The boutique hotel has evolved. It’s no longer just a glamorous place to stay: the cream of the crop have become a passport to the very best of what your destination can offer, with the pick of local art on the walls, expert concierge services from local staff who really know their stuff, and locally-sourced and inspired menus that offer you the area’s gourmet delights. These 10 boutique hotels will help you discover what makes Britain great.
Oak House no.1, Tetbury
Thought the Cotswolds was full of dusty antiques and country estates? Let this B&B, bursting with modern art and incredible cream teas, show you otherwise.
Randy Pike, The Lake District
This former hunting lodge near Ambleside has three suites with unusual flourishes like fish-print wallpaper, plus a café/restaurant serving brown bread ice cream.
Holm House, Penarth
The Victorian seaside town of Penarth, 10 minutes from Cardiff, has this Art-Deco gem of a boutique hotel with sea views, Welsh tapas and luxurious touches including Aromatherapy Associates products.
Get to know a different side of Soho at this antique-filled Georgian townhouse hotel, once frequented by the 18th-century literati.
The George, Rye
What better way to experience the delights of historic Rye than by staying in this Georgian hotel with a contemporary twist? The boutique hotel’s restaurant serves locally caught fish and wine from Sussex vineyards.
Blythswood Square, Glasgow
Such is the commitment to showcasing local treats, Blythswood Square has seaweed brought in from the Hebrides for its Scottish-themed spa. There’s tartan here too – but the good kind…
The Pig, Brockenhurst
This New Forest hideaway has majestic grounds straight from a Jane Austen novel, plus sublime food from a former Ivy chef.
Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall
This elegant family-run boutique hotel has classic navy blue and white striped bedspreads, Cornish cream teas and a pontoon in St Mawes Bay for hardy swimmers.
The Gunton Arms, Norfolk
Set in a deer park, this eight-bedroom pub with rooms is owned by Lucian Freud’s art dealer and has sensational food, and, of course, world-class paintings.
The Harbourmaster Hotel, Aberaeron
Urban chic – in the wild west of Wales? No, we’re not off our rocker: this place is sensational, with modern nautical style, locally sourced food and fantastic sea views.
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