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 2021

Cesar Winners

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Special offer
Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor - Twixmas Break Special Offer

Okehampton

With stucco ceilings, antique-filled rooms and ornate fireplaces, the Murray family’s manor house is clearly made to be shared with someone special. After dinner à deux in the wood-panelled dining room, you can retire to a sleigh bed or four-poster.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • golf
  • for_wine-lovers
  • fishing
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • bird_watching
  • great_breakfast
  • horse_riding
  • boutique
  • foodie
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Special offer
La Sablonnerie

La Sablonnerie - Suite Upgrade Special Offer

Little Sark

Reached by horse-drawn carriage over a scenic isthmus, Elizabeth Perrée’s 400-year-old farmhouse on car-free Sark is as charming as its owner. There are cliffs and coves to explore before returning to tuck into local lobster and scallops.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • exceptional_value
  • honeymoon
  • seaside
  • bird_watching
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • wildlife_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • foodie
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The Peat Inn

The Peat Inn

Cupar

Our inspectors were bowled over by the food created by Michelin-starred chef/patron Geoffrey Smeddle in his old coaching inn with modern interior. Dishes might include pastrami of sea trout, loin of deer.
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • wine
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • for_wine-lovers
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • foodie
  • great_breakfast
  • disabled_facilities
10% discount voucher
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Swan House

Swan House

Hastings

Historic mixes with hip in this half-timbered house with inglenook fireplace that has been given a stylish makeover. Brendan McDonagh gets as much praise for his warm welcome and breakfasts as his partner, Lionel Copley, does for his interior design.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • romantic
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
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The Scarlet

The Scarlet

Mawgan Porth

Readers’ complimentary reports on this adults-only hotel flood our inbox. The seaside setting, spa and smiling service, alongside an effective environmental policy, win repeated praise. Over the past year we haven’t had a single negative comment.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • eco-friendly
  • parking
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • electric_charging_point
  • adults-only
  • foodie
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Coes Faen

Coes Faen

Barmouth

Proof positive that sustainability can be stylish, Sara and Richard Parry-Jones’s hotel has the wow factor as soon as the door opens to a glass staircase built into the hillside. There is biomass heating, and roofs have sheep’s wool insulation.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • boutique
  • adults-only
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • eco-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • great_breakfast
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • cycling
25% voucher
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The Grasmere Hotel

The Grasmere Hotel

Grasmere

Walks from the doorstep, views of Helm Crag, and fires to gather round for pre-dinner drinks make the Winsland family’s Victorian country house hotel a clear winner. As is the food, with imaginative menus, homemade bread, and kippers for breakfast.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • dog_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • country_house
  • good_value
  • great_breakfast
  • boutique
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Roundwood House

Roundwood House

Mountrath

There’s a library in the double-height stables and a delicious dinner is served with a serenade from chef Paddy Flynn, who runs this 18th-century country house with his wife, Hannah. The Georgian interiors have a relaxed, homely atmosphere.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • country_house
  • view
  • guest_house
  • bird_watching
  • baby-friendly
  • parking
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • boutique
  • foodie
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The Angel Inn

The Angel Inn

Skipton

Local ales are served as well as Michelin-starred food at this Dales pub with beams and luxury rooms. Chef/patron Michael Wignall uses local food but global inspiration to create such dishes as Yorkshire duck with soy, black bean and miso.
From £70 per night
  • weddings
  • pub_with_rooms
  • disabled
  • child_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • dog_friendly
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • gourmet
  • foodie
  • for_wine-lovers
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Baraset Barn

Baraset Barn

Stratford-upon-Avon

Fantastic food, amazing value and a side serving of culture in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon are the hallmarks of this restaurant-with-rooms. The barn is as atmospheric as they come, with a flagstone floor and an impossibly high vaulted ceiling.
  • child_friendly
  • cycling
  • boutique
  • foodie
  • great_breakfast
  • good_value
  • electric_charging_point
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
10% discount voucher 25% voucher

