Life & Style

Great Escapes

An English autumnal getaway is just the thing you need to kick off the season. Whether it’s a welly weather walk or a seaside saunter you’re after, Hayley Bloomingdale has you covered, here she rounds up some of the best places to visit and what to pack when you do!

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Hambleton Hall, Rutland

If you find yourself nostalgic for the days of “dressing up for dinner” then Hambleton Hall in Rutland is the perfect place for you. Set in a gorgeous country house overlooking Rutland Water, the restaurant is the perfect blend of traditional vibes with modern food and impeccable service.  This is the ideal spot for that special occasion dinner so be sure to pack a great dress and some statement earrings to jazz it up.

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L'Enclume, Lake District

If your ideal holiday activities revolve around delicious meals and then walking those delicious meals off, look no further than the beautiful Lake District. L’Enclume in Cartmel is the place to go: spend the morning walking around majestic Lake Windermere and then refuel in the evening at Simon Rogan’s two Michelin starred restaurant -- 14 courses culminating in a Tunworth cheese platter and his famous Anvil mousse make this a UK escape to remember. Pack for a morning walk, an evening dinner date and bring a great coat or cape that can do double duty for both! 

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Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall

Set in the South Cornish village of St. Mawes in a former yacht club, Hotel Tresanton is quintessential Cornwall at its very best. Each of the hotel’s 30 rooms has a view of the sea so you are guaranteed to get your ocean fix. From crabbing to boating, Cornwall has no shortage of nautical activities, but you’d be just as happy cosying up on their terrace and listening to the sound of the waves. Pack your nautical stripes and and a great pair of sunnies for a glimpse of that autumn sun! 

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The Bath Priory, Bath

The perfect spot for a weekend city break, The Bath Priory is nestled within four acres of glorious gardens but still just a short stroll to the center of the beautiful Georgian city of Bath.  Spend a peaceful morning in their spa and walking through the gardens and then head into Bath to explore the city. The best of both worlds! 

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The Rectory Hotel, Cotswolds

Set in an original eighteenth century rectory, The Rectory hotel in Malmesbury is the perfect place to park for a weekend jaunt to the Cotswolds. After breakfast in their gloriously sunny conservatory, set off for a day of antiquing and exploring all that the Cotswolds has to offer and return to The Rectory to help yourself to a drink from the Honesty Bar before slipping into a steaming hot bath.  

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