After the last 18 months of holidaying at home, it's become clear that staycations are here to stay. From travelling more of the UK that you may never have thought to visit, to spending quality time with family doing activities you never normally would, there are a ton of reasons to holiday locally.
Enter the cutest boutique hotels in the UK, from luxurious London spots in the centre of the city to dreamy countryside escapes, we've scoured the internet for the absolute best boutique hotels in the UK. So, take a scroll and check them out for yourself...
The Resident Soho, London
A must-stay hotel for any London travelling, The Resident Soho is perfectly placed for a weekend of culture, great food and alcohol-induced fun. Just minutes from Oxford Street, The Resident Soho is walking distance to the best theatres, restaurants and museums in the city - plus, great nightlife too.
But to be honest, you might not even want to leave your hotel when you get there. Chic furnishings in incredibly utilised space, the king rooms are particularly indulgent. One might expect that being based in such a busy location would make for an interrupted nights sleep, not in these beds. The room itself was perfectly enclosed for a quiet, peaceful atmosphere - with a kitchenette on offer where you can microwave your favourite London leftovers.
Rarely does a London hotel have enough space to feel luxurious, but The Resident is a crop above the rest - the same goes for their incredible staff, who will welcome you to the city with such warmth you might never want to leave!
Rates per night for Soho are from £189. Or, if you fancy trying out one of The Resident's other locations, the rates for Covent Garden are from 189, Kensington from 129, Victoria From 149 and Liverpool from £59 (sun-thu) £99 (Fri/Sat).
The Gallivant, Rye
Situated within spitting distance of the glorious Camber Sands (below), The Gallivant is a chic beach retreat that radiates charm by the bucket load. Rooms have a rustic, New England-style appeal, with bold pops of colour and sweet features such as old-school alarm clocks and weather-beaten books. Creature comforts are in clear evidence, from Egyptian cotton beds to fluffy towel robes and an on-site Larder of Guilty Pleasures; otherwise known as a tuck shop stocked with popcorn and champagne.
The surrounding palm trees give The Gallivant a cool, motel kind of vibe; and this ambiance is enhanced by the easy-going staff. Gourmands will delight in a locally sourced menu that draws on seafood and sparkling wine from the nearby Chapel Down vineyard. Culture vultures should head to the nearby town of Rye, where delightful independent boutiques and vintage shops abound.
Rooms start from £95 a night mid-week or £140 at weekends, thegallivant.co.uk
The Plough Inn, Kelmscott
Nestled right in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside just over an hour from London and right by the Thames, you'll find the postcard-perfect Plough Inn. This gorgeous Cotswold pub is home to rooms that could have come straight out of Escape To The Country, with wooden beams, stone walling and windows that overlook a picturesque cottage garden.
King-size beds and indulgent walk-in showers create an inviting feel, which will only grow as you head downstairs to the cosy bar for a pint of craft ale in front of a roaring fire (if the weather turns chilly). The Plough Inn's restaurant does a fine line in imaginative cuisine, from kiln-smoked local trout with blood orange & pomegranate to fish battered in Cornish Doom Bar beer.
Walk off a hearty meal by heading down to the river, lined by pretty barges and meandering canal paths.
Rooms start from £90 a night mid-week or £130 at weekends, theploughinnkelmscott.com
The Lugger, Portloe
Tucked away at the bottom of a vertiginous slope leading to a little fishing village in Cornwall, The Lugger really does have all the elements of a dreamy romantic getaway. This 17th Century smugglers' inn sits above a seaside cove on the spectacular Roseland Peninsula. In the early morning, you can see fishermen head out to nab the best of the day's catch as the sun rises over the clifftops.
The rooms at The Lugger are filled with glorious touches, from window seats lined by large, stripy cushions overlooking the sea to piles of glossy magazines and deep, welcoming bathtubs. At night-time, guests are given gifts of hot chocolate, along with a printed bedtime story and a weather forecast for the day ahead.
This boutique hotel is famed for its world-class food. In the atmospheric low-ceiling dining room overlooking the sea, you can feast on delicacies such as mackerel fillet with apple, rhubarb and watermelon or seafood fricasse with garlic fondant potato.
Come daytime, have a wander along the Cornish coastal path and drink in its wondrous panoramic views.
Rooms start from £147 a night, luggerhotel.co.uk
The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury
Understated luxury is the order of the day at upscale hotel The Grosvenor Arms in the small Dorset town of Shaftesbury. Large, sleek rooms give off an air of sophistication and are filled with indulgent perks like Tassimo coffee machines and generous, free-standing bathtubs.
As an added bonus, the hotel's resident facialist at this one-time medieval inn will come cleanse your skin with rose-scented oils without you even having to step foot outside your room.
The Grosvenor Arms' restaurant is spread across a light and airy courtyard, and a modern deli space - as well as the dining room. Choose from moreish and crispy pizzas cooked in the hotel's wood-fired oven, or opt for a platter of Dorset cheeses served with homemade spelt cracker and chutney.
Grab a pair of wellies to explore the idyllic country lanes all around, or pop just down the road to marvel at the ancient cobbles of Gold Hill (above), beloved by locals and strangers alike. The Georgian town of Bath and costal beauty of Lulworth Cove are both in easy reach of Shaftsbury.
Rooms start from £140 a night, grosvenorarms.co.uk
The Knoll, Lakeside
This unique country house hotel is hidden away in the hills and woodland of The Lake District in Cumbria. The large bedrooms are filled with personal touches and each comes with its own individual décor. Depending on where you stay, you could find yourself in a lavish four-poster with Bellini-pink walls or a suite with its own alfresco hot tub.
Hand-embroidered cushions and artfully placed rugs and mirrors give this bolthole the feel of a warm yet upmarket family home - albeit one where the beds magically make themselves.
The intimate dining room serves up a full range of locally-sourced meals, with a particular steer towards vegetarians.
Afternoon teas are available on request and the friendly folk who run The Knoll will happily whip you up a picnic to go exploring with around the lakes.
Speaking of which, the hotel is perfectly placed to discover all the gems of The Lake District. Hop on a cruise across Windemere or Coniston, or head up into the woods to awe at the ridiculously bucolic scenery that stretches out as far as the eye can see.
Rooms start from £100 a night, theknoll-lakeside.co.uk