Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in The Midlands

Hotels, B&Bs, country houses, inns, restaurants with rooms

The Midlands claims to be the real core of the country, the place where you find what makes England tick. Much of the industrial wealth of the country is generated here. But it also has a fascinating history, and has many fine castles such as Warwick and beautiful country towns like Ludlow. The Royal Shakespeare theatre company is based at Stratford-on-Avon and the Peak District National Park are world-class attractions.

The directory below presents some of the Guide's selected Hotels in the Midlands. You can use Advanced Search for other hotels or click on the map to see all Good Hotel Guide hotels in this beautiful region.

Where to stay in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, and Warwickshire.

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Featured hotels in Midlands

Biggin Hall, BIGGIN-BY-HARTINGTON, Derbyshire

‘An outstanding stay.’ James Moffett’s ‘friendly, efficient’ hotel offers ‘amazing value’, and is an ‘excellent base’ for exploring the Peak District national park. ‘Not posh but straightforward’, it


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


The Redesdale Arms, MORETON-IN-MARSH, Gloucestershire

Returning visitors were ‘delighted’ this year by this old coaching inn, on the main street of a medieval market town. Robert Smith is the ‘hands-on’ owner/manager, who greets his guests with a ‘warm


Old Parsonage, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

Behind high walls next to St Giles church, Jeremy Mogford’s luxury hotel in a 17th-century building is liked for its ‘intimate, club-like atmosphere’. An old stone gate opens on to a


Pen-y-Dyffryn, OSWESTRY, Shropshire

‘An old rectory in an Arcadian setting in a beautiful valley’, Miles and Audrey Hunter’s small country hotel is close to the border with Wales. ‘A pleasant place with


The Peacock at Rowsley, ROWSLEY, Derbyshire

On the edge of a Peak District village, this creeper-covered Grade II listed 17th-century building, once the dower house to nearby Haddon Hall, is upgraded to a full entry thanks to a positive report


The George, STAMFORD, Lincolnshire

In ‘the finest stone town in England’, according to Sir Walter Scott, this ‘quintessential English inn’ by the River Welland is as popular a meeting point now as it was when


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


The Feathers, LEDBURY, Herefordshire

For almost 500 years, this black-and-white-timbered Tudor pile has been run as an inn on the High Street of a medieval town. The ‘lovely old building’ is today owned by David Elliston. The


Old Bank, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

On the High Street opposite All Souls College, Jeremy Mogford’s contemporary hotel is a conversion of three stone buildings (one a former bank). Quod, the bar and brasserie in the former banking


Losehill House, HOPE, Derbyshire

‘Absolutely brilliant from start to finish.’ In a ‘beautiful’ hillside setting, this spa hotel has footpath access to the Peak District national park; it has


Three Choirs Vineyards, NEWENT, Gloucestershire

On a working vineyard and winery (one of the largest in Britain), this restaurant-with-rooms has 70 acres of cultivated vines to explore. Guided tours take in the history and processes of wine-making,


Tudor Farmhouse, CLEARWELL, Gloucestershire

In a ‘remote’ position in the Royal Forest of Dean, this ‘relaxing’ hotel occupies an ‘attractively converted’ farmhouse surrounded by ‘imaginative’


Barnacle Hall, COVENTRY, Warwickshire

A welcoming refuge, Rose Grindal’s rural B&B is in a Grade II listed 16th-century farmhouse five miles from the city centre. Full of nooks and crannies, the house has oak beams, polished wood and an


Hotels in Midlands

  • The Cavendish, BASLOW, Derbyshire

    Standing in parkland with ‘glorious’ views over the Chatsworth estate, this ‘beautifully kept’, traditional hotel is popular with guests visiting the stately home. It is owned by the Duke of

  • Fischer's at Baslow Hall, BASLOW, Derbyshire

    Bordered by woodland, with mature landscaped gardens, this restaurant-with-rooms in an Edwardian manor house in the Peak District is liked for the ‘impeccable service’ and ‘excellent cooking’. The

  • The Horse and Groom, BOURTON-ON-THE-HILL, Gloucestershire

    Brothers Tom and Will Greenstock have run this Grade II listed Georgian pub-with-rooms in a Cotswold village for ten years. Tom Greenstock, who directs the front-of-house, is quickly ‘on first-name

