Luxury Activity, Golf and Spa Breaks in the UK
Take a few days away from it all and enjoy a luxury break in the UK. Whether it’s a golf break you fancy, more traditional countryside pursuits such as shooting or fishing, or try something completely new such as paddle boarding or sailing, there are many luxurious activity breaks available throughout the United Kingdom. Here are some of our IL Ambassadors favourites.
Luxury Activity Breaks Scotland
Located in the heart of the Highlands in an ancient forest, this beautiful luxury lodge is an ideal place from which to enjoy the great outdoors and when you return, relax in indulgent comfort. A range of onsite activities can be arranged for you – from the more strenuous such as guided hikes, clay pigeon shooting, 4×4 tours or mountain biking, to the more peaceful, such as world-class brown trout fishing, beauty treatments or whisky tasting. The championship golf course, Royal Dornoch, is nearby, or the experienced team will be delighted to arrange other activities such as archery, falconry displays or dolphin watching trips, should you require.
The Lodge is a fully serviced by attentive staff and catered by a talented chef. The Victorian manor house is comfortable and spacious, beautifully refurbished and offers the ultimate luxury escape and chance to unwind in front of a roaring fire when you come back from whatever adventures your days have brought.
Located in East Lothian, home to some of the finest links golf courses in the world, and only an hour or two away from even more world-famous courses, Gilmerton House is ideally placed for your next luxury golf break. The House itself is a Grade A -Listed Georgian mansion, an award-winning exclusive use property with sumptuous bedrooms, elegant bathrooms and stunning reception rooms. Offering an exceptional level of accommodation and outstanding service, Gilmerton House is the perfect location from which to base your dream golfing itinerary. Whilst the staff can arrange a variety of different activities, with so many golf courses in the vicinity, guests are spoiled for choice.
Locally, amongst others, golfers will find the championship courses of Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick; further afield, but not too far away lie the world-class courses of St Andrews, or the championship courses at Gleneagles and Carnoustie. And when you return from a day on the courses you can look forward to a comfortable and luxurious place to unwind, ready for the next challenge.
Located at the gateway to the Cairngorms, Cray House and Estate exclusive use, is a luxurious place from which to explore and enjoy the Highlands and all the activities the area has to offer. Cray House can organise a wide range of activities dependant on the season. Situated only a few miles from Glenshee, the team at Cray house can arrange skiing tuition and kit rental. In warmer months, one can fish for brown trout on the loch or salmon on Cray Estate’s own stretch of the River Shee with the assistance of a ghillie; and permits can be arranged by the Estate for fishing in other waters. Stalking and shooting can be arranged as well as guides for walking and mountain biking in the hills. They can also arrange paddle boarding, should you fancy it, or beauty treatments for those who wish to opt for something less strenuous.
When you return from a day in the great outdoors, you will find a stately former shooting lodge, with beautiful original features yet refurbished to the highest standard. Relax in front of a roaring fire or take a gentle stroll around the fine grounds to unwind. Cray House is a hidden gem in the most glorious location.
A stunning castle set in the beautiful Scottish countryside, Turin Castle exclusive use offers a programme of activities ranging from the sporting to the indulgent, to partner stately and luxurious accommodation and make your break truly special. Boasting no less than 118 golf courses within a short drive, the House of Turin could be the ideal location upon which to centre a golfing break, however, there are a wealth of activities nearby to consider. Private loch fishing, sea trout fishing or fly fishing for salmon may all be arranged. The team can also arrange stag, pheasant or grouse shoots on nearby estates, seasonally dependent. Other country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, archery or falconry might be ideal, or the simple joys of hill walking in the Angus glens. Less strenuous and more indulgent activities can be arranged in the castle and gardens from whisky tasting to chocolate making workshops.
The team at Turin Castle will create a bespoke itinerary for your luxury activity break in Scotland, and whether you choose the energetic or the relaxing, you can rest assured that you will enjoy a memorable and delightful stay in a unique Scottish mansion.
