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Hip UK hideaways

Mark and David's verdict:

It’s rare to find a single reliable source of great places to stay in the UK - with options to suit all pockets, from a stylish budget weekend to a celebratory splurge. i-escape has the pick of cheap and chic, trendy boutique and downright luxurious boltholes in cities, countryside and on the coast.

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i-escape says

British staycations are soaring in popularity again. UK holidaymakers now spend almost £13 billion a year on home-based getaways – and with good reason. From stylish hideaways near secret beaches to unique boutiques in buzzing cities, the UK has got the hip factor covered.

  • Cheap chic hotels
  • Luxury spas
  • Remote cottages

Sure, the weather’s a gamble, but with the right choice of accommodation you’ll be happy and relaxed whatever the forecast. And finding chic hideaways for all budgets is what we do best.

Trust us, boutique hotels can be cheap and chic. Like this great-value B&B in trendy Falmouth, or this chic countryside retreat near Hay-on-Wye. For views with booze, this fabulous Cotswolds pub with rooms and this charming boutique inn in one of England’s prettiest small towns are great little finds.

If you’re after comfort, look no further than this stylishly romantic guesthouse in St Ives, or this country-house hotel in rural Dorset.

For unique escapes, try this glorious Georgian hotel in happening Bristol, this rural-luxe barn conversion in Herefordshire, this immensely pretty B&B overlooking the Yorkshire Dales, or this nine-bed country bolthole that boasts fabulously arty interiors.

If you’re pining for the great outdoors, go for this lovely boutique B&B in moorland Cumbria, this brilliant contemporary hotel in the Lake District, or these romantic rooms on a tranquil country estate in Northern England.

And if you want something truly wild and unique, book these boltholes at the very top of Scotland.

Wherever you go, we’ll give you honest advice and the very best rates – plus (at most hotels) an extra gift to get you in the holiday mood.

Check out our full range of UK hotels and the latest special offers.

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