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Luxury & Boutique Breaks 2012

Christmas is behind us and summer is just around the corner – our beautiful countryside is out there, waiting to be explored...

Why not take advantage of the best of Britain and treat yourself and a loved one – or even the whole family – to a short break in a country hotel? In often stunning settings with great walks from the door, UK’s rural hotels provide a much-needed dose of comfort, relaxation and exploration to suit any budget.

Of course, taking a short break in the British countryside means you escape the hassle of the crowds and long queues at the airport. Instead, you can simply book the hotel of your choice, turn up and unwind. So pack your wellies, head into the country and be prepared for a wonderful adventure where there’s always a warm welcome and a happy ending.

Simply click on one of the regions to see a list of fantastic destinations

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Overseas

Art In The Algarve

Art In The Algarve

Art In The Algarve is a family run company that specialise in painting holidays. We have a strong emphasis that your week away is a holiday as well as a course, and we therefore try and mix up teaching days and studio time with delicious food, excursions and fine wine.

With a variety of art courses run in a similar fashion tweaked to each tutors style of teaching. The days consists of mornings sketching in Olhao, a quirky fishing town with a maze of cobbled streets, crumbling buildings, stunning churches and a beautiful harbour. Afternoons are spent in our large studios.

Scotland

Hotel du Vin

Hotel du Vin Edinburgh & Glasgow

A range of luxury hotels, synonymous with style & hospitality and offering exquisite accommodation, sumptuous food and an unquestionable devotion to wine.

Hotel du Vin in Edinburgh is nestled deep in the city’s Old Town with 47 timelessly styled bedrooms, bistro, Laroche tasting room and an outstanding wine cellar.

Hotel du Vin Glasgow at One Devonshire Gardens is a boutique hotel with an enviable reputation for service & style. With 49 stunning bedrooms, bistro, bar & whisky room, there’s only One Devonshire Gardens for that indulgent break.

The Royal Scotsman

The Royal Scotsman

A tour of Scotland aboard this luxurious train brings to life the magical landscape and legends of this spectacular country. Encounter the ever-changing landscape of sweeping glens, towering peaks and mirror-calm lochs as the train weaves through wild countryside and along virgin stretches of coast. The Royal Scotsman train is relaxed, indulgent and exclusively for just 36 guests. Sumptuous meals, made from the finest produce are served in the dining cars. The luxurious cabins are furnished in country style with rich marquetry. On board the train, however you don’t simply admire the scenery there are plenty of opportunities to explore it first-hand.

The Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa

The Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa

The Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa overlooks Craignure Bay with views over to Morvern and Argyll. Enjoy stunning sunsets from our hot tub, relax in the spa or explore the beautiful, historic islands of Mull and Iona. There’s an abundance of wildlife on Mull including deer, eagles, herons and seals.

Dornoch Castle Hotel

Dornoch Castle Hotel

Come and treat yourself to a luxury break in one of the most scenic parts of Northern Scotland where we can offer the best in highland hospitality.

With an AA rosette for our food, a huge range of malt whiskies in our bar and the warmest of welcome’s to greet you.

Visit our website to see the range of gorgeous rooms we have
available and for special offers.

Glendavan House

Glendavan House

Set in the heart of Royal Deeside in the Cairngorm National Park, Glendavan House stands in a stunning and secluded location overlooking Loch Davan. The grounds are home to varied Highland wildlife including regularly sighted red squirrels, pheasants and roe deer. Beautiful walks, castles, galleries and distilleries are all just a short distance away. Furnished to the highest standards, each suite combines bespoke and antique furniture, Victorian features and luxurious fabrics with state of the art, modern facilities. Accommodation at Glendavan has been tailored to offer every guest a little bit of luxury in a relaxed and informal manner.

Dreamhouse

Dreamhouse Luxury Apartments & Suites

Entering a Dreamhouse apartment is a bit like slipping into an expensive designer suit. The wallpaper is stripy like a Savile Row shirt. The twin bathrooms bristle with designer Italian taps, the kitchen shines with Smeg and Gaggenau appliances and the living area boasts a massive, wall-hung TV with surround sound.

And even if you're not the business type, it's a far superior option to staying in a similarly priced hotel. First, why hire a bedroom in a corridor when you can get a luxury two-bed apartment with five rooms to spread out in?

