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

‘So relaxing and homely, but with style and much attention to detail,’ Emma and Tim Ford’s ‘absolutely delightful’, ‘tranquil’ restaurant-with-rooms is the ‘complete package’, say Guide readers this year.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • wi-fi
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Rothay Manor

Rothay Manor - 20% Discount Special Offer

Ambleside

Jamie and Jenna Shail continue to make improvements to their 19th-century manor house.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • wi-fi
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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 Cavendish

The Cavendish - Escape on Sunday

Baslow

Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and sitting within the Chatsworth Estate, this smart hotel is a great base for exploring the Peak District.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • gourmet
  • weddings
  • wi-fi
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The Queensberry

The Queensberry - 10% book direct money back guarantee

Bath

Close to the Assembly Rooms and other Bath glories, in ‘an unsurpassed situation’ yet ‘so quiet’, Laurence and Helen Beere’s hotel is smart and getting smarter, with bedrooms and bathrooms receiving a designer make-over
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • wi-fi
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Lindeth Fell

Lindeth Fell - October 25% Discount’ Special Offer

Bowness-on-windermere

‘Lovely owners’, the ‘charming and friendly’ Kennedy family, lay on a cream tea for new arrivals at their wisteria-draped Edwardian country house, run as a luxury B&B.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
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Treglos Hotel

Treglos Hotel - Four-night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Special Offer

Constantine Bay

The Barlows, whose family have run Treglos for 50 years, have sadly decided to close the hotel.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • disabled
  • seaside
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Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor - Charming British Escape

East Grinstead

‘We have become addicted to this place,’ write trusted readers, following a return visit to this beautiful Elizabethan manor house (Relais & Châteaux).
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • wi-fi
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Congham Hall

Congham Hall - Sunday Special Offer

King’s Lynn

The herb garden is a major draw at this Georgian country house hotel set amid lawns, orchards and woodlands close to Sandringham.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • tennis
  • indoor_pool
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
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The Horn of Plenty

The Horn of Plenty - Taste of Autumn

Tavistock

‘A wonderful place,’ writes a trusted reader, of Julie Leivers and Damien Pease’s long-established hotel on the Devon/Cornwall border
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
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Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall - Summer Breaks in Rutland

Hambleton

‘Perfection to the very last detail,’ writes a reader this year, of Tim and Stefa Hart’s hotel with landscaped gardens stretching down to Rutland Water.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • activities
  • gourmet
  • parking
  • wi-fi
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The Pier at Harwich

The Pier at Harwich - “Ginspired” Special Offer

Harwich

On the quay, overlooking the Stour and Orwell estuaries, and with ‘a compelling view over the boats and container ships on the water’, the Milsom family’s hotel is run by friendly young staff
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • view
  • wi-fi
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Lastingham Grange

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

Lastingham

‘The Wood family continues to run this little hotel like a vocation,’ say readers this year, having visited regularly for over three decades.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • country_house
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
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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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The Capital

The Capital - Weekend special offer

London

With its classic red brick facade, smartly suited doormen and Knightsbridge location, the hotel has offered the same ‘splendid’ intimate hospitality for almost half a century.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • romantic
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The Levin

The Levin - Seasonal/Weekend Special Offer

London

Location, location, location: the small but perfectly formed Levin is just a credit card toss from Harrods, close to the designer stores and cultural hubs of Knightsbridge and a stroll from the green lungs of Hyde Park.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • wifi
  • wine
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
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Chewton Glen

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

New Milton

After more than 50 years, this country house hotel and spa on the edge of the New Forest still sets the standard for luxury.
  • 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
  • honeymoon
  • gourmet
  • wi-fi
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The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown - Autumn Escape Special Offer

Romaldkirk

In a ‘beautiful setting’, beside the Saxon church in a ‘picturesque’ North Pennines village, Cheryl and Thomas Robinson’s 18th-century inn is ‘an absolute gem’.
  • 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

Gary and Donna MacRae take evident pride in their hotel in its own wooded grounds, perched above this hamlet in the Borrowdale valley.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • view
  • parking
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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House - Midweek Winter Breaks

Rye

‘It’s a lovely place to stay, with great character and charm.’ Readers visiting Jenny Hadfield’s 17th-century B&B ‘as a little treat’ to celebrate an occasion in 2018 ‘were made to feel special and right at home’.
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • b&b
  • child_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • walking
  • bird_watching
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Star Castle

