Ever since we heard about new members-club-meets-country-hotel Soho Farmhouse, a mini break has never sounded more appealing, and with so many impressive hotels in the UK there’s really no need to leave the country. From celebrity hotspots to boutique seaside getaways, we’ve hunted down the ultimate staycations for seriously cool couples. Make sure to pack your phone charger, you’re going to be using Instagram a lot…
The Laslett, Notting Hill, London
For a staycation guaranteed to give your friends a case of the green-eyed monsters, book into The Laslett. The boutique hotel epitomises laid-back cool, with an amazing Notting Hill location, modish interiors and a beautifully presented breakfast.
The Artist Residence, Brighton, Sussex
The Brighton outpost of one of our favourite small chains of budget boutique hotels, The Artist Residence 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. Don’t overlook the other two sites of the Artist Residence, either. One is in Pimlico, London and has a recently launched an arty bar called the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar, and the other is based in the trendy old quarter of Penzance, Cornwall.
Babington House, Frome, Somerset
Arguably the ultimate romantic getaway, Babington House is set in 18 acres of spectacular British countryside, with its own walled garden, lake and cosy library complete with log fire. Pamper yourself at the on-site Cowshed spa or visit The Orangery for a lazy lunch or dinner.
Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone, London
If you’ve still not managed to get a booking at Chiltern Firehouse, we can tell you it has not got much easier, however the Grade II-listed fire station run by hotelier André Balazs is well worth the wait. He’s tastefully restored the 26 rooms into staycation spots worthy of the fashion pack (Kate Moss and Alexa Chung included) as well as having a kitchen with renowned chef Nuno Mendes at the helm.
Mondrian London, Waterloo, London
Tom Dixon fans will be in heaven at the Mondrian, a trendy South Bank hotel that gives the impression of being on a boat. Each level has an aquatic theme, from the lobby with a giant blue anchor and a copper ‘hull’ reception to the Sea Containers restaurant and ‘underwater’ spa. The rooms aren’t bad either, with slick grey and pink decoration and views over the river.
Soho Farmhouse, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
The latest Soho House outpost is set within 100 acres of pristine Cotswolds countryside and, quite frankly, it’s a veritable playground for the rich, famous and well connected. Think a boho-chic Butlins, with rustic log cabins, roaring fires and enough on-site action to keep you busy for weeks. Everyone from the Clooneys to Cressida Bonas has been seen there of late and we definitely want in – thankfully, the exclusive venue is now open to non-members. Be warned, though, it (unsurprisingly) books up months in advance.
The Pig on the Beach, Studland, Dorset
Blighty's very own The Pig on the Beach scooped the Best Smith Hotel 2015 at the Mr & Mrs Smith Awards, so you know it’s got to be good. Boasting a postcard-perfect clifftop setting, a farm-to-table restaurant (supplied by a bountiful walled kitchen garden) and with the added bonus of being amazing value for money, it's not hard to see why this restored historic manor has won the hearts of guests everywhere.
The Reading Rooms, Margate
Could Margate be the new Brighton? Suddenly it’s one of the UK’s hottest tourist towns thanks to great restaurants, the Turner Gallery (supported by British artist Tracey Emin) and the newly revamped Dreamland – a retro-style theme park. For a cool stay to match try the Reading Rooms, a boutique B&B that overlooks a tree-lined square and has elegant rooms with super-king beds.
Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, London
Hot on Chiltern Firehouse's heels as the place to see-and-be seen, Zetter Townhouse Marylebone scores major points for its eclectic eccentric-Grandmother interiors and lively Seymour's Parlour bar. It’s easy to miss on a residential road in Marylebone (look for the slate grey door) but once inside you'll be rewarded with tipples from modern-day alchemist Tony Conigliari, sumptuous rooms and delicious food. So good, you won’t want to leave all weekend…