1. St Martinâ€™s Isles of Scilly Only 120 people live on St Martinâ€™s, one of the lesser-known Isles of Scilly, so itâ€™s surprising to hear that it is also home to a flower farm, a vineyard, an artisan bakery, art gallery, pub and diving school. Plus, youâ€™ll find some of the best beaches in Britain, such as the one in the intriguingly named Bread and Cheese Cove. Thereâ€™s a range of places to stay, from a campsite and cottages through to a guesthouse and the reopened Karma St Martinâ€™s hotel, which has 30 slightly chintzy rooms. Details: Hotel rooms cost Â£225 a night in the summer, for two sharing, or Â£320 for a suite for four (karmaresorts.com). For other accommodation, see visitislesofscilly.com[Readm More]
Second homes were among the casualties of the credit crunch, but as the economy recovers and the London market tops out, estate agents are noticing the return of a particular breed of second-homer: the weekender. Weekend homes are different from holiday homes. The latter are usually visited only a few times a year â€” Cornwall, say, in the school holidays â€” but in this time-poor, stress-rich age, and with pollution choking the capital, buyers crave a fast escape from London (two hours max), so they can wake up to fresh air and scenery on Saturday morning.