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My Route du Bonheur

South of England: across to Cornwall

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Such landscapes in the south of England as have inspired countless artists, poets and musicians! Nature and history pervade everything here: the fine old country houses on the Downs, the Wessex valleys and hills, the moors strewn with rocky peaks, the coves and fishing villages in Devon. Beginning at Arundel Castle, we end up at the former home of Lawrence Olivier and lose ourselves in Winchester, the former royal capital. After a brief detour to Jersey - the heart of the Channel Islands, we at last can take in the landscapes of Dartmoor and the impressive Jurassic Coast where birds dance on the breeze...
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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Gravetye Manor

West Hoathly - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the woods. Gravetye Manor is a truly enchanting place; both close to the pleasures of London, yet far from its hustle and bustle. This beautiful Elizabethan manor sits proudly amongst the winding pathways and abundant flower beds in the English natural and wild gardens created by William Robinson, the father of the English flower garden and a former owner of the estate. This quintessential English country house’s charm is evident in the wood-panelled sitting rooms with crackling log fires. All year round, the sweeping countryside views, first-class cuisine and attentive yet unobtrusive service ensure an unforgettable experience. ... Learn moreless

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Walking the High Weald

Walking the High Weald

The road from West Hoathly to Amberley crosses the East Sussex National Nature Reserve which has been designated as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). There is a succession of untamed landscapes here: farmsteads, forests and hilltop villages. When you get to Clapham village, the view is breath taking. That these landscapes have remained unchanged for centuries is down to the Dukes of Norfolk who have protected them from property market predators. Bringing joy to us all...

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Chichester in memory

Chichester in memory

The small city of Chichester is picture postcard perfect. The Georgian architectural style evokes the city's zenith in the 18th century. The roads leading from the market cross still follow the original Roman tracks. The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum just 7km north of the town is a collection of 40 historic buildings from the 15th century that were taken down, restored and rebuilt in a wonderful open air park. Opened in 1967, this is a quintessentially English museum.

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Amberley Castle

Amberley - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Amberley Castle’s idyllic setting beside the River Arun places this medieval survivor in some of the loveliest English countryside at the foot of the South Downs, a land of chalk hills beloved by artists and poets.Feeling serene and secure behind the castle’s portcullis and battlements, many guests venture no farther than the beautiful gardens, which include a putting course, croquet lawn and tennis court. The guest rooms and bathrooms, each individually designed by the Brownsword family, and the fine cuisine of locally sourced and seasonal ingredients join the ambience of cosy elegance to ensure a fantastic stay. ... Learn moreless

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Feast your eyes upon Arundel castle

Feast your eyes upon Arundel castle

The descendants of the Dukes of Norfolk - the country's most important Catholic family - still own this castle. The imposing grey citadel and dungeon have overlooked the small village of Arundel since the 11th century. William Turner painted it several times, including the well-known 'Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow', which today hangs in the Tate museum. (1824). The castle also featured as the set for Nicholas Hyunter's beautiful film 'The Madness of King George' (1994), which won accolades at both the Oscars and at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Chewton Glen

New Milton - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Cheerful sage shutters and immaculate sweeping lawns welcome visitors to Chewton Glen, a refined country house hotel and spa set in 52 hectares of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park.Located a short walk from the Solent coast, with fabulous views of the Isle of Wight, it is the perfect resort for a family holiday. Hidden away in a wooded valley are the hotel’s amazing Tree Houses. The Dining Room is a nexus of beautiful conservatories, intimate dining spaces and a stunning wine room, whereas The Kitchen sets the stage for casual dining and learning about food with its bakery and cookery school, a partnership with James Martin. The luxury health centre is dedicated to personalised service and spa experiences. ... Learn moreless

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In the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia in Bovington

In the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia in Bovington

Clouds Hill is a cottage in Bovington which was the retirement dwelling of T. E. Lawrence, the famous author of 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom.' He was killed in a motorcycle accident nearby in 1935. The Tank Museum is the largest museum in Europe dedicated to armoured vehicles (300 vehicles), and it has a permanent exhibition covering the life of the man who was an officer and a spy, an author and an adventurer.

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A stroll around medieval Winchester

A stroll around medieval Winchester

Set foot in Winchester and you are stepping into history. The former royal capital has preserved several buildings constructed in the Middle Ages. Building of the splendid cathedral was commenced in 1079 using Isle of White stone, and it houses the bones of the early English Kings (as well as Jane Austen's tomb). It also has the longest nave in Europe. The nearby Hospital of St Cross opened in the 12th century and is the oldest charitable organisation in England.

