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Biggin Hall

Biggin Hall

In an 'excellent location for walking' in 'glorious countryside', James Moffett's unpretentious hotel within the Peak District national park offers 'true value for money'. 'The attitude to guests, the food and the accommodation are all brilliant,'

Underleigh House

Underleigh House

In an idyllic setting outside a village within the Peak District national park, Vivienne and Philip Taylor's B&B is in a conversion of a Victorian cottage and barn. It is much liked for the good value and their 'generous' hospitality. There is good

Overwater Hall

Overwater Hall

'The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of modern life', this small country hotel has been run for more than 20 years by the owners, Stephen Bore and Angela and Adrian Hyde. In the quieter northern Lake District, the Grade II listed

Lastingham Grange

Lastingham Grange

'The hands-on owners make all the difference' at this 'special' hotel, in a creeper-covered 17th-century farmhouse on the edge of the North York Moors. Bertie Wood, his mother, Jane, and brother, Tom, are the 'most welcoming' hosts; 'the service is

Battlesteads

Battlesteads

In the 'beautiful' North Tyne valley, Dee and Richard Slade's 'excellent' small hotel and restaurant is well placed for visitors exploring Hadrian's Wall or taking moor walks. It is a 'very comfortable, welcoming place' in a sparsely populated area,

Pen-y-Dyffryn

Pen-y-Dyffryn

'The setting could not be better' at this silver-stone building with views of 'beautiful countryside' and the Welsh mountains. Once a Georgian rectory, the small country hotel, on a hillside 100 yards from the Welsh border, is owned by Miles and

The Burgoyne

The Burgoyne

At the top of the green in a pretty village in Swaledale, this Georgian Grade II listed country house is run as a small hotel by the owners, Mo and Julia Usman. She is the 'hands-on hostess', leading a 'well-trained, attentive' staff. All but one of

Howtown Hotel

Howtown Hotel

For more than a century, the Baldry family has 'shared their family home with visitors who believe in the same values and have the same passion for this unspoilt part of the Lake District'. Guide readers have long praised the hospitality shown by

Tiroran House

Tiroran House

At their white-painted Victorian hunting lodge on the shores of Loch Scridain, near Mull's highest mountain, Laurence and Katie Mackay create a house party atmosphere. 'It makes it a place to return to; you always meet great people,' says an

The Manor Town House

The Manor Town House

Near the town square of the ferry port (with 'wonderful' views of the lower town harbour), this Grade II listed Georgian house is run as a B&B by Helen and Chris Sheldon. In warm weather, guests can take cream teas with home-baked cakes on a

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