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Top 10 vineyard stays by train, The Guardian

Top 10 vineyard stays by train, The Guardian

On the cusp of the grape harvest, here’s our pick of vineyard stays easily accessible by train in the UK, France and Switzerland.

Rathfinny Wine Estate, East Sussex

Rathfinny Estate’s 242 hectares (600 acres) of south-facing chalk downland is one of the finest sparkling wine-producing spots in the UK. And owners Sarah and Mark Driver are not short of ambition: their winery can produce more than one million bottles of Sussex sparkling wine each year and they plan to become one of the largest vineyards in Europe. The estate’s recently renovated Flint Barns offer a laid-back country retreat surrounded by the South Downs. Snug nooks with fireplaces, a communal dining room and tables in the pretty courtyard make the restaurant appealing year-round, and substantial walking trails help to burn off the excess. The estate is four miles (10 minutes by taxi) from Seaford station on the line east from Brighton. 

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Surprising things I learnt circumnavigating the world without flying, The Telegraph

Surprising things I learnt circumnavigating the world without flying, The Telegraph