Our luxurious apartments are available in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Edenwater House

Edenwater House

A hedonistic home from home situated at the heart of our beautiful Scottish Borderlands. Wonderful food, fascinating wines and truly personal service. Big comfortable bedrooms all ensuite. Two miles from Kelso Racecourse with the best beats on Tweed only two or three miles away. Our wine food and wine tasting weekends are legendary.

Edenwater House is recommended by The Good Food Guide, The Good Hotel Guide, Michelin, Fodors, Du Mont, Marco Polo, The Guardian B&B Directory, Scotland, The Best! and by those who appreciate personal service, comfort, good food and wine, and tranquility.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Glasgow

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Glasgow

Set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End of Glasgow and only 30 minutes from Loch Lomond, Hotel du Vin Glasgow at One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel with that little bit more. This luxurious hotel has an enviable reputation for service and style, with 49 stunning, individually designed bedrooms and suites, bistro, bar, cigar shack and whisky room. There is only one Devonshire Gardens for escapes, weddings, golf and field sports.

Northern England

Storrs Hall

Storrs Hall Luxury Lakeside Hotel

Amongst all the Hotels in the Lake District, Storrs Hall is unquestionably one of the most spectacular. The Hotel, a grade II Georgian Mansion, offers an idyllic setting to enjoy a luxury hotel experience. Storrs Hall, with its National Trust-owned folly the "Temple", has for years been a landmark to sigh over. Sitting in an unrivalled position, this lakeland Hotel enjoys views of Lake Windermere that seem endless.

Coquet Cottages

Coquet Cottages

If you’re searching for a very special, luxury holiday cottage on the coast or in the countryside of beautiful Northumberland then look no further. From a romantic weekend for two to a large family get-together, you’ll get more from your holiday in one of our privately-owned cottages and make it one to talk about and remember for a long time.

Fischer’s at Baslow Hall

Fischer’s at Baslow Hall

Fischer’s at Baslow Hall is situated on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate in the beautiful and dramatic Peak District of Derbyshire. Baslow Hall’s own garden is a delight with a large manicured lawn, vegetable kitchen garden, arboretum and much more to see and explore. The Michelin-starred restaurant achieves national recognition from all major guidebooks. All 11 bedrooms are decorated in a truly individual and elegant style to the highest standards. Special offers available throughout the year.

The Cavendish Hotel

The Cavendish Hotel

A mere 20 minutes walk across the field and into the Estate; Chatsworth can be easily accessed from the Cavendish Hotel, making it an ideal base from which the House and the surrounding Peak District can be explored.

The hotel exudes a quiet elegance with an extensive collection of original artwork and antiques adding to that elusive dimension – tranquillity. Add to that, of course, that view from the window of every bedroom – no traffic, only fields and you will begin to understand the lure of the Cavendish.

The Black Swan Hotel

The Black Swan Hotel

The Black Swan in the picturesque setting of Helmsley’s market place has been a hostelry for over 500 years, and today this stylish boutique hotel enjoys a fine reputation for its culinary delights. The Rutland Restaurant at The Black Swan has two AA rosettes and serves dishes featuring seasonal, Yorkshire produce given a creative twist by Australian born Head Chef, Paul Peters. There are also mouth-watering afternoon teas in which to indulge at the hotel’s charming tea rooms, voted to be among the best in the country.

Headlam Hall

Headlam Hall

Standing in beautiful walled gardens with its own luxury spa, there’s no better place for a lovely, relaxing, short break than Headlam Hall in the Durham Dales. This 17th-century Jacobean mansion looks out over its own rolling countryside estate amidst the scenic beauty of Teesdale. Close by are High Force (England’s highest waterfall), the amazing Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and the quaint market town of Barnard Castle with its many superb antique shops.

Headlam Hall

The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa

The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in picturesque Helmsley offers exquisite comfort, great food, a beautiful selling and exceptional service, all of which has been recognised by the AA in the four red star accolade awarded in 2011 (top 120 hotels within the UK). Each room has its own individual character and the Verbena Spa heat experience offers outdoor heated pool, bubbling hot tub, sauna, aromatherapy room, steam vapour room, ice fountain, monsoon showers and footspas. Rates for dinner, bed and breakfast start at £120 per person per night.

Central England

Thoresby Hall

Thoresby Hall Hotel & Spa

We believe that everyone’s holiday is special to them and Thoresby Hall Hotel is the perfect example of this.

