The staycation inspiration that will put a spring in your step. Whether it’s a half term trip with the little ones, a couples retreat or a big family gathering – we’ve got it covered. For a luxe life on location as we step into spring, check out our top picks: A Cornish coastal cooler to dust off those cobwebs – an enchanting treehouse treasure break with the kids – a spellbinding suite with that special someone – a Yorkshire woodland wonderland – a Cotswolds country cottage and a rustic residence in Brighton.
Fernie Castle Treehouse, Fife
There’s something incredibly enchanting about a weekend getaway in the woods. And spring is the perfect time to gather the family for an unforgettable holiday in the trees. Sitting smartly in six sycamores is the fabulous Fernie Castle Treehouse, hiding amongst the pines, rowans and elderberries. A wooden staircase will take you to a fairy light-festooned balcony where you can relax in the rural surrounds and take in the forest views. This treehouse takes total comfort and style into account, so that you can enjoy a luxe weekend in the woods.
Fernie Castle Letham, Fife KY15; ferniecastle.co.uk
The Witchery, Edinburgh
Edinburgh is our next stop. Book up a romantic stay in one of The Witchery’s incredibly unique and indulgent suites that will quite literally whisk you away to another world. Think a delightful den where intimacy meets oodles of luxe glamour. Hidden in a cluster of buildings on Castlehill, this dazzling hideout will wow you with its quirks and charms – topped off with delicious dining available in the candlelit splendour of the Original Witchery Dining Room. Leave the kids behind for a weekend away in this whimsical wonder of the hotel world. It’s sure to put a spell on you as you unwind in the luxury roll top bath and cosy up by the fire in your own private lounge.
The Witchery by the Castle, Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1; thewitchery.com
North Star Club, York
Reach for the stars. A trip to the untouched Yorkshire woodland close to Beverley will bring you to the beautiful North Star Club. Idyllic, interior designed cabins will be your home for the weekend. They’re hidden within the trees and come complete with a decked veranda, meaning BBQ’s and alfresco dinner parties are a must. Each suite combines local history with sophistication, convenience and all your glamping needs. The communal Woodshed is an enchanting communal space where you cosy up by the fire, enjoy supper and play boardgames. Outside you’ll find a canopied campfire – perfect for stargazing and toasting marshmallows after dark. It’s the ultimate family staycation spot for an evening under the stars – and if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the North Star.
North Star Club, Sunley Hill, Welburn, Nunnington, York YO62; northstarclub.co.uk
Bruern Cottages, Cotswolds
Country cottage retreats don’t come much better than this. Bruern Cottages offer a lovely cluster of 12 cottages hosting from 2-10 guests. These converted stable barns have everything you might want from a Cotswolds getaway and more. Located close to Chipping Norton, it’s the perfect base to explore the beautiful region – but if staying put is your holiday style – there’s plenty to get stuck into on-site too. Spa facilities, a play area for little ones, open fires and a delicious welcome hamper are all part of the package. Each cottage is decorated with comfort, style and sophistication in mind – creating a cosy, country-chic, home-from-home. A quality, quintessentially British holiday cottage in the Cotswolds, perfect for enjoying the Oxfordshire countryside as the gardens come alive this spring.
Bruern Holiday Cottages, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7; bruern-holiday-cottages.co.uk
The St Mawes Hotel, Cornwall
The perfect seaside stopover that you’ll never want to leave. As the nights get lighter and the sun gets stronger, this is the top spot in Cornwall to bed down for a weekend away. Double doors open wide as the sea air blows through the curtains and into the nautical, fresh-faced bedrooms. The hotel is situated along the harbour, at the very heart of the community – so while unwinding in your suite you can watch the fishermen, sailers and locals passing by. A beautiful, rural retreat where the tranquil British countryside meets lush life by the ocean.
The St Mawes Hotel, Commercial Road, Cornwall TR2; stmaweshotel.com
Artist Residence, Brighton
An electric Brighton hotel combining the very best of rustic, arty interiors with a lively drinking and dining scene. This casual hangout fits the bill for city seekers, seaside strollers and inspired interior-lovers who might like to simply unwind in the surrounds of this cool and quirky Brighton residence. It’s a 23-bedroom townhouses boasting two stunning restaurants, two buzzy cocktail bars and a ping-pong room for added entertainment factor. Centrally located in the historic Regency Square with iconic ocean-views over West Pier, this is the perfect spot to explore the cool and cosmopolitan city of Brighton this spring.
Artists Residence Brighton, 33 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex BN1; artistresidencebrighton.co.uk