Ten of the Best Hotels near Festivals
by Natalie French (June 2013)
For many Brits, donning wellies and dancing carefree in a field is the epitome of summer! But if the thought of roughing it in your two-man-tent sends shivers down your spine, why not ditch the muddy campsite and retreat to your very own boutique boudoir. From Glastonbury to Rockness, there’s a hotel close to all the festival action...
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Southgate Street, Winchester
Blissfields: This chilled-out, family-friendly, festival takes place in a tranquil valley in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. Laze on the grass and soak up the sounds of Bastille and Mystery Jets, whilst the kids get their faces painted and bling up their wellies in the Angel Gardens. The campsite here is just a stone’s throw from the main stage, but if you’d rather sleep in an enormous bed with crisp white sheets – then Hotel du Vin, Winchester is just a short drive away.
Brachla, Loch Ness-side, Inverness
Rockness: Since Fatboy Slim took his Brighton Beach Party to the banks of Loch Ness in 2006, it’s been growing in size each year. Not only do the Scottish Highlands make for a stunning backdrop, revellers can also keep an eye out for ‘Nessie’ as they let loose to the likes of Example, Temper Trap and, of course, Norman Cook himself. If you love the loch-side view, but prefer an elegant Scottish retreat, book into one of the seven luxury rooms at The Loch Ness Lodge Hotel. There’s even a spa for post-festival feet!
Wavestock: Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival combines a free-to-watch wakeboard competition during the day and music from acts including Example, Rudimental and Bastille come night time. As campsites go, the view over Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia Mountain Range may tempt you. But so to, would a couple nights at the luxurious Plas Rhianfa Hotel – with its own private beach on the Menai Strait.
Tollard Royal, Salisbury
Larmer Tree Festival: Dance alongside the resident peacocks at this intimate garden party for 4,000 folk. The five-day, family-friendly fest mixes up street theatre with eclectic music from head liners including Van Morrison and Seasick Steve. In keeping with the intimate, unpretentious feel, check in to one of the eight rooms at The King George Inn in Tollard Royal - a cracking country pub with beautiful boutique rooms, some with roll-top baths and a mouth-watering local menu.
Global Gathering: Global Gathering has been drawing crowds of electronic music lovers in destinations as far as South Korea, Belarus and Russia – yet it all started in the glorious green fields near Stratford-upon-Avon. Not only is the area home to the world’s first global festival brand, but also the home of literary genius, William Shakespeare. And now, after you’ve had a good stomp, you can indulge your cultural side and stay directly opposite the famous Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre the elegant boutique, The Arden Hotel.
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