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LIST: SPECIAL PLACES TO STAY IN ENGLAND

These are interesting individual hotels, resorts, country house hotels, boutique hotels, inns & pubs, B&Bs and other 'accommodations' in England that I have come across and think are worth checking out.

Clearly, although subjective, this list is far from comprehensive. As it expands I'll sub-divide it down into smaller categories based on accommodation types and locations.
Berkshire
Berystede Hotel 0870 400 8111 Modern country hotel near Ascot.
Cliveden   Former country house home of Lord & Lady Astor, now part of the Von Essen kuxury hotel chain. We rather like Cliveden's strapline:"Dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics for over 300 years"!
Coppid Beech Hotel 01344 303333 Modern hotel in Alpine chalet style.
Sir Christopher Wren's House 01753 861354 90-room historic hotel in a Grade II listed town-house overlooking the River Thames in Windsor.
Swan at Streatley, The 01491 878800 Popular 17th century hotel on the bank of the Thames.
Buckinghamshire
Danesfield House Hotel & Spa 01628 891010 Grand hotel and spa on the banks of the Thames outside Marlow.
Taplow House Hotel 01628 670 056 Georgian town house hotel in Taplow.
Cheshire
Chester Grosvenor Hotel 01244 324024 starLuxurious 5-star in Chester.
Cornwall
Budock Vean Hotel 01326 250288 Modern hotel located on the Helford river with plenty of facilities: indoor pool and spa, golf, tennis, etc.
Driftwood Hotel 01872 580 644 One of Cornwall's new generation of small, luxury design hotels. In this case, on the south Cornish coast at Portscatho.
Lugger Hotel, The 01872 501 322 starMuch praised Cornish seaside hotel overlooking Portloe harbour.
Meudon Hotel 01326 250 541 Attractive 3-star hotel near Falmouth.
Pentilie Castle 01579 350 044 Private family castle and estate on the Cornish bank of the Tamar river, now used as a weddings venue and a luxury B&B with nine rooms.
Primrose Valley Hotel 01736 794939 Small, quirky hotel in St Ives.
Star Castle 01720 422317 starHotel in a 16th-century castle, shaped like a star, built by Queen Elizabeth I to defend the Scilly Isles. (Seems appropriate to give it a star! Ed) See Scilly Isles note below.
Scarlet Hotel, The 01637 861800 starPurpose built, designer chic and eco-aware hotel on the cliffs at Mawgan Porth with 37 rooms and a spa.
St Petrocs Hotel 01841 532700 Rick Stein hotel (separate from the tv chef's seafood restaurant, and cafe, and other hotel, St Edmunds House.) in Padstow.
Talland Bay Hotel 01503 272667 Hotel with fine restaurant overlooking the sea near Polperro on the South Cornish coast.
Tregenna Castle Hotel 01736 795 254 Large 18th century castle with hotel and self-catering accommodation overlooking St Ives Bay.

Notes

  • Isles of Scilly Inclusive Holidays specialise in arranging stays at hotels and B&Bs (& self-catering) on all of the Isles of Scilly - Bryher, Tresco, St Mary's, St Martin's, St Agnes.
County Durham
Lumley Castle 0191 389 1111 Fifteenth century fortified manor house near Durham, now a hotel with 59 bedrooms and suites.
Seaham Hall 0191 516 1400 Small luxury hotel and spa outside Newcastle.
Cumbria
Armathwaite Hall 01768 776551 4-star country house hotel (parts date back to 11th century) with 400 acres of deerpark and woodland overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw Mountain.
Clarence House Country Hotel 01229 462508 Classic country house hotel in Barrow-in-Furness with a popular and well-reviewed restaurant.
Drunken Duck Inn, The 015394 36347 Pub with 16 stylish rooms on the hills above Lake Windermere.
Gilpin Lodge 015394 88818 Family run, 20-room country house hotel in 20 acres near Lake Windemere with some good reviews and plenty of awards.
