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Broomhill Art Hotel

Muddy says: Like Tracey Emin’s My Bed? You’ll love bedding down at Devon’s unique art hotel and waking up surrounded by sculpture, paintings and chic objet d’art. And that delicious slow food menu deserves a Turner Prize too.

You know when you’re scratching your head thinking, where can we go that’s a bit different, somewhere a bit quirky? Well, you can stop right there because Broomhill will scratch that itch. A unique boutique hotel with an Arts & Crafts vibe set in 12 acres of leafy North Devon valley, it boasts the biggest collection of cool outdoor sculpture in the south-west, with well-known names like Saatchi-approved Dutch sculptor Ronald A. Westerhuis and British painter and sculptor Giles Penny among the artists. A stay comes with free entry to the sculpture park, and when you’re not surveying the artwork, you can sit back with a Wicked Wolf in the bar-come-library and brush up on your culture.

And the food (OMG the food!) is a Mediterranean affair, prepared by owner/chef Rinus and Aniet van de Sande, as beautifully as the artworks which surround you in slow food fashion, made with love from top-notch ingredients and served in the gallery-style setting of their Terra Madre Restaurant.

It’s peaceful and invigorating, playful and serious all at the same time. I never get bored of this place – it’s a defrazzling, romantic and wild in equal measure though – and it’s just a teeny though –  if you’ve got teeny terrors you might want to book the babysitter with all those covetable breakables about.

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