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Whether you’re booking a minibreak or summer holiday, it’s time to play tourist on home turf. Velvet visits our area’s top staycation spots

The Westleton Crown

Just a stone’s throw from the Suffolk coast, there’s no better place for a relaxing and peaceful getaway than The Westleton Crown.

Newly refurbished, the Chestnut property’s interiors are inspired by the wildlife and stunning scenery that surround the property. From heather, gorse, sand and sea, everything is captured in the comfortable, stylish bar, restaurant, garden room and beautiful bedrooms, many of which have been designed to be pooch-perfect.

During a relaxing stay, head chef Alex Henshaw and his team will treat you to a mouth-watering meal from their imaginative and varied menus - which have recently been awarded a Michelin Plate - featuring dishes inspired by farm, land and sea.

Address: The Street, Westleton, Saxmundham IP17 3AD

Website: westletoncrown.co.uk

Phone: (01728) 648777

Instagram: thewestletoncrown

Hilton Cambridge City Centre

Located at the heart of the city, Hilton Cambridge City Centre is the largest central Cambridge hotel. Linked directly with the Grand Arcade shops next door and a short stroll from a relaxing punting tour of the River Cam, this is the perfect place to stay when exploring Cambridge. Don’t forget to pack your pet’s favourite toy as dogs are also welcome at the hotel. Enjoy seasonal, sustainable British cuisine or indulge in one of the UK’s finest traditions, a scrumptious Afternoon Tea with a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and beautiful mini cakes.

Address: 20 Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DT

Website: hilton.com/cambridge

Phone: (01223) 464491

Instagram: hiltoncambridge

The Black Lion, Long Melford

A 15th century inn set in the picture-perfect Suffolk village of Long Melford, like all Chestnut properties The Black Lion promises “a modern twist on the traditional”.

Flying the flag for Suffolk and all that makes the county great, its menus showcase the best regional, seasonal flavours, with dishes catering for all diets and palates, from plant-based and gluten-free to meat-loving. The drinks list is equally diverse, with a wide range of wines, beers, cocktails and low-and-no-alcohol options.

The Black Lion has 10 individually designed bedrooms, each combining luxurious comfort (plush soft furnishings, finest bed linens, Bramley pamper products) with all mod cons (flat screen TVs, superfast WiFi). And dogs are welcome to stay, too - there’s even a doggy menu for them to dine from.

Address: The Green, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9DN

Website: theblacklionlongmelford.com

Phone: (01787) 312356

Instagram: theblacklionlongmelford

Clayton Hotel Cambridge

Explore the elegance and style of Clayton Hotel Cambridge this summer. Located near the beautiful University Botanic Garden and just a short walk from the city centre, the hotel offers the perfect base to explore the ample history Cambridge has to offer.

The hotel has 160 bedrooms, all individually designed with sumptuous King Koil beds, dark wooden headboards, colourful patterned soft furnishings and marble bathrooms. Some of the rooms even have a balcony offering beautiful views over the city.

There is also a brasserie-style restaurant on-site: relax in stylish surroundings for a leisurely lunch, afternoon tea or a delicious dinner, featuring seasonal dishes with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Stays are priced from £149 per night for two guests.

Address: 27-29 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2FB

Website: clayonhotelcambridge.com

Phone: (01223) 792888

Instagram: claytonhotelcambridge

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