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TRAVEL

PADSTOW TOWNHOUSE,

CORNWALL

FOR STARTERS: Rick Stein

might have put Padstow on

the map, but it's young chef

Paul Ainsworth keeping the

foodie �ame alive. His Padstow

Townhouse oers six decadent

suites with varying décor, including

rich velvets and a marble replace.

Suites come with access to a

pantry for drinks and snacks.

MAINS & MORE: Breakfast

is fresh local produce served at

Ainsworth's Rojano's in the Square. For dinner, it has to be

the vibrant modern interpretations of classic dishes at awardwinning

Paul Ainsworth at Number 6.

SIDES: Learn to surf at Harlyn Bay or go on a Padstow Sea

Life Safari in search of dolphins. On dry land, cycle the 18-mile

Camel Trail, with a stop for a glass of zz at Camel Valley

Vineyard. Alternatively, borrow a pair of the Townhouse's

Dubarry boots and strike o along the Cornish coastal path.

BILL, PLEASE: Double rooms with breakfast and dinner

from £200 per person a night

CONTACT: 01841 550950; paul-ainsworth.co.uk

THYME,

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

FOR STARTERS: What could be

more quintessentially English than the

chocolate-box Cotswolds? A hotel in the

Cotswolds celebrating all things English, that's what - and this

family-owned boutique bolthole simply nails rustic chic. Home

to a 15th-century manor house, a medieval barn and a Norman

church, the country estate has eight bedroom suites, three

cottage suites and two cottages.

MAINS & MORE: Breakfast is served in the barn, and

includes produce from the kitchen gardens and eggs from the

estate's chickens, geese and quails, along with freshly baked

breads and pastries. For dinner, take a short stroll to œe Swan

- a 17th-century village

pub that's also part of the

estate - for rare-breed pork

and Scotch eggs to die for.

Head back to try a few of

the botanical cocktails from œyme's drawing-room bar.

SIDES: Get to grips with choux pastry and bread making in

the Bulthaup kitchen of the cookery school, where you can

take a masterclass with Quo Vadis chef Jeremy Lee on 4 June.

Get up early for a guided walk to hear the dawn chorus, shoot

a few clay pigeons or borrow a bike and explore the surrounding

elds and woods.

BILL, PLEASE: Double rooms with breakfast from £260 a night

CONTACT: 01367 850174; thyme.co.uk

FOREST SIDE, CUMBRIA

FOR STARTERS: Following an 18-month renovation, the

people behind Hipping Hall have opened a new hotel in

Grasmere. œe 20 pastel-hued bedrooms in this Victorian pile

are divided into 'Cosy', 'Jolly Good' and 'Superb'; open your

window to enjoy the fragrance of specially chosen plants, while

insulation comes from the wool

of Lakeland Herdwick sheep.

MAINS & MORE:

L'Enclume's former sous chef

and head forager Kevin Tickle

heads up the restaurant. With

40 acres of forageable grounds,

a walled kitchen garden and a 70sq m greenhouse at his

disposal, expect anything from homegrown micro-greens and

peaches to nasturtiums and oyster leaves on the tasting menu.

SIDES: Have your own forage around the private gardens or

visit the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage. Load up on

carbs at the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop then hike it o up

Silver How for spectacular views. Or

stay on the �at with a walk around the

shores of Grasmere and Rydal Water.

BILL, PLEASE: Double rooms with

breakfast and dinner from £299 a night

CONTACT: 01539 435250;

theforestside.com

KING STREET TOWNHOUSE,

MANCHESTER

FOR STARTERS: In the words of Buzz Lightyear: "To

innity… and beyond!" œere may be no "beyond", but King

Street Townhouse does have a seventh-�oor innity pool

overlooking Manchester Town Hall's gothic clock tower. œe

views continue from the terrace and bar, as well as from the 40

rooms of this not boutique (we're told), but 'baby grand' hotel.

MAINS & MORE: œe King Street Tavern serves Brit fare

such as sh pie and afternoon tea, or sample the city's booming

restaurant and bar scene, which includes Simon Rogan's œe

French, Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, or the hip bars in

the Northern Quarter, Manchester's answer to Shoreditch.

SIDES: Browse shops around King Street, take the tram

to Salford Quays to

look at œe Lowry's

matchstick men and

women, or check out the

programme at the Royal

Exchange theatre.

BILL, PLEASE: Double

rooms (room only) from

£120 a night

CONTACT: 0161 667

0707; eclectichotels.co.uk

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