Luckily there are tucked-away places in Britain where visitors can still enjoy the quiet life during the peak holiday season while the masses are partying – or fuming in traffic jams. Find the right country house hotel and you may even qualify for a special summer deal.
Take Teffont Elias, for example. The name hardly conjures up an image of riotous excess, does it? This idyllic little Wiltshire village is home to Howard’s House where a gentle game of croquet in glorious surroundings is recommended.
The hotel can also advise on walking, riding, fishing and shooting opportunities. And if it gets too quiet, guests can always join the usual tourist trail to Salisbury Cathedral, Wilton House or Stonehenge – all within a 20-minute drive.
Howard’s House offers a £52 saving on its three-night August Staycation break, now costing £650 per couple with dinner and breakfast.
More country pursuits are available in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District where Losehill House Hotel & Spa send guests off for long walks, cycling, riding, caving and pony trekking across the moors.
Hidden away down a leafy lane and with stunning views of Win Hill, the hotel has a 25% discount on midweek breaks in August and September and 20% off spa treatments. New cost of dinner, bed and breakfast is £150 per person for a night.
Rudding Park is a grand Georgian property in Yorkshire set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland with a couple of golf courses. It’s just up the road from genteel Harrogate where the ornately-styled, award-winning Victorian Turkish Bath and Spa and the delights of Bettys Café Tea Rooms await.
At this time of the year you can drive miles around Dumfries and Galloway in western Scotland with hardly another car in sight. Knockinaam Lodge enjoys a beautiful remote location overlooking its own private sandy beach and on a clear day Ireland can be glimpsed across the sea.
There are scenic walks from the door, including an hour-long trek over the clifftop and down to the picturesque little harbour town of Portpatrick. The hotel has just brought in a special August rate of £130 per person per night.« View all blog articles.