TEN BEST COUNTRY HOTELS
The Manor at Sway New Forest
A number of miles from Lymington, the Manor is an Edwardian nation home lodge and a relaxed base for exploring. Gardens prolong into woodland, and the coast is a brief drive (ask for strolling or biking routes – bikes could be delivered, too). Inside, it’s all William Morris wallpaper, antiques and wood floorboards, and even the smallest of the 15 bedrooms is charming. The eating room has small plates (braised lamb tacos, £5) and seasonal mains (pork stomach with black pudding, £16); breakfast presents a good selection of cooked choices.
• Doubles from £100 B&B, dog-friendly, themanoratsway.com
The Royal Oak Wiltshire
As a younger farmer taking up Eastbrook Farm, Helen Browning was frowned upon for insisting on going natural. Thirty years on, she has an OBE, is chief government of the Soil Association, and heads a profitable natural meat agency. She and companion Tim additionally run Bishopstone village pub the Royal Oak (for Arkell’s brewery) and final yr added 12 characterful bedrooms. There’s nice strolling the place the downs roll as much as the traditional Ridgeway. Guests can be part of a “pig safari” across the farm, and breakfast on super-tasty bacon subsequent day.
• Doubles from £70 B&B, two dog-friendly rooms, one accessible room, helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk
Abbot’s Court Dorset
This grand Victorian farmhouse in Winterborne Kingston is now a boutique retreat with 5 acres of gardens and woodland. The seven rooms have improbable views, and the restaurant makes the many of the walled kitchen backyard and home-reared chickens and pigs – joint head chef Alex Naik has been named Dorset chef of the yr. The lodge runs vegan cooking and yoga workshops and Catch It, Cook It days; plans for subsequent summer time embrace glamping within the grounds and a smokery. The cosy bar is ideal for a neighborhood gin across the log fireplace.
• Doubles from £90 B&B, one dog-friendly room however well-behaved canines permitted in different rooms at proprietor’s discretion, one accessible room, abbots-court.co.uk
The Pig at Combe Devon
The fifth Pig lodge is the grandest: a Tudor manor on a giant property close to Honiton. The fashion is glamorous however relaxed – with cocktail bar somewhat than boring foyer, and 30 rooms. Food is sourced from three walled gardens and suppliers inside a 25-mile radius, akin to Lyme Bay hake with Teign mussels and shore veg (£16). A backyard folly is now an off-the-cuff bar-diner, cosy sitting rooms have open fires and two potting sheds are treatment rooms. Three new Pig inns will open in 2019: close to Canterbury,, and in Arundel and Padstow.
• Doubles from £145 room-only, accessible rooms, thepighotel.com
Whitehouse Country House Scottish Borders
Amid rolling countryside, with views of the Tweed and the Cheviot Hills, this B&B close to Melrose is a romantic place to unwind. The 19th-century home, constructed for the Duchess of Sutherland, is grand but welcoming, with three spacious en suite rooms. Hosts Angela and Roger Tyrer serve substantial breakfasts (count on as much as 10 day by day specials) utilizing in-season Borders produce – and have loads of native suggestions. The drawing room with open fireplace is cosy on winter evenings.
• Doubles from £140 B&B, one dog-friendly room, whitehousecountryhouse.com
Artist Residence Cotswolds
There are loads of pretty locations to remain within the Cotswolds, however this thatched 16th-century former pub in South Leigh stands out for its daring, arty decor and quaint options. In this newest Artist Residence enterprise (after Brighton, London and Penzance; Bristol to comply with), neon indicators by Andy Doig sit by inglenook fireplaces, and there’s upcycled furnishings and freestanding baths in bedrooms. There’s nice all-day eating within the cosy pub (braised brisket with mash, £17), good strolling on the doorstep and Oxford 10 miles away.
• Doubles from £120 B&B, dog-friendly, accessible rooms, artistresidence.co.uk
Brownber Hall Yorkshire Dales
On the northern fringe of the Howgill Fells within the Dales nationwide park, this high-quality Georgian residence presents a contemporary tackle the nation home lodge. Owners Peter Jaques and Amanda Walker left London to renovate the Grade II-listed constructing in Newbiggin-on-Lune – and the interiors are vivid and good with upholstered classic furnishings. The restaurant opened this yr, serving sourdough pizza, stonebaked by Peter himself. It’s surrounded by timber, hills and very good strolling (look out for pink squirrels), significantly alongside the disused railway over magnificent Smardale viaduct.
