11 National Trust Day Trips Within An Hour Of London

You don’t have to be a National Trust member to visit their beautiful properties and gardens around the UK – for a small fee, anyone can explore these impressive country estates and surrounding acres. For gardens to explore now, and houses to bookmark for later, here are 11 of the best National Trust day trips to know – all of which are within an hour’s drive of London.

Ham House, Richmond 

Nestled beside the leafy banks of Richmond-upon-Thames, Ham House is a stunning 17th-century property. Originally bought over 400 years ago by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale, this Stuart house has since been transformed into one of the grandest National Trust estates with beautifully restored gardens. For a day trip, head to Ham House to explore the grand interiors, including an extensive collection of antiques and lavish furnishings, and walk around the maze-like gardens. When the weather is good, there are several spots to enjoy a picnic, but the historic Orangery café on site also serves a good selection of light bites and teas, too. 

Box Hill, Surrey

Explore the Surrey Hills on a walking tour of Box Hill. Forming part of the North Downs, the historic area can be reached in just over an hour’s drive from London. Head to the hills in the morning and follow the Hilltop Stroll – an easy walking route than can be completed in 30 minutes. At the top, you’ll see panoramic views of the hills where you can stop for a takeaway drink at the small indoor café and gift shop. The route is extremely popular, so bookmark it for an early morning trip to secure a parking spot. 

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire 

Located near High Wycombe, Hughenden manor is an underrated property on this list, but one that makes a great family day out. The Victorian manor was famously home to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli during the 19th century, before becoming the base of a secret operation during the Second World War. Not only is the manor steeped in history, but it’s also surrounded by a beautiful garden and over 680 acres of parkland and beech woodlands. Inside the property, kids can look around the Victorian playroom, while adults will appreciate the interactive exhibitions on each floor.

Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Just over an hour’s drive from London, Polesden Lacey is a dreamy country manor near Dorking in Surrey. The Queen Mother spent her honeymoon at the Georgian property, and today, the country estate is open to visitors year-round. Head there before the end of the year to see the property bedecked in beautiful Christmas decorations, or book a ticket for early next year when the annual lights trail in the grounds will be in full swing. There are four waymarked trails on the estate, each differing in distance, but you’ll need to buy a map from the visitor reception to find your way around. 

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum was created in the 1930s by Dr Wilfred Fox, a local doctor, who wanted to preserve the wooded hillside near his home. Since bequeathing it to the National Trust, the estate has over 1,000 different species of trees and shrubs – many of which are extremely rare. The hillside and vast woodland area look beautiful with the changing seasons but the arboretum looks especially majestic in the autumn. The property has recently reopened its tea room, too, which serves a range of tasty snacks and hot drinks, although there are many ideal spots for an alfresco lunch. Winkworth Arboretum usually hold a number of special events for children during half term, too – something the whole family can look forward to. 

Denbies Hillside, Surrey

Keen wildlife watchers should take a daytrip to Denbies Hillside, just over an hour’s drive from London. With views towards the historic Leith Heill – one of the highest points in the south east – the area is home to an array of animals, including chalkhill blue butterflies, green woodpeckers and grass snakes. Follow the circular trail, which takes around an hour to walk, starting at the carpark on Ranmore Common, and follow the waymarked trail where you’ll spot beautiful flora and fauna. Make a full day of it and visit Denbies Wine Estate nearby to sample their excellent reichensteiner, pinot noir and chardonnay wines.

Osterley Park And House, Isleworth 

Catch the train from central London to Isleworth to visit Osterley. As one of the last surviving estates in the capital, a trip here really feels like an escape to the countryside. The property dates back to the 18th century and much of the house remains exactly the same since today. The gardens – recently restored to their former beauty in a six-year project – are the real star of the show, and a lovely afternoon can be spent rambling through the roses, vegetables beds and ancient meadows. Stop for takeaway refreshments at Osterley’s stable café after exploring the impressive estate. 

Leith Hill Tower & Countryside, Surrey

Located in Dorking, Leith Hill Tower and its surrounding countryside makes a great day trip year-round. The 18th-century Gothic tower has stunning views of the Surrey Hills and those who climb to the very top will reach the highest point in the south of England. If you don’t fancy clambering the 74 steps, bring your dog along and head on the Woodland Trail instead, which takes around two hours to complete. Visitors can take in the landscape – hailed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – stop for a picnic in the hills, or enjoy a hot drink from the Tower’s servery. On a sunny day, look out for the local wildlife, including birds of prey, roe deer and badgers.

