Editor’s choice: 2016 Historic Hotels

we are fortunate in the uk to be surrounded by some of the most interesting historic buildings relating to key events in history. our editor’s choice of historic hotels are full of tales of yesteryear and have unique characteristics, but all offer a luxurious hotel break. head to north yorkshire to stay at the majestic swinton park, a 19th century gothic castle and the ancestral seat of the earl of swinton. the luxury hotel has an authentic feeling with antiques and family portraits combining history with the warmth of a traditional english house. for another castle stay, visit the aptly-named star castle on the beautiful isles of scilly. this hotel is a star-shaped fortress built in 1593 but with modern facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, gourmet dining and complimentary golf.

Editor’s choice: 2016 Historic Hotels

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Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor - Classic British Escape

East Grinstead

‘Every comfort is anticipated’ at this ‘classy, tasteful’ Elizabethan manor house, from the garden flowers in the public rooms to ‘the most extensive cheese trolley we’d ever seen’.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
10% discount voucher 25% voucher
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Hartwell House & Spa

Hartwell House & Spa - £89.50 Per Person Special Offer

Aylesbury

Swish up the drive through an Arcadian 18th-century landscape to reach this Jacobean mansion.
From £200 per night
  • gym
  • weddings
  • golf
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewdown

‘It’s up there with the top hotels we’ve stayed at,’ writes a reader this year of Sue and James Murray’s romantic rebuild of a Jacobean manor house, surrounded by parkland.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
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Star Castle

Star Castle - 10% discount all year

St Mary’s

‘Everything you’d expect from a really good hotel is here,’ writes a trusted Guide correspondent in 2017, fresh from celebrating the holidays at the Francis family’s characterful hotel above Hugh Town.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
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Plumber Manor

Plumber Manor

Sturminster Newton

Richard and Brian Prideaux-Brune, with Richard’s wife, Alison, run their Jacobean ancestral home as a characterful – some say eccentric – hotel where guests are ‘cosseted and cared for’ by ‘charming staff’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • disabled
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Bodysgallen Hall & Spa

Bodysgallen Hall & Spa

Llandudno

‘A lovely old house’, this historic mansion on the slopes of Pydew mountain has glorious views of Snowdonia.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
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Coul House

Coul House

Contin

Steeped in stories of baronets and scandalous affairs, Susannah and Stuart Macpherson’s ‘beautiful Georgian house’ is today a ‘simply lovely hotel’ standing in extensive gardens ‘magnificent with mature trees’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • historic
  • view
  • activities
  • disabled
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Selected hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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