Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

Llanthony Priory, Llanthony

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2022 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

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Hartwell House

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Aylesbury

Live like (an exiled) King at this Grade I listed mansion, which is part Jacobean and part Georgian – just like Louis XVIII did for five years. It has 90 acres of gardens designed by Capability Brown, and stately home interiors – damask wallpapers, 18th-century busts, marble fireplaces and fine paintings.
From £200 per night
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The Lygon Arms

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Broadway

Past guests at this former coaching inn, with origins dating back to the 14th century, include Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Edward VII and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The past still lives and breathes through its Cotswold stone, casement windows, inglenooks and antique-filled interiors.
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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

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York

Now owned by the National Trust, this splendid building built in the early 1700s is more akin to a stately home than a country house. It was sensitively turned into a hotel 40 years ago and its elegant proportions and exceptional interior woodwork have all been beautifully preserved.
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Cliveden House

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Taplow

This Italianate 19th-century mansion has seen a plethora of historical figures pass through its doors, from the Astors (who lived here) to Winston Churchill, Lawrence of Arabia and Charlie Chaplin. Admire the lavish rooms and fine art collection, swim in the notorious ‘Profumo pool’ and explore 375 acres of gardens and grounds.
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Temple House

Temple House

Ballymote

One of the few great Irish estates to remain in the same family, this one – which includes a 12th-century ruined castle – has been home to the Perceval family since 1665. Today, they welcome guests into their mansion, built in 1825, with its sweeping staircase and views of the mile-long lake.
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The Rookery

The Rookery

London

This Georgian building in Clerkenwell, with exposed brickwork, silks and velvets, open fires and antiques, is a throwback to another century. Curl up on the carved four-poster in the Rook’s Nest penthouse suite, with its 40ft spire and Victorian bathing machine, and immerse yourself in the Dickensian vibe.
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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Boscastle

Thomas Hardy stayed in this pretty, gabled Victorian rectory in 1870, and was introduced to the rector’s sister-in-law, Emma, who became his wife and the subject of his most beautiful later poetry. Walk along the herbaceous border to Hardy’s Seat, where the courting couple used to sit.
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Blackmore Farm

Blackmore Farm

Cannington

The oak beams, stone archways, fireplaces and rough-hewn walls of this 15th-century manor house are complemented by displays of medieval weaponry and suits of armour, with four-poster beds in the rooms. ‘Cider Press’, in the converted barn, has a kitchen with a Welsh dresser and working Aga.
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Llanthony Priory Hotel

Llanthony Priory Hotel

Abergavenny

It may offer budget prices, but this hotel is rich in history and atmosphere: the hotel adjoins a ruined 12th-century Augustinian priory. Stay in the tower rooms, accessed by a winding staircase, and enjoy a digital detox – there is no Wi-Fi, TV, or mobile signal.
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Douneside House

Douneside House

Tarland

The real historical interest in this gabled and castellated baronial-style mansion lies in its RAF connections. The original owners, the MacRoberts, lost their three sons in flying tragedies (two in the Second World War), and the interiors are home to many photos and mementos. Serving and retired military guests are entitled to discounts.
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2021 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

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Hartwell House

Hartwell House - Complimentary Fourth Night Special Offer

Aylesbury

The exiled French king Louis XVIII set up his impoverished court at Hartwell for five years after 1809, farming livestock on its roofs. He signed his accession to the throne in the library. The mansion is now run by the National Trust.
From £200 per night
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The Lygon Arms

The Lygon Arms - 'Dogs Stay Free' Special Offer

Broadway

There’s history from both sides of the English Civil War to be found among the beams and inglenooks. Charles I stayed in 1649; his coat of arms can be seen over a fireplace in his room. And Oliver Cromwell slept here before battle in 1651.
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Cliveden House

Cliveden House - Three Nights for the Price of Two Special Offer

Taplow

You name them, they’ve stayed at this Thameside Italianate summer palace. Former guests include most British monarchs since George I, plus personalities such as Charlie Chaplin. Not to mention a certain Christine Keeler and John Profumo.
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Askham Hall

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Penrith

Charles Lowther’s ancestral pile comes with a medieval pele tower and a 17th-century topiary garden. Prince Philip stayed in the Admiral’s Room on his visits to the hall over 30 years during the Lowther Show carriage-driving event.
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Star Castle

