In the middle of a long and cold winter, what people want to do is get away on holiday. This, for most people, is unlikely this year we thought at Ultimate Library we would share some of our favourite places to explore in the UK. While social distancing might make you want to avoid crowds, it is perfect for exploring the UK’s natural beauty and some amazing heritage sites.


Fairmont St Andrews

Nestled in a 520-acre estate, Fairmont St Andrews is the perfect coastal getaway in Scotland. For those who have seen too much of the inside of their house, Fairmont St Andrews offers a plethora of outdoor activities for all the family. Of course, with two golf courses and just striking distance from the home of golf, St Andrews Links, this is any golfers dream. The onsite courses offer beautiful sights over the North Sea and are open to both seasoned professional or those new to the game, with the hotel offering lessons to help out golf newbies. Ultimate Library, of course, provided titles on golf for the Atrium area covering everything from golf course design to a pocket guide to golf, providing some light reading between games.

An image of the library at Fairmont St Andrews. Plush sofas in front of dark wood shelving unit containing books and ornaments.

For those less interested in sports, there are beautiful coastal walks that can lead guests into St Andrews. Running along the Fife coast these walks offer fantastic views of the sea and a chance to investigate the unique geography and wildlife of the area. Perfect for socially distanced sight-seeing. These walks are complemented by titles on the local area and Scotland to inform guests and provide background on the place they are visiting.

For those less interested in sports, there are beautiful coastal walks that can lead guests into St Andrews. Running along the Fife coast these walks offer fantastic views of the sea and a chance to investigate the unique geography and wildlife of the area. Perfect for socially distanced sight-seeing. These walks are complemented by titles on the local area and Scotland to inform guests and provide background on the place they are visiting.

Finally, for the more academically inclined, guests can visit the historic St Andrews Castle. With its 450-year history, there are plenty of stories and much to explore in this ruined castle. Fun for all the family, guests can take a look into one of the most famous castle prisons in Britain, or explore the castle and learn about the Reformation, a tumultuous time in Scottish history. Ultimate Library provided Fairmont St Andrews with titles history alongside well-known Scottish Authors to bring the area to life.


Watergate Bay – Cornwall

Right on the southern coast in Newquay, Watergate Bay makes the most of the glorious beaches and coastal landscapes that Cornwall has to offer. With their vision of “a ski resort on the beach” Watergate Bay really offers something unique to guests. Ultimate Library put together 200 titles for the Living Space, which acts as the main hub of activity in the hotel. Providing another way for guests to relax in the Swim Club, Watergate Bay’s family-friendly spa.

Again, as many of us have been without sea, sun, and sand for a while, outdoor activities sound like the perfect remedy. Watergate Bay offer their own Extreme Academy with lessons in surfing, kitesurfing, and paddleboarding – to name just a few. Perfect for the thrill-seeker in the family. There are books to help broaden these outdoor interests with titles on swimming and surfing to help give guests an all-round education in their new hobby.

If guests want a slower pace, but still want to feel at one with nature the Eden Project is only a 30-minute drive from the hotel. The Eden Project is great for families and nature-lovers alike to explore its famous biomes housing tropical and Mediterranean plants. 

The Eden Project also shares an ethos of sustainability with Watergate Bay encouraging waste reduction and conservation. Ultimate Library included many books in the genre of natural history to complement the rich environment around the hotel. These titles give the guests another chance to learn about the flora and fauna that are integral to the British countryside.

While Cornwall is a place of great natural beauty, it is also a place where history meets legend. Further up the coast from Newquay, the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur, Tintagel Castle, sits on the rugged cliff line. Featuring the remains of a 13th Century castle on Tintagel Island, it is no wonder both the stories of Kind Arthur and Tristan and Isolde are set here, celebrating the dramatic landscape and local folklore. Watergate Bay’s library features books that celebrate modern Cornish literature alongside a large children’s section, meaning there is something for every member of the family.


University Arms – Cambridge

Undeniably British, the University Arms in Cambridge is smack bang in the middle of this historic city. The hotel’s classic Edwardian interior reflects the classical British architecture of the surrounding city, offering guests the full city break experience. Ultimate Library provided books for the hotel rooms, choosing titles that speak to the area and can transport guests into another world during their stay. 

One of the most notable attractions in the area is Kings College Chapel. One of the integral areas of the city, Kings College Chapel has a long history, being built-in 1446. Guests can enjoy tours of the Chapel to learn more about its history or enjoy sublime concerts by college musicians and the choir. 

Expanding the view beyond the city, guests can enjoy more of the beautiful English countryside. Audley End House and Gardens is only a short drive from the hotel, set in spacious grounds for guests to explore. There is plenty for all the family to do at Audley End House, with its living museum that explores what life was like as a Victorian Servant. The River Cam is not too unlike the setting of Wind in the Willows, allowing guests to relax. Ultimate Library included Wind in the Willows as one of the classic titles in the University Arms Hotel.