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 - Summer Staycation Special Offer

Taplow

As you approach this glorious Italianate Thames-side summer palace designed by Charles Barry and set in 376 acres of National Trust grounds, it ‘feels as if you are on the film set of Pride and Prejudice’, says a Guide insider (see also Chewton Glen, New Milton).
  • 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
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Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor

East Grinstead

Jeremy and Elizabeth Hosking’s beloved and beautiful Elizabethan manor house stands in glorious gardens, amid 1,000 acres of woodland.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • for_winelovers
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • electric_charging_point
  • boutique
25% voucher
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Bingham Riverhouse

Bingham Riverhouse

Richmond-upon-Thames

Bang on the banks of the Thames between Richmond and Petersham, this former Georgian mansion turned ‘classic English hotel with a modern twist’ sits in a riverside garden and terrace.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • conference_meeting
  • wine
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • dog_friendly
  • boutique
25% voucher
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The Pig in the Wall

The Pig in the Wall

Southampton

The endearing little piglet of Robin Hutson’s Pig collection occupies a crenellated Georgian house set into the medieval city wall.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • veganfriendly
  • good_value
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • foodie
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Hever Castle B&B

Hever Castle B&B

Edenbridge

The comforts are fit for a queen at this sumptuous B&B, in the Tudor-style Edwardian wings of double-moated 13th-century Hever Castle.
  • 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

In a pleasant market town, Annie Rowley’s artful B&B teems with vintage glassware, sculptures and ‘an unbelievable collection’ of objects.
  • boutique
  • garden
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wifi
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Old Parsonage Hotel

Old Parsonage Hotel

Oxford

Built in the 1600s for a chop-house owner and chef, this gabled stone building has long opened its oak door to paying guests.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • boutique
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
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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

Overlooking verdant Parker’s Piece, this large, family-owned hotel and spa are a short walk to colleges, shops and cafés.
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • dog_friendly
  • parking
  • spa
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi

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10 beautiful hotels within two-hours of London

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Romney Bay House

Romney Bay House - Autumn Coastal Break Special Offer

New Romney

With a superb sea view amid the elemental landscape of Romney Marsh, haunt of both writers and smugglers, this 1920s mansion was built by Clough Williams-Ellis.
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • romantic
  • parking
  • good_value
  • foodie
25% voucher
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The Dog at Wingham

The Dog at Wingham - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast from £99 per Person per night Special Offer

Canterbury

Every Dog has its day, and Marc Bridgen’s canine-friendly gastropub-with-rooms has been garnering awards since his family took it on in 2016.
  • wifi
  • parking
  • golf
  • good_value
  • weddings
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • walking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • restaurant_with_rooms
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The Farmhouse at Redcoats

The Farmhouse at Redcoats

Hitchin

Undulating countryside spreads around this well-restored old farmhouse and its outbuildings, whose many characterful original features date back to the 15th century.
  • babyfriendly
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • garden
  • gourmet
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • honeymoon
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Drakes

Drakes

Brighton

‘A really memorable experience without stuffiness or formality,’ write our trusted reviewers of this stylish boutique hotel on Brighton’s Marine Parade.
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • disabled
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • gourmet
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • boutique
  • babyfriendly
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University Arms

University Arms

Cambridge

You can’t miss the nods to the university at this ‘fantastic city hotel with stylish decor and superb food’ on Parker’s Piece green: Cambridge blue walls; corridor carpets striped like the student tie; and suites named after famous graduates, from Virginia Woolf to Stephen Hawking.
  • child_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • gym
  • foodie
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Duke House

Duke House

Cambridge

In a quiet neighbourhood of Victorian terraced houses on the edge of Christ’s Pieces, this boutique B&B is well placed for those wishing to see the city.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • boutique
  • great_breakfast
  • babyfriendly
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Artist Residence Brighton

Artist Residence Brighton

Brighton

Right-on Brighton rocks to a bohemian rhythm, encapsulated by Charlotte and Justin Salisbury’s mural-bedaubed hotel on a Regency square with view to the eerie remains of the West Pier.
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
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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, cosseting 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
10% discount voucher
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Number One Port Hill

Number One Port Hill

Hertford

In a pleasant market town, Annie Rowley’s artful B&B teems with vintage glassware, sculptures and ‘an unbelievable collection’ of objects.
  • boutique
  • garden
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wifi
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The Fox at Willian

The Fox at Willian

Willian

By the parish church in a quiet village mentioned in the Domesday Book, this white-painted pub has been spruced up to become a contemporary country inn with well-cooked food and fresh-as-a-daisy accommodation.
  • wifi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • parking
  • electric_charging_point
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • good_value
  • child_friendly
  • walking
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Brightonwave

Brightonwave

Brighton

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

Old Bank Hotel

Oxford

Jeremy Mogford indulges his passion for art and literature at his luxury city-centre hotel, where the walls are hung with works from his collection, with a library for residents to browse.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • gourmet
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • parking
  • weddings
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • honeymoon
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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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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: June 23, 2021