Star Castle - 10% discount all year

St Mary’s

‘High standards are maintained,’ writes a devoted fan, following a New Year stay at the Francis family’s hotel, forged from a 16th-century fortification.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • wi-fi
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Soar Mill Cove Hotel

Soar Mill Cove Hotel - 40% Discount 40th Anniversary Special Offer

Salcombe

‘We couldn’t have enjoyed it more or been more welcome,’ write trusted Guide correspondents this year, after dropping by at Keith Makepeace’s long-established, family-run hotel with views across National Trust coastline to the open sea.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Lake Isle

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

Uppingham

The food is the main course at Janine and Richard Burton’s restaurant-with-rooms. ‘How I wish we had a restaurant anywhere near as good as this where I live now,’ writes a regular reader this year, after returning to her old Rutland haunt.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • gourmet
  • dog_friendly
  • 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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Tyddyn Llan

Tyddyn Llan - Six Course Tasting Menu Special Offer

Llandrillo

‘One comes for the food, and it doesn’t disappoint,’ reports a trusted Guide reader after a 2018 visit to Susan and Bryan Webb’s Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms in a ‘peaceful rural location’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Hotels not in the Guide that you may want to consider

GHG Classics

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Horsted Place

Horsted Place

Lewes

In beautiful gardens, this gracious country house hotel is in a Gothic Revivalist building, 6.5 NE of Lewes. There are antiques and comfy seating in elegant fire-warmed public rooms; bedrooms have garden views and modern bathrooms.
  • wi-fi
  • walking
  • tennis
  • parking
  • country_house
  • garden
  • weddings
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Arisaig House

Arisaig House

Arisaig

Backing on to Loch Nan Uamh, a stone-built manor with a relaxed country house atmosphere and loads of Scottish charm. Explore twenty acres of gardens and woodlands accompanied by one of the resident dogs.
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  • parking
  • tennis
  • walking
  • seaside
  • garden
  • country_house
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Stocks Hotel

Stocks Hotel

Sark

An elegantly decorated Victorian country house hotel with bright bedrooms – some in a converted farmhouse or stables. The comfortable lounge has a wood-burning stove, a library stocked with books about Sark and the Channel Islands. A vast array of single malt whiskies awaits in the adjoining 18th-century Smugglers Bar (white-washed stone walls, oak beams). Carriage rides using the hotel’s own livery stables can be arranged.
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  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • wi-fi
  • garden
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
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The Belmont

The Belmont

Leicester

On leafy New Walk, this welcoming family-owned town hotel is formed from a row of Victorian residences. It is within easy reach of the city and station, the King Richard III Visitor Centre and the University.
Check availability
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • disabled
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Rudding Park

Rudding Park

Harrogate

In parkland originally laid out by landscape designer Humphry Repton, this Grade I listed Regency mansion, has luxurious accommodation and two fine restaurants. Impressive facilities include a spa, two golf courses, a private cinema and a kitchen garden.
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The Walnut Tree Inn

The Walnut Tree Inn

Northampton

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  • wi-fi
  • garden
  • child_friendly
  • parking
  • weddings
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Quebecs

Quebecs

Leeds

A luxury hotel in the centre. The grand Grade II listed Victorian red brick building (formerly the Leeds and County Liberal Club) has wood-panelled walls, stained glass windows and an elegant winding staircase leading to classically-styled bedrooms. The Porter’s Lodge Bar & Lounge serves light snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and supper.
  • wi-fi
  • parking
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Grendon

Grendon

Buxton

Wonderful views, luxury extras and home-baked treats – on a quiet road within walking distance of the town centre, this B&B in an Edwardian property has an immaculate modern interior and welcoming hosts.
  • wifi
  • parking
  • golf
  • garden
  • exceptional_value_(<£50)
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • parking
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The Relish

The Relish

Folkestone

Guests are welcomed with a glass of wine or beer at this relaxed B&B which has direct access to the private, 4-acre August Gardens. Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and home-made cake are available throughout the day. The grand, cream-painted 1850s merchant’s house is furnished in a clean-lined, contemporary style.
  • wifi
  • value
  • parking
  • garden
  • child_friendly
  • guest_house
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • child_friendly
  • garden
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The Bull Hotel

