As we start thinking ahead for summer holidays, trips and escapes, the UK's golf and spa hotels make an excellent case for being the destination of choice for a longer getaways this year. Here are some of the best golf and spa hotels for long stays.
Golf and spa at Macdonald Linden Hall, Northumberland
Head to Northumberland and you will find Macdonald Linden Hall, a pretty 19th century manor house hotel that dates back to 1812. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a trip with friends, it sits in 450 acres and has lots of facilities and experiences to enjoy and entertain.
Amongst Macdonald Linden Hall's key features is the Vital Health and Wellbeing Club, home of holistic healing and contemporary wellness facilities. In addition, the hotel is surrounded by its own 18-hole golf course, widely reputed to be one of the most picturesque in the area. The par 72 course features unique water hazards and strategically placed bunkers, and a bit of a surprise for those seeing a challenge on the signature 13th.
Golf and spa at Macdonald Portal, Cheshire
Set in scenic countryside but still conveniently close to Chester, Macdonald Portal is a great destination for those who want a bit of everything on their next holiday. Enjoy exploring the city, its shops and attractions, as well as the R&R available at this modern spa hotel.
The golf and spa experiences are inextricably linked at Macdonald Portal, with views of verdant greens setting the scene for you to unwind. The spa features a gym, 18-metre pool, aroma steam room, infrared sauna, rock sauna, two experience showers and an ice room as well as a collection of face and body treatments. Meanwhile, the hotel has three golf courses: the 18-hole Championship Course and the 18-hole Premier Course as well as the nine-hole Arderne Course.
Golf and spa at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Near Edinburgh
A four-star hotel on the Scottish borders, Macdonald Cardrona is a tranquil retreat overlooking the River Tweed. Warm and welcoming inside, it's everything you could ask for in a Scottish getaway, from the food and drink to the comfy rooms and a nurturing spa experience.
Outside, it's surrounded by 200 acres of grounds including a golf course designed by world-renowned course architect Dave Thomas. It undulates along the rolling hills of the Tweed Valley, creating a picturesque experience for golfers of all levels.
Golf and spa at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa, Shropshire
A modern hotel in prime location for exploring Shropshire, Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa is located 20 miles from Chester and Shrewsbury, so you can spend time sightseeing as well as enjoying the on-site experiences during your stay. Then modern spa and wellness experiences are wide ranging, with highlights including a glass-surrounded swimming pool overlooking the golf course, a sauna, steam room, experience shower, mud rasul and spa lounge.
Golf is an inextricable part of the hotel experience at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel. The 18-hole Emerald course is Shropshire's hidden gem, designed by TV golfing stars Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas in 1975. It is accompanied by the shorter Sapphire course where beginner golfers to hone their skills. There is also a fleet of buggies available to use and a well-stocked pro shop.