5 Places to see out the Summer
by Julie Vuong (August 2013)
As the sun begins to set on one of the hottest summers in recent years, pack your shorts for the final time and indulge in a last holiday hurrah. From the coast to the country, there’s ample excuse to luxuriate in the warm rays and long days left ahead. Whether it’s a group getaway, romantic escape or some family fun to squeeze in before the school holidays end. So forget the lure of foreign climes, enjoy the best of Britain with five places to finish the summer on a high.
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The Terrace, St Ives
Ahoy there! Pull up a chair and survey the tranquil scene across Porthminster Beach on the buzzing terrace at St Ives Harbour Hotel. After a costly refurbishment this boutiquey seaside retreat reopened to rave reviews, establishing itself as a top Cornish waterside escape with all the luxury trimmings. To really get a sense of place, ask for a room with a balcony and take in the crisp sunrises and glowing horizons visible in the late evening - guaranteed to leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling for months to come...
Oakham Lane, Staverton, Daventry
If you’re yearning for the scent of freshly cut grass and chirp of birdsong in the air, lace up your walking boots and head to the pretty village of Staverton in Northamptonshire. Here you’ll be welcomed by Liz with a steaming cup of tea and cake, whose idyllic stone cottage comes complete with thatched roof and pretty secluded garden, and provides all the trappings of peaceful rural life. Grade II listed, it features a cute cluster of en-suite bedrooms – the ideal retreat after a day exploring historic Warwick Castle and Althorp nearby.
Port na Con, Laid, Durness, Lairg
There’s secluded and then there’s remote. Croft 103, a futuristic looking self-catering house in Durness in the far northern reaches of Scotland, sits firmly in the latter camp. Without a neighbour in sight (apart from Croft 103’s other quite stunning pad) make this Highlands beauty – kitted out with all the five-star fittings – your next romantic stop. Within view of the vast and ever-changing Loch Eriboll from every room, it’s the ultimate couple’s bolthole where a huge blissful bed, gleaming aluminium kitchen and rugged hushed surroundings await.
Step out of the city and straight into the pages of a Jane Austen novel. Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate is set in 300 acres of serene parkland and, thanks to its grand regency façade and sweeping drive, will have you at hello. So significant is the building that it’s granted grade I status – and it’s not hard to see why. This is no ordinary country pile: stay in sumptuous rooms replete with every comfort imaginable. For a treat, ask for a Follifoot Suite, which is an interior designer’s dream: bespoke furnishings, four-poster and a private terrace.
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