With so many of us having our holiday plans scrapped this year, the reopening of UK tourism this summer was a cause to celebrate – and Britain’s best country house hotels offer everything we need for a relaxing staycation.
While there’s still uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to bring you a little inspiration for an escape to the country for when it feels right to take off for a weekend away.
Our pick of lovely hotels are welcoming guests with extensive Covid-19 measures in place to ensure your safety and comfort. So, you can rest, indulge and enjoy a peaceful getaway right here in the UK at our pick of superb hotels in the country for all types of travellers.
Our favourite country house hotels offer a chance to see different parts of the English countryside, try delicious food and drinks and put your feet up in high-quality style.
Have a browse of the country house hotels worth checking into when you’re ready for a mini-break.
Arundel, West Sussex
A stay at Amberley Castle in the South Downs is like stepping into a children’s book. Some parts of the hotel even date back to the 12th century, and inside you’ll find suits of armour, open fireplaces and bedrooms with bags of original features.
Not only will you feel like a royal as you relax into a historic bedroom with armchair, fireplace and old wooden doors, but you’ll dine like one too, choosing from the seven-course tasting menu or three-course à la carte. The food is modern, creative and formal, so you can enjoy your evening as a special treat.
Save at least 30% on a two-night stay in a Gatehouse Suite, with a three-course dinner on the first night.
Summer Lodge in the pretty Dorset village of Evershot is the perfect alternative to a holiday abroad. Not only will the crisp Belgian linen, luxury toiletries and elegant furnishings make you feel pampered to perfection, but this country house hotel has such a wide range of facilities that you can enjoy loads of fun activities during your stay.
There’s plenty to do, from the all-weather tennis court, croquet lawn and bicycle rentals, to the pool, gym and spa – where you can take advantage of a full range of treatments. If you’re looking for an extra dose of relaxation, some private cottages include their very own hot tub.
With Good Housekeeping, you can learn about Evershot’s history with a local expert, and save up to 35% on two nights stay with dinner included on one night.
Tired of your own four walls and missing the inspirational architecture of Britain’s great cities? The Bath Priory, located just outside of the UNESCO Roman city of Bath, is the ideal getaway for soaking up the city while remaining safely tucked away in a quiet suburb.
Although the centre of Bath is only a leisurely 20-minute stroll from the hotel, The Bath Priory is a quiet haven nestled among four acres of award-winning gardens. The bedrooms are all individually designed, floral scents fill every space and the botanical theme continues into the spa – with L’Occitane products from Provence. Plus, the elegant light-filled restaurant is the perfect spot for afternoon tea.
With Good Housekeeping, you can save 30% on two nights in a Premier Deluxe Room, with one three-course dinner and a complimentary newspaper each morning.
Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire
The Slaughters Manor House in Lower Slaughter combines the classic and the modern, with its gorgeous old honey-stone exterior and stylish furnishings inside.
You’ll find pink suede bar chairs, antique maps and retro lamps in the ritzy cocktail bar, while the Billiards Room features teal wallpapers, leather Chesterfields and fabulous stucco ceilings – perfect for an after-dinner game of pool. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu with local Cotswold produce, and you can savour snacks and British classics at the trendy bar.
With Good Housekeeping you can save at least 39% on a luxurious two-night stay in a suite at this Cotswolds retreat.
Gidleigh Park in Devon’s Chagford boasts one of the best wine cellars in Britain. You can taste your favourites or try something new, getting cosy by the open fire in the Tudor-style living room. For outdoor pursuits, Dartmoor is perfect for hiking, cycling and horse-riding.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, you head to the country-house Pantry, where you can make your own tea, coffee or snacks without needing to ask anyone. For dinner, enjoy ingredients fresh from the estate, like veg from the kitchen garden and honeycomb from the apiary.
Save up to 40% with Good Housekeeping, enjoying a two-night luxury stay in a Master Bedroom with dinner.
You can see our full collection of Country House Hotels here
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