  • Russell's, BROADWAY, Worcestershire

    On one of the longest, most picturesque High Streets in England, Andrew Riley’s restaurant-with-rooms occupies the former showroom of pioneering furniture designer Sir Gordon Russell. Next door is a

  • Brockencote Hall, CHADDESLEY CORBETT, Worcestershire

    ‘A wonderful battery recharger.’ Up a sweeping drive, past a ‘serene’ lake and grazing sheep, this ‘very elegant’ country house hotel (Eden Hotel Collection) has ‘pleasantly large’ bedrooms,

  • Beech House & Olive Branch, CLIPSHAM, Rutland

    ‘Highly recommended’ this year, Sean Hope and Ben Jones’s informal pub/restaurant-with-rooms is on a tree-lined street in a village near Stamford. Louise Williams is the manager: ‘The staff are very

  • Colwall Park Hotel, COLWALL, Worcestershire

    With ‘a charm all of its own’, this black-and-white Edwardian building stands in lovely landscaped gardens in a peaceful village on the flank of the Malvern Hills. Originally built to serve the

  • Corse Lawn House, CORSE LAWN, Gloucestershire

    ‘A relaxing and pleasant stay.’ In the Severn valley, this small hotel and restaurant is run with ‘old-school values’ by Baba Hine with her son, Giles. It is fronted by a large

  • Mr Underhill's, LUDLOW, Shropshire

    Named after a cat (no longer around), Chris and Judy Bradley’s ‘unpretentious’ restaurant-with-rooms, in this lovely old market town, stands on the banks of the River Teme. ‘Dinner was both excellent

  • The Evesham Hotel, EVESHAM, Worcestershire

    A self-confessed ‘quirky’ establishment, this family-friendly hotel has been run by John and Sue Jenkinson for 40 years. They have appointed David Field as manager, and stepped back ‘to concentrate on

  • Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, GREAT MILTON, Oxfordshire

    In extensive grounds with sculptures, ponds, an orchard and a Japanese tea garden, Raymond Blanc’s luxury hotel is a good choice for a ‘special occasion’. The candlelit conservatory

  • The George Hotel, HATHERSAGE, Derbyshire

    ‘As reliable as ever’, this 15th-century former coaching inn, in a Peak District village, is owned by Eric Marsh, ‘a brilliant host who has created a happy ship’. James Fair is now the manager. ‘The

  • Underleigh House, HOPE, Derbyshire

    At their converted Victorian cottage and barn in the Peak District national park, Vivienne and Philip Taylor are ‘very helpful’ hosts, says a visitor this year. ‘They provided much local information,

  • Langar Hall, LANGAR, Nottinghamshire

    ‘Quite a character’, Imogen Skirving began to take in guests when she inherited her family’s 19th-century stuccoed and apricot-washed Georgian mansion more than 30 years ago. She continues to run it

  • Sysonby Knoll, MELTON MOWBRAY, Leicestershire

    Less than a mile from the town centre, this traditional hotel and restaurant, in an extended, brick-built Edwardian house, has ‘fine’ views of the gardens and the River Eye. It has been owned by the

  • The Burgoyne, REETH, North Yorkshire

    In ‘delightful James Herriot motoring country’, this Georgian Grade II listed country house hotel is owned by Mo and Julia Usman. She is a ‘pleasant hostess; the staff were delightful’, says a visitor

  • Wilton Court, ROSS-ON-WYE, Herefordshire

    Enveloped by the ‘peaceful atmosphere’ of the River Wye, Helen and Roger Wynn’s riverbank restaurant-with-rooms is liked for the ‘good food’ and ‘friendly, efficient service’. In their absence,

  • Calcot Manor, TETBURY, Gloucestershire

    Adults and children ‘coexist happily’ at this luxury hotel in a converted 14th-century farmhouse in ‘admirable’ gardens in the Cotswold countryside. It is part of the small

  • The Stagg Inn, TITLEY, Herefordshire

    ‘A most relaxed place’, this unpretentious white-painted inn is owned by Steve (the chef) and Nicola Reynolds. ‘Everyone from the owner to the waitress serving breakfast was extremely friendly,’ said

  • The Castle, LINCOLN, Lincolnshire

    The staff are ‘extremely pleasant and welcoming’ at this smartly refurbished hotel, built on the site of Lincoln’s Roman Forum, in the historic Bailgate area. ‘We were well looked after.’

