Life can get hectic in the run-up to a wedding. Fortunately, there are plenty of lavish places to hit the refresh button in England.
During wedding chaos, planning and politics, it’s easy to forget that you’re not a part-time party planner/sales negotiator. You can get so wrapped up in making sure everyone’s going to have a good time you leave your self-care in the changing room of the bridal shop. Which is why we’re here to remind you to bring it back to you. Reduce your stress levels, calm your nerves and rejuvenate your complexion by taking a few nights away ahead of your big day. Here are four calming boutique retreats you can escape to in the UK.
1. BABINGTON HOUSE | FROME, SOMERSET
Seek serenity in the English country abode of Soho House. Hop in your getaway car and drive just two-and-a-half-hours outside London into the spacious countryside and freshest air. With interiors that are a divine blend of classic and contemporary, the overall design of this hotel is rustic-luxe. We adore the variety of textures, whimsical wallpaper and honey-hued brickwork, a combination that makes for a dreamy backdrop.
Babington is brimming with things to do. Delve into their library, cycle through woodland, swim in one of the heated pools, play tennis and kick back in the plush cinema. The perfect place to get your bridal glow though is the Cowshed Spa. Set in a pretty walled garden, you can indulge in a plethora of treatments, including massages and mud soaks.
Not just for Soho House members, although non-members do pay slightly more.
2. ANOTHER PLACE | ULLSWATER, LAKE DISTRICT
Discover the natural tonic you never knew you needed. Set on the shores of Ullswater, one of the Lake District’s lesser-known and most glorious lakes, Another Place is an idyllic spot to unwind. You’re bound to breathe a little deeper and forget your worries when you’re waking up to lake views.
Slow down the pace and fill your days with sailing, canoeing, paddle-boarding, cycling, hiking and other adventures. Return to the hotel, order a local gin and cosy up in the fire-warmed library stocked with board games for your entertainment. Make the most of the 20-metre glass-fronted indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, gym and two spa treatment rooms. Spectacular surroundings and soothing interiors will help you settle and calm any pre-wedding jitters.
3. THE FISH | BROADWAY, THE COTSWOLDS
Stay somewhere a little bit quirky. The Fish is the place to loosen up and embark on an outdoor adventure. From shepherd’s huts to treehouses, sleep soundly in unique surroundings. Their hygge-inspired interiors will make you feel instantly at home. Marshmallow beds, heaps of blankets and enormous windows so that you’re never too far from nature.
The Fish is both a boutique hotel and a glamping experience. Which means you’re encouraged to spend your days getting back to nature by cycling or walking through the surrounding countryside. There is a dedicated boot room with maps and Original Muck boots that you can borrow. Retire in the evening back to the comforts of your room or dine in the seafood restaurant overseen by former Michelin-star chef Martin Burge. Calm your soul and feed your senses at this luxury retreat; you can also bring your dog along too if you like.
4. SEA CONTAINERS LONDON | SOUTHBANK, LONDON
For Londoner’s looking for a quick-fix, or out-of-towners who want a more chilled city breaks, Sea Containers is the obvious choice. Studded into a prime riverside location, this hotel offers incredible views of the city, including the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. In addition to a luxurious cinema, it also a bar that’s considered among the best in the world.
The main highlight of this accommodation, though is the Agua spa, described as a therapeutic playground. Designer Tom Dixon put his stamp on the venue with a stunning copper teardrop installation. Golden light warms the encompassing bright white interior, putting guests instantly at ease. For the ultimate pre-wedding treat opt for the Made For Life Infusion or bring some friends and hire out the Glamour Room.
If you’re still in the early stages of wedding planning, explore our collection of iconic designer bridal gowns, all made in England. There are also plenty of useful articles in our magazine to guide and inspire you, from our real bride stories to interviews with professional wedding MUAs. Subscribe to our email newsletter to be the first to know about exclusive offers, new pieces and upcoming events.
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