A Royal Tour of the UK
After some very unpredictable British weather, many are looking to get away and really make the most of the next couple of weeks. Instead of looking abroad, many will be aiming to save cash and save the planet by continuing to staycation here in the UK. There are plenty of fantastic places to explore throughout the UK as we have mentioned before, so to add to our list of favourite UK holiday destinations we have two more brilliant hotels with a royal twist.
Located in the sleepy village of Bampton, Double Red Duke is a beautiful 17th Century coaching inn with 19 bedrooms surrounded by the idyllic Cotswolds countryside. With its highly traditional features and interior design, Double Red Duke is the perfect cosy spot to explore the surrounding area and get some much-needed relaxation. The rooms are filled with plush soft furnishings in heritage hues that complement the old-style wooden beams, shutters and the luscious grounds. There is so much on offer for holidaymakers all within the walls of this inn, their restaurant offers delicious seasonal food sourced from the best suppliers. The traditional food comes in such a wide range with the restaurant offering an a la carte menu, pub grub menu and of course a range of Sunday lunch offerings. We supplied a generous collection of food and drink titles for the restaurant all corresponding with the British cuisine served, titles such as The Complete Nose to Tail by Fergus Henderson feature nostalgic recipes that bring simple joy.
For the rest of the time, you are not indulging in the delicious food Double Red Duke has many other offerings. The Shepherds Hut treatment room quaintly situated in the gardens has relaxing and reinvigorating treatments in partnership with Solstice Wellbeing. Guests can slip away into the calm and indulge in natural therapies. Or if you are looking for something with more revelry you can visit the local gin distillery, Wood Brothers, for a tasting session or try your hand at making your very own gin at their gin School. While you can taste the Wood Brothers gin at the Double Red Duke itself, with a tasting session you can become a connoisseur.
Double Red Duke is also perfectly situated to visit some of the stunning attractions of the Cotswolds. One such attraction has long royal and historical roots – Blenheim Palace. Only a thirty-minute drive away in the village of Woodstock, this gorgeous piece of architecture and landscape is the perfect example of an 18th Century princely dwelling. One of the many reasons to visit is the exquisite landscaping by Lancelot “Capability” Brown engineered for both wild spaces in the park and more formal areas where the aristocracy once enjoyed the country air.
If you’re looking for something slightly more contemporary, and we say only slightly, Congham Hall Hotel is a beautiful Georgian manor just outside King’s Lynn in Norfolk. Set within 30 acres of gracious parkland aiming to blend elegance with modern amenities for a luxurious experience. As another countryside retreat, there are plenty of luxurious comforts on offer to guests with 15 stunning rooms and five brand new individual cabins where guests can immerse themselves in the utmost comfort.
Congham Hall Hotel has long been known for its herb garden and The Secret Garden Spa is at its heart. Incorporating seasonal herbs and fresh flowers into their signature treatments replenish the body and revive the mind. These stunning treatments alongside the thermal suite will leave you fully restored to explore some of the more active facilities around the hotel. Congham Hall Hotel has plenty of sports and family-friendly traditional British games on offer. The 30 acres of parkland means there is plenty of room for racquet sports such as tennis all within the grounds. For those looking for a traditional pastime, there is croquet available on the lawn and putting in the orchard. These family-friendly games really reflect the heritage of the location bringing guests back to the elegance of the Georgian period. There are plenty of books celebrating the English countryside and British history that can be found in the hotel’s library. Those interested should pick out The Face of Britain: The Nation through Its Portraits by Simon Schama which gives a detailed history of Britain through its art.
If you do want to venture outside the luxurious grounds you can find even more history with a royal pedigree. Sandringham Palace, the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, is located only a short ten-minute drive from the hotel and boasts plenty of events and activities for the whole family. There are over 243 hectares of land to explore on foot or by bike and of course the opportunity to have a delicious seasonal afternoon tea. Served in the restaurant there is nothing more special than afternoon tea at the Queen’s house. There will be special celebrations at Sandringham for this year’s Platinum Jubilee including exhibitions on the royal family’s love of the estate and a performance by The Military Wives during the bank holiday weekend.
So, if you are looking for somewhere to get away this Easter, these beautiful countryside escapes are perfect with their historic and royal links.