Working from home has very much become our new norm, with employers realising that people can work from home just as well, if not better, than in the office.

Many of us have worked from home since the first lockdown, and while being at home is convenient (and most importantly, safe) it can become exceptionally dull seeing the same four walls every single day. And don’t get us started on the office banter – how we long to have a good old natter with our office pals! Whether you have the luxury of a home office, or, like us, you are tapping away on the dining room table, you’re probably crying out for a change of scenery. We know we are.

Now imagine waking up to the sound of the ocean. While getting dressed, you watch the sunlight glittering on the sea from your bedroom window. Slipping on your comfiest of shoes and armed with a fresh coffee, you pad downstairs and step outside where it’s just a short walk to the beach. Before you’ve even had a sip of your coffee, you’re dosed up with vitamin sea and the unique joy of being somewhere new, somewhere different.

Taking in deep breaths of the freshest air, you walk along the soft sand and dip your toes into the cooling sea water before wandering back home and into your own holiday office. This is a Boutique Office, your work away from home where you can experience the pure joy of an actual break. Here’s a selection of properties that have caught our eye, and what with the recent announcements, can actually soon become a reality.

Beaufort House, Fowey

This beautiful house sings to us right now, especially as we look outside into the grey, rainy London sky. Waking up to that view would definitely give us that much needed spring in our step. We even know where we would set up our laptop and coffee cup!

Blythe Cottage, Near Truro

Here is another gem of a cottage, just check out the views! This beautiful place would make us so, so happy. Imagine setting up your laptop and having this as your day-to-day view, even if for just a few days. Pure heaven.

Sweet William, Port Isaac

We are all about sea views right now and this gorgeous property would be a serious contender. This beautifully decorated 200 year old cottage is set overlooking the charming fishing port, Port Isaac (any Doc Martin fans out there will instantly recognise!).

Now, more than ever, the idea of somewhere new and fresh is what we need and Boutique Retreats has uncovered some seriously special places to stay in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and throughout the UK all the way up to Scotland. As the team says, 'We know how good getaways should be.'

Contact the team on 01872 553491 or send them an email, and start planning your next workcation trip. You won’t regret it…

By Lucy Abletshauser
February 2021

Lucy Abletshauser

Shopping Editor

Lucy is the GWG's go-to expert on the best online buys, from fashion to interiors. An aesthete to her core, she does the trawling so you don't have to.