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Historic Hotels

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

Swinton Park

Swinton Park

In a 'superb' setting on a huge estate (with parkland, a lake and a walled garden), this 19th-century Gothic castle is the family home of Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister. 'Personal and unfussy', it is run in a relaxed style. 'You can tell they have

Beechwood Hotel

Beechwood Hotel

'A welcoming establishment that runs like clockwork and is excellent value for money.' Lindsay Spalding and Don Birch are 'exemplary hosts' at their small hotel, a creeper-clad Georgian house in a market town near the north Norfolk coast. 'Everything

Star Castle

Star Castle

'Highly recommended' by a visitor this year, the Francis family's hotel is a star-shaped fortress built in 1593 on the commanding heights of Garrison Hill above Hugh Town. James Francis runs the front-of- house; Billy Littlejohn has been promoted to

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

In 'beautiful gardens with a splendid walk to the river', this 'striking' William and Mary country mansion on the outskirts of York is owned by the National Trust. Once the home of diarist Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, it was sympathetically restored by

Boath House

Boath House

One of the finest Regency houses in Scotland, this once-endangered mansion has been restored by Wendy and Don Matheson, who run it as a 'wonderful' small hotel. Their son, Sam, is the manager. The house, which has a marble hall and circular

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

'Impressive and hospitable', this Grade I listed 17th-century mansion is owned by the National Trust and run by Historic House Hotels. 'A place for a quiet luxury break', it stands in a park with woodland walks, a knot garden and follies; views of

Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

'The changes are immense and everything is lovely,' says a visitor, returning to this Jacobean mansion, now a country house hotel once owned by the late Sir Bernard Ashley. More than £3 million has been spent on refurbishment by a private

Enniscoe House

Enniscoe House

On an estate that has been in the same family since the 1650s (an ancestor came over with Cromwell), this classic mansion was built in the 1790s. It is run as a private hotel ('the sort the Guide is all about') by the thirteenth and fourteenth

Hilton Park

Hilton Park

The Madden family entertain guests in house-party style at the imposing Italianate mansion which has been their home since it was built in 1704. Today it is run by Fred and Joanna Madden (of the ninth generation); his parents, Johnny and Lucy, 'lend

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