An exclusive use country house, set in the midst of a beautiful estate within the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, Candacraig House exclusive use is in a truly perfect location to explore the Scottish wilderness. Located close to some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the world for the experienced angler, a local ghillie can assist on the world famous River Don, or beginners can try their hand learning to fly fish on the estate’s own small loch. Within the Cairngorms National Park itself there are endless opportunities to take in the awe-inspiring scenery whilst walking or mountain biking, and nearby horse-riding and water sports can be arranged. The estate is also in easy reach of over 50 golf courses, and for those that would like to sample Scotland’s national drink, Whisky, the Whisky Trail of Scotland’s distilleries could provide a diverting and enjoyable afternoon!
When you return from your days’ activities, you will find truly exceptional service and sumptuous accommodation. Whether you choose to relax in the beautiful reception rooms of the house, stroll around the Victorian walled garden or even enjoy the woodland bonfire area, you will be able to relax and unwind in complete comfort and luxury.
A truly unique setting for a break in Scotland, the traditional baronial house exterior hides a contemporary, stylish interior. Modern art combined with traditional fairytale, The Gart is an exceptional yet luxurious hideaway in a great location. Nearby, clay pigeon shooting or archery can be arranged and The Gart is also within easy reach of Loch Lomond and the watersports available there, including boat hire, wake boarding and paddle boarding. Other activities close at hand include stunning walks in the Highlands, or the estate’s ghillie can be hired as a picnic butler for an unforgettable experience. Located near Callendar, several of Scotland’s finest golf courses are in easy driving distance, as are various castles and distilleries for a more relaxing outing.
Whatever you choose to do whilst staying at The Gart, within the house itself there are unusual ways to unwind at the end of a busy day, such as contemplating the artwork or having a go on the house drum kit or digital baby grand piano. You will be staying in beautifully styled and sumptuous accommodation, and if you’re looking for a place to stay with a unique twist, The Gart is the place for you.
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Fife countryside, Hawkswood is perfect for a group of serious golfers looking to partake of the historic, world class golf courses located nearby. Hawkswood really does cater to the golfer, with Short Game Areas designed and built by a golf professional to hone your skills – including pitching mats, and a variety of holes and bunkers. After spending a long day on one of the outstanding links or parkland courses nearby, guests may relax in the Hydro Spa to relieve tension in those tired muscles. Close to St Andrews, the home of golf, the historic Old Course as well as many other championship courses, Hawkswood is also within a reasonable drive of so many of the stunning world-class courses Scotland can offer.
When it comes to the 19th Hole, guests can relax on the terraced balcony or dine alfresco in the Mediterranean barbecue area to refresh themselves, and sleep soundly in the eminently comfortable and luxurious accommodation to prepare for the next golfing challenge.
Luxury Activity Breaks in Ireland
This stunning castle in Co Waterford, dating from 1170, is an ideal location to bask in luxurious accommodation and yet enjoy the wide range of activities this beautiful part of Ireland has to offer.
Lismore Castle luxury exclusive is perfectly located to enjoy: a day at the races, round of golf and salmon fishing on the River Blackwater outside the Castle. Walking and hiking trips can be arranged, as can cycling, yoga, tennis or horse riding. For a truly exceptional experience or to celebrate that special occasion, even a hot air balloon experience can be arranged. If water sports are your “thing”, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing and whale watching are close at hand, with the concierge team happy to help arrange an itinerary.
And afterwards, when it’s time to unwind, you can curl up and relax in front of the fire in the splendour and comfort of this luxurious exclusive use castle and indulge in afternoon tea to refresh your energy levels or simply enjoy the grounds before savouring the talents of the in-house chef.
This beautiful 18th Century Georgian mansion, in the picturesque setting of County Cork has a wide variety of activities both on the estate and nearby, whilst boasting impressive comfort and ways to unwind.
The experienced ghillie will help you fish on the stunning stretch of river running through the estate, and driven game shoots or clay pigeon shoots can also be arranged. Play tennis or croquet, learn the art of archery or relax in the indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, or even enjoy a few games of snooker – if you’re feeling particularly energetic, make use of the fitness room.
Once your busy day is done, meander through the wonderful grounds and garden before enjoying a delightful meal with the in-house staff catering to your every whim.
