Country Hotels and Inns
Whether you’re a sprightly young twenty-something surrounded by friends on a chaps’ weekend, or a more measured quinquagenarian enjoying a corporate day out, pristine greens and well-tended fairways are a must for a successful day’s golf.
There are still plenty of “rooms at the inn” for a hotel break over Christmas for couples or families in three of the finest quality independently-owned hotels in England.
Cottage Lodge, a five-star rated ‘designer’ B&B in Brockenhurst, New Forest, is fast gaining a strong reputation for its beautiful, modern, hand-made furniture – much of it carved from ‘fallen’ New Forest trees, one of which is over 200 years old.
Overlooking the picturesque waters of Loch Fyne, Stonefield Castle is the epitome of Scottish elegance.
With two AA Rosettes under his belt, Mark de Freitas is keeping it in the family after moving to the Maitlandfield House Hotel in Haddington to take up the role of Head Chef.
The Marine Hotel in the pretty seaside resort of Ballycastle - perched on the north-eastern most point of Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland - opened its door for business again on 14 June having stood empty for three years.
With the heat wave looking set to continue, why not take a dip in one of these stylish Pride of Britain Hotels outdoor pools at various locations dotted around the country.
Bury St. Edmunds will host a Food and Drink Festival this August Bank Holiday, and the Angel Hotel is offering visitors a holiday package which includes accommodation on a B&B basis and a three-course dinner from £159per room, per night – saving 30%.
L’Ancienne Poste, a luxury mountain lodge in the village of Avajan in the French Pyrenees, has cut €200 per person off the price of its activity week holidays for the months of June, July and August – including the dates that stage 9 of the Tour De France practically passes the front door on Sunday 7 July.
The charming Quinta das Barrades plays host to a unique series of weekend breaks catering to the popular health and fitness activity of Nordic Walking.
The new Great Little Places brochure reveals the addition of 11 new member properties taking the total to 51, plus three new restaurants in the Food Glorious Food Section and a page dedicated to Wales’s famous woollen mills.
Christina Simons, the owner of eco boutique B&B Cottage Lodge in Brockenhurst, is gradually bringing the New Forest inside her 5-star 16-room property with the creation of exquisite, hand-made beds and other furniture made from rescued trees; the latest addition is a beautiful bed made from a fallen 200-year- old oak tree recovered from a farm within the forest boundaries.
Luxury venue, Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course in Kelso, is offering high end packages for this year’s Open Championship.
The Manor House Hotel and Golf Club near Bath has been upgraded from a four red-star hotel to a five black star property by the official AA Hotel Services rating.
Enjoy a unique break in the English Lake District this year by heading to a country house hotel from which author Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated one of her famous Tales exactly 100 years ago.
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