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Star Castle

Star Castle - Autumn full board Special Offer

St Mary's

The Francis family’s charismatic hotel, with many historic features, continues to please regulars, mainly for its ‘superb’ hilltop location, genial service and tip-top seafood.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • for_winelovers
  • foodie
  • tennis
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor - Overnight Stay with Dinner and Breakfast from £199 per Room per Night Special Offer

Upper Slaughter

This 17th-century manor house of honeyed Cotswold stone looks every bit the smart country house hotel.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • parking
  • romantic
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Headlam Hall

Headlam Hall - Summer Escape Special Offer from £115 per person per night

Darlington

This country hotel ticks all the boxes – historic building, beautiful gardens, smart bedrooms, relaxed dining, spa and pool – while retaining a homely feel.
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  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • tennis
  • indoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
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  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • romantic
  • historic
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  • country_house
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Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall - B&B Four Night 25% Discount Special Offer

Seaham

‘A wonderful place’, this Georgian mansion with a pedigree (Lord Byron was married to Anne Isabella Millbanke in the drawing room) stands in landscaped gardens overlooking Durham’s heritage coast.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • babyfriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • gourmet
  • parking
  • walking
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Cuckoo Brow Inn

Cuckoo Brow Inn - Three Night 15% Discount Special Offer

Far Sawrey

The views stretch over lakeland countryside from this unpretentious 18th-century inn, atop a hill in a pretty village between Lake Windermere and Hawkshead.
  • babyfriendly
  • bird_watching
  • child_friendly
  • cycling
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • good_value
  • historic
  • parking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • walking
  • wifi
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Roch Castle Hotel

Roch Castle Hotel - Coastal Foraging Experience Special Offer

Roch

In a dramatic setting, on a rocky outcrop above the Pembrokeshire landscape, this 12th-century Norman castle reigns over a panorama that takes in St Brides Bay and the Preseli hills.
  • weddings
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wifi
  • garden
  • historic
  • parking
  • boutique
  • electric_charging_point
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The Cavendish

The Cavendish - The Great British Staycation 'Four for Three' Special Offer

Baslow

The slightly austere facade of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s hotel on the Chatsworth Estate belies the country house comforts within.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • gourmet
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • weddings
  • disabled_facilities
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wildlife_watching
  • honeymoon
  • great_breakfast
  • country_house
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Lindeth Fell

Lindeth Fell - Up to 30% Discount Summer Special Offer

Bowness-on-Windermere

With glorious views of Windermere and seven acres of spectacular grounds, this guest house feels more like a country house hotel, complete with wood panelling and ornate ceilings.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • country_house
  • bird_watching
  • guest_house
  • disabled_facilities
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Cley Windmill

Cley Windmill - 10% discount for stays of 3 Nights or more Special Offer

Cley-next-the-Sea

Rising above the reed beds and River Glaven in a pretty village no longer ‘next the sea’, Julian and Carolyn Godlee’s 19th-century windmill offers characterful accommodation.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • babyfriendly
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • seaside
  • honeymoon
  • foodie
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Albergo Al Sole

Albergo Al Sole - 10% Discount Special Offer

Asolo

Once a bolt hole for wealthy Venetians escaping the summer heat (plus Robert Browning, Freya Stark, Igor Stravinsky et al.), this charming little medieval hill town in the Veneto is known as ‘the town of a hundred horizons’.
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  • bird_watching
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • cycling
  • disabled_facilities
  • dog_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
  • for_winelovers
  • good_value
  • gourmet
  • great_breakfast
  • gym
  • historic
  • honeymoon
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • weddings
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  • wheelchair_accessible
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The Traddock

The Traddock - Winter Fireside Warmer Special Offer

Austwick

The high number of returning guests speaks volumes about the warm welcome, quiet luxury and generous comforts of this country house hotel, set amid glorious Dales walking country.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • fishing
  • gourmet
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • country_house
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Forss House

Forss House - 'Escape to the Scottish Wilderness' Special Offer

Thurso

The River Forss loops around this late Georgian Highland retreat in wooded grounds, today a dog-friendly hotel that is ideal for anglers, with shooting, stalking and hiking also on offer.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • conference_meeting
  • activities
  • disabled
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • parking
  • bird_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • ecofriendly
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • for_winelovers
  • golf
  • surfing
  • cycling
  • foodie
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The Broadway Hotel

The Broadway Hotel - Cotswold Midweek Offer: Four Nights for the Price of Three

Broadway

Golden stone abuts Tudor black-and-white at this historic hotel, which has a large terrace for alfresco dining overlooking a picture-postcard village green.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • outdoor_dining
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Askham Hall

Askham Hall - Complimentary Room Upgrade Special Offer

Penrith

It may have a medieval pele tower, a 17th-century topiary garden, and now a Michelin-starred restaurant, but Charles Lowther’s ancestral pile also has an unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • gourmet
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
  • fishing
  • for_winelovers
  • horse_riding
  • foodie
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Shieldaig Lodge

