Great Choices for a Weekend Break in England and Wales

 

The title pretty much says it all – if you’re hoping to get away for the weekend somewhere in England or Wales, there are plenty of options available to you. Let’s jump right in with some of the best luxury hotels in the English and Welsh countryside!

A luxury country stay at Nash Hall in Powys

This former threshing barn dates way back, all the way back to the 1600s, in fact. It has since been rather beautifully restored (you’ll be pleased to hear), and has a number of great little pieces such as its very own games room and a proper vintage jukebox.

It is very close to the great Offa’s Dyke Path, so it makes for a fab starting point for any exploration of the area and of Hay-on-Wye. So get to Nash Hall to get your country chic on.

The town of Presteigne, near Nash Hall, hosts the Sheep Music Festival every summer. Photo by PaulWilliams66/Flickr.

The town of Presteigne, near Nash Hall, hosts the Sheep Music Festival every summer. Photo by PaulWilliams66/Flickr.

The Hotel and Extreme Academy in Cornwall

If you’re looking to take to the water and try your hand at some surfing, get yourselves down to Cornwall and stay at this hotel just above Watergate Bay, a two-mile long stretch of golden sands famous for its surfing opportunities.

The hotel is nice enough, and all bookings include breakfast, but it’s its in-house Extreme Academy that the place really shines – you can experience surfing, body boarding, kite surfing, wave skiing and even traction kiting. Fantastic!

Surfing in the waters of Cornwall. Photo by  Dave Hamster/Flickr.

Surfing in the waters of Cornwall. Photo by Dave Hamster/Flickr.

Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire

Stoke Place is a traditional country house with a modern twist, offering up the best of four-star luxury to its guests. Its extensive gardens were designed by the famous Lancelot “Capability” Brown, and its 39 bedrooms are all tastefully decorated.

But for a truly unique experience come during its Black Widow’s Ball. With fancy dress, a transvestite tarot reader and a midnight feast, this Hammer Horror event must be experienced to be believed.

Enjoy the country glamour of Stoke Place. Photo via their official site.

Enjoy the country glamour of Stoke Place. Photo via their official site.

White Horses in Gwynedd

There are actually a few different places to stay in Portmeirion, in Gwynedd, North Wales, from a converted castle to the original hotel and a whole host of different cottages, but our favorite would definitely be the White Horses, a former fisherman’s cottage.

A Grade II listed building, White Horses is situated on the Portmeirion quayside, sitting directly over the water. You can even fish from the garden if you so please!

Portmeirion's White Horses certainly has a scenic setting! Photo by Portmeirion/Flickr.

Portmeirion’s White Horses certainly has a scenic setting! Photo by Portmeirion/Flickr.

Ellenborough Park in Gloucestershire

[Also see our travel article "Visiting the Cotswolds"]

Just outside of Cheltenham, this is the perfect place for any guy or gal who likes to place the odd flutter on the horses. A manor built in the 15th Century, Ellenborough Park gives off a real country living feel, but is in fact just ten minutes from Cheltenham town center!

Live out your Downton Abbey fantasies at Ellenborough Park. Photo by EOTours/Flickr.

Live out your Downton Abbey fantasies at Ellenborough Park. Photo by EOTours/Flickr.

Felin Fach Griffin in Brecon

If you like your weekend getaways to come with some fine food (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), then Felin Fach Griffin is right up your alley. A good dining pub with seven homely rooms, you’ll really be able to get away from it all here.

Felin Fach Griffin is known for its fantastic food. Photo via their official site.

Felin Fach Griffin is known for its fantastic food. Photo via their official site.

 

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