Stay Here: Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington, Rutland

Exquisite Indian dining from chef Krishnapal Negi in deepest Rutland, plus cosy pubs and long walks


A beginner’s guide to…Box Hill, Surrey

The surprise is how near London it is – and yet it feels so far removed


A Beginner’s Guide to… Ambleside, Lake District

Sure, it’s overrun with tourists but there’s a reason why the famous resort is such a honeypot, says Stephen Emms


Stay Here: Black Bull Inn, Sedbergh

This acclaimed restaurant-with-rooms between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District makes the cosiest hideaway


A Beginner’s Guide to… Diss, Norfolk

This underrated south Norfolk town is well connected by train – and waiting to be discovered, says Stephen Emms


Stay Here: Bethnal & Bec rural retreat, Hertfordshire

These luxury studios, less than an hour’s drive from London, have hot tubs, private gardens and logburners


Epping Forest: a highwayman’s trail from Theydon Bois

We take a walk through the forest to Epping’s cosy pubs and coffee shops


A Beginner’s guide to…Glamping

Take the tube to Home Farm in Herts and still be back in London in time for work the next day

The exterior of The Pointer

Stay here: The Pointer, Brill

Escape overcast London for this stylish bolthole in a quaint Buckinghamshire village

The Village Pub in Barnsley

Stay Here: The Village Pub, Barnsley

Fancy a summer escape deep in the Cotswolds? Try the rustic cooking at this pub-with-rooms