Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in North West England

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

The North West of England has some of Britain's most important commercial and industrial cities, including Manchester and Liverpool, but it also boasts the stunning scenery of the Lake District, the honky-tonk charms of Blackpool, and the wild landscapes of Cumbria. Among the most visited tourist attractions are the walled city of Chester and Hadrian's Wall, a legacy of the Romans, now a World Heritage site.

The directory below presents some of the Good Hotel Guide's selected hotels in the North West of England. You can use Advanced Search or click on the map to see other hotels.

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Featured hotels in North West

Lindeth Fell, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE, Cumbria

The 'real country house atmosphere and hands-on proprietors' are regularly praised by visitors to Diana Kennedy's country B&B. It stands in 'lovely grounds' on the fells overlooking Lake


Rothay Manor, AMBLESIDE, Cumbria

'Standards are as high as ever: immaculate, beautifully furnished bedrooms and lounges; excellent food; a warm welcome.' In large, landscaped gardens, a short walk from Lake Windermere and the town


Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

'A gold standard for small luxury hotels: the type of place where you do not feel you need to wear a tie.' In extensive grounds with cultivated gardens and woodland, this 'friendly, family-run'


Holbeck Ghyll, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

Built as a hunting lodge for Lord Lonsdale, this ivy-covered Arts and Crafts house stands in extensive grounds that slope down to Lake Windermere. It is managed by Andrew McPherson for the owners,


Swinside Lodge, KESWICK , Cumbria

'Pastoral sounds' (birds and newborn lambs) 'greet the day' at this small Georgian house, which stands at the foot of Cat Bells, surrounded by Lake District peaks. The owners, Mike and Kath Bilton,


Hotels in North West

  • Leathes Head Hotel, BORROWDALE, Cumbria

    In a 'stunning' lakeside setting, this country hotel in an Edwardian house has good walks from the front door, and easy access to Keswick. 'Enthusiastic, helpful, caring' service is maintained by

  • Linthwaite House, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    'Beautifully situated' high above Windermere, with 'magnificent' views across the lake, this 'very comfortable' late Victorian country hotel stands in extensive gardens with 'vast' terraces for taking

  • The Cottage in the Wood, BRAITHWAITE, Cumbria

    There are views down to the Skiddaw mountain range, and sightings of the red squirrels and roe deer that populate the woodland, from Kath and Liam Berney's restaurant-with-rooms within Whinlatter

  • Farlam Hall, BRAMPTON, Cumbria

    'Going to Farlam Hall is like stepping back into the heyday of country house hospitality.' Continuing praise this year for this traditional, ivy-covered country hotel (Relais & Châteaux),

  • The Regent, AMBLESIDE, Cumbria

    Opposite a pier on Lake Windermere ('an excellent position to explore the lakes'), this Hewitt family's hotel is 'friendly and well run', say visitors this year. 'Andrew Hewitt is very much the quiet

  • Aynsome Manor, CARTMEL, Cumbria

    In the Vale of Cartmel, this 17th-century manor house is run as a traditional hotel by the Varley family. Chris and Andrea Varley, who took over from his parents, are in charge, assisted by David

  • Hipping Hall, COWAN BRIDGE, Lancashire

    In 'peaceful, well-kept grounds', this 'sympathetically renovated' 18th-century 'mini-stately home' is run as a hotel/restaurant by owner/manager Andrew Wildsmith. Trusted reporters returning in 2014

  • The Punch Bowl Inn, CROSTHWAITE, Cumbria

    Next to the parish church, this 300-year-old inn has sweeping views of the unspoilt Lyth valley. It is owned by Richard Rose. 'Comfortable' country-style bedrooms have characterful beams; the largest,

  • The Old Dungeon Ghyll, GREAT LANGDALE, Cumbria

    There are good-value, country-style bedrooms and a wide selection of Scottish malt whiskies at this comfortable, informal inn, which has welcomed fell walkers and climbers for more than 300 years. It

  • Overwater Hall, IREBY, Cumbria

    'The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of modern life', this small country hotel has been run for more than 20 years by the owners, Stephen Bore and Angela and Adrian Hyde. In the quieter

