The Sybarite's top picks for the best UK staycation spots this September.
As the warm embrace of summer starts to give way to the crisp air of autumn, there's no better time to plan a luxurious staycation to unwind and rejuvenate. September offers a perfect opportunity to explore exquisite destinations without the peak season crowds. Whether you're seeking a historic city escape, a countryside retreat, or a coastal culinary adventure, we've curated a list of top-tier properties to consider for your September staycation.
Based in the very heart of London, the Great Scotland Yard Hotel is an exceptional choice for an opulent September staycation. This iconic hotel seamlessly blends history and modernity, offering guests a taste of quintessential British elegance. Once the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, the property has been meticulously transformed into a haven of luxury and sophistication.
With its central location, guests can easily explore London's renowned landmarks, theatres, and upscale shopping districts. After a day of sightseeing, return to the comfort of your lavish suite, adorned with plush furnishings and state-of-the-art amenities. Indulge in delectable cuisine at the hotel's upscale restaurants or unwind with a classic cocktail at the elegant bar.
The nearest tube stations to Great Scotland Yard Hotel are Whitehall / Trafalgar Square (N), Charing Cross, and Northumberland Avenue / Trafalgar Square (W). You can take the following tube lines to get there: Bakerloo, District, Northern, and Piccadilly.
Bath, a city steeped in history and renowned for its Roman heritage, presents an ideal destination for a September staycation. The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, nestled within one of Bath's most iconic architectural marvels, offers an experience of luxury and relaxation. Overlooking the historic Royal Crescent, this hotel exudes timeless charm and provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Indulge in the ultimate pampering experience at the hotel's award-winning spa, where a range of treatments and therapies await to rejuvenate your senses. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history by exploring nearby attractions such as the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Return to your elegantly appointed room to revel in stunning views of the Crescent and the beautifully landscaped gardens.
The nearest train station to The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is Bath Spa. You can take a train from London Paddington Station to Bath Spa, which takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes. From Bath Spa station, it is a 10-minute walk to the hotel.
Discover tranquility this September at Ingleside House in Cirencester. Set in the middle of the Cotswolds, this charming boutique hotel offers a blend of Cotswold elegance and modern comfort. Embrace the peaceful countryside, unwind in well-appointed rooms, and explore Cirencester's historic streets. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely afternoon tea or immersing yourself in local culture, Ingleside House ensures a rejuvenating September staycation amidst timeless beauty.
The fastest way to get to Ingleside House from London is by train. You can take a train from London Paddington Station to Kemble Station, which takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. From Kemble Station, it is a 15-minute taxi ride to Ingleside House.
For those seeking a tranquil countryside retreat, Bibury Farm Barns in Oxfordshire is an idyllic choice. This charming collection of luxury barns offers a secluded haven surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque landscapes. September's mild weather allows you to embrace the great outdoors with leisurely walks, bike rides, and exploration of quaint villages nearby.
Bibury Farms provides the perfect blend of modern comfort and rustic charm, ensuring a truly relaxing stay. Unwind in a cosy cottage, complete with well-appointed amenities and a warm ambiance. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, take leisurely strolls through the countryside, and enjoy the local culinary delights that Oxfordshire has to offer.
The nearest train station to Bibury Farm Barns is Moreton-in-Marsh. You can take a train from London Paddington Station to Moreton-in-Marsh, which takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. From Moreton-in-Marsh station, it is a 20-minute taxi ride to the hotel.
For a seaside culinary escape, look no further than The Hut on the Isle of Wight. Set against the backdrop of the stunning Colwell Bay, this restaurant offers a unique blend of gourmet dining and breathtaking ocean views. September provides a quieter atmosphere to savour delectable seafood and other culinary delights, all while embracing the serene coastal setting.
Relax on the restaurant's outdoor terrace, bask in the September sunshine, and savour dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. From fresh seafood to exquisite cocktails, The Hut promises an unforgettable culinary journey that captures the essence of coastal indulgence.
The nearest ferry port to The Hut is Cowes. You can take a ferry from Southampton to Cowes, which takes around 1 hour. From Cowes, it is a 10-minute taxi ride to The Hut. To elevate your journey, consider booking a private yachtfrom Southampton as the mode of transport, and arrive in style at The Hut.
Amenities: Outdoor seating with stunning views of the harbour, indoor dining room, bar with a wide selection of beers, wines, and cocktails, family-friendly atmosphere
Cost: Average spend of £25 per person
Another coastal day trip to consider this September is a visit to The Lobster Shack in Whitstable. Located on Horsebridge Beach, this rustic gem offers a casual yet unforgettable dining experience. Savour the freshest local catches, from succulent lobster to crab, expertly prepared to highlight their natural flavours.
With its al fresco seating, enjoy your meal with sand between your toes and the soothing sound of waves. Whitstable's maritime charm envelops you as you explore the beach, harbour, and artisanal boutiques. For an authentic taste of the sea and a coastal escape like no other, The Lobster Shack beckons.
The nearest train station to The Lobster Shack is Whitstable. You can take a train from London Charing Cross Station to Whitstable, which takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. From Whitstable station, it is a 15-minute walk to the restaurant.
September presents a golden opportunity to embark on a luxurious staycation that promises relaxation, exploration, and culinary delight. From the historical charm of Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London to the tranquility of Bidbury Farms in Oxfordshire, these properties offer an array of options to suit your preferences. Whether you're seeking urban elegance, countryside serenity, or coastal charm, these destinations are sure to make your September staycation a memorable and indulgent experience.
*Please note that these are just starting prices and the actual cost may vary depending on the date, room type, and other factors.
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