Notes on... The Cornwall

If we’re looking for a weekend away in the UK, the far reaches of the south-west are always up there. The Cornwall was our most recent pick: a 19th century house and four-star hotel that sits on a hillside in 43 acres of land. St Austell isn’t the prettiest of Cornish towns, but it gets top marks for location – it’s a short drive from The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, as well as pretty fishing villages Mevagissey and Fowey. But hey, we won’t judge if you don’t venture far from the grounds of the hotel. The original building — presidentially referred to as The White House — includes nine of the grandest suites, with a further 56 rooms in a modern extension. All junior suites have Victorian or individual details, such as a marble fireplace or floor to ceiling windows – and all have modern, wrought iron four poster beds. The Clearing Spa has all the pamper possibilities you’d expect: steam room, sauna, fitness suite and juice bar. But the real draw is the heated infinity pool with retractable windows, overlooking the woodland grounds. Would do again.

Rooms start at £99.