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Win a Cornish break for two worth up to £1,673 at the Scarlet Hotel

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The clue

“What’s keeping you?” hisses my friend, hovering by the exit. “I was just admiring the general splendour,” I tell him as I inspect the interior of this 18th-century mansion. Although grand, it’s no match for how it looked when — nearly 20 years ago — it was the setting for a ball. Back then, the film crew’s Steadicam work was as elaborate as the dances.

Friend rolls his eyes. “What a shame they didn’t actually produce a piglet for everyone to chase,” he grumbles. “That would have made it interesting.”

I ignore him. He seems obsessed with animals and keeps talking about the local wildlife. But I can’t see how a few herons can compare with the country houses here. In fact, I want to do a little experiment: can we see three of them in a single day?

“Uh-oh,” groans Friend. “More old stuff.”

“Sorry,” I tell him. “But it is a truth universally acknowledged that a zebra cannot change its stripes. Tell you what, I’ll buy you an ice cream at the second mansion.” It’s National Trust too. Built in the 16th century, it’s eight miles east-northeast of us as the heron flies.

“No thanks,” Friend says. “I’m going to compare some markets.

I’m stunned. “What? The markets for ice cream?” I ask.

“I didn’t say ‘markets’,” he says. “Look.” He reveals a riverside park on the map, half a mile east-southeast of us. “And I won’t be your guinea pig until I’ve seen the real-life Brazilian one there too,” he adds. Then he leaves.

Clearly I don’t have a wildcat’s chance in hell of stopping him — or an emu’s.

The questions

1. What’s the name of the first mansion?
2. What’s the name of the second mansion?

The prize

The winner and guest will stay for three nights, B&B, in a Generous room at the Scarlet Hotel, set on the bluffs overlooking the beach at Mawgan Porth. The adults-only Scarlet opened in 2009 and remains one of the most distinctive hotels in Cornwall.

Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows let the light flood in, while curving walls, high ceilings and eye-catching furniture create a sense of drama. Outside, there are wood-fired hot tubs, a sauna and a reed-filtered swimming pool. There are also free wellbeing classes in the ayurveda-inspired spa. For more see

The prize includes two three-course dinners at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant and a hot tub experience for two, as well as a welcome bottle of prosecco. It must be taken before December 20, 2024, subject to availability and excluding July, August and bank holiday weekends.

How to enter

Can’t see the competition form? Answer the questions and complete the entry form at by the end of Thursday, May 9. One entry per person.

See here for the full competition terms and conditions from The Times & Sunday Times. Your information will be used in accordance with our privacy and cookie policy.

Last week’s prize

The answers are Pearson and Taylor. Simon Collinge from Blackpool wins an Italian cooking break for two worth up to £2,600 with Flavours Holidays.

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