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WHAT MAKES IT SO SPE­CIAL? A re­stored barn that’s kit­ted out with beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated in­te­ri­ors and gems col­lected from hosts Fiona and Gra­ham’s trav­els across In­dia; ar­riv­ing at The Malabar to af­ter­noon tea in the eclec­tic din­ing room, you feel the in­stant calm of the Cum­brian coun­try­side wash over you. Af­ter wak­ing up to “Bed Tea” left out­side your door, en­joy the break­fast of a life­time out on the pa­tio gar­den – the fried ba­nana and maplesyrup por­ridge is a must-try! WHO GOES? The re­mote set­ting and grand to­tal of only six rooms make this the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for a ro­man­tic week­end away or re­lax­ing trip for best friends. Ei­ther way, you’ll hardly no­tice any­one else there.

IT WOULD BE A CRIME NOT TO… Bring your walk­ing boots! Hik­ing up Win­der Fell across the peak and down to Sed­bergh is a high­light, stop­ping off at Three Hares Café for de­li­cious home-cooked food, fol­lowed by a pint and board games at lo­cal pub The Dales­man. Don’t for­get to en­joy the roll-top bath while be­ing ser­e­naded by bird­song. Feel­ing fresh and re­ju­ve­nated, grab a drink from the “hon­esty bar” and con­tinue the rest of the stay in dress­ing gowns.

From £160 (in­cludes break­fast and af­ter­noon tea); The­mal­abar .co.uk

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