CornwallThis corner of England’s south-west looks the least British of any part of the UK. The best beaches in Cornwall are made up of sugar-sand bays buffeted by the brightest blue sea along the wild coastline. Plus there’s a buzzing art crowd – such as in Penzance, where indie shops and art galleries are drawing visitors. Elsewhere, the best Cornwall hotels include The Idle Rocks in St Mawes, where bedrooms have a view of the sea. For a private stay, we love the look of this three-bedroom stone cottage on Airbnb with views of the water and just a 20 minute drive from St Mawes by car.