TEN BEST COUNTRY HOTELS
The Manor at Sway New Forest

A couple of miles from Lymington, the Manor is an Edwardian nation home lodge and a relaxed base for exploring. Gardens prolong into woodland, and the coast is a brief drive (ask for strolling or biking routes – bikes may be delivered, too). Inside, it’s all William Morris wallpaper, antiques and picket floorboards, and even the smallest of the 15 bedrooms is charming. The eating room has small plates (braised lamb tacos, £5) and seasonal mains (pork stomach with black pudding, £16); breakfast provides a good selection of cooked choices.• Doubles from £100 B&B, dog-friendly, themanoratsway.com
The Royal Oak Wiltshire

As a younger farmer taking up Eastbrook Farm, Helen Browning was frowned upon for insisting on going natural. Thirty years on, she has an OBE, is chief govt of the Soil Affiliation, and heads a profitable natural meat agency. She and associate Tim additionally run Bishopstone village pub the Royal Oak (for Arkell’s brewery) and final yr added 12 characterful bedrooms. There’s nice strolling the place the downs roll as much as the traditional Ridgeway. Friends can be a part of a “pig safari” across the farm, and breakfast on super-tasty bacon subsequent day.• Doubles from £70 B&B, two dog-friendly rooms, one accessible room, helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk
Abbot’s Court docket Dorset

This grand Victorian farmhouse in Winterborne Kingston is now a boutique retreat with 5 acres of gardens and woodland. The seven rooms have incredible views, and the restaurant makes the many of the walled kitchen backyard and home-reared chickens and pigs – joint head chef Alex Naik has been named Dorset chef of the yr. The lodge runs vegan cooking and yoga workshops and Catch It, Prepare dinner It days; plans for subsequent summer time embody glamping within the grounds and a smokery. The cosy bar is ideal for a neighborhood gin across the log hearth.• Doubles from £90 B&B, one dog-friendly room however well-behaved canine permitted in different rooms at proprietor’s discretion, one accessible room, abbots-court.co.uk
The Pig at Combe Devon

The fifth Pig lodge is the grandest: a Tudor manor on a giant property close to Honiton. The type is glamorous however relaxed – with cocktail bar slightly than boring foyer, and 30 rooms. Meals is sourced from three walled gardens and suppliers inside a 25-mile radius, corresponding to Lyme Bay hake with Teign mussels and shore veg (£16). A backyard folly is now an off-the-cuff bar-diner, cosy sitting rooms have open fires and two potting sheds are therapy rooms. Three new Pig motels will open in 2019: close to Canterbury,, and in Arundel and Padstow.• Doubles from £145 room-only, accessible rooms, thepighotel.com
Whitehouse Nation Home Scottish Borders

Amid rolling countryside, with views of the Tweed and the Cheviot Hills, this B&B close to Melrose is a romantic place to unwind. The 19th-century home, constructed for the Duchess of Sutherland, is grand but welcoming, with three spacious en suite rooms. Hosts Angela and Roger Tyrer serve substantial breakfasts (count on as much as 10 each day specials) utilizing in-season Borders produce – and have loads of native suggestions. The drawing room with open hearth is cosy on winter evenings.• Doubles from £140 B&B, one dog-friendly room, whitehousecountryhouse.com
Artist Residence Cotswolds

There are many pretty locations to remain within the Cotswolds, however this thatched 16th-century former pub in South Leigh stands out for its daring, arty decor and quaint options. On this newest Artist Residence enterprise (after Brighton, London and Penzance; Bristol to comply with), neon indicators by Andy Doig sit by inglenook fireplaces, and there’s upcycled furnishings and freestanding baths in bedrooms. There’s nice all-day eating within the cosy pub (braised brisket with mash, £17), good strolling on the doorstep and Oxford 10 miles away.• Doubles from £120 B&B, dog-friendly, accessible rooms, artistresidence.co.uk
Brownber Corridor Yorkshire Dales

On the northern fringe of the Howgill Fells within the Dales nationwide park, this tremendous Georgian residence provides a contemporary tackle the nation home lodge. Homeowners Peter Jaques and Amanda Walker left London to renovate the Grade II-listed constructing in Newbiggin-on-Lune – and the interiors are vivid and sensible with upholstered classic furnishings. The restaurant opened this yr, serving sourdough pizza, stonebaked by Peter himself. It’s surrounded by timber, hills and very good strolling (look out for purple squirrels), significantly alongside the disused railway over magnificent Smardale viaduct. • Doubles from £90 B&B, two dog-friendly rooms, brownberhall.co.uk
5 Acre Barn Suffolk