• Doubles from £90 B&B, two dog-friendly rooms, brownberhall.co.uk
Five Acre Barn Suffolk
Surrounded by wooden and fairly gardens (be careful for rabbits and pheasants), this trendy B&B in Aldringham village is a classy various to Suffolk’s many chintzy B&Bs. A 19th-century barn has been remodeled and prolonged into a contemporary bolthole, with light-filled rooms, polished concrete flooring and putting art work. Generous breakfasts are served in a communal eating room – the right begin to a day exploring nature reserves like wildlife-filled Dunwich Heath, RSPB Minsmere or a bunch of fairly villages close by.
• Doubles from £100 B&B, dog-friendly, no under-12s except reserving complete B&B, fiveacrebarn.co.uk
Just off the A84 close to Loch Voil and Lochearnhead, MHOR84 has a distant really feel and exquisite grounds. Part pub, half motel, it’s the youngest within the Lewis household’s foodie steady (alongside the unique Monachyle Mhor lodge and restaurant, a bakery, reward store, posh fish and chip store and food-centred competition). Inside it’s decked out in Scandi-Scottish fashion (white partitions, antlers, woollen throws, mismatched wood furnishings) with rooms starting from doubles to a two-bedroom cottage. Work up an urge for food within the nice outdoor (swim within the loch or bag one in all 5 close by Munros) after which feast on mains akin to blade of beef with mustard potatoes, slow-roast carrot greens and pink wine jus (£16) or extra easy fare akin to a gourmand burger (£11).
• Doubles from £90 room-only, dog-friendly, accessible rooms, mhor84.internet
Slebech Park Pembrokeshire
On the Daugleddau estuary, Slebech presents full nature immersion a number of miles from Haverfordwest. There’s nice strolling on the 650-acre property, whereas an 18th-century Grade II-listed coach home is on the coronary heart of the lodge. Rooms fluctuate from small and easy to luxurious suites, with high-quality Welsh fare served within the eating room overlooking the river (a lot of the produce comes from the natural kitchen gardens). Slebech was as soon as an vital spiritual home and assembly place for pilgrims heading to St Davids.
• Doubles from £75 B&B, dog-friendly, accessible rooms, slebech.co.uk
TEN BEST BEST FOODIE HOTELS
Parva Farmhouse Monmouthshire
This restaurant with rooms was opened in March by Roger and Marta Brook, former head chef and restaurant supervisor respectively on the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree Inn, close to Abergavenny. It is simply round a bend within the Wye from Tintern Abbey, and the standard of the cooking makes it an indulgent however inexpensive winter hideaway. Dinner (served Wednesday to Sunday, two programs £34) is rarely the identical two nights working (loin of venison with prune and almond tagine, say, adopted by blackberry jelly with quince, pear and lemon verbena ice-cream). And if the farmhouse’s eight bedrooms are somewhat dated, it’s certainly extra cause to leap away from bed and revel in a languorous breakfast.
• Doubles from £90 B&B, parvafarmhouse.co.uk
The Mash Inn Bucks
This cosy, characterful pub within the village of Radnage dates from 1745, however its restaurant is as much as the minute. The open kitchen has an enormous wood-fired grill and serves home-grown or foraged elements, together with plenty of pickled, cured and fermented meals. Lunch (Wed-Fri) is sweet worth at £25 for 3 programs, and a brand new Sunday lunch menu options Radnage pheasant with bread sauce (£60 for 4 programs). For particular events, the tasting menu is unbeatable: autumn dishes might embrace burrata and pumpkin, sea urchins, or burnt leeks with “bog butter” (£80 for 10 programs). The wine listing consists of six English sparklers. There are 4 rooms above the restaurant and two backyard rooms; the decor is pared-back however luxurious the place it counts (king measurement beds, freestanding baths, L:A Bruket toiletries).
• Doubles from £110 B&B, two accessible rooms, no under-16s, themashinn.com
A dose of restrained, elegant cool within the centre of Bath, this restaurant with rooms opened in August with an idiosyncratic pitch: eight bedrooms, and eight medium-sized plates on the dinner menu (select two or three from a range which may embrace saffron monkfish velouté with mussels and pink mullet, £13.75; confit pork cheeks with crushed potatoes, child leeks, apple jelly and sultana chutney, £12.95; or millefeuille of cheese-infused polenta with pan-fried chestnuts, mushrooms, spinach and sage beurre blanc, £10.50). Run by a husband-and-wife crew who earned their stripes working a lodge in Aix-en-Provence, Eight is on the epicentre of the town’s caramel-stone streets, between Sally Lunn’s well-known bun store and upmarket vegetarian restaurant Acorn. Throw in a candlelit bar with emerald, navy and glinting copper and also you have the right glamorous city retreat.
