Along with the happy news that summer holidays would be back on the cards this year, also came the anxiety-inducing knowledge that now was the time to fight with the rest of the UK to secure a reservation at a large hotel. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Sure, hotels, with their doormen, room service, and concierges, are great, but you can find the same level of luxury with a vacation home if you know where to look. It’s here that Plum Guide intervenes. Its experts carefully review each property on its books so you can safely make your choice knowing that a great stay is guaranteed. Plus, with your own private base from which to explore, you’re likely to see and experience far more than you would if you found yourself wowed by a hotel bar every night.
With properties around the world, Plum Guide is also well equipped to offer suggestions of places the ever-growing Green List allows us to travel. And, if last year’s luxury stay convinced you to see a little more of your own backyard, its collection of homes across London and the UK is sure to satisfy even the most discerning travel companion. . Here are our favorites …
The High Life hangar, Leicester Square
Occupying the top floor of a handsome apartment building overlooking Leiciester Square, this stunning central London vacation home couldn’t be a better base to experience the best of the capital. Aside from the location, the biggest attraction here is without a doubt the superb architect of the apartment, which is dominated by a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of one of London’s most famous landmarks. There’s also a rooftop terrace to soak up the urban feel while an elegant eye has been used to decorate the home with mid-century modern furniture, Mondrian-influenced rugs, and minimalist touches. and contemporary.
From £ 150, two night minimum stay
The Talisman, Fulham
This large, impressive design in leafy Fulham is made even more striking by the owner’s eclectic art collection. Tasteful Star wars keepsakes (you won’t miss the Carrie Fisher portrait in the living room) to a lovely flock of fluffy sheep sculptures, the space is adorned with whimsical artwork and modernist furnishings that add character to the otherwise minimalist design . High ceilings and large windows create a light and airy atmosphere in this open-plan property, which sleeps six people in three bedrooms. Pull straws for the master suite, which has a beautiful marble and gold bathroom.
From £ 11,440, minimum stay of 14 nights
Follow the sun, Marylebone
Award-winning architecture firm Morrow & Lorraine is behind the design of this Grade II listed home in Marylebone, which has been elegantly decorated to create a modern and stylish space. Sleeping six across three bedrooms, the property is dotted with mid-century furnishings in a neutral color palette, with the only pops of color coming from the houseplant collection and the eerie landscape photography on the walls. . The effect is a cool, calming space to retreat to after a day exploring the capital – the property is located a short walk from Oxford Circus, Soho and Mayfair.
From £ 1,115 minimum stay 28 nights
From The Ivy to Annabel’s to Sexy Fish, Martin Brudnizki is the name behind some of London’s most striking establishments – so you can expect this apartment in Knightsbridge, which he also designed, to be quite spectacular. Interiors here are a bit more understated than her usual styling (any mental image of Annabel’s lavish pink bathroom should be quickly forgotten), but they’re no less chic, with opulent fabrics, modern furnishings, and modern furnishings. clean lines. The property itself is large and spacious, with space for nine people spread across five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two living rooms. The highlight is the roof terrace; Beautifully decorated with foliage and hydrangeas, it feels secluded from the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge.
From £ 2,999, five night minimum stay
Wetland Bird, Woodbridge
Fancy a family vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Few properties offer quite the peace and quiet of Wetland Bird. Housed in a newly built barn in the countryside between Sudbourne and Iken, its hilltop position means the two bedroom property has incredible views across farmland down to the Alde and Ore rivers. Enjoy a barbecue on the patio while keeping your eyes open for the wetland birds and deer in the area or curl up comfortably around the wood-burning stove in the high-ceilinged living area, which features a contemporary design created to maximize natural light and magnificent views.
From £ 141 two night minimum stay
A barn to remember, Essex
Accommodating up to 12 people, this magnificent luxury barn is the perfect home to reunite loved ones for that long-awaited reunion. Newly built but traditional in style, the interior offers an easy blend of modern amenities and touches of historic design, with wooden beams, exposed brick walls, and period furniture setting the tone for a country vacation. typically British. Large common areas, a pretty courtyard, and landscaped lawns provide plenty of space to socialize whether the weather is ballooning or not, while many lavish suites come with freestanding soaking tubs to unwind after a busy day in. family.
From £ 973 two night minimum stay
Hatter’s House, North Yorkshire
Have you always dreamed of staring in your own Agatha Christie novel? Dating back to 1620, this Jacobean mansion just outside York is bursting with original period charm worthy of any classic detective story. Seating up to 16 people, gather your friends in the richly paneled living room, music room or dining room, or linger over brunch in the open plan country kitchen. Bedrooms are outfitted with unusual design touches, think rope hammocks next to canopy beds, while the estate is also home to a stable block (which can also be used as an indoor basketball court) and plenty of gorgeous courts to to explore.
From £ 114, two night minimum stay
Under the pergola, Suffolk
Live out your lord of the manor dreams at this expansive house nestled in the Suffolk countryside. Interiors are light and airy, with a large kitchen and open-plan living room forming the heart of the house, while five elegantly decorated bedrooms can accommodate up to 10. There is also a large dining room in which to host those parties and celebrations postponed while the the property houses numerous balconies, terraces, and alfresco seating, perfect for maximizing the warm weather. There is much to explore in the area, but a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens is likely to prove to be an equally entertaining occupation.
From £ 744 three night minimum stay
Caras Lindas, Porto
Cedofeita is often considered the trendiest district of Porto in Portugal, not least because it is home to a thriving art district, with a collection of excellent galleries, venues and independent shops. When you are not browsing the work of emerging artists or enjoying an alfresco drink at one of the eclectic cafes and bars, retreat to this charming studio which, although a short walk from the neighborhood, offers a quiet respite from city life. The space is modern and clean, with contemporary furnishings and smart accessories in the kitchen area and adjoining bathroom. The most notable feature is the large rear garden, a sun trap with a terrace and a green lawn.
From £ 47.48 two night minimum stay
Swing dance, Faro
Offering the best of both worlds, this charming Algarve villa is set within a larger complex, giving you the privacy of self-catering accommodation as well as access to a range of amenities and restaurants. You can easily spend your entire vacation in the four bedroom home, bask in the warmth by the villa’s private pool, or fire up the barbecue on the patio, but those looking for adventure don’t need to go. well away to find it – the resort is home to tennis courts, a children’s playground, spa, and a championship golf course designed by golfer Jack Nicklaus.
From £ 172.64 two night minimum stay
The Talking Heads, Lisbon
Located in the bohemian district of Bairro Alto, this wonderful apartment is the perfect starting point to explore the best of Lisbon. Visit the many museums in the area by day and stroll the avenues at night – the nightlife here takes place in the open air with many parties bursting with high spirits in the streets. Owned and designed by a family of artists, this home is an esthete’s paradise, with a seemingly minimalist design belied by carefully chosen artwork and thoughtful design details guaranteed to inspire you when you return home.
For £ 77.69, two night minimum stay
Cine Bicicleta, Lisbon
If you’re looking to really maximize your sightseeing time in Lisbon, few properties enjoy such a superb location as Cine Bicicleta. Located in the heart of the Alfama district, not only is the apartment at the foot of São Jorge Castle, but it is also just minutes from most of the city’s main attractions. When you find yourself at home, you’ll enjoy bright and bright scandic-chic style common areas flooded with natural light through the house’s huge windows, as well as heavenly hotel-style beds to sink into after a long standing day.
From £ 75.97 per night