Surrounded by wooden and fairly gardens (be careful for rabbits and pheasants), this fashionable B&B in Aldringham village is an elegant different to Suffolk’s many chintzy B&Bs. A 19th-century barn has been reworked and prolonged into a contemporary bolthole, with light-filled rooms, polished concrete flooring and hanging art work. Beneficiant breakfasts are served in a communal eating room – the right begin to a day exploring nature reserves like wildlife-filled Dunwich Heath, RSPB Minsmere or a bunch of fairly villages close by.• Doubles from £100 B&B, dog-friendly, no under-12s until reserving entire B&B, fiveacrebarn.co.uk
MHOR84 Perthshire

Simply off the A84 close to Loch Voil and Lochearnhead, MHOR84 has a distant really feel and exquisite grounds. Half pub, half motel, it’s the youngest within the Lewis household’s foodie secure (alongside the unique Monachyle Mhor lodge and restaurant, a bakery, reward store, posh fish and chip store and food-centred pageant). Inside it’s decked out in Scandi-Scottish type (white partitions, antlers, woollen throws, mismatched picket furnishings) with rooms starting from doubles to a two-bedroom cottage. Work up an urge for food within the nice outdoor (swim within the loch or bag one in every of 5 close by Munros) after which feast on mains corresponding to blade of beef with mustard potatoes, slow-roast carrot greens and purple wine jus (£16) or extra easy fare corresponding to a gourmand burger (£11).• Doubles from £90 room-only, dog-friendly, accessible rooms, mhor84.web
Slebech Park Pembrokeshire

On the Daugleddau estuary, Slebech provides full nature immersion just a few miles from Haverfordwest. There’s nice strolling on the 650-acre property, whereas an 18th-century Grade II-listed coach home is on the coronary heart of the lodge. Rooms fluctuate from small and easy to luxurious suites, with tremendous Welsh fare served within the eating room overlooking the river (a lot of the produce comes from the natural kitchen gardens). Slebech was as soon as an vital non secular home and assembly place for pilgrims heading to St Davids. • Doubles from £75 B&B, dog-friendly, accessible rooms, slebech.co.uk
TEN BEST BEST FOODIE HOTELS
Parva Farmhouse Monmouthshire

This restaurant with rooms was opened in March by Roger and Marta Brook, former head chef and restaurant supervisor respectively on the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree Inn, close to Abergavenny. It’s simply round a bend within the Wye from Tintern Abbey, and the standard of the cooking makes it an indulgent however reasonably priced winter hideaway. Dinner (served Wednesday to Sunday, two programs £34) is rarely the identical two nights working (loin of venison with prune and almond tagine, say, adopted by blackberry jelly with quince, pear and lemon verbena ice-cream). And if the farmhouse’s eight bedrooms are slightly dated, it’s absolutely extra motive to leap away from bed and revel in a languorous breakfast.• Doubles from £90 B&B, parvafarmhouse.co.uk
The Mash Inn Bucks

This cosy, characterful pub within the village of Radnage dates from 1745, however its restaurant is as much as the minute. The open kitchen has an enormous wood-fired grill and serves home-grown or foraged components, together with a lot of pickled, cured and fermented meals. Lunch (Wed-Fri) is sweet worth at £25 for 3 programs, and a brand new Sunday lunch menu options Radnage pheasant with bread sauce (£60 for 4 programs). For particular events, the tasting menu is unbeatable: autumn dishes could embody burrata and pumpkin, sea urchins, or burnt leeks with “bathroom butter” (£80 for 10 programs). The wine checklist contains six English sparklers. There are 4 rooms above the restaurant and two backyard rooms; the decor is pared-back however luxurious the place it counts (king measurement beds, freestanding baths, L:A Bruket toiletries). • Doubles from £110 B&B, two accessible rooms, no under-16s, themashinn.com
Eight Bathtub

A dose of restrained, elegant cool within the centre of Bathtub, this restaurant with rooms opened in August with an idiosyncratic pitch: eight bedrooms, and eight medium-sized plates on the dinner menu (select two or three from a variety that may embody saffron monkfish velouté with mussels and purple mullet, £13.75; confit pork cheeks with crushed potatoes, child leeks, apple jelly and sultana chutney, £12.95; or millefeuille of cheese-infused polenta with pan-fried chestnuts, mushrooms, spinach and sage beurre blanc, £10.50). Run by a husband-and-wife staff who earned their stripes working a lodge in Aix-en-Provence, Eight is on the epicentre of town’s caramel-stone streets, between Sally Lunn’s well-known bun store and upmarket vegetarian restaurant Acorn. Throw in a candlelit bar with emerald, navy and glinting copper and you’ve got the right glamorous city retreat.• Doubles from £125 B&B, no under-eights, eightinbath.co.uk
The Ollerod Dorset

