While hotels in England won’t be allowed to open fully until 17 May at the earliest according to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, in line with the guidance that single households can book self-contained accommodation from 12 April many hotels are pivoting to offer standalone, self-catering options until they’re able to completely reopen.
From cute cottages set in sprawling country estates – meaning guests have the run of the grounds in relative or complete privacy – to shepherd’s hut lodges and swanky townhouse residences, here are eight of the best for a hotel fix with a twist…
The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens, London
These six luxe apartment suites in a Chelsea townhouse with Cadogan Gardens’ views are the first self-catering residences from Iconic Luxury Hotels, behind Cliveden and The Mayfair Townhouse. The one, two and three-bedroom apartments have fully-fitted Bosch kitchens, contemporary-cool interiors by Atellior – with botanical flourishes which pay homage to the Chelsea Flower Show – and Taschen books to thumb through after shopping on the King’s Road and Sloane Street.
Bathrooms are stocked with Noble Isle toiletries, and fridges filled with breakfast goodies including Bread Ahead Chelsea Buns, eggs and juices. Sitting just across the way from 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel, apartment guests get access to leafy, private Cadogan Gardens and priority booking for outdoor dining at Hans’ Bar and Grill.
From £1,050 for a 3-night stay
The Pavilion at Gidleigh Park, Devon
Tudor manor hotel Gidleigh Park is known for its 107-acre gardens, which include a bluebell wood, an area where the River Teign meanders underneath fetching acer trees, manicured lawns and a fragrant herb-filled kitchen plot, on the fringe of Dartmoor National Park.
Until 16 May, guests have the rare opportunity to explore them in complete privacy, staying at The Pavilion, a charming two-bedroom thatched cottage sleeping four and a dog. It has woodsy interiors, interconnecting bedrooms with Vispring beds and cosy throws, two bathrooms and a homely open-plan sitting room meets kitchen diner. There’s a tennis court, croquet lawn, and masses of walking trails through nearby moorland. L’Occitane amenities and a swish daily breakfast hamper packed with homemade granola, Gidleigh Park pastries and local sourdough and jam made in nearby Chagford is included.
From £1,692 for a two-night stay based on two sharing, or £1,772 for a two-night based on four sharing, with daily breakfast hamper
Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites at The Beachcroft, West Sussex
For bucket-and-spade fun the popular Beachcroft hotel has four Beach Hut Suites, which look out onto pebbly Felpham Beach and the rolling ocean. Located along a seven-mile coastal footpath, ramblers can walk west to Bognor Regis and east to pretty Littlehampton or make a beeline for the South Downs’ chalk hills. Inspired by trad beach huts, the dog-friendly accommodation features retro wallhangings, porthole windows, fish-print cushions and wave-blue corner sofas.
A mezzanine master bedroom sleeps two adults, there’s space for two children in a second bunk bed room, and each hut has a dinky shower room and private terrace (the spot to sip the welcome bottle of rosé wine). A straight-to-hut continental breakfast is included, and champagne picnic hampers, boxes of fish and chips, and room service suppers can be organised.
From £275 a night, B&B and two bike rentals, based on two sharing
The Treehouses at Chewton Glen, Hampshire
For those craving a getaway with adventurous pizazz, Chewton Glen’s 14 treehouses in the New Forest are now bookable for self-catering getaways. Sitting 35 feet high in the treetops, sleeping from 2-12 guests, expect high-drama canopy and valley views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and back-to-nature luxury thanks to underfloor heating, marble bathrooms, and hot tubs on treetop terraces.
Each has a kitchenette with coffee machine, dishwasher, fridge, sink and microwave, and a daily breakfast basket. Don’t fancy cooking? There’s outdoor dining at James Martin’s The Kitchen restaurant, or takeaway wood-fired pizza from the Walled Garden. Chewton Glen’s 130 acres of parkland are made for picnicking, and a signposted walk cuts through dappled woodland to Highcliffe Beach. The hotel’s spa and swimming pool also open from 12 April.