Moss Grove Organic 015394 35251 star The name says it all. A restored row of Victoriam houses in Grassmere now with luxurious rooms (and some extraordinary big-timbered beds), organic food and guilt-free environmentally-friendly pampering.
Rothay Garden Hotel 015394 35334 AA 3-star hotel in Grassmere.
Samling, The 015394 31922 starSmall country hotel in its own sixty-seven acre estate overlooking lake Windemere. Formerly William Wordsworth's landlord's house.
Sharrow Bay 017684 86301 Lakeside country house hotel.
Weary, The 01228 670 230 The weary - or more fully, The Weary Sportsman Inn - is one of the new breed of stylish modern boutique hotels and inns springing up in the Lake District.
Derbyshire
Priest House on the River, The 01332 815341 Modern hotel on a historic setting (dates back to the Doomsday book) on the banks of the river Trent near Castle Donington.
Devon
Arundell Arms, The 01566 784666 An old coaching inn which dates back to Saxon times and situated in the village of Lifton in West Devon. Located in a valley of five rivers, the hotel's speciality is fly fishing. It offers 20 miles of private fishing and has been teaching and entertaining fly fishermen for nearly 60 years.
Bovey Castle 01647 445016 starOne of Peter de Savary’s collection of luxury clubs and hotels. It opened in 2004 in the 368 square miles of Dartmoor National Park. Guests enjoy "a relaxed and informal house-party atmosphere" and have a choice of 65 individual guest rooms and suites in the magnificent country house, or in the 14 recently launched three bedroom, granite built lodges in the gardens. There is a variety of activities available including golf on the private 18 hole championship course, 25 miles of fishing, horse riding, falconry, and archery, together with children’s facilities. There's also a spa with indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam room and gym together with hydrotherapy and a range of holistic treatments.
Combe House Hotel at Gittisham 01404 540400 starGrade 1 Elizabethan Manor set in 3,500 acres of parkland. Won Sunday Times Travel Mag Best Country House Hotel in 2004.
Gidleigh Park 01647 432367 Small 16-room luxury hotel (refurbished 2006) near Chagford renowned for its award-winning food (2-star Michelin).
Penhaven 01237 451 711 Elegant 12-room country house hotel in a former 17th-century rectory set in 10-acres in North Devon.
Prince Hall 01822 890403 Elegant country hotel & restaurant in the heart of the Dartmoor, and dog-friendly.
Rising Sun Hotel 01598 753223 starAn award winning 14th Century thatched smugglers inn overlooking the tiny picturesque harbour of Lynmouth on Devon's north coast.
Tor Cottage 01822 860248 Small boutique hotel/B&B in a remote location on the edge of Dartmoor and set in its own 18-acres. Loads of awards from the likes of Which?, Les Routiers, AA, RAC, English Tourist Board, etc.
Woodbury Park 01395 233382 56-room hotel golf and country club created in 500 acres of Devon countryside by Formula One champion, Nigel Mansell.
Dorset
Hermitage, The 01202 557363 Classic seaside hotel with the highest AA rating in town and pole position, located right by the pier and 7 miles of beach.
Knoll House Hotel, The 01929 450 450 South coast family holiday hotel with facilities including pool, tennis, golf, riding & spa.
Essex
Mistley Thorn, The 01206 392 821 Small 5-roomed inn with a big reputation for food. It has a Michelin rating and string of accolades from the press.
Pier Hotel 01255 241212 Upmarket contemporary hotel & seafood restaurant in two historic buildings on the quay side of old Harwich overlooking the harbour and estuary.
Gloucestershire
Barnsley House 01285 740000 starStylish modern hotel in an old English country house setting with eleven acres of gardens, and a contemporary design spa (due to open July 2006).
Calcot Manor 01666 890391 starElegant country hotel probably best-known for being 'child-friendly'. Well, more than just child-friendly actually: they have a dedicated creche and activities programme to keep the little ones entertained and excercised.
Cowley Manor 01242 870900 Contemporary design hotel and spa inside a traditional 19th century manor in a 55-acre estate.
