Editor’s choice: 2016 César Winners

the césar awards are the hotel industry’s equivalent of the oscars of the film world – honouring the best hotels of the best in various categories from humble b&bs to luxurious country houses. named after the celebrated swiss hotelier césar ritz, ten césar awards are presented each year to the guide’s best hoteliers. the winners are selected by the guide’s editorial team based on recommendations by readers and professional inspection.

 

Editor’s choice: 2016 César Winners

1
Special offer
Hazel Bank

Hazel Bank - Springtime Early Bird Three-night Special

Keswick

Local couple Gary and Donna MacRae ‘revel’ in making their Borrowdale valley hotel ‘welcoming, relaxed – so enjoyable’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • view
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2
Augill Castle

Augill Castle

Kirkby Stephen

‘It’s a home away from home,’ chorus fans in 2017 of the Bennett family’s ‘stunning, well-preserved’ 19th-century pile striking a pose in rambling grounds in the Eden valley.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • view
  • disabled
10% discount voucher
3
The Lord Crewe Arms

The Lord Crewe Arms

Blanchland

The flagstone floors, cavernous fireplaces, labyrinthine corridors and barrel-vaulted crypt bar ‘reek of history’ at this cheerfully updated medieval abbot’s lodge in a conservation village on the North Pennine moors.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • gastropub
  • wine
  • disabled
4
Hotel Endsleigh

Hotel Endsleigh

Milton Abbot

Olga Polizzi’s countryside retreat, at its origin a Regency fishing lodge created for the Duchess of Bedford, is today an ‘unpretentious, wholly enjoyable’ hotel ‘decorated with charm and taste’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • view
  • disabled
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5
Zanzibar International Hotel

Zanzibar International Hotel

St Leonards-on-Sea

‘Splendidly quirky’, Max O’Rourke’s characterful seafront hotel is filled with a ‘relaxed, utterly unpretentious’ atmosphere, and an ‘interesting collection’ of ornaments and objects from far-flung lands.
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • seaside
  • view
6
The Grove

The Grove

Narberth

In ‘flourishing gardens’ near the coast, Neil and Zoë Kedward’s ‘beautifully quiet’ hotel is ‘a real haven – particularly when you arrive in the dark after a long drive’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • disabled
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7
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

Richmond

Horses and coaches once trundled up the tree-lined avenue to this former stables in Yorkshire countryside; today, James Allison’s ‘low-key, relaxing’ hotel attracts a rather smarter set.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • activities
  • disabled

Editor’s choice: 2016 César Winners

1
Special offer
Hazel Bank

Hazel Bank - Springtime Early Bird Three-night Special

Keswick

Local couple Gary and Donna MacRae ‘revel’ in making their Borrowdale valley hotel ‘welcoming, relaxed – so enjoyable’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • view
25% voucher Upgrade voucher
2
Augill Castle

Augill Castle

Kirkby Stephen

‘It’s a home away from home,’ chorus fans in 2017 of the Bennett family’s ‘stunning, well-preserved’ 19th-century pile striking a pose in rambling grounds in the Eden valley.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • view
  • disabled
10% discount voucher
3
The Lord Crewe Arms

The Lord Crewe Arms

Blanchland

The flagstone floors, cavernous fireplaces, labyrinthine corridors and barrel-vaulted crypt bar ‘reek of history’ at this cheerfully updated medieval abbot’s lodge in a conservation village on the North Pennine moors.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • gastropub
  • wine
  • disabled
4
Hotel Endsleigh

Hotel Endsleigh

Milton Abbot

Olga Polizzi’s countryside retreat, at its origin a Regency fishing lodge created for the Duchess of Bedford, is today an ‘unpretentious, wholly enjoyable’ hotel ‘decorated with charm and taste’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • view
  • disabled
10% discount voucher Upgrade voucher
5
Zanzibar International Hotel

Zanzibar International Hotel

St Leonards-on-Sea

‘Splendidly quirky’, Max O’Rourke’s characterful seafront hotel is filled with a ‘relaxed, utterly unpretentious’ atmosphere, and an ‘interesting collection’ of ornaments and objects from far-flung lands.
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • seaside
  • view
6
The Grove

The Grove

Narberth

In ‘flourishing gardens’ near the coast, Neil and Zoë Kedward’s ‘beautifully quiet’ hotel is ‘a real haven – particularly when you arrive in the dark after a long drive’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • disabled
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
7
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

Richmond

Horses and coaches once trundled up the tree-lined avenue to this former stables in Yorkshire countryside; today, James Allison’s ‘low-key, relaxing’ hotel attracts a rather smarter set.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • activities
  • disabled

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