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This August Bank Holiday – the last of the summer – we’re bypassing airports and rooting ourselves on terra firma. Set on the idea of a staycation, we’ve paired five must-visit destinations with their equally eligible hotel counterparts in what might just be our final summer fling.
Where: Somerset Stay: The Newt Reason to visit: From the team behind much-lauded Babylonstoren in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, The Newt channels a similar sense of paired-back, bucolic luxury. Retreat to the estate’s 30 acres of gardens, nabbing a book from the library and bottle of wine from the deli en route. Dabble in a game of croquet and stop for a spot of tea on your way back – just in time for supper, largely sourced from the surrounding land.
Where: The Cotswolds Stay: Foxhill Manor Reason to visit: As chocolate-box villages go, Burford and Bourton-on-the-water are two to note. Littered with cosy pubs that serve up hearty Sunday roasts, grab a stool at the Swan Inn at Swinbrook or the Falkland Arms in Great Tew, before a ramble from Upper to Lower Slaughter. Then it’s back to Foxhill Manor for some chill time.
Where: New Forest Stay: Lime Wood Hotel Reason to visit: Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder man the stoves at HH & CO, the stylish restaurant at Lime Wood Hotel. After sampling the Italian-inspired menu in the comforts of a pretty conservatory setting, opt for pony hacking and delve deep into the forest.
Where: Cornwall Stay: The Island Reason to visit: With unrivalled views across the Atlantic, local Cornish cuisine and secluded surrounds (you’ll be perched atop your very own island), The Island is, in our book at least, the ultimate beach house.
Where: North Yorkshire Stay: The Treehouses At Swinton Estate Reason to visit: Get back to nature at these charmingly rustic treehouse hideaways. Adjacent to the Grade II-listed Swinton Park Hotel, pop in to tester it’s state-of-the-art country spa when your quaint, but electricity free abode begins to overwhelm.
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