The best country house hotels to inspire your future mini-breaks

With so many of us having our holiday plans scrapped this year, the reopening of UK tourism this summer was a cause to celebrate – and Britain’s best country house hotels offer everything we need for a relaxing staycation.



a house with trees in front of a brick building: These country house hotels are perfect for relaxing rural escapes, whether you're after a short trip or something longer for your countryside getaway.


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These country house hotels are perfect for relaxing rural escapes, whether you’re after a short trip or something longer for your countryside getaway.

While there’s still uncertainty

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Flying during coronavirus: Travel safety tips

Don’t get on an airplane right now unless you absolutely have to.

Don’t leave your house unless you have to, frankly. The coronavirus pandemic: still a thing. Hospitalizations and deaths have been declining, but transmission rates have recently crept higher in L.A. County, and public health officials have not declared it jet-setting season yet.

There are reasons some people might still need to get on a plane, like caring for

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Japan and South Korea to Restart Business Travel

Japan and South Korea will resume business travel between the two countries as early as this week. This move aims to help revive both economies following the global halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said that the Japan-South Korea relationship is in an exceedingly serious situation. Thus, exchanges from both counties starting with business travel are pertinent. Japan and South Korea will allow both short-term

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Grey nomads take on grand adventures

For a fair few years now, grey nomads have been doing their Big Lap (driving around Australia), or criss-crossing the country in their motorhome, SUV or 4WD, often with a caravan or camper-trailer in tow.



a car parked on a beach: Grey nomads are embracing the free-roaming lifestyle and travelling Australia. (image credit: ARB)


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Grey nomads are embracing the free-roaming lifestyle and travelling Australia. (image credit: ARB)

Or they’re simply going on frequent and brief, short-distance trips to get away from their home.

They’ve been quietly driving

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An around-the-world adventure – The Jerusalem Post

Three hundred thirteen days. Forty-four weeks and five days. Even the most adventurous Israeli family anxious to indulge its wanderlust would find a trip of that duration to be difficult, if not impossible. Yet, from May 2018 until February 2019, Alison McLernon and Itzik Bar-Shai of Azor, together with three small children under the age of 10, crisscrossed four continents, visiting 11 countries, including the United States, Canada, Alaska, Guatemala,

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Hotels group that struck secret beer tap deals with major breweries goes into liquidation

A prominent Adelaide hotels syndicate that did secret deals with major breweries over access to an Adelaide pub’s beer taps has fallen into liquidation.

In May, the Supreme Court ordered Bloody Mary Group directors Brett Viney and Matthew Mitchell to pay $383,000 to their former Windmill Hotel business partners, Michael and Nicholas Crouch.

Justice Sam Doyle ruled that Mr Viney and Mr Mitchell had conveyed false representations by concealing lucrative

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Travel industry rips lawmakers, still hopeful

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President Donald Trump returned to the White House after three days at Walter Reed. He removed his mask on the steps of the balcony.

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The travel industry offered mixed reactions as lawmakers and President Donald Trump failed to pass further relief measures to aid one of the country’s most beleaguered sectors. Thousands of airline workers have been furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic, and four out of 10

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Two worlds collide at a Bangkok shanty town hunkered in the shadow of glitzy malls, five-star hotels and condominiums



A man washes his face with a hose on the street in Baan Khrua, a shanty town in the centre of Bangkok in the shadow of upscale shopping malls, hotels and condominiums – built where orchards once stood. Photo: Tibor Krausz


A man washes his face with a hose on the street in Baan Khrua, a shanty town in the centre of Bangkok in the shadow of upscale shopping malls, hotels and condominiums – built where orchards once stood. Photo: Tibor Krausz

Times have changed for Manasnan Benjarongchinda, a Chinese-Thai octogenarian known as Uncle Aood in the shanty town of Baan Khrua, in the heart of Bangkok.

He started making silk

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Southwest Business Sees Corp. Demand Stirring as Carrier Braces for Long Recovery

Although corporate travel levels remain deeply depressed, Southwest Airlines during the past few weeks has started seeing a few encouraging signs, Southwest Business VP Dave Harvey told BTN.