Morven Park, Hertfordshire

Those looking for a peaceful country walk should head to Morven Park in Hertfordshire. The area is steeped in history – it was once home to a medieval village said to be the original settlement of the old Great North Road – but today, the park is open year-round to visitors. The woodland areas look particularly beautiful during the autumn and the trail, which is easy to follow, is a great dog walking route, too.

Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

Although Sissinghurst was once a prison in the 1700s, it’s now one of the most beautiful National Trust properties in the south east. For an interesting day out, make the 90-minute drive from London to the Weald of Kent to walk around the 450-acre estate and climb to the top of the castle for panoramic countryside views. There’s a lovely walking trail around the castle, which can be completed in 90 minutes, passing a medieval moat and a beautiful lake. Pick up a coffee or sandwich at the Granary café on the estate, or book an afternoon tea for a special treat. 

Cliveden Estate, Berkshire 

Just over an hour’s drive from London, Cliveden Estate has some of the most beautiful views of the River Thames and Berkshire countryside. The National Trust site, which originally dates back to the 17th century, is open most of the year where visitors can explore the woodlands and stunning landscaped gardens. During the summer, you can hire a boat on the lake – the inspiration behind Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows – while the winter months are best spent exploring the walking trails around the beautiful grounds.

 

If you wish to receive more information on the above day trips or wish to become a National trust member, please contact our lifestyle managers.

The Best Festive Food Boxes To Order Now

It would be pointing out the obvious to say restaurants across the UK have had to diversify into offering home deliveries. But while Christmas Day celebrations remain uncertain, some of our favourite chefs have come up with festive feasting boxes designed to take some of the stress out of the big day. From larder fillers to everything you need for Christmas lunch, here are some of the best boxes to order in advance…

The Black Swan at Oldstead

Tommy Banks, Great British Menu champ and the chef behind Michelin-starred ​The Black Swan at Oldstead and ​Roots in York, is offering customers a taste of Oldstead this Christmas and New Year. Having launched delivery service ​Made in Oldstead during lockdown, the Banks’ family business has continued to deliver food boxes to customers across the country since April. Now, the team is preparing a collection of festive menus and products for December. As with all of Tommy’s cooking, the boxes showcase ingredients that have been foraged or grown in and around Oldstead and products from local suppliers. Whether you’re after a ‘Provisions Box’ packed with everything you might need to nibble on over the festive period or your whole Christmas dinner cooked for you, this is the place to look. The ‘Christmas Dinner Box’ begins with bread and Hafod cheddar custard, followed by oak-smoked salmon, whipped buttermilk and farm-grown pickled fennel. For main, you’ll receive stuffed turkey ballotine served with pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings, brassica cheese, braised red cabbage, pommes anna, turkey gravy and sourdough bread sauce. Chocolate fondants with brandy cream, root vegetable mince pies and a bottle of Walker Bay pinot noir complete the set.

Gladwin Brothers

The duo behind Sussex in Soho, The Shed in Notting Hill, Nutbourne in Battersea and Rabbit in Chelsea, are set to follow their forthcoming Thanksgiving meal kits with a selection of festive offerings. Known for bringing the best seasonal and sustainable produce from their family farm in West Sussex, expect to feast on a selection of local produce. The ‘Christmas Essentials Box’ – which feeds four – contains a whole turkey, gammon, 24 chipolatas, smoked bacon, game terrine, heritage carrots, brussels sprouts, roasting potatoes, parsnips, turnips, red cabbage, purple kale, parsley root, Jerusalem artichokes, cranberries and clementines, plus stilton, Christmas pudding and brandy butter sauce and mince pies.

Simon Rogan

Simon Rogan At Home, the home delivery service from the multi-Michelin-starred chef behind L’Enclume in Cartmel and Aulis in London is launching nationwide this Christmas. The five-course feast will begin with Simon’s famous truffle pudding, followed by a roast onion broth with pickled onions and Westcombe cheddar. The choice of either confit trout with cauliflower puree or hen of woods precedes a main of Norfolk Black turkey with all the trimmings. To end your meal, you’ll receive a classic Christmas pudding, while a homemade mulled wine, cider or an optional wine pairing is available to accompany. 

Lyle’s

Lyle’s, the Michelin-starred British restaurant in Shoreditch founded by James Lowe and John Ogier, will be delivering provisions boxes and meal kits filled with seasonal treats to doorsteps across the UK. James will be packing boxes full of his favourite dishes and pantry items to be enjoyed at home, from British game shot in the Highlands to his signature mince pies. The ‘Provisions Box’ comes with this mince pie mix, made from aged minced beef from retired Jersey dairy cows, and homemade pastry, ready to be assembled and baked in the oven. Dedicated mince pie kits can also be ordered separately, with enough mincemeat and pastry for six or 12 pies, as well as a tray to bake them on.

