Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

2019 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

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Hartwell House

Hartwell House - £98 Per Person National Trust Anniversary Break Special Offer

Aylesbury

In a Georgian Arcadia, this Jacobean mansion, refashioned in the 1700s, was the palatial refuge of the exiled Louis XVIII and his court.
From £200 per night
  • gym
  • weddings
  • golf
  • garden
  • spa
  • wi-fi_
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • honeymoon
  • romantic
  • tennis
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The George

The George - Sumptuous Sundays Special Offer

Stamford

‘As good as ever in all respects,’ writes a regular visitor after this year’s visit to Lawrence Hoskins’s popular hotel, a historic landmark of this Georgian town.
From £195.00 per night
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
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Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

Llyswen

A romantic Jacobean mansion, first opened as a hotel in 1990 by the late Sir Bernard Ashley, remains home to his ‘fabulous collection of paintings, sculptures and antiques’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
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Prestonfield

Prestonfield

Edinburgh

A tapestry room, a state drawing room, a whisky room, a sitting room lined with gilded Cordoba leather… James Thomson’s 17th-century mansion beside Royal Holyrood Park pleases by a fine excess.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • golf
  • gourmet
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The Lord Crewe Arms

The Lord Crewe Arms

Blanchland

A ‘lovely drive over moors’ leads to this hotel in a North Pennines village built from the stone of a dissolved 12th-century abbey.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • gastropub
  • wine
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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The Rookery

The Rookery

London

Along a narrow lane, a lamb-chop toss from Smithfield market, Clerkenwell’s hubbub surrenders to the ‘club-like’ calm of Peter McKay and Douglas Blain’s tumble of 18th-century houses.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Boscastle

‘What a super place to stay for tackling some of the Coastal Path; it ticks all possible boxes,’ writes a Guide inspector in 2018 of Sally and Chris Searle’s historic B&B.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • historic
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
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The Pig on the Beach

The Pig on the Beach

Studland

Forged from the coastal villa of an aristocratic MP this ‘gloriously Gothic mini-Hogwarts, all gargoyles and turrets’ gazes out across the sea to Old Harry Rocks.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
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Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Clones

It is easy to see why this 18th-century Italianate country house is known locally as The Castle.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • view
  • activities
  • wi-fi
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Old Parsonage Hotel

Old Parsonage Hotel

Oxford

‘We visit Oxford every year and the Old Parsonage never disappoints.’
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi

2018 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor - Autumn Escape Special Offer

Lewdown

‘Can only talk in superlatives,’ writes a reader this year of Sue and James Murray’s historic manor house.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
  • golf
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa - Tailor make the break of your choice

York

'Tis a very pritty place,' wrote the diarist and former resident, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. After visiting the National Trust’s red brick mansion, Guide readers happily concur.
  • weddings
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • gourmet
  • disabled
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
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Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa - Spa Break Special Offer

Llandudno

‘Without exception the house and its antique contents are fabulous; it’s an absolute gem,’ wrote a long-term Guide reader after visiting the National Trust hotel overlooking Snowdonia.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Temple House

Temple House

Ballymote

Sheep crop the grasses in the parkland around Roderick and Helena Perceval’s classical Georgian mansion overlooking a lake and a ruined 13th-century castle – a working private estate rather than romantic Grand Tour fantasy.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • historic
  • country_house
  • wi-fi
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Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island Hotel

Bigbury-on-sea

A consortium headed by Office Space in Town has just acquired hotel space in Devon. This gleaming white Art Deco hotel on a tidal island, sold by its former owners after 17 years, is undergoing a multi-million-pound make-over,
  • gym
  • weddings
  • bird_watching
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • wi-fi
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Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie

Glaslough

Scottish Baronial meets Italian Renaissance in Samantha Leslie’s Victorian pile on one of the last great Irish castle estates still owned by the founding family.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
  • golf
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
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Llanthony Priory Hotel

Llanthony Priory Hotel

Llanthony

Ecclesiastical historians rejoice! In the ‘romantic’ setting of a vertiginous valley beneath the Black mountains, this ‘atmospheric’ small hotel partly occupies an ivy-clad medieval tower. It is one of four Grade 1 listed buildings in the ruined priory’s precincts.
  • walking
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • historic
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Sign of the Angel

Sign of the Angel

Lacock

‘Little has changed over the centuries’ at this Tudor coaching inn in a National Trust village. Familiar to Harry Potter fans as the Babberton Arms, it was once home to Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • historic
  • weddings
  • british
  • wi-fi
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The Goring

The Goring

London

A royal warrant and a Michelin star are but two accolades held by London’s last grand Edwardian hotel, still run by the family that built it.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • disabled
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
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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
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2017 Editor's Choice Historic Hotels

Editor’s Choice Historic Hotels

1
Special offer
Hartwell House

Hartwell House - £98 Per Person National Trust Anniversary Break Special Offer

Aylesbury

In a Georgian Arcadia, this Jacobean mansion, refashioned in the 1700s, was the palatial refuge of the exiled Louis XVIII and his court.
From £200 per night
  • gym
  • weddings
  • golf
  • garden
  • spa
  • wi-fi_
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • honeymoon
  • romantic
  • tennis
2
Special offer
Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor - Autumn Escape Special Offer

Lewdown

‘Can only talk in superlatives,’ writes a reader this year of Sue and James Murray’s historic manor house.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
  • golf
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
Upgrade voucher
3
Special offer
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa - Tailor make the break of your choice

York

'Tis a very pritty place,' wrote the diarist and former resident, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. After visiting the National Trust’s red brick mansion, Guide readers happily concur.
  • weddings
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • gourmet
  • disabled
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
4
Special offer
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa - Spa Break Special Offer

Llandudno

‘Without exception the house and its antique contents are fabulous; it’s an absolute gem,’ wrote a long-term Guide reader after visiting the National Trust hotel overlooking Snowdonia.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
5
Currarevagh House

Currarevagh House

Oughterard

Reputedly Ireland’s longest running hotel under one family’s ownership: its ‘true country house’ atmosphere and easy access to rural pursuits draw back guests year after year.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • view
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
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Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie

Glaslough

Scottish Baronial meets Italian Renaissance in Samantha Leslie’s Victorian pile on one of the last great Irish castle estates still owned by the founding family.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
  • golf
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
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Boath House

Boath House

Auldearn

‘We were looking forward to our stay,’ write Guide insiders, on returning to this classical Georgian mansion in ‘wonderful grounds’, rescued from ruin in the 1990s by Don and Wendy Matheson.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • spa
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • walking
  • bird_watching
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Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Clones

It is easy to see why this 18th-century Italianate country house is known locally as The Castle.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • view
  • activities
  • wi-fi
9
Stone House

Stone House

Rushlake Green

Stone House closed down at the end of January 2018.
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • historic
  • activities
  • wine
10% discount voucher Upgrade voucher