Star Castle

St Mary's

The bar is in the dungeon and the beamed dining room in the former officers’ mess of this Elizabethan fortress, built in star formation to defend the Isles of Scilly. Some rooms are in the original ramparts, so may have an unusual shape.
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Knockinaam Lodge

Knockinaam Lodge

Portpatrick

You can stay in the room where Churchill slept (and soak in the enamelled-concrete bath he used) when he and Eisenhower planned the D-Day landings from this secluded Victorian hunting lodge. Churchillian levels of luxury abound.
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Castle Leslie Estate

Castle Leslie Estate

Glaslough

The Leslie family can apparently trace its origins to Attila the Hun, though its Irish estate is much more recent, dating back to the 17th century. The current Victorian pile is home to such oddities as the first plumbed bath in Ireland.
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Plas Dinas Country House

Plas Dinas Country House

Caernarfon

For fans of the TV series The Crown: Princess Margaret regularly stayed at this former home of the Armstrong-Jones family when she was married to Lord Snowdon. Royal memorabilia is on show; the Princess Margaret suite has a four- poster.
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Llanthony Priory Hotel

Llanthony Priory Hotel

Abergavenny

The ruins of a medieval Augustinian abbey are the backdrop to this hotel, in the former prior’s lodging. There’s still a certain monastic simplicity to the rooms, four of which are in the tower, with no en-suites, TV or Wi-Fi.
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The Assembly House

The Assembly House

Norwich

Madame Tussaud exhibited her waxworks in this Georgian building, Franz Liszt gave a concert in the music room, and the local gentry danced beneath the chandeliers in the magnificent Great Hall to celebrate Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.
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2020 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House

Rye

If walls could talk, this wonderfully atmospheric, antique-filled 17th-century former wool store, school, chapel and Baptist minister’s residence turned B&B could tattle all day about past visitors, from Elizabeth Fry and TS Eliot to EF Benson and Radclyffe Hall.
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Star Castle

Star Castle

St Mary's

An Elizabethan house within star-shaped fortress walls, built to repel armadas, today welcomes all comers. You can book a single guard room on the ramparts, dine on lobster in the officers’ mess, drink St Austell ales in the dungeon where Cromwell’s man Sir John Ireton languished.
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Knockinaam Lodge

Knockinaam Lodge

Portpatrick

History was in the making at this secluded Victorian hunting lodge overlooking the Irish Sea, where Churchill and Eisenhower stayed to plan D-Day. Churchill Room has a vintage enamelled concrete soaking bath (the PM notoriously loved to wallow, dictating to his secretary from his tub).
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Temple House

Temple House

Ballymote

Portraits of Perceval ancestors gaze down from the walls of this classical Georgian mansion overlooking a lake and ruined Knights Templar castle. There are blazing fires, everywhere antiques, the atmosphere of a good, old-fashioned house party.
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Wilton Court

Wilton Court

Ross-on-Wye

At an ancient fording point on the River Wye, this restaurant-with-rooms, full of historic character, served in the 1500s as a magistrates’ court. You can dine in the courthouse, but, sadly, not access the bricked-in passageway that led to the jail – now a pub.
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Bank House

Bank House

King’s Lynn

The statue of Charles I above the door of this Georgian town house and one-time bank arrived in a wheelbarrow from the market place. Guests, arriving how they may, find boutique accommodation, a brasserie in the old counting house, and great food in the River Room, by all accounts.
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Sign of the Angel

Sign of the Angel

Lacock

Thought to date from the reign of Richard III, complete with horse passage, this is so much the quintessential olde worlde coaching inn, it was chosen to stand in for The Babberton Arms in a Harry Potter movie. Magic!
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Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

Brecon

Rumoured to stand on the site of the White Palace, home of the first Welsh Parliament, this Jacobean mansion, redesigned by Clough Williams Ellis, was once won in a game of cards. Among its many distinctions is the art collection of former owner, the late Sir Bernard Ashley.
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Bayards Cove Inn

Bayards Cove Inn

Dartmouth

Tudor black-and-white encloses Charles Deuchar’s medieval merchant’s residence. Originally named Agincourt House, it is a treasure trove of original features, exposed beams, wonky floors, carved timbers, but amenities are thoroughly modern.
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Ballathie House

