Top five UK short breaks


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We’ve all dreamed of having the disposable cash to fly to a different city for a weekend, whether that is to go shopping, sample the nightlife or just get away from the norm, but this isn’t usually all that viable. However, there are a number of destinations across the UK that are perfect if you want to take a short break.

Spitbank Fort, Hampshire

If you’re looking for a luxury short break, then Spitbank Fort is the perfect destination. First built in 1878 as a fully-functioning fort to protect Britain from invasion, it is now a boutique hotel that sits right in the middle of the Solent.

The views are incredible, but are not a patch on the exceptional accommodation and service you will receive, which includes a fully-guided tour, champagne reception in the Crow’s Nest and a sit-down breakfast. You’ll also be given a hamper to take away containing two bottles of Laurent Perrier champagne, caviar and gentleman’s relish – perfect for picnicking when back on the mainland.

West End, London

To some, a day’s shopping in London would be a form of torture, but others enjoy it more than almost anything in the world and if you’re one of those people then a trip to London’s West End could be perfect for you.

After sampling the spectacular wares on offer, why not head to see one of the incredible shows that are staged throughout the year, such as Wicked, We Will Rock You and the recently-adapted for film The Woman in Black.

There are a number of five star hotels in the capital, which will allow you to relax in unparalleled comfort within a short distance of the shops and the theatre.

The Cotswolds

Officially listed as ‘an area of outstanding national beauty’, the Cotswolds are a series of stunning English counties and contain some of the most picturesque hotels in the entire UK.

A trip to this area is all about relaxation and you’ll have to go a long way to find somewhere that rivals the hospitality on offer. The surroundings are full of both historic and cultural value and it is the ideal place to stay if you’re heading to the Badminton Horse Trials, or plan to make the sort trip to check out the magnificent spires of Oxford.


If you’ve ever dreamt of living the highlife in a country estate, then the Coniston Hotel is the perfect place to try this out. Situated across 1,400 acres in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the hotel has incredible open log fires throughout and offers stunning rural views, whilst also overlooking the Lake District’s third-largest lake.

The estate is also home to a clay pigeon shooting ground, falconry centre and Land Rover experience, meaning you can sample these activities before checking out one of the many walking trails, trying your hand at archery or even target golf.

Three Choirs Vineyard, Gloucestershire

For the wine lovers among us, there really can be no better place to head than the award-winning Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire.

Situated in an idyllic setting, the hotel offers twin and double beds overlooking its vine clad valley. You’ll be given a guided tour of the vineyard where you can expect to learn about the winemaking process, before tasting a range of the exceptional wines produced in England. And if that’s not enough, the free bottle of house wine on arrival might just make it the perfect place to go for a break after a long week.

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