From £1,350 per night with breakfast hamper
The Townhouse at The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath
After a grand crashpad with spa R&R? This three-bedroom Georgian property just next to, and run by, The Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel ticks all the boxes. A Grade II-listed townhouse in Bath’s spa quarter that sleeps five, it’s a heady mix of Georgian opulence and 21st century flamboyance.
Decadent, free-spirited and colourful, the teal-hued master bedroom has a canopied king-size bed, chandelier, silk wallpaper and a copper roll top bath, while others are decked out in lilac and pink, and mix fringed tassel-back curtains with weighty wooden furniture and original fireplace detail. The modern kitchen has a funky Smeg fridge-freezer, electric oven and hob, there’s a plant-filled stone-floored dining room, and in the drawing room antiques rub up against a Bang & Olufsen TV, Roberts Radio and Austen-heavy library. Best of all, guests have exclusive access to the nearby, historic open-air Cross Bath for private soaks in Bath’s thermal waters.
From £1,530 for a two-night stay, including a bottle of champagne, welcome hamper and fresh flowers;
Lemore Lodges and The Garden Room at Lemore Manor Hotel and Resort, Herefordshire
Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy the easygoing atmosphere at this 17th-century manor house hotel in rural Herefordshire. Just opened in the 20-acre grounds are five shepherd’s huts (aka The Lemore Lodges) and a one-bedroom Garden Room cottage. Intricate metal headboards, pom-pom-edged woven baskets, log burners and butterfly-print blinds create a refined rustic feel. Each has its own outdoor hot tub and fire pit, and the cottage has its own walled garden.
A breakfast hamper is included, DIY BBQ and pizza-making bundles can be ordered, and the hotel can set up al-fresco picnics, as well as meals in their Glasshouse or futuristic dining POD. Close to Eardisley village in Hereforshire’s Golden Valley, bracing walks along Hergest Ridge, and the Cat’s Back at the edge of the Black Mountains are within easy reach.
Lemore Lodges from £149, with breakfast hamper, the Garden Room from £199, with breakfast hamper
Brick Street Residences at Como Metropolitan London, Mayfair
Guests missing the serene bedrooms and holistic wellness centre, Como Metropolitan London can check into Brick Street Residences – 10 smart residences in a Mayfair townhouse just next door to the five-star property. Each has two bedrooms, an open-plan Lauren Nicholas kitchen, a living area and two bathrooms. Spaces have plenty of natural light and soothing, unfussy interiors with a white-on-white backdrop overlaid with slate-hued sofas, deep blue rugs on wooden floors, and a peppering of subtle contemporary art.
The residences are centred around a courtyard which has secret garden vibes, and a striking pergola by landscape artist, Peter Curzon. Como’s well-connected concierge is just a phone call away to share local tips, arrange in-room spa treatments – the unknotting Como Shambhala massage is legendary – and in-room meals from the hotel’s wellness-focused menu.
From £1,041 per night
Ludlow Cottage and Baker’s Cottage by The Manor House, Wiltshire
Acclaimed Cotswold country pile The Manor House opens Ludlow Cottage in quintessentially English Castle Combe from 12 April. The two-storey mews cottage has a high-ceilinged master bedroom with impressive original beams, and has space for two children on a sofa bed/extra bed combo in the large oak-panelled lounge, which has an open fireplace and stained glass window.
A small kitchen and spacious ground-floor bathroom – with whirlpool bath and shower – make it feel like a home away from home, and there’s a petite back garden too. Just next door is newly-launched Baker’s Cottage, a two-bed, dog-friendly cottage with natural-hued decor, a double and twin room, and sofa bed, which sleeping four adults and one child (plus a baby) and has a bathroom with an elegant freestanding tub.
Ludlow Cottage is from £1,000, and Baker’s Cottage is from £1,200, for a three-night stay