Before booking flights overseas, consider idyllic weekend destinations a little close to home. And who doesn’t need to escape the city every now and then?

When the busy streets and smog of the city get too much to handle, there’s no need to go abroad – take a look at these three unique havens, right here in the UK.

Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Lake Windermere, Lake District

Having been family-run for two generations, the Gilpin Hotel and Lake House manages to ooze warmth and intimacy whilst boasting luxurious elements.

Guests are required to make the tough decision between staying at the the idyllic Gilpin Lake House or the equally-dreamy Gilpin Hotel.

At the hotel, all bedrooms have Lakeland views and many have personal cedarwood hot tubs. For guests keen to indulge in relaxing treatments, the hotel has recently opened five new Spa Lodges.Lake District weekend destinations

The Gilpin Lake House sits less than a mile from the hotel, where only six rooms enjoy exclusive access to a private lake, boat house, heated swimming pool, hot tubs and jetty spa.

Whether searching for weekend destinations during bitter winter months or in the warmth of summer, this tranquil haven in the Lake District is the perfect place to enjoy a break from the city.

The Scarlet

Newquay, Cornwall

With airy spaces and views of the sea meeting rugged cliffs, The Scarlet provides the perfect haven for those keen to escape the smog. This self-described ‘luxury eco-hotel’ perched on the North coast of Cornwall aspires to connect visitors to the outdoors.

From meadow gardens to cliff top hot tubs, guests are encouraged to indulge and take in the stunning natural landscape of the South West.The Scarlet Restaurant overlooks Mawgan Porth beach and serves nothing but the best, locally sourced food. The menu changes with the season, proudly reflecting organic and sustainable growers, fishermen and farmers of the region.

Whether you choose to indulge in lantern-lit treatments at the Scarlet Spa, or take on an invigorating coastal path walk, The Scarlet provides idyllic relief from the chaotic daily grind.

Hotel Endsleigh

Tavistock, Devon

Hotel Endsleigh offers guests a charming escape where the bustling sounds of the city are replaced with delicate birdsong.

Surrounded by 100 acres of dramatic woodland, this Grade I listed building was originally the favourite fishing and hunting lodge of the Duke of Bedford. With only 18 rooms, as far as weekend destinations go, this one is exclusive and serene.Devon weekend destinationsVisitors are encouraged to step outdoors and experience Devon’s countryside, adventuring through luscious greenery and diverse wildlife.

It seems Hotel Endsleigh manages to provide a sanctuary, safe from the ever increasing stress and toxicity of working life.