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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Lindeth Fell, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE, Cumbria

Nothing stands still,’ say the Kennedy family, who have decided to run their country house on the fells overlooking Lake Windermere as a ‘luxury B&B’ rather than a hotel. They have turned the


Farlam Hall, BRAMPTON, Cumbria

In Hadrian’s Wall country, this traditional country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) has been owned and managed by the Quinion family for 40 years. Guests comment on their ‘warm and attentive welcome’


Rothay Manor, AMBLESIDE, Cumbria

‘Comfortable, welcoming and very professional’, the Nixon family’s traditional hotel has many fans. The Regency features of the house, built for a prosperous Liverpool merchant close to the town and


Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

‘A happy atmosphere: friendly staff, flowers in every room.’ Fresh praise in 2015 from returning visitors for this ‘superb’ country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux). It stands in lovely grounds with a


Holbeck Ghyll, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

‘An enjoyable experience’, Stephen and Lisa Leahy’s ivy-covered Arts and Crafts house has a ‘friendly, relaxed’ atmosphere. ‘It doesn’t feel formal or stuffy in the slightest,’ say guests who enjoyed


Swinside Lodge, KESWICK , Cumbria

At the foot of Cat Bells, Mike and Kath Bilton’s small country hotel, a ‘friendly’ Georgian house, is minutes from Derwentwater. Pheasants, ducks and red squirrels wander on the


Hotels in North West

  • Leathes Head Hotel, BORROWDALE, Cumbria

    There are spectacular views towards Skiddaw from this country hotel in secluded grounds in the Borrowdale valley. Jamie Adamson is the ‘enthusiastic’ manager; staff are ‘friendly and helpful’.

  • Linthwaite House, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    ‘A superb setting in extensive gardens.’ High above Lake Windermere, Mike Bevans and Simon Doddrell’s smart hotel wins fresh praise from a reader in 2015. Andrew Nicholson is the manager. Period and

  • The Cottage in the Wood, BRAITHWAITE, Cumbria

    ‘We got the warmest welcome we have ever received from any hotel.’ Praise this year for Kath and Liam Berney’s restaurant-with-rooms deep in the Whinlatter forest. In the converted 17th-century

  • The Regent, AMBLESIDE, Cumbria

    ‘A well-run hotel with a great atmosphere’, the Hewitt family’s white-fronted building is opposite a slipway and pier on Lake Windermere. The owning family are much in evidence: Andrew Hewitt is the

  • Aynsome Manor, CARTMEL, Cumbria

    ‘In a quiet part of the South Lakes away from the tourist crowds’, this ‘exceptionally good’ 17th-century manor house hotel has long been run by its owners, Christopher and Andrea Varley. It is

  • Hipping Hall, COWAN BRIDGE, Lancashire

    Once owned by resourceful blacksmiths, this early 18th-century country pile stands in lovely countryside where Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria meet. It is the first of three ventures by Andrew

  • The Punch Bowl Inn, CROSTHWAITE, Cumbria

    Close to Lake Windermere, this ‘fantastic’ 300-year-old inn is liked for its ‘comfortable’ country-style bedrooms and ‘extraordinary’ cooking. It is owned by Richard Rose. Individually designed

  • The Old Dungeon Ghyll, GREAT LANGDALE, Cumbria

    At the head of the Great Langdale valley, fell walkers and climbers have been welcomed at this popular inn for more than 300 years. It is run by Jane and Neil Walmsley for the National Trust. Simple,

  • Overwater Hall, IREBY, Cumbria

    Deer and red squirrel may be seen on the approach to this ‘comfortable, friendly hotel’ in the northern Lake District. The Grade II listed Georgian mansion is run in an informal style by the owners

  • Northcote, LANGHO, Lancashire

    In an ‘outstanding’ location in the Ribble valley, considerable investment has been put into refurbishing this 19th-century manor house (Relais & Châteaux). It stands in

