A sumptuous Michelin-starred legacy and a generous helping of the world’s most elegant hotels are just a fragment of the luxury experiences England has to offer. Sip Champagne amid royalty at the races, dabble in the pastimes of the English aristocracy and indulge in England’s very own exotic island escape.
Best of Scotland Holidays have put together below a sample of ideas that we suggest you visit on our Luxury England Tour. Let us custom build a package to meet your exact requirements.
From fine china and gourmet English ingredients to pioneering global chefs, England’s Michelin-starred restaurants have it all. The gastronomic accolade has been newly awarded to 11 English kitchens for 2012, and four restaurants retain their exquisite three-Michelin- starred status. Relish two of these in the village of Bray in Berkshire. Savour jelly of quail and salmon poached in liquorice gel at the innovative Fat Duck, and delight in flawless French finesse at The Waterside Inn.
Exotic island escape
Jet off to the sugar-white beaches and exotic greenery of the Scilly Isles for an enchanting island getaway just 28 miles from the rugged Cornish coast. Arrive by helicopter for superior aerial views of this sand fringed archipelago, or take a luxury yacht across the azure waters and bask in the balmy sea breezes of the Gulf Stream. Royal favourite Star Castle on St Mary’s features generous suites with private verandas and panoramic sea views.
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Soak in the waters of England’s only natural hot springs in the privacy of the Thermae Bath Spa’s Cross Bath. The oval Cross Bath sits apart from the popular main spa, in its own golden-stoned enclosure. Private gatherings bathe and take refreshment with Champagne and canapés on this sacred spot, where the Celts once worshiped the goddess Sul. Rooms blend clean contemporary design with antique furnishings, and the onsite spa is an opulent oasis of calm, with hydrotherapy pool and crystal steam rooms.
Experience the deep-rooted rural English pastime of game hunting. Aristocratic experience specialist More Than Good Manners runs duck, pigeon and clay pigeon shoots complete with shooting lessons and glamorous black tie party to finish. Other upper class pursuits include riding side-saddle like a true lady, fishing for rainbow trout on a glistening lake and handling a magnificent golden eagle.
Designer shopping with a personal shopper
Hire a personal stylist for stress-free designer purchases at Westfield London’s high-end shopping zone The Village. Get tailored advice as to the most flattering items from the likes of Prada and Dior, and see the latest from high-end favourites such as Jimmy Choo and Burberry.
Private box at Royal Ascot
Flamboyant hats, designer dresses, flowing Champagne and the notable presence of the royal family characterise Ascot Racecourse’s annual Royal Ascot meeting. For a superior view of this truly English spectacle hire one of the 255 private boxes overlooking the prestigious grounds, and enjoy a private dining room, balcony and bar area, as well as all the racing action taking place below.
Bask in the stately grandeur of one of England’s castles. For the ultimate regal weekend, hire an entire kingdom such as richly furnished Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire or the high-design interior of Carr Hall Castle in Yorkshire, complete with indoor pool and hot tub. Lavish and atmospheric hotel rooms include the cosy opulence of Augill Castle in the North Pennines, and medieval Amberley Castle in Sussex.
Culinary explorations at Le Manoir
Create fabulous dinner party cuisine amid the plush manor-house setting of Raymond Blanc’s hotel and restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in idyllic Oxfordshire. Discover the secrets behind dishes such as coconut and lime leaf soup, and complement culinary endeavours with dinner at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Quintessentially arrange a Le Manoir cookery package that includes a luxury suite and a chauffeur-driven transfer from London.
Champagne tasting on the London Eye
Gaze out across London’s distinguished skyline while enjoying a selection of fine Champagnes in the comfort of a private capsule on the London Eye. Inside an exclusive Champagne Tasting Capsule on this Thames-side landmark, a Champagne expert from renowned London wine institution Vinopolis guides tasters through five exquisite Pommery Champagnes in front of unparalleled views of England’s capital.
Classic British cars
Explore winding country lanes from the stylish seat of a classic car. Drive the most iconic names in motoring with the vintage collection at The Open Road in Shakespeare’s birthplace of Warwickshire. Timeless beauties include the post-office-box-red 1970 Jaguar E-Type Roadster and the sapphire Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA. For a super- fast selection of deluxe sports cars, book a Red Letter Days ultimate racetrack driving day in Loughborough.
Private sunrise balloon flight
Glide into the dawn hand-in-hand with a romantic sunrise balloon flight. Exclusive balloon rides for two soar to up to 3,000ft, giving 360-degree vistas of the waking world below. After floating back down to earth, passengers toast the experience with a glass of chilled Champagne. Flights can be arranged at many beautiful locations across England, from picturesque coastal spots to handsome cities such as Bath and York.
Exclusive dip in the sacred Cross Bath
Soak in the waters of England’s only natural hot springs in the privacy of the Thermae Bath Spa’s Cross Bath. The oval Cross Bath sits apart from the popular main spa, in its own golden-stoned enclosure. Private gatherings bathe and take refreshment with Champagne and canapés on this sacred spot, where the Celts once worshiped the goddess Sul.
Join the elite team at EMI Music Publishing for a day of music making. Budding composers can get help bring existing material to life, or the team of professionals can create a unique track to commemorate any special occasion. Studios to pick from include London’s iconic Abbey Road, a favourite of English music legends The Beatles. Make it a truly exceptional day and bring in a popular recording artist to feature on the track.
Remember, we will custom build this to suit your exact requirements.