Best of British


PUBLISHED: 18 January 2012 – read the original story here

Holt, Norfolk

Holt in northern Norfolk is quite possibly our favourite English village: located a few hours from London by car, it’s a pretty Georgian town with some excellent shops (we love antiquarian bookseller Simon Finch), pubs and cafés, and the perfect base for roadtrips around the countryside (the Perfect Spot Café at Narbourough Hall and the Real Ale Shop are great stop-offs). Holt is also home to Byfords, a brilliant boutique B&B, deli and restaurant in the heart of town where you’ll be well looked after (room rates start at £150, including B&B and dinner).

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Marver House, Cornwall

We like to pretend we live in Cornwall whenever we go there, and who can blame us? It’s a great place for a family- or group-holiday, so an ideal to gather your loved ones in a house for a week or two. We have our eyes set on Marver House (pictured; from £2,400/weekend), which has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a beachside setting by Mawgan Porth Bay and all the facilities you could wish for. It’s like being at home – only better.

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Croft 103, Lock Eriboll

As soon as we saw photos of Croft 103 – a couple of nature-chic self-catering cottages on the shores of Loch Eriboll in the northernmost part of the Scottish Highlands – we knew we had to pay it a visit. Owners Fiona and Robbie MacKay live nearby and have furnished the eco-friendly lodges with everything you need in order to look after yourself once you have arrived. We have a feeling we may never want to leave once we get there. Rates start at £220/night (a three-night minimum stay is required) or £1000/week

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Spitbank Fort

One of the most intriguing openings of the year can be found in the Solent, where the imposing Spitbank Fort is being turned into an eight-bedroom retreat. It is due to open in March, will sleep up to 16 people and is available for exclusive hire, so all you need now is a group of friends and a budget of £13,100/night, and off you go.

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The Grove, Pembrokshire

Gone are the days when Wales was considered a no-go-zone for people looking for a stylish British escape – these days we’re positively spoilt for choice. Come summer, we’ll book a stay at pretty countryside hotel The Grove in Pembrokeshire (rooms from £150/night), which is an ideal spot from which to explore nearby Barafundle beach.

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