When chef Chris Staines left Bathtub’s Abbey Resort, folks questioned what his subsequent transfer can be. The reply was reinventing this 13th-century lodge in honey-hued Beaminster along with his associate Silvana Bandini (previously of Bathtub’s The Pig lodge). Stroll alongside the Jurassic Coast to work up an urge for food for Chris’s pitch-perfect mains (strive the poached bream with Chinese language spinach, shimeji mushrooms, salted plums and Thai-spiced mussel broth, £23), or small plates corresponding to wild mushroom and black truffle arancini (£5); there’s additionally a devoted vegan menu. Then retire to one of many 13 stylish, understated bedrooms.• Tiny double from £120 B&B, double from £130, one accessible room, dog-friendly, theollerod.co.uk
The Ginger Peanut Devon

With a restaurant headed by native chef Peter Mundy and 5 comfortably fashionable bedrooms (impartial furnishings pepped up by jewel-coloured velvet cushions), this new bolthole within the city of Bampton is quick turning into a foodie must-visit, serving dinners of sea trout on black lentils, liquorice crust and torched grapefruit with citrus dressing (£15.95), or butternut squash and saffron risotto with roasted beetroot and balsamic glaze (£13.95). Friends staying in a single day may also assist themselves to tea, espresso, crisps and selfmade biscuits from the shared pantry.• Doubles from £80 room-only, canine by association, gingerpeanut.co.uk
Grandtully Resort Perthshire

In 2016, Chris Rowley left a day job in Edinburgh – and his supper membership, Charlie and Evelyn’s Desk – to retrain at Leith’s Cookery Faculty and transfer to the Perthshire countryside. He and spouse Rachel, plus his wine buff brother Andrew, opened a foodie B&B, Ballintaggart Farm, providing cookery programs and feast nights in addition to in a single day stays. It solely has two bedrooms, nonetheless, so this September they expanded, reopening the close by eight-bedroom Grandtully Resort. In its 30-cover restaurant, get pleasure from a dinner of honeyed Sutherland sausages with child spinach, and Ballintaggart apple, blackberry and caraway slaw (two programs £18) then nip to the bar for a Honey Auld Usual, a mixture of Dewar’s 12, Strathtay honey and whisky barrel-aged bitters.• Doubles from £125 B&B, ballintaggart.com
Pentonbridge Inn Cumbria

The Pentonbridge Inn opened within the hamlet of Penton a yr in the past, pairing 9 slate-trimmed, tweed-edged bedrooms with grub a superb few steps extra subtle than your common pub menu, a few of it equipped from a kitchen backyard on the Netherby Corridor Property (underneath the identical possession). Although the launch kitchen staff has since left, new head chef Gary McDermott is continuous the format: select between night tasting menus (£55) within the restaurant – suppose stone bass, celeriac, sorrel and smoked mussels – or pub classics (mains from £14) within the bar.• Doubles from £100 B&B, dog-friendly, three accessible rooms, pentonbridgeinn.co.uk
Amano Kent

The kitchen employees, the menu and the components are all verace Italian at this newly-converted pub within the small city of West Malling close to Maidstone. Head chef Fabio Moschini – with roots in Rome and Venice – spent a yr planning dishes and seeking out the most effective producers of risotto rice, cured meats, olive oil and pasta flour. In a specifically dug pasta cellar, that flour is made every single day into completely textured pappardelle and tagliolini (mains, corresponding to pollo alla pizzaiola from £15, two programs £16 at lunchtime). Upstairs are 4 sensible however restful en suite rooms, with large cozy beds, nice linen, Bluetooth radios and posh tea and occasional issues. • Doubles from £120 B&B, amanorestaurant.co.uk
The Star & Garter Cornwall

This Falmouth harbourside eating pub ihas stripped-back picket flooring, teal-coloured woodwork and a bar stocked with whiskies and rums. Upstairs are three fashionable flats sleeping two to 4 – order a breakfast patisserie basket or pop down for brunch on Saturday – the brand new Lebanese-inspired menu contains shakshuka (spicy eggs) and bottomless bloody marys. The restaurant takes a nose-to-tail strategy, and sources fish from native boats and meat from native farms for dishes corresponding to pork stomach with caldo verde (£19) and crispy combined fish with fennel, aioli and duck salt chips (£17). • From £90 for 2, adults solely, starandgarter.squarespace.com
The Gunton Arms Norfolk

