On the shores of Lough Swilly, give in to the ‘old-fashioned demeanour’ of the Wheeler family’s hotel, as did guests this year, who found it – and its collection of lough-facing sitting rooms – ‘endearing’.
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.
‘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.
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