The Queen may have devoted the last 63 years of her life to serving her kingdom and people, but that doesn’t mean that Her Majesty hasn’t made time for a little rest occasionally!
Being in the public eye, with so many offical events to attend, knighthoods to award, and letters to respond to can get tiring, so every now and again the royals need to retreat for a bit of R&R. Although you may not have an estate in Scotland or a castle in Windsor to escape to, here’s how you can add a regal touch to any retreat of your own, inspired by none other than Her Majesty The Queen…
Ever wondered where the queen goes on holiday the most? Well that would be Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Her Majesty takes a two-month summer holiday at the royal family’s Scottish residence every year, and has been doing so since she was a young woman. It’s even where the Queen and Prince Philip were allowed to court in private before they announced their engagement nearly 70 years ago!
If you fancy staying in your own castle in Aberdeenshire, just a drive away rom the countryside adored by the royal family, then check yourself in to Craigston Castle for as little as £38 pounds per person per night! Find out more by clicking here.
Sandringham in Norfolk has long been a welcome country retreat for the Queen who enjoys getting away from the busy city when she can. The Sandringham Estate is the “much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen” and has belonged to four generations of British monarchs since 1862! The grounds of the estate provide plenty of room for two of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite hobbies – riding her horses and walking her dogs!
Stay less than a 20 minute drive away from the Queen’s country residence (and round the corner from Kate and Wills in Anmer Hall) in your very own country estate – Ingoldisthorpe Hall. The 9 bedroom residence sleeps up to 20 people, and if you can fill it with enough family and friends, works out at just £50 per person, per night, to rent. Click here to find out more!
Although Windsor Castle is technically one of the Queen’s residences rather than a holiday retreat, it is undeniable that the monarch enjoys her time away from London in this grand escape. The Queen spends the majority of her weekends in private at Windsor, and she takes up ‘official residence’ at the residence (the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle) for a month over Easter (March to April), known as Easter Court.
Described as the “stateliest of stately-home hotels”, you can live it up like a royal in Cliveden House, just 30 minutes drive form Winsdoer Castle. This now cushy hotel was once home to English nobility, and a selection of kings and queens since George I. Staying here comes with a bit of a price tag, with doubles from £290 a night, but it would be worth it… Book a room here.
This tiny island off the coast of Italy is where the Queen enjoyed spending most of her time after she was first married to Prince Philip 69 years ago. The Queen has often reflected openly on her “deep affection” for Malta, especially as she lived on the island for several extended periods between 1949 and 1951 while the Duke was posted there as a naval officer.
Soak up the island sun and explore the cobbled alleyways, sandy beaches and sun dabbled streets that the Queen loved so much by staying in your own romantic retreat for as little as £67 for a whole villa per night! Click here to find out more.