There are few higher locations to gap up on an autumn night than the Elk restaurant at this pub with rooms outdoors Thorpe Market. Named for the huge elk cranium and antlers above the hearth (on which native beef and venison are roasted), the eating room’s cosy really feel and fairly outlook (as soon as a royal searching lodge, the constructing is surrounded by a deer park) make for a romantic setting. Typical dishes fromex-Hix chef Stuart Tattersall embody venison stew with herb-baked dumplings, £16; and pan-fried sea trout with seashore greens and Kings Lynn brown shrimp, £18. Pause to admire the proprietor’s spectacular assortment of contemporary artwork earlier than heading upstairs to one in every of 16 nation house-style bedrooms.• Doubles from £95 B&B, dog-friendly, accessible rooms, theguntonarms.co.uk
TEN BEST COASTAL HOTELS
Citadel Inn Lulworth, Dorset

Opened this summer time, the Citadel Inn is a picturesque base for exploring the Dorset coast (Lulworth Cove 15 minutes’ stroll from the entrance door) and the Isle of Purbeck’s again roads and pubs. The 16th-century thatched pub now has 12 bedrooms (all named after Jurassic coast landmarks) – and 6 of them are dog-friendly. There’s a laid-back bar and all-day restaurant that makes probably the most of native seafood and farm-fresh meats, plus a pizza menu and Sunday roasts. An open hearth warms up the winter months – excellent after a bracing seaside stroll.• Doubles from £107 B&B, two accessible rooms, dog-friendly, castleinn-lulworth.co.uk
The Lord Crewe Bamburgh, Northumberland

For fortress views and coastal walks the Lord Crewe is properly positioned. This pub-with-rooms is reverse Bamburgh’s mighty fortress, a five-minute stroll from the three-mile, dune-backed seaside. Two of Northumberland’s different finest seashores, Beadnell and Ross Again Sands, are a brief drive away, and the Farne Islands may be reached by boat from close by Seahouses. The pub, which dates again to the 1600s, is Grade II-listed and retains some unique options.It serves beer from the native Anarchy and Alnwick breweries, and luxury meals corresponding to beer-battered fish finger sandwiches (£6) or stomach pork with crackling and black pudding mash (£13). The seven rooms are easy, with stable wooden furnishings and splashes of tartan, and window seats for these cracking views.• Doubles from £60 room-only, no under-12s, lord-crewe.co.uk
The Townhouse Beaumaris, Anglesey

This 17th-century townhouse has been given a contemporary makeover and is now a vibrant 13-room lodge within the seaside city of Beaumaris. Rooms are named after colors and adorned accordingly, from calming Sky to dramatic Ebony; Silver is a shiny loft area, Pearl has views of Beaumaris Citadel and Clementine is totally accessible. The type is barely 70s retro, aimed toward a youthful crowd than its sister lodge subsequent door, The Bull. Friends share the bar and two eating places on the Bull, a historic teaching inn. The city’s small sandy seaside is on the doorstep, and it’s a superb base for exploring Anglesey’s 125 miles of shoreline.• Doubles from £96 room-only, one accessible room, bullsheadinn.co.uk
The Rose Deal, Kent

One of the vital thrilling seaside openings this yr (Might), The Rose is a characterful restaurant and bar with rooms, in historic, arty Deal, moments from the seaside. What was a run-down pub has been given a brand new lease of life, marrying unique options like wooden panelling within the eating room with cool up to date and classic finds. There’s no scrimping on color or consolation within the eight bedrooms (suppose yellow velvet headboards, purple free-standing baths, natural toiletries and nice beds), and the identical mixture of high quality and creativeness is discovered within the kitchen. Menus supply a twist on British classics utilizing native produce, with prettily introduced dishes like roast lamb chops, lentils, purple-sprouting broccoli and anchovy (£13), or violet artichokes, white beans and dandelion and goat’s curd (£10).• Doubles from £95 B&B, dog-friendly, therosedeal.com
Burrastow Home Shetland

By itself sheltered bay on the western tip of Mainland, Shetland, 18th-century Burrastow Home stands in splendid isolation, two miles from Partitions, the closest village. The surroundings is spectacular, with views over Vaila Sound; otters and seals could also be spied from the home windows and there are wild walks aplenty. Inside, the vibe is extra household dwelling than lodge, with an emphasis on conventional consolation – log fires, large duvets and hearty meals. Beneficiant breakfasts embody porridge, black pudding and kippers; night meals change in accordance with what’s out there (native fish and lamb are seemingly). There’s no bar, however the lounge has a well-stocked drinks cupboard for cosy evenings. Open April to October. • Doubles from £100 B&B, two accessible rooms, dog-friendly, burrastowhouse.co.uk
Gara Rock Close to Salcombe, Devon

