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Blagdon Manor

Blagdon Manor

'Our favourite place to stay.' Praise this year comes from trusted reporters returning to Liz and Steve Morey's 'attractive, immaculately maintained' restaurant-with-rooms. Their Grade II listed mansion stands in 'beautifully manicured gardens'. 'Liz

The Traddock

The Traddock

In a 'lovely, quiet' village location, the Reynolds family's small hotel has a 'homely' atmosphere and 'pleasant, obliging staff', say visitors this year. The Grade II listed Georgian manor (with Victorian extensions) is 'not grand, not designerish,

Combe House

Combe House

'Hospitality is a tradition here.' In rolling parkland where Arabian horses and pheasants roam free, Ken and Ruth Hunt's 'stunningly renovated' Elizabethan manor house is 'a delight'. 'The staff genuinely seem to care at all levels.' Beyond the heavy

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

The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

'We were beautifully looked after; two days here felt like a week's rest.' Continuing praise this year for this 'blissfully comfortable' hotel in a peaceful Suffolk village. It is owned by Ruth Watson, her husband, David, and Tim Sunderland, the

Plumber Manor

Plumber Manor

One of the oldest families in Dorset, the Prideaux-Brunes, has lived in this manor house since it was built in the early 17th century. For 40 years, it has been run 'with evident enjoyment' as a restaurant-with-rooms by Richard Prideaux-Brune (who

Prince Hall

Prince Hall

In a 'dramatic' situation on Dartmoor, this 'relaxed, welcoming' hotel is 'an excellent place for visiting dogs - and their owners', said Guide inspectors this year. 'There is a lively atmosphere, with dogs ever-present in the entrance hall (a bowl

Kilcamb Lodge

Kilcamb Lodge

One of the oldest stone houses in Scotland (with two Victorian wings), this luxury hotel has an isolated setting on the shore of Loch Sunart. It is run by the owners, Sally and David Ruthven-Fox. There are log fires in the 'warm and homely' public

The Falcondale

The Falcondale

'Run with good traditional taste and without pretension', this Italianate hotel stands in landscaped gardens above the Teifi valley. It is owned by Chris and Lisa Hutton: 'The staff and proprietors are helpful, down-to-earth people whose pride in

Rathmullan House

Rathmullan House

In 'wild and wonderful Donegal', this much-extended Georgian mansion has been owned by the Wheeler family for more than 50 years; Mark Wheeler is the manager. The spacious public rooms have high ceilings, chandeliers, antiques, marble fireplaces, log

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