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Blakeney Hotel, Norfolk

On Blakeney Harbour, with upper windows offering a grandstand view over Blakeney Marshes: three quarters sky, one quarter bleak, compelling marshland threaded with channels of gleaming water. This is the sort of hotel that attracts generations of families as well as couples returning time and again. Rooms are as calm, peaceful and softly coloured as the marshes opposite.

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Congham Hall Hotel, Norfolk

Congham Hall was built in around 1780 and converted into a hotel in the early 1980s. The gravel drive leads to the large, whitewashed building overlooking lawns and orchards, with entry through a pillared portico. Elegant public areas (lounge, library and writing room) have plenty of convivially grouped sofas and armchairs. Refurbished rooms feature luxurious, silky wallpapers, state-of-the-art bathrooms and sumptuous fabrics. The hotels kitchen garden supplies fruit, vegetables, salad and herbs depending on the time of year.

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SUFFOLK

The beaches fringing the curved Norfolk and Suffolk coastline are the chief draw for visitors to the region. Even on the busiest summers day, there is always space for games, kite flying or a quiet family picnic in the dunes. Its also a wild landscape of dense pine forest, open heathland and great expanses of salt marsh. Bird life is astonishingly rich, and coastal wild flowers include yellow-horned poppies and purple-flowering sea pea, while the unique wetlands of the Broads, one of Englands 10 designated National Parks, is home to more than 400 rare species, including butterflies, dragonflies, moths and snails.

Wherever you are, youre never far fr om a cosy, pamment-floored pub serving local ales, or an excellent delicatessen selling the regions specialities pungent cheeses, smoked fish or honey.
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The Swan in Southwold, Suffolk

On Southwolds busy high street, overlooking shops, and a short walk fr om the seafront. The hotel is highly welcoming, albeit in a rather old-fashioned way. The green-walled lounge next to the entrance and reception area is a comfortable mishmash of sofas and chairs grouped around coffee tables, and the large dining room, at the back, is a lovely space. The 42 bedrooms are spread between the main house and the garden, and spacious Lighthouse Rooms are geared to families. High tea is served fr om 5.30pm.

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The Bildeston Crown, Suffolk

In a quiet village, a short drive to the medieval wool town of Lavenham and within easy reach of Constable Country. The interior is deceptively larger than it looks fr om outside, and designers have had great fun choosing paint colours youll find warm reds, duck-egg blues and terracottas. Take your pick fr om four-posters, damask bed coverings, gothic headboards and fluffy cushions in the 12 bedrooms. Standards of food are high, with a solicitous chef, Chris Lee, who is dedicated to sourcing good local produce.

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LONDON

There can be few more cosmopolitan cities on earth. People pour in fr om across the world to visit, work or live. Londoners are used to hoardings marking the progress of colossal infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the revitalisation of Kings Cross-St Pancras, and new skyscrapers, even entire new areas, such as the Embassy Quarter and Battersea Power Station south of the river, are transforming the skyline. Restaurants, bars and theatres are buzzing and the range of events on offer from sport to food pop-ups, from music festivals to theatre is unbeatable.

Right here, right now, London is somewh ere you just have to be.
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Brown's Hotel, London

Browns grand interconnecting suites are ideal for families wanting luxury. Expect sheets embroidered with princesses or pirates, and a play tent, toys and biscuits bearing the name of your child waiting in the room on arrival. All Rocco Forte hotels feature high-quality picture books, specially commissioned for each property, based on fictional characters who live in the hotel Browns has Albemarle, the monkey (a shout-out to Rudyard Kipling, who wrote The Jungle Book here). It is difficult to think of a chain that is commissioning more charming bespoke entertainment for children.

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Zetter Townhouse, London

Formed from two Georgian buildings that once housed solicitors. The Zetter Townhouse offers a friendly escape amid the venerable and village-like streets of Clerkenwell, one of London's most pleasant neighbourhoods. The lounge, bar and dining room come dressed in a jumble of Victoriana that includes a stuffed kangaroo, armchairs upholstered in sacking, and walls crammed with oil paintings, curios and old photos. The Townhouse offer guests a compact but super-comfortable playground - unusually, the smallest and cheapest rooms on the top floor are arguably the best, decorated with cheery woodwork salvaged from a circus carousel.

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CORNWALL

Cornwall is defined by its magnificent coastline, with 300 miles of dunes and cliffs, medieval harbours and oak-forested creeks all accessible on foot. Such an unspoilt coastline inspires Enid Blyton-style adventures: take a picnic and the dog through fields fringed in wildflowers to a remote beach; clamber down stepping-stone cliffs to rock pools that are works of marine art; swim with seals and harmless basking sharks. Surfing is a big draw for all ages bodyboarding too and lessons are available on most north-coast beaches. Cornwall is also known for its artistic heritage. Painters, sculptors and potters of international renown come for the big skies, the rugged beauty of the boulder-strewn moorland, and the intense light that turns the sea cerulean blue even in mid-winter.