Pasta Remoli

If you’re after something a little different, look to Pasta Remoli. We like the sound of the ‘Truffle Christmas Box’ , which is a feast for four to six guests and includes everything needed to recreate the restaurant’s enduring bestseller; 1kg of handmade truffle ravioli, a silky creamy mushroom sauce, 24-month aged Vacca Rossa parmesan and white truffle extra virgin olive oil, along with chocolate torrone, panettone or pandoro and a bottle of prosecco. The ‘Carbonara Christmas Box’ will come with 1kg of Remoli’s maccheroncini fresh pasta, guanciale artigianale from Amatrice in Northern Lazio, pecorino romano DOP and free-range eggs, plus the prosecco and sweet treats as before.

Manteca

Just in time for Christmas, Chris Leach – chef and co-founder of Manteca, the Soho restaurant focusing on nose-to-tail cooking and hand-rolled pasta – will be packing up boxes of his Christmas favourites for delivery nationwide. The perfect seasonal gift or for those looking to stock their larders with staples for the festive season, Manteca’s Christmas boxes will come in three sizes. The ‘Starter Box’ includes a homemade salumi selection, smoked cod’s roe, chicken liver parfait, date jam, Christmas pudding and amaretti. The next size up includes all of the above, with the addition of goose, cranberry and pistachio sausage; grape mostarda and pear and date chutney. For those wanting to go all out, the luxury hamper features everything, plus tortellini in brodo; porchetta with apple ketchup and four brioche buns ready for Boxing Day.

The Ninth

Jun Tanaka has launched The Ninth Christmas box, a hassle-free, assemble-at-home Christmas dinner, which can be delivered anywhere in the UK in time for the big day. Available to pre-order for two, four or six guests, it can be ready from the box to the table in just 45 minutes. The main event is either a pre-brined and prepared turkey ballotine; beef fillet in a herb salt crust; or celeriac, potato and truffle pithivier. All come with a selection of trimmings and sauces, a panettone bread-and-butter pudding for dessert, and the option to add paired red, white or fizz, or all three.

One Fine Dine

Delivering a wide range of seasonal dishes, One Fine Dine does the hard work for you, giving you the extra time to spend time with family members on Christmas Day, rather than slaving away in the kitchen. Catering to all dietary requirements, the festive menu includes three courses with lots of add-ons available depending on just how all-out you want to go. Starters include Scottish smoked salmon topped with Oscietra caviar, compressed watermelon salad, and duck and chicken liver parfait. The main dishes are traditional, with a choice of Denham beef wellington, turkey paupiette or nut roast, each loaded with seasonal trimmings such as cider-braised red cabbage, sauteed brussels sprouts and goose fat roasties. Desserts will come in the form of individual buche de noel with clementine gel, coconut panna cotta or ‘Christmas Mess’.

The Newt

Guests can also opt to have their Christmas groceries delivered from Somerset. As well as fresh vegetables from the garden and high-welfare meats from the butchery – think estate venison, 35-day aged Devon beef, local turkey and goose and five-bird roasts – this year’s most highly-anticipated hotel launch The Newt is offering a full fresh Christmas Day collection. If you haven’t managed to get there, its festive deliveries are available in BA postcodes and across London and slots open on 1st December. We like the sound of the ‘Christmas Breakfast Hamper’, filled with apple waste sourdough, croissants, granola, yoghurt, eggs, smoked trout, local bacon and fresh orange juice; the ‘Christmas Lunch Hamper’ with turkey with all the trimmings – think estate vegetables, stuffing, bread sauce and cranberry sauce – and the ‘Christmas Supper Hamper’ with cheese, charcuterie, spelt crackers, pickles and preserves.

Forman & Field

Turkey, sprouts, mince pies, smoked salmon and festive crackers – fine food and restaurant supplier Forman & Field’s festive care package has everything needed for two people celebrating Christmas together. The success of its ‘Ultimate Care Package’ during lockdown has inspired the brand to think how it could bring festive cheer to those who are still shielding or unable to join their loved ones over Christmas. An ideal gift for elderly or vulnerable family members or friends who deserve to be treated, this festive edition contains Forman’s London-cured smoked salmon, turkey ballotine, brussels sprouts and pancetta, pommes châteaux, turkey gravy, cranberry and port sauce, individual Christmas puddings, brandy butter, mince pies, potted stilton with port glaze, Godminster digestives, Christmas crackers and half a bottle of Court Garden classic cuvee.