Ballathie House

Stanley

There is a fairy-tale aspect to this turreted Victorian fishing lodge, which once hosted Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and her beau, before she married the future George VI. Room 11, the original chapel, is said to be haunted by the ghost of General Richardson Robertson of Tullybelton, who commissioned the house but died before its completion.
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2019 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

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Hartwell House

Hartwell House - Complimentary Fourth Night Special Offer

Aylesbury

For the five years after 1809 this Jacobean country mansion, refashioned in the 1700s, housed the court of the exiled Louis XV111 of France, along with his niece, the daughter of Marie Antoinette, and the exiled monarch of Sweden. The roof was converted into a miniature farm with birds and rabbits in cages, and tubs of vegetables and herbs, while outbuildings hosted the shops of impoverished French émigrés. Now in the hands of the National Trust it caters for a rather different clientele but the vast elegant rooms still have remarkable decorative ceilings, panelling and fireplaces, alongside historic paintings and antiques.
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The George of Stamford

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Stamford

An institution in this town of mellow stone. There may well have been a hostelry on this very spot in the tenth century. Its clientele of pilgrims and knights on their way from the north to Jerusalem would have stayed in the adjoining religious houses, with the ancient stones contained in the present-day building, including the crypt beneath the Champagne bar. The main block was rebuilt by Lord Burghley in 1597, an era reflected in the mullioned windows and initials over the entrance, while, just over a century later, the George became a famous stagecoach stop, the route’s two destinations listed on doors marked London and York. The famous gallows sign, erected directly outside across the old Great North Road, both welcomed guests and deterred highwaymen. Past guests include Charles I, William III and Sir Walter Scott.
From £195.00 per night
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Prestonfield

Prestonfield

Edinburgh

Designed as a replacement for a mansion burnt down during anti-Catholic protests in the late 17th century, lavish Prestonfield still displays the rewards of the original owner’s family’s fortune. Artworks, antiques and decorative features include Chinoiserie lacquered cabinets and the Leather room’s gilded Spanish wall coverings. The Italian room, a private dining venue, has panels painted with Italian-style landscapes inspired by travels of Sir Alexander Dick (the Rhubarb restaurant celebrates the fact he successfully introduced the plant to Scotland) while a future descendant remodelled and extended the property with a glorious circular stable block, an imposing new entrance and surrounding parkland. Since it became a hotel half a century ago guests have included Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Elton John.
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The Lord Crewe Arms

The Lord Crewe Arms

Blanchland

Now part of the small stylish Calcot Collection, this hospitable hotel has weathered stones that were laid in 1165 at the founding of Blanchland Abbey. Once the abbot’s lodge with guest quarters, kitchen and dining room, it retains in its gardens the cloisters where the white-robed monks walked. After the dissolution of the monastery in 1539, the lodge was reincarnated as a manor house, used for hunting by Northumbrian aristocrats, before later becoming a local inn for moorland lead miners, its name originating from the previous owner, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham. It still reeks of history with flagstone floors, barrel-vaulted ceilings and an enormous fire, along with bedrooms in former miners’ cottages.
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The Rookery

The Rookery

London

The days when a rookery was slang for an urban slum may be long gone – the hotel’s home area of Clerkenwell is now the haunt of many city types – but this hotel, forged from a tumble of 18th-century houses, has oodles of Georgian charm. The warren of interconnected buildings has antique furniture, wood panelling and stone flags, along with gilt-framed mirrors and Turneresque landscapes. Each bedroom is named after a raffish former resident. There are 17th-century carved oak beds, period four-posters and heavy silk curtains, with the showstopper of a two-storey penthouse suite boasting a sitting room beneath a 40-foot spire.
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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Boscastle

Twenty-four years after it was built in 1846 this Victorian rectory played host to one Thomas Hardy, then an architect working on the renovation of nearby St Juliot’s church. It was a stay that saw him fall in love with rector’s sister, Emma, his future wife. Over four decades later, following her death, he returned as a writer, penning some of his finest verse, the lines recalling the past, the rectory and the ‘wandering western sea’. Converted into a B&B in 2000, it retains period features including sash windows, fireplaces and atmospheric staircase, while the original Victorian walled kitchen garden supplies produce for breakfast.
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The Pig on the Beach

