Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in South East England

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

The South and those who live there are seen as a bit soft by the rest of Britain. The weather is a few degrees warmer, the landscapes are softer, and the beaches in the summer are filled with holidaymakers. You can go hunting for fossils along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, work out how they built Stonehenge, and wander around the Palladian architecture of Bath. There is much to see from the castles at Windsor, Leeds, Hever, and Bodium to hundreds of miles of coastline filled with superb beaches.

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

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Featured hotels in South East

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, BUCKLAND MARSH, Oxfordshire

On the banks of the River Thames, this 'atmospheric and attractive' pub/restaurant-with-rooms is owned by Gareth and Helen Pugh. The 'unpretentious' 17th-century stone inn has an informal atmosphere


Gravetye Manor, EAST GRINSTEAD, Sussex

There is a 'lovely smell of wood smoke' from the open fires at this luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux) set in 'beautiful countryside'. Once the home of William Robinson, the pioneer of the


Stone House, RUSHLAKE GREEN, Sussex

Through old stone gates and up a winding driveway, this 15th-century manor house is run as a country hotel by Jane and Peter Dunn. 'Well cared for and on good form', the home (Tudor with Georgian


Montagu Arms, BEAULIEU, Hampshire

Two stone dogs guard the entrance to this wisteria-clad Georgian country house, in an 'attractive' village in the New Forest national park. Inside, there are oak-panelled public rooms, an old brick


Chewton Glen, NEW MILTON, Hampshire

On the edge of the New Forest, and within easy reach of the sea, this country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) continues to impress. 'Our room and the facilities were top drawer, but that


Cliveden House, TAPLOW, Berkshire

'The definitive country house', this renowned stately home stands above the Thames in 'beautiful' National Trust grounds. In the same private ownership as Chewton Glen, New Milton (see entry), it


Hotels in South East

  • The Millstream, BOSHAM, Sussex

    On the road leading to the harbour in a Saxon village, this hotel has been owned by the Wild family for almost 40 years. Clare Sherlock, née Wild, is the manager. Originally a row of

  • The Waterside Inn, BRAY, Berkshire

    'A great experience', chef/patron Alain Roux's restaurant-with-rooms has a 'lovely' setting on the bank of the River Thames. The restaurant has held three Michelin stars since 1985 for the classic

  • drakes, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    'Standards are high' at this modern seafront hotel formed from two white stucco Regency town houses. It is owned by Andy Shearer, and managed by Richard Hayes with 'courteous, helpful' staff. Some

  • Hotel du Vin Brighton, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    With a 'state-of-the-art' breakfast buffet and 'big, comfortable beds', this branch of the du Vin chain is a 'favourite in Brighton' for some Guide readers. It is in a 'handy' position in the Lanes

  • Hartwell House, AYLESBURY, Buckinghamshire

    In 'beautiful' landscaped grounds with a lake, a church and a Gothic tower, this 'excellent' stately home is run by Richard Broyd's Historic House Hotels for the National Trust. 'Sumptuous' public

  • The Town House, ARUNDEL, Sussex

    'An excellent restaurant with pleasant rooms and welcoming staff.' Guide inspectors found much to like at this restaurant-with-rooms, a Grade II listed Regency building at the top of the High Street

  • The Royal Oak, EAST LAVANT, Sussex

    'A busy country pub with a warm and cosy restaurant', Charles Ullmann's 200-year-old inn is in a village at the foot of the South Downs. 'The decor is rustic, with bare brick, flint walls and oak

  • 36 on the Quay, EMSWORTH, Hampshire

    In a 'delightful position' opposite the quay of an 'attractive little town', Ramon and Karen Farthing's restaurant-with-rooms occupies a 'sympathetically modernised' 17th-century fishermen's inn.

  • Read's, FAVERSHAM, Kent

    'A charming hotel, highly recommended.' More praise this year for Rona and David Pitchford's restaurant-with-rooms, an elegant Georgian manor house near an old market town. Rona Pitchford is the

  • The Griffin Inn, FLETCHING, Sussex

    In a pretty village above the Ouse valley, the Pullan family's 16th-century Grade II listed coaching inn has a large garden with extensive views over the South Downs. It returns to the Guide after a

  • The Old Store, HALNAKER, Sussex

    'Extremely good value', Patrick and Heather Birchenough's B&B is 'in an excellent position for exploring Chichester and the countryside'. Close to the Goodwood estate, the Grade II listed Georgian

