Best Hotels in The Midlands - Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in The Midlands

The Midlands - the Heart of England

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.

Best Hotels in the Midlands - Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, and Warwickshire.

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Biggin Hall, BIGGIN-BY-HARTINGTON, Derbyshire

In an 'excellent location for walking' in 'glorious countryside', James Moffett's unpretentious hotel within the Peak District national park offers 'true value for money'. 'The attitude to guests, the

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Hambleton Hall, HAMBLETON, Rutland

'The perfect country house. It is practically impossible to fault it.' Praise this year from trusted correspondents visiting this luxury hotel on a slope overlooking Rutland Water. It has been owned

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The Redesdale Arms, MORETON-IN-MARSH, Gloucestershire

At his centuries-old coaching inn on the main street of a Cotswold town, Robert Smith is a 'hands-on' owner/manager, whose welcome is 'warm'. The 'terrific service from the staff' is also praised. The

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Pen-y-Dyffryn, OSWESTRY, Shropshire

'The setting could not be better' at this silver-stone building with views of 'beautiful countryside' and the Welsh mountains. Once a Georgian rectory, the small country hotel, on a hillside 100 yards

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The Peacock at Rowsley, ROWSLEY, Derbyshire

'We had a very comfortable night here.' On the edge of a Peak District village, this charming old inn, owned by Lord Edward Manners, was built in 1652 as the dower house for Haddon Hall, a seat of the

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Losehill House, HOPE, Derbyshire

In a 'magnificent setting', Paul and Kathryn Roden's secluded spa hotel is in a white-painted Arts and Crafts house on a hillside, with footpath access to the Peak District national park. Refurbished

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Three Choirs Vineyards, NEWENT, Gloucestershire

Guests may meander through 70 acres of cultivated vines at this restaurant-with-rooms on an award-winning vineyard (one of the largest in Britain). Guided tours take in the history and processes of

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The Manor House, MORETON-IN-MARSH, Gloucestershire

In a medieval market town, this 'welcoming' hotel in a 16th-century mellow stone building wins praise this year for the 'good service and ambience'. It is 'well managed' by Simon Stanbrook for the

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Tudor Farmhouse, CLEARWELL, Gloucestershire

'Blissfully quiet; a good bolt-hole from the city.' Renewed praise comes this year for Hari and Colin Fell's 'relaxing' hotel in a converted old farmhouse in the Royal Forest of Dean. 'An attractive

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Hotels in Midlands

  • The Cavendish, BASLOW, Derbyshire

    Owned by the Duke of Devonshire, this traditional hotel borders the Chatsworth estate; guests can walk through a kissing gate to explore the grounds. The hotel has been run for more than 30 years by

  • Fischer's at Baslow Hall, BASLOW, Derbyshire

    At the end of a driveway lined by chestnut trees, Max and Susan Fischer's restaurant-with-rooms, an Edwardian manor house, is on the edge of the Chatsworth estate. It is much liked for the 'impeccable

  • Hotel du Vin Birmingham, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands

    In a 'fine' Victorian building within walking distance of the cathedral, shops and museums, this branch of the du Vin chain is 'perfectly placed', a Guide inspector said. 'It might not be particularly

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

    In a hilltop Cotswold village, this Grade II listed Georgian coaching inn is now run as a 'delightful' pub-with-rooms by brothers Tom and Will Greenstock. 'We received a sincere welcome from Tom', who

  • Russell's, BROADWAY, Worcestershire

    On the wide main street of this Cotswold village, Andrew Riley has created an 'excellent' restaurant-with-rooms in the former showroom of Arts and Crafts furniture designer Sir Gordon Russell. He has

  • Brockencote Hall, CHADDESLEY CORBETT, Worcestershire

    'The whole experience reminds me of a bygone age.' Set in 'lovely' parkland with a 'serene' lake and grazing sheep, this 'elegant' country house hotel (Eden Hotel Collection) has 'pleasantly large'

  • Beech House & Olive Branch, CLIPSHAM, Rutland

    The 'light touch' service in the restaurant and the 'comfort and elegance' of the accommodation were applauded by visitors in 2014 to Sean Hope and Ben Jones's restaurant in a pretty Rutland village.

