Following on from Part I, we now bring you Part II of England’s Best Country House Hotels…
The Lords of the Manor Hotel – Upper Slaughter, The Cotswolds
The Michelin Starred Lords of the Manor hotel is one of the most acclaimed luxury hotels in The Cotswolds and is consistently being awarded. The hotel is incredibly homely and you immediately feel as ease. According to the weather log fires crackle or French windows are thrown open to embrace the seasons. For the ultimate Cotswolds experience it is worth grabbing a pair of wellies (by the door) and going for a light stroll to take in the picture perfect surroundings. The bedrooms within the hotel offer beautiful views of the lawns, the walled gardens and the gently rolling Cotswold Hills and are an inviting retreat after a day in the fresh country air. Guests come to ‘Lords’ for luxury, the 8 acres of lawns and gardens and perhaps above all, for the only Michelin-starred hotel dining room in Gloucestershire. Head Chef Richard Picard-Edwards delights with classically French-influenced food and is ideal for a special occasion or an extravagant date night.
For more information please visit www.lordsofthemanor.com/
The Runnymede-on-Thames – Windsor, Berkshire
Couples with dogs shouldn’t have to miss out on the romance of a country house hotel just because they can’t bring their pooches. With this in mind we have found the beautiful Runnymede-on-Thames, located on the banks of the River Thames – minutes from Windsor that has recently become dog-friendly. Three rooms have been converted into duplex rooms, making them dog-friendly, with their own private entrance to the gardens idyllic for Autumn/Winter walks. And no need to bring anything – dog pillows and bowls from the deeply stylish pet care brand Hiro + Wolf and plenty of doggy treats, are all supplied. And just next to the duplex rooms, there is even a special safe spot for a doggy dip in the Thames. For human couples, there is also plenty to do too. The hotel’s award-winning spa offers a variety of exceptional treatments and large indoor pool and new hot tub which sits on a private terrace overlooking the river. The two riverside restaurants offer true British flair, or better yet, enjoy the unlimited free movies in the bedroom and snuggle up in bed with the pooch after a day of dog walks around the meadows. Order room service from both the restaurant and doggie menu on offer and finish you day sipping on some mulled wine whilst watching your favourite movie.
For more information please visit www.runnymedehotel.com/
The Swan Hotel & Spa – Lake District
The Swan Hotel & Spa is situated at the southern tip of Lake Windermere in Cumbria and is very much a part of the local community and the fabric of the beautiful Lake District. The current Hotel still features many of its original structures including the grand Georgian facade built in 1766- as well as newly renovated rooms and suites to accommodate couples who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The Swan recently reopened following a full renovation and now features the brand new ‘nests‘ – 5 cosy holiday cottages perfect for couples wanting a private accommodation with all the benefits of the hotel. Throughout their stay, guests can sample a distinctive local brew in the Swan Inn, enjoy a meal in the River Room with fresh local produce, relax in the Spa with ESPA products or explore the lakes with the nature trails.
For more information please visit www.swanhotel.com/
The Vineyard – Berkshire
The original house at The Vineyard hotel is a former 19th century hunting lodge. It served as a country retreat for the Hartley family, who were ‘Lords of the Manor of Stanford Dingley’. The Vineyard was developed as a country house hotel in the 1980’s. During this period a conservatory, was added, along with function rooms. It was then known as the ‘Foley Lodge’. Sir Peter Michael acquired the hotel in 1996, closed it down for a year and a half, and reopened in May 1998 as ‘The Vineyard at Stockcross’. It was originally known as a ‘Restaurant with rooms to stay’ but with a new wing built in 2004, 16 new suites were added to the hotel and The Vineyard is currently known as country house retreat. The hotel is home to 30,000 bottles of wine including many from England- what’s not to love about that! The hotel is also home to an award-winning restaurant and guest only spa.
For more information please visit www.the-vineyard.co.uk/
Thyme – The Cotswolds
Thyme is an exemplary country destination in the Cotswolds, celebrating all things quintessentially English: the land, the seasons, local produce and design. Located on a small English country estate, this immaculately restored private property is found on the edge of the idyllic village of Southrop, comprising a 15th century Manor House, Medieval barns and a Norman Church. Thyme’s accommodation comprises eight bedroom suites to sleep up to 16 guests in Thyme House, which can be used exclusively, along with two cottage suites in the outbuildings and two beautifully restored larger cottages. As a foodie haven and unique destination, guests can combine a stay at Thyme with classes at Thyme’s award-winning Cookery School, or dine in their 18th-century award-winning pub, The Swan at Southrop.
For more information please visit www.thyme.co.uk/
Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa – Wiltshire
Set in the beautiful Cotswold countryside near Malmesbury, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa is a beautifully restored 19th-century Grade II listed Cotswold manor house hotel with 15 rooms and eight suites, all individual in style and design and featuring Bang & Olufsen sound and vision and L’Occitane in-room amenities. The hotel is set in 12 acres of traditional English country gardens, divided into 26 distinct areas, many of which are based on the original 1920s plans. The luxurious Aquarias Spa, which is particularly large for a hotel of this size, recently launched a brand new range of indulgent Natura Bissé spa treatments, and the hotel’s formal restaurant, The Dining Room, has just retained its two Michelin stars for the ninth consecutive year. In addition, Whatley Manor offers an informal Swiss chalet dining experience in the Le Mazot brasserie, plus two bars that are perfect for an aperitif before lunch or dinner, and three lounges ideal for a cosy afternoon tea. The hotel aims to offer the feel of a very beautiful private manor house, with an emphasis on quality and excellence.
For more information please visit www.whatleymanor.com/
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