• Doubles from £125 B&B, no under-eights, eightinbath.co.uk
The Ollerod Dorset
When chef Chris Staines left Bath’s Abbey Hotel, folks questioned what his subsequent transfer can be. The reply was reinventing this 13th-century lodge in honey-hued Beaminster along with his companion Silvana Bandini (previously of Bath’s The Pig lodge). Walk alongside the Jurassic Coast to work up an urge for food for Chris’s pitch-perfect mains (attempt the poached bream with Chinese spinach, shimeji mushrooms, salted plums and Thai-spiced mussel broth, £23), or small plates akin to wild mushroom and black truffle arancini (£5); there’s additionally a devoted vegan menu. Then retire to one of many 13 stylish, understated bedrooms.
• Tiny double from £120 B&B, double from £130, one accessible room, dog-friendly, theollerod.co.uk
The Ginger Peanut Devon
With a restaurant headed by native chef Peter Mundy and 5 comfortably trendy bedrooms (impartial furnishings pepped up by jewel-coloured velvet cushions), this new bolthole within the city of Bampton is quick changing into a foodie must-visit, serving dinners of sea trout on black lentils, liquorice crust and torched grapefruit with citrus dressing (£15.95), or butternut squash and saffron risotto with roasted beetroot and balsamic glaze (£13.95). Guests staying in a single day may also assist themselves to tea, espresso, crisps and home made biscuits from the shared pantry.
• Doubles from £80 room-only, canines by association, gingerpeanut.co.uk
Grandtully Hotel Perthshire
In 2016, Chris Rowley left a day job in Edinburgh – and his supper membership, Charlie and Evelyn’s Table – to retrain at Leith’s Cookery School and transfer to the Perthshire countryside. He and spouse Rachel, plus his wine buff brother Andrew, opened a foodie B&B, Ballintaggart Farm, providing cookery programs and feast nights in addition to in a single day stays. It solely has two bedrooms, nevertheless, so this September they expanded, reopening the close by eight-bedroom Grandtully Hotel. In its 30-cover restaurant, get pleasure from a dinner of honeyed Sutherland sausages with child spinach, and Ballintaggart apple, blackberry and caraway slaw (two programs £18) then nip to the bar for a Honey Auld Fashioned, a mixture of Dewar’s 12, Strathtay honey and whisky barrel-aged bitters.
• Doubles from £125 B&B, ballintaggart.com
Pentonbridge Inn Cumbria
The Pentonbridge Inn opened within the hamlet of Penton a yr in the past, pairing 9 slate-trimmed, tweed-edged bedrooms with grub few steps extra refined than your common pub menu, a few of it provided from a kitchen backyard on the Netherby Hall Estate (beneath the identical possession). Though the launch kitchen crew has since left, new head chef Gary McDermott is continuous the format: select between night tasting menus (£55) within the restaurant – suppose stone bass, celeriac, sorrel and smoked mussels – or pub classics (mains from £14) within the bar.
• Doubles from £100 B&B, no kids, one accessible room, pentonbridgeinn.co.uk
The kitchen employees, the menu and the elements are all verace Italian at this newly-converted pub within the small city of West Malling close to Maidstone. Head chef Fabio Moschini – with roots in Rome and Venice – spent a yr planning dishes and looking for one of the best producers of risotto rice, cured meats, olive oil and pasta flour. In a specifically dug pasta cellar, that flour is made every single day into completely textured pappardelle and tagliolini (mains, akin to pollo alla pizzaiola from £15, two programs £16 at lunchtime). Upstairs are 4 good however restful en suite rooms, with massive comfortable beds, nice linen, Bluetooth radios and posh tea and low issues.
• Doubles from £120 B&B, amanorestaurant.co.uk
The Star & Garter Cornwall
This Falmouth harbourside eating pub ihas stripped-back wood flooring, teal-coloured woodwork and a bar stocked with whiskies and rums. Upstairs are three trendy flats sleeping two to 4 – order a breakfast patisserie basket or pop down for brunch on Saturday – the brand new Lebanese-inspired menu consists of shakshuka (spicy eggs) and bottomless bloody marys. The restaurant takes a nose-to-tail method, and sources fish from native boats and meat from native farms for dishes akin to pork stomach with caldo verde (£19) and crispy blended fish with fennel, aioli and duck salt chips (£17).
