There’s nothing more relaxing than time away. Whether it’s a friends trip, a birthday celebration or an elegant hen do, we’re perfectly positioned for a few days of pampering, culture and catching up. And your pets are welcome too, so do bring them along.

Here are just a few of the ways to turn a short stay with us into a top-notch escape:

A spot of theatre

With London’s West End just a short train ride away, a night out on the town beckons. Enjoy a moreish meal at a Covent Garden eatery followed by an award-winning show. If you fancy staying closer to home, The Rose Theatre in Kingston, is the largest in South West London and is home to comedy, tragedy, music and more.

Catch a film

The Odeon in Kingston boasts 15 screens, including an IMAX and often shows National Theatre and Royal Ballet productions. After something a little more indulgent? With comfy couches complete with blankets and food and wine delivered to your seat, The Everyman cinema in Esher is a real treat.

Brunching and lunching

One of the best things about being away is not having to cook. We’re lucky to have an abundance of spectacular cafes, restaurants and pubs right on our doorstep. Read our best restaurants blog for recommendations.

The great outdoors

Our apartments are nestled right up against Bushy Park ¬– just the spot for a refreshing walk or run. Plus, The Thames, Kew Gardens and Richmond Park are not far away either.


Hampton Court Village is dotted with little galleries, antique shops and small boutiques. Along the river, Kingston boasts a wide selection of shops and riverside dining – a lovely spot for a day of retail therapy. But if you’re after an even wider selection hop on the train into London where the delights of Oxford and Bond Street await.

Big days out

Hampton Court plays host to some of the finest festivals, from the Hampton Court Flower Show, to the summer concerts a delicious food festival and magical Christmas market – complete with enchanting ice rink. Plan your visit to coincide with one of these and you’re in for a real treat. Just remember that you’ll need to book quite far in advance if you’re coming for an event.

Indulge in some pampering

A weekend getaway is not complete without a spot of spoiling. In Harmony, our local spa offers everything from rejuvenating massages to facials and body treatments – it sounds as divine as it is.

Stay in

At Craven House we pride ourselves in making our apartments luxuriously comfortable. You might arrive and not want to head out at all – especially if the weather is miserable. And that’s totally ok. How about orchestrating a spa day at home? Book massage therapists and nail technicians to come to the apartment and enjoy a delicious pampering.

I’m here to make sure your little escape is restful, relaxing and just the right amount of indulgent. We offer babysitting and can do your grocery shopping in advance. For a real treat we’ll even order in a catering service to provide delicious food and have prosecco chilling when you arrive. Just let me know what you’re looking for and my team and I will do our best to make it happen.

I look forward to welcoming you to Craven House,

Best wishes,