The August Bank Holiday is just one week away and if you are still organising how you’ll be spending the long weekend then look no further. Sit back and relax on your luxuriously comfortable Collins & Hayes sofa while you browse for the holiday ahead.
We’ve compiled an easy guide to your perfect Bank Holiday weekend! From a 900-year-old Castle to an American style motel in the Cotswolds; there is something for everyone, ensuring you have the best possible get away.
The Romantic Retreat
Blenheim Lodge, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
“A peaceful B&B with lake views”
Tucked atop a wooded hill and boasting stunning views of Lake Windemere and open fells, Blenheim Lodge B&B in Bowness-on-Windemere nestles serenely into National Trust acres in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Visit them to relax, to pause to listen to uplifting birdsong. Slumber upon beds that make you think you are sleeping on a cloud!
Incredible views from the B7B rooms, woodland walks and National Trust avers to wander at will. Panoramic viewpoints minutes’ walk from their door offer space to breathe – to absorb the tranquil beauty of the Lakes. Including England’s largest natural body of water, Lake Windermere. Peace and quiet surround their house, but just 5 minutes’ amble finds one in bustling Bowness-on-Windermere town with all its amenities, attractions, and Lake Windermere. At Blenheim Lodge Bed and Breakfast, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The Historical Weekend
“A unique luxury hotel castle steeped in over 900 years of history”
This 900-year-old West Sussex castle offers luxury accommodation within mediaeval walls. Its stunning gardens are home to an 18-hole putting course and 2 lakes. There is free private parking on site, and Amberley Rail Station is a 10-minute walk away.
Amberley Castle has been awarded 4 AA Red Stars and 3 AA Rosettes for its fantastic food. You can dine in the 12th-century Queen’s Room with its vaulted ceiling, or the Great Room, with oak flooring and suits of armour.
The elegant bedrooms are furnished with antiques and fine fabrics, and biscuits will be waiting for you on arrival. Each room also comes with fluffy bathrobes, slippers, a flat-screen TV, and facilities for making tea and coffee.
Amberley Castle is completely enclosed by its old wall and retains a portcullis that gets lowered at night. You can climb the ramparts for stunning views, play tennis on site, and there is also a croquet lawn to enjoy.
The Alternative Cotswolds Break
“Mollie’s is a motel, diner and drive-thru with a nod to 1950s America”
When Nick Jones, founder of Soho House & Co, first came across an old diner on the side of an arterial road in his home county of Oxfordshire he knew he had found the right spot for Mollie’s. Designed by the people at Soho House and inspired by the classic American diner. The original Mollie’s is a motel, diner, drive-thru and general store that brings something affordable and stylish to the roadside and soon, to city centres.
A new concept for the UK, Jones says ‘my vision was to create an affordable place for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a couple, a family or travelling for work then Mollie’s offers a place to drive thru, eat in and sleep over.
Our 79 rooms range in size, from cosy double rooms to interconnecting family rooms. All have Egyptian cotton sheets, rainforest showers and Cowshed products in the bathrooms. All our rooms have keyless entry which is available through the Mollie’s app.’
The City Break
The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh, Scotland
“Edinburgh’s Most Romantic Boutique Hotel of the year” – Scottish Hotel Awards 2019
Refined, relaxed, a little romantic and a lot luxurious, The Dunstane Houses is an independent, family-run, five-star boutique hotel, over 2 Victorian townhouses set across the road from each other, that offer guests the best of the Scottish capital. Set in two newly refurbished heritage buildings quite unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before, The Dunstane Houses is a breath of fresh Orkney air in the heart of Edinburgh.
Live a laird’s life at Edinburgh hotel The Dunstane Houses, a pair of stately Scottish villas with thoroughbred souls. Ten minutes from the city centre in well-heeled West Coates, the hotel paints a picture of Victorian prosperity. With its grand proportions, smoky sandstone façade and decorative crow-stepped gables. Inside, corniced ceilings and stone staircases give off an air of old-world splendour. The rooms radiate cosiness thanks to soft wool throws, Afghan rugs and deep soaking tubs. The Orkney-influenced restaurant takes a novel approach to Scottish cuisine, using a tapas-style menu to showcase the best of the nation’s fields and shores. The only threat to your repose comes when attempting to choose a nightcap – so there are more than 100 single malts to choose from, the best of which are displayed in a custom-made cabinet in the bar.