Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries

It’s always a wonderful thing to discover a wonderful new hotel, and this year our editors have been hard at work, scouring the country for hidden jewels.  From country inns to Georgian manors, each of these hotels has something unique to offer, be it all fresh local ingredients in the restaurant, a warm friendly environment, or spectacular design and attention to detail. These are the Good Hotel Guide’s top 10 hotel discoveries this year.

2018 Discoveries

Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries

1
The Pig at Combe

The Pig at Combe

Gittisham

‘There is much to like and laugh about’ at this utterly transformed Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house, in a ‘glorious setting’ in the Otter valley.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • country_house
  • historic
  • gourmet
  • dog_friendly
  • british
2
Sign of the Angel

Sign of the Angel

Lacock

Guests in search of an ‘authentic, olde-worlde atmosphere’ find it in the flagstone passageways, huge fireplaces, wonky beams and creaky floorboards of this 15th-century coaching inn, in an ‘exquisitely preserved’ National Trust village.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • historic
  • weddings
  • british
3
Llanthony Priory Hotel

Llanthony Priory Hotel

Llanthony

‘The setting in the Welsh Borders could hardly be more romantic.’
  • walking
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • historic
4
The Crab & Lobster

The Crab & Lobster

Sidlesham

On the edge of Pagham Harbour nature reserve, this whitewashed restaurant-with-rooms is ‘a wonderfully tranquil, timeless, tucked-away sort of place’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • gastropub
5
The Pipe and Glass Inn

The Pipe and Glass Inn

South Dalton

Look out for the ‘stunning spire’ of St Mary’s church on the approach to this ‘enchanting village’ – it’s a divine landmark that leads believers to the ‘very best hospitality’ and ‘outstanding food’ at James and Kate Mackenzie’s pub-with-rooms, report Guide inspectors in 2017.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • gastropub
6
Restaurant James Sommerin

Restaurant James Sommerin

Penarth

A glamorous addition on the esplanade of this quiet seaside town, this contemporary restaurant-with-rooms remains, at its heart, a family affair: James Sommerin is the acclaimed head chef; his wife, Louise, holds court as front-of-house; his daughter, Georgia, dons her whites as chef de partie.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
7
Coes Faen

Coes Faen

Barmouth

Gazing over the Mawddach estuary from the foot of a tree-covered hillside, this ‘stunning, ultra-modern B&B’ is owned by Sara and Richard Parry-Jones.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
8
The Inn at Loch Tummel

The Inn at Loch Tummel

Strathtummel

‘The warmth of the welcome is striking’ at this ‘carefully refurbished’ 19th-century coaching inn with ‘superb views’ over Loch Tummel.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
9
Shieldaig Lodge

Shieldaig Lodge

Gairloch

The ‘splendid aroma of peat, whisky and leather’ defines this ‘impressive’ Victorian hunting lodge in a ‘glorious setting’ on Loch Gairloch.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
10
No. 15 Great Pulteney

No. 15 Great Pulteney

Bath

‘There’s plenty to look at’ in this ‘eclectic, imaginative’ hotel, say visitors in 2017, ‘from prize-winning artwork to collections of glass, Victorian calling cards and Beswick dogs.’
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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2017 Discoveries

Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries

1
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The Gallivant

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Camber

California beach motel meets the great British coast in ‘plenty of good spirit’ at Harry Cragoe’s ‘fun, likeable’ restaurant with rooms across the dunes from Camber Sands.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • seaside
2
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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
3
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The Inn at West End

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West End

A ‘genuinely friendly’ spot, Gerry and Ann Price’s ‘well-run’ pub/restaurant-with-rooms is popular with locals, who drop by morning and evening for coffee and a chat.
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • gastropub
  • activities
  • wine
  • disabled
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4
Penally Abbey

Penally Abbey

Penally

Overlooking the Pembrokeshire coast, Melanie and Lucas Boissevain’s chic hotel is ‘clearly on the up’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • view
5
Goldstone Hall

Goldstone Hall

Market Drayton

All is peaceful at John and Sue Cushing’s 18th-century manor house hotel, approached down a country lane embraced by green fields.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
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6
The Plough

The Plough

Kelmscott

‘The wonderful setting alone – in a gorgeous village hidden on the banks of the Thames – makes this a desirable place to stay’, but visitors to the 17th-century inn discover much more to like.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
7
Red Lion Inn

Red Lion Inn

Babcary

‘A hive of activity’, Clare and Charlie Garrard’s 17th-century thatched inn is well liked for its ‘excellent accommodation’, ‘enjoyable food’ and ‘efficient, professional staff’.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gastropub
  • disabled
8
The Devonshire Arms

The Devonshire Arms

Long Sutton

Contented guests praise the ‘friendly, efficient staff’, ‘comfy beds’ and ‘good food’ at Philip Mepham’s inn on the village green.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
  • b&b
9
Chapel House

Chapel House

Penzance

‘An inviting building in a lovely location’, this 18th-century admiral’s town house-turned-chic B&B has undergone a sea change in the hands of ‘caring, hands-on’ owner Susan Stuart.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • guest_house
10
The Dial House

The Dial House

Reepham

‘I count only the sunny hours,’ reads the Latin inscription on the sundial set in the wall above the entrance to this ‘eclectically decorated’ Georgian house.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi

2016 Discoveries

Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries

1
The Carpenters Arms

The Carpenters Arms

Felixkirk

‘A fashionable place that attracts far-flung customers’, this updated pub-with-rooms stands in a small village overlooking the Vale of Mowbray, on the edge of the North York Moors.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • activities
  • disabled
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2
Newbegin House

Newbegin House

Beverley

‘A welcoming home-away-from-home’, Nuala and Walter Sweeney’s ‘remarkable’ B&B is but one of the ‘delightful pleasures of the lovely town’.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • b&b
3
Eckington Manor

Eckington Manor

Eckington

Judy Gardner runs her rural restaurant-with-rooms and cookery school in an ‘attractive conversion’ of farm buildings, in a ‘charming, peaceful' village on the edge of the Cotswolds.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • cooking_school
  • disabled
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4
St Mary’s Inn

St Mary’s Inn

Morpeth

There’s a ‘jovial, relaxed’ feel at this modern pub-with-rooms, say Guide inspectors after an ‘excellent’ stay.
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • disabled
5
The Bridge Inn at Ratho

The Bridge Inn at Ratho

Ratho

Run with ‘an easy, informal air’, Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘bright’, ‘lively’ restaurant-with-rooms on the historic Union Canal has ‘all the character you could hope for’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
6
The Seaside Boarding House

The Seaside Boarding House

Burton Bradstock

Mary-Lou Sturridge and Tony Mackintosh (late of London’s Groucho Club) have turned a once-derelict B&B into a ‘laid-back but sophisticated’ restaurant-with-rooms within sound of the waves.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • seaside
  • view
7
Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant

Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant

Pitlochry

‘Bright flowers around the house add to the charm’ on a spring day at Struan and Louise Lothian’s Victorian stone mansion, in sloping gardens on a quiet street.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
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8
Old Downton Lodge

Old Downton Lodge

Ludlow

‘Panoramic vistas peppered with sheep and lambs’ surround Willem and Pippa Vlok’s ‘tranquil’ restaurant-with-rooms.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • activities
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