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From the high excitement of a country house Cotswolds auction to the drama concealed within British boltholes brought to life in some of our favourite classic works of literature, our new issue is your ticket to an immersive summer of escapism, no travel needed

The current crisis has made armchair travellers of us all. So now is the time to draw on uplifting memories of holidays past, and to dream of future trips. In this issue we explore some old favourites, such as Cornwall, whose quaint villages and timeless landscapes are always balm for the soul. We also take in one of Yorkshire’s most charismatic corners. Travel with us on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby on the seashore, where you can kick back and relax or else explore the spooky inspiration behind Dracula at Whitby Abbey.

This issue’s royal offering comes in the form of Henry III; twice crowned but long forgotten. His peaceable nature was far from the ideal of a medieval king, but what was his true legacy?

And, though Britain’s stately homes have been forced to close their doors for the duration of the pandemic, we managed a pre-lockdown peek at Dumfries House, which was saved for the nation by our very own Prince Charles.

Fact or fiction

Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, location for the television adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Credit: Leonid Andronov/Shutterstock

We visit houses thought to have inspired the most famous homes in literature, from Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead to Daphne du Maurier’s Manderley and, of course, ITV’s Downton Abbey.

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A Roseland romance

The St Mawes Ferry crosses the Fal estuary. Credit: Reinhard Schmid/4Corners

Cornwall is not short of beauty spots, but the Roseland peninsula, with its magical mix of country and coast, is surely the loveliest of them all.

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To be a pilgrim

Gloucester Cathedral. Credit: Shutterstock

To mark 2020’s Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage, we visit some of the most awe-inspiring ecclesiastical buildings that have helped shape Britain.

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Win a luxury break at The Idle Rocks Hotel

When travel resumes, one lucky winner and their guest will be spending two nights in South Cornwall on the rural Roseland peninsula.

Enter here.

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