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CITY BREAKS -VS- COUNTRY GETAWAYS

27.03.13

If you're thinking about getting away from it all over the long weekend, the question is, do you fancy an escape to the country or an invigorating city break? We've scoured the Reiss Guide, picked our fave city and country getaways and pitted them against each other. Now you pick where you'd like to escape to...

FOR CITY SLICKERS

Kicking things off in London, is The Zetter Hotel - a modern, independent-designed hotel set in the heart of Clerkenwell. Cool and contemporary with the kind of slick aesthetic you'd expect from an independent hotel, Zetter boasts stylish decor as well as a delicious bistrot, run by acclaimed chef, Bruno Loubet. While the Zetter Townhouse (The Zetter’s sister hotel) and its award-winning cocktail bar is just 21 steps across the square. Sounds good to us...

The Zetter, St John's Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RJ. 020 7324 4444.

THE COUNTRY MANOR

By stark contrast to the city break is a real rural retreat at the breathtaking Bovey Castle in Devon. A historic five-star manor house set within 275-acres of estate on Dartmoor, it's the ultimate luxury country getaway. With a 1920's opulence, this beautiful hotel balances the old and new in decor (think fireplaces and chandeliers) and hospitality, where you're greeted by boys in tweed and girls in jodphurs. Relax in the Sundari spa complete with art deco-inspired swimming pool, or simply step outside and enjoy the very green surroundings of this beautiful setting.

Bovey Castle, North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, TQ13 8RE. 0844 474 0077.

 

AN URBAN ESCAPE

Once an original Victorian school, now transformed into a chic townhouse, the Great John Street Hotel is an eclectic place to stay. Each room has been individually-designed, with an emphasis on enhancing the original features of the old school house, but with a unique twist. Just a stone's throw from Manchester's most exclusive shopping area, once you've spent the day exploring the city head to the rooftop and take in the spectacular views with a well-earned drink.

Great John Street Hotel, Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD. 0161 831 3211.

A CONTEMPORARY BOLTHOLE

Our final stop in the country is at The Montpellier Chapter in the heart of the Cotswolds. A sophisticated and contemporary bolthole, once you step inside this beautiful villa, you're presented with a light, airy and stylish interior. With an atmospheric cocktail bar and restaurant overseen by TV chef Simon Hopkinson, culinary moments are plentiful. Or step into the spa and let the luxurious REN treatments send you to ultimate relaxation.

The Montpellier Chapter, Bayshill Road, Montpellier, Cheltenham, GL50 3AS. 01242 527788. Find more great places to escape to in the Reiss Guide.