By far the best way to get the full experience of the U.K. is to combine a visit to the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital with a trip to the peaceful and scenic countryside. The juxtaposition of town and country illustrates the remarkable range of experiences that this diverse country has to offer, from the soaring monuments and world-class museums of London, to the rolling hills, gorgeous gardens and World Heritage Jurassic coastline of Dorset.
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection will show you both sides of the U.K. with its ‘Town & Country’ offer, which combines a one-night stay at Dorset’s serene Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa with a night at one of Red Carnation’s six spectacular London properties.
Located in the picturesque village of Evershot, the scene of many novels by acclaimed author Thomas Hardy, the stunning five-star Summer Lodge is a charming 24-bedroom Relais & Châteaux property that ranks among the finest country house hotels in England. Guests can dine in the highly acclaimed restaurant, enjoy decadent treatments at the on-site spa, play tennis or croquet, or relax and unwind by the fire in the cozy bar, where there is a vast range of malt whiskies, brandies, classic cocktails and an extensive wine list to choose from. The property is adjacent to the 600-acre Melbury Estate and Deer Park, an expanse of verdant Dorset countryside that’s perfect for strolling during warm summer days. Dorset is also home to a range of exhilarating opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, golf, and falconry, and idyllic beaches and charming small market towns are just a short drive from the hotel.
In London, guests have the choice to stay at either The Chesterfield Mayfair, The Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury, The Rubens at the Palace in Victoria, Hotel 41 in Belgravia, The Milestone Hotel and Residences in Kensington, or The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge. All six luxury, boutique hotels are renowned for their exquisite fine dining, sumptuous surroundings, and highly personalized service that’s driven by the ethos “no request is too large, no detail is too small.” Each hotel is ideally located within walking distance of major attractions such as Harrod’s, Kensington Palace and the British Museum, which means you’ll be able to maximize your time in the city.
The exceptional ‘Town & Country’ offer starts at $595 and includes the following: one night’s accommodation in London and one at Summer Lodge; breakfast each day; train travel between London and Dorset; and transfers between the train station and Summer Lodge. Extra nights at Summer Lodge, The Milestone Hotel and Residences, Hotel 41 or The Egerton House Hotel can be added for $260 per night; extra nights at The Chesterfield Mayfair, The Montague on the Gardens or The Rubens at the Palace can be added for $200 per night.