Has 2020 been an annus horribilis for you? We hope not, but with travel restrictions forcing the cancellation of so many overseas city breaks and holidays, it’s been very difficult to get away. Thankfully, there are plenty of winter staycations in the South West of England that can provide the respite you need.
The West Country is home to some wonderfully grand hotels, romantic retreats and glamping sites that deliver the rest and relaxation you’ve been looking for. The inevitable caveat, of course, is that you must be mindful of local lockdowns and any travel restrictions that apply at the time. We’ve rounded up the best South West Winter Staycations for your seasonal escape.
- Cider House, Dartmoor
From £170 per night
This luxury bed and breakfast is set in the building where the monks of Buckland Abbey made their cider. It is surrounded by glorious National Trust Land, with guests enjoying free entry to the nearby Abbey. Those who want to get out there can explore the rugged tors and heather-clad moors of the Dartmoor National Park, before cosying up for the evening in the tastefully decorated rooms.
- Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth
From £135 per night
Located on the edge of Dartmoor, this 5* luxury manor house hotel guarantees the rest and relaxation all of us need during this stressful time. With its award-winning spa, sophisticated but cosy on-site restaurant, rooms with seductive manor house charm and the nearby Boringdon Park Golf Club, there’s no need to travel far to have a great time.
- Hotel Endsleigh, Tavistock
From £215 per night
This Regency fishing lodge is set in Grade I listed gardens and is owned and designed by the hotelier Olga Polizzi. Her daughter, Alex Polizzi, aka The Hotel Inspector, also part-manages the hotel, so you can rest assured the standards are high. This is undoubtedly one of Devon’s finest hotels, boasting a grand hall, wonderful gardens, sweeping views over the River Tamar, and most importantly, blissful peace and quiet.
- The Chapel at Pickwell Manor, Georgeham
From £500 for 7 nights
This tiny former Chapel on the impressive Pickwell Manor estate has been lovingly converted into the perfect Devon hideaway. With its glorious gardens and stunning views, this elegant bolthole provides easy access to the nearby golden beaches of North Devon for a restful and relaxing stay.
- Lower Marsh Farm, Tamar Valley
From £330 for 3 nights
The award-winning Lower Marsh Farm is located on the border of Cornwall and Devon in the beautiful Tamar Valley. You’ll enjoy a spacious and authentic off-grid yurt set on a gently sloping meadow that looks out to the river and a nature reserve. This is the perfect spot for walking, biking, trips to the beach or just relaxing in the countryside, and importantly, your dog can come along too.
- Chapel House, Penzance
From £150 per night
This elegant Georgian townhouse hotel in historic Penzance offers spectacular coastal views and infinite opportunities to unwind. The hotel has six spacious rooms and two new private suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and vistas across the working harbour and out to St Michael’s Mount, Lizard Point and Mousehole. The in-house restaurant serves wild food specialities and hosts demonstration cooking events from some of Cornwall’s finest chefs.
- Little Polkerris, Fowey
From £479 for 3 nights
Little Polkerris is a hidden rural gem just moments from Fowey and the stunning South Cornwall Coast. Nestled within wild meadows and verdant countryside, this extra special stone barn is the perfect romantic retreat for two. It boasts an indulgent hot tub where you can soak away the day and gaze down across the meadows to the beautiful blue St Austell Bay.
- The Newt, Castle Cary
From £383 per night
The Newt, in the market town of Castle Cary, is one of the finest country house hotels in the UK. It’s cosy loft rooms are the perfect retreat from the stresses and strains of 2020. You can feast on homegrown fare in The Botanical Rooms, enjoy the finest wines and house cider in the croquet room and unwind in the wonderful spa, complete with sauna, salt steam room and heated outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
- The Bath Priory, Bath
From £154 per night
This gorgeous 33-room hotel has a classic English country house style and is set in a four-acre landscaped garden, perfect for an afternoon stroll. If that sounds like too much hard work, retreat to the on-site spa before taking your place in the hotel’s very own Michelin-starred restaurant. This peaceful haven is just a short stroll from Bath’s Georgian city centre, giving you plenty of opportunities to get out there and explore.
- The Yurt Retreat, Crewkerne
From £330 for 2 nights
Whether you opt for the fairytale of a treehouse, the luxury of a roundhouse or the most luxurious night you’ll ever spend under canvas, you’ll find it at the Yurt Retreat in Crewkerne. The site is tucked away on an organic farm and there’s an award-winning gastro pub nearby. Each property has access to the woodland sauna and boasts views across open fields, allowing you to watch the deer grazing, pheasants emerging from the woodland and buzzards circling overhead.