Read on for a selection of luxury hotels near London.
Coworth Park, Berkshire
‘Dorchester Collection’ is synonymous with grand, iconic hotels in some of the world’s most desirable destinations, with each hotel as stylish and sophisticated as the next.
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 (The Dorchester and the recently opened 45 Park Lane), Coworth Park is the epitome of a true country house estate and an ideal weekend getaway from London. 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, one of the best luxury hotels near London.
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 celebrated designer David Collins, 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 here to read our full review with additional images of Lime Wood Hotel, which is our tip for one of the best luxury hotels near London.
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 Crown Amersham
Sometimes you just want to get away from it all without really getting that far away at all. The Crown is a quaint, traditional country inn with good food, stylish rooms and a real sense of character, easily accessible by public transport at the end of the Metropolitan line.
Designed by Ilse Crawford (who designed the Soho House Group’s properties among others), the modern design and technological touches blend seamlessly with the oak beams and uneven wooden floors. The Crown has 40 bedrooms over 3 separate buildings, all of which have comfortable beds, iPod docking stations, wool blankets and, thankfully, free wiﬁ.
A weekend trip from London without spending Friday evening stuck in traffic? Sounds good to us. Click to read our full review of The Crown Amersham.
The Olde Bell, Hurley
The Olde Bell is a traditional coaching inn, dating back to 1135, less than an hour’s drive from Central London and 20 minutes from Heathrow airport. The modern design and technological touches blend seamlessly with the oak beams and uneven wooden floors.
The restaurant, with its locally sourced rustic food, and the bar, with its open fire, sit at the heart of the hotel, and there is a large garden at the back from which to enjoy the warm summer ahead. The Olde Bell makes an ideal weekend break for couples or a group of friends.
Bray Cottages, Bray
Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-starred The Fat Duck lies in the beautifully quaint village of Bray, a mere hour from London. Bray is home to another 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, The Waterside Inn, and two excellent traditional pubs, The Crown and The Hinds Head, both of which are also owned by Heston.
Bray, with its thatched cottages and quiet way of life, makes an ideal weekend break from London, and there’s no better place to stay than in one of the cottages from Bray Cottages. With a choice of one or two bedrooms, each cottage has been designed with exceptional flare and attention to detail.
The jewel, Bray House, is an exquisite three-bedroom cottage (the art deco bar area pictured above), which is ideal for a group of friends or a family.
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This article was originally published in January 2013.