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2016 Hotel Gardens

Hotels with stunning gardens make a trip away even more special. Floral displays, landscaped grounds, delightful walled gardens and wildflower meadows - these hotels have everything to offer for the keen gardener or green-fingered traveller. For a true English garden, head to Gravetye Manor, West Sussex, to experience the extensive grounds with colourful flowerbeds and Victorian greenhouses. The National Trust owns Bodysgallen Hall and spa which stands in parkland offering follies, a knot garden and relaxing woodland walks.

  • Barnsley House, BARNSLEY, Gloucestershire

    Once the home of the celebrated gardener Rosemary Verey, this late 17th-century gabled stone manor house is run as a luxury hotel by the owners of nearby Calcot Manor, Tetbury (see entry). Michele

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    Lindeth Fell, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    Nothing stands still,’ say the Kennedy family, who have decided to run their country house on the fells overlooking Lake Windermere as a ‘luxury B&B’ rather than a hotel. They

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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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    Hotel Endsleigh, MILTON ABBOT, Devon

    Tall, ancient trees tower over this ‘beautiful’ estate of gardens and woodlands, streams and waterfalls, follies and grottos. On the banks of the River Tamar, the 19th-century hunting and

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  • Millgate House , RICHMOND, Yorkshire

    A beautiful house with lovely things’, Austin Lynch and Tim Culkin’s early Georgian home stands just off the square of this market town on the edge of the Dales. Its sheltered garden

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  • Stone House, RUSHLAKE GREEN, Sussex

    Henry VII was on the throne when the original timber-frame, tile-hung house was built by the Roberts Dunn family, whose descendants still live here. The later Tudor, gabled building with massive oak

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  • Cliveden House, TAPLOW, Berkshire

    ‘A very special place where affluent hotel-goers can experience luxurious country house living as it used to be.’ Visitors were impressed in 2015 by the restoration of this illustrious

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  • Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, LLANDUDNO

    A ‘beautiful house in pretty gardens’, this Grade I listed 17th-century mansion has a ‘stunning outlook’ over Snowdonia. It is managed by Matthew Johnson for Historic House

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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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  • 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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