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Driv­ing is your best bet here – mainly be­cause this is one of the most pic­turesque and un­spoilt ar­eas of Bri­tain. What God took from it be­ing in the mid­dle of nowhere (on the blissfully quiet bor­der be­tween Scot­land and Eng­land), he more than gave back with windswept beaches com­plete with ac­tual seals and wild ponies, rolling hills and ab­so­lutely no one around for miles. Keep this on the down­low, but we think it might be heaven.


Fash­ion lovers are in for a treat. This quiet cor­ner is also home to some of the best cash­mere, wool and tar­tan fac­to­ries in the world. Chanel pur­chased the Bar­rie Knitwear mill in Haw­ick back in 2012, where it still makes many of its jumpers, and the John­ston’s Of El­gin cash­mere fac­tory is a short drive away, too. El­gin is stocked in ev­ery­where from Fort­num & Ma­son to Fen­wicks, but there is a shop with good dis­counts here. Oth­er­wise it’s all about the walk­ing. Hadrian’s

Wall is woven through var­i­ous vil­lages and is a once-in-a-life­time sight to be­hold. Or head to any of the coastal beaches – Rum­bling Kern gets our vote for its ab­so­lute seclu­sion.


You can’t help but feel like Lady Of The Manor in this state­ly­home ho­tel. There are four-poster beds, high ceil­ings and fra­grant gar­dens to frolic in. Take high tea out­side, book in for a mas­sage, and fin­ish the ro­mance with din­ner in the li­brary restau­rant. It gets bonus points for be­ing dog-friendly. We were left a doggy bag of treats, toys and dog beer. He’s been ask­ing to go back ever since.

Best wall this side of the Seven Kingdoms


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