With foreign travel currently uncertain, many of us are searching for staycation options for when the lockdown measures ease. The team at Oliver’s Travels has compiled a list of some of its favourite properties.
Amberstone Manor in North Devon (pictured above)
Relax in formal gardens reminiscent of a Mediterranean palace whilst taking in the countryside views at Amberstone Manor in North Devon. Set in five acres of landscaped gardens and 20 acres of river meadows, Amberstone Manor offers uninterrupted views across a river valley and woodlands looking out towards the beautiful Dartmoor National Park.
Guests will be transported to the Mediterranean with a sunken salt-water swimming pool set amongst tropical plants, a tennis court surrounded by Rhododendron bushes, and a south-facing terrace built from limestone from Malta. Quintessentially British elements include a Victorian garden grotto, a croquet lawn, an apple orchard, and a vegetable garden from which guests can collect fresh produce. There is also a private outdoor bath for guests to bathe in whilst soaking up the view al fresco. Amberstone Manor sleeps up to 24 guests in 12 bedrooms.
2020 rates from £7,140 for a three-night stay.
Skyfall in Sussex
With its an elevated position on the cliffs of St Leonards-on-Sea and magnificent sea views, a stay at Skyfall is a great alternative for those who had planned a beach holiday abroad in 2020. The beaches of West St Leonards are within walking distance and the property’s outdoor hot tub offers a peaceful setting to watch the summer evenings draw in.
Skyfall sleeps up to 11 guests in five bedrooms including a master bedroom and bathtub with impressive sea views. Two of the bedrooms feature zip & link beds, which can be set up as a double or twin beds, making it an ideal option for those holidaying with friends or family.
2020 rates from £1,428 for a three-night stay.
Chevaliers Gatehouse, Shropshire
Couples looking for a romantic bolthole in the UK are bound to love Chevaliers Gatehouse, a converted Elizabethan era gatehouse situated in a secluded hamlet deep in the Shropshire countryside.
Spend the morning relaxing in the freestanding bath before enjoying a tranquil afternoon admiring the flower beds in full bloom, the fruit trees and the fountain in the courtyard or discovering local flora and fauna along the local footpaths. Guests can explore the region’s historic sites and scenic walks – all within easy reach from the property.
2020 rates from £768 for a three-night stay.
Beach Bay Cottage, North Devon
Conveniently located within the heart of the village of Croyde, Beach Bay Cottage is ideal for families who wish to be within a short distance of a range of amenities as well as close to some of the region’s best beaches, including Croyde, Saunton Sands and Putsborough.
Sleeping up to 10 guests, the property features four bedrooms and a spacious outdoor terrace for families to enjoy meals al fresco.
2020 rates from £2,125 for a three-night stay.
Malvern Estate in Worcestershire
Set within a 140-acre estate in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stay at the Malvern Estate offers complete privacy with plenty of walking opportunities nearby. There are multiple ways to explore the expansive grounds of the estate, including woodland walks, rowing trips across the lakes and playing a competitive game on the estate tennis courts. Sleeping up to 18 guests in 9 bedrooms, Malvern Estate is perfect for a large family looking to get together or a group of friends.
2020 rates from £3,338 for a three-night stay.
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