  • Hope Street Hotel, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside

    In the cultural quarter, opposite the Philharmonic Hall, this handsome modern hotel, a former 19th-century coach factory, has exposed brick walls, old beams, and minimalist bedrooms, some with

  • New House Farm, LORTON, Cumbria

    'Beauty, peace and solitude in abundance' were enjoyed by a reader who chose Hazel Thompson's unpretentious guest house in the Lake District for her wedding this year. The 'beautifully decorated'

  • Howtown Hotel, ULLSWATER, Cumbria

    For more than a century, the Baldry family has 'shared their family home with visitors who believe in the same values and have the same passion for this unspoilt part of the Lake District'. Guide

  • Willowbeck Lodge, CARLISLE, Cumbria

    In a village near Carlisle, this architect-designed guest house is recommended by readers as 'a great place to stop on the way to or from Scotland'. The owners, Liz and John McGrillis, welcome B&B

  • Temple Sowerby House, TEMPLE SOWERBY, Cumbria

    At their small hotel, a Grade II listed red brick mansion in a conservation village in the Eden valley, Paul and Julie Evans 'could not be more helpful or hospitable'. A visitor in 2014, celebrating a

  • The Bay Horse, ULVERSTON, Cumbria

    In a 'serene setting' on the edge of the Leven estuary, Robert Lyons and Lesley Wheeler's 'excellently kept' 17th-century former coaching inn is 'always reliable and a real treat', say regular

  • Rampsbeck, WATERMILLOCK, Cumbria

    On the shores of Lake Ullswater, this whitewashed 18th-century Lakeland country house stands in 18 acres of mature grounds with stunning views over the lake and the fells. It is owned by John

  • The Inn at Whitewell, WHITEWELL, Lancashire

    Conversation hums in the busy bar of Charles Bowman's rural cheerful inn on the banks of the River Hodder. The bar's many rooms occupy most of the ground floor. They have 'nice old tables', chairs of

  • Belle Epoque, KNUTSFORD, Cheshire

    An air of faded theatrical grandeur prevails at this 'quaint' restaurant-with-rooms in the centre of a delightful town. It has been owned by the Mooney family for more than three decades; Richard

  • Raffles Hotel & Tea Room, BLACKPOOL, Lancashire

    Graham Poole and Ian Balmforth run their immaculate small hotel and traditional English tea room in a flower-bedecked, bay-fronted house close to the Winter Gardens and Promenade. Home-made cakes and

  • Millstone at Mellor, BLACKBURN, Lancashire

    Chef/patron Anson Bolton cooks award-winning seasonal Lancashire dishes in the 'pleasant' wood-panelled restaurant at this stone-built former coaching inn (Thwaites Inns of Character) in the Ribble

  • Inn on the Lake, ULLSWATER, Cumbria

    There are 'fabulous' lake and mountain views from this 'wonderful' hotel standing in extensive grounds on the shores of Lake Ullswater. It is managed by Gary Wilson, with staff who 'could not have

  • Tebay Services Hotel, Penrith, Cumbria

    'Quiet and peaceful, with superb views of the fells', the Dunning family's modern hotel serves as an 'excellent, no-fuss stop-over' for trips to and from Scotland, or as a base for touring that side

  • Lyzzick Hall, KESWICK , Cumbria

    On the lower slopes of Skiddaw, this country hotel, run by the Fernandez and Lake families, lies amid the 'stunning' scenery of the Borrowdale valley and Catbells. Most bedrooms have views towards the

  • Dalegarth House, KESWICK , Cumbria

    Walkers can access the fells straight from the door of this spacious, traditionally furnished Edwardian house high above Derwentwater; easy-going hosts Craig and Clare Dalton provide guides and local

  • Lindeth Howe, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    Overlooking Lake Windermere, this Victorian country house, once a summer home for a wealthy industrialist, stands in large mature gardens with sloping lawns and woodland. It was once owned by Beatrix

  • The Pheasant, BASSENTHWAITE LAKE, Cumbria

    Well placed for rural walks, this 'beautiful old pub', a 17th-century coaching inn not far from Bassenthwaite Lake, is surrounded by woodland populated by roe deer, red squirrels and natterjack toads.

