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Tight squeeze: The picture-postcard port of Mousehole has a steep drive down to the harbour Tight squeeze: The picture-postcard port of Mousehole has a steep drive down to the harbour

Rolling back to the 1960s... in a VW campervan

Toby Walne tours Cornwall in a hippie favourite - and falls in love with a vintage lifestyle that never gets above 40mph

Take it easy: The work/relax area at the Moxy, Edinburgh Take it easy: The work/relax area at the Moxy, Edinburgh

Beat airport chaos - with a nice lie-in

CHECK-INS have never been fun, and those for early getaways are even worse now that we need extra time to show we’ve filled in the right forms and won’t fall foul of Covid requirements at our destination.

Stylish: Newly restored Hallow & Crux Stylish: Newly restored Hallow & Crux

A spellbinding step back in time

YOU don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to fall under the spell of Hallow & Crux, but if you love the books and films you’ll have a particularly wizard time staying here.

Safe haven: Belvoir Bay and (right) family fun

Gorgeous Guernsey is the perfect holiday destination with no restrictions!

This charming, friendly Channel Island makes for a wonderfully carefree, who-needs-to-quarantine holiday for all the family

Harvest: Herefordshire is the centre of UK cider-making Harvest: Herefordshire is the centre of UK cider-making

Fresh off the press!

JAMES MARSDEN is keen to introduce me to Big Mama. She stands tall in the middle of a restored orchard, looking good for her 300 years, with her mother-tree branches heaving under the bounty of late-harvest perry pears.

The books for the beach that are shore to please

THREE keepers disappear from a lighthouse in The Lamplighters, by Emma Stonex. Wonder why as you wander across the Land’s End peninsula where the book is set, while staying in a lighthouse-keeper’s cottage (cornwall hideaways.co.uk).

Taking the plunge: Diving into the wild swimming area of Fritton Lake Taking the plunge: Diving into the wild swimming area of Fritton Lake

My daring dive into the Wild East (of England)

Forget Borneo and Bosnia - Sarah Oliver’s family find all the natural wonders they need just a car ride away in Suffolk

Full of colour: The manor house at Hidcote Full of colour: The manor house at Hidcote

Explore the Cotswolds and meet TV’s Adam Henson

COVERING five counties, the idyllic rolling hills of the Cotswolds are home to some of Britain’s most wonderful gardens.

Book it: A Gruffalo room at Chessington World of Adventures Book it: A Gruffalo room at Chessington World of Adventures

Monster thrills... and the Gruffalo

BRITAIN’S big five theme parks have surprises in store this summer. Top of the list come some of the country’s most unusual hotel rooms, all set within or beside the park gates so guests can be first in line for rides in the morning.

Revelation: Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum Revelation: Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum

Graduation stays

STAYING in student digs on your summer holiday may not sound exactly enticing. But with hotels jam-packed as so many of us take staycations instead of heading to the Mediterranean, drastic times may require drastic measures.

London’s skyline London’s skyline

London’s calling!

It’s a brilliant time to see the capital, with no crowds, plenty of hotel deals and a flurry of new shows

The high life: A treehouse at Wolf Wood in west Devon

Tip top in the treetop!

SOME might argue that after crotchety lockdown, a weekend in a treehouse, deep in a 13-acre wood in west Devon, with only your nearest and dearest for company, is a brave choice.