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An English Country House Hotel: What to expect during your stay

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English Country House Hotels

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 which 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 read reviews and to book –

Dormy House Hotel

Top Notch Bedroom

indoor swimming pool


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Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa

Located in New Milton, Hampshire.

Part of the Relais & Chateau group and delivering high-end luxury, Chewton Glen gives you the choice of traditionally decorated bedrooms and suites or their 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 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.

To read reviews and to book –

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Deluxe Hotel Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Seating Area

Chewton Glenn Garden Terrace area

The Grounds at Chewton Glenn Hotel

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South Lodge

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 adds 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 read reviews and to book –

South Lodge Hotel

Seating in the garden

south Down views from hotel

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Angela Price

Angie is a full-time travel writer with over 30 years of travel experience. She has always had a passion for travel, and after a 3-month world trip with her 18-year-old son, she created her popular travel blog to share her adventures with a wider audience. When Angie is at home in the UK, she enjoys exploring the English countryside, visiting castles and gardens and planning her next big adventure. Her motto is "Live Life Wandering not Wondering".

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1 year ago

What beautiful choices! My favourite is Chewton Glen Hotel. With so many options for spa, sauna and hydrotherapy plus the tennis and golf facilities, you really do not have to step outside this property to have a fabulous time! 🙂

Reply to  Jan
1 year ago

Not forgetting the beach just a stones throw away if like you say you can tear yourself away from the hotel.

1 year ago

Oh wow, this looks absolutly amazing!
What a luxurious place to stay, I bet you cant wait to go back 🙂

Reply to  Ann
1 year ago

I am actually at South Lodge again today. It is so wonderful.

1 year ago

Oh I’m just drooling. Would love to stay in any of these! One day maybe . . . . .

Reply to  Alison
1 year ago

Fingers crossed 😃

Candy Wafford
1 year ago

All of these accommodations look dreamy! The Cotswolds has recently made it on my radar and now I’m itching to go!

Reply to  Candy Wafford
1 year ago

You won’t be disappointed it’s a wonderful part of England.

1 year ago

They have such cozy rooms! I’ll surely see if I can give them a try next time I visit England

Amy Tull
Amy Tull
1 year ago

What lovely accommodations! We’ll have to try one of these next time we travel to England.

1 year ago

These are all just lovely. We really are lucky in the UK to have so much quality accommodation to choose from. I’ve not stayed in any of them, but we’re heading to The Cotswolds in a few weeks so it would be great to check out Dormy House Hotel. Thanks for the recommendations.

Reply to  Nicky
1 year ago

Even if you don’t stay at Dormy pop in for a meal either there or at their sister hotel The Fish (just down the road) both are fabulous. Have a great time in the Cotswolds.

Sue Davies
Sue Davies
1 year ago

Staying in an English Country estate is something I have never done. It sounds appealing (Downton Abbey fan here). The South Lodge would probably be my choice, but they all look good.

Reply to  Sue Davies
1 year ago

Funnily enough we are going back to South Lodge next week for a post-valentine treat 🥰

Nancy Hann
1 year ago

Wow! What magical places! Thank you so much for sharing about these small but wonderful hotels. I would much prefer a place like these than a massive hotel chain in the middle of the city. I could sit for days in these spaces.

Reply to  Nancy Hann
1 year ago

There are so many hotels like these around the UK we are very lucky 😃

Wendy Lee
1 year ago

Ok, after just visiting the Cotswolds, my choice would be Dormy House. I absolutely loved Broadway, so how perfect to stay nearby. And the hotel looks awesome. What a fun post!

Reply to  Wendy Lee
1 year ago

Dormy is my favourite. They also have 2 sister hotels on the estate which are also fabulous and I have stayed in their Shepherds huts that are situated in woods. Fantastic.

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