For any information on the above festive food boxes, please contact your lifestyle managers.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Covering your home in glittering lights and beautiful decorations, filling the house with fine food and wines, sourcing that perfect gift for someone special or simply making precious memories with loved ones.


We are here to ensure that Christmas 2020 is exceptional and magical!

Festive Afternoon Tea To-Go

We create and deliver charmingly festive hampers complete with quintessential bone china crockery, elegant cake stands, crisp and fruity Champagne and flutes. All the classics will be included, delectable finger sandwiches, mouth-watering sweet pastries and cakes, a selection of luxury loose leaf teas and of course the classic crumbly scone and freshly made jams.

If you would like to enjoy your afternoon tea in the grounds of your own home, we have a
variety of beautiful outdoor gazebos and domes, complete with cosy furnishings and fur throws for a uniquely Winter Wonderland experience.

Festive Designs

Our dedicated team of design specialists will craft the most inspiring displays.
Considering your concept and colour palette, we will adorn and light your home using the finest quality decorations and lighting.

We at Stratfield Fairlane offer a complete design and installation service, both internally and externally. Once the magic of Christmas has ended, we will return to carefully take it all away for you.

Floral Table Packages

We provide exceptional floral displays created and brought to your door, so you can celebrate the Christmas season with your home filled with colour and style.
Our team carefully curate stunning displays that will fit any Festive theme and delight the senses.

Handmade decorations

Want to design and assist in the making of your own Blown Glass decorations. We can arrange for an intimate artisan course where you can learn the fine art of designing and blowing glass decorations.

Rare Gift Procurement

Our team will source thoughtful gift items on your behalf, such as coveted accessories by the likes of Bottega Veneta, rare vintage items of clothing, commissioned pieces of jewellery or simple yet exquisite hampers from the most discerning artisans.

Exquisite Wrapping

Extravagant wrapping papers and ribbons in every colour with finishing touches such as miniature wooden toys, berry bouquets and handwritten labels.

We will package your precious gifts and deliver them with style and care.

Delectable Bake Boxes

Send loved ones scrumptious, beautifully decorated Christmas bakes straight to their door.

Our talented biscuiteers can literally create any design. Fully constructed gingerbread houses, Nutcracker toy soldiers or Santa and all eight of his reindeer, there is no limit where our creativity is concerned.

Luxurious Christmas Cakes

An essential component of the traditional Christmas dinner is a luxurious dusted Christmas sponge (available in a variety of flavours) or hand iced, rich fruit cake.

Our team of highly skilled bakers will lovingly hand make your Christmas cake using their time-honoured recipe.

Champagnes, Wines & Tours

We at Stratfield Fairlane have partnered with some of the most innovative Award-winning Vineyards in the UK. Let the chalk soils of the English Countryside bring you a range of passionately crafted, high quality champagnes and local wines.


We can arrange private, inspirational vineyard tours where you can discuss your cellar,
pallet preferences or Christmas dishes and delight in tasting some exceptional wines.

If you would like more information relating to the above services, please do
not hesitate to contact our lifestyle managers.

The Festive Activities To Book For Christmas Now

We might be in a second lockdown, but that doesn’t mean December is totally off the cards. From socially distanced children’s shows to winter lights trails, here are nine Christmas activities worth booking in the hope they go ahead.

The Gruffalo’s Child at Alexandra Palace

Internationally acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories is planning to bring its celebrated production of The Gruffalo’s Child to the Alexandra Palace Theatre for a limited Christmas season. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist – does he? Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical stage adaptation, of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Suitable for children aged three and over, the performance will last 55 minutes, without an interval.

Miracle at 34 at 34 Mayfair

The uncertainty of 2020 inspired 34 Mayfair to unveil its show-stopping ‘Miracle at 34’ installation in October. In partnership with Nyetimber, the restaurant will still be adorned with approximately 14,000 decorations – including 8,400 glittering and colourful baubles – once it’s able to reopen in December. Designed by Jane Wadham, the installation covers every inch of the ceiling and walls with decorations. A new menu will offer three courses, with dishes including roast pumpkin soup, rotisserie roast chicken and truffle mash. Guests will also be able to elevate their experience with a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine. 