  • Burlington House, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    Guests praise the breakfasts at this ‘cheerfully decorated’ B&B, in a refurbished Victorian merchant’s house in a suburb north of Summertown. There is freshly ground coffee, home-made granola and

  • Timberstone, CLEE STANTON, Shropshire

    ‘A very welcoming couple’, Tracey Baylis and Alex Read, greet guests with tea or coffee at their ‘delightful’ rural B&B in this ‘lovingly extended’ stone cottage in the Clee hills. The open-plan

  • Hodgkinson's Hotel, MATLOCK BATH, Derbyshire

    Chris and Zoë Hipwell run their ‘very special’ hotel in a Grade II listed town house in the centre. It has a quirky Victorian interior, with a tiled entrance hall, ornate glasswork,

  • Hart's Hotel, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire

    There are ‘lovely views over the city from a height’ from this modern, purpose-built hotel on the former ramparts of Nottingham’s medieval castle. Owned by Tim Hart (who also has

  • The Cheltenham Townhouse, CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire

    There are modern, airy rooms and a relaxing atmosphere at Adam and Jayne Lillywhite’s peaceful B&B, in a renovated Regency house five minutes’ walk from the centre. It is managed by Nathaniel Leitch.

  • Chatford House, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    Christine and Rupert Farmer’s Grade II listed 18th-century farmhouse, surrounded by organic farmland, is ‘first class all round’. The Farmers rear hens, ducks, geese, sheep and cattle on their

  • The Feathers, WOODSTOCK, Oxfordshire

    There is ‘a good atmosphere’ at this town house hotel in a row of buildings in the centre of a ‘handsome’ market town on the edge of the Blenheim estate. Dominic Bishop manages

  • Castle House, HEREFORD, Herefordshire

    Close to the cathedral, this ‘excellent’ small hotel is owned by local farmer David Watkins. It occupies a Grade II listed Regency villa and a Georgian town house down the street. The ancient castle

  • B&B Rafters, MARCHAM , Oxfordshire

    Sigrid Grawert, a welcoming host, runs her B&B in a half-timbered house on the edge of a village eight miles south of Oxford. Pretty bedrooms have fresh flowers, tea- and coffee-making facilities and

  • Hartington Hall, BUXTON, Derbyshire

    In ‘immaculate’ grounds close to the village centre, this ‘lovely old building’ is run as an upmarket youth hostel by the YHA. It offers ‘amazing value’. Period features (mullioned windows, oak

  • The Library House, IRONBRIDGE, Shropshire

    Once the village library, this ‘beautifully decorated’ Grade II listed Georgian guest house, by a bridge over the River Severn, has been sensitively restored by owners Tim and Sarah Davis. The sitting

  • The Howard Arms, ILMINGTON, Warwickshire

    A log fire burns in the hearth at this easy-going 400-year-old Cotswold stone inn on the village green. Country-style bedrooms are upstairs in the main building; rooms in the garden wing are more

  • White Sails, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, Warwickshire

    ‘High standards’ and lots of little extras are provided by owners Tim and Denise Perkin, at their comfortable B&B on the outskirts of Stratford. Guests help themselves to complimentary coffee, sherry

  • Lake Isle Hotel & Restaurant, UPPINGHAM, Rutland

    Named after the WB Yeats poem (‘for its sentiments of peace, relaxation and tranquillity’), this Grade II listed 17th-century hotel/restaurant in the oldest part of the town is ‘very well run indeed’.