  • Augill Castle, KIRKBY STEPHEN, Cumbria

    'This is no ordinary hotel,' say Simon and Wendy Bennett, who welcome guests in an 'easy-going manner' to their home, an eccentric neo-Gothic Victorian folly in the upper Eden valley. Visitors enjoy

  • Ees Wyke Country House, NEAR SAWREY, Cumbria

    'Superb, as usual,' say visitors returning in 2014 to Richard and Margaret Lee's small country hotel above the still waters of Esthwaite in the Lake District. Set in pretty gardens, the Georgian house

  • Number One St Luke's, BLACKPOOL, Lancashire

    Mark and Claire Smith's stylish B&B is in a detached 1930s Art Deco house in the residential South Shore area. Well-equipped rooms are imaginatively decorated and have a king-size bed; up-to-date

  • The Chester Grosvenor, CHESTER, Cheshire

    In a gabled, half-timbered Grade II listed building, this large, luxurious hotel is in the centre of the city, close to the cathedral, the ancient city walls and the Eastgate Clock. Owned by the Duke

  • Clare House, GRANGE-OVER-SANDS, Cumbria

    'Another lovely stay.' 'The very best of the traditional', the Read family's Victorian hotel attracts many regular guests, who like its 'great welcome, comfy -- even homely -- bedrooms and the

  • Sun Inn, KIRKBY LONSDALE, Cumbria

    In a 'delightful little town with interesting shops and galleries', Lucy and Mark Fuller's 17th-century inn is 'top notch in all departments', says a regular Guide correspondent this year. 'The owners

  • Hard Days Night, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside

    Close to the Cavern Club, this Beatles-themed hotel occupies a Grade II listed building fronted by marble columns; inside, there are plenty of original artworks and photographs of the famous four. The

  • The Black Swan, RAVENSTONEDALE, Cumbria

    'Unstuffy, not over-sophisticated but thoroughly dependable, it maintains its warm welcome, its feeling of cosiness and its remarkable value for money.' Praise this year from a returning guest to Alan

  • Number One South Beach, BLACKPOOL, Lancashire

    'We could not have stayed at a better establishment.' With sea views over South Beach Promenade, this 'very comfortable', low-carbon-footprint hotel has a welcoming atmosphere and a lively modern

  • The Rooms, LYTHAM, Lancashire

    Within close walking distance of shops, restaurants and the sea, Jackie and Andy Baker's modern B&B has 'beautifully fitted' rooms equipped with up-to-date technology (digital radio, iPod docking

  • Eleven Didsbury Park, MANCHESTER, Greater Manchester

    With loungers, a hammock and a croquet set in its pretty garden, there is a laid-back atmosphere at this stylish modern hotel (Eclectic Hotel Collection), in a fashionable urban village near the city

  • Broadgate House, MILLOM, Cumbria

    Diana Lewthwaite provides peaceful guest house accommodation in her fine Georgian house, which has been in her family for almost 200 years. It is within the Lake District national park, and has

  • The Vincent, SOUTHPORT, Merseyside

    Transformed from a former cinema by local restaurateur Paul Adams, this large, fashionable hotel near the train station has a striking glass facade, and a buzzing bar and restaurant within. Alan

  • Cedar Manor, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    A 200-year-old cedar tree stands in the walled gardens of this 19th-century hotel, which is within an easy walk of the lake and village. Caroline and Jonathan Kaye are the hands-on owners. The

  • Austwick Hall, AUSTWICK, North Yorkshire

    'Great company', Michael Pearson and Eric Culley show an 'obvious enthusiasm' for their home, a handsome manor house which they have 'lovingly' restored. The house, parts of which date back to the

  • Oak Bank, GRASMERE, Cumbria

    Owners Glynis and Simon Wood are 'very hands-on and take pride in their establishment', says a visitor in 2014 to this small hotel. It stands on a quiet road on the village outskirts. The Woods run it

  • The Ashton, LANCASTER, Lancashire

    Near Williamson Park and the university, this elegant, modern B&B stands in its own well-maintained grounds. Personable host James Gray is a former TV and film set designer; his sandstone Georgian