The Pig on the Beach

Studland

Today a member of the highly successful litter of Pig hotels this eclectic riot of turrets, chimneys and gingerbread windows, decorated with gargoyles and stone carvings, was the 19th-century coastal villa of aristocratic MP George Bankes. Its walls, rumoured to contain the remnants of King John’s medieval castle, now contain the group’s signature artfully mismatched interiors including a 17th-century woodcarving from a Portuguese palace. The grounds, gazing across to Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight, also boast significant history in the shape of the concrete bunker from which Churchill, Eisenhower and King George VI observed the rehearsals for the D-Day landings.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • conference_meeting
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Clones

Ageing family portraits in this imposing country house with its handsome porte-cochère – part of its transformation into an Italian palazzo in the 1870s – reflect the fact it has been in the Madden family for ten generations. The hotel’s dining room, which survives from an earlier rebuilding project after a fire in 1803, sports a fine ‘Nelson’ ceiling depicting ropes and oak leaves – a nod to the then owner’s father-in-law who had been an admiral of a squadron in the fleet at Trafalgar. You can still see the architect’s drawings for the estate’s parterre and lake, a chimney piece that Colonel John Madden brought back from Naples and a unique colonnaded ride, created to exercise his horses on wet days.
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  • child_friendly
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Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

Brecon

Tucked into serene grounds reaching down to the River Wye, this unashamedly romantic Jacobean mansion sits on land believed to be the original site of the White Palace – home to the first Welsh Parliament in 560 AD. Its remarkable past includes being owned for two generations by a family who had acquired it for winning a game of cards, and a later redesign into an Edwardian country house (for a London bowler-hat maker) by Clough William Ellis, his first major commission, over a decade before his work on Portmeirion. Formerly owned by Sir Bernard Ashley (husband to fabric designer, Laura), it holds his superb art collection including sketches by James Whistler and works by Augustus John.
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  • gourmet
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  • for_winelovers
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  • veganfriendly
  • ecofriendly
  • electric_charging_point
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Old Parsonage Hotel

Old Parsonage Hotel

Oxford

This splendid Headington stone property is built on ground owned by University College – the same landlord as when its construction, interrupted by the Civil War, was finished in 1660. Original features include the doorway with its mighty oak door, stone window frames and north stairs – one of two staircases in its design. Initially owned by the prosperous chef of nearby St John’s College, it has since been occupied by a master in Chancery to Edward IV, two Oxford mayors, a wig maker and a sculptor. In the late 19th century its tenants included Oscar Wilde, temporarily suspended from Magdalen College after returning late from travels in Greece.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
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  • wifi
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  • historic
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  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
  • electric_charging_point
  • cycling

2018 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa - Autumn/Winter Early Bird Special Offer

York

Arrive at this William and Mary house, with its lovely facade and 20 acres of gardens and parkland, and you'd think you were deep in the country; York, however, is just over a mile away.
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  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
2
Special offer
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa - 'Escape to the Country Break Rates' Special Offer

Llandudno

On the slopes of Pydew mountain, with views to Conwy Castle and the Snowdonia mountains, a 17th-century mansion in parkland and Arts and Crafts gardens, extended over centuries, is today a luxury hotel and spa.
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  • weddings
  • walking
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  • fishing
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3
Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor

Okehampton

In a peaceful Devon valley, this family-run historic manor house is loved for its architecture, romantic atmosphere, attention to detail and fine food.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
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4
Temple House

Temple House

Ballymote

A ruined Knights Templar castle sits beside a mile-long lake in the grounds belonging to Roderick and Helena Perceval's impressive classical mansion.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • historic
  • country_house
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
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  • golf
  • parking
  • babyfriendly
  • bird_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
5
Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island Hotel

Bigbury-on-Sea

A sea tractor ferries guests across the sands to this white concrete Art Deco edifice on a tidal island, built as a party venue in the 1930s, and what a swell party it is!
  • weddings
  • bird_watching
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
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  • historic
  • view
  • ecofriendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • honeymoon
  • garden
  • spa
  • surfing
  • gourmet
6
Castle Leslie Estate

Castle Leslie Estate

Glaslough

‘This is such a unique and interesting place,’ writes a reader, of the Leslie clan’s 19th-century mansion on a vast estate with gardens, lakes and woodland. ‘I felt like I was in a fairy tale.’
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  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • disabled_facilities
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  • parking
  • romantic
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  • wheelchair_accessible
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  • wildlife_watching
  • honeymoon
  • babyfriendly
  • gourmet
  • dog_friendly
  • boutique
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Sign of the Angel

