10 Luxury Rural Retreats In The English Countryside


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There are some glorious old country manor houses in the English countryside and if you are looking for a rural weekend break in a Downton Abbey-style estate or a boutique bolthole with a pub; if you’ve ever lusted after a charismatic, historic, country escape, you need to check our top 10 below.

We have picked 10 of the best boutique hotels in the English countryside. Expect exposed beams, antique furniture, cream teas on the lawn and even complimentary Hunter wellies for long country strolls to a dreamy country pub. Our picks will make your dream of a country idyll come true.

Our first choice is the beautifully refurbished and renovated Four Seasons Hampshire. This is probably the most swish and stylish manor house in the English countryside, and although some might say the Four Seasons makeover has ripped out some of the historic heart of the hotel, we love the fact that you don’t have to put up with a slightly tatty interior which other large country house hotels in England sometimes suffer from. This Four Seasons, as you would expect, offers stunning rooms with enormous flower arrangements, typical Four Seasons rooms and a million activities pre- arranged. Your kids will love it and you will love that they do. There is a great play park, kids club, swimming pool, spa, bar, restaurant, along with maps that take you on those all important strolls in the countryside (which will take you to the idyllic lake pictured above). If you want an olde country pub there is even one of these 5 minutes drive away.

Our second choice is The Greenway which is an old country house looking over acres of lawns which lead onto one of those classic rolling Cotswold hills.

In position three I choose the Old Swan and Minster Mill which can be found in the most perfect Cotswolds village imaginable.

Wherever you choose, there is nowhere that you can enjoy a more quintessentially English country break than in one of the hotels below.

We have picked 10 of the best boutique hotels in the English countryside. Expect exposed beams, antique furniture, cream teas on the lawn and even complimentary Hunter wellies for long country strolls to a dreamy country pub.

Four Seasons Hampshire Review

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The first time we reviewed Four Seasons Hampshire was back in 2016, and following a return visit, I feel compelled to share exactly why this hotel is hands down the best family hotel in the English Countryside. Read More.

The Cotswold's Greenway Hotel and Spa

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If I was quizzed about England’s Cotswolds and what all the fuss was about, I’d point the inquisitive towards The Greenway Hotel and Spa, a member of the Eden Hotel Collection and Small Luxury Hotels. Turn off a busy road,… Read More.

Old Swan & Minster Mill Review, Cotswolds

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As you drive up to the Old Swan & Minster Mill you can’t help but be delighted by its perfect Cotswolds village setting, complete with grey stone cottages fronted by grass verges and colorful flowers. The hotel, which was built… Read More.

Review of England’s Oldest Inn, The Porch House

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With staycations very much on the up again, where better to pay a visit to than the beautiful Cotswolds – quintessentially English; with beautiful villages, gorgeous boutiques and endless stylish country pubs complete with beautiful pub gardens. We recently stayed… Read More.

Boutique Cotswold Luxury At The Churchill Arms

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The Churchill Arms at Paxford is located in the heart of the rural Cotswold hills, just north of the historic town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Set in a typical old stone pub in the centre of Paxford, The Churchill Arms beautifully combines… Read More.

Review: The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa

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The historic Mount in Somerset is a country house hotel with 3 Rosette dining, ESPA spa, and the prettiest views over the English countryside. Read More.

Oak House No.1 Boutique Hotel - A Celebrity Hang Out In The Cotswolds

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Oak House No.1 is a luxury boutique hotel in the Cotswolds packed full of intriguing objects and wonderful artworks. These unique and opulent surroundings have attracted many celebrity guests including Martin Freeman, Peter Andre, Tim Minchin, Kelly Jones and more.… Read More.

Review: Tudor Farmhouse, Cotswolds

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Imagine lying in a bubble-filled rolltop bath, looking up at the blue sky through the skylight in your beam-filled rooftop room. A warm summer breeze blows the bubbles ever so slightly, a Cockrel cocodoodles in the garden, and the only thing… Read More.

Ellenborough Park Review, Cotswolds

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Arrival at Cheltenham’s Ellenborough Park was impressive. The hotel sits alone on the side of a hill, in acres of immaculate grounds with sweeping views down to one of the UK’s most famous racecourses. We were expecting great things from… Read More.

Review: Lucknam Park Hotel

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Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa and Spa, part of the Relais Chateaux group of hotels, is a country house hotel near the beautiful city of Bath, on the edge of the Cotswolds, set in acres of listed parkland. Read More.

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