Editor’s choice:

2016 Country House Hotels

We are blessed in the UK with some of the world’s finest country house hotels – and our Editor’s Choice features the top ten crème de la crème. Country House hotels are renowned for their gorgeous gardens, their extensive grounds and their luscious landscapes. 

  • Lords of the Manor, UPPER SLAUGHTER, Gloucestershire

    The ‘quality and ambience’ of this country house hotel is ‘self-evident as you walk past the neatly cropped box hedges from the car park’ to the honey-stoned building. Under

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  • Rothay Manor, AMBLESIDE, Cumbria

    ‘Comfortable, welcoming and very professional’, this traditional hotel has new owners, James and Jenna Shail. Many staff have stayed on from the old regime. The Regency features of the

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    Gravetye Manor, EAST GRINSTEAD, Sussex

    ‘All was quite perfect’ according to visitors to this luxury country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux). Once the home of William Robinson, pioneer of the English natural garden,

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  • Hambleton Hall, HAMBLETON, Rutland

    In fine gardens overlooking Rutland Water, this country house hotel has long been run by owners Tim and Stefa Hart. ‘We received a warm welcome,’ say returning visitors in 2015, who were

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  • Lime Wood, LYNDHURST, Hampshire

    In a ‘dream location’, ‘smack bang in the middle of the New Forest’, this ‘relaxed’, family-friendly country house hotel occupies a ‘stunning’ Regency manor house in extensive grounds adjoining forest

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  • Chewton Glen, NEW MILTON, Hampshire

    ‘Faultless’ service is reported by a visitor this year to this luxury country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) on the edge of the New Forest. It is privately owned; Andrew

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    Glenapp Castle, BALLANTRAE, South Ayrshire

    In extensive grounds overlooking Ailsa Craig, this 19th-century sandstone castle (once the seat of the Earl of Inchcape) is run as a luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux). New owners, Paul and

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    Judges, YARM, Yorkshire

    In ‘lovely manicured parkland’, this ‘immaculate Victorian country house hotel’ is owned by the Downs family; Tim Howard is the manager. ‘The service throughout, from

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  • Llangoed Hall, LLYSWEN, Powys

    ‘Spot on as usual.’ Praise from a returning guest to this ‘splendid’ country house hotel on the banks of the River Wye. Former owner Sir Bernard Ashley’s collection of

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  • Askham Hall, Penrith, Cumbria

    ‘A hotel of character’, this Grade I listed country house, 13th-century in origin, has been renovated by its owners, Charlie and Juno Lowther. They eschewed the formality of traditional

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