The Bull Hotel

Bridport

In the centre of this bustling market town, a family-friendly (Fullers) hotel in a handsome Grade II listed former coaching inn. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menus include moules frites and steak frites. Quirky rooms have bold wallpaper. The flower-filled courtyard garden is ideal for sunny days and balmy nights. https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/the-bull-dorset.en-gb.html?aid=311076
  • child_friendly
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The Old Bakery

The Old Bakery

Lincoln

Noted for its great food, this romantic restaurant-with-rooms close to the cathedral and castle, has three rustic bedrooms above.
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The Bijou

The Bijou

Harrogate

Within easy walking distance of the town centre and railway station, this small B&B in a Victorian villa tempts with an honesty bar, pleasant front garden; private parking is an added bonus.
Check availability
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • b&b
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Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo

Birmingham

In the iconic Cube building, a contemporary hotel with terrific views over the city and canal network below. Higher up is the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill. Guests have complimentary use of the club and spa, which includes a pool, sauna and steam/hot rooms.
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The Old Hall Hotel

The Old Hall Hotel

Buxton

Reputed to be England’s oldest hotel, the building dates back to 1573, and has accommodated many illustrious Elizabethans, as well as the hapless Mary Queen of Scots. Today’s guests appreciate its blend of tradition with modernity and its great location opposite the beautiful Pavilion Gardens and Buxton Opera House.
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
  • weddings
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Dillons of Whitby

Dillons of Whitby

Whitby

Ideally placed for both the town centre and historic port, an individually styled B&B in a renovated Victorian property overlooking Pannett Park.
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  • wi-fi
  • parking
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Raithwaite Estate

Raithwaite Estate

Whitby

A short walk from the coast, this collection of buildings nestles in 100 acres of gardens and woodland. Choose to stay in The Hall, The Keep, the six-bedroom private Lake House or one of the stone-built cottages. The luxury spa has four treatment rooms, a relaxation room, heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and small gym.
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White Lodge B&B

White Lodge B&B

Lewes

In secluded gardens and woodland, a low-built contemporary house with sun terraces and spacious accommodation overlooking acres of greenery. There’s an open plan lounge for relaxing, and Aga-cooked breakfasts served in the communal breakfast room. Five miles N of Lewes.
  • parking
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
  • walking
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Glencoe House

Glencoe House

Glencoe

Overlooking Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe, a baronial edifice with luxurious suites, some in the main mansion; others, in a characterful building close by, have a sitting room with a wood burning stove, a fully stocked kitchen with Aga-oven, and a restful bedroom upstairs. Savour stunning views of mountains or loch, and in the evening, the option of a seasonally-inspired, candle-lit five-course dinner, served in the room.
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  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • country_house
  • garden
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The Grafton

The Grafton

Harrogate

In a quiet, leafy street, ten minutes' walk from the centre, this imposing, double-fronted Victorian house has welcoming, helpful hosts, contemporary rooms and plentiful breakfasts.
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  • parking
  • wi-fi
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The Cow

The Cow

Dalbury Lees

Sleekly refurbished, a cow-themed country pub with chic, rustic bedrooms, a beamed dining room for tapas-style dishes and a convivial bar stocking an impressive range of gins. Dogs are welcome. 9 miles W of Derby.
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Victoria Hotel

Victoria Hotel

Whitby

On a clifftop, this comfortable, old-style hotel affords glorious coastal views over Robin Hood’s Bay.
  • wi-fi
  • garden
  • parking
  • weddings
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The Old Monmouth

The Old Monmouth

Lyme Regis

Close to the sea front, a 16th-century house with a rich past, and a French-inspired light, airy interior. During summer months the whole house can be rented for up to 12 people.
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
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Townhouse Exeter

Townhouse Exeter

Exeter

A contemporary, quirkily decorated B&B in a Grade II listed Victorian property within easy reach of the Cathedral, Quayside, university and train stations, Parking permits are provided.
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The Rest Hotel Lincoln

The Rest Hotel Lincoln

Lincoln

On a quaint, steep, cobbled street, an old parish hall has been imaginatively converted into a chic B&B with an on-site coffee shop. The Castle and Cathedral are a five-minute walk away,
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Lyme Townhouse

Lyme Townhouse

Lyme Regis

A stylish guest house, just off the high street, and ideally placed for the historic Cobb harbour, beaches, beautiful gardens, pubs and restaurants.
Check availability
  • wi-fi
  • guest_house

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