HomeTravel & CultureWhere To Find The Best Summer Staycations They say staying in is the new going out and British holidays are following suit, with online searches for ‘staycation’ increasing by almost 25% since 2016. Swap your usual trip abroad for a stay a little closer to home this summer. Whether you’d rather open your curtains to the sight of stunning sandy beaches or enjoy endless forest terrain, here’s a few of the finest 2017 UK staycations… 1 If you love tradition… The Victoria Inn, Holkham Traditional and classic – The Victoria is a classic English inn owned and run by the Holkham Estate. Standing at the gateway to Holkham Park, this elegant hotel is close to Holkham National Nature Reserve and Beach and makes the perfect base for discovering the windswept coastline and seaside villages of north Norfolk. There are twenty bedrooms, which are all individually designed and decorated with an emphasis on comfort, quality and classic elegance. The accommodation has the perfect mix of old and new – and pooches are more than welcome to stay too. Make it happen Cost: Room rates start from £130 on a B&B basis. See here to book. 2 If you’re after a highland getaway… Gleneagles, Scotland Since opening its doors in June 1924, Gleneagles has been one of Scotland’s most iconic hotels and sporting estates – and it still makes one of the best weekend getaways in 2017. Arrive in great style at Gleneagles’ very own train station and prepare to bask in the 850-acre estate – which epitomises the natural beauty for which Scotland is famed. With its glorious playground of country pursuits and activities, it’s ideal for a authentically Scottish experience. From its world-class golf courses and range of country pursuits – over 20 outdoor activities to choose from – to its programme of annual social events, award-winning spa, renowned bars and restaurants, rich heritage and breath-taking location, Gleneagles is a destination like no other. When it comes to food, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – from relaxed clubhouse lunches to Michelin starred fine dining. Make it happen Cost: Rates start from £265 per night based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis. Click here to book. 3 If you love a rural retreat… Barsham Barns, Norfolk Embrace the Great British summer this year at Norfolk’s Barsham Barns with their glorious range of converted holiday barns. Perfect for a quintessentially English escape, Barsham Barns is located close to the North Norfolk coast and is the ideal base from which to explore the stunning countryside. Whether it’s crab fishing on Wells quay, long walks along Holkham Beach, pub lunches in the surrounding villages or enjoying live music at one of the festivals taking place in King’s Lynn throughout the summer, there are activities to suit every taste. There’s a collection of 6 luxury holiday barns to choose from – which have been expertly converted by renowned architect, Anthony Hudson, and interior designed by his wife, Jenny Dale. Inspired from their world travels, think Moroccan inspiration, Scandinavian chic, modern contemporary and quintessentially English designs. Each barn features large, open plan living rooms, with high ceilings and exposed beams. Deep set sofas and floor to ceiling French windows allow natural sunlight in, whilst modern kitchens and vast dining tables create a natural area for everyone to congregate. Make it happen Cost: Pricing at Barsham Barns ranges from £590 for 3 nights at Little Barsham (sleeps 4) on self-catered basis, to £2255 for 3 nights at The Great East Barn (sleeps 14) on self-catered basis during high season. Click here to book. 5 If you love quirky accommodation… The Fish’s Hilly Huts, the Cotswolds The Fish, a back-to-nature bolthole and collection of quirky houses offers five shepherd huts – ideal for those who fancy a break from city life. Handcrafted by a local designer, the “Hilly Huts” are based on an original Victorian design. Inside the interiors have been inspired by the estate’s Scandi owners, with a Hygge design featuring comfortable double beds, en-suite bathrooms, a wood-burning stove and an outdoor decking area with a chimenea and private hot tub. Each hut has also been carefully positioned to enjoy the stunning views over the Vale of Evesham, yet is just a short walk from the main lodge, hotel bar, lounge and restaurant. Make it happen Cost: Hilly Huts at The Fish start from £189 per hut per night, midweek and £220 at weekends. Price based on two sharing and includes a full Cotswolds breakfast. Click here to book. 6 If you’re after a city break… The Marylebone’s Terrace Suites, London The Marylebone’s collection of stylish suites in the heart of the city, offer unrivalled views over the rooftops and chimney pots of Marylebone and Mayfair all the way to The Shard and beyond. The largest of the suites – The Marylebone – is 860 square feet and is decorated using a sophisticated palette of linens, wools and silks, and finished in limed American oak with polished brass detailing. Even better, it comes complete with a concealed 60” mirrored TV and separate dining area with access to a private bar. The suite’s spectacular terrace expands to 430 square feet and even boasts its own fireplace, outdoor TV and a bespoke retractable roof, ideal for private use or parties in all weather conditions. Book a suite and you’ll receive complimentary airport or station transfers from various locations, in-room check-in, an unpack / repack service if required and dedicated point of contact available 24 hours a day. Further luxurious goodies include fresh flowers, a bottle of Champagne and wine on arrival, as well as a minibar fully stocked with premium products. Make it happen Cost: The Marylebone Suite is £3,500 per night inclusive of VAT and full breakfast, while the Wimpole and Harley Suites are £2,000 per night inclusive of VAT and full breakfast. Click here to make a reservation or find out more. 7 If you prefer utter exclusivity… Foxhill Manor, The Cotswolds After a spot of total and utter isolation from the outside world? Since its opening Foxhill Manor has firmly cemented its position as one of the UK’s finest private house hotels. Its success is put down to its incredibly intimate nature – there are just 8 guestrooms – and relaxed atmosphere. There is no reception at this Grade-II listed Arts and Crafts country home and no set meal times, just professional staff and all-hours access to the kitchen with a house chef on call 24/7 to satisfy any craving and a help-yourself pantry with homemade cakes and treats. The hotel staff will also happily whiz guests up to the award-winning spa at Dormy House, or guests can enjoy an in-room treatment. Make it happen Cost: Rates at Foxhill Manor start from £380 per room per night. This includes a full breakfast, snacks and drinks throughout the day as well as access to House Spa. Click here to book. 8 If you love a seaside view… Headland Hotel’s coastal cottages, Cornwall Perched on a private cliff-top, these award-winning self-catering cottages are just yards from one of the UK’s most famous beaches. The definition of relaxed coastal living, you can even enjoy unlimited use of the hotel’s four-star amenities including the award-winning Headland Spa leisure facilities and heated outdoor swimming pool (when open). Each self-catering cottage receives a light daily clean, and will be equipped with all the essentials; they can even help with the shopping, arranging for seasonal and fresh farm produce to be delivered direct to your door. With one, two and three bedroom luxury cottages to choose from, it’s ideal for both small and big group getaways too. Make it happen Cost: Prices start from £250. Click here to book.