(THE PIG, BROCKENHURST)
Fancy a weekend away but don’t want to stray far? Then look no further. There are an abundance of great boutique hotels in the UK perfect for a 'staycation', and we’ve found the top five for you.
1. THE BOUNDARY, LONDON
Nestled in Shoreditch, in an old Victorian warehouse, this Terence Conran designed hotel is a hidden gem. The rooms are huge with exposed brick walls and each has their own individual touch, like The British room which has a David Hockney print and a patchwork chair. For dinner head up to the amazing Rooftop Bar And Grill where the views over London are quite something and enjoy dishes like Aberdeen Angus rib eye steak with chips or a whole grilled lobster. On a Sunday they offer 50% off all oysters, lobsters, mussels, prawns, crab and other shellfish from 8pm. After dinner you can snuggle underneath a blanket on the terrace with a cocktail. For breakfast the next morning either enjoy from the comfort of your own room or head down to The Albion restaurant for a full English.
Where: The Boundary, 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD
Contact: 020 7729 1051
2. THE PIG, NEW FOREST
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest, this 26-bedroom country house is all about the food. Almost everything you eat when you’re there will have been grown in their own grounds, if not sourced locally within a 25 mile radius. Eat outside in the beautiful gardens courtesy of the wood fired oven in the courtyard, or enjoy a treatment in the Potting Shed.
Where: The Pig, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QL
Contact: 01590 622354
3. THE GROVE, NARBERTH, WALES
If you fancy a weekend sat by a log fire with a glass of wine and walks in beautiful countryside then this is the place to go. A former farming lodge, The Grove has been transformed into a luxury hotel. With 20 rooms and four cottages, its restaurant has won awards and serves up food grown mostly in its beautiful gardens.
Where: The Grove, Molleston, Narberth, Dyfed SA67 8BX
Contact: 01834 860915
4. ARTIST RESIDENCE, PENZANCE
Wake up to the sound of the sea at this quirky hotel in Penzance which is housed in a Grade II listed Georgian mansion. With 14 individually designed and decorated bedrooms by Cornish and British artists, each with their own collection of art on the walls, this is the perfect place to relax. Breakfast made from local produce is served on mismatched crockery in the Gallery space on the ground floor which overlooks the historic Chapel Street. They also have a hotel of the same name in Brighton, and are due to open another in Pimlico in July.
Where: Artist Residence, 20 Chapel St, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AW
Contact: 01736 365664
5. THE WHEATSHEAF INN, COTSWOLDS
Right in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside this former coaching inn is a great place to unwind. Walk in their stunning gardens and the surrounding countryside, or spend the day sampling their extensive menu in their restaurant. There is also a treatment room in the garden if you fancy indulging yourself.
Where: The Wheatsheaf Inn, West End, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ
Contact: 01451 860 244