Article by Nick Rinylo
Top 5 Hotels in Quintessentially British towns
British culture and its people are mainly seen as being very sarcastic, apologetic, with self-deprecating humour and a mild tea obsession. However, an overlooked part of our culture is our surroundings, specifically the ‘countryside’.
From grand manor houses with extensive grounds, to rural cottages complete with beams and an open fire – us Brits love our peaceful rural getaways to relax and take in the scenic views. Here’s our top 5 hotels based in quintessential towns and villages – click through to our selection and perhaps we’ll inspire your next long weekend destination.
As a royal landmark, Windsor has always been one of the country’s main attractions with larger-than-life rural landscapes and lavish manor houses. Oakley Court is one of the top hotels to book a stay at in Windsor, with 118 bedrooms to choose from boasting luxurious furniture and extravagant beds and armchairs for a swanky yet relaxing getaway. Be sure to check out Oakley Court’s bar and restaurant and perhaps amp up your relaxation experience with their sumptuous afternoon tea.
Gloucester possesses many a historic building, one of them being 17th Century built Hatherley Manor. This rural spa hotel is set in a 37-acre parkland estate and is around 3 miles away from Gloucesters city centre, allowing guests to explore both the countryside and historic buildings of Gloucestershire. Hatherley Manors surroundings offer mature gardens, an orchard and a walled garden, with indoor features reflecting its fascinating heritage. Oak panelled walls and period fireplaces brings an intriguing charm into rooms for guests to relax in, whilst offering all the mod-cons such as free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and 24-hour room service.
Based in the heart of London’s West End between Mayfair and Soho, Hotel Cafe Royal houses 160 guest rooms and suites created with minimal, yet elaborate furniture and decor. It’s made the list of hotels with quintessential British style due to its distinct mix of architectural heritage and contemporary design.
Food and drinks are a league above as the hotel offers exostic sushi bars and innovative cocktail bars and lavish dessert and champagne experiences, allowing you and your loved ones to truly relax and unwind. For a peaceful environment, head to the spa and try out their range of treatments and classes available in ‘Akasha Holistic Wellbeing’, featuring an 18m pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym.
With dramatic views above Lake Windermere and set in its own 67-acre estate, this bijou (also known as boutique) country house hotel has captured the hearts of many guests, including famous names such as the Beckhams. It’s somewhat exclusive, with only eleven bedrooms; five in the main house and six in stone cottages around the grounds. Each room is characterful with classic stately home decor. Hand-in-hand with the grandeur of the rooms and grounds is their Michelin-starred restaurant that offers outstanding Cumbrian food and an extensive wine list. A quintessential menu overlooking quintessential landscape.
Nestled in the picturesque market town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire is the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, an award-winning and secluded luxury retreat that has a unique Mediterranean twist to its outdoor features. Inside, the cosy atmosphere allows guests to unwind amongst contemporary art and open fires. Outside paints a different picture, with the pool and terrace bringing a holiday destination vibe, reflecting a new wave of the quintessential British culture – a multicultural experience!
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