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Chic hotels in South West (preferably near beach) ????

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winnie1 · 15/07/2003 15:51

Dh and I are desperate to get away on our own for one or towo nights. What I'd really love is a hotel that is very grown up with out chintz (sorry any chintz lovers!) Does anyone have any recommendations in Devon, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Dorset or Glos ? Thanks in advance

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winnie1 · 15/07/2003 15:52

towo nights??

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winnie1 · 15/07/2003 15:55

THe heat has obviously got to me as I realise that some of these counties are not going to have beaches.... somewhere near a beach would just be an added bonus!

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beetroot · 15/07/2003 16:00

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Enid · 15/07/2003 16:01

Sorry, I'm not on commission, but Babington House? If you go in the week its cheaper (and nicer - less Mini Boden )

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Enid · 15/07/2003 16:01

great minds...

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Enid · 15/07/2003 16:02

Also Hurst House in Wales is very lovely but not near a beach.

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bossykate · 15/07/2003 16:15

you could also try Moonfleet Manor or, Lygon Arms or, not quite in your area, but gets fantastic reviews, there is a Hotel du Vin in Winchester and also in Bristol.

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bossykate · 15/07/2003 16:15

are you interested in cornwall at all?

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bossykate · 15/07/2003 16:22

i think this looks great, right on a great sounding beach, but e. sussex...

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Azure · 15/07/2003 16:22

Winnie1, my friends enjoyed a stay at Charlton House, near Bath. It is a country house hotel somehow connnected with Mulberry, and so the rooms are furnished in Mulberry fabrics. Michelin starred restaurant also.

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Azure · 15/07/2003 16:24

Oops, just seen you put WITHOUT chintz. Probably best to ignore my suggestion.

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easy · 15/07/2003 16:41

Trying to work out what you mean by chic, but if you mean REALLY nice (and a bit,or a lot, expensive) How about the Carlyon Bay in Cornwall?

Beautiful location, own pool, stands right above the bay with beach. Given the chance, I'd be there like a shot

Look at this

BTW this hotel is alleged to have refused a booking for the Blairs last year

also BTW I have no connection with this hotel, just love really good hotels when you can find them among the dross we have in the UK generally

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Enid · 15/07/2003 17:24

Oh and theres Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall. Probably chocka though.

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tamum · 15/07/2003 17:42

Obvious, but since nobody else has mentioned them, Calcot Manor and Woolley Grange (both Wiltshire)

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bossykate · 15/07/2003 17:51

ok, if we're on to cornwall now, you could try St Enodoc Hotel or, The Lugger Hotel or, St Petroc's B&B Padstow

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Jimjams · 15/07/2003 18:41

Burgh Island? very glam (with prices to match), but worth it for the sea tractor......

see here

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codswallop · 15/07/2003 19:25

Howards House Hotel in Teffont near Salisbury. Not sure f decor but very intimate and fab food I hear

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codswallop · 15/07/2003 19:28

and try howardshousehotel.co.uk

I want to go there now

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bundle · 15/07/2003 19:28

Jimjams, I LOVED that sea tractor, thanks for reminding me of it

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Jimjams · 15/07/2003 19:58

bundle- we were at Bigbury yesterday. (We live nearby) Ds2 (18 months) dragged me off to have good nose at the sea tractor. He was quite keen to go marching into the hotel- but I didn't think we were suitably dressed - despite being very cute (and kind of 1920's) in his stripey sunsuit

I was thinking of dragging dh off there in the early autumn, but then I read they want you to book 2 nights at the weekend So might got to Fingals instead.
It looks good, although being surrounded by the sea at Burgh Island is very tempting.

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Azure · 16/07/2003 09:31

Cowley Manor near Cheltenham. OK, not near a beach but it is described as a "contemporary country hotel" and looked fab in the booklet I had. No chintz.

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SamboM · 16/07/2003 09:50

Burgh Island is lovely. I'd be there now if I could!

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valleygirl · 16/07/2003 10:08

I stayed in a really lovely BB in Devon (not too far from coast) called Tor Cottage - all 3 rooms are individual cottages in lovely grounds with private terraces to sit out, with a pool in the summer - if you wanted somethign less hotel-like but intimate.
i hope this link-thing works!!

\link(www.torcottage.co.uk/)

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