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 many fans. The Regency features of the house, built for a prosperous Liverpool merchant close to the town and

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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 mainly 20th-century art is

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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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