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Help finding a 2 night relaxing solo UK break for me, please

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TheCheeseAlarm · 29/05/2022 14:45

I'd really like to find somewhere to stay for 2 nights at the end of August to relax and recharge my batteries. Somewhere in the UK that I could get to by train from London and would be great as a solo break for me. I've had a punishing year and would love to do this before term starts again in September.

I'd like somewhere friendly, and not overpoweringly grand, that has lovely grounds (or a balcony) I can sit in/on and read, and has a lovely restaurant so I don't need to leave at all. Spa treatments would be a bonus, as would a seaview, but neither are a deal breaker.

My budget is around £600. I've had a look online but as this is so far outside what I normally do, I'm clueless. So I wondered if someone would have any ideas or recommendations.

Thank you in advance.

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AuntieDolly · 29/05/2022 14:55

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FormerlySpeckledyHen · 29/05/2022 15:22

I’ve stayed at The Dart Marina. I was lovely.

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FormerlySpeckledyHen · 29/05/2022 15:23

*it was lovely - not me!

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Time40 · 29/05/2022 15:31

The Osborne Hotel in Torquay is nice. It's on the cliffs with a lovely sea view, and it's got a gym and an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool. I didn't eat in the restaurant, so can't vouch for their food, but the breakfast was fine.

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TheCheeseAlarm · 29/05/2022 15:32

That does look really lovely. Thank you

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cardboardbox24 · 29/05/2022 15:40

Ooh that looks lovely. I suspect a good 5 hours away from London on public transport though

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timestheyarechanging · 29/05/2022 17:43

The Yarrow Hotel in Broadstairs is lovely and Ramsgate is just a few miles away

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MooseBeTimeForSnow · 29/05/2022 18:19

Seaham Hall in County Durham

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TheCheeseAlarm · 29/05/2022 20:10

Thank you all for the suggestions. I shall check them out.

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lightisnotwhite · 29/05/2022 21:39

How about the aisle of Wight? 1.5 hours on the train from Waterloo. The train and Cat are in the same station (in an old Victorian pier). 15 mins later and in your in Ryde straight on a fabulous beach.
Staying somewhere glamorous is tricky as most places lean towards quirky.
you want a spa theres The Lakeside Spa and Hotel at Wotton. ( close to Ryde - 15 minute taxi). Water but no sea,
However if you don’t mind catching a bus the Wellington in Ventir has impressive balconies and amazing expansive sea www.thewellington.co.uk/gallery.
Or cig you want something different there’s a yurt in Brembridge harbour with your own little pontoon to watch the sea on. Short walk to St Helens beach and fresh seafood 5 minutes up the road at The Best Dressed Crab.

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PartyPlan · 29/05/2022 21:53

Have a look at Ockenden Manor in Sussex. Should fit the bill. A lot of the spa hotels are out of budget but this is doable. www.hshotels.co.uk/ockenden-manor

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ElleWoodsandBruiser · 30/05/2022 18:49

This is nice, I haven’t stayed, have only eaten there. No sea view but great beach v nearby. It has a spa.

thegallivant.co.uk

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TheCheeseAlarm · 31/05/2022 20:41

Thank you for all of these. Ockendon Manor looks like it might be a good fit.

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PartyPlan · 01/06/2022 08:46

From London, you can get a train direct to Haywards Heath. Ockenden is about 15 mins in a cab from there, lots sit at the front of the station. You could do Brighton for the day on the train if you are craving the sea.

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mycatallowsmetolivehere · 01/06/2022 08:50

Ragdale Hall

Wonderful spa treatments, beautiful grounds , amazing service , great food , quiet spaces as well as gym facilities and more social areas
Restaurant even have a solo diner table that you can join or decline without fuss

Expensive but worth it

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Ruralbliss · 01/06/2022 08:56

The Palace Hotel, Buxton

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Quornflakegirl · 01/06/2022 09:02

Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds is lovely.

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Jubileeeeeeee · 01/06/2022 20:19

The spa at Ockenden is beautiful and you could read there but I’m not sure that the hotel completely fits your brief.

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CMOTDibbler · 01/06/2022 20:40

Not by the sea, but the loveliest grounds of any hotel I've been to, the Ickworth is 3 miles from Bury St Edmunds train station. I had a random 1 night stay there for work, and had a beautiful, tranquil, evening swimming and then cycling round in the ground. The food was fab

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