'One of Britain's newer country-house retreats, Lime Wood was originally a medieval hunting lodge,' says James. 'This New Forest manor pays attention to detail, with manicured grounds, contemporary interior design, a super new spa and two restaurants. It's grown-up, but not at all stuffy.'
Where Lime Wood, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ (023 8028 7177; www.limewoodhotel.co.uk)
How much Doubles from £190 with breakfast