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When we think of England, we think of centuries of tradition, the “Commonwealth on which the sun never sets” and a style and class associated with a rather starchy people with aristocratic tendencies.
The city founded its power on navigation, thriving on the banks of its beloved River Thames while keeping an eye on the sea beyond. Although it lies 70 kilometers upstream from the Channel, London is a maritime metropolis, a city of docks and warehouses, a center of commercial and political conquest. Its bond with the sea gives the British capital its distinctive colors: a sky in an endless palette of grays, its streetlights casting billowy yellow pools in the misty night, its deceptively untamed parks cloaked in deep, dark greens.
The reputation of its music festival makes it easy to forget that Glastonbury, thought to be the site of the mythical island of Avalon, entered the annals of history nearly a millennium ago when local monks claimed to have discovered the tomb of King Arthur in a tree trunk. Risible as they may seem today, such fables are treasured here as timeless truths. This is Celtic country, a land of traditions where legends are as real as the rock stars who grace the stage here every summer.
Hotel and restaurant in the country. With its breath-taking west coast scenery and incredible views of the loch, Airds Hotel is the perfect spot to soak up the beauty of Scotland. Port Appin, where the hotel is located, provided the opening for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “Kidnapped”. This exquisite 18th century lochside hotel with charmingly decorated rooms represents the very best of Scottish elegance. Excellent service is combined with the finest cuisine and a wine list that is just as impressive; admiring the spectacular views of the atmospheric loch and iconic mountains is a highlight at the restaurant. The Hebrides, a remote and wild paradise, is only a five-minute boat trip away. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Amberley Castle’s idyllic setting beside the River Arun places this medieval survivor in some of the loveliest English Countryside. The majority of guest rooms and bathrooms have been individually designed by the Brownsword family to provide the highest standards of luxury and comfort. Enjoy the calm and warm ambience of our lounges and library complete with roaring log fires on cold winter days. Amberley Castle is renowned for the quality of its cuisine – superb locally sourced seasonal ingredients are matched with whatever is fresh that day. Feeling serene and secure behind the castle’s portcullis and battlements, many of our guests venture no further than our beautiful gardens which include a putting course, croquet lawn and tennis court. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Set next to a 13th Century church and nestled amidst beautiful gardens, Buckland Manor is one of the finest manor houses in the Cotswolds and a unique retreat for peace and reflection. If not relaxing in surroundings of timeless beauty and elegance where crackling log fires warm the cosy lounges then you will be able to expend some energy on the tennis court or try your hand at horse riding, hunting and hiking. Savour its top hospitality, fine wines and exquisite food whether a sumptuous dinner or a light alfresco lunch amidst glorious vistas where the sun falls on honeyed stone. With its air of classic English charm, it’s your perfect few days away and popular for exclusive house parties. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Cheerful sage shutters and immaculate sweeping lawns welcome visitors to Chewton Glen. A luxury country house hotel and spa set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park. The location, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach at Highcliffe, makes it the perfect country house resort for a family holiday. Hidden away in a wooded valley you will find the hotel’s luxury treehouses. The restaurant is as formal or relaxed as the mood takes you and is a nexus of beautiful conservatories, intimate dining spaces and a stunning wine room. The luxury health spa is dedicated to personalised service and indulgent spa experiences. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Behind its imposing period façade, this grand 17th century stately home boasts interiors brimming with English charm. Exquisite antique furniture and oil paintings contribute to creating a warm and very intimate ambiance. Not surprising that it has hosted many famous names throughout its history, and some of them, such as Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill, have even lent their names to rooms. Cliveden House, in the heart of Berkshire, is renowned for its magnificent 376 acre estate overlooking the River Thames offering tranquillity and exquisite dining just outside London and a stone’s throw from Windsor, Ascot and Heathrow. