Nothing in Britain says autumn more than long walks in the last of the summer sunshine. Take a few days off and check out these three hotels with walks, perfect for venturing out into the elements.
Nestled in the historic market town of Northleach, our honey-coloured 17th-century British coaching inn is the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds on foot. Our 14 individually-designed bedrooms are a stylish blend of tradition and contemporary chic with heavenly cotton linens by Three Thieving Magpies, Hypnos beds and power showers complete with beautifully-smelling, organic lotions from 100 Acres. Our new room package Muddy Wellies is just the ticket for heading out into the great outdoors.
Enjoy a zingy glass of Nyetimber on arrival before grabbing one of our maps and choosing from our selection of the prettiest walks including excellent national trails, Monarch’s Way and Macmillan Way. After your breath of fresh air, return to the Inn and curl up beside a roaring fire before finishing the night with our Cote de Beouf for two. Treat yourself to a lie-in the next morning then tuck into our hearty breakfast, which is all about great quality, locally-sourced food. Four-legged friends welcome too.
This Southbank big hitter housed in the Old Sea Containers on the riverbank is as well located as you can get for scaling the Thames. Designed by British designer Tom Dixon, it’s achingly cool throughout, inspired by the glamour of 1920s cruise ships. The 359 modish rooms and suites have stunning city and river views. However, it is the restaurant which really gets everyone talking – all very New York with a huge stainless steel circular bar and open kitchen with a menu split into simple farm, field and sea sections.
There are also florally-accented cocktails at the ground floor Dandelyan bar while the rooftop Rumpus Room offers American bourbons and ryes. The Curzon Cinema is a treat, too – serving up indie films alongside truffle hotdogs and club sandwiches. Finally, there’s the glacially-white Agua Bathhouse and Spa with a lovely long selection of relaxing treatments.
Created out of five fishermen’s cottages in the idyllic whitewashed village of St Mawes, Olga Polizzi’s Cornish coast bolthole is seaside chic at its best. The 30 rooms have a nautical look with a cosy vibe and sparkling sea view. But this is not a place to stay indoors. Meals are served alfresco with a modern Mediterranean menu – tuck into razor clams, cockles and squid cooked with chorizo, chilli and garlic. Alternatively, ask for a picnic and take to the rolling hills of the Roseland peninsula or try one of the bracing coastal walks (the South West Coast Path is particularly beautiful here).
Afterwards, relax on one of the sweeping beaches which can also be reached by the hotel’s classic wooden yacht Pinuccia, available for skippered sails. Just, whatever you do, don’t miss the hotel’s weekly barbecue – a highlight of the summer season.