Nothing beats escaping the daily grind like a weekend away to the beautiful British countryside. Inspired by the places that Sir Hardy Amies frequented when he sought a country retreat, places that often brought a fresh inspiration to his work, we’ve hand-picked some of our favourite parts of the UK for a quintessentially British break, with one of our favourite cities thrown in for good measure.
Where to stay: Thyme
Why go: Vibrant green countryside and postcard perfect villages
Renowned for their bucolic pastures and traditional stone villages, The Cotswolds played a second home to Sir Hardy Amies and was once one of his favourite escapes from London. Only a couple of hours from the city, The Cotswolds are famed for their picturesque, quintessentially British surroundings. This is where one of the best farmer’s markets, antiques markets and bric-a-brac markets pitches during the week, the perfect place to browse the local trinkets.
Where to stay: The Balmoral
Why go: Bursting with history and beautiful architecture, this is the place to go for an alternative British city break.
Explore the city’s winding Medieval streets, Arthur’s seat (an extinct volcano) and taste the famous Scottish whisky at one of Edinburgh’s cocktail bars – the Devil’s Advocate is our top choice for the best Old Fashioned in town. This is our favourite alternative city break to London, with Edinburgh packing just as much punch at the British capital but in a much smaller city.
Where to stay: Watergate Bay
Why go: For long coastal walks, rolling sand dunes and the best British surf.
A somewhat far flung corner of England, Cornwall is one of the best places in the country for incredible beaches, delicious seafood and is home to England’s finest surf. Whether you hike the Mevagissey trail or take a more leisurely stroll along the dunes, this is one of the most relaxing places to go.
THE KENTISH COAST
Where to stay: The Marine Hotel
Why go: A classic British beach break with world class seafood to boot.
It’s not called the garden of England for nothing, and with 350 miles of coastline, bolting to Kent for a dose of fresh sea air is always a good idea. But for a culinary hit, head to Whitstable; the home of the south east’s best seafood and famed for it’s oysters, of which you’ll find a great selection at The Whitstable Oyster Co.