Charming and enchanting British hotels

Posted on: 30 January 2019 by 50connect editorial

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

The Old Railway Station

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,

Lord Poulet

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 menus change with the season and make the most of local ingredients. Pretty much everything is made, cured or smoked in-house. Lord Poulet is not a restaurant it is a pub where the chefs insist on food excellence.

Booking Details: (01460) 73149,

Priory suite

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,

Shelley's Theatre

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 individually styled rooms, meals - breakfast included, while dinner is taken at partner restaurant Y Sgwar in the village. Owners Howard Mattingley and Mark White are escapees from the London rat race and are great hosts.

Booking Details: (01766) 514591,

Hinterland Cabin

The Hinterland Cabin, Snowdonia, Wales

Hole up in this log cabin with sumptuous views over Snowdonia National Park and the lush Conwy valley. Explore snowdonia on foot or via the heritage train line before seeing out the day in your own private outdoor hot tub.

Secluded, peaceful and well appointed, yet within easy reach of Eglwysbach village and its pub.

Booking Details: (01637) 881183, Hinterland Cabin.


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: Landmark Trust.

The Link - Cromer

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, Rural Retreats.

The Hunting Tower

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 Chatsworth Estate Holiday Cottages.

Inn at Whitewell

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, Inn at Whitewell.


The House-Over-By, Scotland

You can't get much more remote than these six beautifully appointed, 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.

A fantastic bounty of local seafood is prominent on the menu - Loch Eishort mussels and Loch Dunvegan langoustines and is complemented by seasonal game, rare breed, iron-age pork from nearby Orbost Farm, deep-flavoured Highland beef and lean, tender gamey Soay lamb.

Booking Details: 01470 511258, The House-Over-By.

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