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Honeymoon Hotels

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

Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island Hotel

'It is so refreshing to leave the world behind.' Wallis Simpson and Edward Windsor used to hide away in this Grade II listed 1930s hotel on a tidal island at the end of Bigbury beach. Today, restored as an 'Art Deco tour de force' by owners Deborah

The Zetter

The Zetter

In a converted Victorian warehouse in a fashionable neighbourhood, this 'quirky' hotel has 'imaginatively styled' rooms, a popular restaurant combined with a 'buzzing' bar and 'exceptionally friendly' staff. It is owned by Mark Sainsbury and Michael

Belle Tout Lighthouse

Belle Tout Lighthouse

'Highly recommended' by a Guide inspector, this decommissioned lighthouse on the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head has been turned into a B&B with, unsurprisingly, 'fantastic views'. It has been restored by the owner, David Shaw, who has given it a

The Scarlet

The Scarlet

Down the hillside from its sister hotel, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa (see previous entry), this design hotel has strong green credentials and a 'youthful appeal'. Owned by sisters Emma Stratton, Deborah Wakefield and Rebecca Whittington, it has solar

Hell Bay Hotel

Hell Bay Hotel

In a collection of cottage-style buildings on a rugged, virtually traffic-free island - the smallest of the inhabited Scilly Isles - this seaside hotel is part of Tresco Estates, owned by the Dorrien-Smith family. It is reachable only by boat from

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

La Sablonnerie

La Sablonnerie

A pony and trap transports visitors from the ferry to this 'unusual small hotel' on a charming, car-free island noted for its abundant flora and fauna. Elizabeth Perrée is the 'welcoming' host, aided by 'friendly, attentive' staff. 'It was superb -

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

Dart Marina

Dart Marina

'An absolute favourite: a lovely setting, fabulous staff, well-appointed accommodation and good food.' Richard Seton's smart hotel by the River Dart continues to win plaudits in 2014. 'The welcome is always enthusiastic; John, the long-serving and

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