Eirianfa, Wales

1. Eirianfa, Wales

Charming, quaint, picture-perfect: there just aren't quite enough adjectives to describe this fantastic farmhouse in Denbighshire, North Wales. Overlooking its very own boating lake ? complete with jetty and row boat ? its two luxurious, stone-clad rooms share a beautiful bathroom, boasting a huge roll-top bath and wet-room-style rain shower. If you get bored of exploring the idyllic countryside (you won't), you'll also find a steamy hot tub hiding in the neighbouring barn, a pool table and a bar. Yes, a bar. Hurry, this popular little pad is already getting booked up…

The Fish, Cotswolds

2. The Fish, Cotswolds

No staycation round-up would be complete without a Cotswolds entry. One of our new favourites? The Fish (named after its setting on Fish Hill) in the chocolate-box village of Broadway. Set upon 400 acres of secluded Cotswold countryside, this boutique country hotel is the younger and more affordable sister of Dormy House and Foxhill Manor. Each of its stylish rooms comes with scandi-inspired furnishings, plump beds, and swanky en suites. The best part? It's not too posh for little people. From archery to Segway safaris, it's a great hotel for families.

The House in the Sea, Cornwall

3. The House in the Sea, Cornwall

Perched on a craggy cliff above Towan Beach ? just off the coast of Newquay ? this private island retreat is like something out of a James Bond movie. Accessed via a suspension footbridge, this luxury pad is the perfect place for surfers (it has steps that go right down to the sea), romantics and friends alike. Bagsy the four-poster master bedroom suite ? it's spectacular. Don't fancy cooking? Take a trip to neighbouring Padstow or Truro for the finest fish in town, then head back to the house for sundowners on the top deck. Bliss.

Culloden Tower, North Yorkshire

4. Culloden Tower, North Yorkshire

If you're looking for a unique escape: you've certainly found it. Sitting pretty on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this regal octagonal tower is as grand on the inside as it is on the outside. Built in 1746 to celebrate the victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie, it has been lovingly transformed by the Landmark Trust into a spectacular weekend retreat. High ceilings, ornate gothic décor and sprawling vistas of the parkland below are just a few of the tower's highlights. Not forgetting the rooftop, which has an incredible view over the villages below.

The Pig on the Beach, Dorset

5. The Pig on the Beach, Dorset

This magnificent 16th century manor house can be found on the picturesque coast of Studland Bay in a hamlet so charming it is said to have inspired Noddy's Toytown (a great selling-point for the children). Powder-soft sand dunes and wild heathland aren't the only things it has going for it: think rustic-inspired rooms, a walled kitchen garden and two original thatched sheep huts (overlooking Harrys Rock) that now serve as stylish treatment rooms. Book in now for July, and you'll be there in time for the fantastic Dorset Seafood Festival.


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