Where? Pylewell Park, Hampshire
What? This stylish and beautiful arts and music festival is held in the grounds of privately owned Pylewell Park in the New Forest. Music last year came from the likes of Tom Odell, Izzy Bizu and Martha Gunn, with comedy performances from Ed Byrne, Simon Evans and Paul Tonkinson to name but a few. Keggie Carew and Eimear McBride are amongst the stellar line-up of authors attending last year’s event.
Where to stay? Howard’s House, Teffont Evias, Wiltshire. Built in 1623 from attractive mellow stone and tucked away in an unspoilt Wiltshire village deep in the Nadder Valley, Howard’s House blends into the landscape, reassuringly timeless and quintessentially English. A hotel since 1989, it offers an oasis of calm away from the bustle. In the glorious flower-filled garden, protected by an old topiary hedge, and with a lovely terrace and croquet lawn, the only sounds you’re likely to hear are birdsong and the knock of mallet on ball. Head chef and co-owner Nick Wentworth uses only the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients, skilfully combining them to release their true flavours in delicate, imaginative dishes. Doubles from £190.
Found out more in our round-up of the best small & boutique festivals of 2018.