Set in stunning surroundings in the Dartmoor National Park, the Ilsington Country House Hotel offers the ideal location for a half-term getaway. Eat in the two AA rosette restaurant or the relaxed bistro-style Blue Tiger Inn. Guests can also relax in the hotel's leisure complex, which features a sauna, steam room and spa pool. Or book a pampering massage treatment. Enjoy four nights for the price of three between October 21 and November 3. Prices start at £375 for two (B&B, standard room), saving £125. A four-night stay for a family of four is £600, saving £200. Dogs can stay in standard rooms for £8 a night. Visit ilsington.co.uk or call 01364 661452 and quote half-term deal.
Rub shoulders with the chefs
Stay at Manor Studio in Dartmouth for the weekend of October 25-27 and you could be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Chris and James Tanner, Mark Hix, Mitch Tonks and wine expert Susy Atkins at the Dartmouth Food Festival. With the beautiful River Dart as a backdrop, it goes without saying that seafood will take centre stage alongside demonstrations and fish nights, wine and olive oil tasting and a whole host of workshops and talks full of culinary hints and tips. A week at Manor Studio, with this magnificent view, above, is £385 from October 25. If you're just looking to get away for the weekend, 19 Clarence Hill is right in the town and it's yours for just £299 for three nights. Book with Dartmouth Holiday Homes (dartmouthuk.com or 01803 833082).
Stay in 19th century mill
The Watermill in Somerset is nestled in the Hawkcombe Valley, in the Exmoor National Park. Originally a 19th century corn mill, it is a short walk from the village of Porlock. Lovingly restored to provide stylish accommodation for up to four guests, the interiors feature antiques and cosy soft furnishings, with a toasty wood burning stove and plenty of the original mill features. Seven nights from November 2 will cost £535 for up to four. Visit premiercottages.co.uk or call 01474 879810.