Cesar Winners 2020

Cesar Winners

1
Special offer
The Angel Hotel

The Angel Hotel - Book 7 Nights and Pay for 5 Flexible Special Offer

Abergavenny

William Griffiths’s Georgian former coaching inn is the very model of a town hotel; family run, with friendly staff, a relaxed locals bar, eclectic menus, modern artworks. Afternoon tea is a particular treat, with cakes from the hotel’s own bakery.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • good_value
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • foodie
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Southernhay House

Southernhay House

Exeter

Silk, Spice… the bedrooms at Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard’s boutique hotel recall the original owner. A Georgian Orientalist and diplomat, he’d have enjoyed drinks on the pretty veranda, dinner alfresco, a free- standing bath in a glamorous bedroom.
  • weddings
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • boutique
  • romantic
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Old Downton Lodge

Old Downton Lodge - Midweek Special Offer

Ludlow

Deep in the countryside, Willem and Pippa Vlok have created superb accommodation in historic farm buildings around parterre gardens. From dinner in a room resembling a medieval great hall, to a perfect breakfast, everything delighted our inspectors.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • activities
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • parking
  • electric_charging_point
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • for_wine-lovers
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The Airds Hotel

The Airds Hotel

Port Appin

From cream teas by the fire to drinks on the loch shore, Shaun and Jenny McKivragan’s former ferry inn is a place for indulgence. Bedrooms have designer fabrics, Bulgari toiletries; dinner brings superb West Coast produce. Breakfast is exceptional.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • honeymoon
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • activities
  • wildlife_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • great_breakfast
  • for_wine-lovers
  • horse_riding
  • foodie
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The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

Generosity of spirit abounds at Julia and Paddy Foyle’s fun B&B, filled with entertaining auction finds. Bedrooms have immense character, a terrace or balcony, perhaps a harbour view. Breakfast in the conservatory is all you could ask – and more.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
10% discount voucher
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Underleigh House

Underleigh House

Hope

Perfect hosts Vivienne and Philip Taylor set high standards at their Peak District longhouse home. Three of four well- equipped guest bedrooms are suites. A log burner warms the cosy lounge. Breakfast brings an array of fresh and very local produce.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • good_value
  • eco-friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • great_breakfast
  • electric_charging_point
  • boutique
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The Old Coastguard

The Old Coastguard

Penzance

Readers feel thoroughly spoilt at the Inkin brothers’ informal dining pub in a pretty fishing village. Most bedrooms have a sea view. In sunny weather, you can eat local seafood on the terrace in the palm-filled garden. Simple things done with style.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • romantic
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • boutique
  • foodie
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North House

North House

Cowes

Just minutes from the yacht-filled Solent lies Luke Staples and Lewis Green’s chic, immaculately run boutique hotel, with top-notch, locally sourced food, a pretty garden for alfresco dining, hands-on owners and thoroughly charming young staff.
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • outdoor_pool
  • wi-fi
  • boutique
  • seaside
  • cycling
  • dog_friendly
  • great_breakfast
  • foodie
  • child_friendly
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Read’s

Read’s

Faversham

Our inspectors loved everything at David and Rona Pitchford’s Georgian manor house, but it’s Mr Pitchford’s cooking that really sets it apart. A typical dish: roast Kentish lamb, smoked potato puree, haggis and lovage tart, roasted onion, lamb sauce.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
  • conference_meeting
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • for_wine-lovers
  • parking
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
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The Pipe and Glass Inn

The Pipe and Glass Inn

South Dalton

With a cosy, beamed bar and Michelin-starred cooking in the child-friendly, veggie-friendly restaurant, James and Kate Mackenzie’s former coaching inn is a winner. Smart bedrooms have a terrific bathroom, and everything in the garden is edible.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
  • pub_with_rooms
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • for_wine-lovers
  • vegan-friendly
  • walking
  • outdoor_dining
  • electric_charging_point
  • bird_watching
  • foodie
  • romantic
  • wildlife_watching
  • boutique