• From £90 for 2, adults solely, starandgarter.squarespace.com
The Gunton Arms Norfolk
There are few higher locations to gap up on an autumn night than the Elk restaurant at this pub with rooms exterior Thorpe Market. Named for the huge elk cranium and antlers above the hearth (on which native beef and venison are roasted), the eating room’s cosy really feel and fairly outlook (as soon as a royal searching lodge, the constructing is surrounded by a deer park) make for a romantic setting. Typical dishes fromex-Hix chef Stuart Tattersall embrace venison stew with herb-baked dumplings, £16; and pan-fried sea trout with seashore greens and Kings Lynn brown shrimp, £18. Pause to admire the proprietor’s spectacular assortment of contemporary artwork earlier than heading upstairs to one in all 16 nation house-style bedrooms.
• Doubles from £95 B&B, dog-friendly, accessible rooms, theguntonarms.co.uk
TEN BEST COASTAL HOTELS
Castle Inn Lulworth, Dorset
Opened this summer time, the Castle Inn is a picturesque base for exploring the Dorset coast (Lulworth Cove 15 minutes’ stroll from the entrance door) and the Isle of Purbeck’s again roads and pubs. The 16th-century thatched pub now has 12 bedrooms (all named after Jurassic coast landmarks) – and 6 of them are dog-friendly. There’s a laid-back bar and all-day restaurant that makes essentially the most of native seafood and farm-fresh meats, plus a pizza menu and Sunday roasts. An open fireplace warms up the winter months – good after a bracing seaside stroll.
• Doubles from £107 B&B, two accessible rooms, dog-friendly, castleinn-lulworth.co.uk
The Lord Crewe Bamburgh, Northumberland
For fort views and coastal walks the Lord Crewe is properly positioned. This pub-with-rooms is reverse Bamburgh’s mighty fort, a five-minute stroll from the three-mile, dune-backed seaside. Two of Northumberland’s different greatest seashores, Beadnell and Ross Back Sands, are a brief drive away, and the Farne Islands could be reached by boat from close by Seahouses. The pub, which dates again to the 1600s, is Grade II-listed and retains some authentic options.It serves beer from the native Anarchy and Alnwick breweries, and luxury meals akin to beer-battered fish finger sandwiches (£6) or stomach pork with crackling and black pudding mash (£13). The seven rooms are easy, with stable wooden furnishings and splashes of tartan, and window seats for these cracking views.
• Doubles from £60 room-only, no under-12s, lord-crewe.co.uk
The Townhouse Beaumaris, Anglesey
This 17th-century townhouse has been given a contemporary makeover and is now a vibrant 13-room lodge within the seaside city of Beaumaris. Rooms are named after colors and embellished accordingly, from calming Sky to dramatic Ebony; Silver is a shiny loft area, Pearl has views of Beaumaris Castle and Clementine is absolutely accessible. The fashion is barely 70s retro, geared toward a youthful crowd than its sister lodge subsequent door, The Bull. Guests share the bar and two eating places on the Bull, a historic teaching inn. The city’s small sandy seaside is on the doorstep, and it’s base for exploring Anglesey’s 125 miles of shoreline.
• Doubles from £96 room-only, one accessible room, bullsheadinn.co.uk
The Rose Deal, Kent
One of essentially the most thrilling seaside openings this yr (May), The Rose is a characterful restaurant and bar with rooms, in historic, arty Deal, moments from the seaside. What was a run-down pub has been given a brand new lease of life, marrying authentic options like wooden panelling within the eating room with cool up to date and classic finds. There’s no scrimping on color or consolation within the eight bedrooms (suppose yellow velvet headboards, purple free-standing baths, natural toiletries and nice beds), and the identical mixture of high quality and creativeness is found within the kitchen. Menus provide a twist on British classics utilizing native produce, with prettily offered dishes like roast lamb chops, lentils, purple-sprouting broccoli and anchovy (£13), or violet artichokes, white beans and dandelion and goat’s curd (£10).
• Doubles from £95 B&B, dog-friendly, therosedeal.com
Burrastow House Shetland
On its personal sheltered bay on the western tip of Mainland, Shetland, 18th-century Burrastow House stands in splendid isolation, two miles from Walls, the closest village. The surroundings is spectacular, with views over Vaila Sound; otters and seals could also be spied from the home windows and there are wild walks aplenty. Inside, the vibe is extra household home than lodge, with an emphasis on conventional consolation – log fires, massive duvets and hearty meals. Generous breakfasts embrace porridge, black pudding and kippers; night meals change in line with what’s accessible (native fish and lamb are probably). There’s no bar, however the lounge has a well-stocked drinks cupboard for cosy evenings. Open April to October.
