10 beautiful hotels within two-hours of London

When it comes to the end of the week we are all in the mood for a bit of escapism, but we don’t want to tire ourselves out with long travel times to get there. Those who live in and around the city are blessed with a bounty of hotels, inns, spas and retreats that make for the perfect weekend trip from London.
Cliveden House, Taplow

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Beautiful hotels within two hours of London

10 beautiful hotels within two-hours of London

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Cliveden House

Cliveden House

Taplow

Standing grandly above the Thames, in National Trust gardens and pleasure grounds, an Italianate mansion built by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland 'seems to have hosted everyone who is anyone', from Winston Churchill to Lawrence of Arabia.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • babyfriendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • walking
  • historic
  • parking
  • electric_charging_point
  • gym
  • horse_riding
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • veganfriendly
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Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor

East Grinstead

At the end of its mile-long drive, this Elizabethan manor house with glorious gardens and superb dining is, for many guests, the ultimate country house hotel.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • gourmet
  • for_winelovers
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • electric_charging_point
  • bird_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
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Bingham Riverhouse

Bingham Riverhouse

Richmond-upon-Thames

A stroll from Richmond Park, with Thameside garden and terrace, this Georgian mansion is today an innovative hotel, wedding venue and members’ club, run by mother-and-daughter team Ruth and Samantha Trinder.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • conference_meeting
  • wine
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • dog_friendly
  • boutique
  • foodie
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The Pig in the Wall

The Pig in the Wall

Southampton

The Babe of the litter, this crenellated Georgian house set into the 14th-century city wall is unique among Robin Hutson’s Pig collection in having no restaurant, nor a vast, prolific kitchen garden.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • outdoor_dining
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Hever Castle B&B

Hever Castle B&B

Edenbridge

Fit for a queen, this sumptuous B&B occupies the Tudor-style Edwardian wings of Hever Castle, the childhood home of ill-fated Anne Boleyn.
  • babyfriendly
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • garden
  • historic
  • parking
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
  • golf
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Number One Port Hill

Number One Port Hill

Hertford

‘Every corner contains a curiosity’ at Annie Rowley’s ‘artful’ B&B in a historic market town.
  • boutique
  • garden
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wifi
  • adultsonly
  • guest_house
  • outdoor_dining
  • veganfriendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • with_cooking_school
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Old Parsonage Hotel

Old Parsonage Hotel

Oxford

Beyond the sturdy oak door of this handsome 17th-century stone dwelling, Jeremy Mogford’s country-house-in-the-city hotel has a more bookish, bohemian, clubby feel than its sister enterprise.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
  • electric_charging_point
  • cycling
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Starborough Manor

Starborough Manor

Edenbridge

Approached by a long, tree-lined drive, Daisy and Clive Hayley’s B&B is the ‘perfect weekend getaway’, an ideal base for exploring Kent's stately homes and castles.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • parking
  • outdoor_pool
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The Barn at Roundhurst

The Barn at Roundhurst

LURGASHALL

A ‘stunningly restored’ 17th-century threshing barn in the South Downs national park is the heart of Moya and Richard Connell’s rural B&B/restaurant and working organic farm.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • conference_meeting
  • child_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • ecofriendly
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Gonville Hotel

Gonville Hotel

Cambridge

An easy walk to colleges, shops and cafés, this large, family-owned hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece has a ‘friendly, personable feel’.
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • dog_friendly
  • parking
  • spa
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
  • outdoor_dining
  • boutique
  • garden

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10 beautiful hotels within two-hours of London

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Romney Bay House

Romney Bay House

New Romney

Amid the evocative, sheep-grazed wetlands of Romney Marsh, between golf course and shingle beach, an Edwardian house built by Clough Williams-Ellis is now ‘a lovely, secluded hotel’.
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • romantic
  • parking
  • good_value
  • foodie
  • adultsonly
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The Dog at Wingham

The Dog at Wingham

Canterbury

A passion for Kent produce, a monthly dining club, tee times and transport to nearby golf clubs, including Royal St. George’s, are among many reasons to commend Marc Bridgen’s village gastropub.
  • wifi
  • parking
  • golf
  • good_value
  • weddings
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • walking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • babyfriendly
  • bird_watching
  • boutique
  • garden
  • historic
  • foodie
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The Fox at Willian