This clifftop lodge in East Portlemouth, close to Salcombe, reopened with a lot fanfare in August after a whole transformation by new house owners. Lodging now contains loft rooms, suites, 5 cottages and 12 flats, all with sea views and a balcony or a backyard. They’re attractive, with muted sea tones, panelled partitions, rolltop baths and rain showers. The lodge has its personal seaside, indoor and heated out of doors swimming pools, a spa and cinema with three screenings a day. The glass-sided restaurant specialises in seafood, together with Porthilly oysters, and the outdated coastguards’ lookout is now the bar: the right spot for a sundowner. All this luxurious comes at a value, nonetheless – one to save lots of for critically particular celebrations.• Doubles from £150 B&B, dog-friendly, gararock.com
The Gallivant Close to Rye, East Sussex

The resort of Camber, with its tired-looking Pontins and big caravan park, has seen higher days, however its eponymous sands are a glory of the south coast – broad, golden, dune-backed and patrolled by lifeguards in summer time. The Gallivant, which opened in 2011 reverse the dunes, has lifted lodging choices to a brand new degree – and now the Californian motel-style restaurant with (20) rooms has had a serious rejig, with new terrace, remodelled bar and cushty. Within the restaurant the distinction with Camber’s fish and chips is stark: right here native Dungeness cod is roasted, with foraged sea greens and pickled tomato (£18). Rooms vary from backyard suites to cabins lined with salvaged wooden that evoke the most effective type of seaside hut.• Doubles from £95 B&B, dog-friendly, thegallivant.co.uk
Outdated City Corridor Home Cley subsequent the Sea, Norfolk

Escapees from London, James and Jennie Walker opened their B&B on the north Norfolk coast 4 years in the past. Scandi-style decor (Jennie is Swedish) is vivid and ethereal, and two of the 4 bedrooms have sundown views over marshland to the ocean. The pair already had a useful option to stand out in a crowded market: James additionally occurs to be a high chef, having labored on the Ritz in London and Michelin-starred Lucas Carton in Paris. He provides friends a two-course dinner, plus nibbles and selfmade truffles (£30) twice every week, and friends have precedence for his Friday-night supper membership, which can also be well-liked with non-residents.• Doubles from £110 B&B, no canine, oldtownhallhouse.com
The Seaside Resort Minehead, Somerset

The Seaside Resort, Minehead
Overlooking huge, sandy Minehead seaside, with views throughout the Bristol Channel to Wales, The Seaside Resort has 15 vivid bedrooms with a nautical theme. The restaurant has gained awards for its field-to-fork British and European menu (there’s even a map of your meal’s origin), served from an open kitchen. What units this place aside, although, is that it’s a social enterprise, owned by the YMCA. The employees are largely younger folks in want who’ve been taken on as apprentices and skilled for the roles – not that it reveals within the ranges of professionalism. An incredible base for exploring Exmoor and the attractive south-west coast.• Doubles from £85, dog-friendly, thebeachhotel.org
Whitepark Home Ballintoy, County Antrim

A pristine white seaside is all yours, a skip throughout the street from Whitepark Home. Benefit from the sea air and digging your ft into the sand on a stroll earlier than breakfast – you’ll want it, as a result of what an Irish breakfast it’s at this B&B, run by ebullient proprietor Bob Isles. It has three en suite rooms in an 18th-century home, furnishings from Asian travels, and afternoon tea by the peat hearth – all the pieces a B&B needs to be and extra. An ideal base for exploring the tremendous surroundings on the Causeway Coastal Route, with plentiful seafood stops alongside the best way. • Doubles from £130 B&B, no under-10s, whiteparkhouse.com
TEN BEST CITY HOTELS
East London Resort

Opened final month in Bethnal Inexperienced, simply up the street from the location of Mom Kelly’s Doorstep (topic of the favored musical corridor tune), this 161-room lodge with fashionable cafe-bar is a superb base from which to discover central London (Metropolis 5 minutes by tube, West Finish 15), the leisure hub of Shoreditch (a 20-minute stroll) and newly buzzing Bethnal Inexperienced itself, with up to date eating places and extra cocktail bars than you can shake a swizzle stick at. Rooms are well-equipped if diminutive (a number of are windowless), however nobody involves an space like this to remain inside. • Doubles from £85 room-only, accessible rooms, theeastlondonhotel.com
The Flint Belfast

