Spring is in the air and dare we say it, things are warming up. So we’ve got seven of the best places to stay for you, your friends and maybe a few children if you’re that way inclined. From a luxury stay in Edinburgh to a minimalist cabin on the Norfolk Broads, read on for some seriously stylish self-catering getaways in the UK and Ireland.
Drylaw House, Edinburgh
This stunning property is packed with original character – it’s a majestic mansion with private gardens, nine bedrooms and even a billiards room. Yes, you’ve arrived. Less than a 10-minute drive to the city centre, Edinburgh is on your doorstep, though with accommodation this stunning and every possible facility provided, you might find you’re reluctant to leave.
Sleeps up to 16 guests
From £1,800 per night
Bull Pen, Bibury Farm Barns, Gloucestershire
Already making waves on Instagram, Bibury Farms is a collection of contemporary, converted barns that are light, spacious, and combine open-plan living space with Scandi-chic design. The Bull Pen was previously home to a cattle stall (and Falcon, an actual bull) but now you’ll find a perfectly-appointed kitchen, with interior design that shows off its original architecture – exposed stone and ancient beams. Stay here and you’ll get full service from a concierge service as well as a welcome hamper on arrival.
Sleeps up to 6 guests
3-bedroom barns from £1,050 for 2 nights
Hampton Manor Cottage, Hampton-in-Arden
Set in the walled garden of Hampton Manor, a restaurant with rooms, this beautiful bolthole is packed with colour and plenty of pattern – you’ll find William Morris designs shown off in all their glory. This is the spot to choose if you’re looking for a luxury escape with no expense spared. You’ll find a vast open kitchen complete with an aga for cooking up a feast for a group, or you can head over to the main hotel, where you’ll find Peel’s restaurant.
Sleeps up to 8 guests
From £2,000 per week
Minetrack Log Cabin, Penton, Cumbria
Who doesn’t want to stay in a luxury log cabin? No need to head to the Alps, this sociable self-catering spot is just forty-minutes outside the Lake District so whether you want to stroll around the region’s deepest lake or scale Scafell Pike, its highest mountain, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities nearby. With a jacuzzi and open plan living-dining area, this is most definitely a sociable space and was built using locally sourced larch trees. There are stunning views, a large private deck and a fire pit. Need we say more?
Sleeps up to 10 guests
From £500 per night
Pilgrim, Bruton, Glastonbury, Somerset
Not far from the village of Glastonbury sits this idyllic cottage, complete with an outdoor swimming pool. Beautiful interiors are grown up and refined, and there’s no shortage of character – you’ll find exposed beams and an open, roaring fire. With the honey-coloured hues of the Cotswolds and plenty to explore in nearby Bruton and beyond, this is a beautiful little retreat for some fresh country air.
Sleeps up to 4 guests
From £995 per week
Lost Cottage, County Kerry, Ireland
The name of this self-catering cottage should be clue enough that you’re heading somewhere special – nestled amidst emerald green farmland and rolling hills, this cottage with a red-iron roof is a sensitive renovation, using timber foraged from the forest and furnishings crafted from local Douglas Fir. It’s beautifully finished with contemporary fittings and a colour palette that reflects the nature beyond. Get lost here, in the heart of County Kerry, and you’ll find sweeping coast and soaring mountains. This is a real hidden gem.
Sleeps up to 4 guests
From £1,350 per week
The Nor-Folk Cabin
If it’s good enough for Ilse Crawford it’s good enough for us – the design guru recently booked herself in for a stay here and was far from disappointed. A renovated 1930s cedar-clad cabin, this little beauty is in the heart of the Norfolk Broads and features simple, minimalist interiors. Pared back but beautifully appointed, you’ll find plenty of natural light, views over the River Thurne and a sheltered outdoor deck. With no TV signal, this is a self-catering stay where you can truly turn off and tune out.
Sleeps up to 4 guests
From £360 for a 3-night stay over a long weekend