20 best secret British isles

20 best secret British isles

England

1. St Martin’s Isles of Scilly Only 120 people live on St Martin’s, one of the lesser-known Isles of Scilly, so it’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, you’ll find some of the best beaches in Britain, such as the one in the intriguingly named Bread and Cheese Cove. There’s a range of places to stay, from a campsite and cottages through to a guesthouse and the reopened Karma St Martin’s hotel, which has 30 slightly chintzy rooms. Details: Hotel rooms cost £225 a night in the summer, for two sharing, or £320 for a suite for four (karmaresorts.com). For other accommodation, see visitislesofscilly.com

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Living for the weekend

Living for the weekend

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 — Cornwall, say, in the school holidays — 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.

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