According to Visit England statistics, ‘staycation’ (holiday in the UK), bookings within the UK increased by almost a quarter in 2017, and it’s not looking likely to slow down any time soon. Recently, there has been a 23.8% rise in UK holiday makers planning to stay in Britain for their holiday; with seaside B&B’s noting a 19.2 % increase in bookings since the Brexit vote. So, for those who are planning a coastal getaway, here are a few hidden gems that perfectly capture the British seaside charm…
Titanic Hotel, Belfast
Belfast’s newest luxury hotel, Titanic Hotel Belfast, has opened its doors to the public. After almost two years of restoration, construction and preservation of the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices and headquarters, the £28m hotel is ready to show the world the amazing history behind Queen’s Island and the shipbuilding industry in Northern Ireland. The entire building exudes the legacy of Belfast’s industrial heritage and all authentic spaces have been retained, including the Telephone Exchange, which received the first communication of the Titanic hitting the iceberg.
Headland Hotel, Fistral Bay, Cornwall
The Headland Hotel and Spa is one of only 50 hotels in the UK to be awarded 4 Silver Stars by The AA and is a member of the prestigious ‘Pride of Britain’ hotel group. Stylish, elegant and unique, The Headland is a luxury hotel with private cottages set on an exclusive clifftop overlooking Fistral Bay. It offers the perfect blend of discreet English ambience and decadent four-star hospitality. Individually designed luxury hotel rooms and suites with ocean views, rosette-worthy dining from Executive Chef Christopher Archambault, and indulgent pampering and wellness at The Headland Spa. All brought together by a team dedicated to ensuring a comfortable stay.
Church Lodge, Birdham, West Sussex
Church Lodge sits at the heart of Birdham village in West Sussex, in the idyllic Manhood Peninsular, South of Chichester. Located next to Birdham’s beautiful 14th century church and overlooking the village cricket green, Church Lodge offers its guests contemporary New England style luxury accommodation. With footpaths offering stunning inland or coastal walks, Church Lodge offers a base for those who want to just chill or those who may want to enjoy an exercise retreat with a twist.
The Swan, Southwold, Suffolk
The Swan Hotel has occupied its current site in the renowned Suffolk coastal town since the 17th century. Ale has also been brewed on site for over 650 years and is now the heart of Adnams’ coastal campus brewery and distillery. Project Orange was commissioned to act as both architect and interior designer in order to reinvent the venerable Swan Hotel in Southwold. The brief was to recreate The Swan as the jewel in the Adnams crown, as the gateway to the brewery complex and as a premium coastal hotel with a vibrant food and drink offer. Alterations and extensions to the listed buildings and fresh new interiors celebrate the history of the site, promising a revitalised hotel centred on a reimagined brewery yard and hop garden. The Swan reopened in October 2017.