It might not have happened in a way we’d have wished, but this year’s lockdown has made us all even more excited to get out and explore the beautiful coast and country destinations the UK has to offer.
Of course, this means we are also supporting our hotels, inns and B&Bs in the process. Here, the Good Hotel Guide share 10 of their top hotels for wonderful autumn UK staycations…
It’s close enough to this famous (and popular) seaside town to enjoy the food, the beauty and the beaches, but just far away enough to escape the crowds. Soar Mill Cove Hotel enjoys an exceptional location on the South West Coast Path.
With unparalleled sea views, a short walk to the beach, its own spa and rooms with their own terrace where you can enjoy the autumn sun, this dog-friendly and family-friendly hotel could not be more perfect for a Devon seaside holiday.
This magical, luxury spa hotel in Hampshire is one of those amazing places that’s perfect for families but also for couples. No one ever has to compromise. Stay in a luxury room… or perhaps one of their unique treehouse suites, perched high in the treetops.
Here, adults love the grounds, the five-star service, the spa, the food, the tennis courts, the golf course and the space. Children are delighted by the Kids’ Club, kids’ cookery course, bug hotel, and outdoor pool.
A 12th-century castle transformed by sympathetic modern design, Roch Castle Hotel sits dramatically on a rocky outcrop high above the Pembrokeshire landscape.
With panoramic views over St Brides Bay and the Preseli hills, it is a B&B like no other. It comes complete with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and an alfresco viewing platform in the Sun Room and dramatic décor in the bedrooms. The menu features beautiful local ingredients such as Welsh laver bread and local honey at breakfast.
A romantic retreat, only children over the age of 12 are permitted. It’s a lovely destination for a grown-up getaway during the school holidays.
An award-winning, four-star hotel in Cornwall, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa is a contemporary hotel set into the hillside above Mawgan Porth beach. Amid the coastal bliss, here adults and children alike are invited to relax.
The spa and sensory garden, cocktails and sunset suppers will delight the adults. Meanwhile the Wild Café children’s menu, kids’ clubs and activitieskeep children of all ages entertained, rain or shine.
This five-star hotel and spa with AA Rosette awarded dining is a special place to visit. An achingly romantic Georgian mansion standing in landscaped gardens overlooking the North Sea, it is the perfect combination of modern hospitality peppered with nods to its intriguing history.
As the one-time home of Lord Byron, his portrait hangs in the dining room. The Ada Lovelace Suite is named for his daughter, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace and a respected English mathematician and writer.
The Serenity Spa is a huge draw, with all the facilities you could ask for. The Serenity’s wellbeing knowledge and ethos really set it apart.
This celebrated hotel on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, sits above Carne Beach. It has earned five stars for its unerring attention to detail. Guests delight in wandering from their rooms to the gardens and the beach beyond, swimming in the outdoor pool and being wined and dined in the silver-service restaurant in the evening.
There are espionage games for younger guests and a spa for older ones. Fancy a real treat? The hotel’s yacht and elegant motor launch are available for use or skippered charter. Or you can take out their classic Morgan sports car for a jaunt.
Wales’s first contemporary art hotel overlooks the St David’s peninsula. It has been hugely successful since it launched, winning awards left right and centre. Graffiti and street artists of note were invited to stay and paint, taking as their cue the landscape of Pembrokeshire.
A former windmill built in 1806, the building is now owned by an architect who redesigned the Edwardian hotel and turned it into the treat it is today. The result, together with attention to detail bar none, is the creation of a modern masterpiece.
No children under 12 and no dogs are allowed, but it’s a treat for couples on a romantic break.
Within walking distance of Chatsworth House, the Duke of Devonshire’s hotel continues to please. Beautifully kept, it enjoys magnificent views in the beautiful, unspoilt Peak District National Park. In fact this is something of a fantasy destination.
Home-baked scones with a generous portion of clotted cream and a warm greeting are the order of the day before a stroll around the grounds. A morning cup of tea has never felt grander.
Another Cornish gem, The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth is very much an adult-only escape that’s centred on its eco-friendly spa experience.
Guests delight in a swim in the pool with a view of the sea, or lounge in the clifftop hot tub with a glass of Champagne. There’s also a rooftop sitting room overlooking the Atlantic. Dress up for a candlelit seasonal dinner with a friend or partner.
A member of the Luxury Family Hotels collection, Woolley Grange is a beautiful Jacobean manor house on the edge of the Cotswolds. Offering luxury combined with simple pleasures, the hotel offers something for everyone.
Families can pick pears in the garden or collect eggs from the chickens. More adventurous? Go pond dipping, get lost in the grass maze and let children play in the kids’ club. Thanks to two hours free childcare per day, parents can enjoy a peaceful swim in the pool, a spa treatment or dinner together.
Meanwhile, all the amenities you could possibly need for an easy family holiday are provided. On offer are high chairs, complimentary baby-listening systems, cots, nappy bins, changing mats and bottle warmers. There’s also a creche for babies from 12 weeks old.