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Longueville Manor

St Saviour - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Independently owned and managed, Longueville Manor is a true “home-from-home” experience. Graced by woodland walks, an ornamental lake and a Victorian garden, the estate exudes tranquillity, to which the Cottage Garden Spa, outdoor pool and al fresco terrace act as compliments.Understated service, fine food and wine combine to deliver sheer indulgence, with inspiration for the seasonal menus coming from local farmers and fishermen.As wine tasting is at the heart of any memorable meal at the manor, the state-of-the-art wine cellar boasts an impressive collection of over 4,000 bottles, including some of the world’s most remarkable and rarest vintages.Lastly, Fizz Too, the hotel’s private yacht charter, is ideal for a luxurious day on the Channel Islands’ waters. ... Learn moreless

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Summer Lodge Country House

Evershot - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in a village. Deep in the heart of the rolling Wessex countryside and near the dramatic rocks and fossils of the renowned Jurassic Coast, little has changed from the days when the area was immortalised in the novels and “Wessex” poems of Thomas Hardy.A fine Georgian listed house set in nearly two hectares of idyllic gardens, with a croquet lawn, health spa and a collection of richly furnished guest rooms and suites, Summer Lodge is a small world in itself. Add in a restaurant of international repute, one of the best cheeseboards in the United Kingdom, a cellar boasting more than 1,600 wines and the 300 whiskies and 100 brandies that are available, and it is easy to see why guests come from so far and wide. Note: the Spa at Summer Lodge will be undergoing a Refurbishment and will be closed from 2nd January and will re-open on 7th February 2020. ... Learn moreless

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Stopover in Lyme Regis

Stopover in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is called the "pearl" of Dorset County. This small seaside town has retained its Georgian appearance and utterly charming atmosphere. Writer Jane Austen set her novel 'Persuasion' here. This coastal town also featured in scenes from 'The French Lieutenant's Woman', starring American actress Meryl Streep. I really love coming to lunch here in the restaurant run by Mark Hix, a celebrated chef originally from the area. The restaurant enjoys a wonderful view over the old harbour and the pier – the famous cobb.

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Follow the Jurassic Coast

Follow the Jurassic Coast

A natural World Heritage Site owing to its geological importance, the Jurassic Coast stretches along more than 150km from East Devon to Dorset. Geographers and geologists estimate parts of this rocky coastline to be 180 million years old. It comes as no surprise then that a wealth of geological vestiges and fossils (ammonites) are found here. The South West Coast Path is a wonderful hiking route on which to discover this coastline.

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Lympstone Manor Hotel, Restaurant and Vineyard

Exmouth - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Lympstone Manor is driven by the enthusiasm and talent of chef Michael Caines. This Georgian manor-turned-contemporary country house embodies his vision of hospitality for the 21st century. Overlooking the Exe Estuary in the southwest of England, the estate extends to the shore, enveloped in the colours of the landscape of this magnificent part of Devon.At the heart of Lympstone Manor is the cuisine. Personal, mature and strikingly precise, it is above all a showcase for products from the sea and the wider region of the southwest. A freshly planted vineyard will one day soon bring a unique house wine to the eclectic list which is already a pillar in the ethos of the hotel. ... Learn moreless

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Gidleigh Park

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Restaurant and hotel in the country. Gidleigh Park sits majestically on the bubbling upper reaches of the River Teign within 43 hectares of mature grounds, featuring an acclaimed kitchen garden, croquet lawns and putting course. The house has an air of tranquillity and romance, and a genuinely warm welcome awaits.The majority of the guest rooms overlook the beautiful gardens and the river, each unique with thoughtful touches and indulgent bathrooms. The interior of the house draws inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement, complemented by artwork and antiques from the family’s private collection. Showcasing the season’s finest ingredients, menus are carefully crafted without pretension so that each dish culminates in a paragon of absolute freshness and true clarity of flavour. ... Learn moreless

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Visit Dartmoor National Park

Visit Dartmoor National Park

Some would say that this moorland was created only to graze ponies and sheep. A tortured land embellished by waterfalls and standing stones, stone crosses and ancient remains, this is the realm of walkers, cyclists and horseback riders. A wonderful backdrop dominated by the tors – granite rock elevations – Dartmoor was the inspiration behind Conan Doyle's novel 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.'

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Idle Rocks

St Mawes - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Waking up in a bright, spacious room overlooking the sea, with the sound of waves lapping gently against the shore below, is an invitation to enjoy a morning swim, take a boat trip, join a sailing lesson on the dinghy or visit one of Cornwall’s internationally renowned gardens.Owners Karen and David Richards have transformed this historic building in the enchanting port of St Mawes, instilling it with the soul of a wonderful holiday home. On the waterfront terrace, guests can savour the Cornish sunshine and the freshest fish caught by local dayboat fishermen. Refined, imaginative and sustainable cuisine with genuine hospitality in a relaxed setting — no wonder the staff ’s joie de vivre is so contagious! ... Learn moreless

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