Eight Hotel Staycations to Book in the UK this Spring
If you're dreaming of a spring getaway, here are some of the UK's best hotels
In brief: A relaxed country house hotel set on a hilltop overlooking Windermere.
Our highlight: The hotel’s restaurant, Henrock, is run by triple Michelin-starred chef, Simon Rogan.
Insider guide: Cocooned in its own sculpture-filled gardens, this welcoming, whitewashed Edwardian hotel is close to the major attractions of Bowness and Windermere yet a world away from their tourist bustle – the hotel’s views of Lake Windermere and the fells beyond are mesmerising. Rooms here are generously sized and scream luxe country style. Guests can relax in the conservatory and on the terrace but there’s also boules, a giant outdoor chess set, and a private tarn complete with rowing boats. Simon Rogan’s Henrock restaurant at Linthwaite has an innovative and constantly changing a la carte menu inspired by global flavours, and also uses local produce direct from Simon’s own nearby farm.
Crook Lane, Bowness on Windermere LA23 3JA
In brief: A 16th century house in Aughton within five acres of gardens and a stupendous food offering.
Our highlight: The award-winning restaurant at Moor Hall, which holds two coveted Michelin stars and a Michelin green star, where the menu is overseen by Chef Patron Mark Birchall.
Insider guide: Moor Hall is every foodie’s dream staycation (Mark Birchall’s neighbourhood restaurant The Barn sits within the grounds of the hall). Each of the seven guest bedrooms are unique – but think original fireplaces, beams and chandeliers. Make the most of the delicacies on offer with their kitchen experience, including mise en place, a light lunch in the kitchen and taking part in their lunch service before enjoying an eight-course dinner for two in the hall.
Prescot Road, Aughton L39 6RT
The White House
In brief: A new hotel on the block in the heart of The Lake District.
Our highlight: Privacy – this is room-only accommodation. There’s no reception or shared lounges, check-in is via text and entry is via a keypad.
Insider guide: Three 19th century whitewashed houses in Bowness-on-Windermere were carefully renovated in 2021. Now together known as The White House, and with their historic features intact, there are 12 unique rooms as well as a cosy cottage to choose from. Retro-style furniture complements the rustic interior and after a comfortable night’s sleep, you’re just a five-minute stroll from Windermere’s lakeshore where there’s plenty to see and do.
Robinson Place, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DQ
In brief: A luxury Lancashire hotel and Michelin-star restaurant on the edge of the Forest of Bowland.
Our highlight: Lisa Goodwin-Allen’s creative five-course gourmet menu, which will take you on a culinary journey.
Insider guide: From the luxury garden lodge to the traditional manor house rooms, Northcote offers you space to reset in the Ribble Valley. Its 26 rooms are both modern and luxurious and the breakfast menu, lounge and terrace light dishes, signature cocktails and room service prove how seriously good food is taken here. If you’re feeling inspired, head to the cookery school, where only glass sliding doors separate you from the Michelin-star kitchen and you’ll be in the very capable hands of head tutor Rick Ogden and tutor Ben Hinchliffe.
Northcote Road, Langho BB6 8BE
In brief: An internationally renowned beach-front hotel with 44 Art-Deco bedrooms.
Our highlight: The magnificent views over Morecombe Bay.
Insider guide: A brilliant base from which to explore the Lake District and Lancashire, The Midland is an architectural masterpiece designed by Oliver Hill and restored for the 21st century. Whether you’ve been dining on local produce in the restaurant or sipping a refreshing G&T in the Rotunda Bar, the stylish bedrooms have everything you need to make the most of your stay and enjoy a good night’s sleep. Dog-friendly rooms are available too.
Marine Road W, Morecambe LA4 4BU
In brief: A Victorian country house hideaway at the gateway to the Peak District.
Our highlight: The hotel’s unique Hives – secluded woodland bedrooms complete with king-sized beds, mini-kitchen and outdoor deck.
Insider guide: Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or an exciting family adventure, Callow Hall blends rugged wilderness with homely comforts. From 15 individually-designed bedrooms in the main house, to two magnificent treehouses and 11 woodland hives tucked away in the grounds, this retreat has a place for everyone and invites you to reconnect with your wild side. Overlooking the valley, The Garden Room restaurant and bar serves fresh, seasonal food, while the converted Coach House boasts wonderful wellbeing experiences. Surrounding you is 35 acres of wild, open space which forms a habitat for local wildlife and means a peaceful stroll is on the cards too.
Mappleton, Ashbourne DE6 2AA
In brief: A boutique hotel set across two newly-refurbished townhouses in Edinburgh’s West End, with Victorian flourishes which play against sharply modern design.
Our highlight: The Dunstane Restaurant & Bar, which has one of the broadest selections of rare and vintage whiskies in the city.
Insider guide: This boutique hotel has 35 elegant rooms, which balance a relaxed take on mid-Victorian refinement with cool and contemporary touches. Standing in the gateway to old-town Edinburgh since the 1860s, The Roseate has witnessed the evolution of modern-day Edinburgh – and now offers a blend of luxury and style, with the neoclassical design of old-town Edinburgh. The all-day dining room does a full Scottish breakfast as well as afternoon teas and a seasonal menu of modern Scottish dishes.
4 West Coates, Haymarket, Edinburgh EH12 5JQ
0131 337 6169
In brief: A boutique bolthole offering a countryside retreat in Ambleside.
Our highlight: They’re dog-lovers! Rothay Manor welcome your four-legged friend with open arms and offer several dog-friendly bedrooms. You can even dine with your dog and there’s a dedicated dog wash/boot room with Ruff & Tumble dressing gowns to clean up any muddy paws.
Insider guide: The individually-designed bedrooms here ooze style and comfort with Egyptian cotton bedlinen and feather pillows and duvets. Some have balconies overlooking the gardens, whilst others boast their own private hot tub. Fine dining is taken seriously in the three-AA Rosette restaurant, but you can also dig into a Sunday lunch or light snack from the bar menu.
Ambleside LA22 0EH