If a new year night away sounds just what the doctor ordered but the cost less so then may we introduce Doris & Dicky, the latest website to hit the travel scene, that might just make it possible....
It was whilst sitting on a beach in Sri Lanka that founders Roxane Gergaud and Richard Dana came up with the idea of a travel website offering cheap – yet chic – properties, both at home and abroad. “Tired of trawling through long lists of hotel search results or finding great places we just couldn't afford, we decided there was a need for a site offering a curated collection of interesting, small and charming budget boutique hotels. And so, Doris & Dicky began.”
With each and every one of the 500 properties handpicked, Roxane and Richard pride themselves on their carefully chosen compendium, from cool abodes in Brooklyn to B&Bs in ancient Turkish caves. “Friends would ask us for recommendations whenever they went anywhere, so we created a one-stop-shop of our favourite independent properties – all for around £100 per night – and each with their own unique charm, character and that little something special.”
With January looking a little lifeless, we asked them for their top ten UK breaks to book into now.
Housed in an elegant and stylish Georgian townhouse in the centre of Cheltenham we love the design at No.38 with its large roll-top baths, vibrant wallpapers and beautiful antiques. And, with only a few rooms, you could almost be fooled into thinking it’s your very own country pad.
Located in one of Brighton’s iconic stucco fronted townhouses, we love Kemp Townhouse for its location – you’re in amongst the boho streets of Kemp Town whilst still being just a few steps from the seafront.
Historic timber beams, cobbled courtyards, roll-top baths and contemporary four-poster beds coupled with a great restaurant and roaring fires makes The Crown the perfect place to cosy up for a few nights respite from the big-city life.
The Royal Harbour is a charming, boutique hotel with a shabby-chic vibe located on the seafront in Ramsgate. We love the friendly and eccentric feel here – quirky artwork adorns the walls and rooms are full of nautical themed memorabilia.
Located slightly outside York’s medieval walls, Marmadukes is a stylish and luxe boutique hotel with beautiful antiques and period furnishings. What's more, the hotel's new restaurant The Park is probably the best place to eat in York, with esteemed local chef Adam Jackson serving up an exciting blend of traditional and modern dishes.
Housed in a large Georgian house with William Morris-style soft furnishings, large comfy beds and a very good restaurant, The Traddock is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day spent wandering through the Yorkshire Dales. This is a family-run operation – so there's real warmth to the place.
This is a stylish and modern boutique hotel housed in an historic coaching inn on Shaftesbury High Street. Bedrooms are bright and fresh, with free-standing bathtubs and there’s also a great restaurant on site too. The perfect stop-off on your way to the West Country.
The Cornish outpost of one of our favourite small chains of budget boutique hotels, Artist Residence Penzance is a fun, friendly and cosy place to lay your head. We love the eclectic décor here – with each room designed by a different artist making for a hotchpotch of wall murals and kooky decorative pieces.
This is a friendly and relaxed place to stay in a smart suburb, away from the hustle and bustle of central Manchester. Housed in a converted Victorian villa there is a comfortable, home-from-home vibe with breakfast served until midday at the weekends – perfect for those long, lazy lie-ins.
This is a charming boutique B&B, with stylish rooms, friendly service and very hearty breakfasts. It’s located in a handsome Georgian townhouse in one ofour favourite areas of Bath, just five minutes' walk from Royal Crescent.
This is the best of a growing number of new hotels that have started springing up since the arrival of the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate a few years ago. We love it for its sea views.