• Doubles from £100 B&B, two accessible rooms, dog-friendly, burrastowhouse.co.uk
Gara Rock Near Salcombe, Devon
This clifftop lodge in East Portlemouth, close to Salcombe, reopened with a lot fanfare in August after a whole transformation by new homeowners. Accommodation now consists of loft rooms, suites, 5 cottages and 12 flats, all with sea views and a balcony or a backyard. They are beautiful, with muted sea tones, panelled partitions, rolltop baths and rain showers. The lodge has its personal seaside, indoor and heated out of doors swimming pools, a spa and cinema with three screenings a day. The glass-sided restaurant specialises in seafood, together with Porthilly oysters, and the previous coastguards’ lookout is now the bar: the right spot for a sundowner. All this luxurious comes at a worth, nevertheless – one to avoid wasting for critically particular celebrations.
• Doubles from £150 B&B, dog-friendly, gararock.com
The Gallivant Near Rye, East Sussex
The resort of Camber, with its tired-looking Pontins and big caravan park, has seen higher days, however its eponymous sands are a glory of the south coast – extensive, golden, dune-backed and patrolled by lifeguards in summer time. The Gallivant, which opened in 2011 reverse the dunes, has lifted lodging choices to a brand new degree – and now the Californian motel-style restaurant with (20) rooms has had a serious rejig, with new terrace, remodelled bar and cushty. In the restaurant the distinction with Camber’s fish and chips is stark: right here native Dungeness cod is roasted, with foraged sea greens and pickled tomato (£18). Rooms vary from backyard suites to cabins lined with salvaged wooden that evoke one of the best sort of seaside hut.
• Doubles from £95 B&B, dog-friendly, thegallivant.co.uk
Old Town Hall House Cley subsequent the Sea, Norfolk
Escapees from London, James and Jennie Walker opened their B&B on the north Norfolk coast 4 years in the past. Scandi-style decor (Jennie is Swedish) is vivid and ethereal, and two of the 4 bedrooms have sundown views over marshland to the ocean. The pair already had a helpful option to stand out in a crowded market: James additionally occurs to be a high chef, having labored on the Ritz in London and Michelin-starred Lucas Carton in Paris. He presents visitors a two-course dinner, plus nibbles and home made truffles (£30) twice per week, and visitors have precedence for his Friday-night supper membership, which can be common with non-residents.
• Doubles from £110 B&B, no canines, oldtownhallhouse.com
The Beach Hotel Minehead, Somerset
The Beach Hotel, Minehead
Overlooking huge, sandy Minehead seaside, with views throughout the Bristol Channel to Wales, The Beach Hotel has 15 vivid bedrooms with a nautical theme. The restaurant has received awards for its field-to-fork British and European menu (there’s even a map of your meal’s origin), served from an open kitchen. What units this place aside, although, is that it’s a social enterprise, owned by the YMCA. The employees are largely younger folks in want who have been taken on as apprentices and skilled for the roles – not that it exhibits within the ranges of professionalism. An important base for exploring Exmoor and the gorgeous south-west coast.
• Doubles from £85, dog-friendly, thebeachhotel.org
Whitepark House Ballintoy, County Antrim
A pristine white seaside is all yours, a skip throughout the highway from Whitepark House. Enjoy the ocean air and digging your ft into the sand on a stroll earlier than breakfast – you’ll want it, as a result of what an Irish breakfast it’s at this B&B, run by ebullient proprietor Bob Isles. It has three en suite rooms in an 18th-century home, furnishings from Asian travels, and afternoon tea by the peat fireplace – all the pieces a B&B must be and extra. An ideal base for exploring the high-quality surroundings on the Causeway Coastal Route, with plentiful seafood stops alongside the best way.
• Doubles from £130 B&B, no under-10s, whiteparkhouse.com
TEN BEST CITY HOTELS
East London Hotel
Opened final month in Bethnal Green, simply up the highway from the positioning of Mother Kelly’s Doorstep (topic of the favored musical corridor track), this 161-room lodge with trendy cafe-bar is a good base from which to discover central London (City 5 minutes by tube, West End 15), the leisure hub of Shoreditch (a 20-minute stroll) and newly buzzing Bethnal Green itself, with up to date eating places and extra cocktail bars than you possibly can shake a swizzle stick at. Rooms are well-equipped if diminutive (a number of are windowless), however nobody involves an space like this to remain inside.
