With 2020 drifting into the distance behind us and another year ahead, we’re all in need of a deep breath of fresh air. Whether you’re hankering after a glimpse of the Northern Lights, dreaming of sunsets in a far-flung, palm-fringed paradise or spotting stars a little closer to home, watching the sky is an invaluable way of reconnecting with planet earth. Take some time to sit back and admire the sun, stars, and the drifting clouds, think of better days and feel grateful for nature in all its glory.
Do you dream of living in Downton Abbey? Are you beguiled by Bridgerton and captivated by all things Jane Austin? If you’re a fan of the period drama, whether that be the latest Netflix show, docuseries or, of course, the original great British novel, then you’ll likely be no stranger to the delights of grand country houses, mesmerising manors and quaint cottages. Here are our favourite period properties to adjourn to for high tea and cake when we’re in the mood to feel like lords and ladies.
As years go, it’s safe to say 2020 was more than a little unexpected. But with the world poised to open its doors once again, 2021 is the time to seize your suitcase and holiday like you’ve never holidayed before. To get you started, we’ve rounded up our pick of the seven most unexpected city breaks – from hidden hotel gems in your favourite cities to off-the-radar destinations guaranteed to knock your socks off. Take a look and prepare to be inspired.
We all know that London is fantastic for a night on the town and a trip to the theatre, Bath has some beautiful architecture, and the Lake District is home to some of the most gorgeous countryside views that the UK has to offer; however, when you’re looking for your next UK staycation, why not think outside the box? Here are some of the UK’s best-kept secrets for a fantastic weekend away, or even longer if you’ve decided to fully embrace the staycation style of holidaying. Check out our unexpected UK spots for a surprising escape not-too-far away from home.
We all need an escape once in a while – to experience something new, and take a break from reality. When your next holiday seems worlds away, there’s another way to get your adventure-fix: by picking up a good book. Discover new places and new people without ever leaving your home, and live your life through the eyes of another, just for a short while.
With over 7,000 miles of coastline at our fingertips, it’s hardly surprising the Great British seaside break has been a rite of passage for centuries. But what was once all sandy sandwiches and slot machines is morphing into a decidedly more grown-up affair, marked by boutique hotels, award-winning eateries and Instagrammable architecture. Here’s our pick of the prettiest seaside stays of them all.
Whether you’re hit by the stress of the big city or you’re itching to reconnect with nature, sometimes all you need is a quick and easy getaway far from it all. From the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District to the heart of the quaint Cotswolds, these nine English abodes are perfect for letting your hair down and your worries slip away – all just a short drive from home.