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.

2019 Discoveries

Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries

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Twr y Felin Hotel

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St David’s

Around a working windmill built in 1806, a former temperance hotel has had a multi-million-pound facelift, becoming ‘Wales’s first contemporary art hotel’.
  • walking
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
  • parking
  • seaside
2
Summer Lodge

Summer Lodge

Evershot

It had ‘that “special” feel of a very good and well-run hotel’, found a visitor to this country house hotel and spa (Relais & Châteaux) in deepest Thomas Hardy country.
From £60 per night
  • weddings
  • swimming
  • garden
  • garden
  • spa
  • wi-fi
  • child_friendly
  • indoor_pool
  • romantic
  • tennis
3
The Elms

The Elms

Abberley

‘Very enjoyable; a place for relaxing weekends and special occasions,’ say Guide inspectors of the ‘beautifully proportioned Queen Anne mansion in spacious grounds’.
  • child_friendly
  • country_house
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • gourmet
  • spa
  • tennis
  • indoor_pool
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
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4
Brooks Country House

Brooks Country House

Ross-on-wye

Overlooking National Trust parkland, this Georgian country house has ‘a real sense of grandeur’, say inspectors in 2018.
  • bird_watching
  • walking
  • outdoor_pool
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • country_house
  • weddings
  • gym
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5
Blue Hayes

Blue Hayes

St Ives

Widescreen coastal views, ‘calm, muted, clotted-cream colours’ and ‘delightful suntrap gardens’ are a successful formula for Malcolm Herring’s ‘unashamedly luxurious’ small hotel.
  • garden
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • view
  • guest_house
  • walking
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
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6
The Punch Bowl Inn

The Punch Bowl Inn

Crosthwaite

‘Always a favourite’ of Guide friends in the north, Richard Rose’s 300-year-old pub-with-rooms is in ‘one of the prettiest villages in south Lakeland’. It is promoted to a full entry this year.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gastropub
  • wi-fi
7
The Gunton Arms

The Gunton Arms

Thorpe Market

‘A delight not only for art lovers but for all who visit,’ say Guide inspectors this year of Ivor Braka’s unique pub-with-rooms that upgrades to a full entry.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • historic
  • view
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
8
Bayards Cove Inn

Bayards Cove Inn

Dartmouth

‘Tucked away at the end of the main street of this idyllic town, seconds from the water’s edge’, Charles Deuchar’s pub-with-rooms is a medieval merchant's house in a 17th-century shell.
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
9
The Wellington Arms

The Wellington Arms

Baughurst

‘The immaculate and well-laid-out garden gave the promise of the outstanding stay to come,’ write readers this year, of a night at Simon Page and Jason King’s ‘amazing’, dog-friendly pub – an 18th-century former hunting lodge on the North Wessex Downs.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gastropub
  • wi-fi
  • walking
10
The Raeburn

The Raeburn

Edinburgh

Late Georgian elegance meets 21st-century boutique chic in the Maclean family’s recently extended hotel overlooking Fettes College and the Edinburgh Academicals rugby ground.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • disabled
  • parking
  • wi-fi
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2018 Discoveries

Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries

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Shieldaig Lodge

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Gairloch

‘Down a long single-track road, flanked by stone eagles at the gate,’ this Victorian hunting lodge stands in ‘a glorious setting’ by Loch Gairloch, ‘with enchanting views of cavorting seals’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • tennis
  • wi-fi
  • historic
  • country_house
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2
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No.15 Great Pulteney

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Bath

‘There are chandeliers all over’ at Christa and Ian Taylor’s latest addition to the Bath hotel scene – the old Carfax, run formerly by the Salvation Army, now spiffed up to the nines, with the addition of a small spa.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher
3
The Pig at Combe

The Pig at Combe

Gittisham

'In its glory, in the very beautiful Otter valley', this Elizabethan manor house is the fifth member of Robin Hutson’s Pig family.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • country_house
  • historic
  • gourmet
  • dog_friendly
  • british
  • wi-fi
4
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
5
The Crab & Lobster

The Crab & Lobster

Sidlesham

Facing the ‘wide sweep of tidal mudflats’ surrounding Pagham Harbour, this whitewashed restaurant-with-rooms stands as a ‘tucked-away’ beacon of ‘delicious food’ and ‘exceptional hospitality’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • gastropub
  • wi-fi
6
Restaurant James Sommerin

Restaurant James Sommerin

Penarth

With a Michelin star and ‘spectacular’ views of the Severn estuary and famous pier from a prime spot on Penarth’s late Victorian esplanade, James Sommerin’s family-run restaurant-with-rooms is ‘a very pleasant place to stay’.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • seaside
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7
Coes Faen

Coes Faen

Barmouth

‘The name means “leg of stone”,’ a Guide inspector tells us – a reference to the rocks on and over which this ‘fabulous, ultra-modern’ B&B is built.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
25% voucher
8
The Inn at Loch Tummel

