Wander through the ‘extravagantly and sumptuously furnished’ rooms at this stately mansion – it’s not hard to imagine being a member of the court of Louis XVIII of France, who lived here, in exile, in the 19th century. Today, run by Historic House Hotels for the National Trust, it is a ‘special’, ‘blissfully quiet’ place to stay.
From £200 per night
Budock Vean - Summer Special Offer
'Tasteful refurbishment' has given a 'fresh seaside look' to Martin Barlow’s ‘super’ hotel, says a returning visitor in 2016.
From £60 per night
Congham Hall - Three Day Easter Break
Wander in the herb garden here, and breathe in the aromas of 400 varieties, planted by a former owner of this ‘lovely’ Georgian country house hotel.
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.
Soar Mill Cove Hotel - Special Offer Midweek Break
Soar Mill Cove
Family owned, family run, exuberantly family friendly, Keith Makepeace’s ‘welcoming’ hotel stands in rolling countryside above a valley running down to the shore.
From £125 per night
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa - Tailor make the break of your choice
‘The 21st-century’s answer to staying at Downton Abbey’, this ‘elegant’, ‘well-run’ William and Mary mansion continues to win accolades from guests who deem it ‘superb’.
From £143 per night
The Lake - Champagne escape offer
‘It’s like going home,’ writes a regular Guide reader this year, who considers Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s country house hotel ‘a regular haunt’.
The Nare - Get-Away-Break
‘Pretty well perfect’, Toby Ashworth’s seaside hotel on the Roseland peninsula, founded nearly 30 years ago by his grandmother, continues to please.
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
Trefeddian Hotel - Special Summer Breaks
‘A hotel with heart and soul’, this long-time favourite overlooking Cardigan Bay has been ‘well run’ by the Cave family and ‘unfailingly cheerful’ staff for more than a century.
From £65 per night
Seaham Hall - Summer Staycation Three-night B&B
‘A wonderful place, combining luxury, style and high standards with a pleasantly friendly and relaxed approach.’ This serene, ‘civilised’ Georgian country house close to the sea is ‘popular with all ages’, say trusted Guide correspondents who celebrated ‘a very special wedding anniversary in this very special place’ in 2016.
From £195.00 per night
The Cary Arms - Three for Two Special Offer
By a ‘fabulously secluded’ cove, Lana de Savary’s chic hotel clings to wooded cliffs overlooking the beach.
From £195 per night
No. 1 Pery Square - Two Night "Dine & Unwind" Escape Special Offer
A fire burns in the marble fireplace, while candles flicker on the window sills next to ‘attractive’ collections of books in Patricia Roberts’s Georgian town house hotel overlooking the People’s Park.
From £195 per night
Askham Hall - Midweek Special Offer
Homey and faintly bohemian, the Lowther family’s Grade I listed Elizabethan mansion is surrounded by terraces, topiary and lawns.
From £125 per night
Treglos Hotel - Fabulous Breaks
Popular with young and old, the Barlow family’s traditional hotel has ‘very helpful’ staff and plenty to do.
From £150 per night
Whatley Manor - Mid-Week Spa & Stay Offer
Great lime trees line the ‘impressive’ approach to this luxury hotel and spa (Relais & Châteaux), It stands in lush, extensive gardens with woodland, wild flower meadows, sculptures, secluded arbours and a river.
Watersmeet - Luxury for Less - 20% off Special Offer
There are ‘fantastic’ views across the bay to Lundy Island from Amanda James’s ‘relaxed’ traditional hotel above Woolacombe Bay.
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
Douneside House - Culinary Experience
On the MacRobert estate in the heart of Royal Deeside, this crenellated country house with turrets and a tower re-opened as a luxury hotel and leisure club following extensive renovation in 2016.
From £130 per night
The Blakeney Hotel
In a ‘scenic’ setting facing ‘tranquil’ marshland – ‘a joy for painters’ – the Stannard family’s ‘popular’ traditional hotel attracts all generations of regular guests, who praise the ‘remarkably high standards of service and amenities’.
From £85 per night
Parents ‘sleep like babies’ at this ‘fantastic’ family-friendly hotel, a Jacobean manor house in ‘glorious’ countryside.
From £120 per night
Hell Bay Hotel
The rocky coastline may have been hell for sailors, but a short hop by propeller plane and boat brings you to the smallest of the inhabited Scilly Isles, something more like heaven.
With ancient foundations, this black-and-white-timbered Tudor pile, on the high street of a medieval town, has been run as an inn since at least 1564.
From £155 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
‘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
Bringing another dimension to the hotel experience, the UK has been increasing its breath of spa hotels over the last decade, resulting in some of the most highly considered luxury destinations and health resorts in the world.
The range of opportunity when it comes to spa hotels makes the small and simple title somewhat inadequate. The likes of Chewton Glen take the crown for being amongst the most luxurious facilities in the country, complete not only with excellent spa treatments but a wide range of facilities and knowledge that are hard to come by.
Meanwhile, the likes of Seaham Hall blend a contemporary knowledge of wellbeing with artistic integrity across the whole venue, all surrounded by rich history and contrastingly rugged coastal surroundings that juxtapose beautifully with the perfectly presented hotel and spa.
The Scarlet has a wide reaching reputation for being a spectacularly romantic hotel to visit but is also Cornwall’s ultra eco friendly low-tech solution to wellbeing travel, managing to fuse style and green credentials with the most spectacular coastal views as you sip champagne in the hot tub overlooking the wild Atlantic below. It is the sister hotel to Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, which continues the stylistic credentials of The Scarlet, but adds to it a family friendliness that appeals to a wholly different market.
Then onto another genre of spa hotel in the form of Lime Wood in the New Forest, a spectacularly hip hotel that has a reputation for its decadent restaurant overseen by celebrity chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder, as well as The Herb House, its standalone spa amongst its awe-inspiring gardens, which has its own rooms to stay in, a dedication to its namesake – the herb garden and, and treatments that fuse efficacy with holistic credentials. It all comes together to make the rustic playground of the stylish set.