As spring has welcomed us and the days are longer, perhaps a weekend escape into nature is just what you need. We have created an edit of our three favorite hotels in the countryside outside of London, to give you that boost of energy to keep on going.
The Pig Hotel
Starting with, The Pig Hotel: a country house hotel located in the village of Bridge, near Canterbury. It is part of a chain of boutique hotels with a focus on sustainable and locally sourced food and drink. The Pig Hotel in Kent is housed in a 17th-century red-brick manor house set in 12 acres of gardens and grounds. One of the main features of The Pig Hotel is its restaurant, which serves a menu of locally sourced and seasonal food. The menu changes regularly based on what is available from the hotel's kitchen garden and local suppliers. We recommend staying in one of their wooden huts, which offers more privacy and ideal place to recharge from busy London. Make sure to pack your comfortable walking shoes, as their walking paths are one of the best ones we have seen.
For something a little more grand, Heckfield Place is a luxury country house hotel located in Hampshire. Originally built as a Georgian family home in the 18th century. The estate includes a biodynamic farm, walled gardens, a lake, and a woodland area, all of which contribute to the hotel's natural and sustainable ethos. Guests can enjoy a range of activities during their stay, including yoga, meditation, and wellness classes, as well as outdoor pursuits such as forest bathing, fly-fishing and cycling. It offers a tranquil and exclusive retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in the beauty of the Hampshire countryside.
Lastly, a location worthy of the Royals. Cliveden House is a luxurious stately home turned hotel, located in the Berkshire countryside in England, near the town of Taplow. The mansion dates back to 1666 and has been the home of several prominent families over the centuries, including the Astor family. Today, it is part of the National Trust and operates as a five-star hotel and spa. Cliveden House also features several restaurants, including the renowned André Garrett at Cliveden, which serves modern British cuisine with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. Cliveden House is known for its rich history and connections to British politics and society. It was the location of the infamous Profumo Affair in the 1960s, and its guests have included many famous figures over the years, such as Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. If you are looking on having an extravagant weekend and feel like a royal for a day, look no further Cliveden House will not disappoint.