From arty boutiques to sprawling country manors; check out 15 of England's finest hotels.
Fancy a weekend as lord of the manor on your own country estate? Looking for a city crash pad for when you’re done partying?
Whether it’s your first time to the land of cream tea, cricket and changeable weather, or you’re planning a (hopefully sunny) staycation this summer, take a peek at these 15 fabulous hotels from across England:
1. Z Hotel, Shoreditch, London
The Z Hotel is an A-list choice for a few nights in the centre of London’s fashionable Shoreditch area. Surrounded by cool cafés and restaurants, the accommodation is stylish and modern without feeling impersonal. With rooms starting at just £49 a night, you should have plenty of pennies left over to spend in the independent boutiques on Old Street or the vintage shops off nearby Brick Lane.
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2. Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol
This four-star charmer, set on the waterfront and beside the city’s cathedral, is one of many beautiful Victorian buildings you’ll find in historic Bristol. Sleep like a king in a luxury four-poster bed, or train like a gladiator in the hotel’s Roman-esque leisure club. Have a right royal trip and bag a bedroom for about £95 a night.
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3. Artist Residence, Brighton
There’s nothing we like more in England than to be beside the seaside, so grab your beach towel and get down to one of Brighton’s quirkiest hotels, the Artists Residence. Even if you’re not the next Picasso, you can still enjoy the hotel’s unique interior, designed by local artists. But this is not just a place to bed down; enjoy a night cap in The Cocktail Shack or delicious seasonal fare in the hotel restaurant, The Set.
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4. Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest, Hampshire
There’s no need for disguises if you’re heading down to Lime Wood today, although you may be surprised by what you find. Wherever you decide to bunk up, be it in the Main House, the Coach House or the Garden Lodges, you’re bound to fall in love with the hotel’s rustic charm. This English country garden has many uses; from outdoor gym and yoga studio, to the hotel restaurant’s local larder. Accommodation starts at £195 a night.
5. Northcote Hotel, Lancashire
This is the place to visit if you fancy a gastronomic getaway – and we don’t just mean a weekend of stuffing your face, although Lancashire breakfasts are pretty legendary. The hotel’s restaurant, headed by celebrity chefs Nigel Haworth and Lisa Allen, serves mouth-watering hearty dishes, including Orkney scallops and Angus beef on roast marrowbone toast, rounded off with Yorkshire rhubarb and custard pudding.
6. Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windermere
Looking for some r&r away from the kids or the congestion of city life? Check out this family run estate in the lovely Lake District. From pampering massages in their newly opened Lake House Jetty Spa, to chilled out evenings soaking in your own private hot tub, Gilpin Hotel has the goods to deliver a deserved slice of downtime.
7. G! Boutique Hotel, Portsmouth
We’re not quite sure what the ‘G!’ stands for, but ‘great’ and ‘good’ don’t quite cut it when it comes to describing this place. Although ‘funky’ sounds like a 90s throwback, it’s the best word for it. This boutique hotel on the Southsea seafront is stylish and original. Each room is inidivually designed and guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, an à la carte or buffet breakfast, as well as a swing in a hanging chair in the guest lounge. A steal for just £85 a night.
8. DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes
Ok, so unless you like roundabouts, you might think there’s no other reason to visit Milton Keynes, but you’d be wrong. This year the city’s Stadiummk (home to the mighty Milton Keynes Dons) flings its gates open to rugby fans from all over the world for the World Cup. If you’re planning on a visit then you can’t get much closer to the action than staying at the DoubleTree hotel set within the grounds of the stadium! Enjoy your pint from the Pitchside Restaurant & Bar and watch the game without worrying what the weather will be like.
9. Brookes Farm Boutique Guesthouse, Seend, Wiltshire
Something slightly different from the other properties on this list, Brookes Farm is a self-catering holiday-let, but this doesn’t mean you miss out on any five-star hotel luxuries. Enjoy egyptian cotton sheets on your four-poster bed, WiFi wherever you roam throughout the house and a small, but well-stocked, library. On cold evenings, relax beside the log fire and enjoy views over the sweet countryside village of Seend: on warmer nights gather around the BBQ for a family grill-up in the garden.
10. Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire
Claiming to be the oldest hotel in England, the Old Hall Hotel was built in the 16th century and once welcomed Mary Queen of Scots. Today, it frequently hosts weddings, conferences and those looking to explore the market town of Buxton or the pretty Peak District hills beyond.
11. The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, Bath
This Georgian Grade II listed house is now home to the Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel. ‘Take the waters’ and relax in the Spa Village Bath, just one of the thermal springs for which this beautiful city is famous for. Despite its historic façade, you’ll find all the regular mod-cons here, including iPod docking stations and HD TVs. But remember, you heard about it first from Skyscanner – the hotel is set to open this summer, July 2015.
12. Bovey Castle, Devon
Set in 400 acres of great British countryside, you’ll find plenty of space to unwind at Bovey Castle. Lord it up in one of the hotel’s Grand State suites, overlooking Dartmoor National Park, but make sure you’ve got the funds as they start at £619 per night. Whilst the castle enjoys all the usual amenities (spa, restaurant, bar) you can also arrange a spot of clay pigeon shooting, a gin making masterclass or a falconry lesson from the hotel reception.
13. Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu, Hampshire
This 17th century country retreat has 22 richly decorated boudoirs for you to repose in, as well as a Michelin star restaurant. Don’t be bewildered by the menu, trump for the six course taster option and try the lot! For something a little bit more casual, you’ll find the usual pub-grub cooked to perfection and a range of local ales in the hotel’s other dining area, Monty’s Inn.
14. The Marylebone Hotel, London
Located in Marylebone Village, surrounded by some of London’s hottest properties and not far from Regent’s Park, The Marylebone Hotel is a sophisticated place to stayover in the nation’s capital. Check out their fitness facilities, including a 18m swimming pool, in The Third Space health centre. Or you might decide to stay put in the hotel bar and be served an array of delicious cocktails. For £246 a night (standard double room) the choice could be yours.
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15. The Arden Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Visit the birthplace of arguably the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, and stay right across the road from his Royal Theatre, at The Arden Hotel. Having undergone a multi-million pound facelift a few years ago, the hotel is now fully kitted out with elegant furniture, roll-top baths and an al fresco dining area.
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