Planning your trip to Yorkshire? Don't miss our guide to the best things to do in Yorkshire.Norfolk attest, they still had a taste for fanciful design. When you gaze out over the Sandringham Estate from your warm octagonal bedroom, you might just thank them for it.Kent countryside that rolls away from your private veranda, there are herds of grazing wildebeest, zebra and antelope. Keep your eyes on the glistening watering-holes and you might even spot a hippo poking its nostrils above the surface. The accommodation is fairly basic, but who cares when you’re waking up to one of the best views this side of Africa?Chichester, the golden age of rail lingers on, from the gorgeous vaulted guest hall, once a busy ticket office, to the chocolate-brown Edwardian Pullman carriages, which house colonial-style guest rooms. All that’s missing, in fact, is the railway line, which closed in 1966. So drop your bags, stop for a cream tea, and thank God you’ve got nowhere to go.
© ShutterstockScottish Highlands, finding somewhere warm to spend the night can be a matter of life and death. Step forward the splendid Mountain Bothies Association, who have converted dozens of ruined old buildings into bothies – simple, free shelters left open to all. Though it continues the tradition, Badrallach’s bothy, in remotest Wester Ross, is a little more homely than most, with smouldering, peat-fired stoves warming the cold stone walls, but you’ll still need to cook for yourself – and bring your own sleeping bag.Star Castle got its name from. But arrive on St Mary’s by whirring helicopter and you’ll see its jagged outer walls etching an eight-pointed Cornish star into the hilltop. The garrison was built in 1593 on the Isles of Scilly to protect the islands from the Spanish Armada and subtle reminders of its tumultuous history can still be spotted to this day.