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.