Editor’s choice:

2016 Hotel Discoveries

Hotel discoveries - the Good Hotel Guide prides itself on seeking out the top hotels across the land – but sometimes we come across beautiful accommodation which we hadn’t reviewed before. After reviewing these newbies, we gathered the best of these together in our top ten discoveries for 2015. There are some stunning newcomers to the guide this year. 

  • Newbegin House, BEVERLEY, Yorkshire

    Close to the centre of a ‘fine’ East Riding market town, this ‘unusually large’ Georgian house with a walled garden is the home of Walter and Nuala Sweeney, who welcome B&B

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  • The Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

    On a cliff above Chesil Bay, this former B&B has been transformed into a sophisticated restaurant-with-rooms by Mary-Lou Sturridge and her business partner, Anthony Mackintosh, both formerly of

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    Eckington Manor, Eckington, Worcestershire

    On a working farm where pedigree herds of Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Lleyn sheep and Old Spot pigs are raised, Judy Gardner has converted a clutch of old buildings into a B&B, cookery

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  • The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk, Yorkshire

    ‘Outstanding: the bedrooms are stunning and well thought out; the cooking highlighted the freshest of ingredients.’ Guide inspectors in 2015 were impressed by this pub-with-rooms in a Domesday village

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  • Old Downton Lodge, LUDLOW, Shropshire

    In rolling Shropshire countryside, a cluster of old stone and brick farm buildings (some medieval, some Georgian) has been remodelled into a restaurant-with-rooms by Willem and Pippa Vlok. ‘It

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  • The Barn at Roundhurst, Lurgashall, Sussex

    Surrounded by ‘beautiful’ countryside, Moya and Richard Connell’s ‘delightful, friendly’ B&B is on the family’s ‘neat and tidy’ organic farm within

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  • Sands Hotel, MARGATE, Kent

    On the seafront, yards from the Turner Contemporary, Nick Conington’s ‘smartly renovated’ Victorian hotel has a ‘grandstand outlook over one of the best beaches in the

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  • St Mary's Inn, MORPETH, Northumberland

    In countryside near Morpeth, the administration building of a disused Victorian hospital has been remodelled into a ‘pub and B&B’ by Peter Candler, who also runs nearby Jesmond Dene

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    Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    Experienced hoteliers Struan and Louise Lothian have created ‘a feeling of friendliness’ at this small hotel. A Victorian stone mansion with baronial entrance tower on a quiet street, it

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  • The Bridge Inn at Ratho, Ratho, Midlothian

    By a bridge over the Union Canal in a village near Edinburgh, Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘lively’ restaurant and pub-with-rooms has ‘an informal air’, say Guide inspectors in 2015. ‘Efficiently run

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