Pretend you're Maggie Smith on one of these jaw-dropping stately home breaks
With a majestic drive flanked by ancient trees, this former country house is something special. Found deep in the New Forest, it’s a fantastic setting for horse-riding and enjoying the colours of autumn.
Hand Picked Hotels are offering Autumn Heritage Breaks from £165 per night at Rhinefield House Hotel until 31st October 2014.
Overlooking the Leven Valley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, Crathorne Hall Hotel is a former stately home dating back to 1906 – ideal for Downton style. Originally built for the Dugdale family, it has refined Edwardian architecture and 15 acres of manicured lawns.
Hand Picked Hotels is offering Autumn Heritage Breaks from £165 per night at Crathorne Hall Hotel until 31st October 2014.
Set within 40 acres of parkland in the Warwickshire countryside, Ettington Park Hotel is a neo-gothic mansion with stained-glass windows and wood panelling. With history dating back to the 12th-century, it’s got the perfect costume-drama atmosphere.
Hand Picked Hotels is offering Autumn Heritage Breaks from £165 per night at Ettington Park Hotel until 31st October 2014.
If you’ve always seen yourself living on a magnificent 16th century estate, Rushton Hall might be the hotel to bring the fantasy to life. Why not take a turn on the croquet lawn or try a game of billiards while you’re there?
Do the Granthams have their own resident falconer? Stapleford Park does. It also has an 18-hole golf course and a Clarins spa.
Enchanted castle, anyone? Peckforton Castle is the ultimate fairy-tale hotel, and even boasts its own drawbridge.
Rooms are currently available from £125 per night through Secret Escapes.
This Georgian manor house has the Wye Valley on its doorstep. King Charles I reportedly stayed at Holme Lacy Hotel in 1645 – which we’re taking as a stamp of royal approval.
Slaley Hall is just 40 minutes from Newcastle, so you could combine it with a city break (although the Dowager probably wouldn’t approve). Don’t miss the spectacular golf course or the cosy whisky snug.
If white turrets and landscaped gardens are your kind of thing (and why wouldn’t they be?), Danesfield House will impress. It also features an award-winning spa.
Atmospheric and peaceful, Ston Easton Park has 36 acres of land including Victorian gardens, a crumbling grotto fountain and several ancient wells. Still, if you’d rather stay in your room and have a hot stone massage, that’s an option too.
The Ickworth Hotel is part of the Ickworth stately home, a National Trust property built in the early 1700s. Make sure you take a stroll in the Italianate gardens.
Thoresby Hall Hotel is positioned at the edge of Sherwood Forest, which might fit in better with your Robin Hood fantasy than your Downton Abbey one, but never mind. The Grade-I-listed hotel also has a state-of-the-art spa.
You can currently book a 3-night weekend break on 26th September, half-board, starting at £250 per person – saving you up to £379.34.
Built in 1817, the Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa has its own private stretch of the River Wylye, a beautiful spa and an award-winning head chef.