Lords of the Manor Hotel & Restaurant 01451 820 243 Country hotel in a former 17th century rectory with eight acres of secluded gardens and parkland in the Cotswolds.
New Inn at Coln 01285 750651 Country inn in the Cotswolds.
Noel Arms Hotel 01386 840317 Sumptuous 16th-century coaching inn (once stayed in by Charles II) in Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds.
Wyckhill House 01451 831 936 32 bedroom mansion house within stow-on-the-wold in a 100-acre private estate.
Hampshire
Chewton Glen 01425 275341 Luxury 58-room hotel, spa and country club in a large estate between the New Forest and the sea.
Seaview Hotel 01983 612711 Classic seaside hotel overlooking the beach at Ryde on the Isle of Wight. In addition to its 17 rooms the hotel also has two self-catering cottages.
Tylney Hall 01256 764881 Large country house hotel in the traditional style.
Herefordshire
Castle House Hotel 01432 356 321 Georgian townhouse hotel in the centre of Hereford.
Feathers Hotel, The 01531 635266 17th Century coaching inn in Ledbury.
Ford Abbey 01568 760 700 Converted medieval abbey near Leominster with modern rooms with lots of space, stone and timber beams.
Penrhos Court 01544 230720 Penrhos Court Country Hotel has been a farm for 700 years, a country restaurant for over 25 years with hotel rooms for ten years. It specialises in organic produce and runs organic cookery courses.
Hertfordshire
Down Hall Country House Hotel 01279 731441 starCountry house hotel near Bishop's Stortford. Down Hall is a rather beautiful Italianate mansion in 110 acres of landscaped gardens, parks and natural woodland.
Fredericks Hotel 01628 581000 Luxury hotel, spa and restaurant near Maidenhead.
Grove, The 01923 807 807 Modern luxury spa & golf country resort with 227 rooms & suites set in 300 acres just inside the M25.
Kent
Reads 01795 535344 A "restaurant with rooms" (six of them) in a Georgian manor house near Faversham.
Rowhill Grange Hotel and Spa 01322 667433 Country hotel and rather magnificent spa in Wilmington.
Smart & Simple 0845 402 5744 Modern, smart.... and simple 40-room hotel in Tunbridge Wells.
Lancashire
Gibbon Bridge Hotel, The 01995 61456 Four-star country manor hotel situated in the Forest of Bowland.
Hipping Hall 015242 71187 Nine-room hotel/restaurant in Kirkby Lonsdale, that got a near perfect (29/30) mystery guest rating from the Times last year (Aug 06).
Inn at Whitewell, The 01200 448222 Traditional comfy rural pub near Clitheroe offering cosy bedrooms with real fires.
Merseyside
Hard Day's Night Hotel n/a New 4-star boutique hotel (open Jan 2008), themed on the Beatles and located - in a refurbished 19th century Grade II listed building - yards from the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles first shot to fame.
The Liner 0151 709 7050 Nautically themed hotel in the centre of Liverpool with a good reputation. Part of Indian hotel chain, Zuri Hotels.
Vincent 01704 534400 Stylish new (March 08) luxury boutique hotel in Southport with 56 guest rooms, a spa and gym.
Norfolk
Byfords 01263 711400 starA "posh B&B" (together with a cafe, restaurant and deli) with 16 lovely rooms in a "higgledy piggledy" building.
The Hoste 01328 738777 17th century inn overlooking the green in Burnham Market, popular with local hero, Lord Nelson (whose protege, Captain Sir William Hoste went to sea with the admiral aged 12). Now it's a boutique hotel with some interesting annexes including the Railway Station, which has one room in a converted railway coach.
Strattons Hotel 01760 723845 Small independent family run boutique hotel in Swaffham with some beautiful rooms and a popular restaurant.
Northamptonshire
Coton Lodge 01604 740 215 Five star B&B set in beautiful gardens (part of the National Garden Scheme) and surrounded by its own working farm.
