Take that perfect summer break without travelling far with our pick of the best UK holidays.

Cheshire: 17th-century fairy-tale retreat

The stunning 17th-century, Grade I-listed Jacobean mansion, Crewe Hall Hotel & Spa, is the perfect base for your stay in fairy-tale Cheshire. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time amid its period-style interiors (think ornate ceilings and rich furnishings). Spend evenings in the moody Brasserie Bar & Restaurant or go full Bridgerton and feast on Crewe Hall’s famous afternoon tea at the Sheridan Lounge. If you’re craving modern-day comforts, a day spa, heated indoor swimming pool and onsite tennis courts are at your disposal.

What’s nearby: One of the best UK holiday destinations, the picturesque town of Chester, is just a 40-minute drive away. Here you can take a walk along the 2,000-year-old city walls and wander the medieval streets.  

Yorkshire: Historic spa and golf escape

Experience a one-of-a-kind stay at Oulton Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort – housed within an 18th-century mansion. Enthusiastic golfers can tee off at the resort’s 27-hole course, while those looking to rest and recharge can take advantage of the indoor heated pool and health club or go luxe and book a facial or signature ritual at the spa. For a succulent grilled or slow-cooked dish, The Calverley Grill restaurant is the place to go. For something extra special, take a seat at the Champagne Bar and choose from over 50 international sparkling varieties.

What’s nearby: You’re just a short drive from the lively riverside city of Leeds, home to a thriving dining scene, Victorian-style arches and many shopping boutiques.

Shropshire: Golf at the countryside manor

The Telford Hotel & Golf Resort places you in a prime position to enjoy the English countryside from a stunningly restored, 17th-century Darby House. Fitting for a romantic escape or a golfing getaway, the hotel makes it all too easy to forget the rest of the world once you step foot on the manicured grounds. Spend days on the green at the superb 18-hole golf course practising your swing, indulge with a pampering treatment at the award-winning day spa and treat your tastebuds to a journey into fine dining at Restaurant 1779 or Gorge Bar & Lounge. 

What’s nearby: Right outside your door is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ironbridge Gorge, while the Severn Valley (known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution) is brimming with picturesque towns like Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Bridgnorth.

Cotswolds: Stay in the heart of Shakespeare Country

This ticks all the boxes for a glorious countryside retreat: historic charm, contemporary comforts and an ultra-stylish day spa. The boutique Chesford Grange – A QHotel is set in a gorgeous Tudor-style manor house. Be pampered into bliss at the spa with a rejuvenating massage or ELEMIS facial and make use of the pool, steam room and heated loungers. Plus, you can bring your pooches along for your UK staycation; this hotel is pet friendly. 

What’s nearby: The hotel is hidden away right in the heart of Shakespeare Country, another of the best UK holiday destinations, with the famed Warwick Castle just an eight-minute drive away. The medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace) is an easy 20-minute drive from the hotel.

Bath: Five-star luxury with heritage charm

A quintessential British staycation dripping with history comes to life at The Roseate Villa Bath. Expect five-star facilities and service at this exceptional hotel, spread across two beautifully restored Victorian houses. Is there anything more British than a classic English afternoon tea with scones and prosecco? We highly recommend treating yourself to Roseate’s version with homemade treats during your stay. Come evening, sip a handcrafted cocktail mixed by the experts at Henrietta Bar. There’s also a resident dog — Border Terrier Muttley. 

What’s nearby: Stay in an ideal location in a quiet corner of Bath, a moment’s walk from the heart of the charming town centre. The perfectly manicured gardens of Henrietta Park, Jane Austen Museum and grandeur of Bath Abbey are easily accessible.

Devon: Sandy beaches and state-of-the-art spa

Overlooking the outstanding natural beauty of Babbacombe beach and the English Riviera is the five-star Cary Arms & Spa, a seafront inn in Devon along the UK’s south coast. Awarded the Condénast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2022, the facilities at this property go above and beyond. Make a beeline for the spa, where floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the stunning coastline while waterfall hydrotherapy pools, a steam room, sauna and two treatment rooms will evoke pure relaxation.

What’s nearby: You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning beaches and natural beauty in Devon. Go beach hopping between Babbacombe, Oddicombe and Petitor Downs, or wander historic houses in villages like Clovelly.