The UK’s festival scene is massive, with more and more intriguing events appearing each year. To top it off, there are amazing places to stay and get your home comforts while still enjoying all the fun of the festival. Here the Good Hotel Guide has put together a list of hotels near some of the UK’s top annual festivals…
Where: Somerset, South-west England
Hotel: The Lynch Country House
The mother of all festivals has a reputation for mud and mayhem as well as a stellar line-up, so check in to a nearby hotel and be clean and well-rested for the Glastonbury experience. Most hotels nearby book up fast. The elegant and understated Lynch Country House is particularly apt; it’s owned by jazz musician Roy Copeland, and until recently was the chosen hotel of the BBC’s Glastonbury crew.
Festival: The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
The pomp, ceremony and grandeur of Edinburgh’s world-class Tattoo is neatly matched by Prestonfield, an opulently decorated baroque mansion next to Royal Holyrood Park. The hotel is bursting with gilded furniture, lavish flower arrangements, swags, velvets and brocades, leather-panelled rooms and black-kilted staff; there are even peacocks and Highland cattle in the grounds.
Festival: Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
Where: Isle of Wight, South England
Hotel: The Royal
You’ll find garlic in every incarnation you can imagine, from fudge and ice cream to popcorn and biscuits, at the Garlic Festival. There’s also live music, a beer tent, a fun fair and some of the area’s best food and drink. Counteract the whiff of the island’s particularly pungent strand of the bulb with lunch or afternoon tea in The Royal’s geranium-scented terrace. This grande dame of seaside hotels also has country house-style bedrooms, friendly staff, subtropical gardens and excellent seasonal menus.
Festival: Abergavenny Food Festival
Where: Abergavenny, Wales
Hotel: The Hardwick
The biggest names in gastronomy descend on this unassuming Welsh town for the Food Festival, a highlight in the calendar of gourmands. Equally worth the trip is The Hardwick, winner of the Good Hotel Guide’s Restaurant-with-Rooms César 2017. Produce from south Wales takes centre stage both at the festival and on The Hardwick’s remarkably extensive and respected menu. Your hardest decision will be deciding what to eat! Be quick – rooms (and tables) fill up fast!
Festival: Taste Cumbria
Where: Cumbria, North-west England
Hotel: The Sun Inn
Foodie events take place year-round across the region for Taste Cumbria. Just as well, then, that the Good Hotel Guide knows an array of excellent hotels in the area. If you’re planning to sample the goodies at the new Kirkby Lonsdale event check in to The Sun Inn, a 17th-century inn with a 2 AA-rosette restaurant and bags of character.
Festival: Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Where: Scottish Highlands
Hotel: The Dulaig
If you’re heading to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, chances are you’re a fan of a wee dram or 2. So if the festival’s whisky tastings, trains and cooper tours aren’t enough for you, check in to The Dulaig, just a 10-minute walk from Grantown-on-Spey and perfectly placed for the Scotch Malt Whisky Trail. In fact, this place loves the strong stuff so much that even the breakfast porridge is served with heather honey, cream…and a dash of whisky.
Where: East Sussex, South-east England
Hotel: Old Whyly
A performance at Glyndebourne is a glorious thing. For instance the 2017 season (20 May-27 August) sees the world premiere of a Glyndebourne commission, 2 brand new productions, plus classics such as Hamlet and La Traviata. Old Whyly, meanwhile, is glorious in all seasons. It’s a luxury boutique B&B in a protected Georgian manor house filled with antiques and surrounded by flower-filled gardens. Glyndebourne is a 10-minute drive away; order one of Old Whyly’s delicious picnic hampers to have in Glyndebourne’s beautiful gardens during the interval.
Festival: Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts
Hotel: Dunan House
With the 50th anniversary of Snape Maltings’ Concert Hall the eclectic festival (9-25 June 2017) is celebrating with a production of local composer and festival co-founder Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was also performed on the hall’s opening night. Book a room at Dunan House, an arty woodland retreat just a 10-minute walk from Aldeburgh town centre, but be quick – it books up!