  • Hope Street Hotel, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside

    ‘A real find.’ In the cultural quarter, opposite the Philharmonic Hall, this handsome modern hotel is ‘bookended’ by the city’s two cathedrals, and surrounded by theatres and universities. ‘Very

  • New House Farm, LORTON, Cumbria

    In the Lorton Vale, away from Lake District tourists, Hazel Thompson’s unpretentious guest house is surrounded by the glorious landscape of the fells. She has restored and furnished the Grade II

  • Howtown Hotel, ULLSWATER, Cumbria

    ‘A place to get away from it all.’ Guide inspectors in 2015 loved this stone-built Lake District hotel, which the Baldry family has run for more than a century. ‘It unashamedly sticks to its

  • Willowbeck Lodge, CARLISLE, Cumbria

    Amid mature weeping willows, and beech and oak trees, this alpine-style guest house is run by ‘friendly’ owners Liz and John McGrillis. The ‘spacious, superbly furnished’ bedrooms have a contemporary

  • Temple Sowerby House, TEMPLE SOWERBY, Cumbria

    Run with ‘enthusiasm and professionalism’ by its owners, Paul and Julie Evans, this Grade II listed red brick mansion is in a village in the Eden valley. Standing in two acres of ‘atmospheric’ walled

  • The Bay Horse, ULVERSTON, Cumbria

    ‘Utter peace’ reigns at this 18th-century former staging post which is ‘beautifully situated’ on Morecambe Bay. Robert Lyons and Lesley Wheeler’s inn is ‘a place from a bygone age of service and

  • Rampsbeck, WATERMILLOCK, Cumbria

    ‘A classic country house’, John Brooksbank’s whitewashed hotel stands in extensive gardens with ‘spectacular’ views over Lake Ullswater. It returns to a full entry after positive reports in 2015: ‘We

  • The Inn at Whitewell, WHITEWELL, Lancashire

    ‘Eccentric, homely and run with considerable style’, third-generation hotelier Charles Bowman’s cheerful hotel stands above the Forest of Bowland, in ‘some of the most beautiful countryside I have

  • Belle Epoque, KNUTSFORD, Cheshire

    In the centre of a ‘delightful’ town, this brasserie-with-rooms is filled with an eclectic mix of marble pillars, gilded figurines, Art Nouveau fireplaces and Venetian glass mosaic floors. It has been

  • Raffles Hotel & Tea Room, BLACKPOOL, Lancashire

    Home-made cakes are served at teatime in Graham Poole and Ian Balmforth’s small hotel and traditional English tea room in this flower-bedecked, bay-fronted house. It is close to the Winter Gardens and

  • Millstone at Mellor, BLACKBURN, Lancashire

    In a pretty Ribble Valley village, this stone-built former coaching inn (Thwaites Inns of Character) is run by chef/patron Anson Bolton and his wife, Sarah. The country-style bedrooms have fluffy

  • Tebay Services Hotel, Penrith, Cumbria

    ‘We really liked this out-of-the-ordinary motorway hotel.’ With ‘superb’ views of the fells, this deep-pitched building (reminiscent of mountain architecture) is just off the M6, between junctions 38

  • Lindeth Howe, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    In extensive gardens with sloping lawns, ponds and woodland, this Victorian country house overlooking Lake Windermere was once owned by Beatrix Potter. She spent family holidays and wrote some of her

  • The Pheasant, BASSENTHWAITE LAKE, Cumbria

    Guests receive a ‘friendly welcome’ at this ‘lovely’ country hotel, once a Lakeland staging post and coaching inn. It stands in ‘well-kept, peaceful’ gardens that extend towards the surrounding

  • Augill Castle, KIRKBY STEPHEN, Cumbria

    ‘There is something here for everyone,’ says a visitor this year to Wendy and Simon Bennett’s turreted Gothic castle in the Eden valley. A multi-generational party (aged from three to 67) had ‘an

