If walls could talk then Britain’s hotels could tell a tale or 2... Lewis Stallard of British History Breaks picks 10 of the finest historic hotels from across Britain. We can’t wait to check in!
1. A turreted Scottish mansion with a literary history
A neo-gothic baronial mansion, Abbotsford’s Hope Scott Wing, on the banks of the river Tweed in Scotland, was created by literary great Sir Walter Scott and was where he penned most of his great works.
2. Grandeur in a Scottish castle
Just a short hop from the city of Edinburgh is the Castle of Dalhousie. Privy to some of the pivotal moments in Scottish history its rooms are themed to reflect the personalities that have become blended into the castle lore.
3. London life in a Victorian townhouse
With a service that would make them jealous in nearby Kensington Palace, The Milestone Hotel is a neo-gothic Victorian townhouse of terracotta and brick that offers a piece of classic English hospitality and escapism within the busy heart of London.
4. A country house break near London
The classic Georgian Luton Hoo Hotel in Bedfordshire, England, has hosted an impressive rollcall of aristocracy and royalty over the years. If you are able to pull yourself away from the impeccable 5-star service, then the formal gardens designed by Capability Brown are a joy to explore.
5. Stargazing from an ancient castle
Sitting pride of place in the peaceful Northumberland National Park, Langley Castle’s 7ft(2m)-thick walls allude to a different time altogether. It’s a great spot for stargazing with Europe’s largest area of darkest skies, and beautiful walking country.
6. A countryside escape, Tudor-style
In the area of outstanding natural beauty on the Suffolk coast and heaths is Seckford Hall. The site of a mansion since the days of the Saxon kings, Seckford was constructed during the Tudor era; the architecture reflecting the glory and confidence of those times.
7. An elegant manor among myths and legends
Meaning ‘stream of the nightingale’ Nanteos is a perfect Georgian mansion in an area of Wales where the lines between folklore and documented history blur quite unlike anywhere else. From near ruin, the mansion has undergone a remarkable transformation to become a masterpiece.
8. A spa break in Bath
The Georgian façade of one of the world’s most beautiful streets is unanimous with Bath and you can stay right in the heart of it at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Here you can experience the finest in hospitality and relaxation – exactly what has attracted people to the city of Bath since Roman days.
9. A William and Mary-style house for discovering Yorkshire
Middlethorpe Hall is a fine example of a house built during William III and Mary II’s reign (1689-1702). Located just 2 miles from the medieval city of York, Middlethorpe is a masterpiece reflecting the days when it hosted some of England’s aristocratic elite.
10. And of course, a good old country pub
We couldn’t complete the list without a mention for the cosy coaching inn that is ubiquitous across Britain. Set in the historic market town of Midhurst, set in the South Downs National Park in southern England, The Spread Eagle Hotel is a classic English inn dating all the way back to 1430. If its walls could talk, they would reverberate the names of monarchs, legends, playwrights and aristocrats from the past 600 years. Book your stay at www.britishhistorybreaks.com.