• Doubles from £85 room-only, accessible rooms, theeastlondonhotel.com
The Flint Belfast
The Flint opened this summer time on Howard Street, geared toward younger travellers who need a central location, trendy design, quick wifi and never a lot else. There is not any restaurant: every of the 55 suites has a small kitchen, and the lodge is surrounded by locations to eat. There are plans for a rooftop bar. Interiors are by Portadown-based Terry Design, and many of the furnishings was made in Northern Ireland. Brothers Ben and Peter Ringland additionally personal the town’s Crescent Townhouse (quickly to be rebranded the 1852) and the Town Square restaurant.
• Doubles from £70 room-only, accessible rooms, theflinthotel.com
Hotel Indigo Dundee
The Hotel Indigo Dundee opened this summer time, in time to welcome guests to the town’s new V&A museum, which launched in September. The 102-room lodge is a £23m conversion of a 200-year-old jute mill with a putting bell tower, which had stood empty for 45 years. The industrial-style design – polished cement, forged iron – is strikingly trendy but in step with the constructing’s heritage; authentic options such because the vaulted brickwork ceilings have been restored. Themed rooms nod to Dundee industries akin to comics and pc video games, whereas the restaurant, Daisy Tasker, is known as after a neighborhood weaver.
• Doubles from £51 room-only, accessible rooms, ihg.com
The Exchange Cardiff
Cardiff’s spectacular Coal Exchange constructing – the place the world’s first million-pound deal was accomplished in 1901 – had lain derelict for 3 years when it was rescued in 2016. Now it’s being restored as an opulent lodge. It opened in May 2017 and there are 61 rooms thus far; finally there can be 196 (the estimated completion date is late summer time 2019). A brand new restaurant (R P Culley & Co, named after the native philanthropist ) will open quickly, serving meals sourced from the Valleys; afternoon tea could be taken within the opulent Grand Hall, the place buying and selling as soon as befell. Next month, work begins on a brand new spa.
• Doubles from £80 room-only, accessible rooms, exchangehotelcardiff.co.uk
Hope Street Hotel Liverpool
This was one of many metropolis’s first unbiased boutique inns when it opened in 2003, and it’s nonetheless an ideal place to remain. Now it’s increasing into the previous School for the Blind subsequent door, including 73 rooms (taking the whole to 162), together with 14 with terraces/balconies; a cinema with a weekly movie nights and particular screenings; a membership room with a non-public members’ vibe; and a spa with indoor and out of doors swimming pools. The design will stay easy: plenty of pink Cheshire brick, stable wooden and white linen. The challenge is because of be completed by March 2019.
• Doubles from £92 room-only, accessible rooms, hopestreethotel.co.uk
The Edgbaston Birmingham
A brand new wing on this artwork deco boutique lodge takes its complete bedrooms from six to 20 (opening from 20 November). Large monochrome rooms have excessive ceilings, sash home windows and freestanding baths. There are three cocktail lounges with ingenious cocktail lists (the Who Wants to Go to Mordor Anyway? pays tribute to JRR Tolkien, who lived regionally). On sunny evenings, drinks are served on the champagne terrace, just lately doubled in measurement. The focus is on booze, however there’s a easy meals menu and a preferred afternoon tea.
• Doubles from £125 B&B, infants welcome in homeowners’ bassinets in any other case no kids, theedgbaston.co.uk
Cow Hollow Manchester
This 16-bed conversion of a Northern Quarter textile warehouse makes good use of the constructing’s industrial heritage. Exposed brick and steel staircases are softened with artworks, neo-Moorish tiling and fascinating ornamental objects. Bedrooms come with REN toiletries, high-quality Bluetooth audio system and free Netflix. Guests are served complimentary prosecco and nibbles every night, and milk and cookies earlier than mattress. Cow Hollow doesn’t have a restaurant (attempt Go Falafel, Rudy’s Pizza, Bundobust or Mackie Mayor), however there are cocktails and first rate glasses of wine in its tiny, glamorous bar.
• Doubles from £98 B&B, cowhollow.co.uk
Avon Gorge Bristol
This historic lodge, with views of the Clifton suspension bridge, opened in 1898 because the Grand Clifton Spa & Hydropathic Institution. When water therapies fell out of vogue, the spa closed and it grew to become the Avon Gorge Hotel, frequented by Cary Grant on returns to his home city. Now, it has had a multimillion-pound revamp by Hotel du Vin. Renovations uncovered a hidden marble staircase, stained-glass home windows and the unique Turkish baths, now a wine cellar. There are 78 up to date rooms in shades of gray, navy and teal, a smokehouse restaurant and a bar with a big terrace.
