Anyone who lives in London gets that feeling every now and again – that need to get out of the city. A few weeks of skyscrapers and running for the tube will get most people craving some green space! But, who wants to spend a day just getting to your destination? Time off is precious, so finding a suitably rural and idyllic escape in a holiday cottage 3 hours drive from London is a must. Here’s a handful of luxurious retreats within an easy drive or train journey from London, to have you breathing that country air in no time.
Chelsworth Barn, Suffolk
Would you believe this secluded barn in the middle of the Suffolk countryside is just a few hours’ drive from London? Chelsworth Barn is large, modern and wonderfully tranquil, sleeping up to 11 guests for the ultimate group getaway. We love the huge windows and contemporary features, alongside the cathedral-like additions that give the home a classic country and traditional feel.
Chelsworth Barn is located in Chelsworth, often dubbed the prettiest village in Suffolk. Lucky you! You’re also a short drive away from Lavenham, also famed for its beauty. There are trendy and quirky additions throughout the barn, including a state-of-the-art kitchen, underfloor heating, partial glass ceilings and a fab al-fresco dining area.
Prices from: £38pppn | $53pppn
The Breakers, Kent
A charming beach house on the Kent coast that boasts views all the way to France on a clear and sunny day, The Breakers is the ideal seaside getaway. Brightly decorated to create and homely and relaxing vibe, the home looks out onto a quiet and pebbly beach that little ones will love. Just five minutes away from local gastropubs and within easy reach of Sandgate Village and Folkestone Harbour – ideal for exciting family day trips.
Unwind in the Jacuzzi bathtub or cosy up around the toasty wood burner in one of the living spaces. The home is southeastern facing, meaning tons of natural sunlight, and the living room balcony is a real show stopper too. We love the space The Breakers provides – surrounded by peace and quiet, this is the perfect escape from busy London life. Easily one of the best places to visit in Kent.
Price from: £86pppn | $119pppn
The Kentish Chapel, Kent
The Kentish Chapel in the pretty village of Horsmoden in the glorious Weald of Kent boasts a stunning conversion of an Anglican chapel-of-ease, originally built in 1869. Your group of six will love to hang out and enjoy meals together in the striking kitchen and dining area built into the knave.
The architects and interior designers have retained the chapel’s original features including the painted decoration of the chancel roof, its polychrome brickwork and original arched stained glass windows. You will be mesmerised by the living area’s double height, vaulted ceiling and bespoke, glass-panelled staircase. You won’t find a home like this in London!
Read our Kent Travel Guide for inspiration on what to do in the area, too.
Price from: £43pppn | $53pppn
Dove Farmhouse, Cotswolds
This gorgeous Grade II listed farmhouse is set within ten private acres and is a picturesque example of traditional Cotswold stone architecture. Cosy and spacious, Dove Farmhouse has been lovingly updated to include all the latest mod-cons, while still maintaining the original 17th-century charm and character.
The home is a great base from which to explore the Cotswolds area; see the horse races at Cheltenham, uncover history in Bath, or do some shopping in Gloucester or Cirencester, which is just a 15-minute drive away. There’s loads of outdoor space to make use of during the summer months, including a gorgeous terrace that makes a great summer BBQ spot.
Price from: £67pppn | $49pppn
The next time you’re feeling that Big Smoke burn-out, these fantastic holiday homes are exactly the place you need to recharge your batteries, but don’t forget to check out our other options located just under 3 hours drive from London. Our concierge team will also be happy to help point you in the right direction for minimal travel time. Sometimes, the most relaxing breaks are those that are easy to get to.