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Elegant surroundings for a short break in Somerset

Relax in a period sitting room by a roaring fire

NEW: Unique medieval experience for kids: Somerset for £122 pp with Classic Cottages
If your child is studying medieval times at school, visiting Taunton’s 12th century castle, home to the multi-million pound premises of The Museum of Somerset (offering various children’s activities over half term) is a great way to bring their learning to life. Staying in the castle, at Castle House (sleeps seven), is even better. Refurbished to a high standard, the property is warm and elegant, and the master bedroom has a four-poster bed. A week’s stay, arriving Saturday 24 October, costs £122 pp (£851 total). Call Classic Cottages on 01326 555 555 (www.classic.co.uk).

Location, location, location in Barcelona: from £115 pp with Spain-holiday.com
Enjoy an exclusive location in the heart of Barcelona at this stylish one-bedroom apartment (property id: 22448) that sleeps up to four guests. The property is located in a beautifully ornate and traditional Spanish building in Plaza Catalunya, close to Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia and his more whimsical creation, Casa Batilo, with its wave-shaped window frames and wobbly blue-tiled roof. A three-night stay in October costs from £459 total/£115 pp (four sharing) including free WiFi and heating/air-conditioning. Flights extra. Contact Spain-Holiday.com on 020 3384 7066 (www.Spain-Holiday.com).

Enjoy an unplugged festival in the rugged Faroe Islands: from £29 pp
Leave the lighting equipment, sound engineers and mosh pits behind, and enjoy HOYMA, an unplugged musical event in the beautiful and rugged Faroe Islands. Created in 2014 by Jón Tyril (who also invented the well-known G! Festival, which takes place in the Faroe Islands in July), HOYMA was designed as an anti-festival, and a way to get back to the basics. On 24 October, walk around the friendly village of Gøta on the island of Eysturoy, and pop into the open houses to listen to the local musicians perform. HOYMA costs from £29 pp. Stay at nearby guesthouse Gjáargarður, where one night’s B&B costs from £42 pp (two sharing). Flights extra. For more information, visit www.visitfaroeislands.com.