Gravetye Manor - Classic British Escape
‘Classy, comfortable and tasteful, the house has kept its period character without being “old hat”; the rooms are elegantly furnished without being pretentious,’ say trusted Guide correspondents in 2016, of this ‘special’ country house hotel.
Lewtrenchard Manor - Marvellous May Offer
Admirers of Sue and James Murray’s ‘characterful’, ‘beautiful old manor’ continue to sing its praises. ‘It is uniformly excellent, with high standards of hotel-keeping, comfort and service,’ says a guest this year.
From £155 per night
The Portobello - Sunday Stay Over Offer
Intrigued by the idea of an antique four-poster bed so high you need steps to get into it? Fascinated by the notion of a Victorian steampunk bath right in the bedroom? Look no further.
From £195 per night
Chewton Glen - 4 Nights for 3
There’s a great atmosphere at this privately owned country house spa hotel (Relais & Châteaux), unstintingly luxurious yet completely family friendly.
Plas Bodegroes - Exclusive 20% discount
Roses, roses all the way: on the remote Llyn peninsula, Chris and Gunna Chown’s ‘lovely’ restaurant-with-rooms occupies a Georgian manor house.
From £150 per night
Knockinaam Lodge - Spring Breaks
Sheltered by a horseshoe of wooded hills, and edged by a private beach on the coast of the Rhinns of Galloway, Sian and David Ibbotson’s 19th-century former hunting lodge is a popular choice for special occasions.
Marlfield House - Two Night Break Special Offer
‘Ambitious’ and ‘very stylish’, the Bowe family’s Regency-style mansion (Relais & Châteaux) stands in extensive, ‘well-kept’ gardens'.
From £230 per night
Cliveden House - Three for Two Short Break
‘Expensive but worth every penny,’ say guests seduced by the ‘beautiful’ grounds, ‘stunning’ bedrooms, ‘superb’ meals and ‘attentive, personable’ staff at this history-rich Italianate mansion on the River Thames.
From £495 per night
Idle Rocks - Foodie Escape
Perched ‘truly on the water’, Karen and David Richards’s sophisticated seaside hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is ‘just the place to unfurl after the stresses of the day-to-day’, this year's visitors say.
From £280.00 per night
Gilpin Hotel - Indulgence Afternoon Offer
‘Our favourite small hotel – simply the best run we’ve ever stayed at.’ The Cunliffe family’s ‘great’ country house hotel continues to please Guide readers.
From £255 per night
Pool House - 20% discount offer
Time for something completely different? On the shores of Loch Ewe, this ‘quirky’ guest house is run by two generations of the ‘charming’ Harrison family; it is filled with two generations of character and whimsy.
From £225 per night
Cedar Manor - Midweek Offer
‘Gracious’, ‘sincere’ owners Caroline and Jonathan Kaye run their well-liked small hotel with warmth and personality, agree guests in 2016.
From £135 per night
The Cary Arms - New Spa Offer
By a ‘fabulously secluded’ cove, Lana de Savary’s chic hotel clings to wooded cliffs overlooking the beach.
From £195 per night
Stoberry House - Three Night Special Offer
Tim and Frances Meeres Young rescued this 18th-century coach house from ruin 20 years ago and transformed it into an ‘altogether excellent’ luxury B&B with a sweep of ‘beautifully laid out’ grounds.
From £65 per night
Old Downton Lodge - Three for Two Special Offer
‘A stunning place for a special stay’, Willem and Pippa Vlok’s ‘tranquil’ restaurant-with-rooms in rolling countryside is praised for its ‘exceptional staff’, ‘warm welcome’ and ‘fabulous food’.
From £125 per night
Drakes - “3rd Course Free” Restaurant Special Offer
Sleek style, sea views and a good selection of sundowners come together at this modern seafront hotel near the pier.
St Brides Spa Hotel - Dining Escape
‘After lunch overlooking the beach, we were smitten.’ Laid-back, minimalist and very cool, Andrew and Lindsey Evans’s chic clifftop hotel has ‘great views’ of Carmarthen Bay and the wide, sandy shore.
From £130 per night
The Rutland Hotel - Five Star Special Offer
Medical pioneer Sir Joseph Lister once lived in this 19th-century building steps from the top of Princes Street, but there’s nothing clinical about the voguish hotel that occupies it today.
From £120.00 per night
Hannah’s - One Night Stay Special Offer
Time your arrival to tea: mid-afternoons at this B&B off the high street, Hannah McIntyre lays out a spread of freshly baked treats for guests to help themselves to.
From £185.00 per night
Teatime brings ‘some of the nicest, warm, home-baked scones’ at this ‘welcoming’, ‘beautifully kept,’ traditional hotel on the Chatsworth estate.
From £244.00 per night
There’s charm a-plenty at Jenny Hadfield’s B&B on cobbled Mermaid Street, its interior a characterful mix of low beams, blazing fires, dark panelling, labyrinthine passages and steep stairs.
From £95 per night
White-glove service may be the norm at any luxury hotel, but even the youngest guests receive white-mitten treatment at this exceptionally family-friendly spot.
From £249 per night
‘Delightful’ riverside gardens, ‘stunning’ views, ‘excellent’ meals and an ‘exceptionally friendly’ atmosphere keep guests returning to this well-loved country hotel in a former 16th-century priory.
From £220 per night
‘Everything is exquisite’ at this ‘very welcoming’ country house retreat (Relais & Châteaux), where goldfinches, song thrushes and blackbirds flit about the ‘beautiful’ grounds leading to a vast bird reserve.
From £335 per night
Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island
Rumble across a bridge at the mouth of Loch Creran to reach this ‘simply faultless’ Victorian baronial mansion, a luxury spa hotel, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, on a private pleasure island. ‘A magical place,’ say guests in 2016.