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. This beautiful old manor house stands in mature grounds sheltered by 100 year old trees that are now a haven of peace and quiet–but not always. In April 1837 George Stephenson’s famous “Rocket” locomotive was bought by the owning family and even ran on a test track through the garden. Covered in ivy and climbing vines that change colour with each season, the house blends marvellously into its surroundings and its presence is only betrayed when the little lake reveals its reflection. The interior design is that of a traditional country house. The local area is a paradise for walkers with the unspoilt Northern Pennines to the south and to the north, Hadrian’s Wall with the fabulous museums explaining the Roman’s occupation of Britain. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. Gidleigh Park sits majestically on the bubbling upper reaches of the River Teign within 107 acres of mature grounds which feature an acclaimed kitchen garden, croquet lawns and putting course. The house has an air of tranquillity and romance and a genuinely warm welcome awaits you. The majority of guest rooms overlook the beautiful gardens and the river, each unique with thoughtful touches and indulgent bathrooms. And of course there is the sublime food of the chef whose modern European cuisine is a celebration of West Country produce from land and sea. Match this with one of the finest wine cellars in the UK and a visit to Gidleigh Park will be an unforgettable experience. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Gilpin is a charming hotel in an extraordinary place: the Lake District National Park. In the main hotel the rooms are exquisitely designed and six have their own private gardens and cedarwood hot tubs. At the beautiful Lake House (a mile from the main hotel) there are just six suites, exclusively sharing 40 hectares of grounds including a private lake, the Jetty spa, heated indoor swimming pool, salt snug, boat house and cedarwood hot tub. Make time for the simple pleasures of the stunning surroundings, between soothing body treatments and invigorating sporting activities. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Standing high above a dramatic coastline overlooking the Irish sea, in the south west of Scotland’s historic lowlands, Glenapp is a family owned and occupied baronial castle set in an area of outstanding and unspoiled natural beauty. Underneath its fairytale turrets and towers there are oak-panelled rooms, rich fabrics and fine antiques, as well as modern award winning cuisine and impeccable service. The castle is hidden from the rugged landscape by 15 hectares of magical gardens filled with specimen trees and plants, including a fine collection of rare and unusual rhododendrons. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the woods. Gravetye Manor is a truly enchanting place; both close to the pleasures of London, yet far from its hustle and bustle. This beautiful Elizabethan manor sits proudly amongst the winding pathways and abundant flower beds in the English natural and wild gardens created by William Robinson, the father of the English natural garden and a former owner of the estate. This quintessential English country house’s charm is evident in the wood panelled restaurant with crackling log fires. All year round, the sweeping countryside views, first-class cuisine and attentive yet unobtrusive service ensure an unforgettable experience. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. Greywalls Hotel and its restaurant Chez Roux are situated on the edge of the Muirfield championship golf course with breathtaking views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth in Scotland, not far from Edinburgh. Overlooking the world-famous greens of the ninth and 18th holes, and with ten golf courses nearby, it is a golfer’s paradise. Greywalls was originally designed by Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901 as a “dignified” holiday home for his clients and today is renowned for retaining its original charm. The building still has all of its Arts and Crafts’ period charm. Guests can also explore the hotel’s historic walled gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. A Victorian House, elegantly converted into a prestigious hotel, Hambleton Hall is hidden away in the heart of the Midlands, in Rutland. England’s smallest county is also home to the largest artificial lake in Europe. A geographical detail which further enhances the seductive powers of this hotel perched on a hill overlooking the water. You will appreciate the incomparable hospitality of Tim and Stefa Hart and succumb to the charms of the sumptuous interior décor and the cuisine that is quite simply unique. When departing this magnificent setting, each guest has only one thing in mind… to return as soon as possible for another interlude of calm and well-being. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Hartwell House, one of England’s stately homes just forty miles north west of London. Hartwell House is a picture-book country house set within magnificent landscaped grounds. While the actual building dates from the 17th century, the history of the property itself, once host to the court of Louis XVIII in exile, goes back to Edward the Confessor, almost one thousand years ago. Its architecture bears the traces of successive periods and styles, from the rococo marble chimneypieces to the baroque style of the grand hall, and yet retains an elegant integrity. Its opulent rooms, with their high ceilings and period furniture, are perfect examples of quintessential English charm. