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Wind Down In A Wind­mill Get­away In A Gate­house Dally In A Dou­ble-decker

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On the banks of the River Tilling­ham stands Rye Wind­mill. With 10 en­suite rooms, the Grade-IIlisted B&B of­fers a hol­i­day with a dif­fer­ence. You might recog­nise it from the BBC’s se­ries “Mapp And Lu­cia”, so for hol­i­day read­ing to suit, try E.F. Ben­son’s “Mapp

And Lu­cia” or the clas­sic “Don Quixote” by Miguel De Cer­vantes. Visit www. ryewind­mill.co.uk. Com­plete with tow­ers and spi­ral stair­ways, the Welsh Gate­house is a Grade-II-listed hideaway boast­ing 700 years of his­tory. Built in 1270, it has now been con­verted into a lux­u­ri­ous re­treat for two. The orig­i­nal thick stone walls, ex­posed beams and mul­lioned win­dows re­flect the build­ing’s his­toric past, while vis­i­tors are as­sured of 21st-cen­tury com­forts.

Take along Edith Par­geter’s se­ries “The Broth­ers Of Gwynedd” for 13th-cen­tury at­mos­phere.

Visit www.one­off­places. co.uk. Black­berry Wood in Sus­sex hosts un­usual op­tions for ac­com­mo­da­tion. Among the con­ver­sions, which in­clude a 1965 search and res­cue he­li­copter that sleeps up to four, is this su­perb 1964 Routemas­ter dou­ble-decker bus.

Sleep­ing and loung­ing quar­ters are up­stairs, while the lower deck houses a comfy din­ing kitchen.

J.K. Rowl­ing’s “Harry Pot­ter And The Pris­oner of Azk­a­ban” with its won­der­ful Knight Bus would make a fun hol­i­day read.

Visit http:// black­ber­ry­wood.com.

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