COUN­TRY GET­AWAY

Women's Health (UK) - - WELL TRAVELLED -

W H AT ? Dayles­ford Cot­tages WHERE? The Cotswolds WHY? To de­light in the best of the English coun­try­side HOW MUCH? Stay in a one-bed­room cot­tage, from £650 for four nights

A lux­ury spa, you say? Well, it’s more like a mini well­ness re­sort. Next to Dayles­ford’s five con­verted cot­tages, the Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa (right), decked out in sooth­ing neu­tral tones and rus­tic nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, is all about calm. Spend the day in your robe and slip­pers and ready your­self for ut­ter bliss. Try the De-stress Mas­sage to soothe any left­over work­out aches and still even the most non-stop of minds. There’s also the op­tion to add yoga classes, reiki ses­sions or re­flex­ol­ogy treat­ment for a full ease-down. Isn’t Dayles­ford known more for its food? Well, yes. You’ll ar­rive to fresh or­ganic bread, jam and eggs on the counter as well as a bot­tle of Prosecco in the fridge – and Can a stay­ca­tion really feel like an es­cape? Hell yes. Es­pe­cially when your sanc­tu­ary is nes­tled in the pic­turesque Cotswolds and you can bed down in a beau­ti­ful cot­tage packed with orig­i­nal fea­tures and sump­tu­ous soft fur­nish­ings be­fore wan­der­ing to an award-win­ning spa for lux­ury treat­ments on tap. A few nights at Dayles­ford is akin to be­ing wrapped in a bear hug with some­one in an over­sized cash­mere jumper.

you get a 10% dis­count at the farm shop. There’s noth­ing like a plat­ter of cheeses, pick­les, pas­tries and cakes to pro­mote feel­ings of re­lax­ation, right? But if you don’t want to cook, go to the cafe, pizza bar or The Wild Rab­bit inn for dishes such as slow-cooked duck egg with smoked sausage and crispy jacket potato. For pud­ding, how about Brae­burn ap­ple pie with caramel cus­tard ice cream? Yep. Thought so. Coun­try bump­kin is the new city chic.

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