For the second year running we are proud to announce that Thoresby Hall Hotel has won silver for Boutique Hotel of the year, coming second to the prestigious Dorchester Hotel, proving they really are one of the best hotels to visit in the UK.

Set in beautiful grounds including a secret Victorian Rose garden, enchanting woodland and herbaceous garden this 16th Century building with charming public rooms, à la carte restaurant and a Spa to make your holiday truly magical.

Burford House

Burford House

Burford House stands on the beautiful historic High Street of the Cotswold town of Burford, which time has forgotten. Though the house is 17th century, owners Ian Hawkins and Stewart Dunkley bring a freshness to their special kind of hospitality. Burford House is fast becoming a Cotswold landmark – make sure you plan a visit.

Aylestone Court Hotel

Aylestone Court Hotel

This Grade-II listed Georgian townhouse has been restored to create an inviting, homely environment. With nine individually furnished guest rooms and reception rooms full of period details, it’s the perfect retreat. Explore Herefordshire by day, then at night relax in the bar and restaurant. Winter and spring weekend breaks start from £99 per room per night.

Windfall Cottage

Windfall Cottage

Provençal-style furniture and crisp White Company linens lend this spacious cottage modern-day luxury. Bring your brood – there’s a baby suite, games and gadgets, and all the essentials, so you’ve more room to bring frivolities, high heels and dinnerparty duds. Cute Beckford village is on your doorstep and the rest of the Cotswolds are there to be explored beyond.

Moddershall Oaks

Moddershall Oaks Spa – Restaurant – Suites

Romantic retreat or a girly getaway, Moddershall Oaks has everything you need. This adult friendly spa is set in 72 acres of countryside & is the perfect place to relax & forget about the stresses of everyday life.

With 10 luxury 5 star suites, all with access to an outdoor hot tub, this boutique spa boasts a full range of spa facilities, an award-winning lakeside restaurant and a licensed bar. A range of luxurious spa treatments are on offer to aid relaxation & compliment the tranquil atmosphere in the spa area.

A Perfect Lakeside Retreat

A Perfect Lakeside Retreat

The Cotswolds. The heart of the Cotswold countryside plays host to our stunning collection of 4/5* quality lodges and contemporary homes. Enjoy nature, walks, spa's, market towns, water-sports, fishing, golf and much more. Properties sleep between 2-8 people and have their own private decking. Flexible breaks available.

Wales

The Vale Resort

The Vale Resort Hotel

Nestled in over 650 acres of Welsh countryside, the resort recently received the accolade of Wales’ highest rated AA fourstar hotel. With 143 luxury bedrooms, two golf courses, Wales’ largest spa and award-winning dining facilities, it is one of the UK’s most desirable destinations. New year leisure breaks are available from £78 per room, per night bed and breakfast.

Oldwalls

Oldwalls

Oldwalls’ award-winning cottages are pet-friendly while retaining a five-star rating (B&B and self-catering). Seventeen unspoilt beaches are all within 10 minutes, including Rhossili, voted Britain’s best bay 2010. Oldwalls, with its grounds, tennis court and trout lakes, coupled with a village pub right next door really is a first choice destination.

The Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel, an old coaching inn, has had a fascinating past and has made an important contribution to the history of the World Heritage town of Conwy, playing host to such famous figures as Telford, Stephenson and Wordsworth.

In recent times the famous old hostelry has had major upgrades and now sits proudly in the town, attracting locals and tourist alike. All 28 bedrooms and suites are to the AA's 4 Star standards with 2 Rosettes for dining. The style is relaxed and comfortable in a more contemporary environment.

The Grove

The Grove

Nestling in the heart of the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, The Grove offers one of Wales’s most enchanting luxury hotels with a toprated restaurant. This charming country house has 12 intimate guest rooms and four traditional cottages that are full of character – with interiors individually designed to the highest standards. Surrounded by manicured lawns, flower borders, meadows and mature trees, it offers the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the best of Welsh cuisine, and a truly memorable stay in this stunning part of Wales.

South West

Bishopstrow House

Bishopstrow House

Bishopstrow House is without doubt one of the finest luxury hotels in Dorset and Wiltshire and is a temple to relaxation – guests receive the warmest of welcomes and the ultimate in hospitality.

Rates from £117.50 per person to include Champagne, Truffles, Dinner, and discounted spa treatments. Or Easter breaks from only £122.50 per person per night to include Afternoon Tea, truffle making, Easter Egg hunts and Dinner.

