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Extraordinary places to stay for Autumn

Make the most of this fleeting season with days spent in forest surroundings, meals that feature the best of the harvest and nights in lodgings worthy of a storybook illustration
PHOTOGRAPHS: ANDREA CACOPARDI PHOTOGRAPHER, CHRIS CYPERT, ANNIE SCHLECHTER

Bring in the harvest

The Forest of Dean is one of England’s loveliest spots in the weeks when leaves begin to blush, and it also supplies some fine autumnal ingredients if you know where to look. Set in a country village between this ancient woodland and the Welsh border, the Tudor Farmhouse (7) has its own dedicated forager, who leads guests in search of mushrooms and other seasonal picks growing wild (from £100, foraging trip with lunch £50; tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk). On Cornwall’s north coast, the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa (6) draws diners outside well beyond summer, with its ‘Fire and Feast’ nights held until the end of October.

Here, meals of braised beef or Cornish mussels are followed by marshmallows toasted by the fire (from £149, two-night package from £298 for two; bedruthan.com). Across the Channel, the French vendange is the king of autumn harvests: get to the heart of grape country at La Source des Fées (3), a five-room, 16th-century charmer in a Burgundy village, with its own small vineyard and label (from £110; lasourcedesfees.fr). For a wine break in a less-heralded location, try the elegant Meneghetti (8) retreat in the Croatian region of Istria. It opens again this month after a revamp that includes an outdoor pool heated for autumn dips (from £140; meneghetti.hr). Warmer days are still plentiful in the Greek Peloponnese. At the castle-like Kinsterna Hotel (4), near the historic fortified trading port of Monemvasia, guests can join in with the grape harvest until late September; after that, it’s time to experience the making of tsipouro (pomace brandy) or olive oil from an old stone mill (from £130; kinsternahotel.gr). Wine is key to the experience at Hacienda Zorita (5), an estate near Spain’s grand university city of Salamanca, which once counted Christopher Columbus as an overnight guest. But plates are filled just as splendidly as glasses here, with the hacienda’s organic farm serving as a stomping ground for water buffalo and acorn-fed pigs (from £145; the-haciendas.com). Over in Italy, head to Corte Campioli (2) in October for olive-picking and country cooking at a 150-year-old farmhouse in the hills of the region of Le Marche, renovated by its German owners (from £115; cortecampioli.com). And back in the UK, the doubly Michelinstarred L’Enclume (1) is a restaurant-with-rooms that merits a special trip to southern Cumbria to find fresh autumn inspiration in dishes such as meadowsweet mousse with poached cherries and flowers (from £129; lenclume.co.uk).

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