The South East is a great location for your luxury self-catering getaway, and the fact that these areas are so easy to reach from London means that travel needn’t be a problem.
A Luxury Heritage Break in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire is a stunning location for your luxury break. As well as being world-famous for its academic heritage, the city is also very beautiful and contains a huge variety of arts and entertainment. The brilliant Covered Market is jam-packed with unusual second hand and vintage items if you fancy some retail therapy, and a guided tour around Oxford Castle is an interesting and entertaining way to spend an afternoon.
If you fancy heading out of the city, we would recommend the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace, which is only 8 miles away and is one of the country’s finest and most inspirational baroque houses. The house is surrounded by 2000 acres of stunning parkland, lakes, formal gardens and fountains. The brilliant Marlborough Maze is a highlight.
Be Treated Like Royalty in Berkshire
“Royal” Berkshire is of course the home of the Royal Family. Berkshire is a fantastic place to take a luxury family holiday or romantic getaway if you love learning about history and exploring historic houses and gardens. The town of Windsor boasts two of the country’s biggest attractions: Windsor Castle and the world-famous Legoland. Windsor is also a great place to spend an evening out, with its many high quality restaurants and classy bars.
Get Away From it all in Unspoilt Surrey
Surrey is a beautiful county, full of unspoilt countryside and mature woodland and a whole host of quaint country towns and villages. Box Hill is a lovely wooded area and the venue for the Olympic road cycling races which is fantastic for long walks.
A Rural Stay in Bucks, Beds and Herts
Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are largely rural counties and can be a great base for exploring the marvellous Chiltern Hills, a designated Place of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chilterns are fantastic for long walks but are also great for cycling.
Hertfordshire is a brilliant choice for a luxury break if you love exploring country houses. Perhaps one of the most interesting is the mostly ruined and crumbling Old Gorhambury House near St. Albans, and this site is ideally situated for also visiting the wonderful Roman Wall of St. Albans. Shaw’s Corner is also a great spot, as the home of playwright Bernard Shaw for 44 years. Berkhamsted and Tring are lovely towns to explore for a day out with plenty of boutique shops and walks out into the Chiltern Hills.
Buckinghamshire has plenty of lovely towns which are great for enjoying lunch or a walk around the unique shops. Marlow is a lovely waterside town which is perfect for taking a luxury sailing trip.
Top attractions in the South East:
• Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey is a fantastic, award winning working winery where you can learn all about wine making and, most importantly, taste some of their fantastic products.
• Hertfordshire’s Knebworth House is a brilliant gothic mansion with amazing gardens. Kids will especially love the Dinosaur Trail in the Wilderness Garden, and adults will enjoy the 250 acres of rolling hills which are perfect for picnics and long dog walks.
• The brilliant Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire offers a brilliant insight into the legendary author’s works and life and is fun and interesting for young and old alike.
The Home Counties are truly a beautiful and peaceful part of England and therefore a fantastic place to take a luxury self-catering holiday. If you’re considering taking your luxury self-catering break in the Home Counties, you can expect to be staying in rural lodges and beautiful barn conversions.