One Off Places Top 5 Luxury UK Retreats
Sometimes we all need a bit of indulgence, and a holiday or a weekend away is the perfect opportunity to justify spoiling yourself. You may dream of an adventure in a camper van, a rustic glamping experience or a cosy unpretentious home-from-home, but if you’re someone who wants to relax in truly sumptuous surroundings then a UK luxury retreat is definitely for you. The great thing about ‘luxury’ is that it’s infinite and relatively indefinable because we all have our own idea of what it entails. And as a result it comes in all shapes and sizes - so how do you choose? Here at One Off Places we have a diverse collection and it can be hard to narrow it down, but these are some of our favourites to whet your appetite…
If you’re looking for a decadent little bolthole just for two then Black Moon is exactly where you need to head. Set right on the seafront with panoramic views of St Ives bay in Cornwall, this stylish apartment is full of quirky features and contemporary comforts. And on your doorstep there are beaches, art galleries and cobbled streets full of independent shops. There could be no more enchanting place to impress a loved one.
Peaceful, private and stunningly furnished, Felin Newydd is the ultimate hybrid of a country manor and a boutique hotel. Inside you will find none beautiful bedrooms, generous living and entertaining spaces, log fires and REN toiletries, outside there are 50 acres of gardens and parkland to explore, and nearby you can hike, bike, horse ride, fish and clay pigeon shoot (to name but a few things). And with services like a private chef, butler and chauffeur on offer, what more could you possibly want? Discover the gorgeous Brecon Beacons scenery in serious style.
The Architect’s Dream
Designed by the architect of Soho House, the Little Cottage (which in fact is not very little at all) is a stunningly chic holiday home. The three super king bedrooms each have an en-suite roll top bath with a sea view, the living space is kitted out with under floor heating, a wood burning stove and a SONOS music system, and the vistas from the private outdoor Jacuzzi have to be seen to be believed. With Praa Sands practically on your doorstep and the sound of the waves lulling you to sleep this is pretty much the definitive beach house.
On the shores of a loch in the Scottish Highlands you will find Croft 103, two spectacular state-of-the-art cottages which bring a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘eco-friendly’. Huge windows look out over mountains and water, under floor heating and wood stoves keep the inside cosy and feather-topped beds and solar-heated hot tubs are the perfect place from which to gaze at the stars with a glass of bubbly in hand. Handcrafted yet totally indulgent, these cottages are wonderfully unique.
Set amidst verdant gardens in the heart of the Isle of Wight, Shalfleet Manor is a 17th century Grade II listed house which has been transformed into a superlative country retreat. Grand reception rooms, wood panelling and original fireplaces give an air of old-fashioned sophistication, while multiple mod cons, a heated swimming pool and an all-weather tennis court bring things the property up to date. What better setting for a reunion with family or a celebration with friends?