20 Charming Hotels for UK City Breaks

20 Charming Hotels for UK City Breaks

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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory - Short Break

Norwich

‘Kind, helpful’ owners, ‘well-presented’ meals and ‘peaceful, relaxing’ rooms create ‘exactly the cosseted, home-away-from-home experience that is the hallmark of a proper hotel’, say contented guests this year, of Sally and Chris Entwistle’s creeper-swathed Georgian rectory close to the city centre.
From £100 per night
  • outdoor_pool
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
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Stoberry House

Stoberry House - Three Night Special Offer

Wells

Tim and Frances Meeres Young rescued this 18th-century coach house from ruin 20 years ago and transformed it into an ‘altogether excellent’ luxury B&B with a sweep of ‘beautifully laid out’ grounds.
From £65 per night
  • romantic
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • b&b
  • wifi
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Hannah’s

Hannah’s - One Night Stay Special Offer

Winchester

Time your arrival to tea: mid-afternoons at this B&B off the high street, Hannah McIntyre lays out a spread of freshly baked treats for guests to help themselves to.
From £185.00 per night
  • romantic
  • b&b
  • wifi
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Old Parsonage

Old Parsonage

Oxford

With ‘excellent food and comfortable rooms’, Jeremy Mogford’s luxury hotel ‘never disappoints’, writes a trusted Guide correspondent, a regular guest, in 2016.
From £225 per night
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Old Bank

Old Bank

Oxford

‘Standards remain reassuringly high’ at Jeremy Mogford’s ‘well-run’, ‘very pleasant’ hotel, in a ‘perfect’ location steps from the Bodleian Library.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Castle House

Castle House

Hereford

By the remains of the medieval castle moat, this ‘excellent’, ‘welcoming’ hotel ‘would be difficult to better’, says a trusted Guide correspondent this year.
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Zetter

The Zetter

London

A pink chandelier hangs in the lobby of this cool, contemporary hotel, in a modish neighbourhood where meatpackers and media folk walk the streets.
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House

Newcastle upon Tyne

There is a country house feel to Peter Candler’s ‘friendly’, ‘surprisingly peaceful’ Tudor-style mansion in a wooded valley just five minutes by car from the city centre.
From £140 per night
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Grazing Goat

The Grazing Goat

London

There’s more than a ‘splendid’ bacon and eggs at this ‘youthful’ pub-with-rooms in a ‘hidden enclave’ minutes from the flurry of Oxford Street.
From £210 per night
  • gastropub
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
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Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

Regular guests praise the ‘impeccable’ service and ‘well-appointed’ rooms at Adam Dorrien-Smith’s relaxed, modern B&B, in an ‘excellent’ location at the top of Clifton Downs.
From £115 per night
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

Glasgow

Hop along to this modern, budget-friendly spot – ‘just like a very upmarket hostel’ – popular with the young and young-at-heart.
From £85 per night
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
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Abbey Hotel

Abbey Hotel

Bath

Slap bang in the centre of town, Christa and Ian Taylor’s ‘ambitious’ city hotel has much to like: ‘cheery’ staff, stylishly refurbished bedrooms, a ‘lively’ bar and ‘smart’, much-praised restaurant.
From £190 per night
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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The Pig in the Wall

The Pig in the Wall

Southampton

‘Smart’, ‘stylish’ and ‘shabby chic’, this well-liked B&B is ‘an eye-opening treat’ in the busy port city, Guide inspectors say.
  • child_friendly
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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Duke House

Duke House

Cambridge

Guests this year continue to endorse Liz and Rob Cameron’s ‘conveniently located’ city-centre B&B.
From £130 per night
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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Artist Residence

Artist Residence

Brighton

The electric-pink front door, opening onto Regency Square, gives it away: Charlotte and Justin Salisbury have created a ‘laid-back, bohemian’ town house hotel with ‘jazzy’ rooms, ‘young, friendly, efficient’ staff and ‘a range of fun art’.
From £90 per night
  • view
  • wifi
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2 Blackburne Terrace

2 Blackburne Terrace

Liverpool

Behind a row of lime trees on a calm cobbled drive, there’s style (and home-made sweets) aplenty at Glenn and Sarah Whitter’s ‘excellent’ upmarket B&B. In a discreet Georgian town house, it is within walking distance of theatres, restaurants and the two cathedrals.
From £160 per night
  • garden
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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Edgar House

Edgar House

Chester

Tim Mills and Michael Stephen’s ‘highly enjoyable’ small hotel is ‘refreshingly different’, say Guide inspectors in 2016 – and not just for the honesty bar secreted in an old telephone kiosk.
From £199.00 per night
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Bath

Two elegantly converted town houses host this luxury hotel and atmospheric spa in a ‘spectacular’ location on the Georgian Royal Crescent, with its 'magical vista’ across the city.
  • view
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • wine
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Bonham

The Bonham

Edinburgh

In a ‘quiet’ residential area within walking distance of Princes Street, this ‘reasonably priced’, ‘very satisfactory’ hotel is a ‘civilised’ retreat, even during the hubbub of the Festival.
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Assembly House

The Assembly House

Norwich

The ornate rooms at this listed 18th-century mansion have seen grand balls, concerts, travelling circus acts and general merry-making over their many years; in 2016, the landmark venue added ‘luxurious, tasteful’ accommodation to the mix.
  • honeymoon
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking