Wyndham Duchally Country Estate 
Surrounded by a dramatic landscape and rolling green hills, Wyndham Duchally Country Estate is located in an 1838 estate amongst 27 acres in beautiful Perthshire near to Gleneagles. It is the ideal destination for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relish some much-needed downtime. The boutique hotel and its 55 two and three-bedroom lodges is close to the famous Ochil Hills and offer beautiful mountain bike tours, making it an ideal base for a holiday in Scotland. Recognised by VisitScotland for the quality of its exquisite cuisine, the resort’s Monteaths Restaurant specialises in local produce and features a whisky bar and its own craft gin distillery. For those seeking tranquility, the hotel also boasts a wellness centre with a heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and a kids swimming pool.

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Nightly Rates at Wyndham Duchally Country Estate start from £150 for a two-bedroom self-catered lodge.

Wyndham Trenython Manor, Cornwall

With a warmer climate than the rest of the UK and access to some of the country’s best beaches, Cornwall’s Wyndham Trenython Manor is an ideal English countryside staycation location. On arrival, smaller travellers can enjoy the play area and take a splash in the heated pool while adults can unwind in the luxury spa, hot tub, sauna, and steam room. The two on-site restaurants offer light choices such as grilled lemon sole or rich slow braised pork belly. The restaurant strives to use locally produced ingredients and alongside the extensive wine list, there are plenty of options for the entire family. The perfect spot for exploring, the manor overlooks St. Austell Bay and is located close to Fowey on the South Coast of Cornwall, not far from attractions like the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Whether choosing a hotel room or one of the self-contained lodges, families can be sure of the excellent facilities and service. Rates at Wyndham Trenython Manor start from £80 per room. Please find images in the link here. The world’s first fully net zero hometel, room2 Chiswick
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Hometel brand, room2 opened the world’s first fully net zero hometel in Chiswick, West London on 1st December 2021. The characterful green retreat will offer a relaxed combination of home and hotel whilst encouraging guests to embrace a sustainable lifestyle. The pioneering new opening sets a new global industry standard for environmental responsibility in the fight against climate change and proves sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing style, convenience, or comfort. room2 Chiswick is forecast to use 89% less energy per m2 compared to typical UK hotels, and it is the first hotel in the world to fully account for its entire carbon footprint, making it ‘whole life net zero’. Being whole life net zero, means both embodied and operational carbon have, and will be, rebalanced throughout the entire hometel’s lifecycle. All emissions associated with the hotel’s production and construction, materials used, operations, maintenance, refurbishment, and including the eventual clearance of the building will equal zero. Rooms at room2 Chiswick start from £129 per night for 2 people staying in a snug room. For more information, please visit www.room2.com/chiswick/

Private Thermal Bathing: The Gainsborough Bath Spa Presents The Townhouse Experience

Winter Staycations

YTL Hotels’ The Gainsborough Bath Spa is proud to offer guests the chance to stay at The Townhouse, an elegant Georgian property that combines the space of a private home with the luxury services of the five-star hotel and its world-class team. The Townhouse experience also offers guests unrivalled exclusive access to The Cross Bath, an intimate, open-air bath where guests can bathe in the city’s famed natural thermal waters in complete privacy. Families and friends looking to staycation as the UK comes out of lockdown need look no further for a characterful destination to relax and reunite with loved ones in the centre of historic Bath.  Standing separately to the hotel’s Spa Village, The Cross Bath is an official sacred site where Celts once revered their Goddess Sulis, in whose honour the Romans named the spa town, Aquae Sulis. Today, it offers an exclusive oval oasis where guests can enjoy natural thermal waters cascading from the spring and a specially commissioned poolside fountain in complete privacy. 

Website: www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk 

Rates: Nightly rates at The Townhouse at The Gainsborough Bath Spa are subject to length of stay and start from £765 per weeknight and £995 per weekend night, with a minimum two-night stay required over summer weekends.

