Charming & Enchanting British Hotels

Posted on: 17 December 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

We’ve picked out the wonderfully romantic hotels, intimate inns, mountain hideaways and island escapes for a perfect getaway.


Planning a romantic weekend break in the UK? We’ve picked out the cream of Britain’s picturesque places to stay; all rich in ambience, big on style and passionate about great hospitality.

The Old Railway Station, Sussex

If you can't stretch to taking someone special on the Orient Express, this, surely, is the next best thing.

Petworth railway station has been converted into a B&B with a difference with six suites created in Edwardian Pullman carriages parked up on the tracks, all with original fittings and antique furnishings.

Breakfast is served by a log fire in the booking hall in winter - or have it delivered to your suite with champagne.

Booking Details: (01798) 342346, www.old-station.co.uk

Lord Poulett Arms, Somerset

Don't expect a power shower at this traditional Somerset hamstone pub and restaurant- with-rooms.

Owners Steve and Michelle are former city-dwellers and have deliberately put sexy slipper baths in the rooms, so guests slow down, relax and reconnect with each other.

The restaurant serves good but unpretentious food - the Good Food Guide has named Lord Poulett the Gastro Pub of the Year 2008.

Booking Details: (01460) 73149, www.lordpoulettarms.com. 

Lavenham Priory, Suffolk

This family home B&B starts working its considerable charm the minute you step through the front door and find yourselves standing in the Great Hall.

Medieval and Elizabethan architecture mix effortlessly with mod-cons, so your bedchamber is likely to have a hand-made four-poster and state-of-the-art bathroom.

Booking Details: (01787) 247404, www.lavenhampriory.co.uk.

Plas Tan-yr-Allt, Wales

Not everyone is in the first flush of love - some of us even run out of things to say to each other at dinner.

At this informal private house, which has six individually styled rooms, meals - breakfast included, dinner extra, food unfussy - are served at a big communal table, and owners Nick Golding and Michael Bewick are great hosts.

Booking Details: (01766) 514545, www.tanyrallt.co.uk.

The High Cabin, The Groes Inn, Wales

Hole up in this little log cabin just down the road from a pub and you can watch the sun set over Snowdonia from your own private hot tub, or slope off to the inn for a glass of something delicious and dinner.

The exact location of the cabin is kept a secret and a map provided only when you check in.

Booking Details: (01492) 650545, www.groesinn.com/high-cabin.htm.

The Bath House, Stratford-upon-Avon

Nope, not some sweaty Shakespearean sauna, but an exquisite octagonal Georgian folly tucked away at the end of a long drive near the Forest of Arden.

Built when a cold bath was regarded as a medical necessity, it's now beautifully restored with period furniture beside an open fire - a second room is festooned like a grotto with shells and plaster icicles.

Booking Details: www.landmarktrust.org.uk.

The Link, Cromer Lighthouse, Norfolk

Strictly no babies or children at this former lighthouse keeper's cottage - the perfect excuse to book your little treasures in at Grandma's while you take yourselves off to the windswept shores of Norfolk.

The Link, created in the base of the white hexagonal tower of Cromer Lighthouse itself, is one mile out of town and you can walk in along a coastal path.

Inside, the kingsize bed is cocooned in a basement bedroom with a domed ceiling.

Booking Details: Rural Retreats (01386) 701177, www.ruralretreats.co.uk.

The Hunting Tower Derbyshire

There are 82 steep, spiral stone steps to the uppermost floor of this unusual holiday home on the Chatsworth estate in the Peak District, so once you get up to the top floor bedroom and its four-poster designed by Lord Snowdon, you might not feel like coming down again for a while.

The first floor sitting room has far-reaching views or in fine weather try the roof terrace. There is a spare bedroom on the second floor if you can't leave the kids at home.

Booking Details: 01246 565300 www.chatsworth.org.

62 The Inn at Whitewell, Lancashire

A pub, restaurant, B&B and wine shop rolled into one, so popular locally it's only recently bothered with a website.

High on the banks of a river, the setting - the Forest of Bowland - is so beautiful you'll want to recite more to your beloved than just what's chalked up at the bar.

The 23 bedrooms do the traditional chintzy thing with wit; 14 have open fires and several have four-poster beds.

Booking Details: 01200 448222, www.innatwhitewell.com.

The House Over-By, Scotland

You can't get much more remote than these six modern suites just across a courtyard from the renowned Three Chimneys Restaurant, which is housed in a stone crofter's cottage on the Isle of Skye.

Sea mists, mountains and moorland come as standard, but the rooms' understated luxury can be harder to come by in the Highlands.

Right now you'll find west coast oysters, Loch Dunvegan langoustines, and passionfruit parfait on the menu.

Booking Details: 01470 511258, www.threechimneys.co.uk.

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