Au­tumn walks and fire­side naps at our favourite sea­sonal boltholes

The months of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber count as a special, of­ten- over­looked time to take short breaks – we share nine beau­ti­ful places to hole up in this sea­son, whether you want to pull on some wellies and go leaf- kick­ing or set­tle by the fire with a good

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Monk­ton Old Hall, Pem­brokeshire

An en­try in the guest­book at Monk­ton Old Hall sums its char­ac­ter up well: ‘Vaulted ceil­ing, fire at night, ping pong in the “dun­geon”, stone spi­ral stairs, peep hole win­dows to poke hands through and make ghost noises… just mag­i­cal.’ If shar­ing spooky tales by the light of a log fire is one of the great­est treats of au­tumn, this place is the ideal venue. The Old Hall has been host­ing trav­ellers since the 14th cen­tury, when it was a guest house run by Bene­dic­tine monks for pil­grims en route to St David’s. The cav­ernous lounge (pic­tured) and vaulted un­der­croft (now home to the ta­ble ten­nis ta­ble) are traces of its dis­tant ori­gins, as is the res­i­dent ghost: some say she is a nun whose skele­ton was found bricked into the wall of an equally an­cient pri­ory next door. Take a guided tour of im­mense Pem­broke Cas­tle – birth­place of Henry VII and view­able from the Old Hall’s gar­dens – and en­joy beach­comb­ing at nearby Bara­fun­dle Bay.

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