Inspector Barnaby’s stay at a spa hotel in the ‘Fit for Murder’ episode didn’t turn out to be as tranquil as he hoped did it? But there are plenty of spa breaks in the South Oxfordshire area – where much of Midsomer Murders is filmed – which really are relaxing.

The Oxford Belfry Hotel in Thame is one great place which lets its guests unwind and recharge their batteries.

Adjoining 17 acres of private grounds, the hotel offers a welcome escape from the hurly-burly of the modern world.

Inside there are seven therapy rooms all illuminated with gentle candlelight, filled with soothing music and infused with aromas. They are great places to enjoy treatments, including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

A visit to the sauna can let you sweat away your worries before you take a relaxing dip in the swimming pool. For those who like to earn their relaxation, there is always the chance to take part in activities, such as yoga and aerobics.

Outside there are plenty of walking routes to help you explore the beautiful hills of the South Oxfordshire countryside – the organised hikes among the Oxford canal system prove particularly popular.

For those who like to combine their spa treatments with a round of golf, it is worth checking out the Oxfordshire Golf hotel.

Set in the heart of the beautiful Chilterns, there are manicured greens with fluttering flags outside, while inside there is a warren of Japanese-style treatment rooms.

A perfect place that even tense Inspector Barnaby could unwind in!