The best hotels offering self-catering accommodation from April 12

While hotels in England will not be allowed to fully open until May 17 at the earliest according to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, following guidelines that single households can book self-catering accommodation from April 12, many hotels are pivoting to offer self-contained, self-catering options until they are able to fully reopen.

From cute cottages set in sprawling country estates — meaning guests have the grounds in relative or complete privacy — to shepherd’s huts and chic townhouse residences, here are eight of the best for a hotel with a touch. …

The apartments at 11 Cadogan Gardens, London

Luxury apartment suites in a Chelsea townhouse

(11 Cadogan Gardens)

These six luxury apartment suites in a Chelsea townhouse overlooking Cadogan Gardens are Iconic Luxury Hotels’ first independent residences, behind Cliveden and The Mayfair Townhouse. One-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments have fully-equipped Bosch kitchens, contemporary, cool interiors from Atellior — with botanical flourishes that pay homage to the Chelsea Flower Show — and Taschen books to flip through after shopping on King’s Road and Sloane Street.

Bathrooms are stocked with Noble Isle toiletries and fridges stocked with breakfast treats, including Bread Ahead Chelsea rolls, eggs, and juice. Sitting right in front of 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel, apartment guests have access to Cadogan’s lush, private gardens and priority reservation for al fresco dining at Hans’ Bar and Grill.

From £1,050 for a 3 night stay

The Pavilion at Gidleigh Park, Devon

Tudor mansion hotel Gidleigh Park is known for its 107-acre gardens, which include a woodland of bluebells, an area where the River Teign meanders under acers, manicured lawns and a kitchen plot filled with fragrant herbs, bordering the National Park of Dartmoor.

Until May 16, guests have the rare opportunity to explore them in complete privacy, staying at the Pavilion, a charming two-bedroom thatched cottage that sleeps four people and a dog. It features wood-panelled interiors, interconnecting bedrooms with Vispring beds and cozy throws, two bathrooms, and a welcoming open-plan living room with kitchen-diner. There is a tennis court, a croquet lawn and numerous hiking trails through the nearby moors. L’Occitane amenities and a daily breakfast of homemade granola, Gidleigh Park pastries, local sourdough and jam made in nearby Chagford are included.

From £1,692 for a two night stay based on two sharing, or £1,772 for a two night stay based on four sharing, with daily breakfast basket

Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites at Beachcroft, West Sussex

For bucket-and-shovel fun, the famous Beachcroft Hotel has four Beach Hut Suites, which overlook shingle Felpham Beach and the rolling ocean. Set along a seven-mile coastal path, hikers can walk west to Bognor Regis and east to pretty Littlehampton or head into the chalk hills of the South Downs. Inspired by traditional beach shacks, the dog-friendly accommodation features retro wall hangings, porthole windows, fish-print throw pillows, and wave-blue corner sofas.

A main loft bedroom sleeps two adults, there’s room for two children in a second bedroom with bunk beds, and each cabana has a small shower room and private terrace (the place to sip welcome bottle of rosé wine). A direct continental breakfast is included, and champagne picnic baskets, boxes of fish and chips, and in-room dining can be arranged.

From £275 a night, B&B and two bike hires, based on two sharing

The treehouses in Chewton Glen, Hampshire

New Forest Treehouses

(Chewton Glen)

For those who want a getaway full of adventure, Chewton ValleyAll 14 treehouses in the New Forest can now be booked for independent getaways. Sitting 35 feet high in the treetops, seating 2-12 people, expect spectacular canopy and valley views through floor-to-ceiling windows and back-to-nature luxury with heating marble floors, bathrooms and whirlpools. terraces in the trees.

Each has a kitchenette equipped with a coffee machine, dishwasher, fridge, sink, microwave and daily breakfast basket. Don’t feel like cooking? There’s alfresco dining at James Martin’s The Kitchen restaurant, or take-out wood-fired pizza from the Walled Garden. Chewton Glen’s 130 acres of parkland are ideal for picnicking, and a marked walk leads through dappled woods to Highcliffe Beach. The hotel’s spa and swimming pool are also open from April 12.

