The Inspector reveals Britain’s most romantic hotels

The Inspector is not easy to please: he has a thing about windows that don t open; he prefers baths to showers; and those self-service toasters drive him batty. But when it comes to romance combined with friendly service and simply cooked fresh food, he s on cloud nine. So, with Valentine s Day looming, here is his choice of the ten most romantic hotels in Britain…

Isle of Eriska, Oban, Scotland

Reached by a rickety bridge from the mainland, there are 16 rooms in the main house but for adulterated romance, go for one of the five spa suites with your own garden and hot tub.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

For adulterated romance, go for one of the five spa suites with your own garden and hot tub

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

Reached by a rickety bridge from the mainland, there are 16 rooms at this Isle of Eriska retreat

Badgers come to the front steps of the hotel for milk and bread at night, and there s a resident otter. So go wild, inside and out.

Isle of Eriska, Benderloch, Oban, Argyll PA37 1SD (01631 720371, eriska-hotel.co.uk1). Doubles from 370, dinner and B&B.

Cliveden, Taplow, Berkshire

The Profumo/Keeler scandal hangs lustfully in the air here on the banks of the Thames. Intrigue is everywhere. You even have Nancy Astor (the formidable U.S. divorcee who told Churchill if she were his wife she d poison his coffee) watching proceedings via a John Singer Sargent portrait in the Great Hall.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

Cliveden in Taplow, Berkshire does not come cheap but offers ultimate luxury and rich heritage

Superb service and sumptuous rooms. Not cheap, but take your love interest here and he or she will know you re serious.

Cliveden, Taplow, Berkshire SL6 OJF (01628 668561, clivedenhouse.co.uk2). Doubles from 300 room only.

Llangoed Hall, Brecon, Wales

This is a magnificent stately pile once owned by Sir Bernard Ashley, husband of Laura. Sir Bernard s art collection is still here. You won t find any duvets on the beds it s all crisp linen sheets and silk-edged blankets, with Penhaligon smellies in the bathrooms.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

Llangoed Hall, Brecon, Wales was once owned by Sir Bernard Ashley, husband of Laura

With views across the Black Mountains and inspired cooking in the kitchen, a night here will add garnish to any relationship.

Llangoed Hall, Llyswen, Brecon, Powys LD3 OYP (01874 754525, llangoedhall.co.uk3). Doubles from 150 B&B.

Fishermen s Huts, Whitstable, Kent

Cockle fishermen used to store their tools in these 150-year-old huts. They ve been converted into charming terraced cottages, with upstairs rooms that look out to sea.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

Cockle fishermen used to store their tools in these 150-year-old huts – now they have been decked out for customers looking for unique romance

Whatever the weather, you ll be snug as a bug in a rug. Fall asleep to the sound of rigging tapping against masts and wake to a chorus of seagulls. Two deckchairs are parked near the door symbols of British optimism. The huts are part of the Hotel Continental, a ten-minute walk away. But you might not want to stray that far.

Hotel Continental, 29 Beach Walk, Whitstable, Kent CT5 2BP (01227 280280, hotelcontinental.co.uk4). Doubles from 85 B&B.

The Gunton Arms, North Norfolk

A former lodge on the edge of a 1,000-acre deer park, this is bucolic Norfolk at its best with dollops of irreverence thrown in, thanks to some saucy Tracey Emin artwork in the bar.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

The Gunton Arms, North Norfolk is a former lodge on the edge of a 1,000-acre deer park

There are eight seductive rooms designed by Robert Kime. A roaring fire (even at breakfast) is ablaze in the main dining room. Passions will be stoked, and there s lots of fresh air to clear the head next morning.

The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norwich NR11 8TZ (01263 832010, theguntonarms.co.uk5). Doubles from 95 B&B.

The Great House, Lavenham, Suffolk

Regis and Martine Crepy have been in charge of this French institution for 30 years. The front door will make you go weak at the knees, and by the time dinner comes along (served by gorgeous French waiters and waitresses), you ll be purring with affection for your date.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

Dinner, and interestingly, the front door are attractions not to be missed at The Great House in Suffolk

Breakfast will make you think you re in Lyon, while medieval Lavenham waits outside. Heady stuff.

The Great House, Market Place, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QZ (01787 247 431 greathouse.co.uk6). Doubles from 129 B&B.

Sign Of The Angel, Lacock, Wiltshire

The village of Lacock is almost entirely owned by the National Trust, and the list of films (including Pride And Prejudice and Harry Potter) shot here is endless.

This rambling inn dates back to the 15th century. There are just six creaking rooms.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

This rambling inn dates back to the 15th century. There are just six creaking rooms. You will soon feel suitably detached from the real world, not least because the prices haven t quite caught up with 2016, thank goodness.

Sign Of The Angel, Church Street, Lacock, Wiltshire SN15 2LB (01249 730230, lacock.co.uk7). Doubles from 120 B&B.

Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire

Run by the redoubtable Imogen Skirving, this much-loved Georgian family home is all about making you feel at ease with yourself, and with the person you re with.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

The Georgian home of Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire makes The Inspector’s top ten

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

The Zelter Townhouse in London offers a rooftop room with private outside bathtub

Darling Dame Barbara Cartland used to stay here with her Pekingese, and there s a room named after her.

Langar Hall, Langar, Nottinghamshire NG13 9HG (01949 860559, langarhall.com8). Doubles from 110 B&B.

Zetter Townhouse, London

Splash out on the rooftop room and a private outside bathtub is included. Dive downstairs to the sultry bar and order an outrageous cocktail, followed by another, and before you know it that four-poster will be calling you both back upstairs.

The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, 28-30 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JB (020 7324 4544, thezettertownhouse.com9). Doubles from 258 per night.

The Gilpin Hotel, Cumbria

Check into one of the cedar-clad lodges, light the fire, select something sultry on the sound system and sparks will fly.

If you need to pull out any more rabbits from this princely hat then invite the spa people to turn your room into a personal treatment space.

The joys of Lake Windermere are on the doorstep and the food is top-notch.

The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Crock Road, Windermere LA23 3NE (015394 88818, thegilpin.co.uk10).

Doubles from 255 B&B.

The Inspector Reveals Britain's Most Romantic Hotels

The Gilpin Hotel in Cumbria has a number of cedar-clad lodges offering that romantic and relaxed feel

References

  1. ^ eriska-hotel.co.uk (eriska-hotel.co.uk)
  2. ^ clivedenhouse.co.uk (clivedenhouse.co.uk)
  3. ^ llangoedhall.co.uk (llangoedhall.co.uk)
  4. ^ hotelcontinental.co.uk (hotelcontinental.co.uk)
  5. ^ theguntonarms.co.uk (theguntonarms.co.uk)
  6. ^ greathouse.co.uk (greathouse.co.uk)
  7. ^ lacock.co.uk (lacock.co.uk)
  8. ^ langarhall.com (langarhall.com)
  9. ^ thezettertownhouse.com (thezettertownhouse.com)
  10. ^ thegilpin.co.uk (thegilpin.co.uk)

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