Wander through the ‘extravagantly and sumptuously furnished’ rooms at this stately mansion – it’s not hard to imagine being a member of the court of Louis XVIII of France, who lived here, in exile, in the 19th century. Today, run by Historic House Hotels for the National Trust, it is a ‘special’, ‘blissfully quiet’ place to stay.
From £200 per night
There’s a great atmosphere at this privately owned country house spa hotel (Relais & Châteaux), unstintingly luxurious yet completely family friendly.
‘Expensive but worth every penny,’ say guests seduced by the ‘beautiful’ grounds, ‘stunning’ bedrooms, ‘superb’ meals and ‘attentive, personable’ staff at this history-rich Italianate mansion on the River Thames.
From £495 per night
‘A wonderful place, combining luxury, style and high standards with a pleasantly friendly and relaxed approach.’ This serene, ‘civilised’ Georgian country house close to the sea is ‘popular with all ages’, say trusted Guide correspondents who celebrated ‘a very special wedding anniversary in this very special place’ in 2016.
From £195.00 per night
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Two elegantly converted town houses host this luxury hotel and atmospheric spa in a ‘spectacular’ location on the Georgian Royal Crescent, with its 'magical vista’ across the city.
‘Stunning’, super-hip yet utterly serene, this country house hotel and spa in the heart of the New Forest is a sophisticated, rustic playground for the stylish set.
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
White-glove service may be the norm at any luxury hotel, but even the youngest guests receive white-mitten treatment at this exceptionally family-friendly spot.
From £249 per night
Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island
Rumble across a bridge at the mouth of Loch Creran to reach this ‘simply faultless’ Victorian baronial mansion, a luxury spa hotel, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, on a private pleasure island. ‘A magical place,’ say guests in 2016.
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa
The name may mean ‘house among thistles’, but the ‘meticulously kept’ combination of manicured lawns, knotted gardens and meadow flowers tells otherwise.
From £189 per night