Charming hotels, guest houses and spas to stay at whilst exploring the natural beauty of England.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The spa town of Harrogate is a relaxing place to stay after exploring the nearby Yorkshire Dales National Park or the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty.
The Yorkshire Dales is a popular destination for hikers, featuring sights including Swinsty Reservoir, Bolton Abbey and Skipton Castle. The Nidderdale area is home to a large collection of rock formations at Brimham Rocks, a National Trust site.
The 18th Century Crown Hotel is situated in the town centre close to Valley Gardens, Betty’s Tea Room, the Royal Pump Room Museum and Mercer Art Gallery. The Daily Telegraph have said that it boasts a traditional old-world charm. The Beatles have stayed at this hotel.
The Crown Hotel is pet friendly and offers complimentary Wi-Fi.
Valley Gardens covers 17 acres of parkland with a small boating lake, seasonal flower displays and family activities including tennis and crazy golf.
With coves and beaches lining the coastline it is a popular place for coastal walks, kayaking and fishing. Mullion is the largest town on the Lizard peninsula with easy access to the South West Coast Path. The most southerly point on the UK mainland is nearby at Lizard Point and St. Michael’s Mount is approximately 40 minutes away by car.
Pollurion on the Lizard is a contemporary hotel sitting on the Cornish cliffs, boasting panoramic sea views guests can see across Mount’s Bay. Other highlights include 12 acres of landscaped gardens, leisure facilities, spa treatments, a restaurant offering vegan and gluten free options, Cornish cream teas, dog stay options and free Wi-Fi.
Close to the Cotswolds is the peacefully located Greenway Hotel and Spa. A stone archway leads guests into the 16th Century Elizabethan manor house with wooden flooring and an open fireplace. The grounds consist of a large garden, walk through yew hedges, a croquet lawn and a lily pond.
As a member of ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ the hotel is home to a 3 AA Rosette restaurant and a spa with a sauna, al fresco hot tub and a hydrotherapy pool.
Cheltenham has been described by Lonely Planet to be home to graceful buildings and manicured squares. It is also home to the famous Cheltenham racecourse.
Windermere, The Lake District
Situated in Cumbria, Windermere is home to the largest natural lake in England. As an area of the Lake District National Park it is surrounded by hills, mountains, walking trails and various land and water activities.
The restored 19th Century, Victorian era guesthouse of Ravensworth is close by. Guests are able to access their library, stocked with local walking guides for hikers and sightseers.
Other nearby areas of interest include the summit of Orrest Head, the lake cruises of Ullswater and the World of Beatrix Potter museum.
New Forest, Hampshire
Proclaimed to be a royal forest by William the Conqueror the New Forest covers areas of Hampshire and Wiltshire. The National Park is home to many species of wildlife including owls and otters, trees and plants. There are also various walking and cycling trails, places of interest and museums.
The largest village within the New Forest is Brokenhurst. There, is the 17th Century Thatched Cottage Hotel, built during the reign of Charles I in 1627.