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The five-star cottage
British hotels are reinventing the traditional country cottage, offering a cosy retreat – with a concierge on call
A hotel run for posterity and not for profit offers an unforgettable break
The Wild Rabbit
Forget pub: think rural idyll crafted by the Daylesford crew
The ultimate in Cotswolds chic – plus Oktoberfest alternatives
Devon heaven – and fine food – at a chic country hotel
Martello Tower AA
A coastal fort proves an ideal retreat for those in search of peace and space
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
Is this Lutyens-designed house and garden Britain’s smartest bed and breakfast?
The Lion Inn, Winchcombe
An ancient hostelry in the Cotswolds blends the cosy and the stylish in perfect proportions
Revel in the grandeur of a gloriously unhip stately home and a perfect weekend retreat
At the Chapel, Bruton
Be surprised at the arty buzz of a sleepy Somerset country town
Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire
Country tweed meets urban chic – and an award-winning super spa
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 Lake House, Lake District
Hidden away between Kendal and Windermere, a mini-hotel provides an idyllic woodland hideaway
Browns Hotel, Carmarthenshire
Once the setting for Dylan Thomas’s legendary drinking sessions, Browns has reopened with sober style
Astley Castle, Warwickshire
A ruined castle with a history stretching back a millennium has been reborn as a modern holiday home
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, off Portsmouth, Hampshire
A Victorian fort on the high seas has been reopened as Britain’s most unusual luxury hotel
Hideaways for two
Alastair Sawday picks five holiday cottages that are perfect for a romantic retreat
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