Looking to escape to your own private oasis and unwind? We’ve compiled a list of top self-catering stays for the season, from a charming thatched cottage in Dorest to a relaxing outdoor bathtub with picturesque views in Skye. Discover the ultimate in relaxation and luxury by indulging in some quality alone time in these beautiful retreats.
Stockford Lodge, Wareham, Dorset
Talk about chocolate-box pretty – this thatched cottage curves around its chimney. Within, it’s a round world of timbers and tiling, with Gothic-style windows and two snug bedrooms, along with a slipper bath in the bathroom. Near Wareham in bluebell woodland, it’s just a 1.5 mile walk to Durdle Door on the coast. The cottage has a cultured past; the former hideaway of bohemian artist Augustus John, it is also believed to have belonged to the family whose ancestor was said to have inspired the character of James Bond.
Seven nights for four from £670, dorsetcoastalcottages.com
Olive Tree House, Lewes, Sussex
This charming and rustic retreat that offers breathtaking views of the countryside. It’s surrounded by nature and provides a tranquil and serene setting for a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can take a leisurely stroll to the nearby village of Ripe or conveniently drive to the historic town of Lewes and the Sussex coast, which are just 20 to 30 minutes away.
Short break from £775, ruralretreats.co.uk
Black Box Cabin, Skye
Enjoy the remarkable views from the outdoor bathtub for two or from the bed at this cabin in Skye’s scenic Valley of Glendale. Black on the outside, the sleek property is black, white and grey on the inside. Foodies can book a nine-course private dining experience or go foraging to make their own lunch.
A week for four from £1,839, boutique-retreats.co.uk
Jolliffe, Bamburgh, Northumberland
No children or dogs are allowed at this two-bedroom cottage but that means you can take in the spectacular views of Bamburgh Castle from the patio and gardens in peace. It’s just minutes on foot from the golden beach that helped Bamburgh win the Which? title of the nation’s favourite seaside destination for the third year running.
Three nights from £794, coquetcottages.co.uk
Atlanta, Trevone, Cornwall
Whisk families and friends away on a wellness break (21–24 September) at these five self-catering properties. Take a breathwork class, practise daily yoga and try the benefits of cold-water immersion before sweating it out in a sauna by the sea.
Three nights for £995 per person, based on five sharing, atlantatrevonebay.com
The Fable, Perranporth, Cornwall
Fans of The White Company rejoice – you can now stay in a thatched Cornish cottage decorated in collaboration with the luxury brand. From the minute you step through the door, it’ll feel like you’re in a White Company catalogue. The air is scented with Lime & Bay, cashmere throws are draped over sofas, and the two bedrooms have fine linens and the fluffiest dressing gowns. Outside, there’s a hot tub in the garden, and the sandy beach of Perranporth on the north Cornish coast is just ten minutes away.
Temple Guiting Manor, The Cotswolds
If an outdoor pool, cinema, hot tub and tennis courts aren’t enough when staying in one of the five stone properties at this small estate, guests now have access to a wellness centre, offering morning yoga, lunchtime fitness or spa treatments.
From £450 a night for two, templeguitingmanor.co.uk
The Coach House and Stables at the Lammas, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire
Relax and soak up stunning views of the Cotswold valleys. The property has been renovated to a high standard and is tucked away behind a private gate. The village has great cafes, restaurants, and shops nearby, including a fantastic pub within walking distance. Plus its pooch friendly.
Short break from £861, ruralretreats.co.uk