Ten of the UK and Ireland’s best historic hotels

Ten of the UK and Ireland’s best historic hotels

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Hartwell House

Hartwell House - Three nights for the price of two

Aylesbury

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
  • view
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • gym
  • weddings
  • garden
  • spa
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor - Classic British Escape

East Grinstead

‘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.
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • historic
  • wine
  • weddings
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewdown

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
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Star Castle

Star Castle - 10% discount all year

St Mary's

Visitors new and old continue to award gold stars to the Francis family’s characterful hotel, in a star-shaped, 16th-century castle above Hugh Town, with ‘stunning views’ over the islands.
From £75.00 per night
  • view
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Plumber Manor

Plumber Manor - New Year Break Special Offer

Sturminster Newton

An ancestral home today under the care of three members of the Prideaux-Brune family, this Dorset-stone 17th-century country house has been a hotel since 1972.
From £160 per night
  • tennis
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Llandudno

The name may mean ‘house among thistles’, but the ‘meticulously kept’ combination of manicured lawns, knotted gardens and meadow flowers tells otherwise.
From £189 per night
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • gym
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Clones

‘Grand and glorious’ Hilton Park is less a hotel than a stately ancestral home where one stays as a cherished guest.
From £90 per night
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • activities
  • historic
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
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Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

Llyswen

There’s ‘birdsong in the air’ and ‘a great atmosphere of peace’ at this ‘glorious’ country house hotel, in large gardens descending to the River Wye, say Guide inspectors.
From £145.00 per night
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
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Coul House

Coul House

Contin

A long drive on a single-track country road leads to this Georgian house built for a baronet, today an ‘outstanding’ traditional hotel owned by Stuart and Susannah Macpherson.
From £75 per night
  • view
  • activities
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Swinton Park

Swinton Park

Masham

‘The first sight of the hotel is superb’: preening in sweeping grounds with parkland, lakes, a herd of fallow deer and an impressive walled garden, this mock-Gothic castle recreates an ‘authentic stately-home experience’ for its guests.
From £350 per night
  • romantic
  • historic
  • cooking_school
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
10% discount voucher