Six Classic Country British Manors
Whilst in the UK at a Country Manor Inn, the following list of top British Country House Hotels were pointed out. Not your typical hotel, but certainly worth checking out. Most of these have world-class food, superior services and luxurious spas. Enjoy the tour!
The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
Sister hotel to L’Hotel in Paris, Cowley Manor sits in the Cotswold village of Cowley, just 2 hours drive from London and within easy reach of Cheltenham and Cirencester. At Cowley Manor, a vast expanse of picturesque countryside surrounds what looks from the outside like a perfectly traditional English manor house. Inside, however, it’s another story, with only 30 unexpectedly bold, ultra-modern rooms designed by the youthfully irreverent London firm of De Matos Storey Ryan.
With its own polo field, two hundred acres of parkland right outside the door, and a location near the famous racecourse at Ascot, Coworth Park is an equestrian paradise. Whether you ride Western or English, the hotel’s equestrian center has you covered, and the non-riders can keep active with a game of grass-court tennis. Part of the Dorchester Collection of Hotels, Coworth Park provides a unique destination that embraces the natural beauty of the English countryside while offering a modern country house.
With separate Victorian, Georgian and Tudor wings, all of which were contemporary at the time they were built, Fawsley Hall is long on history. The place has evolved in many ways since Queen Elizabeth I checked out in 1575, but if the sheep that keep the lawns clipped are any indication, change arrives slowly here. Fawsley Hall is the ultimate destination for guests wishing to explore Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, Althorp, Warwick Castle and Blenheim or racing at Silverstone.
CHEWTON GLEN HOTEL
New Milton, Hampshire
Quite possibly the pinnacle of British country-house hotel splendor, the ever-well-groomed Chewton Glen sits on 130 acres of parkland at the edge of the New Forest. This Relais & Château hotel is within walking distance of the sea. The vast and tidy croquet lawn—laid out in front of the ivy-covered 18th-century mansion—is about as picture-perfect a spot for an afternoon of lawn sports as one could ever hope to find. Only 90 miles from London by car and within easy reach of Southampton, Chewton Glen makes an excellent destination for a pre or post Atlantic Crossing.
LINTHWAITE HOUSE HOTEL
Lake District, Windermere, Cumbria
Perched on Lake Windermere, Linthwaite House Hotel depicts an intimate country-house hotel feel and enjoys one of the most spectacular and romantic hilltop locations set in 14 acres of landscaped gardens overlooking lake Windermere. Chintz has been banned in favor of comfy sofas and crackling fires in the lounges that add to the welcoming atmosphere. The terrace acts as an outdoor lounge in summer, with unparalleled views to accompany pre-dinner drinks.
PENNYHILL PARK HOTEL
This ivy-covered 1920s country house may not be as ancient as some of its counterparts, but who needs history when you have 123 acres of rolling Surrey parkland, a 45,000-square-foot spa and a two-star Michelin chef at your disposal? Plus, a location that’s just a half-hour’s drive past Heathrow makes Pennyhill Park Hotel a good deal more convenient – wonderfully located between Ascot, Sunningdale and Wentworth and only 45 minutes from the center of London.