Family gatherings abroad, private celebrations with friends, remote retreats for the like-minded – there are many reasons why exclusive-use properties are making a splash in the world of luxury travel. While Ker & Downey certainly has its preferred exclusive-use escapes worldwide, here are five UK Exclusive-use favorites that prove the UK is the perfect destination for those in search of authenticity and privacy.
One Denman Place, London
The Ham Yard Hotel’s luxurious private two-bedroom apartments at One Denman Place serve as the ideal beginning to any journey through the UK. Set in the midst of Soho and London’s exciting West End, these apartments have been individually designed by renowned British hotelier Kit Kemp in her signature quirky design. Residents will find that there is something here for the entire family to enjoy, especially as they have easy access to the hotel’s facilities next-door – complete with bowling alley, theatre, and a stunning rooftop. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore the vibrant capital, from iconic sites such as Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye, to an exhilarating RIB boat journey along the Thames.
Hound Lodge, Sussex
Next, journey south into the heart of West Sussex to the quintessentially British Goodwood Estate, home to the 12th Duke of Richmond. Set on 12,000 acres of rolling countryside and dating back to the 16th century, Goodwood Estate has a rich history as a quintessential British estate and is home to the world-famous Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Glorious Goodwood. Here you will stay at Hound Lodge, a magnificent 10-bedroom sporting lodge located on the estate. Your personal butler and chef will make sure you are well looked after, as you settle into an armchair by the roaring fire with tea and a slice of homemade cake. If you are feeling adventurous, head outside to enjoy one of the many sporting pursuits the estate has to offer – whether you drive the renowned motor circuit, go off-road in a BMW four-wheeler, take to the skies with a flying lesson, play a round of golf on one of two Championship courses, spend an afternoon clay-pigeon shooting, or simply enjoy the stillness of an early morning walk across the South Downs.
Foxhill Manor, Cotswolds
Continue your journey through the English countryside to your own private retreat at Foxhill Manor, a stunning Cotswold manor house set within the 400-acre Farncombe Estate. With eight unique luxurious bedrooms, you will experience the character and charm of a boutique-hotel hideaway, with heartfelt personal service and an easy-going atmosphere. Enjoy intimate gourmet dinners in the Dining Room, prepared by your own personal chef; relax in front of a film in the Screening Room; head outside to the terrace for an evening drink and a barbecue; or stroll to nearby picture-perfect Broadway village. Here you can do as much or as little as you like.
Gilpin Lake House, Cumbria
Venture north towards the spectacular Lake District in Cumbria and the beautiful Gilpin Lake House, located just a mile away from the Gilpin Hotel. This six-bedroom sanctuary is set on 100 acres of private grounds and overlooks a private lake and boat house. Relax and unwind by the fire in the lounge, sip champagne in the cedar wood hot tub, explore beautiful walks and bike trails through the Lake District National Park, or take to the water in your own private rowing boat to absorb the sense of peace and calm only unique to this region.
Fenton Tower, Scotland
Conclude your UK exclusive-use escape in Scotland at Fenton Tower, a magnificent fortified tower dating back to the 16th Century. With seven bedrooms, the tower has been meticulously restored with luxurious interiors, offering state-of-the-art facilities with the informality of a private home, including a great hall, library, and grand dining room. Set amongst the rolling Scottish countryside of Berwick and just a 40-minute drive from Edinburgh, you will be perfectly positioned to explore the surrounding area. Enjoy traditional country pursuits such as shooting and fishing; visit the scenic East Lothian coast or head into Edinburgh to explore the vibrant historic capital with an expert local guide. After a busy day, head back to your Scottish retreat and sip a dram of whisky in front of a roaring fire, in the comfort of your own private library.
Contact your Ker & Downey Travel Designer today to begin planning your UK Exclusive-Use Holiday.