5 Relaxing UK Staycations to Consider This Autumn
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the staycation. While jetting off to faraway lands is exciting, I also love to explore the UK. There’s so much packed into this tiny island with tonnes of beautiful natural sights and things to do. As we approach autumn (sob, goodbye summer) I’ve started thinking about a few autumnal breaks for rest and relaxation after a hectic summer. Work has been crazy, which is great, but this gal needs some chill time. I’m torn between discovering somewhere new or heading back to an old favourite.
Here’s my shortlist for an autumn UK staycation for some serious R&R…
A Long Weekend at The Lakes
I adore the Lake District, it’s one of my favourite places in the UK and ideal for switching off from daily life and unwinding in peaceful, natural settings. There’s nothing quite like opening your curtains in the morning onto a view of the lake, and there’s something so comforting I find about being close to the water. Perhaps it’s the Pisces in me! I’ve only ever visited the Lake District in summer, so I’d love to see what it’s like in the autumn time. For fellow vegans and veggies, Ambleside is superb, with two vegetarian restaurants and plenty of dining options in the town. Earlier this year I checked into Another Place, based in Ullswater. The hotel is what I’d call a ‘lifestyle’ hotel, think Soho House vibes. There isn’t as much going on in Ullswater compared to Ambleside/Windermere but there’s plenty to do on the lake and several cosy pubs nearby.
A Spa Break in Cheshire
I’m fairly new to the world of spas, as someone who finds it hard to switch off and unwind, I’ve always assumed spas weren’t really for me. I have however discovered this is not the case, and I enjoy nothing more than kicking back in a hot tub for a good hour or so. The great thing about spa breaks is that it forces you to put your phone down, something I need to work on doing a hell of a lot more. I’ve heard amazing reviews of Mottram Hall from friends and fellow bloggers, a beautiful 5 Bubble Rated Champneys spa. They’re also home to the best wedding fairs in Cheshire if you’re getting married anytime soon, or like me, go along with friends that are getting married and enjoying all the free samples and Prosecco, haha!
A Cosy Edinburgh Break
Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of my favourite places to stay in the UK, and I say this having visited only once. I soon fell in love with this charming Scottish city, and I can’t believe it took me 25 years to discover the charm of Edinburgh. When I visited, it was just before Christmas and the city was looking b-e-a-uuu-tiful with tonnes of fabulous festive decorations, the Christmas market and generally just a warm and cosy atmosphere everywhere we went. Edinburgh Castle, Arthurs Seat, The Royal Mile, Victoria Street and The National Museum of Scotland need to be on your itinerary.
A Countryside Cotswolds Retreat
The Cotswolds has been on my list FOREVER! Despite living under 2 hours away, and previously visiting family nearby, I’m yet to visit. When I picture the Cotswolds, Cameron Diaz in The Holiday (what a film) springs to mind. A cosy cottage with a roaring log fire, cute little teapot, shelves full of well-read books and chunky knit throws to snuggle up in. Am I getting carried away? I would love to spend a weekend cosied up here with minimal technology, no checking emails and just enjoying the countryside air. There are plenty of walking trails, typical English pubs and exquisite dining options to keep you satisfied.
A Road Trip in the Scottish Highlands
I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve only ever visited Scotland once, I know, shame on me. I’ve been extremely keen on the idea of a road trip around the highlands, I mean, just look at those views.Charlie and I both love a road trip but we’ve never actually taken one in the UK before. I’d love to either kit out his van and turn it into a living space, or rent a quirky camper so we can pitch up for the night and enjoy the great outdoors. That being said, I think I’ve watched one too many horror movies to park up anywhere too dark and creepy. The stunning landscapes, national parks, thriving towns and picturesque villages are definitely worth the eight-hour drive.
Have I missed any off this list? Let me know your favourite UK staycations in the comments!