The Flint opened this summer time on Howard Road, aimed toward younger travellers who need a central location, fashionable design, quick wifi and never a lot else. There isn’t any restaurant: every of the 55 suites has a small kitchen, and the lodge is surrounded by locations to eat. There are plans for a rooftop bar. Interiors are by Portadown-based Terry Design, and many of the furnishings was made in Northern Eire. Brothers Ben and Peter Ringland additionally personal town’s Crescent Townhouse (quickly to be rebranded the 1852) and the City Sq. restaurant.• Doubles from £70 room-only, accessible rooms, theflinthotel.com
Resort Indigo Dundee

The Resort Indigo Dundee opened this summer time, in time to welcome guests to town’s new V&A museum, which launched in September. The 102-room lodge is a £23m conversion of a 200-year-old jute mill with a hanging bell tower, which had stood empty for 45 years. The economic-style design – polished cement, forged iron – is strikingly fashionable but in line with the constructing’s heritage; unique options such because the vaulted brickwork ceilings have been restored. Themed rooms nod to Dundee industries corresponding to comics and laptop video games, whereas the restaurant, Daisy Tasker, is known as after a neighborhood weaver.• Doubles from £51 room-only, accessible rooms, ihg.com
The Alternate Cardiff

Cardiff’s spectacular Coal Alternate constructing – the place the world’s first million-pound deal was performed in 1901 – had lain derelict for 3 years when it was rescued in 2016. Now it’s being restored as an expensive lodge. It opened in Might 2017 and there are 61 rooms to date; finally there will probably be 196 (the estimated completion date is late summer time 2019). A brand new restaurant (R P Culley & Co, named after the native philanthropist ) will open quickly, serving meals sourced from the Valleys; afternoon tea may be taken within the opulent Grand Corridor, the place buying and selling as soon as happened. Subsequent month, work begins on a brand new spa.• Doubles from £80 room-only, accessible rooms, exchangehotelcardiff.co.uk
Hope Road Resort Liverpool

This was one of many metropolis’s first unbiased boutique motels when it opened in 2003, and it’s nonetheless an awesome place to remain. Now it’s increasing into the previous Faculty for the Blind subsequent door, including 73 rooms (taking the whole to 162), together with 14 with terraces/balconies; a cinema with a weekly movie nights and particular screenings; a membership room with a non-public members’ vibe; and a spa with indoor and out of doors swimming pools. The design will stay easy: a lot of pink Cheshire brick, stable wooden and white linen. The mission is because of be completed by March 2019.• Doubles from £92 room-only, accessible rooms, hopestreethotel.co.uk
The Edgbaston Birmingham

A brand new wing on this artwork deco boutique lodge takes its whole bedrooms from six to 20 (opening from 20 November). Massive monochrome rooms have excessive ceilings, sash home windows and freestanding baths. There are three cocktail lounges with ingenious cocktail lists (the Who Needs to Go to Mordor Anyway? pays tribute to JRR Tolkien, who lived regionally). On sunny evenings, drinks are served on the champagne terrace, just lately doubled in measurement. The main target is on booze, however there’s a easy meals menu and a well-liked afternoon tea. • Doubles from £125 B&B, infants welcome in house owners’ bassinets in any other case no kids, theedgbaston.co.uk
Cow Hole Manchester

This 16-bed conversion of a Northern Quarter textile warehouse makes good use of the constructing’s industrial heritage. Uncovered brick and steel staircases are softened with artworks, neo-Moorish tiling and fascinating ornamental objects. Bedrooms include REN toiletries, high-quality Bluetooth audio system and free Netflix. Friends are served complimentary prosecco and nibbles every night, and milk and cookies earlier than mattress. Cow Hole doesn’t have a restaurant (strive Go Falafel, Rudy’s Pizza, Bundobust or Mackie Mayor), however there are cocktails and first rate glasses of wine in its tiny, glamorous bar. • Doubles from £98 B&B, cowhollow.co.uk
Avon Gorge Bristol

This historic lodge, with views of the Clifton suspension bridge, opened in 1898 because the Grand Clifton Spa & Hydropathic Establishment. When water remedies fell out of vogue, the spa closed and it turned the Avon Gorge Resort, frequented by Cary Grant on returns to his dwelling city. Now, it has had a multimillion-pound revamp by Resort du Vin. Renovations uncovered a hidden marble staircase, stained-glass home windows and the unique Turkish baths, now a wine cellar. There are 78 up to date rooms in shades of gray, navy and teal, a smokehouse restaurant and a bar with a big terrace.• Doubles from £89 room-only, canine pleasant, accessible rooms, hotelduvin.com
The Pilgrm London

