"The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured cosiness." - P.G. Wodehouse
Yes, I know exactly what Plum Wodehouse meant. When it comes to the ultimate in summertime relaxation, there is nothing quite so satisfying as a classic country house getaway. This week we've assembled eight of the finest around, located throughout England, Wales and the Channel Islands. All are 4-star, luxurious properties in their own beautifully kept grounds, yet each is a lively place where one can relax and be at home rather than tiptoe around feeling intimidated by the all imposing architectural grandeur.
These beautiful houses were built to provide pleasure for their discerning guests, and they continue to do so into the 21st century. What is more, they are about exceptional value - each offers Dinner, Bed & Breakfast from only £60 to £75 per person (with the exception of the stunning L'Horizon on Jersey, which is £100pp for B&B). Now is the time to book your ideal country house escape.