Best British hotels to live the Downton lifestyle

Best British hotels to live the Downton lifestyle

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Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor - Classic British Escape

East Grinstead

‘Classy, comfortable and tasteful, the house has kept its period character without being “old hat”; the rooms are elegantly furnished without being pretentious,’ say trusted Guide correspondents in 2016, of this ‘special’ country house hotel.
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • historic
  • wine
  • weddings
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
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Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall - Summer Breaks in Rutland

Hambleton

Arrive, as did Guide readers this year, ‘in perfect time for sitting on the terrace and being wonderfully spoilt’.
From £270.00 per night
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • view
  • activities
  • outdoor_pool
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor - Champagne and Strawberries June/July.

Lewdown

Admirers of Sue and James Murray’s ‘characterful’, ‘beautiful old manor’ continue to sing its praises. ‘It is uniformly excellent, with high standards of hotel-keeping, comfort and service,’ says a guest this year.
From £155 per night
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Cliveden House

Cliveden House - Three for Two Short Break

Taplow

‘Expensive but worth every penny,’ say guests seduced by the ‘beautiful’ grounds, ‘stunning’ bedrooms, ‘superb’ meals and ‘attentive, personable’ staff at this history-rich Italianate mansion on the River Thames.
From £495 per night
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Farlam Hall

Farlam Hall

Brampton

‘With a tradition of service that’s second to none, this is without doubt one of the finest country house hotels – if not the finest – in England,’ raves a regular Guide reader this year.
  • country_house
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Llandudno

The name may mean ‘house among thistles’, but the ‘meticulously kept’ combination of manicured lawns, knotted gardens and meadow flowers tells otherwise.
From £189 per night
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • gym
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor

Upper Slaughter

In ‘attractive’ gardens, ‘just as fetching in winter frost as in the spring’, this honey-stoned former rectory welcomes guests into plush luxury (with, some visitors point out, a price tag to match).
From £195 per night
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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Ballathie House

Ballathie House

Kinclaven

Sporting prints abound, and display cabinets here showcase ‘monster’ fishing trophies – a sign of this country hotel’s long association with salmon fishing.
  • view
  • activities
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking

Country house hotels like Downton Abbey

Fans of Downton Abbey will feel right at home in this selection of country house hotels. These exquisite hotels thrive on the estates that titled families once called home – and in some cases still do. Emulate the lifestyle of Lord and Lady Grantham as you stroll through beautiful gardens, try your hand at shooting and fishing, and have aperitifs in the drawing room before sitting down to a spread that Mrs Patmore would be proud of.