Cesar Winners 2019

Cesar Winners

1
Special offer
The Nare

The Nare - Four night Autumn Break Special Offer

Veryan-in-Roseland

With its spa, its pools, balconies and sub-tropical gardens overlooking sandy Carne Beach, Toby Ashworth’s hotel is the perfect mix of family-friendliness and luxury. Top marks for Cornish cream teas, local seafood, a talented new chef, smiling staff and traditional values.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • cooking_school
  • view
  • disabled
  • dog_friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • parking
  • outdoor_dining
  • wheelchair_accessible
2
Special offer
Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse - Three Nights for the Price of Two Special Offer

Clearwell

Hari and Colin Fell have created luxurious contemporary accommodation within historic, rustic farm buildings. Eggs from the ducks and hens in the paddock, vegetables from the kitchen garden, wild garlic foraged from the Forest of Dean supply chef Rob Cox’s 20-mile menus.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • golf
  • fishing
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
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Stoberry House

Stoberry House - Four Nights for the Price of Three Special Offer

Wells

The bedrooms are luxurious, breakfast is exceptional at Tim and Frances Meeres Young’s 18th-century coach house overlooking the cathedral city. From the hosts’ attention to the smallest detail, to the beautifully landscaped gardens, this is a labour of love.
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • great_breakfast
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • vegan-friendly
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Gregans Castle Hotel

Gregans Castle Hotel

Ballyvaughan

A generosity of spirit infuses Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray’s Georgian country house, with magical views across the Burren to Galway Bay. Elegant interiors are filled with antiques, modern art, fresh garden flowers. The cooking is unpretentious but imaginative.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • country_house
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • gourmet
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • electric_charging_point
10% discount voucher
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Kinloch Lodge

Kinloch Lodge

Sleat

There are glorious loch views from bedrooms filled with antiques, at Lord and Lady Macdonald’s former hunting lodge on Skye. Ancestral portraits abound. A ghillie organises fishing and stalking, while chef Marcello Tully cooks delicious fare. Speed, bonny boat!
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • honeymoon
  • fishing
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • seaside
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • child_friendly
  • with_cooking_school
  • wildlife_watching
  • romantic
  • great_breakfast
  • walking
  • foodie
  • parking
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The Star Inn at Harome

The Star Inn at Harome

Helmsley

This chocolate-box-pretty-thatched village inn is infused with wit – the bar filled with odds and ends; a billiard table at the foot of a bed – but chef/patron Andrew Pern’s Michelin-starred cooking is seriously good. One room has both spa bath and piano.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
  • conference_meeting
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • pub_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • dog_friendly
  • foodie
  • for_wine-lovers
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
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Knockendarroch Hotel

Knockendarroch Hotel

Pitlochry

Struan and Louise Lothian spare no effort to please guests at their friendly hotel. Fires burn in comfy lounges. There’s a cabinet of whiskies; rooms with balcony, with books, a four-poster, binoculars, loch views; a daily-changing menu of superb cooking.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • guest_house
  • romantic
  • cycling
  • electric_charging_point
  • vegan-friendly
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Pentonbridge Inn

Pentonbridge Inn

Penton

An exciting gourmet destination within sight of the Scottish border. Each smart bedroom is named after an infamous clan of Border Reivers – a daring departure.
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • foodie
  • electric_charging_point
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • baby-friendly
25% voucher
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Restaurant James Sommerin

Restaurant James Sommerin

Penarth

Superb sea views, contemporary design and acclaimed Michelin-starred cooking prove to be winning ingredients at Louise and James Sommerin’s family-run enterprise on the Severn estuary.
  • child_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • seaside
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • foodie
  • for_wine-lovers
  • rooms_with_a_view
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The Salutation

The Salutation

Sandwich

There is a pleasurable away-from-it-all feeling at this Queen Anne-style Lutyens house with ‘secret garden’, on the edge of a jewel of a medieval town. New owners John and Dorothy Fothergill have refurbished with great style. Food and service win high praise.
From £90 per night
  • garden
  • golf
  • gourmet
  • bird_watching
  • historic
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
  • with_cooking_school
  • walking
  • weddings
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
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Cesar Winners 2018

