A growing number of English country houses are being opened up and converted into luxury hotels, offering unique and unforgettable experiences. These are the perfect places to relax, unwind and enjoy the finer things in life…
lake district: Linthwaite House Hotel
Linthwaite House Hotel, Lake District
Linthwaite House Hotel is set in the heart of the Lake District in a stunning location overlooking Lake Windermere. This boutique top country house hotel in England has 30 luxurious rooms and a renowned restaurant, all set within 14 acres of private woodland and garden. Admire the quiet and peaceful setting or even try a spot of trout fishing. The restaurant uses locally sourced produce and diners can enjoy an exquisite meal whilst admiring the stunning views from the terrace. Linthwaite House Hotel is a 5 minutes drive from Windemere Lake and is a perfect base from which to explore the Lake District.
Price: From £190
Address: Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JA
Phone: +44 (0)15394 88600
Yorkshire: swinton Park hotel
Swinton Park Hotel, Yorkshire
Swinton Park Hotel is the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton and is surrounded by the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate. This impressive castle hotel is full of homely touches, with elegantly designed bedrooms, each of generous proportion which enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Swinton Park offers a cookery school, spa and an excellent dining experience with its award winning restaurant. Guests have access to a range of activities on the estate including fishing, golf, riding, shooting and falconry. One of a handful of top country house hotels in England, Swinton Park is set within the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and a 1 hour drive from the city of York.
Price: From £150
Address: Swinton Park, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4JH
Phone: +44 (0)1765 680900
cotswolds: Barnsley house
Barnsley House, The Cotswolds
Set in the picturesque Cotswolds countryside, Barnsley House is one of Tourist England’s stunning top country house hotels that offers 18 beautifully designed guest rooms, a spa centre with a range of treatments, private cinema and extensive gardens. The grounds are renowned for being the perfect example of a quintessentially English country garden having been meticulously landscaped by Rosemary Veeray. The strong prescense of the gardens is also felt indoors, where the artworks are all based on nature themes. The restaurant menus include dishes that utilize the homegrown vegetable gardens seasonal crops. Barnsley House is a stunning country house hotel located in England near Cirencester, and is perfectly situated for exploring the pretty towns and villages of the Cotswolds.
Price: From £230
Address: Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EE
Phone: +44 (0)1285 740000
near bath: lucknam Park hotel & spa
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, near Bath
Lucknam Park is one of the most stunning top country house hotels in England with superb Michelin Star dining. Set in 500 acres of majestic parkland, the hotel offers the best of country living. The hotel includes 42 luxuriously decorated room and spectacular fine dining opportunities, with the Michelin-starred Park restaurant or the more chilled-out Brasserie. Guests can relax in the award-winning spa, discover the outdoors with horseback riding, or perfect their culinary skills at the Cookery School. Whilst it would be easy to spend a week at Lucknam Park without venturing out of the grounds, the nearby ancient Roman city of Bath is located just 9km away, as well as the popular sites of Stonehenge and the Cotswolds.
Price: From £290
Address: Lucknam Park Hotel, Spa and Estate, Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 8AZ
Phone: +44 (0)1225 742777
devon: Gidleigh Park Hotel
Gidleigh Park Hotel, Devon
Set in Dartmoor National Park, Gidleigh Park Hotel has 24 elegant rooms, each decorated with antique furniture and fine artwork. This exceptional Tudor period country house hotel in England boasts 107 acres of grounds, an 18-hole putting course, tennis court and even opportunities for fly fishing along the River Teign. The hotel also includes a two star Michelin restaurant offering guests superb cuisine under Chef Michael Wignall. Gidleigh Park is located in Devon, an area popular for its gorgeous scenery and pretty picture postcard villages.
Price: From £285
Address: Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon, TQ13 8HH
Phone: +44 (0)1647 432 367