  • Britannia House, LYMINGTON, Hampshire

    'We arrived to a warm reception from owner Tobias Feilke,' say visitors to this unusual B&B, which is formed of two houses opposite each other. The 'enthusiastic, amiable' host has created 'a warm

  • The Old Railway Station, PETWORTH, Sussex

    The train on the platform may not be going anywhere but it provides 'a unique and nostalgic experience' that more than 'lives up to expectation'. On a disused railway line, a renovated Victorian

  • Romney Bay House, NEW ROMNEY, Kent

    In a 'stunning' setting by a links golf course on the Kent coast, Clinton and Lisa Lovell's small hotel 'exceeded our expectations again', say Guide readers on their third visit. An earlier comment:

  • Jeake's House, RYE , Sussex

    On a cobbled street in the old town, Jenny Hadfield's B&B is a conversion of a 17th-century wool store and neighbouring buildings. 'The staff are charming and helpful,' says a visitor in 2014.

  • Zanzibar International Hotel, ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA, Sussex

    At the 'posh' end of Hastings, Max O'Rourke has renovated his five-storey Victorian town house with a touch of 'South Coast boho'. Inspired by his own travels, he has given the house an international

  • Rylstone Manor, SHANKLIN, Isle of Wight

    Mike and Carole Hailston's small, traditional hotel stands in a public park on a cliff above Sandown Bay. The house was built in 1863 as a gentleman's residence, with Gothic, Tudor and Georgian

  • The Three Lions, STUCKTON, Hampshire

    Once a farmhouse, this restaurant-with-rooms is run in informal style by the 'experienced' owners, Jayne and Mike Womersley. 'We enjoyed a relaxing dinner, bed and breakfast; Jayne is an excellent

  • Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Kent

    Facing Calverley Park, this outpost of the du Vin group occupies an 18th-century Grade II listed sandstone mansion in a Georgian spa town. Some of the smart, handsomely furnished bedrooms overlook the

  • Wartling Place, WARTLING, Sussex

    'All in all, a very pleasant stay.' Opposite a lovely church and a pub, Rowena and Barry Gittoes's tastefully furnished B&B is in a Grade II listed former rectory in a tiny village mentioned in

  • Crossways Hotel, WILMINGTON, Sussex

    'A real treat. The two-night Glyndebourne break (one night opera, one night dinner) is very good value.' A regular visitor received the 'usual warm welcome' this year at Clive James and David Stott's

  • Park House, BEPTON, Sussex

    'A lovely, peaceful place to stay', the O'Brien family's 'pretty' country hotel stands in 'immaculate' gardens between Midhurst and the South Downs. Rebecca Coonan is the manager. 'All the staff were

  • Langshott Manor, GATWICK, Sussex

    In large, well-kept grounds close to the airport, this ‘beautiful’ Elizabethan timber-framed manor house (part of the small Alexander Ggroup) has many period features (exposed beams, oak

  • The Royal Hotel, VENTNOR, Isle of Wight

    'We enjoyed our stay.' Liked for its 'olde-worlde charm', this traditional seaside hotel close to the seafront and town centre is owned by William Bailey and managed by Philip Wilson. Gracious country

  • Grand Hotel, EASTBOURNE, Sussex

    'Impeccable.' Regular guests at this 'beautifully run' Victorian hotel on the seafront like its 'old-fashioned' feel and 'wonderful service'. Traditionally furnished rooms are 'sumptuous'; many have

  • Paskins, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    Susan and Roger Marlowe's environmentally friendly B&B occupies two Grade II listed 19th-century houses near the seafront in Kemp Town. Bedrooms are immaculate and 'comfortable', though small.

  • Five, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    On a Georgian square close to the beach and pier, and within easy reach of shops and restaurants, this homely B&B is owned by Caroline and Simon Heath. Rooms are decorated with local artwork and

  • Hell Bay Hotel, BRYHER, Isles of Scilly

    In a collection of cottage-style buildings on a rugged, virtually traffic-free island - the smallest of the inhabited Scilly Isles - this seaside hotel is part of Tresco Estates, owned by the

  • Hotel TerraVina, NETLEY MARSH , Hampshire

    In a New Forest village, this 'special' hotel is run in pro-active style by the owners, Gérard and Nina Basset. The welcome they and their staff give 'uplifts the spirits', said one visitor.

  • Old Bank, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    'They do what they do very well,' says a visitor in 2014 to Jeremy Mogford's modern hotel, a conversion of three old stone buildings (one a former bank) on the High Street opposite All Souls College.

