The South East

Romance & Restoration

7 nights - 250 miles

Ideal for someone who appreciates the great outdoors but also wants some restorative time in the spa. There are quirky villages to discover along the way so could be a fun trip for the whole family.

About the break

You start in London, one of the world’s greenest cities with more than 3,000 parks and open spaces. Enjoy the green spaces- perfect for a stroll, a very British picnic, a footie match with the kids, or simply sunbathing. Taste the city through its famous markets or succumb to temptation with an indulgent afternoon tea for two (it’s got to be done). Enhance your break with an enchanting evening at the theatre in London’s captivating West End.

Your stay options:
The Athenaeum, in the heart of Mayfair, opposite the tranquillity of Royal Green Park. For ultimate privacy and abundant space, book one of the fully serviced apartments.
Or
Stay at The Capital Hotel, right in the heart of the action in Knightsbridge. Probably the closest hotel to Harrods to fit in a shopping spree.
Or
Stay at The Hari, tucked away in elegant Belgravia. Take a romantic stroll through the area’s iconic squares and streets.

Journey north to St Albans, a historic town set on the peaceful River Ver. Visit Verulamium Park, where lush greenery, tranquil lakes, and ancient Roman ruins provide a charming backdrop for an intimate picnic. Wellness is high on the agenda as your next stop is Cottonmill Spa. Whether you’re feeling mindful or mindless, dynamic or restful, there is something for you here.

Stay at Sopwell House, to prioritize relaxation. For a private experience, book one of the Mews Suites set within beautifully landscaped gardens.

Head west, where you wander through the charming village of Dedham, with its quaint cottages and historic buildings that exude irresistible old-world charm. Explore the art galleries and boutiques, discovering hidden treasures and unique crafts. Dedham Vale is also great for canoeing or paddle boarding. In the evening, enjoy a sunset river cruise along the tranquil River Colne with breathtaking views for magical memories in the making.

Stay in one of the twelve individually designed bedrooms at Talbooth House and enjoy the riverside restaurant, an ultra-relaxing spa and plenty of iconic history.

Next, you venture north to the enchanting village of Lavenham, and explore its medieval streets, quirky shops, and charming tea rooms. The Crooked House on the High Street is probably one of the most photographed buildings in Lavenham, and the streets of Lavenham were used as a background for the scenes in Godric’s Hollow in the Harry Potter film. Whether you’re a foodie, love rural walks, or a fan of historical buildings and architecture, you’ll fall in love with this picture-perfect village.

Stay at The Swan at Lavenham, a 15th-century hotel, relax in their Weaver’s spa and grab a drink in the Airmen’s Bar named after US airmen who used to hang out there during the war – judging from the graffiti, some have since returned for a visit.

Travel northwest as you continue to enjoy the beauty of the Suffolk countryside and coastline, offering lovely spots for wild swimming. As you reach Newmarket, you get an immediate sense of equestrian wonder. The historic home of British horse racing dating back to 1174 and a base for the retraining of racehorses.

Stay at Bedford Lodge, nestled in three acres of secluded rose gardens and adjacent to some of the most famous paddocks and training stables in the world.

Upon arrival in Peterborough, set off on a countryside walk to the stunning Burghley House, where captivating architecture and meticulously landscaped gardens provide a magical setting. Then head to Peterborough Cathedral, known for its imposing 12th-century, early English gothic style.

Stay at Haycock Manor, a 16th-century building that has recently been renovated, and enjoy the tasting menu in Provost.

Stay Dine Spa

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

The Hari

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

The Capital Hotel, Apartments & Townhouse

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

West End

Verulamium Park

Sopwell House

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

Dedham Vale

Talbooth House & Spa

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

Lavenham

The Swan at Lavenham

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

Newmarket

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

Burghley House

Peterborough Cathedral

Haycock Manor Hotel

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

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