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César Winners - The Top 10

Artist Residence

Artist Residence

'The quirky rooms are full of character’ and the staff are ‘cheerful and helpful in equal measure’ at this small hotel within walking distance of Tate Britain, say Guide inspectors in 2015. Owners Justin Salisbury and Charlotte

Hotel Endsleigh

Hotel Endsleigh

Tall, ancient trees tower over this ‘beautiful’ estate of gardens and woodlands, streams and waterfalls, follies and grottos. On the banks of the River Tamar, the 19th-century hunting and fishing lodge is today an ‘unpretentious and

The Lord Crewe Arms

The Lord Crewe Arms

In an ‘unbeatable’ setting in the North Pennine moors, this old inn has been thoroughly modernised by the owners of Calcot Manor, Tetbury (see entry). They have retained the character of its 900-year history (priest’s hole, medieval

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

‘Another exciting newcomer in the north.’ Trusted Guide correspondents were impressed in 2015 by James Allison’s restaurant-with-rooms, a ‘sensitive’ conversion of the Georgian buildings on a large estate close to Scotch

Hazel Bank

Hazel Bank

In a beautiful Lake District valley, this ‘charming’ stone house, built in 1840, returns to the Guide under the ownership of the MacRae family. ‘It is a welcoming, relaxed place,’ say inspectors in 2015. ‘The whole

Zanzibar International Hotel

Zanzibar International Hotel

‘With an exotic name, themed bedrooms, showers that say “welcome” and “goodbye”, there is a splendidly quirky feel about this small seafront hotel.’ Guide inspectors this year enjoyed the informal charm of Max

Augill Castle

Augill Castle

‘There is something here for everyone,’ says a visitor this year to Wendy and Simon Bennett’s turreted Gothic castle in the Eden valley. A multi-generational party (aged from three to 67) had ‘an absolute blast, not a moment

The Pig on the beach

The Pig on the beach

Above the ‘magnificent’ beach at Studland Bay, Robin Hutson’s newest addition to his litter of Pigs occupies an ‘imaginative’ conversion of a ‘rambling’, turreted Gothic building. ‘A relaxed version of

Kilmichael Country House

Kilmichael Country House

‘A very special small hotel which feels like a well-cared-for home. Excellent service is given in a personal way.’ A Guide inspector was greeted in the wooded drive by peacocks (there are 22 of them, ‘but no bother to

The Grove

The Grove

Approached by a tree-lined drive, with ‘spectacular’ views of the Preseli hills, this ‘very striking’, early 18th-century mansion in landscaped gardens has been restored by Neil Kedward and Zoë Agar, who run it as a small

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