  • Swan House, HASTINGS, Sussex

    On a narrow street of medieval houses in the old town, this 15th-century cottage has been given a rustic chic interior by the owners, Brendan McDonagh (the 'thoughtful' host) and his partner Lionel

  • JSW, PETERSFIELD, Hampshire

    'Our day was perfect,' say a couple who held their wedding reception at Jake Watkins's restaurant-with-rooms in this prosperous Hampshire town. 'The staff were extremely helpful and the food was

  • The Marquis at Alkham, ALKHAM, Kent

    Close to Dover and the Channel Tunnel, this 200-year-old inn (managed by Bespoke Hotels) stands above a sloping cricket pitch in a pretty village at the southern end of the Kent Downs. The modern

  • Ocklynge Manor, EASTBOURNE, Sussex

    In stunning gardens, a short walk from the town centre, Wendy and David Dugdill's small B&B is in a pink Georgian mansion built on a site once occupied by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem; it

  • Hastings House, ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA, Sussex

    Off the promenade of this South Coast town, this white stuccoed four-storey Victorian house is run as an upmarket B&B by Seng and Elizabeth Loy. It is commended by a recent visitor. 'The owner

  • The Crab & Lobster, SIDLESHAM, Sussex

    'Better than ever.' Peacefully located on the banks of the Pagham Harbour nature reserve, this 350-year-old inn has been renovated in spare, modern style by structural engineer-turned-hotelier Sam

  • The Wykeham Arms, WINCHESTER, Hampshire

    Packed with character, this 18th-century former coaching inn is managed by Jon Howard for Fullers Brewery, and run with enthusiastic, friendly staff. There are cosy nooks and crannies embellished with

  • Rooks Hill, CHICHESTER, Sussex

    'Amenable owners, pleasant fellow guests,' were found by a Guide inspector visiting Ron and Lin Allen's Grade II listed B&B. Originally a farmhouse, it is at the foot of the South Downs. 'We were

  • Lime Wood, LYNDHURST, Hampshire

    In ancient heath and moorland, where wild ponies and donkeys roam free, this 'relaxed', family-friendly country house hotel occupies a 'stunning' Regency manor house and several 'beautifully designed'

  • Old Whyly, EAST HOATHLY, Sussex

    'Beautiful and comforting, even when it rains', Sarah Burgoyne's upmarket B&B, in a Grade II listed Georgian manor house, is 'better than ever', says a regular Guide correspondent this year. 'She

  • The Five Arrows, WADDESDON, Buckinghamshire

    Named after the family emblem (a shield with five arrows representing each of the Rothschild brothers who founded banks across Europe), this small hotel/restaurant is run by the Rothschild family

  • Black Rock House, HASTINGS, Sussex

    'This was the nicest hotel we stayed at during our two-week vacation in England,' say American visitors this year to this privately owned B&B. The restored Victorian villa, 'very stylish and in a

  • Crouchers, CHICHESTER, Sussex

    Close to the harbour and West Wittering beach, Lloyd van Rooyen's hotel and restaurant are set in 'refreshing greenery, with lots of patios and grassy areas'. Simply furnished bedrooms are in the main

  • The Crown Inn, CHIDDINGFOLD, Surrey

    On the edge of the village green, this restored 14th-century inn has stained-glass windows, medieval walls, 'passageways a bit like a rabbit warren'; a warm, old-fashioned atmosphere. Daniel and

  • The Reading Rooms, MARGATE, Kent

    Owners Louise Oldfield and Liam Nabb have restored their stylish town house with an air of 'dilapidated grandeur'. Intricate plasterwork has been revealed, a mantelpiece or mirror leans artfully;

  • The Ship Inn, RYE

    Once a 16th-century warehouse used to store contraband seized from smugglers, this cosy inn now has neat, simple bedrooms decorated with a seaside theme. It is owned by Karen Northcote; Theo Bekker is

  • Thurnham Keep, THURNHAM, Kent

    Amanda Lane extends a friendly welcome, with tea and freshly made scones, to B&B guests arriving at her childhood home, a 'very impressive' Edwardian house on the North Downs. At the end of a long

  • Belle Tout Lighthouse, EASTBOURNE, Sussex

    'Highly recommended' by a Guide inspector, this decommissioned lighthouse on the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head has been turned into a B&B with, unsurprisingly, 'fantastic views'. It has been

  • Coast, BEXHILL ON SEA, Sussex

    In a 'peaceful' location close to the seafront, this 'well-kept' B&B is in an elegant Edwardian villa with 'bright, modern' decor. Linda and Chris Wain are the 'pleasant' hosts. Simply furnished

