From a gorgeous new hotel in Hampshire to a traditional country house hotel in Wiltshire, here’s a selection of our favourite hotels within easy reach of London.
Set on a 400-acre estate of rolling Hampshire countryside, just over an hour from central London, the first impression you get when you walk inside is that Heckfield Place still very much feels like a home.
There’s a warmth and intimacy to the place. It’s elegant, yes, and ‘proper’, but without a hint of formality.
The design mixes mid-century, antique and contemporary furniture with natural, muted colours, wooden-floors, linens and Persian rugs to create a look that feels natural rather than over-designed.
The attention to detail at Heckfield Place is wonderful – from check-in when you receive your room card in holders embossed with your initials to the luggage tags that make their way on your bags as you leave, also embossed with your initials.
Heckfield Place is stylish, chic, homely and rather fabulous.
Coworth Park, Berkshire
Coworth Park sits on a 240 acre estate of rolling meadows and polo fields in Berkshire near Ascot, less than an hour by car from London and a mere 20 minutes from Heathrow airport.
In a clear contrast to its other UK properties, Coworth Park is the epitome of a true country house estate and an ideal weekend getaway from London.
Pick from a room in the main manor house or in the converted stables in the grounds of the hotel.
When it comes to dining, while the formal Michelin starred restaurant offers wonderful fine dining, The Barn is ideal for a more relaxed dinner.
Click to read our full review of Coworth Park.
Four Seasons Hampshire
Barely an hour’s drive from London, yet a hundred miles away in your mind, you are greeted by an imposing manor house with the countryside very much at its feet.
The Four Seasons Hampshire provides everything you might want from a countryside hotel – open fields stretching into the distance with a warm fire to return to, and somewhere to relax, eat and drink like a lord of the manor.
And what a manor to call your own for the night.
Click for our full review of the Four Seasons Hampshire.
Lime Wood Hotel
A former 13th-century hunting lodge is now home to Lime Wood, one of the UK’s chicest boutique country house hotels, a mere 2 hours from London, in the New Forest Park.
The interiors, from David Collins Studio, involve a modern take on the traditional country house style: effortlessly luxurious, striking a perfect balance between being cool, modern, classic and sophisticated.
For a chic, glamorous yet utterly relaxing weekend country break from London, Lime Wood really hits the spot – click to read our full review with additional images of Lime Wood Hotel.
Whatley Manor, located near the Wiltshire market town of Malmesbury, is the epitome of a traditional English country house hotel.
The 12 acre grounds are beautiful with rose and herb gardens sitting alongside water features and more modern sculptures.
With only 8 suites and 15 rooms, Whatley Manor feels very intimate, more like a private house than a hotel.
The main attraction here is the Michelin starred restaurant from chef Niall Keating – while the design of the dining room is uninspiring, the food is exquisite.
The Pig, Hampshire
The younger sister to Lime Wood, with a similar feeling of effortless luxury, with more of a rustic-chic look, The Pig is a country house hotel that places food at its core, from the meticulous cultivating of ingredients to rearing the livestock to the dishes that arrive at your table.
The 26 rooms at The Pig Hotel are divided between the main mansion house and converted stables, centred around the prized walled garden where most of your food is sourced.
The Pig is a rather wonderful country house hotel that is suitable for all seasons and will leave you positively snorting with joy.
The Lygon Arms
The Lygon Arms in Broadway, which was recently acquired by Iconic Luxury Hotels (who also own Cliveden and Chewton Glen), is a traditional coaching inn dating back to the 14th century.
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