A Winter Walk at The Newt

Encouraging families to get out in the fresh air, The Newt’s gardens, woodland and deer park will be open every day except Christmas Day. Visitors over the festive period can experience a mapped Tree Trail created by the woodland team, celebrating the estate’s ancient trees. And for the first time, the team across the estate – chefs, butchers, bakers and cyder makers – have created a range of fresh and pantry products for festive feasting and gifting. Spiced preserves, fine cyder, infused chocolate, Christmas puddings, fresh groceries and luxury hampers – including your entire Christmas Day – can now be delivered to locals and across the country.

Carols at Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall hopes to open its doors this December with a programme of festive favourites, welcoming a live audience to a much-needed celebration of Christmas in 2020. The season will feature essentials from the hall’s Christmas tradition, including the Royal Choral Society and Handel’s Messiah – both staples since 1871 – alongside Christmas carols, The Nutcracker, Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas and the family show, My Christmas Orchestral Adventure. Presented under Covid-19 secure guidelines, the concerts will create a safe and comfortable environment for audiences to celebrate together again – with measures including socially distanced seating, e-tickets, deep cleaning, staggered entry times, temperature checks, a face=covering policy, and sanitising stations throughout the venue.

Festive Screenings at @TheDriveIn

Following a sell-out summer tour stretching three months and 13 cities, @TheDriveIn is aiming to return this winter for a special run of festive shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester. With new releases and festive classics on offer, Christmas @TheDriveIn will be a socially distant entertainment experience. New walk-up options are also available in the shape of igloo-style pods and cosy alpine chalets. With space for up to six people – from the same household or social bubble – each pod will be decked out with comfy seating and festive décor ideal for those without a car. Festive films include Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life, plus newer releases like Onward and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Festive Lights at Kew Gardens

Returning for its eighth year, Kew’s winter trail is set to return with old favourites and new light installations. Visitors can expect bursts of colour and enchanting optics as they explore Kew Gardens’ Unesco World Heritage landscape after dark. New for this year, visitors can wander through a tunnel covered with a canopy of glowing, colour-changing stars, and further along the trail, a returning favourite – the Cathedral of Light – will twinkle with thousands of fairy lights for that all-important Instagram moment. 

Miracle at Henrietta Hotel

Experimental Group hopes to bring its Miracle pop-up bar phenomenon from the US to London for the third time. The Christmas-themed pop-up bar, renowned across America for its creative cocktails garnished with a side of kitsch, will launch on Henrietta Hotel’s mezzanine from early December until 23rd December, providing the perfect pitstop for a cocktail in Covent Garden. New creations on offer will include the ‘Fruitcake Flip’ (brandy, Jamaican overproof rum, amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters and whole egg) and ‘Jolly Koala’ (gin, vermouth and pine-cardamom-sage cordial), all served in fun and festive glassware.

The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Combined with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score and designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, this magical production aims to open in December for a reworked, Covid-safe version of the festive favourite. If all else fails, we predict a live screening, similar to those shown on the Royal Opera House’s website during the first lockdown.

Ice-Skating at Beaverbrook

Beaverbrook has prepared a programme of festivities including a new ice-skating rink in its winter wonderland grounds, surrounded by the Surrey Hills. For now, from 4th December-31st January, guests will be able to glide on the ice while listening to yuletide melodies and trying mulled cider, hot chocolate and sugary waffles from the rink-side cabin. ‘Beaverbrook on Ice’ will be available to both hotel and local guests visiting the estate for an overnight stay, spa day or dining experiences at one of the hotel’s restaurants. 

For more information on the above Christmas activities or for bookings, please contact your lifestyle manager.

The Best Vineyards To Visit In The UK

Once upon a time, British wine was an oxymoron. Today, the UK produces award-winning wines that have made the world sit up and take notice. Whether you’re after a day trip with a difference or a weekend away, here are some of the country’s best vineyards to visit.

Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery, Henley-On-Thames

Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery is one of the most charming vineyards in the UK. Just over an hour from London, the vineyard sits on the Chiltern Hills, surrounded by a vast woodland and Hambleden Valley (near Henley-On-Thames), where the local climate is ideal for grapes. Chiltern Valley offers a two-hour behind-the-scenes tour on which you can try wines, ales and liqueurs. For an overnight stay, stay at the Pool House at the on-site B&B. Its Old Luxters farmhouse can be hired as a wedding venue.

Oxney Organic Estate, Sussex

Oxney Estate is home to one of the most famous vineyards in the country. Close to Rye in East Sussex, it takes a natural approach to winemaking and harvests its grapes in small batches. The Pinot Noir Rosé is one of our favourites from the 20-acre estate, which also produces fantastic varieties of pinot noir, pinot meunier, chardonnay and seyval blanc. For a romantic getaway, book a wine tasting tour with a picnic lunch.

