With the new 'rule of six' and stricter social distancing restrictions now in place, it's a struggle to try and make 2020 work. But the humble staycation should not be dismissed. If you haven't explored the UK yet or are looking for somewhere new to visit, we have a few spots to add to your list.
As summer sadly leaves us, the positive of autumn is that it is the perfect time of year of a good old English countryside getaway, full of leaf-peeping inspired travel. Take some time out and explore parts of the UK you've not visited before and enjoy a staycation packed full of walking, cycling and other outdoor activities.
This refurbished luxury 16th-century country inn is exactly where Iris from The Holiday would have stayed, had she been checking into a hotel, rather than doing a home swap. Complete with pub and restaurant, The Merry Harriers offers the perfect stay for those wanting to escape the city and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Surrey Hills. The Shepherds Huts are new, glamping-esque buildings, dotted around a pond across the road from the inn. Secluded and cosy, with alog burner, sheepskin rugs and a fire pit - though the inn does have 15 boutique-style accommodations overall. Don't miss the opportunity to go on a llama trek, where your furry friends will carry your picnic hampers and guide you along the stunning local trails of The Greensand Way.
Open all year
Shepherds Huts from £195 B&B per night, Llama Treks from £55.20 per Adult
If you can't have the south of France, the south of England is next best, right? The Eastbury is situated in Sherborne, Dorset, meaning there's lots of activities to do during your stay. The town is renowned for its beauty, surrounded by National Trust and English heritage sites and walking highlights include visiting Sherborne Castle and the old castle ruins. If you're visiting on theweekend of 24th-25th October, you'll be there for the Autumn Colours Weekend, so we hope you enjoy leaf-peeping. The Eastbury is a newly-refurbished country house hotel with a new bijou spa, gorgeous gardens and its restaurant, Seasons, holds 2 AA Rosettes. If you're really look for some privacy, Eastbury Cottage just opened this year, offering three bedrooms, ensuite facilities and is just nextdoor to the main hotel.
Open all year
Double rooms from £185 B&B per night
Explore the UK coast and staycation at the Cary Arms & Spa in South Devon. You'll kid yourself you are abroad with the gorgeous coastal location, boutique spa, delicious local food - all from this award-winning "Inn on the Beach". Spend your days walking along the beach - stopping for ice cream and cake, of course - enjoying routes such as the Babbacombe Bay walk - which offers a host of stories. Learn about Oscar Wilde's infamous liaison in Babbacombe; the story of John Babbacombe Lee ("the man they couldn't hang") and other stories that your local guide will be only too happy to share with you. Don't forget to pick up some fish and chips for lunch or make use of your outdoor dining terrace and barbecue, if you opt to stay in a cottage. Otherwise, there's six beach huts and two beach suites at the Cary Arms. If walks aren't your think, enjoy paddle boarding, sea kayaking and sailing and make an appointment at the spa (featuring a waterfall hydrotherapy pool) for some R&R afterwards.
Deluxe rooms start from £269 per room per night B&B
Less than two hours from London is this coastal getaway in West Sussex. Perfect for families, friends and couples, the Beach Hut Suites all boast private entrances for contact-free travel. Overlooking Falphampebble Beach, these huts can acommodate up to two adults and two children, making it the perfect staycation getaway with the new rules in place now. Although separate to the hotel, breakfast hampers are delivered to your door and picnics can be pre-ordered for some local exploring. Rates also include two bicycles per beach hut and in addition to coastal walks, West Wittering is on your doorstep, offering paddle boarding, windsurfing and much more.