Discover the most luxurious boutique hotels Britain has to offer, from a Welsh haven with crisp bedlinen and sea views to a romantic Nottinghamshire vicarage with free standing baths...
The Hotel du Vin was once an old university building and has kept its quirky character intact. The fabulous bedrooms have vast beds and monsoon showers (one suite even comes with cinema) but it’s worth tearing yourself away from the comfort of your room to relax in the comfy library and have a pre-dinner drink in the labyrinthine cellar bar. For more details, see www.hotelduvin.com/locations/cambridge/
Everything is beautifully done at this plush Regency country house hotel, which has pulled together some of the biggest names in Britain. Ben Pentreath, David Collins Studio and Martin Brudnizki took care of the interiors, which are a charming mix of antiques, bespoke furniture, contemporary artwork and ceramics. Luke Holder and Angela Harnett cook up a feast from fresh local ingredients, some grown in the hotel’s garden, other foraged in the forest. And there’s a brilliant spa with state of the art gym to work your meals off–or you can simply recharge and enjoy some great treatments while gazing at the forest. For details, visit www.limewoodhotel.co.uk.
Conveniently situated in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, 62 Castle Street is a former Victorian bank that has been cleverly converted into a boutique hotel with large, stylish suites. The bathrooms are especially noteworthy – if you want a wet room instead of a bath, you only have to ask! For details, visit www.62castlest.com
Bath has a real crop of great places to stay. This quirky boutique hotel has beautifully decorated rooms – our favourite is the seductive Number Four, with its four-poster bed – and super staff. A sense of little things done well will make your stay unforgettable. For more information, visit www.thequeensberry.co.uk
A striking, Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse, the best cocktail list in town and a sharply stylish décor conspire to make The Halcyon one of the most glamorous places to stay in Bath. Add to this organic breakfasts, crisp linen and luxurious toiletries and you’ll never want to leave. For more details, see www.thehalcyon.com
This traditional inn lies on the Chatsworth estate and is the perfect base to explore the house, but the stylish design of the seven bedrooms and welcoming common rooms (which has been overseen personally by the Duchess of Devonshire) make it a destination in its own right. The dining room is especially attractive: look under the table and you’ll discover the legs are made by vintage sewing machines, while over the table you’ll find hearty dishes such as minted lamb hotpot with rosemary dumplings. For details, see www.devonshirepilsley.co.uk
Set on the atmospheric Victorian harbour along a stretch of pristine Ceredigion coastline, this charming hotel has eclectic bedrooms that mix vibrant Welsh blankets with Frette linen. Our favourite is the Aeron Queen suite, which has perfect harbour views from its Juliet balcony. For details, see www.harbour-master.com
Perched high on the Vyrnwy valley, this welcoming 17th-century Welsh longhouse has just three suites, all beautifully furnished in traditional country style with Sanderson and Laura Ashley fabrics and Farrow and Ball colours. There are also two newly-built, self-catering cottages. For more details, visit www.cyfiefarm.co.uk
Set in the heart of Lymington, this stylish boutique hotel has extraordinary rooms. Some reflect the hotel’s Georgian heritage, others overlook the gardens but the best ones must be the four poster rooms – each of which features an original four-poster bed. The romantic restaurant serves up great seafood too. For more information, visit www.stanwellhousehotel.co.uk
Townhouse is a bit of a misnomer – this lovely hotel occupies a cluster of charming 17th- and 18th-century houses. Inside, rooms combine ancient beams with fresh, Scandinavian style interiors: think soft paint colours, seagrass flooring and a scattering of chandeliers. For more information, see www.lionandpheasant.co.uk/