Llanerch Vineyard, Glamorgan, Wales

Close to Cardiff, Llanerch is home to a stunning vineyard in the depths of the Welsh countryside. Renowned for its Cariad wine (unique to the area), Llanerch produces different varieties year-round, though autumn is the best time to visit. On site, there’s a stylish farmhouse, where guests can stay overnight in Calon Lodge, which has beautiful vineyard views, as well as a bar and two dining areas for breakfast and afternoon tea. Visitors can book a group tour for up to 20 people, or a private tour led by one of vineyard experts. We recommend the tasty, crisp Cariad Dry White.

Castlewood Vineyard, Devon

On the Devon-Dorset border in the village of Musbury, Castlewood is a small vineyard that’s home to some of the best sparkling wines in the south west. It grows three varieties of grape – pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier – with only the ripest crop turned into sparkling wines at harvest time. All the wine is made without filtration or chemicals. For a lovely day trip, book a guided tour to try the famous Vintage Brut, and take home a bespoke collection of bottles cased in a wooden box made from fallen trees on the estate. 

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Denbies Wine Estate has been making English wine since 1984. The family-run estate is one of the largest wine producers in the UK, boasting an extensive variety of grapes that make some wonderful reichensteiner, pinot noir and chardonnay wines. Denbies offers tasting tours throughout the year and has two restaurants where you can book a ‘wine evening’ lead by a sommelier. The estate is a great wedding location during the summer, with its award-winning Cubitt Blanc de Blancs 2013 an ideal drink for any reception.  

Camel Valley, Cornwall

Some of the best English wines comes from Devon and Cornwall. Camel Valley is a multi-award-winning vineyard in the small town of Bodmin. This family-run business supplies wines to a range of high-street supermarkets, as well as Rick Stein’s restaurants so, if you’re in the area, make a beeline for the vineyard. Book a guided group tour, stay in a cottage on the estate, or simply head to terrace and enjoy some sparkling wine – one of the best being Annie’s Anniversary Brut. 

Greyfriars Vineyard, Guildford

Greyfriars Vineyard makes a great day out and is open all year for tasting tours and experiences. On a south-facing chalk slope just outside Guildford in Surrey, the original vineyards were planted in 1989 and now produce some delicious English sparklers. Greyfriars also has an impressive wine cellar where you can try some of itsseasonal produce for free during growing season. We can’t get enough of the 2015 Sparkling Rosé Reserve – the ultimate Friday afternoon rosé. 

Rathfinny Wine Estate 

Since 2010, Rathfinny Wine Estate has been producing excellent wine from its vineyard near Alfriston in the South Downs of Sussex. Thanks to a south-facing slope, proximity to the sea and fertile chalk soils, Rathfinny is able to make some of the finest English sparkling wine. October and November are two of the best months to visit – you can sample their complete portfolio. Book a guided tasting tour, have dinner at the courtyard restaurant, and you can even stay on the estate. 

Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard, Penzance

Visit Penzance to sample some seriously good Cornish wine and cider at Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard. As one of the few English vineyards on the coast, Polgoon uses sustainable techniques to harvest crops that produce some seriously good wine. Its range spans still and sparkling – one of the best is a light red wine that blends pinot noir and rondo. Polgoon has a large outdoor seating area, where visitors can enjoy freshly harvested wines, as well as an award-winning restaurant – The Vine House – which serves delicious local seafood and produce grown on the orchard.   

Nutbourne Vineyards, West Sussex

In the quaint West Sussex village of Pulborough, Nutbourne is home to a small family-run vineyard. The boutique winery has a selection of award-winning wines, including a riesling-style 2018 Sussex Reserve. Nutbourne’s unique ‘terroir’ (a warm climate and fertile soil) makes summer a great time to visit if you want to see grapes on the vine. Book a guided tour and relax at the pop-up restaurant on site. 

Hambledon Vineyard, South Downs

Home to one of the most renowned English sparkling wines in the country, Hambledon Vineyard sits on a gently sloping hill in the South Downs. One of the oldest of the UK’s estates, Hambledon grows its grapes on a 200-acre vineyard using a gravity-fed machine that uses some pretty impressive technology. For a relaxed afternoon, head to the South Downs and book the ‘Classic Cuvée Rosé’ guided tour – you’ll be shown around the vineyard, before enjoying afternoon tea and a glass of rosé. 

