GHG Classics

since the good hotel guide was first published in 1978, only four hotels have been in every edition. here are the four classic golden oldies which have stood the test of time and remain firm favourites of our readers year after year. 

GHG Classics

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Little Barwick House

Little Barwick House - Midweek Sparkler Offer

Barwick

Tim and Emma Ford ‘set the standard for fine country dining and impeccable hospitality’ at their ‘unpretentious, enchanting’ restaurant-with-rooms, Guide readers agree.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • weddings
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Rothay Manor

Rothay Manor - 20% Discount Special Offer

Ambleside

New brooms Jamie and Jenna Shail have refreshed this Georgian manor house since taking over in 2016, but traditional values have not been swept away.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • honeymoon
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Hartwell House

Hartwell House - British Bank Holidays - 2nd Night 50% off

Aylesbury

Swish up the drive through an Arcadian 18th-century landscape to reach this Jacobean mansion.
From £200 per night
  • gym
  • weddings
  • golf
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
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The Cavendish

The Cavendish - Escape on Sunday

Baslow

‘Within lovely walking distance’ of Chatsworth House, the Duke of Devonshire’s ‘very nice hotel’ continues to please.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
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The Queensberry

The Queensberry - Gourmet Getaway Special Offer

Bath

The city centre is an easy walk from Helen and Laurence Beere’s ‘near-faultless’ hotel, in an ‘unsurpassed situation’ within reach of museums, shops and heritage spots.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
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Lindeth Fell

Lindeth Fell - Summer ‘Up-to-30%-off’ Special Offer

Bowness-on-Windermere

Enter through the wood-panelled hall at mid-afternoon to be greeted with a cream tea at this upmarket B&B overlooking Lake Windermere.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
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Treglos Hotel

Treglos Hotel - July Bed & Breakfast Offer

Constantine Bay

‘Friendly, smiley staff’ contribute to the ‘extremely enjoyable’ atmosphere of this traditional hotel overlooking the sea.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • disabled
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Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor - Charming British Escape

East Grinstead

‘Every comfort is anticipated’ at this ‘classy, tasteful’ Elizabethan manor house, from the garden flowers in the public rooms to ‘the most extensive cheese trolley we’d ever seen’.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
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Congham Hall

Congham Hall - Sunday Special Offer

King’s Lynn

Arrangements of garden flowers scent the public rooms at this ‘lovely country hotel’, where each of the ‘pretty bedrooms’ is named after a herb.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • tennis
  • indoor_pool
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The Horn of Plenty

The Horn of Plenty - Luxury Three-night Gourmet Break Special Offer

Tavistock

‘The amiable staff at this charming country hotel make you feel like a guest in a good friend’s house.’
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall - Summer Breaks in Rutland

Hambleton

‘Tim and Stefa Hart’s country house hotel is consistently outstanding, with service I have yet to see bettered: courteous, attentive, unintrusive. And Aaron Patterson’s Michelin-starred cooking never fails.’
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • activities
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The Pier at Harwich

The Pier at Harwich - “Ginspired” Special Offer

Harwich

‘A beacon of urbanity and flair on the quay’, Paul Milsom’s hotel is praised for its ‘obliging, well-intentioned’ staff.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • view
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Lastingham Grange

Lastingham Grange - D,B&B Third Night Free Special Offer

Lastingham

Birdsong fills the air around the Wood family’s ‘really lovely hotel’, which stands in large, peaceful grounds on the edge of the North York Moors.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
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The Great House

The Great House

Lavenham

The Great House's ‘enjoyable, enormously comfortable’ restaurant-with-rooms adds a dash of French flavour in a medieval wool village as English as they come.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • wine
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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor - Summer Escape Special Offer

Lewdown

‘It’s up there with the top hotels we’ve stayed at,’ writes a reader this year of Sue and James Murray’s romantic rebuild of a Jacobean manor house, surrounded by parkland.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
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The Capital

The Capital - Weekend special offer

London

Look out for the Union flag, and the doorman in suit and hat: this ‘intimate luxury hotel’ is all about ‘old-fashioned London hospitality’ – and is well loved for it.
  • child_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
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The Levin

The Levin - Seasonal/Weekend Special Offer

London

Between Harrods and Hyde Park, this well-established small hotel is ideally located for visitors seeking culture, commerce and the calm of one of the city’s largest green spaces.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • wine
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Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen - 4 Nights for the Price of 3 Special Offer

New Milton

‘Superb’, ‘excellent’, ‘impressive’, ‘delightful’ – on the edge of the New Forest, this model of a country house hotel and spa is on top form, having celebrated its golden anniversary.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • cooking_school
  • view
  • wine
  • disabled
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The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown - Summer Escape Two-night Special Offer

Romaldkirk

Pull a Windsor chair over to the log fire at Cheryl and Thomas Robinson’s creeper-covered 18th-century inn, in a picture-postcard village in the North Pennines.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • activities
  • disabled
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Hazel Bank

Hazel Bank - Summertime Three Night Special Offer

Borrowdale

Local couple Gary and Donna MacRae ‘revel’ in making their Borrowdale valley hotel ‘welcoming, relaxed – so enjoyable’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • view
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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House - Midweek Winter Breaks

Rye

‘Just as welcoming, beautiful, comfortable and relaxing as ever.’
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • b&b
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Star Castle

Star Castle - 10% discount all year

St Mary’s

‘Everything you’d expect from a really good hotel is here,’ writes a trusted Guide correspondent in 2017, fresh from celebrating the holidays at the Francis family’s characterful hotel above Hugh Town.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
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Soar Mill Cove Hotel

Soar Mill Cove Hotel - Three for Two Spring and Early Summer Special Offer

nr. Salcombe

From dolphin-spotting to table tennis, there is plenty to enjoy at Keith Makepeace’s family-friendly hotel, which stands in expansive countryside, with views towards the sea.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
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Lake Isle

Lake Isle - D,B&B Third Night Free Special Offer

Uppingham

Arise and go now, and go to Uppingham, to find this ‘delightful hotel in a delightful town’, its poetic name recalling WB Yeats’s yearning for the peace of Innisfree.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • gourmet
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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

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

York

‘A cheerful, likeable hotel’, this William and Mary mansion stands in Italianate parkland, with easy access to the city centre.
  • weddings
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • gourmet
  • disabled

Hotels not in the Guide that you many want to consider

GHG Classics

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Malmaison

Malmaison

Oxford

This converted Victorian prison is now a stunning boutique hotel offering unique luxury accommodation in historic Oxford. Limited private parking is available for a surcharge. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

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