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Cromlix House, Perthshire

FOR STARTERS: Has Andy Murray served a blinder?

The Wimbledon champ is behind the transformation

of a tired Victorian pile into svelte country house,

bang on his home turf. The grounds sport a chapel,

lake and views of the Trossachs.

MAINS ƒ MORE: Ten beds, five suites and a

gatehouse are spiffily done up, and named after

Scottish luminaries such as Sir Alex Ferguson and

Sean Connery.

Food guru Albert Roux has overseen the open

kitchens, but the cooking belongs to Darin Campbell

(ex-Andrew Fairlie). Expect dishes such as Loch Fyne

scallops and twice-baked cheese soufflé. Love all.

SIDES: Tennis courts? And then some † these sport the

All England Club colours. Magnificent Stirling Castle and

Dunblane Cathedral are nearby, and you can practise

forehand swings at Gleneagles, play croquet, and go

huntin', shootin' and fishin' in season.

BILL, PLEASE: Double B‹B from £200.

CONTACT: 01786 822125; cromlix.com

Lord Crewe Arms,

County Durham

FOR STARTERS: This place has history. Once part of 12th-century

Abbot's Priory, it has been beautifully steered into the 21st while

respecting the past. Discover a cloistered courtyard, vaults,

gardens and views of the Pennines.

MAINS ƒ MORE: Rooms fan from the main building and guests

will find a dapper touch throughout, echoing the soft colours of

Northumbria's landscape. There's little monastic frugality about

Simon Hicks' excellent take on robust (and subtle) British fare,

which boasts home-smoked meats and home-grown veg

and herbs. Meanwhile the Crypt offers sharing bites partnered

by speciality ales. Amen to that.

SIDES: Head for grouse moors and

Pennine ranges or snake alongside

scenic Derwent Reservoir and

fish for brown trout. The hotel

also hosts artistic workshops

and fireside lectures.

BILL, PLEASE: Double B‹B from £140.

CONTACT: 01434 675469;

lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk

The Pig, Somerset

FOR STARTERS: The Pig's new sty is

a handsome Georgian mansion, with

tongue-and-groove walls scumbled with

trending Farrow ‹ Ball colours, leather

sofas and 'lived-in' antiques. Floors are

reclaimed railway planks.

MAINS ƒ MORE: While the bar buzzes,

there's a more mellow vibe in the fire-lit

drawing room. The resto and conservatory

are ecologically right-on: organic

ingredients are sourced in situ (literally

picked this morning) or locally within 25

miles. Kamil Oseka's fare encourages pigging out: Kentucky fried

wild rabbit, slow-cooked crispy pig cheek, artisan cheeses, et al.

Recline in four-posters, perk up via walk-in monsoon showers.

SIDES: Enjoy relaxing spa treatments in the Potting Shed;

investigate the surrounding deer park and walled kitchen garden;

play billiards, tennis, or croquet. Venture further afield with a trip to

Bath, Glastonbury, or the stunning Cheddar Gorge. Oink!

BILL, PLEASE: Double from £139.

CONTACT: 0845 077 9494 (reservations); thepighotel.com

Cliff House Hotel,

County Waterford

FOR STARTERS: Cliff House defies gravity by cascading down

a vertiginous cliffside. A striking glass frontage stretches top to

bottom, bounded by balconies and terraces. It's a cracking spot

overlooking Ardmore Bay on Waterford's rugged coast.

MAINS ƒ MORE: Sleek modernism is the hallmark, and every room

faces the water. The location's special light plays up the fresh marine

interiors, now extended to a smart new self-catering cottage. But

don't miss out on Martijn Kajuiter's

exquisite Michelin-starred cuisine.

Salivate over sea-buckthorn soufflé,

trio of beef with a beef-tea jus, and

cranberries with parsnip custard

and fennel granita.

SIDES: The spa and pool complex

is truly enticing, but do venture out:

go kayaking and snorkelling, stroll

the beach, take guided hikes, or

practise your golf by striking balls

towards a pontoon in the bay.

BILL, PLEASE: Double B‹B from €180.

CONTACT: +353 24 87800; thecliffhousehotel.com

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The Nare Hotel, Cornwall

FOR STARTERS: Call this a hotel?

Dreamy little beach resort more like.

Magnificently situated on the Roseland

Peninsular its numerous leisure facilities

and terraces blend into palm-fringed

and flower-filled gardens tumbling

down to powder-white sands and the

wide blue yonder.

MAINS ƒ MORE: Check into the

recently refurbished traditional interior

and a valet will unpack your bags.

Most rooms share the dreamy view,

also bagged by the two restaurants where chef Richard James

provides classic treats. Eat formally in one from a five-course

table d'hôte menu, or go casual in the other with à la carte.

SIDES: With two pools, hot tub, treatment rooms, Carne beach

and tennis, why go off-piste? However, there are terrific cliff-top

walks, historical gardens, sweet little villages and a private yacht

to explore hidden creeks and coves if you choose.

BILL, PLEASE: Double with early morning tea and Cornish cream

tea from £276.

CONTACT: 01872 501111; narehotel.co.uk

CONTACT:

and herbs. Meanwhile the Crypt offers sharing bites partnered

lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk

Double B‹B from €180.

FOR STARTERS:

Dreamy little beach resort more like.

Magnificently situated on the Roseland

Peninsular its numerous leisure facilities

and terraces blend into palm-fringed

and flower-filled gardens tumbling

down to powder-white sands and the

wide blue yonder.

also bagged by the two restaurants where chef Richard James

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