An October to fall in love over

Warner’s top ten tips for celebrating the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.

Get a grandstand view of Bodelwyddan Castle’s stags in fierce head-to-head mating battles at the peak of deer rutting season.

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Tramp through Sherwood Forest (15 minutes’ drive from Thoresby Hall) on richly coloured carpets of auburn, yellow and orange fallen leaves.

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Do as Studley Castle’s Hideaway suggests and tuck up with a drink and good book in the most secret of the trio of lounges.

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A gingerbread latte

Order that first (and second and third) of the season’s delicious pumpkin-spiced lattes.

Layer up with woollies to cycle around Hayling Island. Sinah Warren and Lakeside both have bikes to borrow.

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Jump aboard a heritage train for a scenic ride through the West Country. Cricket St. Thomas is within reach of the West Somerset Railway, the UK’s longest heritage railway.

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Guests walking through the grounds at Littlecote House.

Join one of the gardener’s walks for leaf-kicking trails amid a riot autumnal colour.

Swap the cold for a day of warmth and wellness in the spa at Thoresby Hall or Studley Castle.

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Desserts at Studley Castle

Tuck into hearty dishes like slow-cooked stews, fish and chips and Bramley apple tart – the extra fuel will be handy for winter!

True relaxation and curling up by a crackling fire

Curl up by a roaring log fire in a heritage lounge.