Lockdown has changed travelling in 2020.
With many still feeling hesitant to get on a plane for a holiday abroad, people are rediscovering the beauty on their own doorstep.
In other words, staycations are booming.
Whether you’re after a nice location for a mini-trip with the family or a solo weekend away from the crowds, we’ve got you covered.
Here are seven of the most best staycation spots in the UK.
But be warned, they are so peaceful and beautiful that you might never want to leave.
The Wiremill, Surrey
If you want the luxuries of a hotel but need a nature kick, the Wiremill in Surrey is an excellent option.
The pub-slash-boutique-hotel is hidden away next to a 26-acre lake (which you can spend a day walking around) and is ideal for couples, friends or for a solo visit.
The rooms are housed in the basement, with six to choose from – one of which includes a clawfoot tub in an open plan space.
But the best part is undoubtedly watching the sun set over the lake in the expansive garden, which has recently been adapted for social distancing.
And the pub menu, made with local ingredients.
Prices start from £89 during the week and £109 at weekends.
Mole’s Cottage, East Dorset
Last but not least, there’s Mole’s Cottage.
This self-catered cottage is ideal for a family holiday or for a large party of friends (so long as you stick to lockdown rules) – it can accommodate up to 16 peple.
Inside, there are eight en-suite rooms, six king-size doubles and two twin bedrooms, along with a cosy front room, complete with an open fire place and leather sofas, as well as a small kitchen and dining table.
But really, you come here for the country-side joys; take afternoon walks or have picnics in the sun, enjoy a spot of golfing, and explore the nearby hillsides and chalk river valleys.
Or go for dinner at the nearby AA rosette restaurant at the Museum Inn.
Prices start from £800 per night.
The Well, Margate, Kent
If relaxation and serenity is at the top of your list for a staycation, try The Well in Margate, Kent.
Not only is it beyond adorable (just look at that tub), but the room’s layout and interior has been designed with mindfulness as its key theme.
Grab a cuppa from the hotel’s coffee bar and explore the Viking Coastal Trail or join in on morning meditation or yoga.
The Well also offers moksha therapies, ‘allowing your body to find balance and enhance your wellbeing’, sound sessions with crystal bowls on the beach and has its own herbal shop.
There’s also a bar so you can wind down with cocktails or have a candle-lit dinner.
Pandemic? Stress? Not here.
It’s a pricey experience though at £250 per night, with a two-night minimum, plus cleaning and service fees (£143).
Lost Meadow Treepod, Cornwall
If quirky is your style, you’ll love the Lost Meadow Treepod.
Suspended from a tree in a Cornwall forest, the round treehouse offers basic comforts for two people, with sleeping bags inside, and a toilet and shower in the woods.
There is a kitchen hut and fire circle, but you’ll have to source your own breakfast.
Thankfully, there are many villages nearby.
This is a journey into the wild, with plenty of adventures to be had – including hiking, deer-watching and fishing in the stream that runs past the pod.
Owner of the pod, Ed, also offers plane rides over Cornwall.
Prices start from £105 per night.
Flint Barns B&B, Rathfinny Wine Estate, East Sussex
Fancy spending a day drinking excellent wine fresh and having picnics a strone’s throw from an actual vineyard?
Rathfinny Wine Estate in East Sussex runs its very own bed and breakfast, called Flint Barns in Sussex, which is an excellent choice for couples or friends.
As you might expect, there are plenty of activities to take part in wine-themed activities to take part in.
Join a tour of the wine cellar, book a private tasting or have lunch al fresco while taking in the sunshine over a bottle of the estate’s finest.
There’s also a special seafood menu with fresh catches of the day, such as lobster and Porthilly rock oysters.
This is a staycation with luxury in mind.
Prices start from £85 for a single room and £100 and upwards for a double room.
The Cabin, Manfield
The Cabin in Mansfield has made the list for two reasons: excellent location and superb interior.
Nestled among the trees on a farm, the container – which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom – is the epitome a peaceful weekend getaway.
There’s not a soul around for miles, apart from the owners, so you don’t need to worry about social distancing either.
Inside the miniature home, you’ll find a double bed, log burner and there’s also a separate shower room and built-in kitchen room.
If you’d like some fresh goods, the local farm shop is just a short walk away.
And it’s definitely an Insta-worthy vacation with cute interior touches.
Prices start from £120 per night, plus a service and cleaning fee (£44).
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