  • Colwall Park Hotel, COLWALL, Worcestershire

    From its black-and-white-timbered facade to the log fires burning in the lounges, this Edwardian building on the flank of the Malvern hills has 'a charm all of its own'. Originally built to serve the

  • Corse Lawn House, CORSE LAWN, Gloucestershire

    Fronted by a large ornamental pond, this Queen Anne Grade II listed building in the Severn valley near Tewkesbury is run as a small hotel and restaurant in personal style by Baba Hine. There are open

  • Mr Underhill's, LUDLOW, Shropshire

    The sharp-eyed might spot a kingfisher on the River Teme over breakfast at Chris and Judy Bradley's restaurant-with-rooms in a conservation area below the castle ramparts. Dinner is an occasion: Judy

  • The Evesham Hotel, EVESHAM, Worcestershire

    There is 'a happy atmosphere' at John and Sue Jenkinson's family-friendly hotel, set in large grounds with mulberry trees and 'lovely' gardens. It is full of spirit and likeable eccentricity: John

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

    A good choice for a 'special occasion', say readers about Raymond Blanc's luxury hotel in a village near Oxford. This honey-stone 15th-century manor house stands amid extensive gardens. The food might

  • The George Hotel, HATHERSAGE, Derbyshire

    In the centre of a Peak District village, this 15th-century former coaching inn is liked by readers for its 'comforting atmosphere'. Charlotte Brontë is said to have been a patron (the village was

  • Underleigh House, HOPE, Derbyshire

    In an idyllic setting outside a village within the Peak District national park, Vivienne and Philip Taylor's B&B is in a conversion of a Victorian cottage and barn. It is much liked for the good value

  • Langar Hall, LANGAR, Nottinghamshire

    In the Vale of Belvoir, this honey-stone Georgian mansion has been owned by Imogen Skirving's family since 1860. She runs it as a small hotel in very personal style ('quintessentially English,' she

  • Sysonby Knoll, MELTON MOWBRAY, Leicestershire

    With 'fine' views of the gardens and the River Eye, this traditional hotel and restaurant, in an extended, brick-built Edwardian house, has been owned and run by the same family since 1965. At the

  • Old Parsonage, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    In spring 2014, Jeremy Mogford's luxury hotel, in a 17th-century building behind high walls in St Giles, reopened after a make-over. The Guide sent inspectors to report on the changes:

  • The Burgoyne, REETH, North Yorkshire

    At the top of the green in a pretty village in Swaledale, this Georgian Grade II listed country house is run as a small hotel by the owners, Mo and Julia Usman. She is the 'hands-on hostess', leading

  • Wilton Court, ROSS-ON-WYE, Herefordshire

    'A wonderful stay; the staff are friendly and efficient, the food is good.' Praise this year from a Guide hotelier for Helen and Roger Wynn's restaurant-with-rooms on the banks of the River Wye. The

  • The George, STAMFORD, Lincolnshire

    Travellers on the old Great North Road used to wait for their stagecoaches in the panelled rooms of this 16th-century coaching inn. Today's guests await the cake trolley at afternoon tea. The historic

  • Calcot Manor, TETBURY, Gloucestershire

    In 'admirable' gardens in the Cotswold countryside, this luxury hotel, part of the small Calcot Hotels group, has extensive facilities for adults and children. The hotel occupies a converted

  • The Stagg Inn, TITLEY, Herefordshire

    'The service can't be beaten,' says a visitor this year to this 'unpretentious' village inn. It is liked for its 'friendly welcome', 'fine food' and 'reasonable prices'. It is owned by Steve and

  • The Castle, LINCOLN, Lincolnshire

    In a 'splendid' position in the historic Bailgate area, this refurbished Grade II listed house has 'smart', modern bedrooms with views of the castle walls or the cathedral. 'From our room, we heard

  • Burlington House, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    North of Summertown, this sympathetically modernised Victorian merchant's house is run as a 'cheerfully' decorated B&B. Nes Saini is the 'extremely efficient' manager. In the main house and around the

