newby Bridge in the Lake District has a handful of cottages reminiscent of New England property
The Swan’s few cottages on Newby Bridge in the Lake District have an abundance of pinks among modern furniture.
They are designed to resemble real estate in New England. They have wood burners, outdoor patios with outdoor fireplaces, and fantastic views. There is a hardwood kitchen for self-catering, but you can order room service instead or dine in the extravagantly decorated old post office by the river.
Take a packed lunch with you when you take one of the walks from your doorstep, or relax in the pool and sauna. The largest of four hotels is The Dormouse, which can accommodate up to four adults and four children. Couples may prefer the love nest.
Book it: From £ 450 a night for up to eight people. The love nest costs from £ 280 per night (swanhotel.com).
Lucknam Park, Wiltshire
The cottages at Lucknam Park in Wiltshire have access to the equestrian center, spa, cooking school, playground and tennis courts of the hotel
Pictured is Thatcher’s Cottage, which can accommodate six people. Enjoy a welcome basket of champagne
They know that if there is champagne in the welcome basket, it will be a stylish stay at the three cottages on the 500 acre Lucknam Park site near Bath.
Whether you sip a sip while a chef conjures up something in the country-style kitchen, cooks your own, orders room service or enjoys it as a prelude to the hotel restaurant, which has been awarded a Michelin star, is entirely up to you. Each stone house with wooden and tiled floors has a garden and a terrace. Dogs are welcome.
The eight-person Squire’s Cottage is the most elegant with a cream and black color scheme in the kitchen / living room and a modern four-poster bed in one of the bedrooms. Keeper’s Cottage and Thatcher’s Cottage can accommodate six people and are more rustic in style.
All have access to the equestrian center, spa, cooking school, playground and the hotel’s tennis courts.
Book it: £ 1,150 for six or £ 1,550 a night for eight. There is a minimum stay of two nights (lucknampark.co.uk).
The Airds Hotel in Argyll
The cottages at The Airds Hotel in the village of Port Appin are a cozy place to stay amidst a breathtaking landscape with numerous hiking trails for hikers and bikers
Spy seals play on Loch Linnhe from the rooms of the Old Smithy, a two bedroom cottage in The Airds Hotel in the west coast village of Port Appin.
Each has its own garden, room with wooden beams and an open fireplace and is a cozy place to linger in the midst of a breathtaking landscape with numerous hiking trails for hikers and bikers.
The Old Smithy is adjacent to the hotel, which is also home to Bramble Cottage. When you’re fed up with your own cooking, ask for a basket at the hotel or go to the restaurant – you can be sure you’re eating excellent as The Airds is a member of the Relais & Chateaux gourmet group.
Whiskey lovers are in good hands: the hotel has a whiskey bar, guests receive a Whiskey Mac cocktail on arrival and the Oban distillery is nearby.
Book it: From £ 695 to £ 880 per week for four people (airds-hotel.com).
Bovey Castle, Devon
Hidden Haven: A three story lodge in the grounds of Bovey Castle in Devon. It has three en-suite bedrooms and an impressive open plan kitchen
The 22 modern lodges on the grounds of Bovey Castle are a luxurious place to return to after exploring the delights of Dartmoor National Park.
Each three-story lodge is made of several acres of stone, granite and wood and has an impressive open plan kitchen and dining area that leads into a double-height living room. There are fireplaces, a utility room and grill on the terrace and three en-suite bedrooms.
It’s just a short walk to the hotel (or after a golf buggy) with its excellent restaurant, spa, tennis courts and golf course.
Book it: From £ 599 a night for six (boveycastle.com).
The Forest Cabin in Lime Wood has a rustic-chic style with worn oak floors, an open fireplace and two bedrooms
If you want to stay in the cottages in Lime Wood in the New Forest, you can order a basket with all the ingredients you need to prepare one of the simple recipes from star chef Angela Hartnett.
Tucked away on-site, the Forest Cottages and Forest Cabin have a rustic-chic style with worn oak floors, an open fireplace, and two bedrooms each. The bathrooms are equipped with a freestanding bathtub and a monsoon shower.
Fresh bread is served every day and the refrigerator is filled with groceries. You can also go to the hotel to enjoy some of Angela’s more refined dishes in the restaurant.
Book it: From £ 1,250 a night for four people (limewoodhotel.co.uk).
The Pig in Combe, Devon
The Stream Cottage at The Pig at Combe sleeps four people in two equally beautiful bedrooms with a rushing river gitt as a backdrop
Before embarking on the delightful drive to The Pig at Combe, you’ll pass charming thatched cottages in the hamlet of Gittisham in the Otter Valley. Check in and you will find that one of them is yours.
The Stream Cottage sleeps four people in two equally beautiful bedrooms with a rushing river gitt as a backdrop.
The inimitable pig decor is like a set from the 1930s – pelmeted flower bud curtains, mossy velvet and flannel sofas, parchment brown walls and stone floors with carpets. This examined style of aesthetic includes old-fashioned phones, light switches, and radios.
A pantry in Smeg packs a refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster and microwave and is bursting with biscuits, bread, butter, eggs and jam, milk, tea and coffee. The delicacies include Negroni cocktails in Alice In Wonderland bottles (labels with the words “Nightcap for two”). Order a newspaper, soak in a deep tub, or crouch down for a game of Scrabble.
Staff can ferry guests at The Pig Land Rover to the main house restaurant or flower shed for spa treatments.
Book it: Stream Cottage from £ 415 per night (thepighotel.com).
Gainsborough Bath Spa, bath
Relax: The luxury bathroom at The Townhouse is next to the renowned Gainsborough Bath Spa
Soak in the water in your own hot spring bath when you stay at The Townhouse, an elegant Georgian property owned and adjoined by the Gainsborough Bath Spa.
The three-bedroom house offers exclusive access to the historic Cross Bath, an oval open-air oasis separated from the hotel’s own spa town, with water flowing from the spring and pool fountain.
It’s lovely in the townhouse too, with soft fabrics and furnishings and a master bedroom with a four-poster bed and a silver roll-top bath.
You do need to be fit, however – it’s four floors.
Book it: From £ 765 a night for five (thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk).
There are bike paths from the Nanteos Estate in Aberystwyth to the ruins of Strata Florida Abbey (pictured above).
Mews House has its own shoe room to leave behind muddy footwear after exploring the Central Welsh countryside near Aberystwyth and the 30 acres of forests, lakes and mazes at the Nanteos Country House Hotel from the Georgian era.
The converted Palladio carriage house is directly opposite the main building and is appropriately chic accommodation. The living room opens to a private courtyard, the flagstone floor kitchen has its own fireplace, and one of the four bedrooms has a carved wooden bed.
Over in the hotel there is a restaurant with a chandelier and a library bar.
There are bike paths from the property to the ruins of Strata Florida Abbey.
Book it: From £ 450 a night for eight (nanteos.com).