The UK is internationally renowned for its luxurious country houses and historic gardens. From Baroque halls to grand Victorian mansions, the country welcomes millions of visitors to its scenic country havens every year. Here, we explore some of the UK’s most luxurious country retreats.
The Ickworth Hotel
Located in Suffolk and Situated 80 miles from the centre of London and close to the famous market town of Bury St Edmunds, The Ickworth Hotel is everything you’d expect from a luxury country manor. 1,800 acres of beautiful National Trust grounds, 27 charming rooms and outstanding cuisine from first-rate chefs. Each room is tastefully decorated in high quality traditional or contemporary furnishings, while suites and Lodge accommodation offer glorious views over the estate.
Cotswolds 88 hotel
The Cotswolds have inspired generation of writers such as Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter thanks to their vast green meadows and quaint stone villages like Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bibury, the latter of which was described as ‘the most beautiful village in England by the talented artist William Morris. The Cotswolds 88 hotel embodies this rural charm, boasting a luxurious Italianate design and a 3 AA Rosette-winning restaurant with the very best in local produce. It offers remarkable panoramic views over the hills that the prominent 20th century writer J B Priestley once described as ‘the most English and least spoiled of all our countrysides’. Rooms here are decorated in vibrant Leigh Bowery wallpaper and feature numerous abstract images of the exterior.
Luton Hoo Hotel
A 5-star establishment featuring a large golf course and spa, the Luton Hoo Hotel is located on the border of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and features an impressive Grade II Listed courtyard, which was originally used as the stables for the mansion. With more than 1,000 acres of parkland and a wide choice of stylish rooms ranging from deluxe and executive bedrooms to mansion house suites and mansion state bedrooms, this venue is the perfect romantic getaway for the weekend. Here, you can relax and unwind, live the high life and escape from the hustle and bustle.
Close to the historic seaside resort of Whitby and on the fringe of the famous North York Moors National Park is Raithwaite Hall, a unique country house hotel renowned for its 80 acres of lush grounds and inspirational gardens. Accommodation here includes exclusive hotel rooms with attractive contemporary furnishings to suit every taste, while other visitors can also stay at the estate’s charming self catering cottages, which are a true home from home in the pictorial Yorkshire wilderness. For the ultimate beauty treatment, spend some time at the hotel spa, which features a gym, sauna, heated pool, four treatment venues and many other first class facilities.
Nothing could be more romantic than a stay at the grand Grade I Listed Combe House, which dates back to the Elizabethan era and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in South West England. The hotel features authentic, immaculately presented rooms with breathtaking vistas over the Devon countryside and contains many elegant artefacts from the bygone era. The hotel is situated near the pleasant market town of Honiton, well known for its annual antique and wine festivals, and is in close proximity to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the world’s most important collections of prehistoric fossils, which date back around 185 million years.