  • The Hill House, ROSS-ON-WYE, Herefordshire

    Set in four acres of woodlands with spectacular views of the Forest of Dean and Wye valley, this rambling 17th-century home is run with great warmth, eccentricity and humour by owners Duncan and Alex

  • Barnsley House, BARNSLEY, Gloucestershire

    With 'the smell of wood burning in the cosy lounges', there is 'a romantic air' at this 'relaxed' country hotel in a 'beautiful setting' among historic gardens. The William and Mary house was once the

  • The Kingham Plough, KINGHAM

    There are exposed beams, flagstone floors and church candles at this family-friendly pub-with-rooms facing the green in a 'charming' Cotswolds village. With head chef Ben Dulley, chef/patronne Emily

  • Timberstone, CLEE STANTON, Shropshire

    In a rural setting within the Clee hills, this 'lovingly extended', restored stone cottage is run as a 'delightful' B&B by 'charming' hosts Tracey Baylis and Alex Read. 'They could not be kinder or

  • The Feathers, LEDBURY, Herefordshire

    On the high street of a medieval market town, this black-and-white-timbered 16th-century former coaching inn is today a 'great' town hotel 'with many locals passing through'. It is owned by David

  • Hart's Hotel, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire

    'We have stayed very happily here,' say returning visitors this year to this modern, purpose-built hotel. Close to the castle, it has a secluded garden and courtyard. It is owned by Tim Hart (see also

  • The Cheltenham Townhouse, CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire

    Well located for both town and racecourse, this relaxed B&B, in a renovated Regency building, has a modern atmosphere and calm, airy rooms. It is owned by Adam and Jayne Lillywhite. The comfortable

  • Chatford House, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    Surrounded by organic farmland, this 18th-century Grade II listed farmhouse has comfortable B&B accommodation and Aga-cooked breakfasts. Christine and Rupert Farmer are the friendly hosts, who offer

  • The Feathers, WOODSTOCK, Oxfordshire

    In the centre of a 'handsome' market town, this privately owned town house hotel occupies a row of buildings (formerly a sanatorium, shops and cottages) on the edge of the Blenheim estate. Traditional

  • Castle House, HEREFORD, Herefordshire

    By the castle moat and close to the cathedral, this handsome Grade II listed Regency villa and a Georgian town house on the same street form a small, 'friendly' hotel. It is owned by David Watkins, a

  • B&B Rafters, MARCHAM , Oxfordshire

    Sigrid Grawert runs her B&B in a half-timbered house on the edge of a village eight miles south of Oxford. Bedrooms are decorated in muted tones, with feature wallpaper, colourful cushions and

  • Hartington Hall, BUXTON, Derbyshire

    'Amazing value.' In 'immaculate' grounds, this 17th-century manor house is run as an upmarket youth hostel by the YHA. Period features (mullioned windows, oak panelling, log fires) make a handsome

  • The Library House, IRONBRIDGE, Shropshire

    Next to a bridge by the River Severn, this Grade II listed Georgian guest house, once the village library, is well placed for those visiting the town. It was taken over by exemplary hosts Tim and

  • The Howard Arms, ILMINGTON, Warwickshire

    By the green in a picturesque village, this 'fantastic' 400-year-old Cotswold stone inn has arched windows, beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and a mix of old furniture; there are cheering log fires

  • White Sails, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, Warwickshire

    Within walking distance of Anne Hathaway's cottage and gardens, this comfortable B&B on the outskirts of Stratford has new owners, Tim and Denise Perkin. 'High standards' are maintained in the

  • Lake Isle Hotel & Restaurant, UPPINGHAM, Rutland

    'An immaculate hotel in a lovely town', Richard and Janine Burton's hotel/restaurant is 'excellent value', say correspondents this year. The Grade II listed building, which dates from the mid-17th

  • Cherry Trees, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, Warwickshire

    On the south side of the River Avon, close to a footbridge, Tony Godel and Royd Laidlow's B&B 'could not be in a better position for the theatre'. The 'helpful and knowledgeable hosts' make the

  • The Lamb Inn, BURFORD, Oxfordshire

    In a small medieval town, this old inn ('a lovely place') has welcoming log fires in the public areas, and a sheltered wall garden where guests can sit in fine weather. Part of a small group of

