Getaway Guide

Reviews and synopses

The Punch Bowl ~ Lake District

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

A sign by the door of The Punch Bowl advises that it is also the village post office – very Larkrise to Candleford; we’re beginning to feel like Pearl and Ruby Pratt – we can tell we’re going to like it here!

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The Garden House ~ Somerset

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

A combination of rural charm, urban style and plain good taste, packed with quirky features we love. And a 15m indoor swimming pool.

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Milsom View ~ Bath, Somerset

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Is Bath the most perfect place in Britain? They’ve got it all: Roman bits, Regency swank, stunning countryside and some of the most contented locals we’ve ever met.

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The Victoria ~ Richmond, London

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

As we walk along East Sheen’s leafy streets lined with grand old houses it’s so quiet we could be in the countryside.

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Crazy Bear ~ Buckinghamshire

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

More paradise lust than ‘Paradise Lost’, the Crazy Bear is maximalist in every sense. And seduction is top of its agenda.

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Swan House ~ East Sussex

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

On the outside the 1490 Swan House looks fresh off a chocolate box; but inside it’s a marvellous mash-up of exposed beams and Farrow & Ball, with a happy clash of contemporary and vintage furniture.

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Southernhay House ~ Devon

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

“Right in the heart of a lovely city, but all the comfort of a country house,” says Monsieur 2 – I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Dorset Square Hotel ~ London

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Standing on the original site of Mr Lord’s cricket ground, Dorset Square Hotel’s bold style, good food and sophisticated comfort might just bowl you over… We make note of the seamstress mannequin and wonder if we’ll dress it up later.

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Pixie Nook ~ Cornwall

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

With its dinky doors, gorgeous garden and fabulous hot tub, we’re sure whoever’s lucky enough to stay here next will love it as much as we have.

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