A pink chandelier hangs in the lobby of this cool, contemporary hotel, in a modish neighbourhood where meatpackers and media folk walk the streets.
Pendragon Country House
‘Enthusiastic’, ‘wonderfully hospitable’ hosts Nigel and Sharon Reed welcome guests with a drink and a snack at their small guest house standing in ‘beautiful’ countryside.
From £60 per night
The White House
‘Walking is the thing’ on this ‘very green’, car-free island: alight from the ferry and let a tractor bring your luggage to this ‘truly lovely’ hotel (‘it’s all part of the enjoyment’).
From £72 per night
The Old Rectory
The ‘magical setting’ in the Valency valley is the perfect spot for a whimsical tale. Thomas Hardy arrived here in 1870, to be met at the door by the rector’s sister-in-law, Emma Gifford, his future first wife. If it’s the romance of the story that draws guests to Sally and Chris Searle’s B&B, it’s the hospitality that inspires them to return.
From £70 per night
A ‘very special place in a very beautiful part of the world’, this pub, hotel and restaurant is run by Dee and Richard Slade with one eye on planet Earth and another on the stars.
From £115 per night
Walkers and countryside explorers find a warm welcome at Vivienne and Philip Taylor’s B&B, in a scenic spot within the Peak District national park.
From £95.00 per night
An eco-friendly, low-tech ethos meets indulgent, high-spec style at this adults-only hotel in ‘a superb situation overlooking a classic Cornish bay’.
From £210.00 per night
Come twilight, this chic riverside hotel/restaurant glows over the Thames. ‘Close enough to London to get all the benefits of the city, but far enough away to be tranquil’, it is owned by mother-and-daughter team Ruth and Samantha Trinder, who transformed two Grade II listed 18th-century houses into a refined, modern space with ‘sumptuous’ interiors.
On this ‘very special’ island off the Isle of Mull, ‘charming’ owners Wendy and Rob MacManaway create a homely, relaxing atmosphere at their ‘informal’ 19th-century former crofter’s cottage, its lawns tumbling down to the rocky shoreline.
From £67 per night
The Old Vicarage
There is ‘an atmosphere of heart-warming hospitality’ at Helen and Tim Withers’s small guest house, enveloped in the vast Montgomeryshire countryside.
From £60 per night