Last-minute summer breaks in the South West

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Last-minute summer breaks - The Idle Rocks

Still haven’t booked a summer holiday? Swap airport queues and flight cancellations for a stress-free holiday in the South West with these luxury last-minute summer breaks

The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall

With a sun-dappled terrace overlooking the boats bobbing in St Mawes Harbour, The Idle Rocks is one of the best spots in Cornwall to enjoy a summer sundowner. The coastal-chic hotel at the heart of the smart holiday destination is usually fully booked in high season but, luckily for anyone who wants to roadtest the cocktail list and experience the view for themselves, there are a limited number of rooms available this year for the Summer on the Rocks package.

The luxury break includes three nights in one of The Idle Rocks’ beautifully styled guest rooms, a three-course dinner crafted by executive chef Dorian Janmaat at the hotel restaurant, a three-course dinner at The St Mawes Hotel nearby, a signature cocktail to enjoy on the terrace and a full Cornish breakfast each morning.

Available until September 30. Prices start at £1725 for two. Book here.

Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa, Warminster, Wiltshire

Wiltshire may not have the hype of the Cotswolds or the coastlines of Cornwall, but the nature-rich county filled with fantastic country pubs, great walks and some pretty famous stones is an underrated spot for a South West escape.

Not far from the market town of Warminster is four-star Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa, a secluded retreat where guests can rewind and relax in the great British countryside. Spend the morning lazing by the outside pool before indulging in a long lunch on the terrace (the restaurant is also open to non-residents who want to soak up the stunning surroundings). Afternoons can be spent exploring the rural area on foot or getting blissed out in the spa.

Seasonal Spa Break Experiences start from £315 for two. Book here.

The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock, Devon

Select your holiday destinations based on the local dining options? The Gourmet Three-Night Break at The Horn of Plenty was made for fastidious foodies like you. The country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor has been a mecca for fine dining fanatics since the 1970s when it was run by Sonia Stevenson, the first woman to earn a Michelin star in the UK.

Today, head chef Ashley Lewis wows guests in The Horn of Plenty restaurant with his produce-led menus. Those indulging in the Gourmet Three-Night Break package will be treated to a three-course table d’hote menu on the first night, six-course signature tasting menu on the second and the choice of surf and turf or steak on the final evening. The offer also includes a cream tea on arrival.

Gourmet Three-Night Break from £930 for two. Book here.

Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa, Christchurch, Dorset

On clear days, Christchurch buzzes with staycationers seeking sun, seafood and Champagne – and those in the know head straight to Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa. The sleek, glass-encased hotel overlooking the River Stour is an uber glam spot to wine, dine and relax by the Dorset coast.

Savvy holidaymakers take advantage of the Sunday Summer Escape, which includes dinner for two (£40 allowance per person). It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the area without the crowds and enjoy a lazy Monday morning in bed with the papers. Those planning to visit in September should make the most of the four-nights-for-three deal which runs from September 1-5 over the Bournemouth Air Festival weekend. 

Sunday Summer Escape from £325. Book here.

No. 15 by Guesthouse Hotels, Bath

Heading to Wilderness or Valley Fest this summer? Rejuvenate your mind and body after a weekend of drinking and dancing by checking into No.15 By Guesthouse Hotel and treating yourself to its Post Festival Rehab package.

A comfy bed, warm shower, nourishing meal and spa treatment await those who snap up the offer at this boutique hotel in Bath. Choose from a spa menu that includes Lessen Your Stress, Ease Your Tension, Time Out for Mum-to-be and Relax Regime for Him massages, before heading to the restaurant to tuck into delicious seasonal dishes such as line-caught sea trout with niçoise salad, cured egg yolk and sauce vierge.

If your current life stage is more play park than main stage, check out the Kid’s Stay for Free offer which is running throughout the summer holidays.

Post Festival Rehab retreat from £350 for two. Book here.

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