  • The Nadler Liverpool, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside

    In a converted print works in the lively Rope Walks area, this 'practical and efficient' hotel (sister to The Nadler, London -- see Shortlist, above) has stylish, good-value rooms, ideal for 'a

  • Broadoaks, TROUTBECK, Cumbria

    There is a 'lovely warm feel' at Tracey Robinson's 'stunning' 19th-century house, standing in extensive landscaped grounds with views towards Windermere. Andrea Carter is the manager. Bedrooms are

  • Didsbury House, MANCHESTER, Greater Manchester

    In a leafy suburb within easy reach of the city centre, this Victorian villa hosts a 'friendly' contemporary hotel (part of the Eclectic Hotel Collection; see Eleven Didsbury Park, below). There are

  • Kingsley Lodge, WILMSLOW, Cheshire

    Immaculately designed by Jeremy Levy and Cliff Thomson, this luxurious boutique property is in an enlarged and remodelled 1950s Arts and Crafts house, in a peaceful residential area.

  • Number 43, ARNSIDE, Cumbria

    There are exceptional views across the Kent estuary and surrounding fells from this modern B&B, in a row of Victorian hillside villas on the promenade. Lesley Hornsby is the owner. Alfresco drinks

  • The Swan Hotel & Spa, NEWBY BRIDGE, Cumbria

    Popular with boating visitors, this whitewashed 17th-century coaching inn stands by a five-arch bridge on the banks of the River Leven, on the southern tip of Lake Windermere. It has been renovated by

  • Velvet, MANCHESTER, Greater Manchester

    In a vibrant neighbourhood with much nightlife, this modern hotel has friendly staff, a popular bar and decadently furnished bedrooms decorated with artwork and striking wallpaper (some erotic).

  • The Spread Eagle Inn, SAWLEY, Lancashire

    On the banks of the River Ribble, this refurbished, stone-built pub-with-rooms (Individual Inns) has flagstone floors, oak-beamed ceilings and 'comfortable', smartly furnished bedrooms. Individually

  • Willowford Farm, GILSLAND, Cumbria

    On one of the longest unbroken stretches of Hadrian's Wall, with the remains of a bridge and two turrets, this B&B stands on a 100-acre organic farm along the National Trail between Gilsland

  • Barton Grange Hotel, PRESTON, Lancashire

    Built in 1900 as the country home of a cotton mill owner, this old manor house is today a much-expanded, modernised hotel with a spa. It has been run by the Topping family for more than 60 years; Guy

  • The Plough, LUPTON, Cumbria

    'An attractive place to eat and stay', this painstakingly refurbished 18th-century coaching inn is owned by Richard Rose, proprietor of The Punch Bowl Inn at Crosthwaite (see Shortlist above). Jon

  • Nanny Brow, AMBLESIDE, Cumbria

    Up a steep drive, Sue and Peter Robinson's white-painted guest house sits in a prominent position with a 'most attractive' view of the River Brathay below and the fells beyond. Mark Jones is manager.

  • Brownber Hall, NEWBIGGIN-ON-LUNE, Cumbria

    'Arriving on a wet and stormy winter evening', visitors this year to Hilary Reid's B&B in a mid-19th-century country house were impressed by the welcome. 'She greeted us, offered assistance with our

  • The Midland, MORECAMBE, Lancashire

    In a 'superb position on the marine parade looking out over the bay', this 'Art Deco wonder' has been restored to its former glory by the small English Lakes group. A Guide inspector was 'warmly

  • Heywood House, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside

    With 'comfortable' bedrooms and a popular, 'absolutely humming' bar and brasserie, this contemporary hotel has 'a most pleasing and relaxing ambience'. There is 'an emphasis on comfort and service':

  • The Hill on the Wall, GILSLAND, Cumbria

    Elaine Packer welcomes guests to her 'elegant' B&B with tea and home-made cake in the drawing room of this Grade II listed building, a fortified 'bastle' farmhouse built in 1595. It has an

  • Hellifield Peel Castle, SKIPTON, North Yorkshire

    'A complete and utter joy.' The painstaking restoration of Francis and Karen Shaw's ancient, ruined tower house was featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs programme. The building, which has parts