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February 25, 2011 11:14 pm
Isle of Eriska, Argyll, Scotland
Just off the Argyllshire coast, this 300-acre island, reached by road bridge, is home to a luxury boutique hotel. Built in the Scottish baronial style with oak panelled rooms and roaring log fires, the hotel has 17 rooms in the main house and seven suites in the grounds. Look out for seals on the deserted beach, play a round of golf, or follow one of the nature trails. From £170 per person per night, half-board.
Burgh Island, Devon
Just 250m off the Devon coastal resort of Bigbury-on-Sea, this 26-acre island can be reached by foot at low tide. At other times a “sea tractor” ferries guests to and from the island’s art deco hotel, a former haunt of Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and Wallis Simpson. Doubles from £360, half-board.
Eilean Shona, Argyll, Scotland
Though it is just a short boat trip from the mainland, this peaceful island at the entrance of Loch Moidart feels like a world away. Once leased by the writer JM Barrie, who wrote the screenplay for Peter Pan here, it is now owned by Richard Branson’s sister Vanessa. The beautifully furnished main house can cater for parties of up to 11 adults and eight children. From £10,000 per week.
House in the Sea, Cornwall
This has to be one of Britain’s quirkiest B&Bs – a tiny guest house perched on a granite rock just off Newquay. At high tide the elegant Edwardian house, owned by Lord and Lady Long, can be accessed only by a 70ft-high footbridge. There’s only one double room available, from £170 per night.
Tresco, Isles of Scilly
A 20-minute helicopter ride from Penzance, Tresco has a surprisingly tropical feel, with white-sand beaches, palm trees and a world-renowned collection of exotic plants at the Abbey Gardens. Owned by Robert Dorrien-Smith, whose family has leased it from the Duchy of Cornwall since 1834, the island offers accommodation options ranging from self-catering cottages to the popular Island Hotel, which is undergoing a major redevelopment this year.
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