Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

The 50 best weekend retreats

Lainston House Hotel
For a very English weekend away and a classy approach to the romantic break, David Else recommends Lainston House Hotel, which he calls 'a quintessential country house hotel, complete with manicured gardens, croquet lawn and fly-fishing on the chalky streams of the nearby rivers Itchen and Test.'
Where Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2LT (01962 776088;
How much From £245 room only
Bowood Hotel
Sarah Miller recommends this spacious hotel and spa for a convenient couples' retreat: 'A great romantic bolt-hole, deep in the Wiltshire countryside, but only a stone's throw from the M4. Stroll around the lake and gardens followed by some relaxation in their luxury spa.'
Where Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 9PQ (0845 2600 409;
How much From £94 room only
Hotel Missoni
A surprising burst of Italian glamour in the midst of Edinburgh's stately old town, this fashion-house excursion into accommodation makes for a chi-chi place to rest your head. A popular base for a girly weekend away, there's plenty of culture to soak up in the Scottish capital - as long as you can tear yourself away fromthe Missoni-print cocktail bar.
Where Hotel Missoni, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 12AD (0131-220 6666;
How much Doubles from £125

Whether it’s fine dining at a luxury London hotel or a romantic break in Snowdonia, Holly Williams gets you away from it all

This week's panel:

David Else is the author of the ‘Lonely Planet Guide to Great Britain’;

Sophie Lam is deputy travel editor of ‘The Independent’;

James Lohan is founder of the website Mr & Mrs Smith (;

Sarah Miller is editor of ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ magazine

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