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laidback staycation at the tawny hotel

laidback staycation at the tawny hotel

Located in the heart of rural Staffordshire, The Tawny Hotel is a staycation experience like no other. 

Along with 55 immaculately designed Shepherds Huts, Valley Treehouses, Boathouses and the Lookout, guests can now choose from two additional accommodations in 2022: a Hillside Treehouse and a Retreat. 

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Set within the 70-acre grounds of the wonderfully restored wild garden of Consall Hall Estate, the hotel is a nature lovers ‘paradise, perfect for woodland walks, exploring lakeside gardens, peaceful moments in secluded fells and uncovering enchanting follies. The hotel launched in July 2021, and each of the new rooms has been inspired by its surroundings to feature sympathetic design aesthetics, accented by luxurious touches that intertwine with the natural environment.  

Guests who choose one of six Hillside Treehouses will be privy to stretching views of the beautiful English countryside, where clever design and use of space offer pure escapism. The new treehouse lodges are set within mature woodland and any trees that had to be felled for their construction were sustainably used for biomass. The foundation systems were specifically chosen, as they can be removed with no harm caused to tree routes. The new designs are timber-framed buildings cladded with natural timbers cedar and larch, which will weather and blend into the scenery over time.  The lodges themselves are powered by a district heating system meaning each lodge does not require its own boiler but is fed by an efficient centralised system. 

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Lookout – what a view!

Launching in August, a stay in one of the eight new Retreat suites will offer utmost luxury to guests. The cedar-clad cabins are designed as the ultimate rural bolthole, offering all the seclusion of a countryside escape with The Tawny’s much-loved central facilities in The Plumicorn just a short stroll away.  Interiors offer simple and understated design with clean lines and contemporary furnishings, framed against floor to ceiling windows that look out on the woodland estate. All retreat rooms will have super-king-size beds with sunken indoor bathtubs and an outdoor spa-bath so guests can gaze upwards at the starlit sky whist winding down in the evening. 

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The Plumicorn at The Tawny | James Andrew Photography

Along with the exciting choice of accommodation, The Tawny Hotel offers a plethora of activities including swimming in the heated outdoor pool, guided yoga sessions surrounded by nature, embarking on an adventure by rented bike or wild running though the grounds. Outside the estate, guests can explore Staffordshire by steam on the Churnet Valley Railway or visit Stoke on Trent to try their hand at pottery and create a lasting memory to take home. Green fingered guests can immerse in the hotel’s expansive gardens with a private tour from Head Gardener Jonathan, meandering through pathways and admiring the charming follies framed by cascading lakes. When it’s time to eat, The Tawny offers everything from fine dining in the artfully designed Plumicorn restaurant, sociable drinks in the Feather-Lounge and laid-back picnics in the grounds.

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One-night stay at The Tawny starts from £230 in the Wildwood Huts, £360 in the Lookout, £400 in the Boathouses, £420 in the Treehouses and £560 in a Retreat, based on two sharing and inclusive of bed and breakfast. 

Main image | The Tawny | James Andrew Photography

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Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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