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C&IT checks out three venues that combine the best of both worlds: a country setting and easy access to the capital.
The lowdown The Dorchester Collection's country retreat is everything you would expect from the prestigious hotel group, from immaculate public spaces to stylish contemporary bedrooms and the finest decor. But the real surprise is the sheer size of the glorious grounds. Make time to wander through the 240 acres of woodland parkland.
Accommodation Take a pick from the 30 chic rooms in the Mansion House or the 40 rooms and suites in the Stables and Cottages. VIPs should check out the three-bedroomed Grade II-listed Dower House.