Cesar Winners

1
Special offer
Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall - 40th Anniversary Weekday Stay Special Offer

Oakham

From the landscaped gardens with ‘a five-star view’ over Rutland Water to the Michelin-starred dining, Tim and Stefa Hart’s acclaimed hotel nails English country house excellence.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • activities
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • gourmet
  • parking
  • walking
  • romantic
  • golf
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • wildlife_watching
  • honeymoon
  • electric_charging_point
  • wheelchair_accessible
2
Special offer
Soar Mill Cove Hotel

Soar Mill Cove Hotel - Midweek Special Offer

Salcombe

It’s all about the sublime seaside setting at Keith Makepeace’s family-centric, dog-friendly hotel with ‘amazing views to take your breath away’.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • baby-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • outdoor_dining
  • bird_watching
  • electric_charging_point
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Special offer
Judges

Judges - 'Accommodation Special Rates' Special Offer

Yarm

Shrouded from the world by rolling gardens and wooded dells and with ‘impeccably maintained grounds’, this creeper-covered Victorian country house was once a retreat for circuit judges.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • country_house
  • conference_meeting
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Viewmount House

Viewmount House

Longford

This elegant 17th-century country house set among orchards and beautifully designed gardens ‘ticks every box’ for readers.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • view
  • disabled
  • gourmet
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wildlife_watching
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • boutique
  • great_breakfast
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Llys Meddyg

Llys Meddyg

Newport

Near the edge of town, a walk from the beach, this 19th-century town house is a popular restaurant with smart contemporary rooms – and a rather chic yurt.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • conference_meeting
  • baby-friendly
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • surfing
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
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St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthbert’s House

Seahouses

The term ‘B&B’ doesn’t do justice to this imaginatively converted chapel with its spoiling bedrooms, breakfast feasts, and warm welcome from Jeff and Jill Sutheran.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
  • wildlife_watching
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
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The Red Lion Freehouse

The Red Lion Freehouse

Pewsey

On the edge of Salisbury Plain not far from Stonehenge, this thatched 19th-century beer house is run as a friendly village local and Michelin-starred pub-with-rooms by chef/proprietors Guy and Brittany Manning.
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • gourmet
  • view
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • child_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • bird_watching
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • foodie
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The Mash Inn

The Mash Inn

Radnage

It is all about earth and fire at Nick Mash’s red brick 18th-century pub, reinvented as a restaurant-with-rooms, amid a rural community of hamlets.
  • walking
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • adults-only
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • foodie
  • outdoor_dining
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Burrastow House

Burrastow House

Walls

In a beautiful location overlooking the Sound of Vaila, on Shetland’s remote west coast, this 18th-century laird’s house, altered and extended, offers a home-from-home experience.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • garden
  • guest_house
  • good_value
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • fishing
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Forest Side

Forest Side

Grasmere

This Victorian Gothic mansion, one of Andrew Wildsmith’s small, sophisticated group (see also Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge), manages to be stylish yet relaxed.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • wine
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • weddings
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • for_wine-lovers
  • wildlife_watching
  • great_breakfast
  • bird_watching
  • foodie
  • honeymoon

2017 Cesar Winners

Cesar Winners

1
Special offer
Battlesteads

Battlesteads - Two and Three Night Taster Menu Special Offers

Hexham

‘The many “green” features of this hotel are laudable,’ say Guide readers of the ‘colourful, interesting grounds’, ‘amazing’ dark sky observatory and sustainable approach at Dee and Richard Slade’s rural hotel.
  • bird_watching
  • child_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • dog_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
  • garden
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
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The Blakeney Hotel

The Blakeney Hotel

Holt

On the quayside overlooking the estuary and salt marshes, in the luminous landscape of north Norfolk, Emma Stannard’s ‘lovely, comfortable', child-friendly hotel gets another thumbs-up from a trusted reader.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • indoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wildlife_watching
  • cycling
  • golf
  • baby-friendly
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Hell Bay Hotel

Hell Bay Hotel

Bryher

New England meets Newquay at the UK’s most westerly hotel, a stylish coastal retreat 30 miles from the Cornish mainland, on the smallest of the inhabited Isles of Scilly.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • wi-fi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • dog_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • foodie
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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
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • for_wine-lovers
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • electric_charging_point
  • boutique
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The Nobody Inn

