Retreats outside of London

If you’re in search of a cozy countryside retreat this Winter, there are a number of escapes that boast unrivalled service combined with an enviably close proximity to London. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the four of the most sought after destinations for a weekend away this winter.

 The Kings Arms, Buckinghamshire – 35 minutes from London Marylebone kigs-arms2

Situated in the quaint village of Old Amersham, this Tudor hideaway boasts old English charm just outside of central London. The handsome hotel and popular wedding venue houses 34 bedrooms, as well as an additional Stable Duplex separate from the main building. Guests benefit from complimentary access to Red House Spa beside the hotel, which offers an array of premium treatments and gym classes. The hotel’s sought after countryside location married with its extensive facilities makes it a popular filming location for number of TV and film productions, including Four Weddings & a Funeral, Midsummer Murders and Miss Marple. 30 High St, Old Amersham, HP7 0DJ

Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk – 2 hours from London

Wilderness Reserve, a 5,000-acre privately-owned estate, offers all the country pursuits you’d expect from a traditional English escape, including: Clay-pigeon shoots, fishing, bird-watching, buggy tours and cycling plus a naturally-filtered swimming pool and tennis court. The estate has just launched two brand new properties, The Walled Garden & Garden Cottage. The Walled Garden offers eight en-suite bedrooms complete with king-size Hypnos beds and quirky furnishings. Meanwhile, the old Victorian Garden Cottage provides a sitting room, kitchen plus four en-suite bedrooms. Located just two hours from London, and a stone’s throw from Suffolk’s fine Heritage Coast with its picturesque towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, it’s the ultimate out-of-town hideawayWilderness Reserve, Yoxford Rd, Sibton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2LZ

Dormy House, Cotswolds – 1 hour 30 minutes from Paddington

Having recently undergone a £10 million refurbishment, this 17th century stone farmhouse offers the ultimate in luxury outside of London. The hotel boasts country-cottage decor peppered with modern touches such as in-room tablets with docking stations, flat screen satellite TVs and Nespresso coffee machines. The Garden Room restaurant lives up to its name, showcasing views across the far-reaching grounds. Meanwhile, the Potting Shed offers the perfect spot for a long, lazy lunch in a relaxed environment. Dormy House Hotel, Willersey Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LF

The Pig Hotel, Brockenhurst – 1 hour 40 minutes from London Waterloo the-pig-room

Crediting itself as a ‘restaurant with rooms’, this New Forest hideaway is worth a drive for it’s a la carte menu alone. Dishes change seasonally and pork features heavily on the 25-mile menu, offering a carnivore’s haven. Besides The Pig’s famous food plates, guests will find 30 bedrooms offering impossibly snug beds, oversized showers and ‘larders’ stocked with snacks and Nespresso machines. The retreat’s original potting shed and new shepherds hut have both been transformed into single spa treatment rooms. The Pig Hotel, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QL

by Danielle Betts


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