How Would You Luxe-Up Your Staycation
Staying on home turf for holidays is enjoying something of a renaissance here in the UK. According to Visit Britain, 47 million domestic holidays took place here last year, an increase of five percent on the previous year. However our love of a staycation is no new found thing, there’s a clear long-term trend in the making with four million more short breaks now taking place in England each year compared to a decade ago.
If you’re thinking of having a staycation this year, you could choose to live a world away from your normal life, all without leaving the country. Here are a few ideas for planning a couple’s mini-break to remember or a getaway with the girls to rival the celebs. Let the daydreaming commence…
Hire a sports car
Wherever you’re headed, make sure you do it in style by making sports car hire part of your staycation plans. Opt for a cultured classic like an Aston Martin or get your heart pumping by driving something super powerful like a Lamborghini or Ferrari. Driving a car you’ve always dreamed of owning is a great way to step up your staycation. And with many hire services providing evening vehicle delivery you can have your car of choice delivered to your driveway ready for your staycation departure. Now doesn’t that sound less hassle than queuing in the airport?
Stay in a castle
There are plenty of boutique hotels or modern Airbnb apartments that you might consider booking as accommodation for your break in Britain. But if you’d really to live like royalty, why not stay in a castle instead? You can snag the full romantic vision of four poster bed plus roll top baths and stunning views for a surprisingly affordable price at many of the UK's castle hotels. For example, Hever Castle in Kent boasts its own moat and was once the childhood home to Anne Boleyn. Rooms can be booked here from just £105 per night. If you’re a fan of a spa break, you could try heading to Scotland’s oldest inhabited hotel, Dalhousie Castle in Scotland, where again the cost of a room is a relative steal. For further inspiration, check out this article from the Telegraph.
Hire a chef
Make your self-catered staycation a culinary treat that’s free from soggy sandwiches and service station lunches. If you’re a foodie at heart, how about booking a visit to a Michelin starred restaurant as part of your trip? You can search for a fine dining establishment by area using Michelin’s restaurant map. It’s worth remembering many top restaurants offer boutique accommodation on site, which means you could enjoy a rather special bed and breakfast as well as a fine dining experience.
Another delicious option is to book a personal chef to prepare food for you at your holiday accommodation. This way, you can enjoy dinner catered to restaurant standard and forget packing the car with a supermarket shop; after all, you may not have much room in the boot of your sports car.
Hire your staycation wardrobe
How many times have you been out on a big shopping splurge for holiday clothes only to pack them away after your vacation has ended never to wear them again? Instead, consider spending your cash on hiring a few special outfits that will look stunning in those staycation snaps. As this Guardian article outlines, the renting economy has thankfully made wearing designer clothes a far more accessible option in recent years. Companies such as Chic by Choice or Girl Meets Dress allow you to rent dresses, accessories and other items made by your favourite designers all at a snip of the price. Dry cleaning and insurance are usually included and you can usually hire for a few days or even a week or more, so you can give special pieces a few outings during your break. You can arrange delivery and pickup of several dresses at a time as well, providing you with a sustainable option for accumulating an eye-catching holiday wardrobe that resembles that of one of the most stylish celebs.
If money were no object, where would you holiday in the UK and why? There is one place I have always wanted to go in the UK but have not yet been and that's to the Cotswolds, I have heard it's beautiful there with it's rolling hills and medieval villages. I looked online to book a trip not so long ago, I had planned to stay at the cotswold hotel, but unfortunately at the last minute we had to cancel but we will definitely be booking again soon.
Which of the above elements would you like to schedule as part of your ultimate staycation?
Does a fine dining experience appeal to your stomach or would you prefer to speed away in a sports car?
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