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September 2007   


The best weekend breaks and holidays go hand-in-hand with good food. It's all very well to find a fabulous B&B or a stylish self-catering cottage, but you don't want to travel miles to track down the gourmet treasures of the area. Which is why we've decided to highlight a few of our favourite places to stay within a stone's throw of some fantastic restaurants. Opt for one of our Unique Home Stays foodie havens and prepare for a full-pelt holiday feast of luxury accommodation, stunning scenery and fine food served in style. Tuck in and enjoy...

Destination: Broadway, Worcestershire
Where to Stay: Mill Hay, country house B&B

Bed and Breakfast in style in one of just three lavish en suites in an old English country house situated at the gateway to the Cotswolds. 

After a day out in England's largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you'll have worked up an appetite for the culinary extravaganza waiting in the wings. But wherever you choose to eat out, make sure you save room for a sumptuous full English breakfast, boiled eggs with lumpfish caviar or oak smoked served up in the morning.

How much: From £140 to £180 per room per night

Where to Eat: Just a 15-minute walk from Mill Hay, the award-winning Russell's has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in town, with its modern British food served in a contemporary interior, alfresco in the courtyard or in the 12-seater private dining room. Also in the heart of the olde English village are the highly acclaimed hotel restaurants at the Lygon Arms and Buckland Manor, and it's just a short hop to Bourton-on-the-Hill's Horse and Groom Inn - a quintessential country style pub serving fresh local produce in cosy style.

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Destination: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Where to Stay: Abbots Lodge luxury B&B, or the Catherine of Aragon Suite

Sink into the lavish surroundings of our historical properties, and sink your teeth into some of the finest local produce in Shropshire. A 15th Century family mansion with four-poster beds, roll-top baths and spa treatments at the click of your fingers, Abbots Lodge oozes with quintessentially English style and bedazzling modern comforts. 

The Catherine of Aragon Suite - a private suite for two in the wing of a magnificent Tudor home - houses two double beds (firm or soft), a spacious drawing room overlooking the garden, a wood panelled medieval bathroom with underfloor heating, and an array of mod cons to cater for business and leisure travellers. 

The sumptuous accommodations aren't easy to tear yourself away from, but rest assured the restaurants on the doorstep are worth deserting your pad of pure luxury for an evening or two.

How much: Abbots Lodge from £90 to £120 per room per night (based on 2 people sharing); Catherine of Aragon Suite from £85 to £125 per night per suite.

Where to Eat: Within weeks of its opening Mad Jacks established itself as one of Shrewsbury's best restaurants, with diners flocking here for champagne cocktails, fine wines and a fresh ingredients fused with innovative flavours (01743 358870). For something a touch less modern and a touch more formal, sample traditional flavours dipped in the historic ambience of Drapers Hall fine dining restaurant (01743 344679); or for a quirky and scrumptious blend of contemporary and classic throughout the food and the venue, dine at Shrewsbury's oldest and most characterful public house, The Golden Cross.

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Destination: Woodbridge, Suffolk
Where to Stay: The Old Granary Cottage, luxury riverside B&B or self-catering accommodation

Retreat to a beautiful 18th Century Old Granary Cottage situated beside Suffolk's famous Tide Mill on the river's edge. Make yourself at home in the nautical-themed interior bedecked with French and English antiques, and enjoy stunning waterside views from the two double en suites.

How much: £85 per room per night B&B; £395 to £750 per week self-catering

Where to Eat: Owned by a chef with over 25 years experience, The Captain's Table boasts two AA rosettes and a platter of accolades to accompany its exceptional food and personal service; or for the finest local produce in a more informal ambience, The Galley restaurant sits at the top of Market Hill. Footsteps from your accommodation, The Waterfront Cafe serves fine food and wine in the stylish setting of the 300 year-old granary overlooking the River Deben (open daytimes only). Being an arm of the Woodbridge Fine Food Company you can expect the freshest local produce to adorn the daily changing menu.

