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. The baronial restaurant (jacket required for men) features largely traditional fare enhanced with modern trimmings.