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 near 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.
We’ve picked a few of our favourites below, not only because they’re an awesome place to indulge in a bit of luxury but also for the amenities and activities nearby that can turn your well-earned break into something truly special. 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 three hours drive from London.
Peanswood Country Manor, Sussex
This beautiful manor house is in the heart of East Sussex, on the outskirts of the medieval village of Robertsbridge. From London you can hop on a direct train, straight to the village in an hour and 20 minutes. From the station, it’s just a 15-minute stroll through the village, up the sweeping private driveway to your 15 acre estate.
The sumptuous interior has been taken care of to the finest detail and in luxurious fashion. Eight bedrooms comfortably sleep up to 16 guests in total comfort. Guests can enjoy an enormous wet room shower, vast dining room with open fire, the piano and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Outside, there’s a gorgeous terrace for dining outdoors, a pool with poolside bar and a hot tub, huge play area and trampoline for the kids, stables and a gym.
Driving time from London: 2 hours 15 minutes
Price from: £53pppn
Waterside House, Sussex
This magnificent country home sleeps 16, so it’s perfect if you and a few friends are all feeling the need for some quality time at the same time!
Waterside House is only 28 miles from the centre of London, not too far from Royal Tunbridge Wells. Still, if you visit you won’t have to move far from the house itself and you’ve still got a great choice of stuff to do. You could open a bottle of something fizzy and French and sink into the outdoor Jacuzzi (which is a pleasure even if it’s a bit nippy out), enjoy the beautiful décor while curled up with a good book or take full advantage of Waterside House’s location – and there’s a clue in the name there. Found next to the serene Bewl Water, you can go kayaking, sailing, fishing and a whole lot more besides.
Driving time from London: 2 hours
Price from: £57pppn
Manor Farmhouse, Kent
If you’re looking for the ultimate in rural relaxation, Manor Farmhouse’s picture-postcard looks aren’t the only thing to tempt you into staying here. Beyond that rustic thatched roof and beamed architecture lies one seriously swish place to stay. The interior of this large holiday home is vibrant and inviting without losing its chic edge and there’s plenty of space to lounge around both indoors and out.
There’s even an outdoor heated swimming pool you can use through the summer months and booking the farmhouse gets you access to the nearby barn too. Put any thoughts of haylofts and rusty pitchforks from your mind, as this is a fantastic place to chill with a huge dining room, billiard room with pool table, library, sauna and even a cinema room for 18 people. It’s a cosy little wonderland where you can really shut yourself off from the outside world – and it’s only an hour away from London.
Driving time from London: 2 hours
Price from: £30pppn
Waterbridge Country House, Cotswolds
Down a private driveway, on the estate of the exclusive Banbury golf course, is Waterbridge Country House. Guests, of course, have unlimited complimentary access to the golf course, so this lovely country retreat is perfect for those wanting to play a few holes. The luxurious and elegant house is perfect for entertaining with en-suite bedrooms, extensive living and dining areas, and a heated indoor pool.
You’ll have all the rural beauty of the Cotswolds on your doorstep, with great walking and country pubs within a few minutes’ drive.
Driving time from London: 1 hour 40 minutes
Price from: £49pppn
Beach Retreat, Kent
Even at the height of summer, you might not be guaranteed any sun if you book yourself a weekend away in the UK. Not so in Kent’s quirky and fun Beach Retreat, a party house which comes with its own ‘Real Sunlight’ room that artificially mimics the beneficial properties of the sun’s rays – including giving you a golden tan. Better yet, the house’s sun room has a St Tropez feel to it to make sure you get a tropical feeling whatever the time of year, and there’s even some DJ decks should you feel like dancing the night away.
And if the sun does decide to shine, you’re only seconds away from the beach, with all the fun that entails. Fancy heading out a little further afield? The best of Kent is right on your doorstep, so whether you fancy the seaside cheer of Margate or the splendour of Dover’s white cliffs, a grand day out is always close by.
Driving time from London: 2 hours 15 minutes
Price from: £31pppn
Hamsell Manor, South East
The ultimate base to explore the Kent and East Sussex countryside. Lovingly refurbished, this Georgian manor is nestled within 120 acres of land.
The manor has two bedrooms upstairs, both boasting gorgeous furnishings. The ground floor is the life a soul of the house, fully equipped kitchen, dining area and the living room. The exterior is also pretty special, private lawned gardens with heavenly countryside views. And there is also a private tennis court if you fancy getting a little competitive.
You’ll be a short walk away from the village of Eridge, where the local train station and local pub can be found. But if you fancy something a little different, the historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells is just a short car journey away.
Driving time from London: 1 hour 50 minutes
Prices from: £23pppn
The School House, Midlands
Go off the beaten track and escape to The School House.
This cottage in Burton-le-Coggles is currently having a makeover – but the owners are taking bookings for short breaks and week-long stays from March’17. This one-bedroom cottage is great for couples looking for some quality time in the country. Equipped with a lovely sitting room, double bed, fully fitted kitchen and a beautiful bathroom – you couldn’t ask for more.
Though you’ll be within walking distance of award-winning pub, The Cholmeley Arms, you’ll need a car to reach the nearby village or Corby Glen.
Driving time from London: 2 hours 30 minutes
Price from: £43pppn
Ropewalk Cottage, Cotswolds
Set in the charming village of Blockley (which offers some great pubs if you fancy a night trying some tasty local ales) this a comfortable property that’s perfect if you want to take the kids away or have a romantic weekend. Like walking? There are some absolutely spectacular places to go hiking and walking around Ropewalk Cottage, and you can even appreciate the beautiful countryside thanks to the views from the bedroom. In fact, superb walks start from the cottage’s front door!
Driving time from London: 2 hours 40 minutes
Price from: £18pppn
Mannings Wood, Kent
Mannings Wood is the perfect place to slip away and enjoy the scenic seclusion of Kent’s unmistakable countryside. Spend your days admiring the antiques and paintings dotted around the gorgeous oak floored rooms and take a step back in time with the interiors 1930s charm. Share a bottle of bubbly and a barrel of laughs in the spacious drawing room or take in the picturesque views from the terrace – there’s no wrong choice here.
Step outside and see what Kent has to offer; take a stroll to the beautiful market town Westerham or get a taste of history visiting sights like Chartwell House, Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and Squerryes Court. And when you’re back from your day out, take the opportunity to pamper yourself in the sauna and steam shower, and you’ll return home feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Driving time from London: 1 hours 30 minutes
Price from: £50pppn
These are just a few of our getaways close to London but we have lots of other great party houses or large holiday homes throughout the UK, check them out to find one close to you. 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. If you’re in need of inspiration of where to explore in the UK, and what to do when you get there, have a look at our UK blogs.