The UK Stay-Cations

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By Lauren Naylor

As the weather starts to warm up, grab yourself some Blighty sunshine. We’ve selected our favourite UK stay-cations with a side order of luxury.

Champneys Spa at Eastwell Manor:

Champneys Spa at Eastwell manor is now open after a six-month, multimillion pound renovation aimed at making the historic estate one of the go-to spa hotels of the south. It is less than an hour from London by train, and perfect for a weekend stay-cation.

Typical of Champneys resorts, the spa features the full treatment menu as well as access to the pool, gym and thermal areas. Stylish lounge beds line the new-look indoor pool area and the relaxation room provides guests with a unique panoramic view across the Kentish Eastwell Estate. The spa restaurant will provide the Champneys menu which is carefully crafted and balanced for optimum nutrition.

The hotel includes 62 bedrooms and suites, two restaurants and a spa. Their collection of leisure facilities also includes a 20-metre heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, 3,000 square foot gym, designated walkways and footpaths, all weather tennis court, pétanque court, croquet lawn and nine-hole golf course.

Champneys Bronze Spa Day – from £139pp – Includes 25 minute Champneys Wrap and 25 minute Champneys Pick Me Up Facial

Champneys Silver Spa Day – from £175pp – includes 55 minute Champneys Body Radiance  and 25 minute Champneys Pick Me Up Facial

Champneys Gold Spa Day – £205pp – includes 55 minute Spa Heaven Cocoon and Champneys 55 minute Luxury Facial 

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere


Established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald (yes, we kid you not), the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts have expanded from humble beginnings in Aberdeenshire to become the UK’s largest privately owned hotel group. They operate 55 swish hotels throughout the UK, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

The plush Macdonald Windermere is situated in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside. It’s far enough from London to completely relax and unwind and find your inner zen, but close enough to not stress about the forthcoming schlep home.

Blessed with a wild and unrelenting beauty, the Lake District hotel gives the ideal backdrop for a relaxing break from the stress and strain of daily life.

If dreamy views and delicious food come top of the list for you, the restaurant perches itself on the shore of Lake Windermere, and boasts a stunning backdrop over the lake and surrounding fells. It’s known locally as ‘the restaurant on the lake’.

This cosy hotel not only offers incredible views, but is great for ‘we time’ as a variety of their overnight romantic breaks all start with a bottle of bubbly in your room. If pampering and pottering about appeals, indulge in the Windermere’s Luxurious Spa Day Package.

You can unwind in the sensuous Spa and enjoy two Elemis treatments from a selection, before taking afternoon tea in the Terrace Lounge overlooking the Lake Windermere.

Indulgent tea includes a selection of sandwiches, scones and Cumbrian favourites, served alongside a chilled glass of Prosecco.

The Luxurious Spa Day package starts from just £99.

 Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff Spa Break:

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Hallmark Hotels have a 28 strong, and growing portfolio of hotels located across the UK, which features an eclectic mix of properties; from countryside manor house style hotels to spa and golf retreats and city centre locations. What with the longer days and warmer temperatures, this Bournemouth hotel is in an epic location. It’s within easy reach from the sandy beach, yet close enough to the vibrant town centre shopping area.

The spacious red brick hotel is garnished with a superb health club and pool – so if being virtuous is on the agenda – you’re on a winning streak already.

There is the choice of at three Hallmark properties in Bournemouth; one right in the heart of the city centre (Bournemouth Carlton), one by the stunning coastline (Westcliffe) perfect for a relaxing spa break, or high up in the cliffs  (Eastcliff) with views for miles of the honey-blonde beaches.

When exploration of lively Bournemouth and lounging on the beach is a distant memory, there’s the Westcliffe’s indulgent spa offering Elemis treatments.

If you’re staying overnight take full advantage of the Luxury Spa Break with dinner in the brasserie restaurant and full English breakfast included – after all, it wouldn’t be Easter without indulging!

Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff Luxury Spa Break Price from £182.00 per night (based on two persons sharing a twin or double room)

Includes lunch, a 50-min Elemis spa treatment and use of the spa and leisure facilities and dinner

in the hotel’s brasserie style restaurant followed by breakfast the following morning before departure.

The Daffodil Hotel, Lake District:

The Daffodil Hotel, Lake District  

 In the heart of the Lake District, The Daffodil hotel has just recently had a complete revamp to include a refurbed stylish spa with a brand new double treatment room and unique pairs Mud Rasul Therapy.

Book an overnight stay with B & B with full use of spa facilities (thermal pool, steam room, sauna, tepidarium). Then take advantage of their special spring Rasul offer.

Throughout April you can enjoy ‘Step into Spring’  a Rasul scrub treatment using Geranium & enlivening Grapefruit. Rejuvenate and refresh your skin as this essential treatment bursting with floral and citrus scents will leave you skin with a healthy glow.

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is the only hotel in Grasmere to be situated right on the shores of Grasmere lake in the village that was once home to the most famous romantic poet of all – William Wordsworth. The rooms overlook the lake or the impressive fells that dominate the Grasmere valley, and many have their own romantic Juliet balconies.

The hotel’s 1AA rosette restaurant overlooks the lake and also has a swanky cocktail bar.

Wordsworth’s old home of Dove Cottage is directly across the road from the hotel which may inspire you to pen an ode to your loved one.

(Rasul offer valid from 1st March – 30th April 2017) £59 for 2 instead of £90. Rooms start from £123 with B & B based on 2 sharing.

Tredethick Farm Cottages, Cornwall

Tredethick Farm Cottages, Cornwall

Is it possible to relax and rejuvenate, but with the kids? Yes, indeed. Whisk the family away to Cornwall and position yourself in the heart of Tredethick farm.

It’s not just any farm though, there are eight cosy cottages which are family-friendly, and well-equipped, with log burners and all the home from home trimmings, making them the ultimate spot to relax and recharge.

Lift the latch the cotrage door and you’ll find a wonderfully inviting space. Squashy sofas, blissfully comfortable beds, power showers and relaxing bathtubs. You’ve got fluffy white bathrobes – great for impromptu trips to the hot tub, iPod docks and free WiFi.

The kitchens have everything you need to rustle up a family feast or a speedy fry-up – think ceramic hob cookers and Dualit toasters.

Children will love the daily animal feeds, ponies to ride, places to play, all in beautiful, secluded, Cornish countryside.  There’s not only plenty of things to keep the pups entertained, there’s plenty for parents to take time out too – so tag team is in order.

If the thought of soft play brings you up in hives, the Tredethick luxury version in a light and airy barn with gorgeous views, squishy sofas and freshly ground illy coffee, may possibly change your mind.

Kick back and relax in the hot tub garden with tree ferns, bamboo & banana plants. Or you can cosy up with a good book in the circular glass pod.

There’s even an indoor heated pool for all the family to enjoy. Tredethick Farm Cottages, Cornwall, from £480 for 3 nights (Searles) sleeps 4 plus a cot.

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