  • Cherry Trees, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, Warwickshire

    In ‘an ideal position’ for theatre-goers, this modern B&B is a short walk across the Avon footbridge to the town. The owners, Tony Godel and Royd Laidlow, are ‘brilliant’ hosts. ‘They welcomed us with

  • The Lamb Inn, BURFORD, Oxfordshire

    Occupying a row of medieval weavers’ cottages on a tree-lined street of limestone houses, this ‘lovely’ old inn, part of a small group of Cotswold hotels, has log fires in the public areas, and a

  • Beaumont House, CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire

    ‘A thoroughly enjoyable experience.’ Fan and Alan Bishop’s ‘excellent’ guest house is in a former Victorian merchant’s home in large, well-tended gardens. Well-appointed bedrooms vary considerably in

  • Dannah Farm, BELPER, Derbyshire

    Joan and Martin Slack’s B&B stands in extensive gardens on a 150-acre working farm, on a ridge in the Derbyshire Dales. The individually styled bedrooms overlook the garden and beautiful surrounding

  • Hanover House, CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire

    In the centre of town, Veronica and James McIntosh-Ritchie’s ‘beautiful’ Italianate home is filled with fresh flowers, pictures, ‘interesting objects’ and a ‘splendidly varied selection of books’.

  • Oak House No.1, TETBURY, Gloucestershire

    Sumptuously furnished, this fine Georgian house is run as a small, luxury B&B by interior designer and art collector Gary Kennedy, with Nicola MacWilliam. Strikingly decorated public rooms are filled

  • The Bell at Hampton Poyle, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    In a small village near Oxford, this welcoming roadside pub dates in part from the mid-1700s. It has beams, flagstone floors, cosy snugs and a large log fire. It is owned by George Dailey and Robert

  • Wroxton House Hotel, WROXTON, Oxfordshire

    Guests this year were ‘very impressed’ by this ‘exquisite’ thatched-roof manor house on the edge of a picturesque village close to Banbury. It is ably run as a Best Western hotel by the Smith family;

  • Bay Tree Hotel, BURFORD, Oxfordshire

    Just off the high street, this ‘lovely old building’, with wisteria winding up its honey-coloured walls, has been welcoming visitors for more than 400 years. It is part of Michael and Pamela Horton’s

  • The Bull and Swan at Burghley, STAMFORD, Lincolnshire

    The alleged meeting place of the Honourable Order of Little Bedlam, a riotous 17th-century gentlemen’s drinking club, this refurbished old coaching inn today hosts quirky bedrooms and a popular

  • The Swan, BIBURY, Gloucestershire

    In a little village once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’, this 17th-century former coaching inn (Cotswold Inns and Hotels) is in a picturesque

  • The Swan Inn, SWINBROOK, Oxfordshire

    By a bridge over the pretty River Windrush, this ‘lovely old inn’ has a ‘picture-perfect English setting’. Leased from the Devonshire estate (the late dowager duchess – Debo Mitford – was brought up

  • The Village Pub, BARNSLEY, Gloucestershire

    In a pretty Cotswold village, four miles from Cirencester, this chic, rustic restaurant-with-rooms is under the same ownership as Calcot Manor, Tetbury, and Barnsley House, up the street (see main

  • Church Street Townhouse, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, Warwickshire

    Opposite the grammar school that William Shakespeare attended, this 400-year-old, Grade II listed building combines characterful low ceilings and beams with comfortable, modern bedrooms, a bustling

  • Eight Clarendon Crescent, LEAMINGTON SPA, Warwickshire

    Guests appreciate the peaceful aspect of Christine and David Lawson’s B&B, a Grade II listed Regency house overlooking its own private dell, in the north end of the spa town. ‘The only sounds you hear

  • The King's Head Inn, BLEDINGTON, Oxfordshire

    A stream runs by Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing’s old stone inn, once a 16th-century cider house, in ‘a special setting’ on the green of a village on the edge of the Cotswolds. It has ‘an unspoilt rustic

  • The Belmont, LEICESTER, Leicestershire

    In a ‘brilliant’ location on leafy New Walk, this large town hotel, formed from a row of Victorian residences, is within easy reach of the city and the station; it has useful on-site parking. It has

  • The Inn at Grinshill, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    ‘Excellent hosts’ Victoria and Kevin Brazier run their 18th-century country inn in the lee of Grinshill, a site of special scientific interest. In the restaurant and conservatory, Arron Christopher,

  • The Manor Coach House, WORCESTER, Worcestershire

    In a semi-rural location two miles from the city centre, Terry and Sylvia Smith have renovated outbuildings next to their fine 1780s house to create ‘top-notch’ B&B accommodation. The simply furnished

  • The Silverton, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    Within easy walking distance of the riverside, town centre and Theatre Severn, this restaurant-with-rooms is in a refurbished former dairy near the Welsh Bridge. It is owned by Doug Blackmore, a local

