10 gorgeous UK hotels to book after lockdown

By Bonnie Friend

After lockdown, we will all be desperate to escape to somewhere spectacular, classy and … perhaps a little remote. Peppered across the UK are some exquisite places to stay, including independent hotels, inns and B&Bs tucked away by beaches, forests and rural bliss. Here, the Good Hotel Guide picks ten gorgeous hideaways where you’ll be able to treat yourselves.

Burgh Island Hotel, Devon

A place like no other, Burgh Island Hotel sits on its own private tidal island just off the coast of picture-perfect Devon. It’s connected to the mainland by a beach where the tide comes in from both sides, and guests can only access it by either the hotel’s own Jeeps, which drive you across the sand, or their specially designed sea tractor – an experience in its own right. The 1930s hotel has an illustrious history having hosted Agatha Christie as she dreamed up the likes of Poirot, and guests are encouraged to embrace the heritage, dressing for dinner in 1920s garb.

The Scarlet, Cornwall

The reputation of this magnificent eco spa in Cornwall precedes it. An adult-only haven of peace and tranquility, here you can swim in the pool with a view of the sea, lounge in the clifftop hot tub with a glass of Champagne and dress for a spectacular seasonal dinner. The perfect place to relax with your partner, The Scarlet is the ultimate treat and every inch worth dreaming about.

The Pig near Bath, Somerset

The third in Robin Hutson’s litter of hotels, The Pig near Bath is a Georgian manor house surrounded by a deer park, brought to life by the shabby-chic style that The Pig hotels have become known for and which somehow feels very smart. Food is a memorable and carefully thought out experience here, from home-made granola in the morning to vegetables largely sourced from the grounds and wood-fired flatbreads on the terrace in the summer. Each room type has its own unique characteristics, from a freestanding bath in the Comfy-Luxe rooms to the two-storey Apple Store, a former shed in the kitchen garden with a wood-burning stove.

The New Inn, Tresco

The Isles of Scilly really are the height of blissful escapism, offering a rugged coastline and blue as far as the eye can see when the sun shines. The New Inn is a relaxed pub with rooms on this car free island, where everyone loves the convivial vibe. Menus are a feast of Scillonian produce, while the coastal decor and pretty gardens soothe the soul and make you feel a million miles away.

Headlam Hall, Darlington

Beyond its own walled gardens lies acres of farmland, and at the heart of it all, this elegant stately home sits calmly and reassuringly. Exquisitely decorated so as to simultaneously make you feel welcome and totally spoiled, the 17th-century property invites you to stay in stylish rooms in the main house, and in converted outbuildings and mews cottages. Fresh fruit and vegetables are served from the garden, and the hotel is happy to arrange pretty much anything you want, whether it’s a spa treatment, a round of golf, to borrow a bicycle or even to drive a classic car.

Gara Rock, Devon

Perched high on the clifftops looking out to sea, Gara Rock is a stylish wellbeing retreat that really is the height of romance. Relaxed but achingly chic, it gives you direct access to the South West Coast Path and beautiful beaches below, while inside you can stay in a choice of rooms, suites, cottages and apartments. There is a private cinema and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout as well as indoor and outdoor pools and a spa… little wonder it’s a favourite location for proposals. It’s also a wonderful pit stop for walkers, children and dogs, who are welcomed in daytime.

Barnsley House, Gloucestershire

Bringing together a historic country house hotel and a brand new luxury spa, Barnsley House is nestled into fairytale gardens in the picturesque Cotswolds. Romantic, elegant, and child friendly as well, the hotel has something for everyone. The spa is a destination in its own right, hidden down a winding path within the hotel grounds and giving you a chance to recharge surrounded by nature. For meals you can choose between, the hotel’s own Potager Restaurant or the Village Pub down the road.

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Wales

A Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house, Bodysgallen Hall and Spa sits in parkland with views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle. A National Trust property, it is beautifully decorated and overlooks charming Arts and Crafts gardens. Guests are wowed by the elaborate food, including a number of vegan options, and days are spent drinking plenty of tea, strolling in the grounds, indulging in spa treatments and generally feeling like lord and lady of the manor.

Seaham Hall, Co. Durham

Fusing historic and contemporary style, this Georgian mansion overlooking the North Sea is a lavish escape with a celebrated spa. The one-time home of Lord Byron (his portrait hangs on the dining room wall), it has a distinct air of romance. Meanwhile, there are also little nods to other aspects of its history, such as the Ada Lovelace Suite, named for Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace and a respected English mathematician and writer. That said, the hotel also offers the best of modern hospitality – artistic design characterises the property while artwork has been carefully chosen. The spa is exquisite, and when it comes to dining you will be hard pushed to find anything finer than Damian Broom’s menus.

Lindeth Fell, Cumbria

A place where superb hospitality knows no bounds and naturally beauty is at its absolute fines, Lindeth Fell is a wisteria-draped Edwardian country house B&B, surrounded by Lakeland fells and encircled by spectacular garden and grounds. Spend your days here playing croquet, reading books and tucking into cream teas. It’s the best of old school charm and contemporary travel and absolutely showcases the best of British in all its glory.

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