As an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Broadway, you can travel the 2 miles to the idyllic hamlet of Buckland and splurge at this exceptional country house, which has more of a feel of a genteel family home than a hotel. The land was valued at £9 in the 11th-century Domesday Book, and the sprawling stone building dates back to Jacobean times. Public areas and guest rooms are plushly comfortable, with old paintings, fine rugs, and antiques everywhere. Some bathrooms are beautifully up to the minute. For extra tranquillity, relax in the well-groomed gardens, which are a delight. Enjoy an afternoon tea, or one of the set menus in the baronial restaurant (jacket required for men) with wine from the very well-stocked cellar. Either way, it's wise to book ahead.