  • Mallory Court, BISHOP'S TACHBROOK, Warwickshire

    Standing in ‘extensive’ landscaped grounds with a pond and a formal Old English rose garden, this ‘elegant’ manor house (Relais & Châteaux) is well situated for Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • Manor Farm, MATLOCK, Derbyshire

    ‘Welcoming and friendly’ hosts Gilly and Simon Groom run their ‘excellent’ B&B in this historic Grade II* listed stone house on an ‘attractive’ sheep farm. There is a peaceful rural ambience inside

  • Grove Farm House, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    In a peaceful setting, Liz Farrow’s B&B is in a three-storey Georgian house on the edge of a small village; there are many walks to be had through beautiful parkland and wooded areas. Modern,

  • Hotel Maiyango, LEICESTER, Leicestershire

    In a 150-year-old former shoe factory near the centre, this contemporary hotel has been decorated throughout with bespoke wood furnishings and commissioned artwork. It is owned by Aatin Anadkat.

  • Lion and Pheasant, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    ‘A pleasant place to stay’, this former coaching inn is on one of the oldest streets in town, by the English Bridge. It is owned by Dorothy Chidlow; Jim Littler manages, with ‘caring’ staff. The inn

  • The Feathered Nest, NETHER WESTCOTE, Oxfordshire

    It is five years since Tony and Amanda Timmer transformed this 300-year-old malthouse in a Cotswold village into a smart pub and restaurant. They are committed to sustainability and to supporting

  • The Wheatsheaf, NORTHLEACH, Gloucestershire

    The ‘youthful buzz’ generated by a ‘cool staff who seem to enjoy themselves’ is liked at this modern conversion of a former coaching inn in a Cotswold market town. Owned by

  • The Old Rectory at Stewton, Louth, Lincolnshire

    At the end of a quiet lane opposite a Norman church, this early Victorian former rectory ‘stands out’ among the accommodation in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Alan and Linda Palmer are

  • The Brownlow Arms, HOUGH-ON-THE-HILL, Lincolnshire

    A ‘winning combination of gastropub, local inn and restaurant-with-rooms’, Paul and Lorraine Willoughby’s 17th-century inn is in a ‘pretty stone village’ in East

  • The Old Rectory, MALVERN, Worcestershire

    At the foot of the Malvern hills, Claire Dawkins and John Miller’s Georgian house, next to St James the Great Church, is ‘a special place; we were made to feel welcome’. The drawing

  • The Old School, MORETON-IN-MARSH, Gloucestershire

    A huge monkey puzzle tree in the front garden of this former Victorian schoolhouse is a local landmark. Inside the refurbished stone building, Wendy Veale, a food writer and stylist, provides homely

  • Vanbrugh House Hotel, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    On a quiet side street near the Oxford Union, this impeccable B&B is spread over two buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. David Robinson is the manager. Handsome bedrooms are

  • Hopton House, LUDLOW, Shropshire

    Surrounded by ‘beautiful’ Shropshire countryside, Karen Thorne’s ‘fabulous’ B&B, in a former granary, is a ‘wonderful and welcoming hideaway’. Spacious, well-equipped bedrooms have a large bed,

  • Dormy House, BROADWAY, Worcestershire

    Guide inspectors this year ‘found a welcoming atmosphere’ at the Sorensen family’s hotel which stands on a ridge above a pretty Cotswolds village. Tom Aspey is the manager. Built

  • Park Cottage, WARWICK, Warwickshire

    At the entrance to Warwick Castle, Janet and Stuart Baldry’s ‘good-value’ B&B is in a 15th-century Grade II listed black-and-white timber-framed building. It has oak beams, sloping floors and plenty

  • 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

  • Westbrook Court B&B, Westbrook, Herefordshire

    In tranquil grounds with views over the Wye valley, Kari Morgan, an interior designer, and her husband, Chris, have transformed a former stable into stylish accommodation for B&B guests. The Morgans

  • Castle Hotel, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

    On the site of the ancient castle bailey, Henry and Rebecca Hunter’s refurbished hotel has commanding views over the ‘smart’, historic market town and the surrounding Shropshire

  • 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