  • Ees Wyke Country House, NEAR SAWREY, Cumbria

    ‘It is nearly as perfect a little place as I have ever lived in,’ wrote Beatrix Potter, who arrived at the village of Near Sawrey in 1896 with pony and phaeton. She spent three summers at this elegant

  • Hazel Bank, ROSTHWAITE, Cumbria

    In a beautiful Lake District valley, this ‘charming’ stone house, built in 1840, returns to the Guide under the ownership of the MacRae family. ‘It is a welcoming, relaxed

  • Number One St Luke's, BLACKPOOL, Lancashire

    In the residential South Shore area, Mark and Claire Smith’s stylish B&B is in a detached 1930s Art Deco house with a large conservatory overlooking the garden. Individually decorated bedrooms have a

  • The Chester Grosvenor, CHESTER, Cheshire

    Close to the cathedral and the Eastgate Clock, this large, luxurious hotel ‘could not be more centrally placed’. It is managed by Bespoke Hotels for the Duke of Westminster. ‘Well-appointed, spotless’

  • Clare House, GRANGE-OVER-SANDS, Cumbria

    Returning guests appreciate the ‘great welcome’, spacious bedrooms and ‘outstanding’ dinners at the Read family’s traditional hotel, in a ‘delightful’ setting in well-maintained gardens. There are log

  • Sun Inn, KIRKBY LONSDALE, Cumbria

    Near the churchyard in this historic market town on the banks of the River Lune, this white-painted 17th-century inn is owned and run by Lucy and Mark Fuller, with ‘warm, friendly’ staff. There are

  • Hard Days Night, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside

    Beatles fans come together at this hotel inspired by the Fab Four. Close to the Cavern Club, the grand Grade II listed building is fronted by marble columns; inside, its interior is packed with

  • The Black Swan, RAVENSTONEDALE, Cumbria

    ‘Definitely off the beaten track’, Alan and Louise Dinnes’s ‘thoroughly dependable’ country-pub-with-rooms sits amid upland pastures at the foot of the Howgill fells. Visitors this year praised ‘the

  • Number One South Beach, BLACKPOOL, Lancashire

    Overlooking South Beach Promenade, this ‘very comfortable’ modern hotel is owned by ‘excellent hosts’ Janet and Graham Oxley and Claire and Mark Smith (see Number One St Luke’s, preceding entry). The

  • The Rooms, LYTHAM, Lancashire

    In a resort town on the Fylde coast, Jackie and Andy Baker’s modern B&B is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the sea. ‘Beautifully fitted’ bedrooms are equipped with up-to-date

  • Eleven Didsbury Park, MANCHESTER, Greater Manchester

    In a peaceful suburb near the city centre, this contemporary hotel, in a stylishly refurbished Victorian town house, has a log fire in the sitting room, and a walled garden with loungers, a hammock

  • Broadgate House, MILLOM, Cumbria

    Within the Lake District national park, Diana Lewthwaite’s peaceful guest house is surrounded by colourful gardens; there are panoramic views across the Duddon estuary. The fine Georgian house, which

  • The Vincent, SOUTHPORT, Merseyside

    Within walking distance of the promenade and the King’s Gardens, this large, fashionable hotel was transformed from a former cinema by local restaurateur Paul Adams. Beyond the striking glass facade,

  • Cedar Manor, WINDERMERE, Cumbria

    Named after the 200-year-old cedar tree in the walled gardens, Caroline and Jonathan Kaye’s handsomely appointed 19th-century house is within easy reach of the lake and village. ‘Warm and sincere’,

  • Austwick Hall, AUSTWICK, North Yorkshire

    At the apex of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, this ‘highly personal’ manor house is run as a B&B with ‘obvious enthusiasm’ by Michael Pearson and Eric Culley. Their ‘loving’ restoration of the

  • Oak Bank, GRASMERE, Cumbria

    ‘Friendly hospitality and fine food.’ More praise this year for Glynis and Simon Wood’s small hotel, a rough-hewn vernacular building, a short walk from William Wordsworth’s grave. The ‘imaginative’