• Doubles from £89 room-only, canine pleasant, accessible rooms, hotelduvin.com
The Pilgrm London
There’s all the time a cluster of finances lodging within the streets round a serious practice station, however this 73-room lodge in Paddington, transformed a yr in the past from 4 early 19th-century townhouses (and intentionally lacking the second i), presents greater than most. Carefully restored interval particulars and reclaimed fittings contribute to a trendy really feel, and although bedrooms are brief on area they’re lengthy on luxurious touches. Chef Sara Lewis’s all-day menu of small plates could be very tempting – charred broccoli with shallot, pecorino and capers, say – as are the well-travelled cocktails.
• Doubles from £99 room-only, thepilgrm.com
42 The Calls Leeds
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This 41-room riverside lodge was transformed from an 18th-century flour mill within the early 1990s, retaining authentic options akin to beamed ceilings and wood shutters. It was for a time one of the vital prestigious locations to remain in Leeds, however its glory days appeared to be over when it went into administration in February, It has been rescued by a neighborhood entrepreneur, Simon Pollard, who is funding a multimillion-pound refurbishment. The lodge will stay open through the refit subsequent yr, which can add luxurious suites, a cafe-bar, waterfront restaurant and champagne terrace. Guests travelling by practice are in for a deal with: they are going to be met by the concierge and brought to the lodge by boat.
• Doubles from £58 room-only, one accessible room, 42thecallshotel.com
TEN BEST QUIRKY HOTELS
The Ceilidh Place The Highlands
An actual one-off, Jean Urquhart’s lodge, cafe/restaurant, bookshop, artwork gallery, music venue and social hub occupies a row of whitewashed cottages in Ullapool on Loch Broom. It started life within the 1970s as a restaurant in a ship shed, run by Jean’s late husband, actor Robert Urquhart, the place musicians might sing for his or her supper. The environment remains to be faintly bohemian, with bantering bar employees, visiting bands, solo artists and stand-up comedy. All-day menus embrace regionally caught fish, haggis in a pot and good veggie and vegan choices (they use herbs from the backyard). The easy bedrooms are comfy, and shoestring travellers can bunk down within the Clubhouse.
• Bunks from £24, doubles from £155 B&B, theceilidhplace.com
Gladstone’s Library Flintshire
For writing retreats or in a single day stays, the literary-minded will get pleasure from Gladstone’s residential library in Hawarden, which homes over 150,000 printed objects, together with many theological and philosophical works. The serene studying rooms are open 9am-10pm, and trendy bedrooms are outfitted with desks and Roberts radios (however no TVs). Meals are regionally sourced and home made, and there’s an honesty bar for a hearth drink within the night. The annual Writers in Residence programme is taking functions for 2020. There are additionally inventive writing masterclasses. An estimated 590 books have been written or researched right here since 2000.
• Doubles from £90 B&B, two accessible bedrooms, gladstoneslibrary.org
The Dial House Norfolk
Behind the entrance door of this redbrick Georgian home within the small market city of Reepham are exuberant bedrooms on a Grand Tour theme – from Parisian Garret to Italian Palace – with each decoration and oddity rigorously chosen. In Natural History, the lavatory is reached by a cupboard of curiosities; China is a riot of blue and white ceramics; Orient a fantasy of porcelain and lacquerware and chinoiserie wallpaper. New homeowners, Norwich restaurateurs Andrew Jones and Hannah Springham, are taking the meals up a notch, with farm-to-fork menus of Norfolk produce. In ground-floor retail rooms, all the pieces is on the market. It’s pricier than some locations – however what a visit!
• Doubles from £135 room-only or £145 B&B, no under-10s, thedialhouse.org.uk
Hotel Pelirocco Brighton
This Brighton stalwart in Regency Square, proper on the seafront, is famed for its up- for-it get together vibe. The 19 themed rooms are a riot, starting from the kitsch gold and black Pin-Up Parlour, devoted to Diana Dors, to the pop-art Mod-themed Modrophenia, with parka mattress cowl and scooter bedside the desk. The bar – all bonkers wallpaper and classic furnishings – hosts reside music and DJs, with breakfast additionally served right here or within the lounge. Bathrooms have simply been up to date and a brand new room is being revealed subsequent yr (theme to be introduced).
