Raymond Blanc's place off the M40 (you get a meal voucher for the local pub if you say that you're the 'driver') Ettingdon Park (best get the right one though) just south of Wellsborne. Lygon Arms, Broadway - fantastic experience.
there is the Seiont Manor Hotel near Caernarfon. Used by lots of flying schools for their mountain training, and good food the last time I went. also a reasonable excuse to fly though the valleys, but watch out for cowboys in Gazelles and Hawks.
I would also second the Devonshire Arms in Yorkshire, but please, no movement behind the bowler's arm.
Very easy. The helipad is a dry stone wall fenced off compound immediately to the South of the hotel. There is a black H in the turf. You will recognise the hotel by a long white conservatory on the back - the pad is about 50 yards from it. The approach is over Chatsworth and about a mile North up the valley across a big field. Details are in Pooleys.
The owner is a competition aerobatics pilot so the place is very aviation friendly.
I recommend the Liverpool Marriott Hotel South which is the old airport terminal building on the now closed northern airfield. This art-deco hotel retains the 1930s era when Speke Airport was first opened. It has been refurbished to a very high standard and has an aviation theme throughout - even down to a De Havilland Rapide mock-up outside the front door!! Contact the hotel on 0151 494 5000. Not sure if there is a helipad marked out but the whole of the old apron is available for landing. Check out 2 photos on the "Friends of Liverpool Airport" website - www.fola.org.uk - one on the Airport Terminal Information page, Hotel paragraph and ther other on the Current Developments page. Weekend rates are very attractive. A David Lloyd Sports Centre is available free to guests in the adjoining Grade 11 listed hangar!! What more do you want?
Marshall Morris, Chairman, Friiends of Liverpool Airport
If you land at the GA apron at the airport then there is a landing fee. Visiting aircraft are handled by Ravenair, trading as Liverpool Aviation Services, tel 0151 486 6161.
You would have to speak to the Marriott Hotel direct of you want to land a helicopter on their property. The old northern airfield, Speke, is no longer operational and is totally outside the airport's boundary.
The Grand Island hotel, Ramsey, Isle of Man if you were looking for a slightly more adventurous trip. Very reasonable accommodation and an acceptable meal. You'd be amazed at how many helos they can get on there during TT. If you ever think of doing it drop me an email via prune and I'll buy you a beer!
When we PPR'd, no mention was made of the local avoids. After our 4th and final landing a charming lady came from the garden, explained that there were some avoids and gave us a much-photocopied map with probably 50% of the immediate area radiating from the pad hatched out.
Taking into account the wind on the day, as was the case with us, we overflew the avoids of necessity, and couldn't follow the marked 'circuit'.
The owner visits in a 109 I believe(?) so has plenty of power in reserve.
In our case, in the 44, we made 2 ( 6 minutes!) trips to Burgh Island each way, one for the luggage and my mate 'Stampe' on this Forum, and the second for the ladies. We had IRO 1/3 tanks and were thus way under MAUW.
It is a tricky site and is definately one that requires a POH refresh on performance.
I still recommend a visit despite, especially if you like a challenge, a nice lunch, and if fifty quid - for what was in our case unlimited movements/ 2 nights parking - is acceptable.