Three UK Breaks to Book Now

It’s easy to overlook the British Isles, but these three rural escapes provide ample reason to stay closer to home. Dotted across the UK, take your pick from a farm and bakery in Cornwall, a tiny cottage on the West Coast of Scotland, and a classic seventeenth-century Cotswolds pub with rooms:

Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall

Image Credit: Charlie McKay

Nestled amongst 66 acres of Cornish countryside, Coombeshead Farm is first and foremost a restaurant and bakery. Founded by chefs Tom Adams (Pitt Cue, London) and April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, New York) food is at the heart of the experience whether locally sourced or produced on-site. There’s a beehive in the garden for honey and beeswax candles, there are rare-breed Mangalitza pigs and chickens roaming about, there’s even a sourdough bakery that supplies the bread for restaurants and farm shops in Cornwall, the West Country and London.

With just five bedrooms in the pretty Georgian farmhouse, make yourself at home in the living room or sit by the fire in the library with a drink from the honesty bar. Breakfast is served in the farmhouse and dinner in the new feasting barn restaurant, open to guests and non-guests alike with a British, seasonal menu. By day, the barn plays host to the series of Sunday bread workshops that run on selected dates throughout the summer (£125 including 3-course lunch).

Double room B&B from £175, Double room dinner, B&B from £305, coombesheadfarm.co.uk

The Bell Inn, Langford, Cotswolds

It takes a lot for restaurant critic Giles Coren to declare a mouthful ‘not just the best of the year but the best of my life.’ All this in reference to a bite of ‘gamey sirloin spread with fresh horseradish and laid into a garlic, parsley and bone marrow flatbread’ produced by the kitchen of The Bell at Langford.

The classic village pub near Burford has been taken over by born-and-bred Cotswolds’ locals, Tom Noest (chef) and Peter Creed (front-of-house) and re-opened its doors in December 2017. With a new wood fired oven, the menu features reinvented local classics like Bibury pidegeon and Cotswolds rarebit with pickles and soldiers. The eight bedrooms upstairs have just opened so you can now spend the weekend.

Double rooms from £110 per night. thebelllangford.com

Shore Cottage, Carskiey Estate, Scotland

There are sea views from every room of single-story, Shore Cottage, sitting pretty on a secluded stretch of coastline on the Mull of Kintyre. The old sea captain’s cottage sleeps four, and forms part of the Carskiey Estate, recently bought by Tom Helme, co-founder of Farrow & Ball and Fermoie fabrics. You’ll likely spend a lot of your stay outdoors surrounded by spectacular scenery and wildlife, but when you do return home, the interiors won’t disappoint. Retaining it’s character, there’s an old servant’s dresser that’s been brought down from the big house and a drift wood bench from nearby Garvault Bay, but also the comfort of underfloor heating, and contemporary Fermoie fabrics dotted about from the linen headboards to the bathroom blinds.

Shore Cottage is accessible only by private road or by boat. Most visitors arrive via Glasgow from where you can take a 30-minute Loganzir Flyby hopper plane to Campbeltown Airport, or you could drive the three-hour coastal route.

From £1,050 a week, carskiey.com

— Daisy Allsup
13th March 2018