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Gorgeous stately home hotels in the UK to rival Downton Abbey

By , 21st September 2015

Thanks to the Downton Abbey’s international success, the number of visitors to stately home hotels has surged – and plenty of them offer overnight accommodation.

If you fancy living like a lord for a night or two – and why wouldn’t you? – we’ve compiled a list of the six best stately home hotels in the UK, with gorgeous perks like four-poster beds, open fires and beautiful grounds.


A stately home hotel that was once a Tudor mansion

Luton Hoo | Luton

Once a Tudor mansion, then a neoclassical country house, this stately home had a string of titled owners before it was turned into a five-star hotel a few years ago.

Spread luxuriously over 1,065 acres, the hotel is also home to a spa, a fishing lake and a golf course.

Each of the rooms is fully air-conditioned and authentically styled in keeping with the decoration of the original house. Bedrooms in the Mansion House include a balcony and boast stunning views of the beautiful Italianate gardens.

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A stately home in a secluded 34-acre estate

Cromlix House | Dunblane

In early 2013, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray purchased this grand-turreted stately home, a Victorian Mansion set in 34 secluded acres three miles from his hometown of Dunblane.

Following extensive refurbishment, the Cromlix reopened in spring last year as a five-star 15-bedroom hotel and Gate Lodge complete with a tennis court which gleams in Wimbledon’s patented purple livery.

Guests can indulge themselves at the Chez Roux restaurant, offering gourmet yet affordable cuisine. The Cromlix has a traditionally Scottish style, complete with open fires, thick pile carpets, a whiskey room and a grand games room, where mounted stags heads adorn the walls.

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A stately home hotel with a spa and country club

Stoke Park | Stoke Poges

Founded in 1908, this stately home is a country club, spa and hotel spread over a 300-acre private estate seven miles from Heathrow Airport.

The hotel has 49 rooms and suites and offers three dining options including the 3 AA Rosette-awarded Humphrys, which serves modern British cuisine with a twist.

Guests can unwind in the treatment room spa, whilst sports enthusiasts can make use of the club’s thirteen tennis courts and go for a knock on the 27-hole Championship golf course.

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A stately home with two swimming pools

Bovey Castle | Moretonhampstead

A castle only by name, this lovingly-restored, Art Deco-revival stately home has huge stone fireplaces, ornate panelling and soaring ceilings.

The 66 texture-rich rooms are brimming with classic character and offer sweeping views of the surrounding moorland. Guests can relax in the hotel’s full-service spa and work out in the gym and two swimming pools.

The traditional 18-hole golf course, designed by JF Abercomby in the 1920s, meanders through the 275 acres of Dartmoor National Park estate.

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A stately home hotel with an on-site equestrian centre

Coworth Park | Ascot

Over 240 acres of grounds, this stately home offers high-end Georgian style with an air of quietly confident grandeur.

A gently equestrian theme runs throughout the hotel, a neat nod to the region’s horseracing heritage. Guests can participate in numerous activities, with tennis courts, an equestrian centre and polo academy all on site.

All of the rooms are spacious and decked out in calming whites and creams with grand garden views as well as lots of natural light. This versatile country house hotel makes for an idyllic romantic retreat and is perfect for families seeking an adventurous break.

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A stately home hotel with a Michelin-starred chef

Cliveden House | Taplow

Set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland, Cliveden House and Spa is one of the stateliest of stately-home hotels.

For more than three centuries it has been home to English nobility, and every king and queen since George I has undertaken residence at Cliveden.

This elegant hotel boasts classically decorated rooms, filled with antiques, Persian rugs and old oil paintings, with wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames. Guests can enjoy haute cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef André Garrett.

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A stately home hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant

Retreat to Lucknam Park for a weekend break of pure bliss. This elegant hotel in the Cotswolds boasts 42 individually styled rooms, an exquisite spa and wellness centre, a Michelin starred restaurant – Hywel Jones – and 500 acres of parkland complete with an equestrian centre and a cookery school – something for everyone!

When you aren’t riding through the grounds or cooking up a storm, you can enjoy the calm and quiet of your delightful room. All the bedrooms at Lucknam Park are styled with unique key features and refined English furnishings. From the classic rooms to the Grand Master Suite you’ll find touches of country elegance, plush upholstery and modern amenities to ensure you enjoy a 5-star experience.

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A stately home hotel that dates back to the 11th century

De Vere Tortworth Estate | Wotton-under-Edge

A Grade-II listed country hotel, this gorgeous manor house dates back to the 11th century and has been the Ducie family home for the past 350 years. Located on the southern fringes of the Cotswolds, this is rural England’s food capital, never short of fresh local produce waiting to be turned into delicious gourmet cuisine.

The hotel, like the building, is on a grand scale. Having recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, the décor is a delicate balance of original period features and modern comforts. The dining room features sumptuous velvet upholstery, crystal chandeliers, and frescoed ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounded by oak panelling.

The Cotswolds hotel also features access to a gym, indoor pool and spa should you fancy treating yourself to a massage or simply winding down in the Jacuzzi.

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A stately home hotel just 45 minutes from London

Down Hall Country House | Bishop’s Stortford

A short 45 minute drive from London, Down Hall Country House is set amongst 110 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland. Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion boasts a lavish interior complete with ornate ceilings, crystal chandeliers and luxurious period furniture.

The newly refurbished Executive Rooms are an oasis of calm and allow guests to relax in the mansion’s historical setting whilst enjoying the hotel’s outstanding restaurant and spa.

After a stroll through the estates beautifully landscaped gardens, experience Down Hall’s traditional Afternoon Tea, where you can sample the home-made scones, delicious cakes and finger sandwiches.

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