Fairmile Vineyard, Henley-On-Thames

During the summer months, Henley-on-Thames has a similar climate to northern France, meaning Fairmile can turn out some fantastic wines. Over the last few years, it has produced some exceptional grapes and the best have been turned into the signature Henley Sparkling Rosé. To visit Fairmile, you’ll need to book a private tour, or visit an open day which usually takes place in October.   

For more information on the above vineyards or to make a booking, please contact your lifestyle manager.

The Most Stylish Log Cabins In The UK

If toasting marshmallows on an open fire, sleeping under the stars, and relaxing in an outdoor bath sound like your idea of bliss, then a luxury log cabin could be your ideal staycation. From wooden Scandinavian-inspired lodges, to plush coastal hideaways, here are some of the best the UK has to offer.

Hinterland Cabin, Conwy

Those after a luxury staycation should book Hinterland Cabin. Tucked away on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, this unique hideaway overlooks Conwy Valley – one of Wales’ most beautiful areas. Featuring a walk-in shower, underfloor heating, a sauna, hot tub, and hidden extras in every cupboard, you’ll feel right at home. Hinterland is made from old slate and railway sleepers from the Conwy valley line, while inside, the cabin has been beautifully furnished with original oak beams, gold accent furniture and a stylish double bedroom that sleeps two. The property is dog-friendly too, so your four-legged friend will be able to make the most of the great walking opportunities in the area. 

The Nap, Devon

This stylish cabin in the Devonshire countryside is ideal for a quiet, secluded staycation. Set on a working farm on a gently sloping hill, The Nap has stunning vistas across Taw Valley and Exmoor. Inside, there’s a fully fitted kitchenette, downstairs double bedroom, and a mezzanine bed where you can fall asleep under the stars. The property also comes with a Swedish wood burner, and a wood fired hot tub that backs out onto the farm (there are even spare wellies if you want to go exploring). The Nap is also close to an array of country pubs, though if you want to try some of the local produce, you can request rare breed sausages, pork belly or prime cuts of beef from the farm’s butcher. 

Saddlers Cabin, Northumberland

Located on the outskirts of the Northumberland coastline, Saddlers Cabin is a great choice for budding explorers and families. The rustic space has been decorated with stylish wooden accents and cosy furnishings where you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet. In the cabin, there’s a cosy living area with an indoor wood burner, a modern bathroom, and a stylish master bedroom with a beautiful floral canopy. There’s also has a well-equipped kitchen for self-catering, so you can make the most of the delicious local produce. For a family day trip, head to Bamburgh Castle or Kielder Observatory, both of which are only a short drive away. 

Knoydart Hide, Loch Nevis

For a romantic getaway on the west coast of Scotland, head to Knoydart Hide in Loch Nevis. Although the cabin sleeps up to four, we love its rustic charm and remote location which is best suited to couples. Overlooking the picturesque Loch Nevis, you’ll be able to see a vast woodland in the distance, as well as the Isle of Skye, while inside the cabin, there’s plenty of space in the generously sized rooms. The bathroom has a rustic free-standing bath, while the large living area includes a stylish wood burner. Guests can relax in the hot tub – the ideal stargazing spot – and head on woodland walks to see wild otters and porpoises. The local country pub is a great place for Sunday lunch, though guests can request meals from the resident chef on site. 

Willow The Wisp Cabin, East Sussex

This Scandinavian-style log cabin is only an hour’s drive from London, making it ideal for a last-minute getaway. Burrowed away in the peaceful East Sussex countryside, you’ll feel right at home in the cosy hideaway which sleeps two. The cabin is simple yet stylish, featuring a double bedroom and bright living area, while a luxe outdoor tub awaits on the patio. Willow the Wisp is great for outdoor explorers – it’s surrounded by vast woodland with two hidden treehouses, while Bewl Water reservoir, a lovely walking route, is nearby, too. Head into Hastings or Tunbridge Wells for a day trip or make the most of the beautiful coastline at Rye. 

Samphire, Essex

For a coastal retreat, book a weekend at Samphire log cabin in Essex. Located on Sampsons Farm in Colchester, this weather-boarded cabin-on-stilts overlooks the Ray Channel with harbourside and farmland views. It sleeps up to four people within a large open plan area, a simple yet chic bedroom, modern bathroom, and private decking for outdoor lounging. Beautifully styled with nautical-inspired interiors and oak features throughout – the cabin looks particularly bright and airy during the summer months. Adventurous types can explore the Channel on the property’s kayaks, or head into one of the charming villages nearby. 

