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Llangoed Hall – once home to the Ashley family (Laura Ashley) has been refurbished. The hotel features bedrooms with original Laura Ashley furniture and items and the first garment she ever made is displayed here. Located in the Wye Valley surrounded by the Black Mountains, Llangoed Hall also have three new ‘egg’ homes – a quail home, a duck home and a chicken home. Rooms from £150 B&B www.llangoedhall.co.uk

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Ynyshir Hall – once home to Queen Victoria and located within the UK’s finest bird reserves- the RSPB Ynys-hir, home of BBC show Springwatch, Ynyshir Hall has unveiled two new garden luxury suites. The hotel has also welcomed new Head Chef Gareth Ward who has devised a selection of new tasting menus inspired by the finest Welsh produce. Rooms from £205 B&B www.ynyshirhall.co.uk

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The Headland Spa – overlooking Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, The Headland Hotel have welcomed phase one of a new spa. Prepare to be wowed as you enter the stunning spa reception, consultation space and spa lounge decked out in cool whites and complimented with textures of silver birch, ‘beach chic’ soft furnishings and contemporary finishing touches. ‘The Dreaming’ a signature treatment using local spa brand Spiezia is already attracting many fans in two newly launched treatment rooms. Rooms from £89 B&B www.headlandhotel.co.uk

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Rubens at the Palace Hotel Living Wall – London’s most striking Living Wall has launched along with accompanying new garden-inspired cocktails and an afternoon tea. Standing at 350 square metres with over 10,000 ferns, herbaceous plants and 16 tons of soil, The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Victoria has unveiled one of London’s largest and most colourful living walls. The new Garden Afternoon Tea includes a mouth-watering tea-stand of delicious morsels: wild strawberry cheesecake, honey cream and walnut financier, lavender cupcake, violet ganache and rose petal macaroons and much more. Teas from £29.50 per person www.rubenshotel.com

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Cape Verde – with year round temperatures in the mid-high twenties, Cape Verde is a true sunshine, sailing, beach and culture destination. Accessible from London in 6 hours, Cape Verde’s popularity with visitors increases each year. Sail Cape Verde & Villa St. Aubyn in Mindelo offer two options for those seeking a sea based break and an island based break. The Villa is priced from €125.00 per person, per night inclusive of breakfast, airport transfers and a massage from a therapist. A 7 day holiday aboard Perseverance (54ft luxury yacht) is priced from €1000.00 per person and includes all meals, crew and transfers from designated airport. www.sailcapeverde.com

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Holistic Weight Loss UK Retreats – Established in 2006 FitFarms is the longest running fitness retreat and weight loss camp in the country. Guests benefit with sustainable weight loss from half stone to over one stone, 5 inches loss around the mid-section and a 6% body fat decrease. All guests get a 3 month post retreat support programme. FitFarms dates run across 3 UK locations in the Peak District, Somerset and Dorset with prices starting from £599.00 for a 3 Night Weekend Course to £1099.00 for a shared room on a 7 Night Course. Accommodation, transfers, all meals and activities included www.fitfarms.co.uk

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National Trust Hotels in England & Wales – The three Historic House Hotels of the National Trust; Bodysgallen Hall in North Wales, Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire and Middlethorpe Hall in York, have all been awarded 4 AA Red Stars over a number of consecutive years. The 4 stars recognise the high standards of their accommodation, dining, health and fitness spas, housekeeping and overall management. Hartwell House is one of the Stately Homes of England, just one hour from central London and Heathrow. Its most famous resident was Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, who lived there with his Court for five years. Situated in 90 acres of landscaped parkland, Hartwell House provides a country house setting, adding lustre to every social occasion. www.historichousehotels.com Rooms at Hartwell House from £174.00 B&B

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