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David Hockney’s world in the Yorkshire Wolds

David Hockney’s Yorkshire Wolds paintings sing with sweet-shop colours, capturing views worth visiting at any time of year

David Hockney’s recent paintings have made the Yorkshire Wolds famous but to be honest some people who visit to see his landscapes go home a bit disappointed. “The landscape bears so little resemblance to Hockney’s depiction of it that seeing the two as the same thing is nigh-on impossible,” complained one journalist in 2012, before going on to lament the lack of tearooms in “this lonely rural spot”.

The disappointment is perhaps understandable but it suggests that someone is missing one of the charms of the Wolds and the paintings. Hockney’s interest is in the change in colour, light and appearance of the land, and because the Wolds is a working, heavily farmed area, it changes more often than picturesque moor or woodland.

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Travel tips: stay in a Martello Tower or a double-decker bus, plus deals of the week

A bolthole on the Suffolk coast, and automotive accommodation

If sea views, big skies and splendid isolation rank high on your holiday wish list, this new bolthole on the Suffolk coast should be just the ticket. With spectacular 360-degree views from its roof terrace, the Martello Tower is being offered as a holiday let for the first and only time this summer, as the family who own it take an extended trip. One of a chain of fortresses built along England’s east coast during the Napoleonic Wars, it’s been converted into a contemporary and quirky home with circular rooms, 13ft-thick walls and a light-filled kitchen-diner opening on to the balcony. The tower sleeps eight, plus four in an adjacent boathouse. It’s available between June and October, with prices from £1,650 per week (suffolk-secrets.co.uk).

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