Shieldaig Lodge - Food Lover's Package

Gairloch

Once a Victorian hunting lodge, this ‘unpretentious’ hotel makes the most of both its history and its West Highland geography on the banks of Loch Gairloch.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • country_house
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • for_winelovers
  • honeymoon
  • bird_watching
  • seaside
  • golf
  • horse_riding
  • cycling
  • wildlife_watching
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • boutique
  • babyfriendly
  • foodie
  • historic
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The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood - 'Stay Four Nights Get One Night Free' Special Offer

Malvern wells

High in the Malvern hills, this refurbished Georgian dower house has ‘stunning’ views over the Severn valley.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • gourmet
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • babyfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
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Mere Brook House

Mere Brook House - 3 Night Stay for the Price of 2 Nights Special Offer

Thornton hough

‘A home away from home’, this relaxed Edwardian country house is a ‘peaceful haven’ set within a dell of mature trees.
  • babyfriendly
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • garden
  • historic
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
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Broadway Barn

Broadway Barn - Free Glass of Bubbly Special Offer

Woking

In the centre of a historic village, Mindi McLean’s B&B is in a ‘beautifully and tastefully restored’ 200-year-old barn that wins praise from Guide readers – not least for the ‘eggs Benedict made right’.
  • boutique
  • cycling
  • garden
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
  • honeymoon
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • wifi
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Chateau de Verrieres

Chateau de Verrieres

Saumur

In the glorious Pays de la Loire in a great park, in Saumur, with its ancient houses and weekly market. this historic mansion is now an elegant luxury B&B hotel and spa.      
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  • c_hild_friendly
  • garden
  • outdoor_pool
  • parking
  • wifi
  • bb
  • country_house
  • historic
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view

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Best historic hotels

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Best historic hotels

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The Bull and Swan at Burghley

The Bull and Swan at Burghley

Stamford

In the late 17th century, the Honourable Order of Little Bedlam (an aristocratic drinking club) rampaged through this coaching inn – today an altogether more upstanding crowd come for the modern pub grub, cinema nights and the garden’s ‘pizza potting shed’ (open on warm-weather weekends). Characterful bedrooms mix vintage furnishings and modern conveniences. Some have exposed stones or feature wallpaper, perhaps an original fireplace, mullioned window.
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  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • pub_with_rooms
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • ecofriendly
  • babyfriendly
  • veganfriendly
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Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Canterbury

Within an architect-designed complex, this contemporary hotel enjoys a ‘prime position’ in the ‘serene grounds’ of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. At breakfast in the busy refectory or on the terrace, a ‘small buffet’ and ‘well-served’ hot dishes lay heavenly foundations for the day. Guests have free admission to the cathedral and its precincts, and discounts at local restaurants, ‘many within easy walking distance’.
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  • disabled
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • weddings
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • babyfriendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • child_friendly
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The City Gate

The City Gate

Exeter

Abutting the Roman city walls, this style-savvy red brick old coaching inn (Young’s Brewery) has a lively atmosphere. Inside, a host of interesting curios including a vintage sewing machine, a ship’s masthead, and splashes of colour lend a quirky yet unpretentious vibe. Microbrewed drinks and traditional pub classics are served all day in the buzzy restaurant. In balmy weather, diners spill on to the large beer garden. ‘Boutiquey’ bedrooms are themed (water, wool, cotton).
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  • historic
  • dog_friendly
  • babyfriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
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The Coach House

The Coach House

Derby

Help-yourself home-baking and books galore add allure to Rob and Roberta Aitken’s handsome Victorian house, in an historic mill village near Darley Abbey, on the edge of the Peak District national park.
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  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • historic
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wifi
  • boutique
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Hintlesham Hall

Hintlesham Hall

Ipswich

One hundred and seventy-five acres of rolling countryside surround this Grade I listed country house, with opportunities for golf, clay pigeon shooting and boundless walks; treatments and a Jacuzzi in the restful spa. Characterful bedrooms, some timbered, some panelled, have four-poster of canopy beds. Fine dining menus in Carrier’s restaurant make use of fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.
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  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wifi
  • golf
  • garden
  • historic
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  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • parking
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Glewstone Court

Glewstone Court

Ross-on-Wye

Smartly refashioned into a stylish modern country house hotel, a Grade II-listed Georgian manor in glorious Herefordshire countryside, just beyond the town. Popular for weddings and special events, the family-run hotel has bedrooms with garden views, and a fine-dining restaurant.
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Beryl

Beryl

Wells

Elegantly furnished, a B&B in a Gothic revival style mansion one mile from the city. In a pastoral setting, the beautiful grounds contain lawns, an ornamental pond and a Victorian walled garden. Extensive Aga-cooked breakfasts, and complimentary tea or coffee and home made cake each afternoon in the Tea Room.
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  • historic
  • bb
  • boutique
  • great_breakfast
  • garden
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Rudding Park