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Destination: Whitstable, Kent
Where to Stay: Artist's Beach House, self-catering beach pad for 6-8 guests

Made for a weekend by the beach in the company of good friends, the beach house is a quirky, New England style artist's studio that opens its door straight onto Tankerton beach. 

The coastal environment is brought inside, with stunning views, warm seaside hues, beachy features and a collection of contemporary artwork.

How much: 2 nights from £750; £1,500 to £2,500 per week

Where to Eat: The fashionable fishing port of Whitstable isn't short of dining hotspots, so make sure you pack a good appetite - especially if you've a penchant for fresh fish. It's only a 3-minute walk the beachfront Hotel Continental with its East Quay Shellfish Bar that is renowned for serving some of the freshest local seafood in town. Also just minutes away in Whitstable's cluster of restaurants is the famous Wheelers Oyster Bar, where you are invited to bring your own wine and tuck into a simply delicious platter of cold seafood (01227 273311).

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Destination: Trebarwith, North Cornwall
Where to Stay: Little Trebarwith, luxury self-catering barn conversion sleeping 4

The epitome of country-living-on-sea, Little Trebarwith barn boasts staggering ocean views beyond verdant cliff-top fields. 

Newly renovated to offer a traditional cottage-feel finished with stylish, contemporary décor and all mod cons; luxurious details include a wood-burning stove, squishy sofas, an open-plan living area, en suite bathrooms and a country kitchen. Little Trebarwith can be hired out exclusively for four, or along with a second barn sleeping 8 further guests.

How much: From £1,500 to £2,000 per week

Where to Eat: In the heart of one of the UK's favourite foodie destinations you are spoilt for choice when it comes down to eating out. On the doorstep at Trebarwith Strand the Port William pub is fantastically positioned overlooking the rugged beach (01840 770230), whilst nearby in Port Isaac are the Old School Hotel and Restaurant (01208 880721) and the family run Harbour restaurant. A short drive further south in Padstow you'll find Rick Stein's cluster of eateries, with the highly acclaimed Number 6 hot on Stein's heels for a gourmet reputation extraordinaire. Head further south, via Ripley's Michelin-starred culinary gems at St Merryn (01841 520179), and onto Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall overhanging the golden sands at Watergate Bay.

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Destination: Midhurst, Sussex
Where to Stay: York House Rooms, a classic Victorian cottage B&B

Make yourself at home in a classic Victorian stone house with exceptional standards of hospitality, design and comfort. There are just two luxury suites: The Garden Suite and The Blue Suite, with lovely sitting rooms, en suites with power showers, fluffy robes and White Company toiletries.

How much: From £100 to £200 per suite per night

Where to Eat: In Midhurst itself the Loch Fyne Seafood Restaurant is the latest hotspot for delicious fish dishes, whilst situated between Petworth and Midhurst, The Halfway Bridge showcases local produce and fine wines in a traditional 17th Century inn cum swanky modern pub. Sophisticated dining in a relaxed atmosphere is the speciality of West Stoke House, a gourmet restaurant serving a modern British menu with French influences.

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Destination: St Ives, Cornwall
Where to Stay: St Ives Town House, self-catering accommodation sleeping 10

The perfect place for foodies, St Ives Town House is a spacious beachside pad, with colourful linens, comfortable rooms and lovely sea views. One of eight terraced properties built by a shipping tycoon for his captains, the light-flooded rooms offer creature comforts and contemporary décor.

How much: From £1,900 to £2,750 per week; 3-nights (minimum stay) from £1,400

Where to Eat: Located footsteps from Porthminster Beach, your first port of call should be the internationally renowned Porthminster Beach Café that specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine served at the ocean's edge. With two AA rosettes, Alba, housed in an old lifeboat building on the harbour-front is also top of the culinary tree, and amongst a plethora of gourmet gems the award-winning Garrack Restaurant is worth a steep stroll up the hill.

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For More Information Contact Sarah Stanley or Jess Clark
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