There’s at all times a cluster of funds lodging within the streets round a serious prepare station, however this 73-room lodge in Paddington, transformed a yr in the past from 4 early 19th-century townhouses (and intentionally lacking the second i), provides greater than most. Fastidiously restored interval particulars and reclaimed fittings contribute to a classy really feel, and although bedrooms are quick on area they’re lengthy on luxurious touches. Chef Sara Lewis’s all-day menu of small plates could be very tempting – charred broccoli with shallot, pecorino and capers, say – as are the well-travelled cocktails.• Doubles from £99 room-only, thepilgrm.com
42 The Calls Leeds

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This 41-room riverside lodge was transformed from an 18th-century flour mill within the early 1990s, retaining unique options corresponding to beamed ceilings and picket shutters. It was for a time some of the prestigious locations to remain in Leeds, however its glory days appeared to be over when it went into administration in February, It has been rescued by a neighborhood entrepreneur, Simon Pollard, who’s funding a multimillion-pound refurbishment. The lodge will stay open through the refit subsequent yr, which can add luxurious suites, a cafe-bar, waterfront restaurant and champagne terrace. Friends travelling by prepare are in for a deal with: they are going to be met by the concierge and brought to the lodge by boat.• Doubles from £58 room-only, one accessible room, 42thecallshotel.com
TEN BEST QUIRKY HOTELS
The Ceilidh Place The Highlands

An actual one-off, Jean Urquhart’s lodge, cafe/restaurant, bookshop, artwork gallery, music venue and social hub occupies a row of whitewashed cottages in Ullapool on Loch Broom. It started life within the 1970s as a restaurant in a ship shed, run by Jean’s late husband, actor Robert Urquhart, the place musicians might sing for his or her supper. The ambiance remains to be faintly bohemian, with bantering bar employees, visiting bands, solo artists and stand-up comedy. All-day menus embody regionally caught fish, haggis in a pot and good veggie and vegan choices (they use herbs from the backyard). The easy bedrooms are snug, and shoestring travellers can bunk down within the Clubhouse. • Bunks from £24, doubles from £155 B&B, theceilidhplace.com
Gladstone’s Library Flintshire

For writing retreats or in a single day stays, the literary-minded will get pleasure from Gladstone’s residential library in Hawarden, which homes over 150,000 printed gadgets, together with many theological and philosophical works. The serene studying rooms are open 9am-10pm, and fashionable bedrooms are outfitted with desks and Roberts radios (however no TVs). Meals are regionally sourced and selfmade, and there’s an honesty bar for a hearth drink within the night. The annual Writers in Residence programme is taking purposes for 2020. There are additionally artistic writing masterclasses. An estimated 590 books have been written or researched right here since 2000. • Doubles from £90 B&B, two accessible bedrooms, gladstoneslibrary.org
The Dial Home Norfolk

Behind the entrance door of this redbrick Georgian home within the small market city of Reepham are exuberant bedrooms on a Grand Tour theme – from Parisian Garret to Italian Palace – with each decoration and oddity fastidiously chosen. In Pure Historical past, the toilet is reached via a cupboard of curiosities; China is a riot of blue and white ceramics; Orient a fantasy of porcelain and lacquerware and chinoiserie wallpaper. New house owners, Norwich restaurateurs Andrew Jones and Hannah Springham, are taking the meals up a notch, with farm-to-fork menus of Norfolk produce. In ground-floor retail rooms, all the pieces is on the market. It’s pricier than some locations – however what a visit!• Doubles from £135 room-only or £145 B&B, no under-10s, thedialhouse.org.uk
Resort Pelirocco Brighton

This Brighton stalwart in Regency Sq., proper on the seafront, is famed for its up- for-it celebration vibe. The 19 themed rooms are a riot, starting from the kitsch gold and black Pin-Up Parlour, devoted to Diana Dors, to the pop-art Mod-themed Modrophenia, with parka mattress cowl and scooter bedside the desk. The bar – all bonkers wallpaper and classic furnishings – hosts stay music and DJs, with breakfast additionally served right here or within the lounge. Bogs have simply been up to date and a brand new room is being revealed subsequent yr (theme to be introduced).• Doubles from £80 B&B, one accessible single room, hotelpelirocco.co.uk
Darwin’s Townhouse Shropshire

