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PERFECT FOR VIEWS
The lowdown: Pinch yourself - that's not a painting. That's the view
from your bedroom window of the majestic Loch Lomond, spread
below in all its moody beauty. Inside the equally regal Cameron House,
roaring fires and tartan throws instil a cosy atmosphere, helped by
the richly textured furnishings dotted throughout. In Martin Wishart's
Michelin-starred restaurant, well-versed staff deliver a sensational
six- or eight-course tasting menu of modern Scottish cuisine, artfully
matched with wines. Before bed, enjoy a wee dram in the elegant
hotel bar, where the resident whisky expert can guide you through
the exhaustive list of 270 different malts.
Activities to indulge in: Take your foot off the accelerator and spend
some time in the Carrick Spa. Massage and beauty treatments are
offered alongside the spa's generous amenities, which include a
rooftop infinity pool, tropical rain shower and vast hydrotherapy
pool, many of which boast further views of the landscape. Head
through the sweeping hotel grounds down to Cameron House's Boat
House and take a Celtic Warrior Boat cruise on the loch, where the
steward Sam regales you with anecdotes from the local area and
identifies points of interest as you sip on a chilled glass of Moët
Chandon. Sail past an island where wallabies roam wild, and score
a unique view of the impressive hotel from the water.
The damage: prices from £189 per room per night, including breakfast.
Lauren Broude, art editor
PERFECT FOR DESIGN LOVERS
The lowdown: Built in 1896, Titchwell Manor is well positioned
between rolling farmland and the Norfolk coast, meaning that it's
possible to lounge, dine or just loll in bed with a sea view. The Manor
hasn't just banked on its location however, boasting other attractions
including bold, distinctive design for the public areas and superior
rooms (think vivid block colouring and funky, artistic furniture) and
talented head chef Eric Snaith, whose culinary experiments transport
you across the countryside and on to the ocean. Other fabulous
touches include an evergreen garden with a summer house and rooms
with private patios, while the whole operation exudes relaxed quality.
Activities to indulge in: The Manor's Potting Shed is the ultimate
extravagance, a self-contained cabin for two with a spacious rolltop
bath and walk-in shower, a log burner and a private balcony
overlooking the gardens. Spa treatments are at hand for all guests,
meaning you can order a full-body massage, facial or pedicure directly
to your room. Those willing to exert a modicum of physical effort while
here will find themselves surrounded by four coastal golf courses,
with another course slightly further west towards King's Lynn. Even
if you can't sink a ball, the view will continue to be on par.
The damage: £165 per night for a sea-view room plus breakfast.
Neil Simpson, editorial assistant
PHOTO: LAUREN BROUDE