Where to stay in England? There’s a bewildering number of accommodation options including 5-Star luxury hotels and spas in stunning scenery, the latest chic boutique city hotels, comfortable family-run guesthouses and b&bs, cosy country cottages, pubs and inns, restaurants with rooms, and many more choices besides.
We’ve been travelling around England for many years now, and have found some of the best of those hotels and other accommodation options to recommend to you. In the majority of cases we’ve stayed in them, so the reviews are from personal experience.
We’ve deliberately highlighted the places likely to be most popular with people wanting to travel beyond London to see the best of England – the Cotswolds, Shakespeare Country, the beautiful South West, the Lake District, East Anglia, and England’s other lovely regions
One of our favourite ways of enjoying England is to rent a country cottage. They’re much cheaper than staying in hotels, especially if there are several of you travelling together, and having a permanent base is usually much more relaxing. Most companies rent cottages by the week, but an increasing number are now being more flexible and doing shorter rentals too. England’s a fairly small country, don’t forget, and you can cover a lot of ground quite quickly.
The New Inn, Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire
The Old Bell, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
THE EAST OF ENGLAND
Byfords, Holt, Norfolk
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HOTELS NEAR LONDON GATWICK AIRPORT
London Gatwick Airport Hotels
THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
Northcote Manor Hotel, near Blackburn
The Lake District
The Best Spas in the Lake District
Hotels near Manchester Airport
The City Inn, Manchester
Vincent Hotel, Southport
Newcastle upon Tyne
Jesmond Dene House
The Walls B&B, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Simonstone Hall near Hawes, Yorkshire Dales
West Park Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Four-Star and Five-Star Hotels in York
Hotels in Stratford’s Shakespeare Country
THE SOUTH WEST
The Copse B&B, Brushford, near Dulverton
Lovelynch Barn, Milverton, Somerset
North Cliff Hotel, Lynton, Devon
Rezare Farmhouse B&B, Rezare, Launceston, Cornwall
Middle Cottage, West Knighton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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