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Harbour Hotel Brighton

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Elegant and modern with fantastic views out to sea, killer cocktails, and a restaurant which majors on fish and seafood but offers plenty of meat and vegetarian choices, too.

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Yorebridge House ~ Yorkshire

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A gorgeously styled boutique hotel in Yorkshire, with sizeable rooms, memorable cuisine and an intimate, romantic ambiance.

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Captain’s Club Hotel ~ Dorset

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Location: Olde England Dorset Perfect for: Riverside retreat Discover a rich and vivid life of Olde England Dorset –  a county brimming with pretty market towns and honeyed-coloured villages. Venture a short way from the hubbub and lose yourself in winding country lanes and lush green meadows. At the Captain’s Club Hotel, you can even…

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Hazlitt’s ~ Soho, London

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Oh Hazlitt’s, this really is the life. Where else could you say you ate breakfast on a roof terrace, in morning sunshine, watched over by a full-size marble stag?!

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At The Chapel ~ Somerset

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“Settle into your room and then come on down for cocktail,” we’re told – these are our kind of people…

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Cowley Manor ~ Gloucestershire

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Cool and romantic, Cowley Manor is all about life’s indulgences. Sip Taittinger on the terrace, cosy up on the love-seat, and relax…

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Witchery by the Castle ~ Scotland

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The levels of luxury and service, the fabulous food, the decadence of the décor and its fascinating history make this a very special place. We hate to leave, but one thing’s for sure – we can’t wait to come back.

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Glazebrook House | Devon

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Furnished like the home of a rock star, Glazebrook House is so fabulous we’re momentarily lost for words. It’s themed around Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and has some of the most beautiful rooms we’ve ever seen.

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Le Saint James ~ Bordeaux, France

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It’s safe to say that even on our extensive travels, we’ve never slept in the same room as a Harley-Davidson. But that was before spending two blissful nights in the Harley-Davidson Suite at the sensational Le Saint James in Bouliac, a tiny, peaceful village near Bordeaux,

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Burgh Island ~ Devon

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It broods like a grand cruise liner off the coast, and if you want something, they will bring it to you. On a large silver tray. We think it’s Fabulous, with a capital F.

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Aviator ~ Hampshire

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“Now this is what I call going up in the world!” Monsieur 2 jokes as we step into possibly the most stylish lift we’ve ever seen. Lined with alligator-effect leather and polished walnut, clouds passing by through a porthole ‘window’, the feeling is of being in a vintage private jet. We love it!

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Strattons ~ Norfolk

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We gasp as we walk in; it’s amazing. How we wish we’d booked more than one night.

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The Reading Rooms ~ Kent

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The Reading Rooms is the epitome of modern bohemian style and about as perfect as a bed and breakfast gets.

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The Pig in the Wall ~ Southampton

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The perfect slice of Old England, The Pig in the Wall is a beautifully-designed and very welcoming bijou boutique hotel, in a coastal city steeped in history.

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The Westleton Crown ~ Suffolk

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The Westleton Crown really is a wonderful gem of a retreat – a great winter getaway and a serene (and secluded) summer destination. Well, if it was good enough for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it’s definitely good enough for us!

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The Pavilion ~ Dorset

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We couldn’t feel more relaxed in this gorgeous self catering country idyll – Cleo and Andrew have thought of everything, and more. There’s even a Power Plate.

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Tudor Farmhouse ~ Gloucestershire

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Its bewitching Old England setting, its charm and its luxe make the Tudor Farmhouse hotel in Gloucestershire impossible to resist. Romantic walks, excellent food and friendly staff combine for the perfect weekend in the country.

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Twentysix ~ Lincolnshire

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Location: Lincolnshire Perfect for: Heathcliff-esque coastal Walks, Sausages and Beachfront capers Birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, poet Sir Alfred Tennyson and the famous Lincolnshire sausage, Lincolnshire is one of England’s great historic counties filled with cathedral cities (including Lincoln’s gorgeously gothic Norman cathederal) windmill winding landscapes and fabulous (sometimes blustery) north sea beaches. Anderby Creek, where…

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The Punch Bowl ~ Lake District

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A sign by the door of The Punch Bowl advises that it is also the village post office – very Larkrise to Candleford; we’re beginning to feel like Pearl and Ruby Pratt – we can tell we’re going to like it here!

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The Garden House ~ Somerset

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A combination of rural charm, urban style and plain good taste, packed with quirky features we love. And a 15m indoor swimming pool.

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Milsom View ~ Bath, Somerset

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Is Bath the most perfect place in Britain? They’ve got it all: Roman bits, Regency swank, stunning countryside and some of the most contented locals we’ve ever met.

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Swan House ~ East Sussex

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On the outside the 1490 Swan House looks fresh off a chocolate box; but inside it’s a marvellous mash-up of exposed beams and Farrow & Ball, with a happy clash of contemporary and vintage furniture.

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Southernhay House ~ Devon

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“Right in the heart of a lovely city, but all the comfort of a country house,” says Monsieur 2 – I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Dorset Square Hotel ~ London

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Standing on the original site of Mr Lord’s cricket ground, Dorset Square Hotel’s bold style, good food and sophisticated comfort might just bowl you over… We make note of the seamstress mannequin and wonder if we’ll dress it up later.

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Pixie Nook ~ Cornwall

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With its dinky doors, gorgeous garden and fabulous hot tub, we’re sure whoever’s lucky enough to stay here next will love it as much as we have.

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The Scarlet ~ Cornwall

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Entering the lobby, we’re both immediately captivated – a huge picture window looks out onto an infinity pool, seemingly flowing into the sea far below, and the beautiful golden sweep of Bedruthan beach.

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Artist Residence ~ Cornwall

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What a fantastic, friendly, bohemian and chic place it’s been to stay. It seems we found our treasure after all…

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Burrow House ~ Kent

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All the elegance of any boutique hotel we’ve stayed in, but with the personal feel of someone’s home – we’ll certainly return for more.

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Isle of Eriska ~ Scotland

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Owning a private island maybe a dream for most of us, but Isle of Eriska gives you the chance to live it, and that’s something to treasure.

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The Merchant’s House ~ Somerset

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Msr 2 observes that aspects of our room are very ‘Downton Abbey’…the overall effect is quintessentially English without being chintzy – we like it.

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Bellinter House ~ Ireland

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Arriving at our pied-a-terre, we found that Bellinter House was straight off one of the glossy pages in Country Life that you dribble over inadvertently.

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