From £1,350 per night with breakfast basket

The Gainsborough Bath Spa townhouse, Bath

A large crashpad with a spa


After a big crashpad with R&R spa? This three bedroom Georgian property next door and managed by The Gainsborough Thermal Bath the hotel ticks all the boxes. A Grade II listed townhouse in Bath’s spa district that sleeps five, it’s a heady blend of Georgian opulence and 21st century flamboyance.

Decadent, free-spirited and colorful, the teal-hued master bedroom features a four-poster king-size bed, chandelier, silk wallpaper and copper tub, while others are decorated in lilac and pink and mix fringe curtains. with heavy wooden furniture and original fireplace details. The modern kitchen has a funky Smeg fridge-freezer, electric oven and hob, there’s a stone-floored dining area filled with plants, and in the living room, antiques rub against a Bang & Olufsen television, a Roberts radio and an Austen-heavy library. Best of all, guests have exclusive access to the nearby historic open-air Cross Bath for private baths in Bath’s thermal waters.

From £1,530 for a two-night stay, including a bottle of champagne, welcome basket and fresh flowers;

Lovers of the great outdoors will appreciate the laid-back atmosphere of this 17th-century mansion hotel in the Herefordshire countryside. Five Shepherd’s Cabins (aka The Lemore Lodges) and a one-bedroom Garden Room cottage have just opened on the 20-acre grounds. Intricate metal headboards, pom-pom woven baskets, wood-burning stoves, and butterfly-print blinds create a refined rustic feel. Each has its own outdoor hot tub and fire pit, and the cottage has its own enclosed garden.

A breakfast hamper is included, barbecue and pizza packages can be ordered, and the hotel can host outdoor picnics, as well as dining in their greenhouse or futuristic POD. Near the village of Eardisley in Hereforshire’s Golden Valley, invigorating walks along Hergest Ridge and the Cat’s Back on the edge of the Black Mountains are easily accessible.

Lemore Lodges from £149, with breakfast basket, The Garden Room from £199, with breakfast basket

Guests missing the serene rooms and holistic wellness center, Como Metropolitan London can check into Brick Street Residences – 10 smart residences in a Mayfair townhouse right next to the five-star property. Each has two bedrooms, an open Lauren Nicholas kitchen, living room and two bathrooms. Spaces have plenty of natural light and calming, unpretentious interiors with a white-on-white backdrop covered in slate-hued sofas, deep blue rugs over wooden floors, and subtle contemporary art.

The residences are centered around a courtyard that has secret garden vibes and a striking pergola by landscape artist Peter Curzon. Como’s well-connected concierge is just a phone call away to share local tips, arrange in-room spa treatments — the Como Shambhala unwinding massage is legendary — and in-room dining from the focused menu. on the well-being of the hotel.

From £1,041 per night

Baker’s Cottage is a two bed dog friendly cottage

(Baker’s House)

Famous Cotswold country house The Manor House is opening Ludlow Cottage in quintessentially English Castle Combe from April 12. The two-storey Mews Cottage has a high-ceilinged master bedroom with impressive original beams, and has space for two children on a sofa bed/additional bed in the large oak-panelled living room, which features an open fireplace and stained glass window.

A small kitchen and spacious downstairs bathroom — complete with whirlpool tub and shower — make it feel like a home away from home, and there’s a small back garden, too. Next door is the brand new Baker’s Cottage, a dog-friendly two-bed cottage with natural-hued decor, a double and twin bedroom and a sofa bed, sleeping four adults and one child (plus a baby) and has a bathroom with an elegant freestanding bathtub.

Ludlow Cottage is from £1,000 and Baker’s Cottage from £1,200, for a three night stay

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