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Hartwell House

Hartwell House

In 'beautiful' landscaped grounds with a lake, a church and a Gothic tower, this 'excellent' stately home is run by Richard Broyd's Historic House Hotels for the National Trust. 'Sumptuous' public rooms have antiques, brocaded sofas, marble

Barnsley House

Barnsley House

With 'the smell of wood burning in the cosy lounges', there is 'a romantic air' at this 'relaxed' country hotel in a 'beautiful setting' among historic gardens. The William and Mary house was once the home of celebrated gardener Rosemary Verey;

Park House

Park House

'A lovely, peaceful place to stay', the O'Brien family's 'pretty' country hotel stands in 'immaculate' gardens between Midhurst and the South Downs. Rebecca Coonan is the manager. 'All the staff were most attentive,' says a visitor this year. 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

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

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

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

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island

As much a resort as a luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux), the Buchanan-Smith family's baronial mansion stands on a private island at the mouth of Loch Creran. Reached by a rattling bridge, the island has a nine-hole golf course and a driving

The Lake

The Lake

In a 'beautiful' rural setting by a lake on the River Irfon, Jean-Pierre Mifsud's country house hotel has a traditional ambience. Built as a sporting lodge, the half-timbered building became the only barium spa resort outside Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm

Calcot Manor

Calcot Manor

In 'admirable' gardens in the Cotswold countryside, this luxury hotel, part of the small Calcot Hotels group, has extensive facilities for adults and children. The hotel occupies a converted 14th-century farmhouse and a collection of medieval stone

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