When we think beautiful, we think of the english countryside.
Prepare to be delighted at our round up of the best english countryside hotels for a weekend escape or relaxing week-long treat. Imagine, you, reading a romance novel in a gold bath tub, butler in quaint Victorian uniform serving you homemade lemon verbena cordial, while you look out upon your private garden terrace, a gentle breeze, the smell of summer.
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The Newt, Somerset
In a nutshell: One of the most beautiful countryside hotels in Britain. The hotel has a spa with sauna, salt steam room, and beautiful pool leading to a heated outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
We love: The centrepiece is the egg-shaped Parabola walled garden, now planted with a collection of 460 British apple trees, of 267 varieties.
Thyme Hotel, Cotswolds
In a nutshell: 17th-century cottages and refined rooms dotted throughout Southrop Manor’s 150-acre estate. An on-site farm and fruitful kitchen garden, the hotel’s cookery school is revered among foodies, too. Utterly charming.
We love: The Rose Room (pictured) is a ground floor room with access to a private garden. The room is as beautiful as the title complete with free standing roll-top bathtub, countryside views, log fire, and poetry books.
Cliveden House, Berkshire
In a nutshell: Tailor made for romance, an immaculate 350-year-old estate once owned by British royalty. The rooms are furnished with rare antiques and original works of art.
We love: The history, once owned by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham in the late 17th century, the estate was a private eden to entertain his true love and mistress Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury where they could love with abandon. The story ends with Lord Shrewsbury (Anna's husband) challenging Buckingham to a duel, which he lost, and died months later. Ah, the romance.
Endsleigh House, Devon
In a nutshell: Quite possibly the most beautiful spot in England. The gardens, have verdant glades, secret grottos, ancient trees, rose-wreathed arches, a shell house, formal parterre, and lawns that sweep down towards the River Tamar.
Why we love: Rent a bike and explore the fairytale gardens - wildly romantic.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
In a nutshell: 438 acres of idyllic parkland and just an hour drive from London. The hotel is committed to sustainability with a biodynamic kitchen garden. You can go wild swimming in the lake or take a picnic and explore the pathways.
We love: The staff, dressed in quaint Victorian pinafore’s and waistcoats, marble fireplaces, English oak floors covered with Persian rugs, homemade lemon verbena cordial and vases of fresh cut flowers from the hotel’s exquisite garden.
Chewton Glen, New Forest
In a nutshell: A traditional country house with 14 treehouse suites, wood burning stoves, outdoor heated pool, and pretty spa.
We love: The buffet breakfast delivered to your treehouse through a secret porthole and the ozone-treated indoor pool surrounded by Grecian columns.
Lympstone Manor, Exmouth