The Fox at Willian

Willian

In a quiet village mentioned in the Domesday Book, this inviting pub by the parish church is a ‘popular’ gathering place for locals and townies on a getaway.
  • wifi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • parking
  • electric_charging_point
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • good_value
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • boutique
  • garden
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • veganfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Drakes

Drakes

Brighton

Two bow-fronted Regency town houses with views of the iconic Palace Pier are home to a boutique hotel that counts Cate Blanchett and Kylie among past guests
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • disabled
  • gourmet
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • boutique
  • foodie
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University Arms

University Arms

Cambridge

Designer Martin Brudnizki had such palpable fun in creating interiors for this large 'but still intimate' hotel, transformed by architect John Simpson with a portico modelled on that of the Ritz in Paris.
  • child_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • gym
  • foodie
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • cycling
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Duke House

Duke House

Cambridge

You can stroll from this elegant B&B on the edge of Christ’s Pieces park to Cambridge's historic colleges, just as the current Duke of Gloucester did when this Victorian house was his home.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • boutique
  • great_breakfast
  • babyfriendly
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Artist Residence Brighton

Artist Residence Brighton

Brighton

You are invited to imagine you are visiting a friend’s house when you drop into Charlotte and Justin Salisbury’s bohemian seafront hotel and social hub – albeit a friend with outré tastes in art.
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • babyfriendly
  • child_friendly
  • boutique
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Sopwell House Hotel

Sopwell House Hotel

St Albans

In extensive grounds, the former home of Lord Louis Mountbatten is today a ‘well-run’ hotel with contemporary bedrooms, cossetting suites, a choice of eating and drinking spaces, and a sleek spa.
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • country_house
  • garden
  • gym
  • historic
  • indoor_pool
  • parking
  • spa
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • electric_charging_point
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • outdoor_pool
  • outdoor_dining
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • veganfriendly
9
Number One Port Hill

Number One Port Hill

Hertford

‘Every corner contains a curiosity’ at Annie Rowley’s ‘artful’ B&B in a historic market town.
  • boutique
  • garden
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wifi
  • adultsonly
  • guest_house
  • outdoor_dining
  • veganfriendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • with_cooking_school
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Brightonwave

Brightonwave

Brighton

In a row of Victorian town houses, a five-minute stroll from the pier, this Kemptown B&B has some ‘lovely little touches’.
  • good_value
  • seaside
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wifi
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Old Bank Hotel

Old Bank Hotel

Oxford

Oxford alumni get a discount on rooms from Sunday to Thursday at Jeremy Mogford’s smart hotel on the ‘High’, opposite the university church of St Mary’s and the Bodleian Library.
  • child_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • gourmet
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • parking
  • weddings
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • honeymoon
  • cycling
  • electric_charging_point
  • historic
  • walking
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A Room with a View

A Room with a View

Brighton

Steps from the beach in arty Kemptown, this ‘immaculately presented’ Regency house is a bright, modern B&B where guests receive a ‘cheerful, friendly’ welcome.
  • boutique
  • guest_house
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • seaside
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wifi
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The Farmhouse at Redcoats

The Farmhouse at Redcoats

Hitchin

In serene countryside, this well-restored old farmhouse, its many characterful features dating from the 15th century, stands in large landscaped gardens.
  • babyfriendly
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • garden
  • gourmet
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • outdoor_dining
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wheelchair_accessible

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Whether it’s a jaunt to the university city of Cambridge or a romantic break at a historic inn in Oxford; a Tudor inspired getaway in Kent (a.k.a the garden of England) complete with tours at some of the UK’s most famous vineyards, or a coastal trip to Southhampton. The variety of hotels near London provides a feast for ardent travellers who are short on time.

Boutique hotels in Hertfordshire, only a short drive outside London, as well as being easily accessible by train, include luxury spa breaks as well as decadent pubs with rooms. Hop on the train and Brighton is not far from London, offering retro beach holidays as well as a vibrant nightclub scene.

Last updated: November 26, 2021