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Watergate Bay, Cornwall

The only hotel on Watergate Bay, a two-mile stretch of beach near Newquay, with fabulous views in both directions. This is an entirely family-oriented hotel, with an appropriately laid-back and unfussy attitude. There are organised games, craft and activities, as well as evening entertainment in the Kids Zone and XA Club, plus an indoor/oudoor pool and two miles of sandy beach right outside, surf and many other watersport lessons at the Extreme Academy (part of the hotel) and rock pools and caves along Watergate Bay to explore.

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The Scarlet, Cornwall

An imaginative modern design incorporating tall glass walls that blur the boundary between indoors and out. While many eco-hotels sacrifice style and comfort in pursuit of green credentials, the Scarlet more than lives up to the hype. Rooms are all individually styled with luxurious sateen sheets on deep mattresses, blonde wood furnishings, oval baths often in the room itself and powerful rain showers. Most have a floor-to-ceiling glass wall that slides back to access outdoor space, all cleverly designed to give privacy.

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BATH

With sweeping, honey-stone Georgian crescents and terraces spread over a green and hilly bowl, Bath is a strong contender for Englands most beautiful small city. It has a fascinating and easily accessible history, from the Roman Baths to the life and times of former resident Jane Austen. Interesting, digestible galleries and museums including the revamped Holburne and One Royal Crescent are many and varied, while shopping is also a major draw. Baths Achilles heel used to be used to be a surprising dearth of good, affordable places to eat, but that is no longer the case. The foodie transformation of a number of the citys pubs has been the most significant improvement in years.
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SACO Bath - St James' Parade, Bath

These studios and apartments are hidden away in a Georgian terrace in the city centre. Some have their own pedimented blue front door directly on to the street, and are decorated in bland but inoffensive Ikea-style furnishings. There are 10 studios, in which the living room, kitchen and bedroom are one single space, plus 28 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom apartments, wh ere the living room/kitchen area is separate from the bedroom(s). SACO can provide cots and high chairs, and the apartments are ideal for families. However, there are no sofa beds; you will need a fold-down bed or a two-bedroom apartment.

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The Queensberry Hotel, Bath

The Queensberry is spread over four interconnected Georgian townhouses on a quiet, residential street. While Baths other luxury hotels are ultra traditional, The Queensberry its first owner was the eighth Marquess of Queensberry is, despite its 18th-century surroundings, thoroughly modern in look. The 29 bedrooms are very individual. Striking details a shag-pile bedspread; silver-coloured pelmet over a bed; boldly designed cushions combine successfully with understated palates of creams, browns and greys, modern furnishings and elegant Georgian proportions.

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BRIGHTON

Visit Brighton because you need never get bored in this loveably eccentric city. Theres always something unexpected to enjoy the secret is to roam freely and keep your eyes peeled. Head to the boho North Laine, and you find offbeat designers and dingy flea markets happily melding with sleek restaurants and bars. Throw in gentrified Regency squares, oddball museums, and a clutch of well upholstered parks with traditional cafs attached and you have a city that truly caters for all tastes.

Brighton is a fiercely all-season city. Of course it can be packed on a hot summers day but come September, the crowds thin and the locals take back their town.
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YHA Brighton

Fronting the grassy expanses and cast iron Victoria Fountain of the Old Steine, and backing onto the pier and beach, YHA Brightons location is near perfect. With Regency bay windows and a pretty curlicue wrought-iron portico,it has the appearance of a flash hotel rather than a hostel. Inside, the smart good looks balance old with new: a black and white tiled lobby area fronts an industrial-chic caf-bar adorned with jazzy murals and stripped floorboards. The dorm bedrooms are ideal for families, and the option to self-cater is a bonus. Every vape lover wishes to shop for the best thick oil vape cartridge. How do you know which one can hold thick E-juice? Well, the trick is to choose the
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Artist Residence Brighton

Spanning two smart townhouses at the top end of grassy Regency Square allows for fabulously lofty sea views without the usual seafront traffic disturbances. This hotel is wonderfully stylish and exudes character. The look is cool private club meets East Village boho - with reclaimed furniture, exposed brickwork, densely pigmented colour schemes and a fabulous collection of paintings and prints by contemporary artists. Nice touches in the rooms include retro Roberts radios, conveniently placed sockets, rolltop baths and industrial-chic lights.

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