Rudding Park

Harrogate

In 300 acres of parkland originally laid out by landscape designer Humphry Repton, this welcoming and romantic Grade I listed Regency mansion comes with impressive modern facilities. There are two golf courses, a private cinema and an award-winning rooftop spa with saunas, steam rooms, an infinity pool and herb-infused treatments. Sleek accommodation ranges from suites (some with a private terrace) in contemporary wings, to cottages and lodges. Inspired by the seasons – creative dishes are ‘exceptionally good’ in the glass-sided spa restaurant, Horto. Vegetables, fruit and flowers come from the delightful kitchen garden; the hotel’s natural springs supply the water. In the glamorous Clocktower Restaurant and Bar, a 400-year-old Catalonian olive tree takes centre stage in the light-filled conservatory.  
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  • wifi
  • spa
  • country_house
  • child_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • outdoor_pool
  • indoor_pool
  • gym
  • historic
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
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Morgans

Morgans

Swansea

In the heart of the maritime quarter, an imaginatively modernised hotel in a converted Regency Port Authority building (Grade II* listed). Featuring Welsh produce, the restaurant is in an impressive former boardroom on the first floor (it is open to non-residents from Wednesday evening through to Sunday lunch). Catch major sporting events on the large screen in Morgan’s bar while enjoying a chilled beer, classic cocktail or wines from around the world. The Champagne bar is a sophisticated alternative. Some of the well-equipped modern bedrooms are across a small side road in The Townhouse.  
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  • wifi
  • parking
  • weddings
  • historic
  • disabled_facilities
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
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The Ancient Gate House Hotel

The Ancient Gate House Hotel

Wells

Floors slope, stairs are steep and narrow and views of the Cathedral and Green are wondrous from this old and quirky building. Downstairs, home-made Italian cuisine in Rugantinos restaurant.
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  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wifi
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Pairc an t-Srath

Pairc an t-Srath

Isle of Harris

On the west coast of Harris, Lena and Richard MacLennan’s small guest house overlooks Borve’s golden sand beach, and has views over the sound of Taransay. Simply and unfussily done, without compromising comfort. Harris tweed blankets drape the bed in the neat, wood-floored bedrooms; fresh flowers and shelves of books bring interest to a sitting room warmed by a peat fire. A surprising touch: a sauna in which to ease tired muscles after a day exploring the island.
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  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • historic
  • seaside
  • wildlife_watching
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Boringdon Hall

Boringdon Hall

Plymouth

Six miles from Plymouth, an Elizabethan manor house with an award-winning spa in the grounds. Full of character, the original building retains its oak panelling, ornate ceilings, mullioned windows and stone archways. The fine-dining Gallery restaurant overlooks the beamed Great Hall, which features a coat of arms of King James I above an enormous stone fireplace. Accommodation ranges from the majestic, with four-poster beds, to more contemporary rooms situated in the courtyard and stable wings. Gaia spa has a pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms and saunas, a relaxation room, gym and a salon with a wide choice of beauty treatments.
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  • historic
  • gym
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  • spa
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Great Northern Hotel

Great Northern Hotel

Peterborough

Across from the station, a mid-Victorian railway hotel, that has comfortably accommodated travellers since its inception. American novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne was a guest here. Befitting its past, the well-equipped bedrooms have been updated in classic style. Home-cooked food is available throughout the day in the coffee shop, and every evening in Restaurant Circa 1852; afternoon teas and roasts at weekends.
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  • parking
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • historic
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
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House of Agnes

House of Agnes

Canterbury

Close to Canterbury West Station, a quaint B&B dating back to the 14th century and mentioned in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. Themed bedrooms are spread between the half-timbered house (low beams, uneven floors, bowed walls) and the converted stables overlooking the garden. All guests have use of the comfy lounges, honesty bar and DVD library. Breakfasts are served in the historic wood-panelled Quadrant room.
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  • bb
  • historic
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RNLI College

RNLI College

Poole

Set up as a training centre for RNLI volunteers, this purpose-built structure overlooks Holes Bay in Poole Harbour. Alongside crew members, visitors can stay in comfortable, jauntily decorated bedrooms (each with a double bed, work desk, seating and stunning view of the harbour). Breakfast and bistro food is served in the light and cheerful Riggers restaurant facing the waterfront; the Slipway bar has drinks and nibbles. Tours of the facility (which include a wave tank and simulator) can be pre-arranged. Every £1 spent goes towards providing equipment, training, and support for those saving lives at sea.
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  • historic
  • wifi
  • disabled_facilities
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  • weddings
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
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Gisborough Hall

Gisborough Hall

Guisborough

Grand, and grandly welcoming, this creeper-covered Victorian mansion stands in a spread of green grounds on the edge of the North York Moors.
  • babyfriendly
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  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • cycling
  • disabled_facilities
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • golf
  • historic
  • honeymoon
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  • rooms_with_a_view
  • spa
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
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Stanton Manor Hotel

Stanton Manor Hotel

Chippenham

Set in seven acres of beautiful grounds, a historic manor house listed in the Domesday Book, and once owned by Elizabeth I’s Lord Treasurer, Lord Burghley. Rebuilt in 1840, it still features an original fireplace in the galleried hall. Casual dining, snacks and afternoon tea are served in the Restaurant and on the large terrace overlooking the garden. The hotel is in the village of Stanton Saint Quintin, four miles from Chippenham.
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