From history-rich cities to the quiet countryside and captivating coast, our travel managers reveal their top UK destinations for a cosy autumn break.
Somerset, The Newt in Somerset
A sprawling county comprising cities, villages, hamlets and towns, Somerset offers endless reasons to visit, but we’re particularly enamoured by newly opened The Newt in Somerset. Located an easy 10-minute drive from Castle Cary Station, which welcomes direct GWR train services from London Paddington, the country estate places guests right at the heart of magnificent English countryside. Great for day trips or overnight stays, the estate features a Cyder Press & Cellar, a seasonally-inspired restaurant and carefully cultivated gardens. Overnight guests can stay in Hadspen House or the expertly restored Stable Yard.
Cornwall, The Scarlet
Stretching England’s rugged southwest, Cornwall is a little further from London (you can fly to Newquay or train in under five hours) but the seaside villages, traditional pubs and remarkable views make the journey more than worthwhile. Adults-only eco hotel, The Scarlet, is the place to stay. Perched up on the cliff’s edge in north Cornwall, it is leading the way in sustainable hospitality and features a seasonally-inspired restaurant, tranquil spa and clifftop hot tubs.
Bath, Lucknam Park
This history-rich city with a great selection of shops and restaurants is the perfect spot for a weekend break. Travel here from London via car in under three hours (traffic depending) or direct from Paddington Station in 1 hour 30 minutes. To stay, you can’t overlook Lucknam Park. Located 10 minutes from Bath, the refined country house blends luxury facilities with home comforts and offers delicious cuisine, spa treatments and equestrian activities.
Windsor, Coworth Park
Home to Windsor Castle, beautiful walking trails, quaint shops, traditional British pubs and only 25 minutes by train from London, it’s no surprise that Windsor is one of the best destinations for a laidback weekend getaway. Located just south of the town is our must-stay property: the beautiful Coworth Park. Set within 240 acres of land, there are 70 charming guest rooms, a world-class spa, children’s club, four restaurants and endless activities.
Cambridge, Tamburlaine Hotel
Set on the picturesque River Cam, Cambridge is one of the prettiest cities in the United Kingdom. Whether it be the esteemed university colleges, restaurants and bars, intricate architecture, canal punting or botanical gardens, there’s plenty to do on a relaxing weekend away. Stay at The Tamburlaine, a luxury boutique hotel with 155 elegant guest rooms designed with a Cambridge blue colour palette, dark wood panelling and bespoke furnishings.