Friday, 12 February 2016

Boutique Britain

Whether you retreat to the seaside or enjoy a bustling city, there is no doubt Britain’s hotels and inns will welcome you in style

For those seeking a sensational city break, the luxury AB ode hotel, in the heart of Glasgow, combines traditional architecture with contemporary design. The centrepiece is the magnificent gilded Art Deco lift. If beach-side bliss is your preference, the Hotel Tresanton sits in the pretty fishing village of St Mawes in Cornwall. All rooms enjoy sea views and are individually furnished with antiques and Cornish art.

house-590-2The lobby of Knightsbridge’s The Levin has warm teal hues

Located in Suffolk on Ipswich Marina, each room at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel has a unique, contemporary, urban style and offers great waterfront views.

house-590-3Olga Polizzi’s Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall was formerly the Tresanton yacht club. Rooms are furnished with antiques and local Cornish art. Guests can relax on the Moroccaninspired terrace, which overlooks Falmouth Bay

Former gentleman’s hunting lodge Randy Pike is situated on the Wray Castle estate and is so beautiful you won’t want to leave. With bright and colourful rooms, super-king-size beds, and shower rooms and bathrooms the size of a small county, it’s real Lake District luxury.

house-590-5Dormy House, a 17th-century Cotswold farmhouse, uses earth tones to create a relaxing space

The Pig On The Beach – at Studland on Dorset’s beautiful coastline – offers shepherd-hut chic. The hut has a double bed, log burner and free-standing bath.

house-590-6The Folly at The Packhorse Inn in Newmarket is a double bedroom with king-size chrome bed, luxurious rugs and throws, and a rich peacock-blue decor

In the heart of historic Cambridge, Duke House has five en-suite bedrooms and one self-catering apartment. Many of the rooms retain original features such as wooden shutters and brass fittings. One of the rooms even has a private balcony.

If country-pub chic is your thing, The Packhorse Inn, Newmarket, is ideal. A traditional pub at the heart of the community, the eight-bedroom inn exudes relaxed grandeur.

house-590-7Left: The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich oozes comfy-chic decor, vintage furniture and eclectic art. Right: Randy Pike, on the Wray Castle estate, Ambleside, has swish suites, such as the Rococo-style Vallely Suite

For a capital break, the Levin Hotel in Knightsbridge has much to offer. The 12 bedrooms are fully air-conditioned, have fine Egyptian cotton bedding and luxurious bathrooms with underfloor heating.

house-590Harry’s Hut, part of Pig On The Beach in Dorset, is two converted shepherd huts, in shabby-chic style

An idyllic rural retreat awaits at 17thcentury Dormy House, with log fires, sumptuous interiors and views of the Cotswolds.

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