THE BEST LONDON WEEKEND GETAWAYS

My family loves a countryside escape out of London on the weekend, especially to the Cotswolds.  London can be full on during the week and so we quite often enjoy a good, but not too long, road trip out of town.  There are so many gorgeous places within a two, two and half, hour drive from London to unwind and re-coop before the Monday grind again.  So whether you’ve been to London many times before and want to try something new on your next visit.  All the destinations below (and in no particular order) are great at any time of year, except maybe in July – you may want to consider the ones with a pool if coming that month, July has been an absolute scorcher this year!

SOHO FARMHOUSE

We love Soho Farmhouse. For kids or families you can ride horses, go biking, collect eggs from the coop, roam the garden, relax by the pool, indulge in the spa — the list is endless and it’s always an enjoyable time.

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | 1 hour drive or 15 minute drive from the Charlbury train station

Soho Members on Weekends | Non-Members can book stays Sunday-Thursdays

https://www.sohofarmhouse.com/

DAYLESFORD FARM | WILD RABBIT INN

One of the most charming, pampered places in the Cotswolds. Great for families or couples to enjoy one of England’s leading farms, the Bamford spa, and adorable character of the property. Daylesford has houses to rent or Wild Rabbit Inn (It’s sister property just down the road) also offers quaint, luxe lodging.

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | Only 1 mile from the Kingham Train station or a 2 hour drive from London

https://daylesford.com/locations/kingham-gloucestershire/

thewildrabbit.co.uk

 

THYME

Geared more towards adults, this culinary favorite is stunning. It’s located right next to the church where Kate Moss was married and offers cooking classes, farm fresh restaurants, and a beautiful place to stay in the charming village of Southrop.

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | 1-hour 45-minute drive from London or 30-minute drive from Swindon Train Station

https://www.thyme.co.uk/

 

GREY’S COURT COTTAGES

Where we stayed during our recent trip to Southrop. Private, adorable family cottages just steps away from the local pub. Great for families if you want more space than your usual hotel with multiple bedrooms and a front lawn.

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | 1-hour 45-minute drive from London or 30-minute drive from Swindon Train Station

https://www.greyscourt.com/en/

 

DORMY HOUSE

This stunning property just went under a major renovation and fits the bill if you’re looking for a place to stay that’s “farmhouse chic”. They have a spa, gourmet food, and cute decor that fits the charm of the countryside.  

A gem of a place in the Cotswolds.  The cozy common areas of the inn make it feel like its your own home, with board games, a fire and the bar very near by our family really knows how to settle in here. The main draw – the gorgeous new spa and indoor pool keeps our kids wanting to go back here time and time again!

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | 2-hour drive from London or 12-minute drive from Moreton in Marsh train station.

www.dormyhouse.co.uk

 

COWORTH PARK

We’ve been going here for Mother’s & Father’s Days since our first year in London. It is absolutely beautiful and in the same neighborhood as one of the Queen’s most favorite places  – Ascot.  Amazing food, a beautiful tea time, stunning rooms, horseback riding for the kids and incredible 5 Star service make this spot a posh Londoners favorite weekend getaway at just 40 minutes from central London. .

https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/ascot/coworth-park/

 

BRUERN COTTAGES

For short or long term stays, this charming Cotswolds property blend country hospitality with luxury. With a feel of a home more than a hotel, it’s great for larger groups, family stays, or anyone looking for a home-away-from-home.

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | 2.5-hour drive from London or 7 minute drive from Kingham Train Station

www.bruern-holiday-cottages.co.uk

LIMEWOOD

The gorgeous manor situated in the New Forest, just south of London and just 20 minutes from the seashore, has a history dating back to the 13th century when it was used as a hunting lodge. It’s chic and incredibly tasteful makeover made the interiors just as impressive as the stylish Regency exteriors of this gorgeous 5 Star country house with a fabulous spa make it an idyllic spot for R&R.  On our last stay we booked a Forest Cottage and although a little dark for our normal preferences we loved the rustic and slightly more masculine feel of the cabin, a vibe quite opposite to traditional countryside hotels.

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | 2.5 hour drive from London or 12 minutes from Brockenhurst Train Station

https://www.limewoodhotel.co.uk/

 

CHEWTON GLEN

If you prefer old school elegance, you will love the main house and rooms here. However, the real main highlight of this stunning manor are its more modern Treehouse Suites perfect for a family with its adorable set up cozy twin beds for the children or book in one of the Treehouse’s with a more romantic vibe for a peaceful escape for lovebirds. The Treehouse’s are quite special as they are nestled in the forest with views of tree canopy reminding me a bit of Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.

Here at Chewton Glen you can do as the Brits do and sign up for some clay pigeon shooting (not my thing at all!), play croquet with the family on the sprawling grand lawn or book in a sail on the gorgeous sea waters just a 15 min walk away from the hotel.  And, if you just prefer to chill at the hotel and go for a swim in the indoor pool, enjoy the spa and have an incredible meal and unwind with a couple drinks, the bar men sure know how to make a mean cocktail.

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | 2.5 hour drive from London or 10 minutes from New Milton Train Station

https://www.chewtonglen.com/

CLIVEDEN HOUSE

If you want to do as the Queen has done, or sleep where Meghan Markle did the night before she became Prince Harry’s wife and the Duchess of Sussex then book yourself in her for the ultimate royal stay.  The most impressive on this list as far as history is concerned your stay here will make you feel like you are living in a different era and your stay in one of its suites will make you feel like a Lord or Lady.  Cliveden is a National Trust owned estate, most recently the forme residence of  and just as it extremely grand and old school, it is also unexpectedly cool, modern and relaxed with its more modernized parts like the spa with super cool outdoor jacuzzi and its barn pu

We stayed in the Spring Cottage a 3 bedroom house on the property overlooking the River Thames which was favorite haunt of Queen Victoria and where Lady Astor would weekly have Queen Elizabeth for tea.  The house still boasts its royal columns with stairs to where QEII would take a boat from Windsor Palace just 15 minutes away to visit with the Lady Astor in her more cozy home tucked down the road from the mansion house.

With gorgeous grounds for long walks and details set to make you feel royal this place can’t be beat.

DISTANCE FROM LONDON | 45 minute drive from London or 15 minutes from Burnham Train Station

https://www.clivedenhouse.co.uk/