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Golfing Hotels

Budock Vean

Budock Vean

On the banks of the Helford river, this 'excellent, well-managed' hotel stands in extensive grounds with gardens, terraced ponds, waterfalls and its own nine-hole golf course. 'It remains a super family-run place, with the Barlow family much in

St Enodoc

St Enodoc

Above the Camel estuary in a resort opposite Padstow, this seaside hotel was a 'pleasant surprise' to a visitor initially attracted by the cooking of the celebrated chef, Nathan Outlaw. 'The hotel and staff are worth a star rating on their own; they

Glenapp Castle

Glenapp Castle

Designed by the doyen of Victorian castle architects, David Bryce, this baronial castle was in a state of disrepair when it was bought by the McMillan family. It was restored by Graham and Fay (née McMillan) Cowan, who run it as a luxury

Kilmichael Country House

Kilmichael Country House

In extensive grounds with 'beautiful gardens' on the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, this intimate period mansion is run in personal style as a small hotel by the owners, Geoffrey Botterill and Antony Butterworth. Said to be the oldest house on

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 Dower House

The Dower House

The 'home from home' atmosphere at Robyn and Mena Aitchison's small guest house, a single-storey Georgian cottage-orné, has long been liked by readers. It stands in mature well-tended grounds (which have a miniature orchard and a large

Trefeddian Hotel

Trefeddian Hotel

'I cannot think of anywhere nicer to spend a week recharging batteries; the staff are wonderful, remembering us on each visit.' Praise this year from one of many repeat visitors to the Cave family's 'pleasing' traditional hotel on a bluff with

Castle Cottage

Castle Cottage

Chef/proprietor Glyn Roberts and his wife, Jacqueline, have run this former coaching inn as a restaurant-with-rooms for 25 years. It stands on a steep slope above the river estuary near the castle ('an amazing setting with wonderful views'). This

Rathsallagh House

Rathsallagh House

In extensive parkland (with a golf course and a walled garden), the O'Flynn family's hotel is a 'low-key' yet 'totally spoiling' country house. There are sofas and armchairs in the traditional drawing rooms, which have turf fires. Tables are laid

Carrig Country House

Carrig Country House

In wooded grounds on the shores of a lake facing Macgillycuddy's Reeks (a mountain range with the highest peaks in Ireland), this country hotel was built as a hunting and fishing lodge for English aristocrats. Frank and Mary Slattery, the first Irish

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