At Virtuo we are big believers in doing things differently. There is a saying that ‘winners don’t do different things, they do things differently’. Couple this with the importance of a ‘change of scenery’, an often overused expression that sometime’s easy to forget.
Not to go too sciency but the hippocampus is a part of our brain that is involved in spatial navigation and memory formation, by changing scenery we are increasing activity in this area which in turn influences mood. Ok, so lets recap: do things differently and change your scenery.
To help keep that hippocampus active, we’ve put together our top six weird and wonderful places to stay in the UK so that you can do both. Remember, if you need a set of wheels to escape, our cars are prepped and ready for an adventure.
THE BOATHOUSE, LONDON
This boutique hotel barge is dripping in style. Floating in west London’s pocket park, this place has been carefully designed in partnership with interior brand design company made.com. It is filled with contemporary art, hand-picked designer furnishings, and minimalist Scandi-style décor that’s begging to be Instagrammed. Whilst staying at the boathouse, you’ll be treated to a complimentary Daylesford hamper, packed with goodies including fresh bread and homemade jams. Two bicycles and a rowing boat are also provided, free for you to take off and explore London to your hearts’ content.
LOST MEADOW TREEPOD, CORNWALL
The picture says it all, if you are looking for a totally wild experience suspended in the trees, then this is the place is for you. Nestle in for the night and listen to the sound of nature around you. In the morning you can enjoy a fresh brew looking over the pond and then head out for a walk in the 20 acres of land. In the evening, you can stroll through the forest to the local pub for a spot of food and some drink.
THE WINDMILL, SUFFOLK
George Clarke visited this place for his TV show on amazing spaces (good show, you should check it out). It truly is a luxurious place overlooking the glorious English countryside. The property is the perfect blend of history and modernity, it has been in existence for 129 years but doesn’t look a day over 21. Whether you are looking for a getaway filled with walking and lazying around, or experiencing something completely different this windmill is perfect for all.
CATGILL FARM GLAMPING, YORKSHIRE
Don’t get me wrong, camping is great fun but isn’t it just a lot better with a hot tub, fire pit and pizza oven? These woodland-themed timber pods give the perfect dose of nature but without all the downsides. The owners have thought of all the necessities with the pods being fitted with an ensuite, kitchen, Wifi, TV with Netflix, sofa, dining table and bunk beds. For the perfect wholesome evening, toast your marshmallows, sing your songs and finish up with a game of cards inside or just have a drink and eat pizza instead.
I probably don’t need to say anything more than have you seen the view? But in case that hasn’t convinced you this coastal property is luxury epitomised. The inside has been meticulously designed by an architect to ensure that you always get the best views of the Dolphinholme coast. Outside of the property, you can walk 5 minutes from the end of the garden and be on the beach, or head out the front and explore the Cornish town of St. Ives.
THE OLD CHURCH, PORTPATRICK
As Hozier (he’s a singer) once said ‘take me to church’. This converted church boasts an impressive array of original features with a modern twist that will have you feeling blessed. It is stocked with all the essentials, a bar and enough room for 15 people. Challenge each other to a game of pool or take a walk to the nearby beach. Trust me, a stay here will have you singing its praises to all your friends and family.
So there we have it, a list of six weird and wonderful places that will allow you to holiday like you’ve never holidayed before. The change of scenery and doing something differently will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world. Something that right now is more important than ever before. Oh and if you want some help with what to take then checkout is a weekend away checklist, I bet there’s something in there you hadn’t thought of before.
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