Fawsley Hall 01327 892000 starCountry house hotel (Tudor manor house with Georgian additions) with fine dining, four-posters, oak panelled rooms, and 2,000 acres of parkland.
Northumberland
Jesmond Dene House 0191 212 3000 This stylish country house hotel with polished oak floors and staircases, large gothic windows and fireplaces, is actually set in extensive grounds in the heart of Newcastle. The owners, chef Terry Laybourne and property developer Peter Candler, opened in Sept 05 and have already ben rated 4-star (83% merit score) by the AA with two rosettes for the restaurant.
Matfen Hall 01661 886500 Large country house hotel with conference, spa & golf facilities.
Nottinghamshire
Lace Market Hotel 0115 948 4414 Newly refurbished boutique hotel in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in the centre of Nottingham.
Oxfordshire
Feathers Hotel, The 01993 812291 starPrivately owned 17th century country town hotel situated in the centre of historic Woodstock just a few miles from the University city of Oxford.
Hawkwell House Hotel 01865 749 988 66-room hotel in Iffley just outside Oxford.
Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons 01844 278 881 Chef Raymond Blanc's famous luxury hotel and restaurant.
Rutland
Hambleton Hall 01572 756991 Lakeside country house hotel overlooking Rutland Water with a Michelin star chef
Shropshire
Old Downton Lodge 0845 8386334 Nine-room country hotel and well-regarded restaurant near Ludlow.
Hundred House Hotel 01952 730 353 Eccentric small hotel with chintsy bedrooms, some equipped with swings.
Somerset
Babington House 01373 812266 starStylish modern 28-room hotel and spa in a grade II listed Georgian Manor & estate. There are 28 bedrooms in the main house, coach house, stable block and lodge, all with plasma TVs, wireless internet and glamorous baths.
Bath Priory Hotel & Restaurant 01225 331 922 Elegant country house hotel in Bath
Bath Spa Hotel, The 0870 400 8222 Five-star Georgian mansion hotel in Bath.
Charlton House 01749 342008 25-room country hotel and spa outside Shepton Mallet. The rooms are richly decorated with victorian baths, four-posters and working fires.
Crown Hotel 01643 831 554/5 17th century coaching inn with 3 acres of gardens in the middle of Exmoor.
Francis Hotel, The 01225 424105 Popular Georgian hotel right in the centre of Bath.
Glencot House 01749 677160 Small country house hotel with 13 rooms, set in 18 acres of landscaped gardens near Wookey Hole.
Homewood Park Hotel 01225 723731 19th century country house hotel in North Somerset, set in 10 acres of beautiful grounds and woodland on the edge of Limpley Stoke Valley
River Cottage 01458 832121 Eco-friendly B&B on the banks of the River Sheppey in North Somerset. They use solar & energy-efficient heating, recycle waste and source produce locally.
Suffolk
Ickworth Hotel 01284 735350 Luxury hotel and spa in one wing of a huge country manor set in 1,800 acres of parkland. Popular with families thanks to its childrens' activity centre and playground.
Marshwinds 01728 452695 Stylish B&B in Aldburgh (where the music festival is).
Salthouse Harbour Hotel 01473 226789 A former quayside warehouse in Ipswitch, rennovated in 2003 as a 70-room, 4-star hotel with some impressive reviews, modern artworks and glorious copper bathtubs.
Surrey
Great Fosters 01784 433 822 starHistoric 16th century country house hotel in a 50-acre estate not far from Heathrow, with richly decorated period rooms and furniture.
Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa 01428 651251 Small luxury hotel and spa in a part Tudor, part modern setting.
Runnymede Hotel & Spa 01784 220980 Contemporary 4-star hotel on the banks of the Thames at Windsor.
Sussex
Amberley Castle 01798 832992 starCountry castle hotel on the Sussex downs, with castle walls, portcullis and a fairytale treehouse.
Bailiffscourt 01903 723511 Gothic-style family home set in nine acres near the Sussex coast, with some lovely 'historic' rooms.