• Doubles from £80 B&B, one accessible single room, hotelpelirocco.co.uk
Darwin’s Townhouse Shropshire
The 20 bedrooms at this massive Georgian B&B, which opened a few years in the past, are all on a tastefully Darwinian theme, a nod to the truth that the person himself was born and introduced up in Shrewsbury. (It’s a brief stroll by the gorgeous Quarry park to St Chad’s Church, the place Darwin was baptised, or to the library, as soon as Darwin’s college, with its commemorative statue.) Dragonflies shimmer from cushions, wood boards show historic mariners’ maps, classic suitcases function bedside tables and partitions are papered with unique birds. Also beneath the identical possession are two native bars and eating places, The Loopy Shrew and Darwin’s Kitchen, every with bedrooms.
• Doubles from £125 B&B, 4 accessible rooms, one with full wetroom, darwinstownhouse.com
Lumley Castle County Durham
A 600-year-old fort in Chester-le-Street, between Durham and Newcastle, this lodge has 73 rooms, some with four-poster beds, pink and gold furnishings and Narnia-esque loos behind wardrobe doorways. Food is conventional British fare, served in a candlelit, vaulted eating room, and there’s afternoon tea within the library bar. Some consider it to be haunted: tales inform of a girl of the manor who was thrown down the properly within the fort grounds by two monks – even the Aussie cricket crew reported ghost sightings in 2005. It’s additionally dog-friendly, so the nervous might carry a pooch for company.
• Doubles from £89 B&B, three accessible rooms, lumleycastle.com
Llanthony Priory Monmouthshire
In the shadow of the Black Mountains, within the precincts of a ruined Augustinian abbey immortalised by JMW Turner, Victoria and Geoff Neal’s extremely uncommon lodge partly occupies an ivy-clad, Grade I-listed medieval tower. A keep at this lodge, between Hereford and Abergavenny, is a step again in time – no tv, no wifi, no cell phone sign, no en suite loos (bathe rooms are reached through a spiral staircase) – however the environment greater than makes up for the shortage of facilities. Some rooms have a four-poster or half-tester mattress. On chilly days a log fireplace warms the vaulted crypt, the setting for old style dinners of, say, abbot’s beef casserole, lamb de Lacy or, for vegetarians, nut roast or spicy bean goulash.
• Doubles from £95 B&B, no under-10s, llanthonyprioryhotel.co.uk
Langar Hall Nottinghamshire
Thirty years in the past, the late Imogen Skirving opened her apricot-washed Georgian mansion in Langar to paying visitors, and little by little remodeled it into a preferred lodge and restaurant. Her charismatic character nonetheless infuses the place, which retains its idiosyncratic fashion (conventional English with splashes of India). Now her granddaughter Lila Arora runs it in the identical heat spirit that received devotees together with Jools Holland, Paul Smith and Dame Barbara Cartland (one of many rooms is known as after her).
It’s approached through an avenue of lime timber, by sheep-grazed pastures, and its public rooms are full of books, antiques and quaint knick-knacks. Bedrooms have very private touches – a rocking chair, say, or pair of china Staffordshire canines. There’s additionally a chalet for 2 on the croquet garden. Chef Gary Booth’s menus are interesting, from Belvoir game to kale fritters.
• Chalet £125 B&B, doubles from £140 B&B, langarhall.com
St Cuthbert’s House Northumberland
When Jeff and Jill Sutheran purchased this manse in Seahouses, on the wild Northumbrian coast, a semi-derelict church got here as a part of the package deal. Today they run the church as an award-winning B&B, with bedrooms named after Celtic saints. Aidan, Columba, Brigid and Hild are reached through a touchdown with “pulpit” viewing gallery. The authentic wooden panels, pillars and harmonium are preserved within the Sanctuary, now the lounge and breakfast room. Jill is a musician: ask for a blast on her Northumbrian pipes, or come for a reside music evening. Breakfast choices embrace kippers from the native smokery.
• Doubles £130 B&B, one accessible room, adults solely, stcuthbertshouse.com
Old Railway Station West Sussex
The novelty begins whenever you examine in on the former parcels workplace at Petworth, one of many prettiest railway stations in Britain, constructed so the Prince of Wales, the long run Edward VII, might take the practice to Goodwood races. Owners Gudmund Olafsson and Catherine Stormont cherish the place, which they run as a B&B. Bedrooms are within the station home or in one in all two stunning Pullman carriages with Edwardian fittings. Breakfast is served within the previous ready room, full of interval furnishings and paraphernalia, or beneath parasols on the platform when the solar shines. Residents and drop-ins can get pleasure from a cream tea.
• Doubles from £120 B&B, no beneath 10s, old-station.co.uk
Some of the quirky inns are edited extracts from the Good Hotel Guide 2019, written by Rose Shepherd
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