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Country House Hotels

Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor

In an 'idyllic' setting, amid 'superb gardens' on the edge of a Cotswold village, this 17th-century former rectory is a 'superlative' country house hotel, 'classy without ostentation'. Paul Thompson is the manager for the owners, the Munir family.

Rothay Manor

Rothay Manor

'Standards are as high as ever: immaculate, beautifully furnished bedrooms and lounges; excellent food; a warm welcome.' In large, landscaped gardens, a short walk from Lake Windermere and the town centre, the Nixon family's 'comfortable',

Farlam Hall

Farlam Hall

'Going to Farlam Hall is like stepping back into the heyday of country house hospitality.' Continuing praise this year for this traditional, ivy-covered country hotel (Relais & Châteaux), which has been owned and run by the Quinion family

Gidleigh Park

Gidleigh Park

Built in the Arts and Crafts style for an Australian shipping magnate in the 1920s, this country house is now a luxurious hotel (Relais & Châteaux), managed by Damien Bastiat for the owners, Andrew and Christina Brownsword. It stands in

Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor

There is a 'lovely smell of wood smoke' from the open fires at this luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux) set in 'beautiful countryside'. Once the home of William Robinson, the pioneer of the English natural garden, the 16th-century Elizabethan

Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall

'The perfect country house. It is practically impossible to fault it.' Praise this year from trusted correspondents visiting this luxury hotel on a slope overlooking Rutland Water. It has been owned and run by Tim and Stefa Hart for 35 years (see

Lime Wood

Lime Wood

In ancient heath and moorland, where wild ponies and donkeys roam free, this 'relaxed', family-friendly country house hotel occupies a 'stunning' Regency manor house and several 'beautifully designed' buildings in the extensive grounds. Part of the

Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen

On the edge of the New Forest, and within easy reach of the sea, this country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) continues to impress. 'Our room and the facilities were top drawer, but that should be expected at the best hotels. It is the

Glenapp Castle

Glenapp Castle

Designed by the doyen of Victorian castle architects, David Bryce, this baronial castle was in a state of disrepair when it was bought by the McMillan family. It was restored by Graham and Fay (née McMillan) Cowan, who run it as a luxury

Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

'The changes are immense and everything is lovely,' says a visitor, returning to this Jacobean mansion, now a country house hotel once owned by the late Sir Bernard Ashley. More than £3 million has been spent on refurbishment by a private

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