One of our top-selling destinations is the English countryside, which is famous not only for the beautiful nature, relaxing atmosphere, but also for luxury traditional country house hotels, fabulous dining options and exclusive spa facilities. That is why we chose our Top 5 best luxury country house hotels in England, that may help you to get an idea for your next holiday.
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, Hampshire
Our another favourite in Hampshire, the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is a luxury English country house hotel, located on Dogmersfield Park estate. It houses 133 rooms, including 22 exclusive suites. All the accommodations boast elegant style and all the latest facilities. The Hampshire Four Seasons has two restaurants, including The Seasons and Café Santé. For cocktails, coffes or traditional Afternoon Tea, the hotel offers the charming Library and the comfortable Bar 1086. There is also the Spa Center, that uses natural products from world-renowned spa brands like Espa and Sodashi. The hotel is especially recommended for those who want to experience that the English countryside has to offer: clay pigeon shooting, croquet, falconry, fishing, running, cycling, walking, canal boating, horse riding. Little guests especially love the Highwire Adventre that features both high and low ropes courses, adrenalin-pumping zip lines, a giant see-saw and a sensational parachute simulator. Read an interview with Lynn Brutman, the new General Manager at Four Seasons Hampshire.
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Located on the edge of the New Forest National Park, Chewton Glen, a luxury boutique country house hotel in Hampshire, offers classical rooms, elegant suites and unique treehouse accommodation. The hotel's fine dining restaurant, The Dining Room, led by the Executive Head Chef Luke Matthews, offers from typically English to completely cosmopolitan cuisine. Served between 3pm and 4.30 pm at the restaurant, or, if weather permits, on the terrace, the Traditional Afternoon Tea is also an experience not to be missed. When it comes to a complete relaxation, the Spa at Chewton Glen, managed by the Spa Director Kerry Hudson, is a wellness oasis, where guests can enjoy various treatments and beauty procedures. Activities, offered by the hotel, include golf, fishing, horse riding, hunting, biking, tennis. And the fact that the sea is only a few minutes away, makes this hotel truly exceptional!
Cliveden House, Berkshire
Being a sister to the above-mentioned Chewton Glen, Cliveden House is a luxury boutique hotel in Berkshire. Set in a beautiful historic English country house, the hotel offers 47 elegant rooms, including 15 large suites. There is also an award-winning restaurant managed by the talented chef André Garrett, who prepares innovative dishes, using only the freshest produce and ingredients. The Chef is also responsible for the quality of the food at the Astor Grill, located in the old stable block. For the traditional Afternoon Tea, the hotel offers freshly baked scones, mini cakes and pastries, delicious finger sandwiches, Taittinger Champagne and a selection of fragrant Cliveden blend teas. The Spa will seduce with relaxing therapies, outdoor and indoor pools, unique outdoor hot tubs, and there is also a fully equipped gym and indoor/outdoor tennis courts. The unique experience Cliveden House is proud of are the boat trips on the River Thames aboard one of the hotel's vintage boats.
Gravetye Manor, West Sussex
Surrounded by astonishing gardens created by William Robinson, the father of the English natural garden and a former owner of the estate, Gravetye Manor boasts an ideal location by being not far from the English capital but still offering the peace and the beauty of the countryside. Besides privileged location, Gravetye Manor, a romantic luxury boutique hotel in West Sussex, has 17 comfortable rooms and suites, all individually furnished. The Head Chef George Blogg invites for classical dining in a wood panelled restaurant, which received one Michelin star in 2016, or in the garden. Read a review on Gravetye Manor, written by Hurlingham Travel Consultant Heather Graham.
Dormy House, Cotswolds
Nestled above the lovely and inviting village of Broadway, with picture-perfect vistas across the Cotswolds, Dormy House, a luxury boutique hotel, offers 38 rooms (including suites and courtyard suites), each designed by Todhunter Earle. The Garden Room, the main restaurant, serves classical dishes with a modern twist, while The Potting Shed, the retreat's more relaxing restaurant, delights with dishes such as great bangers or slow-cooked pork belly. The hotel also has a Spa, where guests can indulge in face and body treatments that are by Temple Spa and Natura Bisse. The massages by Beata Aleksandrowicz from Pure Massage are master-classes in meeting your needs. If you want to enjoy outdoor activities, there are plenty of them to choose from: walking, cycling, horse riding, visiting historic houses, golfing, shopping and more.