The Nobody Inn

Exeter

Down narrow, winding country lanes, Sue Burdge’s inn is so much the model of an olde-worlde Devon pub that it ‘could have been created by a set designer’.
  • for_wine-lovers
  • garden
  • good_value
  • parking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • wi-fi
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The Cross at Kingussie

The Cross at Kingussie

Kingussie

Amid the wooded mountain scenery of the Cairngorms national park, a Victorian tweed mill once driven by the rocky, rushing Gynack Burn lives on as a restaurant-with-rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • great_breakfast
  • golf
  • fishing
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • horse_riding
  • cycling
  • foodie
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Ael y Bryn

Ael y Bryn

Crymych

Year after year we receive rave reviews from readers extolling both house and hosts at Robert Smith and Arwel Hughes’s modern, single-storey B&B with beautifully tended gardens, gazing out to the Preseli hills.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • good_value
  • cycling
  • adults-only
  • parking
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Brocco on the Park

Brocco on the Park

Sheffield

Behind the facade of an Edwardian villa, Scandi chic prevails in this multi-award-winning hotel.
  • child_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • boutique
  • disabled
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • great_breakfast
  • foodie
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The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

Swallowcliffe

The whitewashed, ivy-hung exterior of this former tannery-turned-ale house does little to betray its ‘stunning, modern’ interiors, nor the ‘warmth and charm’ that welcome visitors and locals.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • pub_with_rooms
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • good_value
  • vegetarian_friendly
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The Hardwick

The Hardwick

Abergavenny

In an ‘attractive rural setting’ outside the town, chef/patron Stephen Terry has transformed a former roadside pub into a destination restaurant-with-rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly

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The Grove

The Grove - Gourmet Escape Special Offer

Narberth

Jacobean splendour meets Arts and Crafts elegance at this gleaming white hotel, set in a leafy glade outside one of Pembrokeshire’s prettiest market towns.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • disabled
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • baby-friendly
  • dog_friendly
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  • conference/meeting_friendly
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  • wildlife_watching
  • romantic
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Hazel Bank

Hazel Bank

Keswick

Occupying a prime spot in what is arguably the Lake District’s most picturesque valley, Hazel Bank has ‘stunning mountain views’, walks from the doorstep, and the chance of spotting a red squirrel.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • adults-only
  • parking
  • country_house
  • great_breakfast
  • boutique
  • foodie
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The Lord Crewe Arms

The Lord Crewe Arms

Blanchland

Blending 12th-century stone origins with 21st-century country-inn comforts, plus robust food, this handsome hotel attracts walkers and weekenders.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • pub_with_rooms
  • disabled
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • bird_watching
  • cycling
  • foodie
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
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Augill Castle

Augill Castle

Kirkby Stephen

With its towers and battlements, wood-panelled walls and ornate ceilings, this Victorian-folly castle set in acres of grounds still manages to be ‘very relaxed; we never felt we had to be on our best behaviour’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • tennis
  • view
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
  • romantic
  • country_house
  • dog_friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • boutique
  • foodie
  • great_breakfast
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Hotel Endsleigh

Hotel Endsleigh

Tavistock

‘It’s hard to fathom just how many things the Endsleigh does right,’ says one reader, of this Grade I listed hotel set in 200 acres of fairy-tale gardens in the Tamar valley.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
  • baby-friendly
  • boutique
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The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

Richmond

Minutes from the motorway, this Georgian estate feels deeply rural, with its walled garden and hundreds of acres to explore.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • conference_meeting
  • activities
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • bird_watching
  • foodie
  • great_breakfast
  • conference/meeting_friendly
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Zanzibar International Hotel

Zanzibar International Hotel

St Leonards-on-Sea

‘Splendidly quirky’ and ‘utterly relaxed’, Max O’Rourke’s seafront hotel brims with an ‘interesting collection’ of curios from far-flung lands.
  • boutique
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • honeymoon
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • seaside
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • wi-fi
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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
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
Last updated: October 26, 2020