BigSleep, The 01323 722 676 Way too cool for school. A grand old 50-room Eastbourne hotel has had a makeover with simple modern designs and lots of pastel pink & blue. One of three Big Sleep Hotels - the others are in Cardiff and Cheltenham - in which actor John Malkovich is a partner.
Gallivant, The 01797 225 0571 Stylish seaside hotel right on the sand dunes at Camber outside Rye.
Gravetye Manor 01342 810567 Award-winning historic manor house hotel near East Grinstead with a reputation for good food.
Ockenden Manor 01444 416111 Elizabethan country house hotel in Cuckfield, set in nine acres of beautifully maintained grounds with views over the South Downs. It has 22 suites and rooms and its Michelin starred restaurant is one of only two in Sussex.
Paskins Townhouse 01273 601203 Art Deco styled Victorian townhouse B&B just next to Brighton's seafront, with stylish rooms, veggie breakfasts and some very nice reviews.
South Lodge Hotel Exclusive Hotels 45-room country hotel near Horsham, built in 1883 as a family mansion set in 93 acres of parkland.
Spread Eagle Hotel 01730 816911 Former 14th century coaching inn in Midhurst (Elizabeth I is rumoured to have stayed) with lots of beams, huge fire places and Tudor bread ovens.
Tyne & Wear
greystreethotel 0191 230 6777 Stylish new boutique hotel in the centre of Newcastle with 49 very elegant rooms and a trendy concatenated, lowercase name - that'll probably look rather dated in a short space of time!
Warwickshire
Coombe Abbey 02476 450450 Formerly a 12th century Cistercian abbey, now an 83-room country house hotel in 500 acres of parkland near Coventry.
Wiltshire
Lucknam Park 01225 742777 starWell-known, highly rated and Michelin-starred Georgian country house hotel near Bath.
Whatley Manor 01666 822888 Restored Cotswold manor house with a luxury spa and Michelin-star chef.
Worcestershire
Lygon Arms 0800 808 9596 A 16th century inn, now with 77 rooms and all the modern facilities you could want including floodlit tennis courts and health spa.
Yorkshire
42 The Calls 0113 244 0099 Stylish contemporary urban hotel in Leeds.
Boars Head Hotel 01423 771888 Traditional Yorkshire inn in Ripley, near Harrogate.
Crown Spa Hotel 01723 357 400 Classic Victorian hotel overlooking Scarborough's South Bay Beach and Coast. It was Scarborough's first purpose-built hotel (1845). A few things have been added since, eg. wireless broadband, a health club & spa...and a new 4-star rating.
Feversham Arms Hotel, The 01439 770 766 To give it its full name, the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa is a chic country inn in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, which was named Hotel of the Year in the 2009 AA Hospitality Awards. It is the second time owner Simon Rhatigan has won the award, the first being with Seaham Hall in 2003, and now with this, his own hotel, which he has expanded from a pub to a 33 bedroom hotel, restaurant and spa. Shame about the long-winded name though.
Four High Petergate 01904 658 516 Elegant modern hotel in Georgian town house built into the city walls by York cathedral in the heart of York.
General Tarleton Hotel 01423 340284 Coaching inn with 14-rooms in Ferensby, near Knaresborough.
Residence 6 0113 285 6250 City-loft style serviced apartments in Leeds.
Swinton Park 01765 680900 30-room country castle hotel set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. Also home to a cookery school, so you can be assured the grub is good too!
White Horse & Griffin 01947 604857 A classic 320 year-old coaching inn with ten rooms right in the heart of North Yorkshire's seaside resort of Whitby, only elegantly modernised now and popular with hotel reviewers.
White Swan Inn 01751 472288 Sixteenth century coaching inn in Pickering.

Notes

  • Stay In Media have a set of sophisticated accommodation directories for the West Country: StayIn Devon, StayIn Cornwall, StayIn Somerset and StayIn Dorset feature hotel and B&B options, plus self-catering accommodation, suggestions for things to do in the area and news of local events.

 

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