Leave your daily obligations behind and feel a world away in mere minutes! Our magical country house hotels are easily accessed from London and make the perfect base from which to embark on joyful day trips. Discover Britain’s finest gardens, historical sites or dining experiences.

These short trips provide a real taste of the English countryside. Whether it's a walk through historic Bath or an immersive experience in the heart of Surrey, these itineraries offer an idyllic escape from city life. Continue to read and find the best countryside day trips from London.

A short trip to Chilston Park, Lenham
31 minutes from Stratford International to Ashford International
32 minutes from London Bridge to Ashford International

An exciting blend of history and fun-filled family experiences awaits at Leeds Castle, only 16 minutes by car from Chilston Park Hotel. Step inside the Castle walls and see how Anglo-American heiress, Lady Olive Baillie made the Castle her own in the 1930’s. Explore the grounds where peacocks roam free and where you may spot the famous black swans. You can even book a Segway to get around! 

And that’s not all, check the Castle’s event schedule – you can attend an open air cinema event this summer or watch incredible falconry displays. And for a real family-thrill you can take to the treetops with Go Ape. 

After all that excitement Chilston Park will welcome you with open arms. Fall into a comfortable chair next to the magnificent fireplace in the Marble Lounge. Come and enjoy a short break in the beautiful Kentish countryside!

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Chilston Park Hotel
Leeds Castle

A short trip to Nutfield Priory, Redhill
31 minutes from London Bridge to Redhill
37 minutes from London Victoria to Redhill

There’s nothing more desirable than a day trip to the countryside complete with elegant sparkling wines and fantastic views. Godstone Vineyards is set in 50 acres of glorious Surrey Hills and just a 12 minute taxi journey from Nutfield Priory. Soak up the sunshine on the Terrace whilst you sample “England in a glass”! This really is a great way to get out of the city on a short trip from London and bask in the quietude of the countryside.

Stay the night and indulge in a curated spa day the next day with a leisurely afternoon tea at Nutfield Priory Spa. Choose from a range of ELEMIS treatments designed to relax, rejuvenate and restore…

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Nutfield Priory Hotel
Godstone Vineyards
Nutfield Priory Spa brochure

A short trip to Bailbrook House, Bath 
1.5 hours from London Paddington to Bath Spa

From one city to another, pack your sight-seeing itinerary and prepare for a day, or two, of discovery. Escape to Bath for a short break. First, arrive at Bailbrook House Hotel and you will instantly be transported to another time - this beautiful country mansion offers Bridgerton-like vibes!

Set off for the city centre which is only a 15 minute car journey or opt to take the 30 minute stroll where you can get a glimpse of the spectacular skyline.

Be sure to include the ancient Roman Baths and magnificent Bath Abbey. Have your own modern day bath experience at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral rich waters. The rooftop pool offer unrivalled views over the city – the perfect place to relax and take it all in. 

Treat yourself to a weekend getaway from London filled with exquisite architecture, charming cafes, private gardens and elegantly designed museums. 

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Bailbrook House Hotel
More about staycations in Bath

A short trip to Rookery Hall, Cheshire 
2 hours & 5 minutes from London Euston to Adlington

A short-day trip from London to Nantwich, Cheshire is the perfect way to spend your weekend away. This charming small town offers many delightful things to see and do.

Cheshire is home to some of the most breath-taking gardens to get lost in. Take a kneader through Ness Botanic Gardens, Tatton Park Gardens and historic Little Moreton Hall & Gardens – all of which are reachable in under an hour from Rookery Hall. Our team can even pack up a classic picnic for you, complete with picnic rug.

To top off a relaxing getaway why not book into Rookery Hall’s award winning spa? Comfort Zone and ELEMIS treatments offer the perfect remedy, from stress-melting massages to radiance boosting facials.

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Rookery Hall Hotel
Staycation brochure
Spa brochure

A short trip to Woodlands Park, Cobham 
40 minutes from Waterloo to Cobham
45 minutes from London Victoria to Cobham

Discover the village of Cobham in Surrey, just a short trip from central London. The village is characterised by history and heritage and boasts many public parks, green spaces and ancient woodland.

Gin lovers, this one’s for you! Silent Pool Distillery is just 30 minutes from Woodlands Park. Join a tour to learn about the unique four-stage process Silent Pool has for precisely controlling the quality and flavor of their handcrafted gins. As a taster, a portion of botanicals, including Bosnian Juniper berries, liquorice root, cassia bark, orris, and bergamot are bruised and macerated in base spirit before being transferred to the still. These give depth and mouthfeel, the rich and heavier flavours.

Finish the day on the sun-drenched terrace at Woodlands Park, overlooking the peaceful Surrey countryside. 

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Woodlands Park Hotel
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