This 12th Century moated manor house, set in beautiful grounds in the midst of the English countryside has been beautifully and luxuriously appointed to provide a comfortable and comfortable base from which to explore the local area.
On the 800-acre estate there are plenty of places to explore, including glorious ancient woodlands and lovely gardens. Clay shooting and stalking may be arranged, and you can even fish for trout in the moat! The team can advise and assist regarding other activities further afield, but when you have such lovely activities close at hand, you might not wish to venture too far.
Accommodation is delightful and the staff helpful but discreet. Combining authenticity and a stunning historical setting with contemporary style and modern comfort, this really is a hidden gem.
Luxury Activity Breaks – Wales
Felin Newedd Manor House Shooting and Fishing Breaks
A beautiful manor set in Mid-Wales, Felin Newedd is in the most perfect location for shooting parties, whilst offering a relaxing and wonderfully comfortable venue to relax and unwind afterwards.
Pheasant or partridge, duck or grouse, woodcock or snipe – shoots can be arranged all through the season. Fishing in the grounds and clay pigeon shooting are all possible, or merely relax and take in the stunning scenery. Play croquet or star-gaze or even forage for your supper in the grounds. Or head further afield and enjoy sailing, kayaking or canoeing in the nearby Brecon Beacons National Park, or enjoy the glorious surroundings on foot, by bike, or on horseback.
When you return back to Felin Newedd after a day’s excursion, bask in the finest comfort, unwind and relax and prepare yourself for yet another wonderful day tomorrow.
This stately yet romantic Welsh castle, complete with ramparts and turrets, is a Regency Gothic masterpiece newly refurbished to an exceptional standard. Quirky and charming, the views from the windows to the Welsh coastline are truly remarkable.
Explore the rugged beaches, visit the nearby Ynys-hir bird sanctuary or Ynyslas nature reserve, or set sail from the nearby Aberystwyth marina and marvel at the wonderful native wildlife of the area. Walk in the Welsh hills, take part in a shoot or enjoy a round of golf if you’re feeling energetic, or explore the pretty coastal towns and take in the sights if you fancy a more relaxing jaunt. Lie on the nearby beach or laze the day away in the fabulous gardens. Finish the evening watching the sun set from the terrace, or from the ramparts, cool drink in hand, content after a wonderful day.
Luxury Activity Breaks in England
Situated near Bath, in Wiltshire, The Manor House is an exclusive luxury hotel which offers a variety of ways in which to relax and unwind, but specialising in luxurious golf breaks.
A golfing gem, designed in 1992 by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark, The Manor House is widely regarded as one of the finest golf clubs England has to offer. With undulating landscapes set in 365 acres of stunning English countryside, it provides a challenge to all levels of golfer. Guests can also try a spot of fly-fishing on the river, play croquet on the lawn or simply enjoy the stunning grounds.
With a range of dining options, from a Michelin-starred restaurant to more casual venues such as the Clubhouse, after a hard day on the course you can relax on the 19th Hole before retiring to your comfortable and luxurious bedroom or suite, to prepare for the next day’s golfing adventure.
A 19th Century castle on the edge of the Cotswolds, surrounded by a deer park, arboretum and lake, Eastnor Castle is a fascinating and beautiful historical venue from which to partake of a wide variety of activities. The award-winning accommodation within the Castle is decorated and furnished to an impeccable standard, some with four-poster beds and elegant bathrooms. The public rooms are stunning too – and outside there is much on offer.
The Land Rover Experience based in the grounds offers a range of thrilling and dynamic experiences, from taster sessions up to whole day courses, with expert tuition. Explore the 5000 acre estate and the conquer some of miles of demanding tracks for off-road driving. If that all sounds too much, explore the Deer Park on foot, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Explore the spectacular arboretum or sit by the magnificent lake to while away some peaceful hours.
Eastnor Castle promises tranquility and splendour combined with the highest levels of comfort and luxury and exceptional service. If off-road driving is something you have always wanted to try, or if you want a completely stunning place to stay whilst exploring further afield, Eastnor is a truly outstanding option.