Cesar Winners

We give our Cesar Awards to the ten best hotels of the year. Named after Cesar Ritz, the most celebrated of hoteliers, these are the Oscars of hotel keeping.

Cesar Winners 2018

Cesar Winners

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Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall - Autumn and Winter Breaks in Rutland

Hambleton

‘Tim and Stefa Hart’s country house hotel is consistently outstanding, with service I have yet to see bettered: courteous, attentive, unintrusive. And Aaron Patterson’s Michelin-starred cooking never fails.’
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • activities
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Soar Mill Cove Hotel

Soar Mill Cove Hotel - Autumn Adventures Await

Soar Mill Cove

.From dolphin-spotting to table tennis, there is plenty to enjoy at Keith Makepeace’s family-friendly hotel, which stands in expansive countryside, with views towards the sea.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
10% discount voucher
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Judges

Judges - Bubbly Spring and Summer Rates: £125

Yarm

‘It’s the little touches’ that make the Downs family’s Victorian country house a ‘lovely, charming place’, confirm Guide readers in 2017.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • country_house
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Llys Meddyg

Llys Meddyg - Winter "GHG Cesar Award" Special Offer

Newport

Edward and Louise Sykes’s ‘personable, wholly likeable’ restaurant-with-rooms occupies a Georgian house on the main street of an ‘attractive village’, minutes from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
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Forest Side

Forest Side

Grasmere

A Victorian Gothic confection of gables, chimneys and battlements, this gentleman’s residence and one-time walkers’ hostel has been given a dazzling makeover in ‘fabulous’ modern–rustic style.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • wine
  • disabled
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Burrastow House

Burrastow House

Walls

‘It’s like being a guest at a country house in an extraordinarily beautiful location,’ say Guide readers this year.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • garden
  • guest_house
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Viewmount House

Viewmount House

Longford

In ‘cleverly designed, well-maintained gardens’ on the outskirts of town, Beryl and James Kearney’s Georgian mansion has ‘uninterrupted views’ of the surrounding land, and a ‘cheerful ambience’ within.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
  • disabled
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St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthbert’s House

Seahouses

Jeff and Jill Sutheran’s ‘superb’ B&B, in Seahouses, at the heart of the Northumberland coast, ‘fully deserves’ its praise, say Guide readers this year, who were made to feel ‘very much at home’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • disabled
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The Red Lion Freehouse

The Red Lion Freehouse

East Chisenbury

‘We loved the atmosphere, the amazing food and the beautiful bedrooms.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • gourmet
  • view
  • disabled
10% discount voucher
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The Mash Inn

The Mash Inn

Radnage

‘The distinctive cooking brings the customers’ to this ‘greatly enjoyable’ restaurant-with-rooms in a village in the wooded Chiltern hills.
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • gourmet

2017 Cesar Winners

Cesar Winners

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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
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The Blakeney Hotel

The Blakeney Hotel

Blakeney

The view is one of marshes and moored boats, of creeks and children crabbing, from Emma Stannard’s well-established, family-friendly hotel on the quayside of a coastal village.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • disabled
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Hell Bay Hotel

Hell Bay Hotel

Bryher

Hardly hellish, Robert Dorrien-Smith’s island hotel, perky in a protected cove in the Atlantic Ocean, is ‘well worth the trip’.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
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The Nobody Inn

The Nobody Inn

Doddiscombsleigh

Pile in for the jolly quiz night, or sample one of the whiskies from an astonishing collection at Sue Burdge’s 17th-century dwelling house–turned–lively village pub-with-rooms.
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gastropub
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The Cross at Kingussie

The Cross at Kingussie

Kingussie

Long praised for the generous hospitality of its hosts, Derek and Celia Kitchingman, this ‘very quiet’ 19th-century tweed mill-turned-restaurant-with-rooms on the banks of the River Gynack is gaining attention, too, for its food.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • gourmet
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Battlesteads

Battlesteads

Hexham

‘Surely one of the best places to stay in the north of England’, Dee and Richard Slade’s historic coaching inn is run as a ‘characterful, modern’ pub, hotel and restaurant, where some of the best views are to be found at night.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • view
  • disabled
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Ael y Bryn

Ael y Bryn

Eglwyswrw

‘Consummate hosts’ Robert Smith and Arwel Hughes run their peaceful B&B against the ‘superb backdrop’ of the Preseli mountains.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • b&b
  • guest_house
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The Hardwick

The Hardwick

Abergavenny

‘The buzz of contented diners fills the air’ at this ‘enjoyable, excellent’ restaurant-with-rooms in an ‘attractive rural setting’ outside the market town.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • disabled
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Brocco on the Park

Brocco on the Park

Sheffield

‘There’s a vibrant atmosphere’ at Tiina Carr’s ‘stylish, Scandi-chic’ hotel, in a ‘buzzy neighbourhood’ of shops and cafés.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • disabled
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The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

Swallowcliffe

A Sleeping Beauty in a wooded valley, this thatch-roofed inn had lain dormant for years when, in 2015, it was given the kiss of life by a village consortium.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
  • disabled

Hotels chosen in 2016

Cesar Winners

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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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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
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Kilmichael Country House

Kilmichael Country House

Brodick

Be prepared for shrieks of greeting as you turn in to the wooded drive of this ‘very special’ small mansion, the oldest house on Arran – and that’s just from the peacocks! Inside the house, owners Geoffrey Botterill and Antony Butterworth extend a ‘personable’ but less vociferous welcome, with offers of tea and home-made shortbread.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • romantic
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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
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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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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
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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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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