Holidays abroad are more expensive right now, thanks to the pound’s tumbling value. Amid fears of a messy no-deal Brexit, the dollar (GBPUSD=X) and the euro (GBPEUR=X) in particular are strong against sterling meaning its more expensive for Brits going abroad.
Your flights and hotels will cost more than before and your holiday spending money won’t go as far as it used to. But you needn’t worry because there is a wealth of luxury staycation options available on Britain’s fair shores.
Why not ride out sterling’s storm by holidaying at home? Here are some of the most luxurious staycations out there at the moment.
By Bank station in the heart of the historic City of London is The Ned, which launched in 2017. This elegant hotel is decorated in a 1920s style and is based in the former Midland Bank building, which was built in the same period by the iconic architect Sir Edwin "Ned" Lutyens. There are 250 bedrooms, ten restaurants, fully-equipped spa and grooming facilities, a gym, and a members club, and the location is perfect for exploring central London.
The Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds is a coaching in dating back to the 1300s and is blessed with glorious period features, such as large open log fires, exposed beams, and wood panelling. You can even stay in the same suite as Oliver Cromwell slept in the night before the Battle of Worcester during the English Civil War. Or you could stay in the King Charles I Suite instead—where the king himself gathered with supporters during the war. Facilities include a luxurious spa offering a range of treatments and a lounge, a bar & grill, a wine bar, a cocktail bar, and afternoon tea on the terrace.
On the banks of Loch Fyne in Scotland is the Portavadie Marina, which offers a range of accommodation, including luxury apartments, cottages, and rooms at The Lodge. There are indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a 2 AA Rosette award-winning restaurant, and fully serviced berths for sailing vessels up to 70ft, this is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding Scottish waters and the dramatic coastline. The stunning Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is also nearby.
Surrey's Pennyhill Park is a beautiful former manor house cloaked in ivy that was built in 1851. There is a large spa with treatments available for relaxation. What's more, there are a number of options for wining and dining — not least the Michelin-starred chef Matt Worswick's restaurant The Latymer.
Pennyhill Park is also set in 123 acres of countryside, offering rejuvenating walks. You might even stumble across a 600-year-old Cedar tree. For the sporty there is a three hole golf course and tennis courts, pistol shooting and archery. For others, a screening room for films.
If you prefer to book your own property, then you can’t do much better than the Barford Beach House near Bude in Cornwall. Overlooking the cliffs and sea, the house can accommodate up to 16 people throughout its six double ensuite rooms, most of which have balconies and sea views.
The lavish accommodation contains an outdoor wood-fired hot tub, an indoor sauna, a cinema room, and an "underground bunker club boasting a survivalist bar, pool table, arcade games and vintage pinball machine." The large space is ideal for relaxing retreats with family and friends right by the awesome Cornish coast.