The Inn at Loch Tummel

Strathtummel

Having swapped the dark glitz of a Soho nightclub for the big sky splendour of loch and munro, Alice and Jade Calliva are the ‘friendly, welcoming’ and ‘highly motivated’ owners of this 18th-century former coaching inn.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • garden
10% discount voucher
9
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
10
The Pipe and Glass Inn

The Pipe and Glass Inn

South Dalton

St Mary’s ‘stunning spire’ rises like Jack’s beanstalk – a heavenly marker of the approach to James and Kate Mackenzie’s ‘sublime’ pub-with-rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • gastropub
  • wi-fi
  • walking

2017 Discoveries

Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries

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The Gallivant

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Camber

There is much to like at Harry Cragoe’s roadside restaurant-with-rooms, which takes its inspiration from California beach motels, and adds a dash of Scandinavia.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
  • golf
2
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The Dial House

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Reepham

While it maintains its ‘eclectic, faultlessly tasteful’ Grand Tour theme, there are changes afoot at this small hotel in a ‘handsome red brick Georgian house’.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
3
The Inn at West End

The Inn at West End

West End

Gerry and Ann Price ‘set the standard’ at their ‘well-run’ pub/restaurant-with-rooms, where the ‘hands-on owners’ foster a hub-of-the-village atmosphere. Closed down because of ill health at end of September 2018.
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • gastropub
  • activities
  • wine
  • disabled
  • bird_watching
  • wi-fi
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Penally Abbey

Penally Abbey

Penally

‘An attractive building’ in a ‘tranquil setting’ with view of Carmarthen Bay, Melanie and Lucas Boissevain’s 19th-century neo-Gothic house is today as a smart, ‘happy, well-run’, hotel.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • view
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
5
Goldstone Hall

Goldstone Hall

Market Drayton

For ‘a quiet weekend in a friendly, characterful hotel among bucolic surroundings’, John and Sue Cushing’s red brick Georgian manor ‘fits the bill perfectly’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • wi-fi
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The Red Lion

The Red Lion

Babcary

With its rough-cut stone exterior and thatch, the Red Lion is outwardly the archetypal olde worlde pub – ‘but’, say trusted readers, ‘in our granddaughter’s terminology, the place rocks.’
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gastropub
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
7
Chapel House

Chapel House

Penzance

‘I have travelled widely but never stayed in a place where I truly felt I was with a close friend.’ Owner Susan Stuart ‘has created a real treat’, says a Guide regular after this year’s visit to the ‘beautifully restored listed house’.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
  • guest_house
8
The Plough

The Plough

Kelmscott

A popular pub-with-rooms in a tiny, ‘beguiling’ village close to the Thames, The Plough’s warm welcome and foodie credentials are appreciated as much by locals (and their dogs) as by guests from farther afield.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
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Forest Side

Forest Side

Grasmere

‘It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes this hotel so special.’ Atop a winding driveway, this Gothic pile is ‘light, airy, full of boutiquey charm – and, naturally, has delightful views across Grasmere’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • wine
  • disabled
  • weddings
  • wi-fi
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The Devonshire Arms

The Devonshire Arms

Long Sutton

An air of a country gentleman’s private study filters through this rural 19th-century hunting lodge, with appealing nods to the rural pursuits that might occupy him.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
  • b&b
  • wi-fi

2016 Discoveries

Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries

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Old Downton Lodge

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Ludlow

Barns and stables – some medieval – surround a courtyard laid out as parterre gardens, at Willem and Pippa Vlok’s restaurant-with-rooms, deep in the Shropshire countryside.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • activities
  • wi-fi
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The Carpenters Arms

The Carpenters Arms

Felixkirk

‘Excellent standards are being maintained,’ confirms a Guide trusty this year, after staying at this village inn with rooms overlooking the Vale of Mowbray.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • activities
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • parking
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Newbegin House

Newbegin House

Beverley

‘Perfect hosts’ Nuala and Walter Sweeney clearly enjoy welcoming guests to their ‘beautiful Georgian house’ in a market town dominated by its sublime Gothic minster.
  • b&b
  • garden
  • wi-fi
4
The Bridge Inn at Ratho

The Bridge Inn at Ratho

Ratho

Flanked by the 18th-century stone bridge after which it’s named, Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘characterful’ restaurant-with-rooms on the water has much to like.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher
5
The Seaside Boarding House

The Seaside Boarding House

Burton Bradstock

White walls, pleasant staff, bright sunshine, blue, blue sky, sparkling sea just over the road…’ For one reader this year, everything hit the spot at this cool small hotel overlooking Lyme Bay.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • seaside
  • view
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
6
Knockendarroch Hotel

Knockendarroch Hotel

Pitlochry

‘How refreshing to find a hotel that continues to strive to be the best, and succeed.’ Guide readers returned to Struan and Louise Lothian’s ‘small but pleasing hotel’ this year with friends, to find ‘the greeting friendly, the room lovely and warm’.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • guest_house
  • romantic
25% voucher
7
Eckington Manor

Eckington Manor

Eckington

With its own farm, orchard, vegetable and herb gardens, food is at the heart of everything at Judy Gardner’s restored restaurant-with-rooms, occupying a half-timbered farmhouse and rustic outbuildings.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • cooking_school
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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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