Winner of numerous awards, San Yisdro Ranch is a haven of flora nestled in the Californian Monecito foothills, just outside Santa Barbara. It has long been a well kept secret amongst those living in LA, who escape here for a romantic home-away-from-home. Beautiful gardens, shaded arbors and discrete pool make this the perfect escape from the city. Villas are elegantly decorated and kitted out with all the mod-cons and most come with private Jacuzzis. Dine on your balcony or in the restaurant, then retire to your cosy sitting room where your log fire will be lit ready for you to curl up for a film. If you are in need of a break – there is no better place on earth. www.sanysidroranch.com

What to read: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)

What to wear: Fit Flops (not the most stylish of shoe but walks amongst the Santa Barbara hills will get your calf muscles going)

What to listen to: “It’s Complicated” Soundtrack

What to do: Take tea in the arbor after a long walk

What to eat: French toast for brunch

What to drink: Fresh Californian orange juice