Updated May 2022
What can you expect with a stay at one of the most luxurious English Country House Hotels? Take a moment to close your eyes and let me set the scene.
You drive along the leafy English lanes with your favourite music playing. You turn down a private gravel driveway that opens up to reveal a beautiful country house hotel. A private dwelling in past years is now a unique and luxurious place for guests to stay.
This scene is the epitome of a stay in the English countryside where you could be forgiven for thinking you were staying at a friend’s property, due to the relaxed and serene atmosphere that radiates from the house.
With manicured gardens and parking beneath an old oak tree, you make your way inside to witness the fusion of modern and traditional styling and look forward to a relaxing stay.
I have listed my current three favourite English Country House Hotels so that you may enjoy them as well.
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Dormy House Hotel and Spa
Located in the Cotswolds, Worcestershire.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World it offers rural chic with its muted interiors, sumptuous bedrooms and mouth-watering cuisine. If you are looking for a romantic stay or celebrating a special birthday, as I was, then choose one of the “Top Notch” rooms and sample an 8-course tasting menu at the newly opened restaurant, MO.
Situated in rolling countryside, you can walk into the town of Broadway or to Dormy’s sister hotel, The Fish. If you are just too enamoured to leave the estate, then book a spa treatment and just unwind beside the tranquil indoor pool.
My score for this English Country House Hotel would be 10/10 because I loved the styling of the bedroom and the charm of Dormy House. Try a cocktail in the snug after dinner, a perfect ending to your day.
To Book a Stay head to the Dormy House Website
Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa
Located in New Milton, Hampshire.
One of the most beautiful English country house hotels managed by the Relais & Chateau group and delivering high-end luxury is Chewton Glen. This one-of-a-kind luxury hotel gives you the choice of traditionally decorated bedrooms and suites or landmark treehouses. It has gone that one step further to provide you with a varied selection depending on what you want from your stay.
A walk through the estate will lead you through local woods and down to the beach while a short drive will take you into the New Forest where you can search for the wild ponies that roam there freely.
The Dining Room offers a mouthwatering menu featuring the finest and freshest ingredients. The spa area is an incredible space and features a 17m indoor pool, a hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam rooms. But don’t forget the tennis courts and golf course should you want to venture outdoors for something more energetic.
My score for this English Country House Hotel would be 10/10 because I loved the size of the spa area and all the facilities it had to offer.
Book Your Stay at Chewton Glen on Booking.com
South Lodge Hotel and Spa
Located in Horsham, East Sussex.
South Lodge offers a traditional country stay mixed with the ultra-modern facilities of the newly opened Spa.
Traditional rooms are located in the older part of the house and offer ceiling beams and four-poster beds. Original sash windows give you sensational views across the 93 acres of parkland to the South Downs. Sumptuous fabrics and antique furnishings create individuality in each room while the luxurious handmade mattresses promise a good night’s sleep.
The Camellia dining room is a formal restaurant offering mouthwatering dishes at a 2 AA rosette standard. The Pass is an award-winning restaurant offering six or eight-course menus focusing on the use of fresh seasonal ingredients. Botanica is located within the spa and provides an informal setting focusing on a mainly plant-based Mediterranean menu.
The luxury spa is a new £15m addition that puts the hotel in a league all of its own. A sauna and steam rooms lead from the large indoor pool area complete with comfy beds. The outdoor hydrotherapy pool and the unique concept swim pond add a modern dimension to this traditional country hotel.
My score for this English Country House Hotel would be 10/10 for its location, views and the luxury spa area.
Looking for somewhere to visit in the area? Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is only a short drive away from South Lodge.
To Book a Stay head to South Lodge and Spa’s Website