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The Zetter

The Zetter

In a converted Victorian warehouse in a fashionable neighbourhood, this 'quirky' hotel has 'imaginatively styled' rooms, a popular restaurant combined with a 'buzzing' bar and 'exceptionally friendly' staff. It is owned by Mark Sainsbury and Michael

Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island Hotel

'It is so refreshing to leave the world behind.' Wallis Simpson and Edward Windsor used to hide away in this Grade II listed 1930s hotel on a tidal island at the end of Bigbury beach. Today, restored as an 'Art Deco tour de force' by owners Deborah

Hell Bay Hotel

Hell Bay Hotel

In a collection of cottage-style buildings on a rugged, virtually traffic-free island - the smallest of the inhabited Scilly Isles - this seaside hotel is part of Tresco Estates, owned by the Dorrien-Smith family. It is reachable only by boat from

Tor Cottage

Tor Cottage

Guests are welcomed with a trug containing sparkling wine, home-made truffles and fresh fruit at Maureen Rowlatt's upmarket B&B in a remote valley in mid-Devon. Her hospitality is 'second to none', said a recent visitor. There are four en suite

Belle Tout Lighthouse

Belle Tout Lighthouse

'Highly recommended' by a Guide inspector, this decommissioned lighthouse on the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head has been turned into a B&B with, unsurprisingly, 'fantastic views'. It has been restored by the owner, David Shaw, who has given it a

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

Langar Hall

Langar Hall

In the Vale of Belvoir, this honey-stone Georgian mansion has been owned by Imogen Skirving's family since 1860. She runs it as a small hotel in very personal style ('quintessentially English,' she says); the Guide award was for 'utterly enjoyable

The Abbey Hotel

The Abbey Hotel

'An amazing place', Jean Shrimpton's Georgian town house is 'run with panache and easy generosity' by her son, Thaddeus Cox. Painted a 'striking sky blue', the house, which dates to 1660, is on a narrow street leading to the harbour. The interiors

The Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station

The train on the platform may not be going anywhere but it provides 'a unique and nostalgic experience' that more than 'lives up to expectation'. On a disused railway line, a renovated Victorian station building and four vintage Pullman carriages

Ardanaiseig

Ardanaiseig

In a remote setting on Loch Awe, reached by miles of twisting, single-track road, this late Georgian manor was built by William Burn, the founder of the Scottish baronial style of architecture. The High Victorian decor has been heightened by the

La Sablonnerie

La Sablonnerie

A pony and trap transports visitors from the ferry to this 'unusual small hotel' on a charming, car-free island noted for its abundant flora and fauna. Elizabeth Perrée is the 'welcoming' host, aided by 'friendly, attentive' staff. 'It was superb -

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