Sign of the Angel

Lacock

It would be 'hard to find somewhere more olde-worlde than this 15th-century coaching inn', with its fireplaces and flagstones, and wonky beams aplenty.
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  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • historic
  • british
  • pub_with_rooms
  • good_value
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • foodie
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The Goring

The Goring

London

London’s last grand hotel of the Edwardian era, The Goring is the epitome of old-fashioned luxury, from its silk-lined walls and liveried footmen to Michelin-starred dining and a secret garden.
  • gym
  • weddings
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  • garden
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  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
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  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • foodie
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • great_breakfast
9
Llanthony Priory Hotel

Llanthony Priory Hotel

Abergavenny

Far up the Vale of Ewyas in the Welsh Black mountains, and just before the road becomes a narrow track, is where you’ll find the wild and remote setting of Llanthony Priory Hotel.
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  • historic
  • good_value
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  • cycling
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  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • child_friendly
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Stone House

Stone House

Rushlake Green

Stone House closed down at the end of January 2018.
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • historic
  • activities
  • wine

2017 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

1
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Hartwell House

Hartwell House - Complimentary Fourth Night Special Offer

Aylesbury

The French king Louis XVIII set up his court in exile here in the 19th century, signing his accession to the throne in the library, and today, staff do indeed 'make you feel like royalty'.
From £200 per night
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  • golf
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  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
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  • historic
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  • romantic
  • tennis
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • dog_friendly
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  • country_house
  • horse_riding
  • disabled_facilities
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • walking
  • wildlife_watching
2
Special offer
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa - Autumn/Winter Early Bird Special Offer

York

Arrive at this William and Mary house, with its lovely facade and 20 acres of gardens and parkland, and you'd think you were deep in the country; York, however, is just over a mile away.
  • weddings
  • garden
  • spa
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • gourmet
  • disabled
  • romantic
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • foodie
  • for_winelovers
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • electric_charging_point
  • gym
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • wildlife_watching
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
3
Special offer
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa - 'Escape to the Country Break Rates' Special Offer

Llandudno

On the slopes of Pydew mountain, with views to Conwy Castle and the Snowdonia mountains, a 17th-century mansion in parkland and Arts and Crafts gardens, extended over centuries, is today a luxury hotel and spa.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • dog_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • foodie
  • parking
4
Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor

Okehampton

In a peaceful Devon valley, this family-run historic manor house is loved for its architecture, romantic atmosphere, attention to detail and fine food.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • golf
  • for_winelovers
  • fishing
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wildlife_watching
  • bird_watching
  • great_breakfast
  • horse_riding
  • foodie
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
5
Castle Leslie Estate

Castle Leslie Estate

Glaslough

‘This is such a unique and interesting place,’ writes a reader, of the Leslie clan’s 19th-century mansion on a vast estate with gardens, lakes and woodland. ‘I felt like I was in a fairy tale.’
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • golf
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • horse_riding
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
  • wildlife_watching
  • honeymoon
  • babyfriendly
  • gourmet
  • dog_friendly
  • boutique
6
Currarevagh House

Currarevagh House

Oughterard

With cakes on the sideboard, drinks by the fire, and a gong to summon guests to dinner, Henry and Lucy Hodgson’s Victorian mansion in parkland on Lough Corrib has the atmosphere of a much-loved home.
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
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  • horse_riding
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  • veganfriendly
  • great_breakfast
7
Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Clones

Built in 1734, burnt down in 1803, rebuilt over 15 years and remodelled in the 1870s in the style of an Italian palazzo, the ancestral home of the Maddens is the perfect place for an escapist Irish country house weekend.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
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  • honeymoon
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  • conference_meeting
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  • activities
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • wildlife_watching
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  • cycling
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Boath House

Boath House

Nairn

The Matheson family’s classical Regency mansion stands in 22 acres of spectacular walled and woodland gardens, so ‘the rustle of the leaves in the trees’ drowns out any traffic noise from the Aberdeen–Inverness road.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • conference_meeting
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  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • rooms_with_a_view
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  • vegetarian_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • veganfriendly
  • parking
  • great_breakfast
  • for_winelovers
  • outdoor_dining
  • wildlife_watching
  • boutique
9
Stone House

Stone House

Rushlake Green

Stone House closed down at the end of January 2018.
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • historic
  • activities
  • wine
Last updated: January 27, 2022