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Waking up in a bright, spacious room overlooking the sea… With the sound of waves lapping gently against the shore below, The Idle Rocks calls out an invitation for a morning swim, a sailing trip or a crabbing expedition with the children. The Richards have transformed this historic building in the enchanting little port of St. Mawes, giving it the soul of a wonderful holiday home. On the waterfront terrace, guests savour the mild climate of Cornwall, and the freshest fish landed by a local fisherman on the quay. Simple, flavoursome food and a warm, friendly service in a picturesque setting — it’s no wonder the staff’s joie de vivre is so contagious! ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. The mysterious waters of the lochs, surrounded by the misty mountains that rise out of the earth in this part of Scotland, never fail to make visitors dream. With its very own loch, Inverlochy Castle offers one of the most stunning Scottish panoramas. Queen Victoria said she “never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot”. At the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the United Kingdom, this charming castle with its billiard room and stately interiors is an ideal base from which to explore Fort William, the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”, and surrounding areas in the west coast of Scotland. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. There is a certain magic about staying on a private island and Eriska is no exception. Located on the West Coast of Scotland, Eriska has gorgeous views overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Morvern Mountains. The island offers a truly unique experience. Highland cattle graze, badgers visit, grey seals and otters swim in the surrounding waters and countless birds, including the Golden Eagle, can be observed. The hotel offers unique levels of personal service, with décor masterfully blending the old with the new. Distant islands form a stunning backdrop to Eriska’s golf course and guests can enjoy sailing or other activities. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Located in the heart of the stunningly beautiful countryside of Perthshire, with lochs, rivers and trees, Kinloch House is the ideal base from which to explore the area. Built in 1840, the family-run country house with a warm and friendly atmosphere has a stunning entrance hall with a log fire and an oak panelled staircase. The portrait gallery will awaken your imagination, and perhaps the fabled ghost will pay a visit. The bedrooms have been decorated with fine fabrics and furnishings, while the elegant dining room serves a menu using the finest local ingredients. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. Just outside Oxford, Chef Raymond Blanc presides over a magnificent manor house, renowned for its hotel, cuisine and stunning gardens. For Blanc, “if the work itself is transient, the memory of the flavour remains”. Amongst the abounding lavender, Blanc grows almost 90 varieties of vegetables and over 70 aromatic herbs, which you find on your plate, in one way or another. Blanc swears only by organic produce. The suites of the hotel, which all have evocative names and distinctive feels, the exoticism of Opium, the haven of tranquillity of Blanc de Blanc, the exuberance of Vettriano, are just as sublime. Enchantment in the land of Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. It was on the island of Jersey that exiled Victor Hugo wrote some of his most beautiful poems. This is readily understandable upon visiting this magical island edged by wild beaches. A poetic atmosphere envelops you the moment you pass through the gates of this 14th century manor house. In the grounds there are majestic fountains and delightful little wooden bridges, and the suites boast silky soft fabrics and state of the art bathrooms. The old crypt is now a smoke house for the kitchen’s smoked fish and meats. You can find your self-imposed exile between a game of lawn tennis and a stroll through the woodland amongst hundred-year-old sycamores and oaks. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Lucknam Park, the very name conjures up images of trees and stately nature. This country retreat boasts sumptuous bedrooms and outstanding cuisine, to be savoured in the grand atmosphere of Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park or in the less formal setting of The Brasserie. Luxuriate in The Spa & new Well-being House, enjoy a beautiful horse ride over the estate, take a one-day course in our cookery school or simply enjoy the 202 hectares of gardens and the magnificent avenue of 400 lime and beech trees planted in 1827. If you want to venture out of this retreat, the lovely city of Bath is just 9 km away, but most who leave Lucknam Park find themselves wanting to return very soon. ... Learn moreless