The UK’s Best Country House Hotels

12 Feb 2019
3 min read

Escape to the countryside with our pick of Britain’s cream of the crop country house hotels.

1 Lucknam Park Hotel

Heritage meets luxury at this countryside Wiltshire hideaway. With 42 individually styled rooms and suites plus fine dining galore (enjoy local produce in the Michelin starred Restaurant Hywel Jones or a more relaxed meal in The Brasserie) this is an ideal location for unwinding.

Explore the 500 acres of parkland on horseback or foot, unwind with a range of spa treatments or simply sit back and bask in it all.

For the foodies: The on-site cookery school is ideal for mastering your skills. Courses range from superfoods to Michelin-starred creations at home with plenty of chances to enjoy the fruits of your labour too.

Where: Lucknam Park , Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ
Cost: Rooms start from £320 per night

2 Tylney Hall

At the end of a winding Red Wood tree-lined avenue awaits an outstanding example of architectural beauty. An impressive Victorian era mansion, Tylney Hall is a vast, sprawling hotel that emulates both the look and feel of an archaic palace.

From the bubbling fountain within its courtyard to the regal looking windows, it’s a building that aims to impress even as you approach its entrance. Make the most of the gourmet restaurant, enjoy traditional afternoon tea or simply unwind with a dip in the vintage-looking pool.

Where: Ridge Ln, Rotherwick, Hook RG27 9AZ
Cost: Rates for Mansion Junior Suites start from £322 per night. To make a reservation, phone 01256 764881 Where: Ridge Ln, Rotherwick, Hook RG27 9AZ

3 Ashdown Park

Nestled in the forested heart of East Sussex lies the majestic Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club – a stunning four-star hotel that wouldn’t look out of place within an Austen novel.

Vast, spacious and filled with elegant splendour, this classic hotel boasts impressive rooms, plush interiors and grounds consisting of approximately 186 acres (a mixture of landscaped woodland and grazing land – where friendly wild deer roam freely) the gorgeous estate is a sight in itself to behold.

For the foodies: Available until the end of September, enjoy an alfresco picnic in 186 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside. Feast on traditional delights – or opt for something more luxurious and try a full afternoon tea. Starting from £22.50 per person.

Where: Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Grinstead, RH18 5JR
Cost: Rooms start from £250 for a deluxe double room for two people, including breakfast

4 Barnsley House

One of the UK’s prettiest getaways, Barnsley House offers your very own (fully staffed) country house set in extensive landscaped gardens near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.

The Hotel has a dedicated spa, private cinema and 18 large and luxurious bedrooms to choose from.

The Potager restaurant looks out to the gardens and is quite lovely. Sprigs of rosemary and linen napkins dress the tables with menus inspired from the Barnsley garden seasonal crops and local produce. If you tire of the daily home baked bread and crumbly shortbread biscuits with your afternoon tea, you can always nip across the road to the village pub – which is aptly named ‘The Village Pub.’

Where: Barnsley House, Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire,GL7 5EE

5 Cliveden House Hotel

Surrounded by acres of ancient woodland, Cliveden House Hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway that feels far away but is actually only a 15-minute drive from Heathrow and less than an hour from London. This five-star hotspot offers not only sweeping views of beautiful countryside but endless fine dining experiences and exquisite rooms. Its walls have witnessed more than a few scandals – and a little hint of naughtiness remains. You can even buy a copy of Scandal, which was partly filmed at the hotel, in the gift shop.

Where: Cliveden Road, Taplow SL6 0J
Cost: Starting from £340 per night

6 Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Bust your budget and opt for a stay at this stunning location. Stately Oxfordshire meets eccentric French charm at this exquisite manor house.

Wander through the Japanese garden, admire sculptures, feast to your heart’s content at the dual Michelin-starred restaurant or order away at the 1930s-style bar.

For the foodies: Get creative in the kitchen at the Raymond Blanc cooking school. There’s something for every level – and lunch for those that opt for the full-day too. See more here.

Where: Church Rd, Great Milton, Oxford OX44 7PD
Cost: From £756 per night