Floating Barge Takeover: Monkey Island Estate presents the Floating Spa for the ultimate spa experience

Situated on a picturesque private island on the River Thames in the historic village of Bray, Monkey Island Estate is the ultimate destination for those in need of a peaceful countryside escape. Moored on the banks of the River Thames, guests and locals alike looking for relaxation and pampering are welcomed onboard The Floating Spa. Guests can look forward to indulgent treatments, from the signature Monks Elixir –Booze, Botany, and Beauty, a full body massage with house-cured herbal oil and essential oils to relieve stiffness and improve mobility, to the Garden Herbs and Magic Peat, which reflects the lush and fertile grounds of Monkey Island, exfoliating the skin to create a wake-up call for the entire body and face. This rejuvenating treatment culminates in an organic anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and cell-regenerating Irish Peat mask. The Floating Spa is partnered with British spa brand Moss of the Isles to create these bespoke treatments that tap into nature’s most potent and nourishing elements to create powerhouse formulas that transform, heal, and rejuvenate skin.  

Away from the spa guests can enjoy sunset cruises down the Thames, evenings star-gazing by a cozy fire at the island’s very own Shepherd’s Hideaway, strolls through the estate’s grounds and herb gardens and exploring on hikes or bike rides.

To book, contact YTL UK Reservations Centre at reservations@ytlhotels.co.uk or call +44 (0) 207 657 8200. www.monkeyislandestate.co.uk  

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Intriguing History: Walk in famous footsteps at Monkey Island Estate, The Residences: 

Situated on a picturesque private island on the River Thames in the historic village of Bray, Monkey Island Estate is the ultimate destination for those in need of a peaceful countryside escape this winter. Set across seven acres, guests can look forward to making the most of the outdoors on sunny winter days. From cruises down the Thames, evenings star-gazing by the fire at the island’s very own Shepherd’s Hideaway wanders through the estate’s grounds and herb gardens, scenic picnics, hikes or bike rides, and of course unwinding with invigorating treatments on the bespoke Floating Spa Barge.

In addition to the island hotel, guests have the choice of charming period accommodation in six beautiful Private Residences at Monkey Island Estate. Blending the classic style and the warmth of a period home with contemporary and luxury comfort, each cosy residence has its own intriguing history having played host to the likes of composer Edward Elgar, Formula One racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss, and Sylvia Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds. From the riverside four-bedroom Long White Cloud, with a private pool, garden, and jetty to the bijou Bray House, each residence offers something unique and all stays can be tailored, with additional services from private chefs to set up summer barbeques to children’s treasure hunts, no ask is too great.

Nightly rates for the private residences are from the following prices and are subject to length of stay and a minimum three-night stay is required at all residences over summer weekends: Sundial Cottage from £1,250; Brook House from £1,500; Long White Cloud from £1,400; Bray House from £1,250; Dormer Cottage from £400 and Lavender House from £1,000. Monkey Island Estate Residences are available to book now, but the hotel’s re-opening date is to be confirmed.

City Break at The Glasshouse, Edinburgh

In the heart of Edinburgh, YTL Hotels’ The Glasshouse, is a five-star city sanctuary, famous for its award-winning whisky snug. Here, guests can find a selection of more than 150 Scotch whiskies, including YTL’s very own Adelphi Glenborrodale Batch Six, evocative of a quintessential Scottish breakfast with buttered oatcakes and heather honey.  Guests can choose from a collection of 17 luxurious suites, all named after a local whisky distillery or region including Macallan, Dalwhinnie, and Glenfiddich.

This snug also offers a unique setting to unwind in style and enjoy a delicious homemade Scottish afternoon tea in Edinburgh city centre. Boasting more outdoor space than any hotel in Edinburgh, guests can choose from the cosy whisky snug or the two-acre rooftop garden to enjoy a well-deserved break, the latter offering captivating views of Calton Hill. Nightly rates at The Glasshouse start from £200 per night. To book, contact YTL UK Reservations Centre at reservations@ytlhotels.co.uk or call +44 (0) 207 657 8200

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