The Cavendish - Escape on Sunday
‘Within lovely walking distance’ of Chatsworth House, the Duke of Devonshire’s ‘very nice hotel’ continues to please.
Gravetye Manor - Charming British Escape
‘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’.
Lewtrenchard Manor - Summer Escape Special Offer
‘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.
Chewton Glen - 4 Nights for the Price of 3 Special Offer
‘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.
Jeake’s House - Midweek Winter Breaks
‘Just as welcoming, beautiful, comfortable and relaxing as ever.’
Star Castle - 10% discount all year
‘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.
Chris and Gunna Chown’s restaurant-with-rooms, in a Grade II* listed Georgian country house on the remote Lleyn peninsula, enchants visitors old and new.
Knockinaam Lodge - Late Availability 15% Discount Special Offer
On a sheltered cove on the wildly scenic Galloway coast, Sian and David Ibbotson’s stone hunting lodge is liked for its ‘tranquil setting’, its ‘professional, friendly, caring’ staff, and its fine collection of single malts.
Marlfield House - Two Night Break Special Offer
In woodland and extensive formal gardens, the Bowe family’s ‘beautiful’ Regency-style mansion has been providing ‘prompt and attentive service’ for more than 35 years.
Cliveden House - Three for Two Short Break
For ‘exceptional service’, a scandalous history, and rich views of the Thames, you’d be hard pressed to better this extensively restored Italianate mansion.
Llangoed Hall - Autumn Gold Package Special Offer
Deep in the Wye valley, this privately owned 17th-century manor house stands in ‘a great atmosphere of peace’, overlooking green meadows leading to the river.
In a ‘wonderful position right by the water’, this ‘beautifully decorated’ hotel is ‘superbly run’, by ‘great staff’, in a ‘hospitable spirit’.
Gilpin Hotel and Lake House - Save £50 in 'HRiSHi' Michelin Restaurant Special Offer
‘Nothing compares to this special place,’ says a Guide reader in 2017 after a return visit to the Cunliffe family’s glamorous country house hotel.
Glenapp Castle - Seven nights for the price of six 'seventh heaven' special offer
Drive through the ‘splendid’ wrought iron gates and up a ‘beautifully wooded’ path: in ‘meticulously tended’ grounds stands this ‘impressive’ 19th-century Scottish baronial castle.
Glenfinnan House Hotel
A Victorian remodelling of an 18th-century inn, this stone mansion stands tall in a ‘beautiful situation’, with lawns stretching to the loch, and views of Ben Nevis.
drakes - Gourmet Getaway in Brighton Special Offer
At dusk, the lights come on over Brighton's Palace Pier – a view best taken in, perhaps, from a freestanding bath by floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedrooms of this stylish, boutique hotel.
Seaham Hall - 'Saunter into Summer B&B Stay' Special Offer
Overlooking Durham’s heritage coast, this Georgian mansion, all sea views and sofas for sinking into, is ‘a wonderful place, combining luxury and style with a friendly, relaxed approach’.
St Brides Spa Hotel
‘The sea views, over Saundersfoot Bay, are wonderful and exceptional’ at this family-friendly hotel, perched above a village in the Pembrokeshire Coast national park.
Cedar Manor - Midweek Break Special Offer
‘From the excellent service, decor and food to the exceptional attention to detail, they’ve certainly got it right.’
The Cary Arms
Step out of your yacht, if you have it, and on to the private jetty at Lana de Savary’s cliff-face hotel, on a ‘fabulously secluded’ cove; the rest of us will descend the winding road and admire the wide vista over the Teign estuary.
Stoberry House - Autumn Midweek Special
Approached by a drive through parkland, Frances Meeres Young’s upmarket B&B, in an 18th-century coach house, is surrounded by gardens ‘planned and tended with love and skill’.
Tuddenham Mill - Summer with Copper House Gin Special Offer
‘A graceful spot in Suffolk countryside, this modern make-over of a 243-year-old mill surprises with its boutiquey bedrooms and ambitious dinners,’ say Guide inspectors in 2017.
Askham Hall - Midweek Special Offer
‘We felt we were staying at a grand house rather than a hotel,’ say regular Guide correspondents this year of Charles Lowther and his family'’s Grade I listed ancestral home, built around a medieval pele tower and brimming with the owners’ personality.
Old Downton Lodge - 3 Nights for the Price of 2 Special Offer
‘Panoramic vistas peppered with sheep and lambs’ surround Willem and Pippa Vlok’s ‘tranquil’ restaurant-with-rooms.
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.