From romantic hideaways, to striking resorts surrounded by acres of carefully landscaped woodlands, HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts brings you the expert’s guide to the best of the British countryside and some of the nations’ greatest rural retreats.
Luxury in Wuthering Heights
Ashmount Country House 5 * – Haworth, Yorkshire
Set in the sumptuous surroundings of Haworth, West Yorkshire, also known as the Bronte Country, after the novelist sisters, Ashmount Country House is a luxurious retreat well worthy of its five stars. Offering true relaxation and comfort with all the amenities you could ever want, from Four Poster beds to antique Furniture, hot tubs and double whirlpool baths, attention to detail gives this hotel an unparalleled atmosphere of authentic sophistication, perfect for the ultimate romantic break.
Double rooms start from £95.
Rudding Park 4* – Harrogate, Yorkshire
Country-luxe is the perfect way to describe a weekend at Rudding Park. This stately manor is one of England’s best and the number 1 hotel in Harrogate, according to TripAdvisor. From the moment you check in to the moment you leave, everything is set for the perfect stay. Days here can be spent in the fresh air walking around the beautiful estate, golfing at one of 2 courses, and then relaxing in the highly acclaimed Spa or sitting back and enjoying the latest flick on the hotel’s very own private cinema. Over the years, celebrities such as Prince Albert of Monaco, former US President Bill Clinton, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu have all enjoyed the comforts of this fine hotel.
Rooms from £129 including breakfast, morning newspaper and free parking.
Hidden refuge in the Brecon Beacons
Gliffaes Hotel 4* – Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
The only 4* hotel in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Gliffaes is a relaxing haven off the beaten track, surrounded by 33 acres of stunning grounds and next to the River Usk. Located a mile and a half off the main road, the Gliffaes Hotel is the perfect countryside retreat to kick off your shoes and relax in comfortable, gorgeous rooms. For something a bit more active, why not try some fly-fishing on the Usk? The hotel runs a range of fishing courses, including for beginners, with qualified instructors.
Classic Double rooms from £175 including Full English Breakfast and Free Parking.
Idyllic setting in the heart of the Lake District
Beech Hill Hotel 4* – Windermere, Cumbria
Sitting on the hilly banks of Lake Windermere, Beech Hill offers an idyllic waterside location for a peaceful holiday break exploring the Lake District. Most of the hotel’s 57 en-suite rooms overlook the lake and some have their own balconies. There is also a fantastic sun terrace offering panoramic views, as well as a tea garden lying on the water’s edge. The in-house restaurant has been awarded an AA Rosette and serves a modern British menu using the rich farmlands of Cumbria for local produce.
Double rooms start from £84 including Full English Breakfast.
Sophistication in a Scottish estate
Mar Hall Golf and Spa 5* – Bishopton, Renfrewshire
Ideally placed on the outskirts of Glasgow, and set within a tranquil 240 acre woodland estate, Mar Hall Golf and Spa is the perfect location for both an indulging countryside break or for business travel in Glasgow – with a little extra class. Overlooking the River Clyde, this grand private residence enjoys a Scottish setting with views towards the Kilpatrick Hills. Boasting 53 individually designed bedrooms, a championship golf course, Decleor Spa, swimming pool and both fine dining and casual dining options.
Classic double rooms from £158 including breakfast and free parking.
Solitude and a perfect view
Priory Bay 3*– Isle of Wight, Hampshire
If switching off is what you’re after, Priory Bay, with its own private beach and a range of alternative accommodation options from yurts to self-catering cottages, offers you the peace and seclusion you need. This British countryside hotel is set within a 70 acre estate with spectacular views over the sea and enchanting gardens and woodland running down to the bay. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant is also worth a visit, as foraging chef Oliver Stephens returns to Priory Bay after a decade working in some of the world’s top restaurants in London, Paris and Copenhagen.
Double rooms start at £121.50 per night, on stays of a minimum of 2 nights. Yurts start from £200 per night including breakfast and are bookable directly from the hotel.
Rustic charm in the West Country
Combe House Hotel 3* – Bridgwater, Somerset
Set on the edge of the Somerset Levels, and in the heart of the Quantock Hills, England’s first area of outstanding beauty, Combe House is a charming country house hotel and truly a home away from home to its guests. Complete with roaring fire, beautifully decorated rustic interiors, and superb food and drink sourced from local suppliers, this hotel presents the perfect setting for a truly relaxing country break. Children and well behaved pets are welcome.
From £99 including full English breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
Scottish retreat amid dramatic scenery
The Boat Hotel 4* – Boat of Garten, Highland
Sitting in the dramatic heart of the Cairngorms National Park, The Boat Hotel is a smaller, less stuffy property than some of the others listed here, but it is just as impressive and luxurious. Offering genuine service, fine cuisine, interiors that combine the modern with the traditional, and an opportunity to hit the golf course against a backdrop of mountains and forest, it is a truly remarkable place to stay for a country break. The golf course has been ranked as one of the top 100 in the world.
Classic twin double rooms £102 including free Wi-Fi and parking.
Contemporary charm in the Cotswolds
Cowley Manor 4* – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Set within the glorious Cotswold countryside, the 4* Cowley Manor is a contemporary award-winning country house hotel & spa surrounded by 55 acres of beautiful gardens. Offering first class leisure breaks, Cowley Manor features 30 luxurious rooms, an award winning Spa, two heated swimming pools, a fully equipped gymnasium and a fine dining restaurant and bar serving locally sourced food.
Double Rooms from £225 with free Wi-Fi and breakfast included.
Wales’ largest spa and golf resort
The Vale Resort 4* – Cardiff, Glamorgan
Set within 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside, the Vale Resort is the perfect destination for a relaxing and romantic country break. Boasting a first class spa, the largest in Wales, the Vale offers 19 treatment rooms and several bespoke relaxation suites. Indulge on a variety of treatments from a simple facial to a full body massage or ritualistic treatment. Other amenities at the resort include a large state of the art gymnasium, 2 championship golf courses, 3 fine-dining restaurants and a champagne bar.
Double rooms start from £85.50 with free Wi-Fi and free parking.