England’s Fine Stately Retreats Fit for a Queen
“Great hospitality is the key to Pride of Britain’s longstanding reputation for excellence. Our Stately Retreats are a collection of never more than 50 independent, mostly family-owned hotels in some of the most beautiful locations around the British Isles. Each has its own distinctive style and character, and all are run by people with a passion for great hospitality, verging on obsession.” ~ Pride of Britain Hotels
Let’s face it, meeting royal etiquette is no easy task! But set across the British Isles are Pride of Britain’s stately retreats and hotels fit for the Queen. And Pride of Britain says, “Our member hotels are located throughout Britain, ideally positioned for exploring the stunning countryside and coastlines, immersing yourself in history or delving deep into the heart of our bustling towns and cities.” Lets take a look at these A-list retreats that hit the mark:
Stately Retreats, Hartwell House
Once home to Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France, and a training ground for British and American forces during the Second World War, Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire is steeped in history. Downton Abbey’s creator, Julian Fellowes, recently stayed at the breath-taking Grade I listed 17th century stately home which is set in 90 acres of gardens and lush parkland adorned with historic statues. A night’s stay at Hartwell House costs from £230 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the spa. Call Pride of Britain Hotels.
Stately Retreats, Bodysgallen Hall and Spa
Situated above the perfectly-preserved Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, is the Grade I listed country house Bodysgallen Hall and Spa. Set in 200 acres of wooded parkland with views of Conwy Castle, its gardens are spectacular and include enchanting follies, a walled garden, herb parterre and a rockery. There are also two restaurants, a 50-foot swimming pool, six treatment rooms, spa bath, steam room and sauna. A night’s stay at Bodysgallen Hall costs from £179 per room (two sharing) including breakfast. Call Pride of Britain Hotels.
Stately Retreats, Bovey Castle
Situated in the spectacular Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle is a glamorous Devonshire retreat with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. An ambitious refurbishment has recently transformed the hotel’s two restaurants: The Great Western fine dining restaurant now pays homage to the glamour of a bygone era and is named in tribute of the railway company which opened Bovey Castle in 1930, and the relaxed Smith’s Brasserie is named after the estate’s 19th century owner, WH Smith. With 63 luxurious bedrooms and 22 stylish self-catering lodges, the hotel also has an Art Deco-inspired spa, 18-hole golf course and a busy programme of activities ranging from falconry to cider and sloe gin-making. A night’s stay at Bovey Castle costs from £179 per room (two sharing), on a room-only basis.
Stately Retreats, Eastwell Manor
Set in a 3,000 acre estate at the foot of the North Downs in Kent, Eastwell Manor was home to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s son, Prince Alfred, for 20 years and there are photographs in the manor house which show Queen Victoria visiting him there on many occasions. Today, it’s the ideal place for a relaxing break; enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the panelled drawing room in front of the fire, stretch your legs in the formal rose gardens or indulge in some modern-day pampering in the spa. A night’s stay at Eastwell Manor costs from £160 per night (two sharing), including full English breakfast and full use of the spa facilities.
Stately Retreats, Luton Hoo
Less than an hour north of London, Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire is a grand, Grade I listed mansion house hotel, with extensive Capability Brown-designed grounds which include formal gardens, a 50-acre lake, tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course and a spa housed in the former stable block. Inside, the bedrooms are beautifully furnished, as are the impressive state suites, some with four-poster beds, lavish drapes and fabrics, opulent furniture and magnificent chandeliers. A night’s stay at Luton Hoo costs from £320 per room (two sharing), including traditional English breakfast and full use of the spa facilities. Call Pride of Britain Hotels.
Stately Retreats, Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Middlethorpe Hall and Spa is a beautifully restored William III country house, overlooking 20 acres of manicured gardens. Owned by the National Trust, the hotel is particularly magical in autumn and winter with its roaring log fires and candlelit rooms amidst a backdrop of antiques and fine paintings. The spa houses an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, sauna and several beauty salons as well as a gym. A night’s stay at Middlethorpe Hall costs from £199 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast.
Stately Retreats, The Goring
The Royal Suite at The Goring in London is the ultimate luxury when it comes to sleeping in the city. Spanning the entire length of the hotel, the suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus sitting and dining rooms. Walls are adorned in fine silks identical to those which lined the Titanic’s first-class dining room and which currently grace Buckingham Palace’s Throne Room. The hotel boasts one of the largest private gardens in the capital – surrounded by pretty flower borders, and croquet can be played on the central lawn. A night’s stay in the Royal Suite costs from £8,400 including breakfast and the amazing Royal Suite amenities which include chauffeur-driven cars, luxury drinks cabinet, personalised notepaper, flowers and personally-chosen gifts.