Muddy says: Fabulous gardens and lakes (plus the odd albino wallaby) make for a full day out. Treat yourself to fine dining or afternoon tea with a view in the Interlude Restaurant.
Classic meets modern at this stylish town centre hotel where you can treat yourself to spa treatments, afternoon tea or dinner, or throw a big bash
Muddy says: This arts and crafts-focused college has plenty of short courses plus award-winning gardens to explore. There's also a popular annual Chilli Fiesta.
Muddy says: This striking, colonial-style house hides a smart restaurant and rooms, while its gorgeous lawn and terrace are perfect for relaxed lingering in warm months
Muddy says: Take some time out in a beautiful haven designed by the 'father of the modern garden' and linger over lunch or a cream tea
Muddy says: Bang on the seafront, this stylish hotel has a quirky basement spa and is a top spot for afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails.
Muddy says: An award-winning country retreat where you can learn to bake bread and cakes, walk off your indulgence and stay over in cottages. Or, simply stop in for lunch or tea.