10 Perfect Autumn Breaks
by Kate Simon (August 2013)
What’s your idea of the perfect autumn break? A cosy bolthole serving good food and wine, where you can pull up an armchair by a roaring log fire and watch the weather close in beyond the windowpane? A quaint country cottage where you and your loved one can shut the door on the world for a while and enjoy complete privacy? A luxurious hotel, where you can eat breakfast in bed amid the softest linen sheets, only rising to pop to the spa for a spot of indulgent pampering? However you like to relax on an autumn break, here are a few inspiring suggestions.
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Aikenshill, Foveran, by Newburgh, Aberdeen
Blow the cobwebs away and fill your lungs with fresh sea air on walks along the dunes of Balmedie beach on Scotland’s north-east coast. This charming farmhouse puts you just minutes away from the seashore. It’s an attractive choice - the property has been refurbished to offer four en-suite bedrooms for visitors who like to embrace the country in style.
Brackenhill, Longtown, Carlisle
Be at one with nature at these three luxuriously appointed log cabins sleeping six, set on their own stretch of the River Lyne, deep in the Cumbrian countryside. Cycling, walking and fishing are on the agenda here. There are bikes for hire, a boot room for your wellies, even a freezer awaiting your catch. Or you could just relax in the hot tub on the terrace.
Riggs Lane, Marston Montgomery, Ashbourne
A flutter on the horses could be on the cards if you take a break at this seven-room hotel just down the road from Uttoxeter Racecourse. Make your base this lovely old inn, recently refreshed with contemporary comforts, and you can return home each evening for drinks by the log fire followed by gourmet dining on local Derbyshire fare in the restaurant.
Akeman Street, Chesterton, Bicester
Pack the golf clubs and head for this 52-room hotel with its own 18-hole course. Get out on the fairway and put the par 71 course to the test - there’s a 10 bay driving range at your disposal, too. And don’t worry about the non-golfers in your party, they’ll be more than happy to while away the hours in the hotel’s Forest of Wellbeing Spa.
Brooklands Drive, Weybridge
One for petrolheads. A car racetrack runs through reception at this sleek 120-room Art Deco-inspired hotel set on one of Britain’s most famous historic circuits. Book a room or suite with a view of the track and imagine the scene in Brooklands’ heydays of the 1920s and 1930s. Fancy getting in the driving seat yourself? Pop next door to Mercedes World.
13 South Ford Road, Dartmouth
Get the kids away for a last burst of autumn sun before the cold weather sets in. Book Bay Tree House in Dartmouth and you’ll be well positioned for the thrills and spills of Woodlands family theme park, which doesn’t close its doors until early November. Sleeping six, the Georgian house is a good choice for families - children get their own playroom here.
Havannah Street, Cardiff
The striking architecture of this huge glass structure with its sail-shaped roof on Cardiff Bay often catches the eye. But you’ll be wowed, too, by the 142-room hotel’s Marine Spa, with its gorgeous pool, hydrotherapy and thermal suites, and chic treatment rooms. Choose from the reviving menu of therapies, featuring Thalgo Marine, for an indulgent spa break this autumn.
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