The 3-hour Escape Plan – Country Escapes from London

country escapes from london

The hustle and bustle of London can often lead even the most shrewd city dwellers longing for an escape, though you may have a hard time getting them to admit it. As the towering glass skyscrapers continue to shoot up from the ground, you’re not the only one left feeling like real country escapes from London to peace and tranquility are a million miles away.

But what if we told you that a luxury weekend break is less than 3 hour’s drive from the city? A smooth train journey later, and you could flop into bed in a beautiful countryside manor, and get stuck into a good book while you listen to the trickle of the fountain outside – all in the same time it would take you to get to work and back on the tube? We’ve stumbled upon Oliver’s Travels – a luxury travel company offering magical places that are quite literally what dreams are made of, and we think – with careful planning – you could make your escape! Hastily rally some girlfriends for the weekend, and you could be basking in the courtyard of your very own castle, or book some quality family time in, and flee to a fantasy cottage with a thatched roof and knobbly apple trees outside before anyone catches up with you!

We’ve done all the hard work for you, and selected the best value for money luxury villas and houses Oliver’s Travels have to offer within 3-hours of London city. Distinctive self-catered houses that are yours for the holiday – a real home-from-home break away.

The Quirky House

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Dive headfirst into Tudor England, and live a king or queen for the weekend in this magnificent 16th-century gatehouse. A far cry from the stark, modern interiors of today, the Chevaliers Gatehouse is a myriad of elaborate plaster-work, red brick walls and heavy timber beams – furnished in heavy tapestries and richly-coloured, patterned wallpaper. Rally some friends for a royal weekend of food, wine and good company at this quirky retreat that’s hidden deep in the Shropshire countryside, and enjoy some restorative indulgence.

The Escape Plan:

  • Suitable for 4 people
  • 2 beds
  • Rural Shropshire
  • By Car: 2hr 53 minutes
  • By Train: 3hr
  • Guide price: £612 for a weekend getaway

Book your ticket outta’ here to Chevaliers Gatehouse from Oliver’s Travels.

The Romantic Country Cottage

romantic cottage

If nothing instills happiness like a thatched roof cottage, we don’t know what will! Beamers Cottage invites you to one of the most beautiful villages hidden in the luscious Cotswolds’ countryside, to indulge in a truly romantic weekend escape from London. Whip off your clothes, and dip your toes into the magnificent copper bath tub – obligatory glass of champagne to toast the weekend in hand! Feeling refreshed, you can step out of your 300-year-old home-from-home, and wander down the road to find a suitably charming country pub for dinner. Delightful – we think you’ll agree?

The Escape Plan:

  • Perfect retreat to enjoy for 4 close friends or just the 2 of you!
  • 2 beds
  • Cotswolds
  • By Car: 1hr 55minutes
  • By Train: 1hr 24minutes
  • Guide Price: £772 for an extended weekend getaway

Runaway, and get in that copper bathtub at Beamers Cottage from Oliver’s Travels.

The Family-friendly Luxury Holiday

family-friendly luxury holiday

A divine art-deco manor that sit’s gracefully atop the cliffs overlooking Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight, Culver Down Manor is perfect for large groups or family gatherings. Get together over the grand dining table at night, and enjoy stunning clifftop views during the day as you experience luxury-living from the extravagant 1920’s era. Celebrate a special occasion with friends, or bring the kids to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities; including trips to the beach, indoor and garden games, plus plenty of walking and hiking to make sure everyone’s fast asleep by the time the lights go out.
The Escape Plan:

  • 14 people
  • 7 beds
  • Isle of Wight
  • By Car: 3hr (inc ferry)
  • By Train: 2hr 50 (inc ferry)
  • Guide Price: £2,595 for an extended weekend getaway

Get the children to pack their bags, and escape to luxury living at Culver Down Manor from Oliver’s Travels

The Self-Catering Barn

self-catering barn

There’s nothing like a stylish barn conversion to draw you out into the countryside, and Oliver’s Travels have a special place to stay to tempt you and friends out into the West Country! Fantastic for large groups and families – Muddy Manor Barn has plenty of space, not to mention lovely added extras of a hot tub and pool table to help you kick back and relax for an extended weekend away. Perfect for a hen weekend in the countryside, or a beautiful space for friends to gather and celebrate a landmark birthday. There’s a gastropub with a menu to make your mouth water down the road, ideal if you all fancy ducking out of chef duties for the evening.
The Escape Plan:

  • 16 people
  • 6 beds
  • Somerset
  • By Car: 2 hr 19 minutes
  • By Train: 2hr 27 minutes
  • Guide price: £1,730 for a weekend getaway

Summon your friends, and make a quick getaway on the next train to Muddy Manor Barn from Oliver’s Travel.

It’s time to make your Great Escape – so get planning, and find special places that are so Instagrammable, you won’t be able to resist.

If you hadn’t noticed already – Oliver’s Travel selection of special places hold dreamy visions of the perfect, intimate English countryside wedding. Just something to keep in mind, y’know, for when the big day is on the horizon…

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