There’s nothing quite like an escape to the country and the Chic Retreats collection of country boutique hotels, luxury B&Bs and countryside villas has the pick of small chic hotels for a romantic rural jaunt or walking holiday.

For opulent Georgian splendour book a stay at Babington House in Somerset: with a Cowshed spa, swimming pools, cinema, a brasserie-style restaurant and stunning natural surroundings on the doorstep it’s the ultimate country house retreat. Our UK selection of country chic retreats also features elegant, home-from-home, Dormy House in the Cotswolds which has a spa, several intimate living rooms with roaring log fires and two excellent restaurants to dine in. From here, you can play golf on the neighbouring course or walk down through the fields to the nearby, picturesque village of Broadway.

If you want to leave the UK behind, the Hacienda de San Antonio, overlooking the volcanic hills of Colima in Mexico, couldn’t be more of a contrast. Part of a working ranch with a coffee plantation and organic farm, you can explore the estate, take a tour around the granite precipices of the nearby volcano and go mountain biking or bird watching. In Argentina, the best country chic retreat comes in the form of the new Grace Cafayate a luxury boutique hotel which forms part of ‘La Estancia de Cafayate’, a secluded 1,250 acre estate in the Calchaquí Valley, an area famous for its outstanding natural beauty and premium wines.

In Spain, Trasierra in Andalucia is in the middle of a 350-acre estate surrounded by olive and scented orange groves and backed by the Sierra Morena Mountains. A stay here is all about making the most of the scenery on long walks, bird watching or horse riding. The owner Charlotte Scott opens the house up for yoga retreats and courses such as photography and Spanish lessons at certain times of the year too, so you can learn a new skill in an inspiriting, peaceful setting.  Alternatively, stay at Hotel Iturregi, a boutique hotel in Basque Country which offers the best of both worlds: peace and quiet but with San Sebastian only 20 minutes’ drive down the road.

Think of the countryside in Italy and the rolling hills of Tuscany spring to mind (and we have plenty of country boutique hotels to choose from there) but we also have Villa Cordevigo Wine Relais on Lake Garda, Azienda Agricola Mandranova on a working olive farm in Sicily, the charming Borgo di Carpiano in Umbria and many more. Why not try Hotel Spa La Torre where you can ski-in and out of the Dolomites in winter or Hotel su Gologone, a little oasis in Sardinia that’s equally popular with honeymooners and families.

Whether you are looking for an adventurous break or simply a peaceful holiday in the hills, our collection of boutique hotels and luxury villas in the country is here to help you find your perfect rustic hideaway. 


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Boathouse at Knotts End


ullswater, united kingdom

Overlooking a sweep of private lake and surrounded by acres of well-established woodland, the Boathouse at Knotts End is an idyllic chic retreat just for two in the Lake District. Interiors are fresh and modern, but still retain a feeling of its 150-year history.

Cary Arms


united kingdom

The Cary Arms combines boutique hotel style with an English pub feel in the quaint seaside town of Babbacombe, Devon. This charming beachside retreat is surrounded by cliffs & hills along a glorious stretch of coastline.

Chateau Les Carrasses


capestang, france

 Blending the facilities and standards of larger luxury hotels with friendly and attentive service and the privacy of a luxury villa rental. Chateau Les Carrasses has managed to create the idyllic holiday experience for families in Languedoc, Lulu's favourite area in France.

Chewton Glen


united kingdom

Multi award-winning luxury hotel Chewton Glen has been voted one of the 'World's Best Hotels' by Conde Nast Traveller. Situated in the New Forest in Hampshire it is the perfect spot for a mid-week dash a deux or a few days away with the family.

Dormy House


united kingdom

Award-winning Dormy House Hotel & Spa sets the (very high) standard for luxury Cotswold hotels and is sure to captivate the hearts of everyone who stays. Possibly the best boutique hotel and spa in the Cotswolds.

Il Borro


arezzo, italy

Exceptional service, luxury and indulgence are just a few highlights that a stay in the medieval village Il Borro offer guests. Choose between one of the magnificent suites, farmhouses or historic villas and enjoy one of the many activities on offer during your stay in Tuscany.
Lime Wood


lyndhurst, united kingdom

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, Lime Wood is the best luxury boutique hotel and spa to have opened in the New Forest, just 1.5 hours from London. Perfect for romantic breaks, a mid-week dash, or time away with the family.

Sasso al Melo


cutigliano, italy

A dream for all seasons, Sasso al Melo, with its 5 apartmetns, is perfect for winter skiing and hiking, fishing, riding and mountain biking in the summer. Situated on the border between Tuscany and Emilia it is perfectly located for those wanting to explore the best of both regions.

Village Castigno



Village Castigno is the BRAND NEW baby of the Chateau Castigno Estate in Languedoc Roussillon. A stay here is what dreams are made of with whimsical design and plenty of delicious food and wine. A glorious combination of vineyard, village and boutique hotel in Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France, it is NEW for 2015.

AfroChic Diani


diani beach, kenya

AfroChic Diani is a newly opened luxury lodge on the Kenyan coast. This beautiful boutique villa has just 10 suites and is perfect for a relaxing stay after a safari. A peaceful hotel by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Agua d'Alte


evora, portugal

Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards Agua d'Alte is a new country house hotel in the region of Evora in Alentejo, Portugal.  There is plenty to do in the area for those not happy to just relax by the pool and enjoy delicious home cooking.

Aiguille Grive Chalets Hotel



Aiguille Grive Chalets Hotel is a design boutique hotel just a few minutes from the ski resort of Les Arc 1800 in the French Alps. Made up of 6 chalets (each with 4-6 bedrooms) and 12 double rooms this Chic Retreat is the perfect hideaway for families and friends.
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