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