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Best of British

From rolling hills to roaring fires, make one of these cosy country retreats your ultimate home from home without setting foot on a plane, says Dipal Acharya

The ‘everyone round
to mine’ one: Brownber

Lockdown got you feeling like you want to live in a house, a very big house, in the country? This new Cumbria rental offering will draw you up north faster than you can say ‘support bubble’. On the lovely Brownber Estate, handily halfway between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, is the stately Brownber Hall, all William Morris wallpapers and vintage furniture, with eight bedrooms and vast common areas to entertain in. There’s also newly renovated Brownber House, which sleeps eight and takes a more rustic approach with its log-burning stoves and welcome hampers laden with sourdough, cakes and preserves — exceedingly delicious on all counts.
Either house from £157 per night

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The family-friendly one:
Beaverbrook

Lord Beaverbrook’s candy confection of a home in Surrey has quickly become one of the UK’s finest weekend hotels. Fringed by the rolling Surrey Hills, its verdant charm makes it hard to believe you’re only an hour from London, perfect for a pre- or post-Christmas treat with your brood. While the older ones live out their dream Home Alone 2 fantasies — the newly installed skating rink gives Rockefeller Centre a run for its money and the ice-cream sundaes are a thing of beauty — the little people are also well looked after with an on-site Sharky & George club to keep them entertained. For parents, The Coach House Spa provides tailored treatments to dissolve the stress of 2020. Rooms from £385

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The foodie one:
The Pig-at Harlyn Bay

Robin Hutson’s latest addition to the litter champions delicious Cornish produce and the cosiest of interiors. Just a 10-minute drive from the port town of Padstow, the nearby beaches of Constantine Bay are just the spot for working up an appetite before retreating to the hotel’s Lobster Shed, which serves the freshest catch of the day (lobster rarebit, anyone?) and a fine line of English sparklings. Ready for bed? Good — 26 beautifully appointed rooms beckon from the main house and outbuildings, but our favourite place to hunker down is in one of the charming garden wagons (read: turbo-charged Shepherd’s huts) replete with roll-top tubs.
Rooms from £155

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What to pack

Extreme Cashmere oversize sweater, £600

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Le Labo Hinoki travel set, £42

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Diemme boots, £270

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