Cornwall + the West

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See Our Guide to Great Britain Night comes softly to St. Mawes in late July, like an illustration out of a children’s book. The sky is a dark navy, pinpointed with stars, and the moon hangs comically low, casting St. Mawes Castle—built by Henry V...
The New Côte d’Azur: Cornwall, England A sun-starred crowd heads to Britain’s southwest coast for its golden sands and celebrity-chef-owned restaurants. Stay at the Scarlet Hotel (doubles from $423), an eco-lodge and spa where all 37 rooms have c...
When my husband, George, and I decided to take a holiday house at Berrington Hall, a Neoclassical mansion in England’s West Midlands owned by the National Trust, we blithely ignored a warning note that appeared on the trust’s website. About our...
Contemporary architecture has a very high-profile critic in Prince Charles. For more than two decades, he has fought to thwart projects by some of the best-known architects in the world. Earlier this year, he successfully pressed the royal family ...
Alice Waters, of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, made sourcing regional ingredients de rigueur in the seventies, but her efforts were eclipsed in the eighties by stagy chefs who outdid one another with exotic fare supplied by far-flung purveyors. (Who kn...
Toast of the coast Cornwall's just-opened Hotel Tresanton — a former yachting getaway — has a pedigree that's irresistible to royal-watchers, food lovers, and design mavens. The new owner Olga Polizzi is the daughter of Lord Forte; the chef ju...
The current magnet for stylish Londoners, Cornwall is a realm of improbable conjunctions: tumbledown castles alongside Bronze Age stone circles, subtropical gardens cheek by jowl with barren fens. On August 11, this millennium's last total solar e...
Whenever I pull out my maps to plan a new trip to England, I find myself wanting to return to Cornwall. This most southern and western of English counties isn't always easy to fit into an itinerary. Separated by the river Tamar from the rest of En...
Europe is buzzing about a trio of classic hotels. ENGLAND On the misty river Bovey in southwest England, Bovey Castle (Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey; 44-1647/445-016; www.boveycastle.com; doubles from $270) looks half a millennium old except...
I'm standing in a petrol station on a gray motorway in western England. The car isn't starting, the temperature is falling faster than the rain, and I blame Jamie Oliver. Britain's best-known culinary export gave me the idea of taking a gastropub...
In 1812, the Duchess of Bedford commissioned architect Sir Jeffrey Wyattville to erect a rustic fishing lodge in a Devonshire valley above the river Tamar. (At the time, her family owned a third of Devon.) Fashioned in the cottage orné sty...
Back in the Twenties, the British humorist A. P. Herbert wrote a piece for Punch magazine entitled "Is a Golfer a Gentleman?" It tells of one Mr. Albert Haddock, who, after a series of mishits on a particularly challenging cliffside par three at M...
See our list of 27 affordable beach resorts. Imagine yourself, for an indulgent moment, sunbathing on Tiririca Beach in Brazil’s Bahia. Palm trees cast slender shadows along the stretch of golden sand; the sparkling, azure ocean beckons you in ...
There are, in the world, far more impressive beaches than the one at Weymouth, a seaside town in the county of Dorset in the south of England—beaches with whiter sand, clearer, warmer water, and much more reliably blue skies. The sand at Weymouth ...