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Inspiring Travel Company | 8 Aug, 2019

A luxury holiday, the very best accommodation and world-class service… all without leaving the country? We’re delighted to introduce our brand-new collection of luxury hotels and resorts across the UK and Ireland. Whether it’s a romantic getaway for two or a family holiday packed with adventure, you’re sure to find the perfect home (slightly) away from home in our new portfolio.

Dormy House, Farncombe Estate

Situated within the 400-acre Farncombe Estate in heart of the Cotswolds, this rural farmhouse offers a cosy countryside retreat that’s perfect for families looking for adventure, couples seeking romance or groups after a gastronomic getaway.

Each of the individually decorated rooms, suites and cottages provides a stylish and comfortable retreat that’s so inviting, you’ll find it difficult to leave. We particularly recommend Rose Cottage – a traditional single-storey cottage situated away from the main farmhouse. In addition to an added sense of privacy and two charmingly decorated bedrooms, you can look forward to having your own private hot tub – perfect for celebrations. What’s more – because Dormy House know that our four-legged friends are part of the family too, you’re welcome to bring your dog along on your countryside escape.

With plenty of activities available in the local area and on the estate, you’ll never be short of things to get up to. Venture out into the rolling hills of the Cotswolds with a ‘Dormy Hamper’ picnic in hand or stay in and sample the sumptuous offerings of the award-winning House Spa. Then, what better way to cap off a day of adventure than basking beside the log-fire with your dog and a good book? Bliss.

Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland

Often described as a playground for countryside pursuits, this grand estate in the Scottish Highlands offers a wealth of activities and facilities for visitors of all ages. Boasting three championship-level golf courses, including the PGA Centenary Course (home of the 2014 Ryder Cup), it’s no surprise that Gleneagles is a top pick for keen golfers.

However, there’s plenty more on offer for non-golfers, too. With everything from shooting to falconry, cross-country horse riding to fishing on offer, never a dull day is spent at this expansive resort. Even younger guests are well catered for because many of the countryside pursuits have been designed for children to enjoy as well.

The non-stop action doesn’t stop inside, either. Within the main house, you’ll find a health club and Scotland’s top destination spa which offers a wide range of wellness treatments as well as Bob & Cloche, an exclusive hair and beauty salon located in the former gate lodge.

Here, you’ll also find a wide selection of dining venues offering everything from casual bites to find silver service cuisine. Home to some of the best restaurants in the country, you’ll even find the only two-Michelin star restaurant in Scotland, the Andrew Fairlie Restaurant.

Though there are over 232 luxury bedrooms and suites on offer, the artful combination of period and contemporary design features lend a boutique, exclusive atmosphere to the resort. For a spectacular escape, we particularly recommend the Blue Tower Suite – a stunning two-bedroom suite set across two floors within the hotel’s tower.

Belmond British Pullman

Hop aboard Britain’s answer to the Orient Express for unique day-trip adventures on the Great British Railway. Comprised of eleven 1920s Pullman coaches that have been individually restored and styled to reflect their history, hauled by a steam locomotive, there’s no finer way to experience the romance of the railways and the beauty of our very own countryside.

Departing from London Victoria as well as a small handful of locations dotted around the UK, throughout the year there are a vast range of different day trips on offer, varying from special themed experiences, to memorable journeys and short breaks.

One of the most popular experiences on offer is the ‘Chefs on the Rails’ journey where your trip across the countryside is accompanied by a meal prepared by celebrity chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux Junior and James Martin.

Other trips include a murder mystery lunch where you’ll be tasked to decipher the culprit from a set of cryptic clues while you feast on a five-course lunch prepared on board.

Alternatively, perhaps you’ll simply choose to travel in style for a luxury short break or event at some of the UK’s most famous historic cities and towns such as Leeds, Bath, Folkestone and Canterbury.

Or to get yourself into the festive spirit, why not join the Belmond British Pullman for one of their Christmas journeys? Voyage the country as you feast on a Christmas dinner, travel in style to some of the UK’s best Christmas markets or take a seat for a magical journey to Raymond Blanc’s two-Michelin star restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Adare Manor

For an activity-laden break, look no further than Adare Manor: a neo-gothic 17th century manor house nestled amongst 840 acres of Irish countryside that is heralded as Ireland’s best boutique Golf and Spa resort.

Here you’ll find spades of countryside pursuits including archery, falconry, fishing and clay pigeon shooting as well as miles of trails to be explored by foot, bicycle or horseback.

Within the grounds you’ll also find an award-winning 18-hole golf course, designed by Tom Fazio, that’s set to host the 2026 Ryder Cup.

Meanwhile, inside you’ll find a blissfully decadent spa that is one of the few in the world to offer treatments using La Mer products, as well as a cinema, a shopping mall and a wine cellar which boasts a collection of over 160 rare bottles of whiskey.

Perhaps one of the most unforgettable features of this incredible destination is the dining. From intimate fine-dining in The Oak Room, a grand gothic-style dining room serving innovative cuisine created using local Irish produce, to The Tack Room, an atmospheric bar situated in the cellar that offers an incredible range of vintage spirits and wines including cocktails created using ingredients grown in the Manor’s own garden, there are memorable and distinctive dining venues throughout the resort, just waiting to be sampled.

Chewton Glen

For all the seclusion of a countryside escape without the long journey time, head to this grand country house set in the heart of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, just 90 minutes from London.

With 130 acres of countryside to explore and situated just a short walk away from the seaside, there are endless opportunities for outdoor fun and exploration.

A top pick for families, while the adults catch a round at the golf course or spend a luxurious day at the spa, the little ones can explore the surrounding area with the complimentary weekend children’s club which hosts excursions to nearby family-friendly adventure parks such as Monkey World and Paulton’s Park as well as a selection of activities on site.

For many, one of the biggest attractions of Chewton Glen is the cookery school where you can attend classes taught by some of the UK’s best chefs including James Martin, Steve Bulmer and Darren Venables, and have the opportunity to learn to prepare fine food using ingredients grown in the onsite garden.

Feeling inspired? Contact our ITC Travel Specialists to tailor-make a luxury UK hotel escape.

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