Our collection of British Chic Retreats and boutique hotels shows that you don’t have to travel very far to stay somewhere stylish. Whether you’re looking for a cultural city break, a romantic long weekend in the countryside or a bucket and spade seaside holiday with the children, we have a range of British boutique hotels to suit your needs.
The obvious bright lights, big city destination is London with its world-famous landmarks, shops and hip restaurant scene (and we have plenty of boutique hotels dotted all over the capital for you to choose from) but there’s also Bath, Bournemouth, Edinburgh and Cheltenham, to name a few. Each city is very distinct - as are the boutique hotels, B&Bs, apartments and guest houses we’ve selected to match. In buzzy Brighton, spend your days browsing the independent fashion stores and antiques shops in the Lanes, strolling along the seafront or visiting the Brighton Pavillion. At night, check into the 8-room Kemp Townhouse, a relaxing, intimate retreat with spot-on service. If you’re in Edinburgh, our boutique hotel list features well-located Ardmor House, 15-minutes from the shops on Princes Street and Prestonfield, a real gourmet experience 10 minutes drive from the centre.
If you prefer rolling hills, green fields, mountains and rugged moors then perhaps consider our boutique hotels in the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and Camarthenshire in Wales. Hike up Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain located on Lake Ullswater and then stay the night at the Boathouse at Knotts End, a unique boathouse for two with stunning views and its own jetty. In the Highlands, we recommend 7-room Loch Ness Lodge or the Pool House on Loch Ewe while in Camarthenshire, The Corran is the perfect base for all kinds of outdoor pursuits (think mountain biking, horse riding and quad biking).
There’s no more typical British holiday than a few days by the coast and we have scoured the best locations across England, from Cornwall and Devon in the south west to Aldeburgh in Suffolk and Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, Wales to find a range of British boutique hotels and luxury houses with a seaside twist. Splash out on a room at Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall’s St Mawes, which has classy design and fabulous views. Or book Moonrakers, a large, luxury house that sleeps 12 and is perfect for group gatherings, family holidays or luxury hen parties. For something more off the beaten track, try The Cary Arms in Babbacombe, a cosy Devon pub with a choice of rooms or cottages right next to the South West Coast path that wends its way round to Torquay.
Britain also has quaint market towns in Warwickshire and Worcestershire, honey-hued villages in the Cotswolds and tranquil back-to-nature spots such as the New Forest in Hampshire and the Norfolk Broads. In the Cotswolds, choose between spa hotels Dormy House and Cowley Manor; in the New Forest you can’t beat THE PIG near Brockenhurst, an excellent restaurant with rooms (we guarantee you’ll have to loosen your belt after a proper dinner here) from where you can explore by bicycle; and in Norfolk, opt for Congham Hall Country Hotel, a Georgian manor in beautiful parkland near King’s Lynn.
Somerset is one of the loveliest counties to visit for a British countryside experience and one of Lulu's favourites is Babington House with its Cowshed Spa, indoor and outdoor pool and family-friendly attitude. For a more intimate option with great food try The Talbot Inn, part owned and run by the ex-Manager of Babington it was voted hotel of the year by The Sunday Times and is sister to The Beckford Arms in Wiltshire. Lulu has a real soft spot for the Wellington Arms in Hampshire: it is close to perfection and serves some of the best British food we have come across in the UK.