  • The Ashton, LANCASTER, Lancashire

    Self-confessed ‘hyper critical’ fellow hoteliers rated hospitality, breakfast and accommodation ‘superb’ at this elegant, modern B&B run by James Gray, a former TV and film set designer. Impeccably

  • The Nadler Liverpool, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside

    The stylish, good-value rooms at this ‘practical and efficient’ hotel in the lively Rope Walks area are ideal for ‘a simple, short stay’. The hotel is a sister to the Nadler Kensington, London (see

  • Broadoaks, TROUTBECK, Cumbria

    In extensive landscaped grounds with views towards Windermere, Tracey Robinson and Joanna Harbottle’s ‘beautiful, very welcoming’ hotel is in a ‘stunning’ 19th-century country house built of stone and

  • Didsbury House, MANCHESTER, Greater Manchester

    Within easy reach of the airport and the city centre, this stylish modern hotel (part of the Eclectic Hotel Collection; see Eleven Didsbury Park, below) occupies a Victorian villa in a leafy suburb.

  • Kingsley Lodge, WILMSLOW, Cheshire

    Jeremy Levy and Cliff Thomson’s discreet, luxurious B&B is in a remodelled 1950s Arts and Crafts house in a peaceful residential area within easy walking distance of the town centre. Handcrafted

  • Number 43, ARNSIDE, Cumbria

    Lesley Hornsby’s modern B&B is in a peaceful row of Victorian hillside villas on the seafront promenade. Overlooking the Kent estuary, it has exceptional views of the surrounding fells; trains can be

  • The Swan Hotel & Spa, NEWBY BRIDGE, Cumbria

    On the banks of the River Leven, at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, this family-friendly 17th-century coaching inn has pretty, modern bedrooms, elegant lounges and a popular local pub. It is

  • Willowford Farm, GILSLAND, Cumbria

    In the Irthing valley, Liam McNulty and Lauren Harrison’s 100-acre organic farm is right on one of the longest, best preserved stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, running along the National Trail between

  • Barton Grange Hotel, PRESTON, Lancashire

    The Topping family have run their hotel in this old manor house, once the country home of a cotton mill owner, for 65 years. Daniel Rich is the manager. Modern bedrooms, many recently refurbished and

  • The Plough, LUPTON, Cumbria

    In a tiny hamlet close to Kirkby Lonsdale, this smartly refurbished 18th-century coaching inn is ‘an attractive place to eat and stay’. It is owned by Paul Spencer; Susannah Harris and Holly Duffy are

  • Brownber Hall, NEWBIGGIN-ON-LUNE, Cumbria

    Owners Hilary and Andrew Woodward run their peaceful B&B in this 19th-century country house. Standing in extensive mature gardens, it has views across open farmland to the Howgill Fells and the North

  • The Hill on the Wall, GILSLAND, Cumbria

    In an outstanding hilltop location, Elaine Packer’s ‘magnificent’ Grade II listed home, a fortified ‘bastle’ farmhouse built in 1595, overlooks Hadrian’s Wall near Birdoswald. B&B guests receive an

  • Oddfellows, Chester, Cheshire

    Oddfellows by name and odd in decor. Close to the shops and cafés of the Rows, this listed neoclassical mansion is said to be a former meeting place for the altruistic Independent Order of Odd

  • Edgar House, CHESTER, Cheshire

    On the River Dee, this peacefully located 19th-century villa leads directly on to the walkway of the ancient city walls. Tim Mills and Michael Stephen, the owners, have given it a glamorous feel, with

  • 2 Blackburne Terrace, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside

    On a hill close to the city’s two cathedrals, Sarah and Glenn Whitter (a former teacher and a musician) have added striking interior design features to their Grade II listed town house in the

  • Borrowdale Gates, Grange-In-Borrowdale, Cumbria

    At the head of Derwentwater, the Harrison family’s Lakeland hotel is an extended country house standing in peaceful wooded grounds. Most of the comfortable bedrooms have a balcony or window seat to