Little Bear, West Sussex

Set in acres of bluebell-swathed woodland, Little Bear log cabin is a unique hideaway in the West Sussex Weald Downlands – the ideal location for nature lovers. It sleeps two people in a king-size bed and also has a separate shower room, and a mezzanine where you can relax on a daybed. The cabin oozes luxury throughout, with original wooden beams inside, plush furnishings, and an eco-wood-fired hot tub. With a few charming country pubs just a short walk away, you can explore the local area, before having a cosy evening at Little Bear. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a welcome hamper that includes outdoor blankets, toasting marshmallows, red wine and kindling logs.

Ewe View, Powys 

Perched high on a hill in the Welsh countryside, Ewe View is a charming log cabin that sleeps up to four guests. Set on Penlam Farm, just an hour’s drive from Aberystwyth in Powys, it overlooks lush grassland and comes with beautiful views of the valleys. While the setting is strictly pastoral, inside you’ll find cosy, modern interiors that have been stylishly decorated. Complete with a shower, well-equipped kitchen, and wood-burning stock, the cabin has everything you need for a quaint weekend away. A blissful evening can be spent relaxing in the hot tub or stargazing by the fire.

For any bookings or more information above the above log cabins, please contact your lifestyle manager.

The Best New Brunches To Know About

Whilst current government guidelines permit restaurants to open for indoor eating, for many of us, nothing marks the arrival of the weekend like a lazy weekend brunch. From Michelin-legend Angela Hartnett’s new morning repast, to The Hoxton’s newcomer Rondo, here are some of the best new brunches places to book into across the capital.

RONDO, HOLBORN

Coming from the Hoxton Hotel collective, newly opened Rondo’s brunch might seem humble, but its credentials are numerous. Heading up the kitchen is ex St John chef, Chris Gillard, which explains why the menu is refreshingly unfussy. Think laid back gems like nduja scrambled eggs and sourdough, or fenton eggs, any style, on toast – all of which can be consumed in the group’s signature cool surroundings.

199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1 7BD

LIV, BELGRAVIA

Among the sleek architectural lines of Liv, Belgravia’s latest acclaimed establishment, you’ll find chef Mark Jarvis, previously known for his work at Farringdon hotspot Anglo. Since reopening, Liv now offers a brunch where banana bread, buckwheat pancakes with seasonal berries and the best eggs Florentine in London are orders du jour.

18-22 Holbein Place, Belgravia, SW1W 8NL

KOLAMBA, SOHO

If egg hopper with perfectly seasoned kithul-glazed bacon; a pol sambol toastie with date and lime chutney; or Kolamba granola with fresh shavings of coconut aren’t enough to instantly transport you to Sri Lanka, then not much will. Soho’s trusty Sri Lankan, Kolamba has launched a new weekend brunch menu, with owners Eroshan and Aushi Meewella carefully designing a complimentary warm interior with cascading greenery and exposed brickwork.

21 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5QA

DAFFODIL MULLIGAN, SHOREDITCH

Opening to rave reviews last year, Daffodil Mulligan has just launched a new brunch menu under the watchful eye of chef-icon Richard Corrigan. It’s in Corrigan’s DNA to serve up unpretentious and quality, modern Irish food. Irrespective of the trendy interior design of this Old Street location, expect the atmosphere to be old school and friendly. An extra bonus is it’s a 50-cover restaurant – so there’s plenty of room for social distancing. 

70-74 City Road, Shoreditch, EC1Y 2BJ

NUTSHELL, COVENT GARDEN

Iran’s abundance of spices, herbs, fruits and nuts define its fragrant dishes – and Nutshell’s brunch menu is testament to just that. Stand outs on the new weekend brunch menu include saffron and sour cherry Sheermal French toast with mixed berries, sumac clotted cream and candid orange; and Ghatogh poached eggs with butter beans, turmeric, apricot & dill.

30 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4ER 

CAFE MURANO, BERMONDSEY

For the first time ever, guests can now enjoy an Italian-style brunch by Michelin-starred chef, Angela Hartnett, at her latest Café Murano opening in Bermondsey. Enjoy yours in the surrounds of industrial lights and an open kitchen, and there’s also a coveted bar space for those who enjoy watching the chefs run the pass. We’d advise making a bee-line for the chicken Milanese served in a bun, with slow roasted tomatoes and spicy mayonnaise.

184 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3TQ

For further information on these best new brunches places or restaurant bookings, please contact your lifestyle manager