While corporate business is “definitely still lagging leisure,” Southwest Business since Labor Day has seen a “nice pickup” in corporate travel, Harvey said. Government business represents the most activity, followed by the health care industry and transportation and logistics. Overall, however, absolute

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Donald Trump tries to play down severity of coronavirus as Pentagon leaders go into quarantine

US President Donald Trump appeared to be using his bout with Covid-19 to try to gain an advantage over his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, even as the number of infections around him continued to rise and some of America’s top military leaders went into quarantine.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; General James McConville, the Army chief of staff; and several other Pentagon leaders are

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stigma around relationship with Ellen DeGeneres cost me huge movie deal

The actor Anne Heche has claimed that the stigma attached to going public with her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in the late 1990s led to her blacklisting from major movie roles.



Anne Heche wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Photograph: Broadimage/Rex/Shutterstock


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“My story is a story that created change in the world, moved the needle for equal rights forward, when I fell in love with Ellen DeGeneres,” Heche claimed in a pre-recorded segment

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Arkansas destination dining – Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Times’ annual Road Trip issue this year follows its nose: That is, rather than relegating our guide’s dining options to a side note, we’re taking a different route. These are destinations determined by dining. Would you go to Fayetteville just to eat Texas-style barbecued brisket? Absolutely. Venture down a two-lane deep into the Ozarkian woods of Johnson County for a hamburger? Many have, to get to the Oark

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CommonPass Digital Health Pass and Global Trust Framework Launches to Enable Safer Travel and Accelerate Border Reopenings

GENEVA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 7, 2020–

The Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum today announced international trials starting this week for CommonPass, a digital health pass for travellers to securely document their certified COVID-19 test status while keeping their health data private.

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CommonPass is built on the CommonPass Framework that establishes standard methods for lab results

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What Is The Best Adventure Motorcycle Tire Pressure?

Mention tires to a group of adventure riders and you have a conversation that is more hotly contested than the 2020 presidential election. With so many variables in the terrain accessible by ADV bikes, there is no one tire to rule them all. But no matter what rubber you choose, tire pressure plays a key role in how tires perform. Today on MC Garage, we talk about adventure motorcycle

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Who will be Kuwait’s next crown prince?

As condolences from around the world continue to be received by Kuwait following the death of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah last week, Kuwaitis are awaiting the announcement of a new crown prince.



Pedro Albizu Campos sitting at a table: Three names have been circulating as potential candidates for the role of crown prince in the small Gulf state [File: Noufal Ibrahim/EPA]


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Three names have been circulating as potential candidates for the role of crown prince in the small Gulf

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San Diego Housing Commission’s plan to buy hotels for homeless population concerns some neighbors

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Housing Commission is getting closer to finalizing the purchase of two hotels in an effort to house the San Diego area’s homeless. However, some residents are raising concerns about the project, saying they were never given the opportunity to ask questions or voice their concerns.

“It’s exactly right next door,” said Sam Catalano.

Catalano feels blindsided after having just found out San Diego officials

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Japan, S. Korea to resume reciprocal business travel on Oct 8

TOKYO (Xinhua): Japan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Tuesday (Oct 6) that business travel will resume between Japan and South Korea on Thursday after flights were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Currently, the Japan-South Korea relationship is in an extremely severe situation so exchanges of people from both countries, starting with business people, are important,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told a press briefing.

The two countries are at odds over

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Pence Clashes With Harris and Evades Question on Peaceful Transfer of Power

Here’s what you need to know:

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About halfway through Wednesday’s debate, Vice President Mike Pence — a seasoned and sly veteran of high-stakes political theater — was asked whether President Trump had a plan to protect patients with pre-existing conditions if he succeeded in killing the Affordable Care Act.

His response was a master

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Maricopa County offering hotels for COVID-19 patients to isolate | Coronavirus in Arizona

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Maricopa County has hotel rooms available for residents who don’t have a place to isolate after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Maricopa County communications director Fields Moseley said since the isolation hotel was made available in July, only 17 people have taken advantage of the resource.

“As soon as we know they need the help we can go ahead and place them in that hotel within a

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