12 September 2017 by Anna Staford
With recent extreme weather events, including heatwaves across Europe, tropical storm Harvey, and now terrifying Hurricane Irma set to wreak havoc across the Caribbean and possibly Florida State, you may be tempted to stay very close to home for your next break.
For those contemplating a sneaky weekend away this Autumn, why not opt for something a bit different, where you can hunker down and feel as safe as houses, like a stay in a castle, or even a sea fort?
Take a look at our great tips, if you fancy treating yourself to a luxury hotel getaway with a difference:
Constructed 500 years ago boasts prestigious house guests including Henry VIII, his new bride Anne Boleyn and Mary I.
Thornbury dates back to the 10th century and the time of the Domesday Book and is set in idyllic grounds, with a vineyard and kitchen garden which stocks the restaurant, and situated next to the imposing St Mary's Church, which also dates back to the 12th century. This truly luxury hotel boasts unique 4 poster bedrooms, adorned with period furniture and wall hangings. Go to: www.thornburycastle.co.uk
Originally a sea fort, built between 1865 and 1880, has now been converted into a unique, luxury hotel that you reach by boat. This is one of the UK’s most secluded and unique venues and offers panoramic seascape views from the floor to ceiling windows, and its central Atrium. Treat yourself to the Lighthouse Suite which has the best views, or try one of the 22 individual rooms and suites, with their stylish furnishings and historical features. Go to: https://solentforts.com/no-mans-fort/
It was originally commissioned to provide the Royal family with clean water on Royal Sandringham Estate in 1871. This 60 foot tower is a perfect example of Victorian architecture and engineering and its cast iron tank that can contain 32,000 gallons of water. The viewing room was originally set aside for the royal family, offers excellent views of the surrounding landscape, which is only surpassed by the spectacular panorama you are treated to if you climb to the roof at the top of the tower. It is a well preserved landmark and offers a unique hotel experience. Go to: Landmark Trust 01628 825925 / landmarktrust.org.uk.
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Wherever you chose to travel, review the latest travel advice to make an informed choice about your next destination by checking the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.