It’s hard to distinguish the best country house hotels between the hundreds of characterful country house hotels and the bewildering amount from which to choose. All you need, however, is a pair of sturdy boots. Most of the country hotels are family-owned, each with its own distinctive character, run by people with a passion, verging on obsession.
Some continue to offer the pleasures of a beautiful old house whilst others cater to our increased demands; however all of them share in common comfort and the joys of the English countryside. With its immaculate grounds, country pursuits, unspoilt country house living, it may come as no surprise that Britain has wooed a sizeable slice of its country house hotels. Britain’s country house hotels grew more and more popular each year to pass, but with hundreds to choose from today, we think you should know which are the best of the bunch, whether you want old-school or a an informal vibe.
For country breaks, we’ve hand-picked the most ravishing places to stay for a peaceful weekend where you can stroll hand-in-hand to a cozy country pub, eating locally-sourced grub and enjoying dramatic coastlines. What may surprise you is that there are country house hotels near some of Britain’s most dynamic cities, perfect for a relaxed afternoon tea in country house surrounds for bespoke country house living. When it comes to unplugging we look far from London, make our way to the bucolic Cotswold, complete with hilly pastures, or escape to the rocky coast of Devon in pursuit of our favorite hotels in the country.
- Lime Wood, Hampshire
With the attention to detail, the oak doors and stylized sitting rooms, pale lemon and mint green, this is one of the best places to be.
- Fredrick’s Hotel, Berkshire
An elegant sojourn includes a relaxing spa hotel with plush spa facilities, which includes breakfast and was recommended by Condé Nast Johansens. Fredrick’s Hotel, Restaurant & Spa will have you feeling spoilt with its facilities that include massage rooms and even a spa bar, but we recommend that you call ahead to pre-book, in order to avoid disappointment. The fabulous Fredrick’s Hotel, Restaurant & Spa has got a handy location less than an hour from London, but it feels a world away from city life with it’s championship golf clubs. The hotel is located in Maidenhead, and this part of the country is excellent for afternoon tea, green and pretty with clustered villages. Stylish furnishings in the traditional rooms, as well as an exceptional food at the two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant with its seasonal menu with delicate French influences, make for a perfect stay. The restaurant opens for dinner each evening from 7-9.30 pm, while breakfast is served in the restaurant from Monday to Friday from 7-10 am.
- Gravetye Manor, West Sussex
Its classy décor, renowned gardens and the 17 bedrooms make it more of a home-from-home than a hotel. There are 1,000 acres of countryside and no spa, and the service is second-to-none.