Whilst there’ve been no reported ghostly sightings at this grand dame in the foothills of Dartmoor, the neo-Elizabethan country pile has all the character of a haunted pad – with plenty of nooks and crannies for quick tete-a-tetes and wood panelling that might just conceal hidden passages. Make a beeline for the Oak Bar, where smoky saxophone rhythms play while couples cosy up on one of the Chesterfield sofas – with a selection of more than 130 whiskeys, plus wine ales and malts, your imagination will soon be running wild. boveycastle.com

The Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon