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Time to escape: 5 of the best UK escapes for right now

Sometimes, you just need to get away. And while a two-week holiday in Thailand might be what you really, really want, a night or two away in the UK can seriously help you unwind, destress and feel vaguely human again. And, what could be better than a gorgeous hotel that costs less than £200 a night?

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The Grove, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

This wonderfully romantic hideaway in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside is a real find. Not only are the rooms ridiculously gorgeous (each with a chic decor, working fireplaces and bathrooms stuffed with REN products), the setting straight out of The Best of Britain Ever, but the food is, quite simply, reason enough alone to travel here. Rooms are split between the main house and four stand-alone cottages (each with cast-iron baths, an oak kitchen and wood-burning stove). Cate Blanchett has apparently stayed. Doubles from £125 (plus tax) with Mr & Mrs Smith

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The Pig, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

We’ve mentioned The Pig before. But, it’s so good, it’s worth mentioning again and again and again….In the heart of the New Forest and from the same team behind the uber-luxurious Limewood, The Pig is how ALL boutique hotels should be run. 26 bedrooms (amazing beds, gorgeous bathrooms and soothing shades of Farrow & Ball), an amazing restaurant (with a big emphasis on locally-sourced food) and a brilliant little spa (so teeny, it only has one treatment room), it really is perfect. And if you’re heading west, keep an eye out for a new Pig opening in Bath this December. From £129 midweek, £159 weekends.

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Tuddenham Mill, Newmarket, Suffolk

If it’s food that sets your pulse racing, then Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk should be on your must-visit list. There’s an award-winning chef from Le Manoir Quat’ Saisons, a secluded rural setting and rooms that mix contemporary styling with the building’s stunning architectural heritage. Oh, and homemade brownies waiting for you when you check in. From £185 midweek.

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The Wheatsheaf Inn, Gloucestershire

In the heart of the Cotswolds, on paper this is just a pub with rooms, but in reality is so much more. Not only does it offer excellent value and a short crawl from bar to bed, but the design is to die for, the food so good you will literally roll upstairs and the atmosphere, buzzy, fun and just the right side of boho bonkers. Children and dogs welcome – you can bring the whole family! From £140 midweek, £160 weekend.

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Yorebridge House, Wensleydale, Yorkshire

Bringing a touch of contemporary cool to the Yorkshire Dales, Yorebridge House is all about long walks, even longer meals and – you’ve guessed it – even longer lie-ins. A former schoolhouse with 11 individually-designed rooms (some with hot tubs), the location makes you feel like you’re really getting away from things, while the brilliant staff couldn’t be more welcoming. From £200.

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