Thinking of getting away in the new year? Margaret Hussey’s rounded up some of her favourite places in the UK – and they are all under £200 a night
In the beautiful village of Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, The Bradley Hare has seven homely bedrooms in the main house and five in the Coach House. Each bedroom is unique with 18th & 19th century antique furniture, distinctive fabrics and some contemporary twists. With fresh and seasonal produce and an extensive wine list, it’s the perfect place to unwind and switch off. There’s also The Potting Shed within the grounds, where you can enjoy luxury beauty and holistic treatments.
Weekend rates start from £130 per room per night including breakfast. For more information visit www.thebradleyhare.co.uk
Heart to Hart
In the heart of London’s East End, Hart Shoreditch is the perfect spot for families, couples, and even furry friends. Its ‘Bone Appetit’ dog menu offers four meal options, developed by veterinary nutrition experts. There are 126 rooms, a gym, a private dining area for up to 12 people, plus the Tavla Bar and Barboun Restaurant serving everything from truffle burgers to crispy squid, Turkish bagels with honeycomb and kaymak to Shakshuka and Turkish Eggs.
Rates start from £189 on a room-only basis. For more information visit www.hartshoreditch.com
With a heritage stretching back to the 1590s, expect old school charm at The Dorset Arms in the Sussex Weald. There are nine rooms – three above the pub and six in The Old School Cottage, which can also be booked in its entirety. Food is seasonal and local ingredients are used wherever possible, including their famous Buckhurst sausage. The historic pub is not not far from the real life ‘100 Aker Wood’, made famous as the setting for A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.
Rates from £100, for more visit www.dorset-arms.co.uk
Shipshape and Bristol
Bristol is often cited as one of the best places to live, so what better way to check it out than at the city’s Harbour Hotel & Spa. It has 42 luxury rooms including three suites, and all come with Nespresso coffee machines, The White Company toiletries and the Harbour’s signature complimentary gin & sherry. Its Harbour Kitchen restaurant serves up classic English grub while the afternoon tea is pure indulgence. You can even book a Brush Along Afternoon tea with a Charlotte Tilbury senior lead artist, giving expert advice on how to blend your makeup. Its luxury spa has a heated swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room.
Rates at Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa start from £167 per night on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk
West London is now home to room2, a fully net zero hometel. It’s said to be 89% more energy efficient compared to typical UK hotels, and is the first hotel to fully account for its entire carbon footprint. Renewable energy is maximised on site with solar and ground source heat pumps. The 86 rooms all come with a kitchenette and are beautifully and sympathetically furnished, taking inspiration from Chiswick’s arts and crafts heritage, while showing that being green doesn’t compromise on style. There’s also a laundry room, gym with Peloton equipment, as well as an independently run café by day and cocktail bar by night.
Rates at room2 Chiswick start from £129 per night for 2 people staying in a snug room. For more visit www.room2.com/chiswick/
Ray of hope
You couldn’t ask for a better location than the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool. It’s just minutes from the city’s two imposing cathedrals, The Everyman theatre and The Philharmonic. It’s got an industrial feel with exposed brick walls and stripped back floors but this is counterbalanced by comfy beds, great rainfall showers and big bath tubs. Not to mention great warmth and Scouse hospitality. When we visited local singer/songwriter Kris James was playing a showcase of his self-titled debut album to a packed crowd at the hotel’s Fifth One venue space with incredible views across the Mersey. The vibe was lively, fun and glamorous.
Rates from £103, for more visit www.hopestreethotel.co.uk
Locke and key
Named after the world-famous Enigma Code breaker, Turing Locke is in the new sustainable community of Eddington, Cambridge. There are 180 one and two bedroom apartments which all feature Locke’s signature fully fitted kitchens, living and dining space. There’s a restaurant, cocktail bar, coffee shop, co-working area, gym, meeting and events space for up to 150 guests, as well as a rooftop terrace and landscaped courtyard. And it’s just a 15 minute cycle ride from the city centre.
Rates start from £120 per night. Locke is running a special offer of £80 per night until January 31 2022 with the promo code HELLOCAMBRIDGE. For more visit www.lockeliving.com
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