  • Beaumont House, CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire

    There is 'excellent' accommodation at Fan and Alan Bishop's B&B, in a former Victorian merchant's home in large gardens. Well-appointed bedrooms vary considerably in size; all have a 'comfortable'

  • Dannah Farm, BELPER, Derbyshire

    On a working farm, Joan and Martin Slack's country B&B lies on a ridge in the Derbyshire Dales, surrounded by extensive gardens and beautiful countryside. Many of the bedrooms have an indulgent

  • Hanover House, CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire

    In the centre of town, this Italianate Grade II listed early Victorian town house is the 'beautiful' home of Veronica and James McIntosh-Ritchie. It is an elegant and homely place: the house is filled

  • Oak House No.1, TETBURY, Gloucestershire

    In a well-manicured Cotswolds market town, this fine Georgian house is run as a luxurious B&B by interior designer and art collector Gary Kennedy, with Nicola MacWilliam. The strikingly decorated

  • Pear Tree Farm, WIGMORE, Herefordshire

    On the edge of a small village with castle ruins, Jill Fieldhouse and Steve Dawson's 17th-century stone-built farmhouse has charming bedrooms and romantic bathrooms with candles, bath oils and fluffy

  • The Bell at Hampton Poyle, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    Dating, in part, from the mid-1700s, George Dailey's welcoming roadside pub is in a small village close to Oxford. It has cosy snugs, flagstone floors, beams, leather seating and a large log fire.

  • Wroxton House Hotel, WROXTON, Oxfordshire

    'We love to visit as often as we can.' On the edge of a picturesque village three miles west of Banbury, this 'exquisite' thatched-roof manor house, dating back to 1649, is ably run as a Best Western

  • Barnacle Hall, COVENTRY, Warwickshire

    A welcoming refuge in a rural location five miles NE of the city centre, Rose Grindal's small B&B is in a Grade II listed 16th-century farmhouse with an 18th-century limestone facade. Full of nooks

  • Bay Tree Hotel, BURFORD, Oxfordshire

    Near the high street, this 'lovely' wisteria-clad, honey-coloured limestone building has been welcoming visitors for more than 400 years. It is part of Michael and Pamela Horton's small Cotswold Inns

  • The Bull and Swan at Burghley, STAMFORD, Lincolnshire

    There are quirky bedrooms and British bistro dinners at this refurbished old coaching inn, in a medieval market town. Full of history, the ancient stone building served as both a staging post for

  • The Swan, BIBURY, Gloucestershire

    In a 'lovely' setting on the banks of the River Coln, this 17th-century former coaching inn (Cotswold Inns and Hotels) has been refurbished in English country house style by owners Pamela and Michael

  • The Swan Inn, SWINBROOK, Warwickshire

    By a bridge over the River Windrush, in a 'picture-perfect' rural setting, this lovely old inn has 'charm in buckets'. It was owned by the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (Debo Mitford), who was

  • The Village Pub, BARNSLEY, Gloucestershire

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

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

    A short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, this 400-year-old building, with low ceilings and beams, has an all-day brasserie, a lively bar and comfortable modern bedrooms. It is managed by David

  • Eight Clarendon Crescent, LEAMINGTON SPA, Warwickshire

    The 'generous Regency proportions' have been retained at Christine and David Lawson's upmarket B&B, a Grade II listed house in a quiet crescent in the north end of the spa town. The house is

  • The King's Head Inn, BLEDINGTON, Oxfordshire

    In a 'lovely position on the village green', this Cotswold stone inn is run in 'informal' style by the owners, Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing. The low-ceilinged bar has 'an unspoilt rustic charm', say

  • The Belmont, LEICESTER, Leicestershire

    In a 'brilliant' location on leafy New Walk, within easy reach of the city, this 'quality' town hotel is formed from a row of Victorian residences. It has been owned by the Bowie family for four

  • The Inn at Grinshill, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    Seven miles north of Shrewsbury, this country inn is in a renovated Grade II listed Georgian building in the lee of Grinshill, a site of special scientific interest and an area of outstanding natural

