Last updated: March 14, 2014 9:12 pm

British weekend retreats

Hotels and holiday homes perfect for a short break from the city
One of Celtic Manor’s new ‘Hunter Lodges’

Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
Once a derelict maternity hospital, the resort has grown into a golf club grand enough to host Nato’s next summit

Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle
A hidden arts and crafts gem is unearthed in the suburbs of Newcastle


Cromlix, Dunblane
Andy Murray launches his new venture – a luxury hotel near his Scottish home town

Capel Pennant, Wales

Capel Pennant, Wales
Here is a corner of north Wales so pristine it’s almost a pastoral cliché

Askham Hall, Cumbria
Luxury, authenticity and fine food in the Lake District

The Five Alls, Cotswolds
Where better to spend a winter night than a warm (and woolly) Cotswolds gastropub?

The Idle Rocks in Cornwall

The Idle Rocks, Cornwall
As the weather turns cold, a crowd-free Cornwall is a rare treat

Rose Cottage at Dormy House

The five-star cottage
British hotels are reinventing the traditional country cottage, offering a cosy retreat – with a concierge on call

Bodysgallen Hall

Bodysgallen Hall
A hotel run for posterity and not for profit offers an unforgettable break

The Wild Rabbit pub in Kingham, Oxfordshire©Martin Morrel

The Wild Rabbit
Forget pub: think rural idyll crafted by the Daylesford crew

Dormy House
The ultimate in Cotswolds chic – plus Oktoberfest alternatives

Kentisbury Grange

Kentisbury Grange
Devon heaven – and fine food – at a chic country hotel

Martello Tower AA

Martello Tower AA
A coastal fort proves an ideal retreat for those in search of peace and space

The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn
A thoughtfully refurbished coaching inn in East Sussex is a rural retreat for city escapees and a focal point of life in a tiny East Sussex village

The Salutation

The Salutation
Is this Lutyens-designed house and garden Britain’s smartest bed and breakfast?

The Lion Inn©Mark Bolton Photography

The Lion Inn, Winchcombe
An ancient hostelry in the Cotswolds blends the cosy and the stylish in perfect proportions

Stapleford Park

Stapleford Park
Revel in the grandeur of a gloriously unhip stately home and a perfect weekend retreat

At the Chapel, Bruton, Somerset

At the Chapel, Bruton
Be surprised at the arty buzz of a sleepy Somerset country town

Coworth Park©Niall Clutton

Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire
Country tweed meets urban chic – and an award-winning super spa

The Grove

The Grove, Pembrokeshire
Discover ancient sites – and food heaven – in the wilds of Wales

The Pig in the Wall, Southampton
Could a bed and breakfast down by the docks change the hospitality industry?

The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
A Norfolk inn offers rich heritage alongside a very modern sense of hospitality

Gilpin Lodge

Gilpin Lake House, Lake District
Hidden away between Kendal and Windermere, a mini-hotel provides an idyllic woodland hideaway

Browns hotel

Browns Hotel, Carmarthenshire
Once the setting for Dylan Thomas’s legendary drinking sessions, Browns has reopened with sober style

Astley Castle©Helene Binet

Astley Castle, Warwickshire
A ruined castle with a history stretching back a millennium has been reborn as a modern holiday home

An aerial view of the garden of The Old Coastguard overlooking the Cornish coast

The Old Coastguard, Cornwall
New owners have transformed a classic Victorian seaside hotel into a laidback retreat with fabulous food (and a resident seal)

Spitbank Fort

Spitbank Fort, off Portsmouth, Hampshire
A Victorian fort on the high seas has been reopened as Britain’s most unusual luxury hotel

Ivy Cottage in Herefordshire

Hideaways for two
Alastair Sawday picks five holiday cottages that are perfect for a romantic retreat

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