Bishopstrow House is the ideal location and place to visit with friends and family for local attractions such as Longleat Safari Park and Stonehenge.

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

Get away from it all and enjoy our warm welcome and award winning cuisine. The Tudor Farmhouse is a privately owned 20 bedroom hotel set in 14 acres of protected ancient grassland. The former working farm has been carefully converted to mix the character of the old with contemporary touches.

We would like to offer visitors to this website the opportunity to stay with us for a special dinner bed and breakfast rate of just £145 per night (based on two sharing). This offer is valid on all bookings Sunday-Thursday until 30th June 2011 and is subject to availability. It also includes a complimentary basket of goodies, a glass of prosecco each before dinner, newspaper and full cooked breakfast.

The Bull Hotel

The Bull Hotel

Step in off the bustling market streets of Bridport and discover the wonderful world of The Bull. Easy-going, informal and bursting with life, this former 17th-century coaching inn with two award-winning restaurants oozes eclectic style and contemporary rustic charm. Only a short distance from the epic Jurassic Coast, a stay at the Bull offers the perfect combination of market-town energy, rural loveliness and coastal beauty that makes it just about the perfect place to be.

South East

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Drakes of Brighton

The stunning beachfront boutique hotel, drakes of Brighton, is providing a fabulous reason to spend a stylish night at the seaside this Autumn and indulge in a little luxury whilst discovering the delights of the city’s colourful culture.

A sumptuous double room, with 2 course gourmet Dinner in the award winning restaurant and full breakfast are included in this midweek break at Brighton’s finest boutique hotel. Prices are from as little as £165 per night for 2 people sharing.

All rooms are luxurious and most offer breathtaking views over the famous Pier offering a vista guaranteed to leave a lasting impression of Brighton. The 2AA Rosette restaurant at drakes offers inspiring Modern European menus using the finest seasonal ingredients.

Oct and Nov Offer – Rooms only rates from £99 for two people. Call us to check availability.

The Star Alfriston

The Star Alfriston

This 13th century built historic hotel with original exposed oak beams and roaring fires is ideal for a getaway. Set in an idyllic English Tudor village, in the South Downs National Park, the Star is surrounded by nature’s playground. The hotel’s AA rosette restaurant, The Capella, uses locally sourced produce and features a fantastic modern British menu with classic French influences. Our warm and friendly staff will welcome you and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. You can pamper yourself to an in-room spa treatment or two, relax in our library and lounges or enjoy one of our recommended walking trails over the South Downs. Free Wi-Fi and car park on site.

The Capital Hotel

The Capital Hotel

The Capital Hotel is located in the heart of Knightsbridge, one minute to Harrods, three to Harvey Nichols. With easy access to the Royal parks, The Capital Hotel is perfect for visiting some of the most prestigious botanic gardens in London, like the Chelsea Physic Garden and Kew Gardens.

The hotel provides luxury accommodation and personalised service; classic English decor is reflected in elegant furnishings. The award winning restaurant offers some of the finest British classics with a unique French influence.

The Millstream Hotel

The Millstream Hotel

The Millstream is a pretty building dating from 1701, set within beautiful gardens in the heart of Bosham, a quayside village on the shores of Chichester Harbour four miles from the city. The ‘modern-British’ cooking has been awarded 2 rosettes by the AA and the exceptional hospitality, comfort and service have been recognised by a Gold Award from Visit Britain.

Rye Lodge

Rye Lodge

Great British hotels are all around the country, Rye Lodge, is acclaimed and acknowledged as one of the finest luxury town house hotels in the South East and the only ‘Gold Award’ hotel for miles around! One reviewer said ‘this is a ‘little gem’ of an hotel with standards of service only achieved by experienced hoteliers through hard work and dedication to their art’. All the 18 bedrooms have elegant décor, luxury furnishings, and are thoughtfully equipped with little extras that make your stay special.

Esseborne Manor Hotel

Esseborne Manor Hotel

Located just south of Newbury in Berkshire and close by Highclere Castle (the real-life Downton Abbey) this intimate country house hotel is ideal for exploring the local thatched villages, gardens and the ancient cities of Salisbury and Winchester. On return from a busy day in the countryside a warm welcome awaits you, with a fi ne dining restaurant and individually designed bedrooms.