Benedict’s Pick – 6 UK Destinations That Need To Be On Your List In 2019The Journal
31st January 2019
Here is Benedict’s pick of the top most desirable and stylish UK destinations for you to visit in 2019. From Central London to the Shires, each place encapsulates pure elegance and true timeless style. Wine and dine like a king and you will not only satisfy your most desired cravings but you will feel like you are ready to take on the world (especially after that well earned spa). So, let’s begin sir.
Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to mix a town vibe with a country one? Soho Farmhouse is the definition of just that. A member’s club that is trailblazing on the stylish social scene. Privacy of their customers is at the top of their list, whilst achieving a casual mood.
There are cabins to suit everyone, each individually designed and full of character. For a desire to feel the quaintness of the countryside, there are a selection of cabins that back onto beautiful gardens and a Boat House where you can take to an infinity pool.
If your agenda is to enjoy and experience a variable menu, then why not start your first night’s stay with a Japanese banquet. Open the door on Pen Yen; festooned with floor to ceiling greenery and style to match your dining. Your next day of relaxation arrives and you feel in the mood for satisfying your sweet tooth. The Main Barn awaits, a room overflowing with timeless British design, a luscious menu filled with decadent treats and a space where you can feel your privacy is sincerely valued.
Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh
Open the fairy tale books and what do you find? A castle, and not just any castle. Dalhousie Castle holds seven hundred years of history, and with its classic turrets and towers dominating the Scottish landscape, it’s time for your ancient wanderlust to commence. Many icons and figure heads over time have filled castle’s guest list including Oliver Cromwell and Queen Victoria. Will you be joining them?
You’re longing after a royal experience and such an environment where you can feel like a true king. The castle bestows four-star regal rooms and suites for those wanting to push the boat out for a lavish weekend.
The evening arrives and your mind is cast with options to dine in or explore the local area for what’s on offer. Glide down the towering staircases and find yourself in The Orangery restaurant, for some relaxed bistro dining. You also hear The Dungeon restaurant is the dining experience everyone in the know is talking about. With the ancient decor and barrel vaults, why not feel like you’re stepping into a Harry Potter film!
The streets of Mayfair are often ones renowned for boasting elegant rows of Georgian townhouses, 5-star hotels and gourmet restaurants. One luxury hotel that piers above them all is the infamous Claridge’s, dating back to the 1850’s.
You enjoy the finer things in life, so what better way to indulge than to book a night or two here a mist an art deco inspired building and its glamorous interiors.
Claridge’s blend innovation with tradition and will cater for your every need. You will be looked after with impeccable service; dining in their wine bar or spending an afternoon in one of their cooking master classes. You will come away not only feeling relaxed and pampered but with more creative strings added to your bow.
No 15 Great Pulteney, Bath
The stunning city of Bath, is one of the most desirable locations in the UK and many of us make efforts to visit each year. It’s renowned for its stately touches and honey-coloured stone which has been heavily used within its beautiful architecture. No 15 Great Pulteney needs to be on your short list of places to stay during your visit.
An elegant and vivacious luxury hotel that is set on the grandest street in Bath. This outstanding townhouse style building, guarded by traditional black railings, sets the mood of fashionable taste.
Choose from one of forty thoughtfully designed rooms, from imposing suites to cosy loft rooms, some with street views, some more tucked away, there’s definitely something for everyone. You have an indulgent craving come supper time, and lucky for you there’s a fine selection of artisan food just a walk away. Experience their social dining experience at Cafe 15 where you can share dishes from around the world. Now you are re-fuelled yet not quite ready to call it a night, it’s time for a night cap or a carefully crafted cocktail from the deluxe Bar 15.
Salcombe Harbour, Devon
You don’t need to wait until summer to enjoy an amazing holiday in Devon. The English Riviera is just as beautiful over the colder months as it is any other time of year with sandy beaches, coastal walks, medieval towns and moorland national parks awaiting. The award winning Salcombe Harbour hotel with its premier address overlooking the harbour is an appealing choice for the modern traveller.
Soak up the glorious views by booking into one of the Estuary view rooms with a balcony. The sound of the seagulls is a fine morning accompaniment for getting you into the seaside mood. For those wanting a more private and tranquil experience, opt for one of their inland rooms which cater for a more secluded experience.
You can expect a fresh catch and a whole host of exceptional food by the hotels award winning chef Alex Aitken, which can be experienced at their Jetty Restaurant. You can also take in some al fresco dining in the midday sun on the terrace, choosing from an array of seasonal dishes whilst perusing their extensive cocktail list. As the afternoon passes and having much enjoyed a day in the sun your mind is cast to the retreat spa at the hotel. Is there a better way to end a day of unwinding?
St Moritz, Cornwall
Cornwall’s stunning sandy beaches and vast blissful acres of wild moorland are reasons many of us flock to the western rugged peninsula each year. Presenting aspects of a transatlantic resort, St Moritz, on its captivating coastline is one that should be definitely on your hit list this year.
The art deco inspired building has been gracing visitors with its charm since the 1930’s. Now, it’s clear the hotel has taken on a whole new persona, feeling a lot more like Soho House, fused with a Miami vibe. Down at the pool, with a fizzing beverage in hand, you join the many guests taking in the highly talked about spa treatments on offer at the Cowshed Spa.
The hotel has a selection of comfortable rooms with a clean and fresh feel; For a weekend with that special someone, a suite with exceptional sea views is our recommendation. Luxury apartments are available too if you are wanting to invite friends along or for larger groups.
At the heart of North Cornwall, St Moritz hosts an abundance of culinary hot spots, ideal for tasting local delicacies, and seasonal Cornish produce all cooked to perfection. Of course, no visit is complete without indulging in a cream tea notorious of its Cornish heritage. Your only question, cream or jam first?