boutique boltholes on a £150 budget

An adult night away is the ultimate self-indulgence in my book. Parent or no, the chance to dirty someone else’s linen, take a loooooong hot soak, enjoy a delicious meal (without having to clear up after) then stumble the few paces back to an inviting, undisturbed slumber? Bliss.

Thing is, it can be a pretty big financial indulgence too. Room, dinner, breakfast, drinks at the bar, it can all add up to a frightening sum. The notion that luxury comes at a price has justifiable grounds; should you wish to, you can quite literally spend a fortune.

But I find there’s always an exception (or 3!) to the rule – case in point below. I’ve tried & tested these little boutique treasures and can personally vouch that they’re more than worth the money.

3 boutique boltholes that cost less than you think

1. The Fish Hotel, Cotswolds – bed & breakfast rooms from £105

Having enjoyed a very recent stay, I can confirm this is a bona fide winner. Part of the same über-groomed Farncombe Estate, The Fish Hotel is the little sister of the prestigious Dormy House Hotel and Foxhill Manor establishments (circa £500 & £400 per room respectively) and benefits from the beauty of identical panoramic Cotswolds views but with a far more affordable price-tag. Think laid back luxury, stylish cosy-chic. The layout is home-from-home or there are brand new ‘Hilly Huts’ with private hot tubs for the more adventurous. Plus the restaurant offers insanely delicious, decently priced grub. Lobster hotdog anyone? (I can vouch that it’s worth the punt)

2. Hotel du Vin – bedroom, 3 course meal, breakfast & wine package from £146


An escape to one of the seventeen Hotel du Vin’s across the UK is a real treat. Exceedingly well located within some of the most beautiful university and cathedral towns and cities, it has the boutique bolthole blueprint down pat. Fine wine, French bistro grub, roll top baths, enormous beds and sumptuous dark decor. They also run some really great value special offers such as the Sunday Stopover (which I have taken advantage of) – rooms for £25 (!!) when you make a very reasonable minimum spend in the restaurant. No brainer.

3. The Miller of Mansfield, Goring – stay & dine with breakfast package from £125

Cleverly marketed as a ‘modern inn’, the Miller of Mansfield is the brainchild of two former team members of The Fat Duck Group and it shows. Elegant food, low key service, boldly decorated bedrooms all concealed within an 18th century coaching inn. My husband & I stayed in the Wigston Magna superior double with a feature Japanese bath most definitely made for two!

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