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A British walking weekend doesn’t have to mean rough sheets in a rustic bunkhouse. These hotels combine creature comforts with great locations for enjoying the countryside.
A Corner of Eden, Cumbria
At the end of a rough track in the Eden Valley, this 250-year-old farmhouse was derelict until 2005, when it was transformed into a four-bedroom boutique bolt-hole. There are open fires, good food, an honesty bar and great walks from the door.
Doubles from £130 (prices in this piece include breakfast); www.acornerofeden.co.uk
Gurnards Head, Cornwall
A cosy pub with award-winning food and smart bedrooms, plus a location right on the coast path in north Cornwall – what could be better for an autumn weekend? Pick room seven for the best view of the cliffs and pounding waves.
Doubles from £90; www.gurnardshead.co.uk
This restored Victorian rectory sits in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park, the perfect base camp for an ascent of Cader Idris. Afterwards, return to soak in a deep, free-standing bath.
Doubles from £125; www.ffynnontownhouse.com
The Master Builders, New Forest
In a picturesque village on the banks of the Beaulieu River, this gorgeous red-brick hotel was once the home of the shipwrights who built Nelson’s navy. There are numerous forest and waterside walks nearby.
Doubles from £130; www.themasterbuilders.co.uk
On a peninsula jutting out into Loch Awe (15 miles east of Oban), Ardnaiseig is a grand Scottish mansion, built in 1834 and now converted into a hotel that has won awards for being the most romantic in Scotland.
Doubles from £132; www.ardanaiseig.com