3 Sizzling Hot Summer Hotels to Escape to in 2014
Brimstone at Langdale, Lake District
It would appear that the hotel industry is in need of a new superlative catchphrase to describe the Brimstone at Langdale. Clearly dissatisfied with the term ‘boutique hotel’ to describe their new luxury bolthole the owners have instead opted for ‘beyond boutique…’ to highlight the strenuous effort they have gone to, to fulfill our ever more lusty craving for a highly personalised, informal yet indulgent, design orientated, high-end retreats.
The Brimstone recognises that people love luxury, great service and attention to detail but they aren’t so keen on the ‘fuss,’ so that side of things is very low key. Instead of forelock tugging stiff service the Reading Room is stuffed full of complimentary booze and snacks and the Boot Room is stocked with borrowable Berghaus outdoor gear – no need to buzz just help yourself.
There are 16 rooms and suites and each appears designed to ensure that once inside you never, ever leave – if it weren’t for the fact that you were in one the UK’s most beautiful national parks guests would simply give in and stay in their rooms to play with the 42” telly, hi-tech lighting and sundry state of the art gadgetry….pausing only to order delicious grub from the choice of on-site restaurants.
Good to know: Brimstone is located on the Langdale Estate and guests have access to the sumptuous spa and four dining options, from fine dining to gastro pub. Book more than 30 days out and save 20%.
More info: Brimstone at Langdale; rooms from £200 per night.
The Colonsay Hotel, Isle of Colonsay
The interior of the Colonsay Hotel has the same sun bleached and wind scoured simplicity that underpins the beauty and wildness of the whole island. On an island as beautiful as this there really isn’t much need for adornment and the hotel has chosen to focus on the few things that really matter; the quality of light, the setting, the food, the atmosphere and the service. As the Good Hotel Guide put it, “The staff show a level of commitment unusual in a hotels these days. They treat you like a real person.”
There is certainly style but it is of a laid back contemporary nature, and the expectation is that guests will be outdoors through the day, lapping up the gloriously pale endless beaches, kayaking, sailing, or maybe discovering wildlife before returning to feast on oysters and Colonsay ale, or scallops and crisp white wine.
If it does begin tipping it down there are three log fires, books, games and endless cosy nooks and crannies.
Good to know: Colonsay is a low lying island and receives very little rain in comparison to mainland West of Scotland. It is often – like nearby Tiree, quoted as being one of the sunniest places in the UK. Ferry crossings from Oban, or via Islay.
More info: Colonsay Hotel, rooms from £100 per room per night.
The Pig on the Beach, Dorset
Have you discovered The Pig hotels yet? If not then you’re in for a great big porky treat. There are four so far – in the New Forest, Hampshire, Somerset and Dorset and they form part of former Hotel du Vin maestro Robin Hutson’s latest venture. But it is the Dorset pig we’re interested in and it’s a wee beachside gem.
The Pig hotels are the all about mellowing out the country house hotel experience and creating fantastic seasonal food, sourced as locally as possible and driven by the hotels own kitchen garden. At The Pig, Dorset you can eat charred Poole Bay Mackerel with Confit Beetroot and Pickled Rock samphire in the Greenhouse Restaurant. And guests are encouraged to wander the kitchen gardens and chat to head gardener Jo. Unsurprisingly awards have been plopping through The Pig’s door with the same regularity that the rest of us receive bills.
There are also a couple of suitably rustic yet luxurious treatment rooms for spa diehards. All the bedrooms vary in size and price, all very stylish and cool without overdoing it – a retreat for vaguely hip people who like their grub.
Good to know: If you can’t make it to one of the existing Pig Hotels then fear not – Robin Hutson is an empire builder and there is big demand for his Pig Hotels – 1,100 rooms were booked at the Pig, Dorset within 24 hrs of opening last month. So you can bet there will be more little piglets on the way.
More info: The Pig on the Beach, Dorset, rooms from £135 per room, per night.
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