The Pheasant Inn, Berkshire
Just outside Hungerford, The Pheasant Inn is full of character and charm. A great option if you want to explore the many country walks in the local area, the inn has 14 bedrooms to choose from, including three new options created by interior designer Isabella Worsley. There’s also a new restaurant with a seasonal menu focusing on the best of British produce – think Cornish crab salad with toasted sourdough; or wild garlic gnocchi with sautéed mushrooms, charred broccoli and pesto. Pull up a leather bar stool to enjoy local beer or settle into the hidden snug with a glass of wine.
Rooms from £115 per night.
No.15 By GuestHouse, Bath
Bath has no shortage of excellent hotels and B&Bs, but No.15 by GuestHouse is one of our favourites. Part of the Guest House collection, this listed Georgian building is within walking distance of some of Bath’s best sites. For a special stay, book one of The Pulteney Rooms designed by Martin Hulbert (Chewton Glen, The Grove and Coworth Park) and book a treatment at the hotel’s subterranean spa before enjoying champagne in the Retreat. The food here is something to get excited about – guests can take afternoon tea in the sitting room and enjoy hearty British dishes at the restaurant, where Sunday lunch is particularly good.
Rooms from £160 per night.
The Grove, Hertfordshire
Set in 300 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove is a top choice for an overnight stay. It can be reached via a 20-minute train journey from Euston to Watford Junction followed by a ten-minute taxi journey; or it’s just over an hour’s drive from town. Once you’ve explored the gardens, woodlands and wetlands, take cocktails at the bar, then indulge at the dinner buffet where you’ll be spoilt for choice – sushi, fresh pasta or roasts with all the trimmings can all be arranged. Eat breakfast in your room before heading to the impressive on-site spa to enjoy a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, and treatment rooms for facials and massages.
Rooms from £300 per night.
Kings Head Hotel, Cirencester
This historic hotel dates back to Elizabethan times. Today, it’s surrounded by boutiques and the Corn Hall market in the centre of Cirencester. Rooms are individually designed to show off the Georgian, Tudor and medieval elements of the building; some have bare beams or exposed, centuries-old brickwork. Book Room 103 which has a copper bath on a wooden floor next to the bed. Guests can relax at the Elemis spa where treatments include couple’s massages and full-body scrubs, before enjoying classic British dishes at the restaurant, which is open on Friday and Saturday for dinner and for hearty Sunday lunches. The Bathurst Estate is only five minutes away and you’ll find plenty of scenic walking routes.
Rooms from £113 per night.
Timbrell’s Yard, Bradford-On-Avon
Timbrell’s Yard is one of the most stylish places to stay in the picturesque town of Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. Easily reached via a 90-minute train journey from London, it has 17 rooms for the night, filled with contemporary furniture, quirky art and home comforts like Bramley toiletries in the en-suites. The on-site restaurants showcase quality British produce – if you've booked the dinner, bed and breakfast rate, you'll each get a £27.50 credit to spend on dishes like dry-aged beef from Bristol, port-to-plate fish from Bridport and fresh Cornish crab.
Rooms from £135 per night.
A restaurant with rooms in Henley-on-Thames, Crockers is made for foodies. The á la carte restaurant, Ember, is the star of the show. From a kitchen led by Welsh Great British Menu winner Tom Westerland, guests can enjoy bistro-style food in the main dining room or watch dinner being cooked at one of the chef’s tables. The Quarters above has seven bedrooms to choose from, all of which have grand four-poster beds, modern en-suites or roll-top baths, and fluffy robes. The river is a five-minute walk away if you want to rent a boat or stop at one of the pubs for drinks.
Rooms from £150 per night.
The Swan, Southwold
For a quintessential British stay, look no further than The Swan, whose rooms have been recently updated – suites have been given a modern twist with colourful velvet sofas and neon accents. Its excellent restaurant, The Still Room, serves up local, organic produce, while its charming ‘Butler on the Beach’ service provides guests with a picnic hamper, blankets, deck chairs and buckets and spades. Guests can visit the nearby Adnams Brewery & Distillery for tasting sessions, or explore Minsmere Reserve, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Rooms from £225 per night.
Homewood Hotel & Spa, Bath
Just outside the city in the pretty village of Freshford, Homewood Hotel & Spa is set on a beautiful Georgian estate and offers a handful of individually designed rooms. After exploring the grounds, settle down in the Marvellous Room with views over the private gardens, or the Junior Suite, which has a spacious free-standing bath and rainfall shower in a dreamy en-suite. Relax with a treatment from the spa, take a dip in the indoor hydrotherapy pool and enjoy afternoon tea beside the fire. Dinner at Olio, the Mediterranean restaurant with a ‘Somerset twist’, is a must.
Rooms from £225 per night.
The Fish, Broadway
For a high-end experience, it doesn’t get much better than the three treehouses at the Farncombe Estate’s Fish Hotel, which can all be booked for one-night weekend stays. Sleeping up to two adults and two children, each treehouse also has two bathtubs on an outdoor deck, underfloor heating, Nespresso machines and a well-stocked mini bar. One of the treehouses is dog friendly, while all come with views of the surrounding woodland setting. Guests are welcome to indulge in any of The Fish’s onsite dining options, including Hook, a seafood-inspired restaurant, or the outdoor Feasting on the Deck.
From £195 per night.
The Mitre, Hampton Court
On the banks of the Thames, overlooking Hampton Court Palace, The Mitre is a charming boutique hotel that underwent an extensive makeover last year. With impressive interiors throughout, you’ll find a selection of characterful bedrooms that are big on comfort and romance. If you’re after a special treat, opt for the Henry VIII Suite, with its unmatched riverside views, regal four-poster bed and copper rolltop bath. Couples looking for a romantic staycation can enjoy a riverside picnic or settle into the Whispering Angel bar. Hampton Court, Strawberry Hill and Richmond Park are all just short distances away.
Rooms from £160 a night.