  • The Manor Coach House, WORCESTER, Worcestershire

    'Top notch.' Terry and Sylvia Smith's fine 1780s house sits in attractive gardens ('a bird lover's paradise') in a semi-rural location two miles from the city centre. It is a good base for walking the

  • The Silverton, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    Just across the Welsh Bridge, within easy walking distance of the riverside and town centre, this restaurant-with-rooms occupies a former dairy, refurbished with a modern, minimalist interior. It is

  • Bibury Court, BIBURY, Gloucestershire

    In a 'magical' setting by the River Coln, this 'serene and beautiful' Grade I listed Jacobean mansion has high-ceilinged rooms, 'striking' chandeliers, flagstone floors and open fireplaces; a sweeping

  • Mallory Court, BISHOP'S TACHBROOK, Warwickshire

    'Beautifully situated', this 'elegant' manor house (Relais & Châteaux) in 'extensive' gardens has 'comfortable' bedrooms and 'pleasant, attentive' staff. Sarah Baker is the long-serving manager.

  • Manor Farm, MATLOCK, Derbyshire

    In a peaceful hamlet with three farms, a church and plenty of winding country lanes, this historic Grade II* listed stone house is 'excellently' run as a B&B by 'welcoming and friendly' hosts Gilly

  • Grove Farm House, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    Liz Farrow's B&B is in a three-storey Georgian house in a peaceful setting on the edge of a small village, six miles south of Shrewsbury. Modern, country-style bedrooms have a DVD/CD-player,

  • Hotel Maiyango, LEICESTER, Leicestershire

    Aatin Anadkat's 'different', contemporary hotel is in a 150-year-old former shoe factory near the centre. It has been decorated throughout with bespoke wood furnishings and commissioned artwork; its

  • Lion and Pheasant, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

    By the English Bridge, on one of the oldest streets in town, this former coaching inn has been modernised with 'a simple but sure touch'. It is 'a pleasant place to stay, handy for the town centre';

  • The Feathered Nest, NETHER WESTCOTE, Oxfordshire

    There is a 'timeless, country pub feel' at Tony and Amanda Timmer's rural inn. It occupies a 300-year-old former malthouse with views of the verdant Evenlode valley.'We were made very welcome; our

  • The Wheatsheaf, NORTHLEACH, Gloucestershire

    On the main street of a Cotswold wool town, this former coaching inn has been imaginatively updated by the owners, Sam and Georgie Pearman. It returns to the Guide thanks to an enthusiastic report by

  • The Slaughters Country Inn, LOWER SLAUGHTER, Gloucestershire

    'Friendly, welcoming staff; good food and drink; reasonable prices - we will happily return.' On the banks of the River Eye, this 17th-century honey-stone building is run as an 'informal' country inn.

  • The Old Rectory at Stewton, Louth, Lincolnshire

    On the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, 'relaxed and charming' hosts Alan and Linda Palmer run their 'delightfully quirky' B&B in an early Victorian former rectory. Down a quiet lane, the B&B is set in

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

    'At the top of its game', Paul and Lorraine Willoughby's stone-built 17th-century inn, in a quiet village, 'exceeded expectations' for trusted correspondents in 2014. 'Lorraine's warmth and relaxed

  • The Old Rectory, MALVERN, Worcestershire

    At the foot of the Malvern hills, this fine Georgian house is run as an elegant B&B by Claire and John Dawkins. 'A special place; we were made to feel welcome.' The well-appointed rooms have antiques,

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

    Wendy Veale, a food writer and stylist, has converted this Victorian stone-built schoolhouse to provide homely B&B accommodation and rather a lot of treats. She makes her own cakes, cookies and

  • Vanbrugh House Hotel, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    In the heart of Oxford, this impeccably designed hotel (part of Sojourn Hotels; managed by David Robinson) is on a quiet side street near the Oxford Union. It is formed from two centuries-old

  • Hopton House, LUDLOW, Shropshire

    'A wonderful and welcoming hideaway' in a rural location, this former granary has been transformed into a 'fabulous' B&B with a modern rustic interior. It is owned by Karen Thorne. Spacious,