The 20 bedrooms at this massive Georgian B&B, which opened a few years in the past, are all on a tastefully Darwinian theme, a nod to the truth that the person himself was born and introduced up in Shrewsbury. (It’s a brief stroll via the beautiful Quarry park to St Chad’s Church, the place Darwin was baptised, or to the library, as soon as Darwin’s college, with its commemorative statue.) Dragonflies shimmer from cushions, picket boards show historical mariners’ maps, classic suitcases function bedside tables and partitions are papered with unique birds. Additionally underneath the identical possession are two native bars and eating places, The Crazy Shrew and Darwin’s Kitchen, every with bedrooms. • Doubles from £125 B&B, 4 accessible rooms, one with full wetroom, darwinstownhouse.com
Lumley Citadel County Durham

A 600-year-old fortress in Chester-le-Road, between Durham and Newcastle, this lodge has 73 rooms, some with four-poster beds, purple and gold furnishings and Narnia-esque loos behind wardrobe doorways. Meals is conventional British fare, served in a candlelit, vaulted eating room, and there’s afternoon tea within the library bar. Some imagine it to be haunted: tales inform of a girl of the manor who was thrown down the properly within the fortress grounds by two clergymen – even the Aussie cricket staff reported ghost sightings in 2005. It’s additionally dog-friendly, so the nervous might convey a pooch for firm.• Doubles from £89 B&B, three accessible rooms, lumleycastle.com
Llanthony Priory Monmouthshire

Within the shadow of the Black Mountains, within the precincts of a ruined Augustinian abbey immortalised by JMW Turner, Victoria and Geoff Neal’s extremely uncommon lodge partly occupies an ivy-clad, Grade I-listed medieval tower. A keep at this lodge, between Hereford and Abergavenny, is a step again in time – no tv, no wifi, no cell phone sign, no en suite loos (bathe rooms are reached by way of a spiral staircase) – however the ambiance greater than makes up for the dearth of facilities. Some rooms have a four-poster or half-tester mattress. On chilly days a log hearth warms the vaulted crypt, the setting for old style dinners of, say, abbot’s beef casserole, lamb de Lacy or, for vegetarians, nut roast or spicy bean goulash. • Doubles from £95 B&B, no under-10s, llanthonyprioryhotel.co.uk
Langar Corridor Nottinghamshire

Thirty years in the past, the late Imogen Skirving opened her apricot-washed Georgian mansion in Langar to paying friends, and little by little reworked it into a well-liked lodge and restaurant. Her charismatic character nonetheless infuses the place, which retains its idiosyncratic type (conventional English with splashes of India). Now her granddaughter Lila Arora runs it in the identical heat spirit that gained devotees together with Jools Holland, Paul Smith and Dame Barbara Cartland (one of many rooms is known as after her).
It’s approached by way of an avenue of lime timber, via sheep-grazed pastures, and its public rooms are crammed with books, antiques and quaint knick-knacks. Bedrooms have very private touches – a rocking chair, say, or pair of china Staffordshire canine. There’s additionally a chalet for 2 on the croquet garden. Chef Gary Sales space’s menus are interesting, from Belvoir sport to kale fritters.• Chalet £125 B&B, doubles from £140 B&B, langarhall.com
St Cuthbert’s Home Northumberland

When Jeff and Jill Sutheran purchased this manse in Seahouses, on the wild Northumbrian coast, a semi-derelict church got here as a part of the package deal. As we speak they run the church as an award-winning B&B, with bedrooms named after Celtic saints. Aidan, Columba, Brigid and Hild are reached by way of a touchdown with “pulpit” viewing gallery. The unique wooden panels, pillars and harmonium are preserved within the Sanctuary, now the lounge and breakfast room. Jill is a musician: ask for a blast on her Northumbrian pipes, or come for a stay music evening. Breakfast choices embody kippers from the native smokery.• Doubles £130 B&B, one accessible room, adults solely, stcuthbertshouse.com
Outdated Railway Station West Sussex

The novelty begins once you examine in on the former parcels workplace at Petworth, one of many prettiest railway stations in Britain, constructed so the Prince of Wales, the long run Edward VII, might take the prepare to Goodwood races. Homeowners Gudmund Olafsson and Catherine Stormont cherish the place, which they run as a B&B. Bedrooms are within the station home or in one in every of two stunning Pullman carriages with Edwardian fittings. Breakfast is served within the outdated ready room, crammed with interval furnishings and paraphernalia, or underneath parasols on the platform when the solar shines. Residents and drop-ins can get pleasure from a cream tea.• Doubles from £120 B&B, no underneath 10s, old-station.co.uk
Among the quirky motels are edited extracts from the Good Resort Information 2019, written by Rose Shepherd
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