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Top 5 British Isles breaks for 2015

Whether your dream break involves gin cocktails, salty seaside air, Michelin dining or a 'secret' city retreat, we've got the perfect weekend break for you.

Marylebone

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While Shoreditch’s new neighbourhood restaurants and Maltby Street’s gin and street food may challenge it in the hip stakes, Marylebone is London’s loveliest food hub. Why? Despite being central (the nearest tubes are Bond Street and Marble Arch), it lacks crowds, has its own farmers’ market, is home to such wonderful specialist food stores as The Ginger Pig and La Fromagerie, and promises cafés and restaurants as diverse as Antipodean Providores, Peru’s Pachamama and Jason Atherton’s Social Wine & Tapas. The Marylebone Hotel is tucked off Marylebone High Street, which means its bar is pleasantly buzzy rather than stressfully busy, and is a meeting spot for Londoners as well as visitors…

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Jersey

With its strikingly modern white façade, crystal blue pool and swaying palms, you could be forgiven for imagining yourself to be in Los Angeles – rather than in the Channel Islands – when you visit the Atlantic Hotel. Until, that is, you look out over the flora-rich headland to St Ouen’s Bay and see the ancient La Rocco Tower and Second World War battlements built by the Germans during their occupation of the island…

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Isle of Eriska

Cross the rattly Victorian bridge to Eriska and you immediately feel a sense of island zen. A little way up the Scottish coastline from Oban, this 350-acre private island hotel has views to Lismore and to mountains. There are seals on the shore, badgers coming to the door to be fed milk at night, fat sofas beside big fires and a Michelin-starred restaurant…

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Ockenden Manor

Wood pigeons coo, rabbits flash their scuts, and all is peace and old-fashioned comfort at Ockenden Manor, but the train journey from London takes under an hour. A Tudor house, with Victorian additions and tonnes of character, it has 28 bedrooms and suites, a strikingly cubist spa block, and a brilliant long-standing chef in Stephen Crane, who turns top Sussex produce into classic French cuisine with no pretensions…

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Hampshire

Deep in the rolling Hampshire countryside, past the picture-perfect flint and thatch cottages of Whitchurch, the Bourne Valley Inn is a quintessential country pub with nine elegantly decorated bedrooms and a garden that runs down to the river Test, home to wild trout…

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