The quintessentially British country-house hotel has proliferated in the past few decades. Individual examples vary widely, but the best are usually set in buildings of architectural or historic interest, filled with antiques or high-quality traditional furnishings. They generally have extensive grounds but are not always in deeply rural locations. Some of the best in the country are found in the Cotswolds.
Comfort, even luxury, is assured, along with good food and service – frequently with a very high price tag. Many country-house hotels also offer extensive spa or health club facilities. Some of these hotels are still owned and personally managed by resident proprietors; others belong to groups or chains.
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