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Hotels for Weddings

Montagu Arms

Montagu Arms

Two stone dogs guard the entrance to this wisteria-clad Georgian country house, in an 'attractive' village in the New Forest national park. Inside, there are oak-panelled public rooms, an old brick fireplace, a log fire in the lounge. 'We had a most

BridgeHouse

BridgeHouse

'Tea and biscuits on arrival get your stay off to a good start' at Mark and Joanna Donovan's 'lovely old hotel' in a pretty market town. Once a priest's house, the 700-year-old building stands by a bridge over the River Brit. The public rooms are in

Augill Castle

Augill Castle

'This is no ordinary hotel,' say Simon and Wendy Bennett, who welcome guests in an 'easy-going manner' to their home, an eccentric neo-Gothic Victorian folly in the upper Eden valley. Visitors enjoy the 'laid-back' atmosphere and the feeling of being

Langar Hall

Langar Hall

In the Vale of Belvoir, this honey-stone Georgian mansion has been owned by Imogen Skirving's family since 1860. She runs it as a small hotel in very personal style ('quintessentially English,' she says); the Guide award was for 'utterly enjoyable

Swinton Park

Swinton Park

In a 'superb' setting on a huge estate (with parkland, a lake and a walled garden), this 19th-century Gothic castle is the family home of Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister. 'Personal and unfussy', it is run in a relaxed style. 'You can tell they have

Rose in Vale

Rose in Vale

There is a 'comfortable country house' feel at James and Sara Evans's 'traditional, charming' hotel, an elegant, extended Georgian manor house in a peaceful wooded valley. 'We were impressed,' a regular Guide correspondent said this year. 'The hotel

Ardanaiseig

Ardanaiseig

In a remote setting on Loch Awe, reached by miles of twisting, single-track road, this late Georgian manor was built by William Burn, the founder of the Scottish baronial style of architecture. The High Victorian decor has been heightened by the

Knockinaam Lodge

Knockinaam Lodge

Shielded by cliffs and wooded hills, this grey stone 19th-century hunting lodge stands in extensive grounds close to a private beach. It is run in country house style by the owners, Sian and David Ibbotson. There are stags' heads in the bar, a log

Ynyshir Hall

Ynyshir Hall

Once Queen Victoria's country retreat, this 'pretty' manor house is run as a luxury hotel/restaurant (Relais & Châteaux) by Joan and Rob Reen, who own it with John and Jenny Talbot. The Reens celebrated their 25th year at Ynyshir in 2014.

Ballymaloe House

Ballymaloe House

In 2014, the Allen family's renowned hotel/restaurant celebrated its 50th anniversary. Myrtle Allen had been farming on the estate with her late husband, Ivan, for 16 years when she first opened a restaurant. The relationship of the farm to the table

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