Budget friendly but brilliant staycations
Reducing our carbon footprint and impact on the environment has never been more important. Aviation alone accounts for at least 2% of global carbon emissions. Although ruling out flying altogether may be inconceivable, you can reduce your air miles and carbon footprint in 2020 by opting for a luxury staycation.
Not only can staycation by luxurious, but they can also be budget friendly – especially when travelling in groups. So jump in your electric car or on-board your private coach (which will help reduce your impact on the environment even further) and enjoy a brilliant, planet and purse friendly staycation. Take a look at our top 3 destinations.
The Cotswolds are the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Spanning over 800 square miles across five counties, the rolling hills of the Cotswolds are decorated in pretty limestone villages, historic castles and lavish country houses.
Stroll through glorious gardens, cycle through magnificent meadows or take to the lakes to get the catch of the day. The Cotswolds are full of fantastic activities that will keep you busy. It’s also home to the largest inland paddling beach in the UK as well as a whole host of activities including; kayaking, pedaloes, Aquaventure and Vertigo Adventures. If you visit late May, you can watch the world-famous Gloucestershire Cheese-Rolling competition on one of the steepest slopes in the Cotswolds, Coopers Hill!
Staying on a budget: 18th Century Cottage, complete with a shallow stream and AGA. Sleeps 6 guests plus you will have the whole cottage to yourself.
A luxury stay: Whatley Manor, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux. A luxury hotel featuring a dining experience from 2x Michelin Star chef Niall Keating.
Cairngorms National Park
Situated in the Scottish Highlands is the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the United Kingdom. The breath-taking scenery and abundance of wildlife attracts many tourists each year.
Come rain or shine, there is something for everyone to do at the Cairngorms National Park. During the summer months, you can take a tour of Balmoral Castle, Her Majesty The Queen’s preferred summer residence. Taste some of Scotland’s finest Whiskey at the Glenlivet Distillery. For a family day out, why not head to the RZSS Highland Wildlife Park to see the first polar bear born in the UK in 25 years!
Don’t let the winter months keep you away, Cairngorms Mountain is the perfect place to take to the slopes for some skiing and snowboarding. The winter season normally runs from December through to April. The mountain is suitable for first day beginners to seasoned mountain experts, making it fun for everyone.
Staying on a budget: Mar Lodge, a Highland estate protected by the National Trust for Scotland. Sleeps 17 guests plus you will have the apartment to yourself.
A luxury stay: The Old School Carrbridge, an old school converted into three luxury holiday homes, each sleeping up to 4 adults.
The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for having Britain’s only natural hot spring waters. The ancient Roman Baths are well preserved and a major tourist attraction, however you cannot take a dip in the thermal waters here. Instead there is a modern Thermae Bath Spa which uses the same natural hot spring water that is safe to bathe in.
The wonders of Bath doesn’t just stop at its hot springs, the Royal Crescent is one of the Heritage City’s most iconic landmarks. The crescent features 30 gorgeous Grade I listed townhouses and is among the greatest display of Georgian architecture in the UK.
Staying on a budget: Dukes Bath, a boutique guesthouse on Great Pulteney Street, one of the finest boulevards in the Heritage City.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa, part of The Leading Hotels of the World collection and the only hotel in Britain to have direct access to a natural thermal spa.
Carl O’Neill is the Sales and Marketing Director at The Kings Ferry Group. The Kings Ferry Group offers a VIP travel service, specialising in luxury coach and executive car hire.