13 of the best boutique hotels in England

Posted on Jul 10 2019 - 9:00am by Claire Herbaux
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Whether you are going away for a weekend or for a holiday, the place you stay can make all the difference to your trip.

Long gone are the days when you just booked a room in a chain hotel located in a high rise in the city centre. It is not just about having a place to sleep anymore, but rather about having a home away from home, a cosy place to retreat after a day out.

This is why boutique hotels are popular around the country. They are smaller and more intimate. No two boutique hotels are the same. They each have character and an identity you will never find in a chain. If you want to see the country, this is the way to travel.

Here are our favourite boutique hotels in England – by region. All you need to do is decide which corner of the country you want to explore.

North West England Hotels

The Lake District is one of the best places to while away some time, get out into nature and relax in the evening. Spend a few days enjoying the peace and quiet of this environment.

There are two fantastic boutique hotels you can try next time you head up there.

Applegarth Villa in Windmere has a wide range of suites available, from dog friendly ones to the luxury suites with a private hot tub and terrace.

You can enjoy the stunning view of the lake or get pampered: from massages in your room to little treats to celebrate your honeymoon or Valentine’s Day to the restaurant with some of the best dining in the area, including vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options.

The alternative is Linthwaite House, a luxury accommodation for foodies. With all-day dining, cheese boards, afternoon tea and cocktails, you could spend the day tasting the fantastic creations whilst enjoying the views of Windmere.

Pop your head outside to find games and activities. It seems you don’t even have to leave your hotel… but if you do, there are walking trails, cycle paths and even row boats around.

North East England Hotels

For a meal, a holiday, or for a special event – Jesmond Dene’s House in Newcastle upon Tyne is the place to go.

It’s a beautiful 19th century hotel which looks like it’s straight out of the National Trust catalogue. With a choice of 40 rooms, it is one of the larger boutique hotels, and also one of the very few with family rooms (or indeed where children are allowed). You can take your pick between the rooms and suites or opt for the apartment suite.

The Arts and Crafts hotel includes a restaurant with an AA Rosette and the Great Hall is ideal for your next big event. It will be a venue you will never forget.

Imagine decorating it and making it into the setting for your dream wedding.

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The Great Hall looking stunning for Paul + Ruth’s Wedding today! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Hubbard ❤️🌿

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South West England Hotels

If you are looking for a country holiday and are headed to Devon, the The Pig at Combe is the ultimate country boutique hotel. You may not have your own country home, but this is as close as you are going to get.

While it is a chain of hotels, this manor has a unique feel. You can sit at the rustic wooden table, eating your food sourced from the walled garden whilst looking out onto the estate.

Later you can retreat to your room in the Tudor Manor and relax in front of an open fire.

Eight is the name and the theme of this rather new but already very popular hotel in Bath. Eight rooms, eight dishes for each course.

If you are a bit of a foodie, this will be your heaven. The dishes have been carefully thought out by chef Fred Lavault and change according to the seasons. Plates are sized to work as a first course or main depending on your preference, and you can choose two to three dishes to make your perfect meal and there will be a choice of wines to complement your evening.

You don’t have to travel far for a unique experience. While you may have been to Portsmouth and think you know the city, staying at the Solent Fort will undoubtedly be a brand new adventure!

Your one or two-day Fort Experience can be as adventurous or as relaxing as you want. Spend a weekend getting pampered at the spa, sitting around a fire pit, drinking champagne and doing wine (or rum!) tastings or go on a treasure hunts, go fishing or get stuck in a Fort War Lazer Battle with friends.

South East England Hotels

Looking for a foodie break? Head to Amano. You can stay in one of their four rooms and eat your way through the different menus – from weekday to weekends, dessert and brunch.

As the name suggests, Amano is the place to go for Italian food. From baked aubergines to a roasted leg of lamb, home made pasta and pizza – you can create a two or three course meal or order from the menu.

If you are going for brunch, make sure to browse the brunch drinks menu with a number of prosecco creations.

Eastern England Hotels

In summer or winter, Norfolk is a lovely place to escape for a few days.

If you want a peaceful and quiet setting, The Boathouse is for you. In most of the six rooms you can wake up to a view of the Broads – what better way to start the day?

Even better, you can end the day watching the sun set over the water. If that isn’t a relaxing getaway, then we don’t know what is.

There is an entirely separate wedding venue so if you like the location, think of having your event there.

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West Midlands Hotels

The Edgbaston Hotel in Birmingham, not far from the city centre, now has 20 rooms and is just a 10-minute walk from the centre. You can explore the city during the day and come back to your room in the evening to enjoy a bit of Victorian-style luxury: king sized beds, high ceilings and a freestanding bath.

In the evening, no need to go back into the city, just head to the Art Deco cocktail lounge before having dinner at your hotel.

Full disclosure: This boutique hotel is in Wales but if you are in the Chester area, Gladstone’s Library is so unique, it is worth popping just a few miles across the border.

The residential library is the perfect place to read, relax, or write. What better place to finally get those words on the page than sat among 150,000 books?

The library is open all day and even the rooms are designed for booklovers, with each room being tastefully decorated in the book theme and each housing a mini library of its own. The rooms look like they could be taken straight from your Pinterest board of dream rooms.

East Midlands Hotels

For a summer holiday, there’s nothing better than a place where everyone will find something they enjoy. Stapleford Park Hotel in Leicestershire is exactly that. The luxury golf spa hotel is a perfect family holiday as it is a place for you and your girlfriends to get pampered, for a holiday away with your pooch or for a golfing holiday for the men.

The venue has a number of packages on offer to suit your specific needs, all based at the country house with it’s 500 acre park with lakes.

There are even a few cottages to rent if you are holidaying with a larger group.

Yorkshire Hotels

Get away from your every day life and stress and take a few days to enjoy the Dales National Park. To be at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, head to Brownber Hall – it will be like having your own little (or rather grand) country home.

Brownber Hall Boutique Hotel

Enjoy the view over the Hogwill Fells from your room and be inspired. The activities around this little boutique hotel vary from walking and cycling to wild swimming, bird watching and swimming. The owners will even help you to arrange a tour on horseback if you want to give it a try!

The hotel also has single rooms should you want a little trip on your own.

London Hotels

We all enjoy a little trip to London – be it for shopping or sightseeing or for a night before flying from Heathrow. But there is nothing worse than ending up in a tower block, with city centre noise and no chance to relax.

So instead, head to the The Levin in Knightsbridge. You have a choice of 12 hotel rooms and 9 apartments next door, depending on the length of your stay. Enjoy the elegantly decorated rooms and dining at the restaurant next door (which can be charged to your room) and then head out. You are so close to Harrods and all the shops you could wish for on your London trip.

We hope this guide has provided you with some travel inspiration. Equally, if you’ve found a hidden gem you love, tell us about it in the comments below!

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