  • Deans Place, ALFRISTON, Sussex

    In a 'beautiful area of the South Downs with lovely walks and attractive villages', this country hotel has 'a nice traditional feel'. Owned by Michael Clinch and managed by James Dopson, it was

  • Hillside, VENTNOR, Isle of Wight

    On St Boniface Down, overlooking the Victorian seaside town, this small hotel in a thatched mellow stone villa has 'superb views across the sea'. Gert Bach, the 'hands-on' owner, is 'a most charming

  • Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse, SISSINGHURST, Kent

    There are breathtaking views -- of ancient woodland, fields, gardens or the castle’s Elizabethan tower -- from all the bedrooms in Sue and Frazer Thompson’s elegant B&B. The Victorian

  • The Front Rooms, WHITSTABLE, Kent

    A short harbourside walk from the centre, this stylish B&B is run by friendly owners Julie Thorne and Tom Sutherland in their discreet, restored Victorian town house. Decorated in heritage whites, the

  • Wingrove House, ALFRISTON, Sussex

    In a 19th-century colonial-style house fronted by an elegant veranda, this 'comfortable', 'relaxed' restaurant-with-rooms is owned by Nick Denyer. 'Top-quality' dinners have 'lots of good choices',

  • The Hope Anchor, RYE , Sussex

    At the end of a cobbled street, with good views over the town and adjacent marshes, this white-painted, family-owned hotel dates back to the 18th century, when it was a watering hole for sailors and

  • Starborough Manor, EDENBRIDGE, Kent

    In parkland opposite a small moated castle, this 'beautiful' old manor house is a 'relaxing place, comfortable and informal'. It is the home of Lynn and Jonathan Matthias, who welcome guests on a

  • The Cat Inn, WEST HOATHLY, Sussex

    'A modern take on the traditional pub', Andrew Russell's 16th-century inn is in a village on a spur of the Weald. It is a 'friendly, warm place', say visitors this year. He is a hands-on host,

  • The Little Gloster, Gurnard, Isle of Wight

    Decorated in nautical style, with airy, blue-and-white accommodation and a bright, beachy dining room, this charming restaurant-with-rooms sits on the water's edge, on a little bay just west of Cowes.

  • Wallett's Court, DOVER, Kent

    In a pretty hamlet, ten minutes' drive from the port, Christopher and Leonora Oakley offer a wide choice of accommodation at their quirky, family-friendly hotel. There are spacious traditional rooms

  • Green Oak Barn, BERWICK, Sussex

    More than 140 varieties of English wine are available at Christine and Colin Munday's English Wine Centre on the South Downs; there are also 'smart and comfortable' bedrooms in a modern barn set in

  • The Pig, BROCKENHURST, Hampshire

    There is a 'lovely' ambience at this 'absolutely charming' hotel, in a former hunting lodge in the New Forest. In the main house and a converted stable block, smart bedrooms overlook the forest or

  • The Halfway Bridge, LODSWORTH, Sussex

    There is a 'friendly' atmosphere at Sam and Janet Bakose's refurbished 17th-century country inn between the historic market towns of Petworth and Midhurst. 'The service is exemplary, the bedrooms are

  • The Pig in the Wall, SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire

    On the 'stylish side of shabby chic', this 'charming' white-painted building is set into the ancient city walls close to shops, medieval buildings and museums. It has been turned into a B&B hotel,

  • The White Horse, ROMSEY, Hampshire

    'Slap bang' in the centre of a popular and prosperous market town, this refurbished medieval coaching inn has an equine theme: there is hunting-scene wallpaper in the Reception area; bedrooms are

  • The Old Vine, WINCHESTER, Hampshire

    Opposite the cathedral green, Ashton Gray's small, design-conscious hotel is in a Grade II listed 18th-century inn, and 'perfectly situated' for both spiritual sustenance and shopping therapy.

  • Ocean View House, VENTNOR, Isle of Wight

    At the top of a steep hill overlooking Ventnor, Sarah Smith's 'gorgeous' B&B has 'beautiful views'. It is 'a wonderful, relaxing place' where visitors in search of 'privacy and relaxation' are

  • Rocksalt, FOLKESTONE, Kent

    There are comfortable bedrooms, fresh seafood and exceptional sea views at this stylish restaurant-with-rooms in a small port town. In a striking dark-timber-and-glass building cantilevered over

  • Number One Port Hill, HERTFORD, Hertfordshire

    Annie Rowley's elegant B&B, in a Grade II listed Georgian town house, is well placed for visiting the town. The handsome building is mentioned in the Pevsner architectural guide to Hertfordshire;