During our sleuth-like research we have discovered that sophisticated retreats can come in many varied shapes and forms. Take our latest new selection of remarkable places to stay, for example, all of whom share the same concept and style whilst being very different types of accommodation. We start with an African-tinged tented hideaway that brings a taste of the Serengeti to the Suffolk countryside, before heading due south to beautiful Rye in Sussex, where a thoughtful assembly of retro modernist design awaits. Finishing on a Devonshire farm retreat, we discover a world of exquisitely furnished glamping, including a tabernacle and luxury cabin. We’ll take all three if that’s OK?
For a glamorous taste of the Serengeti yet in the rural heart of Suffolk, look no further than the delightful Kaya Lodge. This unique and luxuriously styled safari tent is named Twiga (Swahili for “giraffe”) and you’ll find authentic African touches throughout the spacious canvas tent, which sleeps up to six in total in three separate bedrooms. Attention to detail is a big focus here – think Egyptian cotton, proper flushing toilets, squishy sofas – and of course the obligatory private deck, complete with a sophisticated dining table and chairs so you can enjoy sundowners and a barbecue with your nearest and dearest – how very refined! Exploring the area, you’ll find quaint market towns such as Woodbridge, and of course the Suffolk coastline is never too far away, after which you can return to your luxury lodge for socialising and stargazing.
Fancy an exuberant celebration of 20th Century vintage design, including an eclectic collection of modernist furnishings? Then head to Bee Cottage! With an inimitable style all of its own, the exterior of this timewarp retreat is relatively unassuming, but when you step inside, you enter a wonderland of retro loveliness spread across three floors. Perfect for a family of all generations or group of up to six friends, you’ll have a large kitchen and garden all to yourself. Your location couldn’t be more prime, in the heart of the antique-lovers haven of Rye in East Sussex, where atmospheric cobbled streets and medieval architecture are there to discover, and the popular beach of Cambers Sands is just a short four mile journey away so you can also get your seaside as well as your history fix!
The term luxury glamping has never seemed so apt as when applied to the truly impressive Brownscombe (above, and main picture). This Devon retreat set on a family farm, with gorgeous countryside to explore from its doorstep, is also home to a varied array of richly appointed accommodation. Choose from a cosy, corrugated tabernacle for two with a charming design, four two bedroom safari tents, three of which have wood-fired hot tubs, or the latest recent addition, a stylish cabin complete with free-standing copper bath tub. Just imagine watching the horizon come into view through the low-level picture window as you soak your cares away. This year also sees the addition of Brownscombe Barn, with trestle tables and a pizza oven – perfect for a family celebration or feast, or a rainy day.