‘We could not have asked for better.’ ‘We have never been disappointed.’ ‘Our fourth visit. It seems to get better every time.’ There is a chorus of praise this year for Tim and Emma Ford’s restaurant-with-rooms, in a Georgian dower house down ‘a narrow road that could well have led to the Hobbits’ Shire’.
In large, landscaped gardens a stroll from Lake Windermere, this ‘friendly’ traditional hotel, after 50 years in the same hands, has new owners, Jenna and James Shail. ‘Everything has been spruced up,’ say Guide inspectors in 2016.
Lewtrenchard Manor - Champagne and Strawberries June/July.
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.
‘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.
‘Friendly’, ‘informal’ and ‘welcoming’, James Moffett’s ‘characterful’ hotel is well liked by walkers and dog owners, who come for the ‘reasonable prices’ and the ‘marvellous Derbyshire Dales setting’.
Penbontbren - Three nights for £299 including breakfast
A night in a threshing barn may not sound like the last word in luxury, but ‘there’s nothing to find fault with’ at this B&B conversion of a 19th-century livestock farm, where hens wander and chuckle in the ‘beautiful’ grounds.
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