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The 17 best country house hotels in the UK for a luxury retreat |

When it comes to the best country house hotels in the world, nowhere comes close to the UK. Steeped in history and grandeur, these iconic properties each have a story to tell. From manor houses to refurbished inns and grand stately homes, these country house hotels offer sumptuous interiors, world-class food, and glorious natural surroundings. 

Offering some of the best UK staycations, a visit to one of these country house hotels is the chance to relax and recharge during a peaceful rural retreat. Naturally, spa breaks and county house hotels go hand in hand, and many of the hotels in our edit are home to the most-coveted spas in the UK. Some of these high-end country house hotels are among best luxury hotels in the world, with the likes of Cliveden House and Heckfield Place hosting A-List celebrities from across the globe. 

These UK weekend getaway destinations are often nestled in remote parts of the English countryside, with rolling hills, acres of unspoiled lands, vast lakes, and woodlands on their doorsteps – making them the perfect base for a nature holiday in the UK. Many of the hotels on our list offer special packages, from wellness to historical tours, as well as nature-based activities like paddle boarding and foraging for food.

In order to determine which hotels are worth the trip, we considered hundreds of online reviews, along with our own personal insights, to curate a definitive list of the best country house hotels in the UK, ranging from more affordable to super luxe. These are the best country house hotels across England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

17 best country house hotels in the UK

1. Storrs Hall, Windermere

Price per night: rom £260

Google rating: 4.6/5

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Hundreds of hotels are closing as energy crisis hits home | Travel

Hotels, pubs and restaurants are facing the biggest crisis in living memory, according to the UK Hospitality trade association, with one in ten properties at risk of closure over the winter, partly as a result of the energy crisis.

The latest Hospitality Market Monitor from the market researchers CGA and the management consultants AlixPartners shows that 2,230 licensed premises closed down between June and September, which translates to an average of 24 per day.

Recent casualties include Crockers in Henley, Surrey; the popular Fox Hall Inn in Richmond, North Yorkshire; the Great House hotel in Lavenham, Suffolk; and the art deco Aberdeen Northern Hotel. In Chester the Bridge Street Townhouse hotel has been mothballed for a year in an attempt to save the business, with its owner, Steve Hesketh, blaming the continuing staffing crisis, rising energy and service costs and the impact of Brexit.

Crockers at Henley, which was included in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Stay list for 2020, has been forced to close

Crockers at Henley, which was included in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Stay list for 2020, has been forced to close

“Energy prices rose by up to 200 per cent in the first quarter and by up to 400 per cent in the second,” said the UK Hospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls. But even though gas prices have seen sharp falls — from £6.70 per therm in August to £1.80 last week — some analysts say that the pressure on operating costs is unlikely to ease before 2024.

“Room rates rose by around 10 per cent in June,” Nicholls said, “but with overall costs now up by around 18 per cent and rising, half of our members are not breaking even, and that’s not sustainable. We will inevitably see more closures — potentially one in ten — in the independent sector this winter.”

Survival strategies include taking rooms or entire floors off sale, reducing

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