'Outstanding: the staff are totally committed to making sure the guest has a good time.' A Guide inspector in 2014 was impressed by service at this Victorian mansion at the top of the town, which is part of Nigel Chapman's Luxury Family Hotels group.
'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
In a hamlet in an 'unspoilt part of England', this small hotel/restaurant, a conversion of a row of 350-year-old thatched cottages, is run by Ariane and Jamie Jones. A family party celebrating a watershed birthday in 2014 commented on 'perfect
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.
In a 'fascinating' Domesday village, this former coaching inn 'has a pleasing ambience, cheerful and helpful young staff, and good food'. It wins a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015. Guide inspectors 'greatly enjoyed the informality' in 2014, earning the
'A well-run, well-maintained hotel, with excellent service and good food.' Guide inspectors found much to like this year at the Young family's small hotel in a 'charming' Cotswold stone building. It is run by Anne Young. Her daughter Alix is the
In a 'spectacular' position on the edge of one of Europe's last wildernesses, this 19th-century hotel stands close to a station on the West Highland line. It has been renovated by new owners, Scott Meikle and Stephanie Graham, who are 'extremely
'Our initial impressions were that this wasn't a typical Guide hotel; it seemed vast, with a great many guests, mostly elderly, and many of them regular visitors. After a two-day stay, we have to endorse the comments on the incredibly personal
The 'settled and reassuring feel' at Beryl and Rodney Marsden's small country hotel in the Teme valley was liked by returning visitors this year. Three generations of the family are now involved in running the stone dower house. Beryl Marsden is
Midway between Belfast and Armagh (which has two cathedrals), this Georgian country house is well placed for touring Northern Ireland or for visitors venturing further south. It is run by John and Louise Mathers (his family has owned the house for