Our pick of the best properties for a spring bank holiday staycation

With the sunny spring bank holidays beckoning, here are our recommendations for the best British properties...

Sunshine and palm trees are great; but there really is no place like home, is there? And, while we love a jet-setting break, you’d have a hard time beating fresh British spring air, lush green rolling hills and some good, muddy walks. 

We know that, over the past few months, we’ve all spent enough time in our own homes to last a lifetime. So, for the upcoming spring bank holidays, we’ve rounded up a selection of exceptional luxury properties for the perfect UK getaways. These outstanding cottages and castles are scattered all over our beautiful British Isles, so there truly will be something for everyone who’s on the hunt for a quintessential British weekend away. Whether you want to traipse through the woods, drink in that salty sea air or marvel at those home-grown panoramic views, we’ve got you covered. 

Sheepscombe House, the Cotswolds

Nowhere says quintessential English charm quite like the Cotswolds; and Sheepscombe House is brimming with charm by the bucketload. A “petite” Georgian Manor House with room enough for 10, it sits in discreet splendour; nestled in the heart of a lush green valley which promises outstanding country views and brisk walks aplenty. 

And guests sure won’t be short of activity choices. For any fresh air fiends, Sheepscombe House comes with its own all-weather tennis court and seasonal swimming pool. For those who prefer to stay warm and cosy indoors (it is England, after all), there’s a built-in cinema room and a double drawing room perfect for curling up with all those books you haven’t got round to reading yet. 

Our pick of the best properties for a spring bank holiday staycation

Sheepscombe House

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Landward Cottage, Isle of Wight

Ever wanted to journey back to a bygone era of pirates, smugglers and doubloons? Well, here’s your chance: Landward Cottage, home of lighthouse-keepers past, is situated on the site of St. Catherine’s Lighthouse itself, with room enough for four lucky guests. 

Needless to say, it’s worth going just for the views alone. With plunging panoramas on all sides, guests could feasibly spend all morning gazing out to sea, coffee mug in hand. But with great sea views come great beaches, too: Ventnor Beach is a mere stone’s throw away, and Sandown Pier isn’t far off, either. The rolling surroundings are rich with cliffside, coastal walks, and of course there’s the lighthouse itself: a snippet of seafaring history right by your bedroom window. 

Our pick of the best properties for a spring bank holiday staycation

Landward Cottage, Isle of Wight

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Serpentine, Cornwall

Continuing on the seafaring theme, Serpentine in south Cornwall offers eight guests similarly stunning panoramic sea views (in vastly differently surroundings). This sleek, eco-friendly property is an architecture enthusiast’s dream: with a wildflower grass roof, exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. The epitome of modern minimalism.

Swimming trunks are compulsory — Serpentine is a mere footpath away from Finnygook Beach (we want to visit, frankly, just for the name) and Hoodny Cove. And the fun continues well after the sun goes down, with a walk-in rainfall shower to wash all that sand away, and a sweeping terrace perfect for breaking open that bottle of rosé that’s been chilling in the fridge all day. 

Our pick of the best properties for a spring bank holiday staycation

Serpentine, Cornwall

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Atelier Rose, Herefordshire

In a pocket of rural English countryside not far from the Welsh border, nestles this exquisitely quaint, period property. Atelier Rose is bursting with characterful charisma and, as the name suggests, is surrounded by something of a gardener’s paradise. Topiary creations can be seen virtually everywhere, and guests can stroll among the fruit and olive trees to their heart’s content. 

The gardening theme continues indoors, with a lush green orangery that comes complete with a giant tin William Holland spa bath guaranteed to erase all the stress of the city. The interiors continue to gently take the breath away with delicately positioned chandeliers, discreetly luxurious four-poster beds (enough for 12 guests) and a forest of exposed wooden beams. All in all, it’s a quintessential English experience — and one that will bring out everyone’s inner Mr Darcy. 

Our pick of the best properties for a spring bank holiday staycation

Atelier Rose, Herefordshire

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Rhapsody, Surrey

There’s quintessential English charm — and then there’s Rhapsody English charm. If you’ve noticed the name, you’ve probably clocked it for the correct reason: Queen did indeed play a charity ball here in the 90s. But this Tudor country house can offer 12 guests more than echoes of rock and roll: boasting 20 acres of rolling grounds, Rhapsody is no ordinary property. 

Ever heard of a floating glass reading room, poised over a crayfish pond? Well, you have now. There are also private yoga studios, Moroccan pool houses and heated outdoor pools. And the interior perfectly blends the old with the new, creating a mix of ancient wooden beams and sleek glass walls. There’s something for students of every design school here.

Our pick of the best properties for a spring bank holiday staycation

Rhapsody, Surrey

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Head Gardener’s House at Floors Castle, Scottish Borders

Dating back to 1815 and recently restored by the Duchess of Roxburghe, the Head Gardener’s House is another property bursting at its seams with a fascinating history. Snugly nestled in the walled garden of Floors Castle, it’s the very definition of country living and promises the ultimate rest and relaxation — because after the year we’ve all had, everyone could do with a bit of both. 

Scotland is famous for its breathtaking walks, and for good reason: the Woodland Walk and the Riverside Walk are a hop, skip and a jump away from this cosy house. That’s if you even make it out of the gardens; we’d forgive anyone for whiling away the hours exploring the landscapes on your doorstep. 

Our pick of the best properties for a spring bank holiday staycation

Head Gardener’s House at Floors Castle

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