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Visit… ‘Thorn­don and Weald Coun­try Parks for lovely brac­ing out­door walks with the dogs.’ Shop at… ‘Cal­cott Hall (01277 264164, cal­cot­thall.com) near Brent­wood has a lovely farm shop and café that I go to fre­quently − it grows its own pro­duce and sup­ports lo­cal pro­duc­ers.’ Go for a meal at… ‘The Blue Crown (01277 375485, the­blue­crown­brent­wood.co.uk) and The Black Horse (01277 374946, vin­tageinn.co.uk/ restau­rants/east/ the­black­horse­brent­wood) are tra­di­tional coun­try pubs with roar­ing fires and you can go in­side in your wellies.’

Guest bed­room For a so­phis­ti­cated yet cosy scheme, layer plain white bed­ding with cush­ions and throws. Bed, Al­ter Lon­don. Bed­li­nen, The White Com­pany. Throw, Romo. Pen­dant light, Dar Light­ing. Cush­ions, Alexan­der James In­te­rior De­sign. Bed­side lamps, RV Ast­ley.

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