2020 is the year we have all undoubtedly discovered the undeniable beauty of the United Kingdom, with more time than ever to explore, discover and simply soak up everything it encapsulates. In our usual pursuit for exotic climates, we fail to see the spellbinding scenery, age-old culture and hidden historical gems on our doorstep, perfect for a luxury staycation.
So, in celebration of everything great about Britain, we have introduced a collection of the country's finest luxury boltholes to our portfolio. From sustainable country retreats in the Cotswolds to a beautiful baronial mansion in Scotland's Highlands; these ultra-luxe properties provide a sublime setting for your stay, but it doesn't stop there. We have exclusive access to a range of bespoke tours and experiences with expert guides that invite you to delve deeper into the UK than ever before. Whether it's dining in the Orangery at Kensington Palace, a front row seat at the Trooping the Colour parade, or spending time with the stars of the West End stage, we can effortlessly organise access to the usually inaccessible, promising to make your luxury holiday in the United Kingdom as memorable as any adventure to faraway shores.
The Best of British Events
One of the quintessentially British commodities we perhaps take for granted is our calendar of longstanding, high-profile events. London welcomes millions of travellers every year, as they flock to the capital to soak up the events and excitement that occupies the city's streets, much of which is inspired by the British monarchy. From Royal celebrations including the Queen's colourful Jubilee festivities, to the annual Trooping the Colour parade which brings over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians together to mark The Queen's official birthday, you could savour sought-after seats and VIP access to these iconic experiences as part of your luxury staycation in the United Kingdom, immersing yourself in the timeless traditions that we often forget are so special. For those who prefer a sporting spectacle, we can bring you closer than ever to the heart of the action. Whether it's sipping Champagne before taking a courtside seat at Wimbledon, or watching the horses pass by from the invite-only Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot, you'll be able to experience the exhilarating atmosphere from the venue's most prestigious positions.
The Charm of Arts and Culture
They say 'a picture is worth a thousand words' - and when it comes to the UK's arts and culture scene, it's definitely true! A culmination of centuries of history, every collection in the country depicts a moment that made Great Britain the country it is today. You could be touring some of the country's best-known galleries and museums on a bespoke private tour with an expert guide, who will share a deep knowledge of history and art, with various perspectives offering an informative and innovative experience - explore countless famous faces and names at the renowned National Galleries in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, or insightfully admire the national treasures that empires fought for at the V&A Museum. If you'd rather get hands-on, why not head to East London - a hotbed of art - for a tour of the area's most synonymous street masterpieces with a local guide, before you conjure up your inner Banksy for graffiti masterclass with a professional. You could even have your personalised artwork shipped home to keep as a one-of-a-kind souvenir!
Memorable Meet and Greets
We have always believed that people lie at the heart of travel, and it's no different when travelling in the United Kingdom. With access to a little black book of the country's most high profile and interesting characters, we can organise fascinating meet and greet opportunities that will reveal little known knowledge and insider secrets you wouldn't find anywhere else. Whether it's a museum curator or a member of aristocracy, a sporting giant or a star of the West End stage, you could enjoy fine dining in one of the country's most exclusive restaurants, an afternoon in a cosy café as you chat over coffee, or a whole day immersing yourself in the excitement of their world. One of the fascinating individuals you may have the opportunity to meet is the curator of the Guards Museum in London, who has had many personal interactions with the Royal Family, and will regale you with stories from throughout his career as you explore the ornate artefacts that are housed amongst the museum's collections.
Experiencing something new in the UK brings endless excitement for every generation! If you're travelling with your little explorers, there's a wealth of ways to fill your days which are both entertaining and educational. Designed with maximum safety and security in mind, your family could relish the highlights of London with haunting tour around the city's most famous tower, or spend the afternoon reaching new heights as you admire the city skyline from your private capsule on the London Eye. Alternatively, head for the family-friendly countryside as you go back to nature - spend the day on a working Irish farm where you'll hear tales of local life, with chance for children play with the piglets while you savour a generous serving of Guinness, or inhale fantastically fresh air with a family hike through some of the country's many mountain ranges and lakeside scenery as part of your luxury staycation, with the opportunity to enjoy some traditional English tea and a slice of cake along the way, of course.
A Country of History and Royalty
Castles, palaces, museums, stately homes and châteaus - if you're fascinated by historical homes and royal residences, join an award-winning guide for a bespoke tour with entertaining commentary that promises to bring history to life. Bringing you closer to the privileged world of royalty and history's heavyweights, you could enjoy wandering through Prince Charles' beautiful blossoming gardens at Highgrove, sample a sublime Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Orangery at Kensington Palace, relish exclusive access behind the glass barriers of the untouched Churchill War Rooms, including a visit to the usually off-limits 'Map Room' in which every move of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the British Army was recorded. For fans of the successful 'Downton Abbey' TV series, there's also chance to head inside the show's famous 300-room home on your luxury United Kingdom holiday, which is better known as Highclere Castle - home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.