Situated on the southern edge of the Lake District, overlooking the expanse of Morecambe Bay, Abbot Hall Hotel is a charming country hotel with a relaxed environment.
It is believed that the monks of Furness Abbey bought the land and built the first Abbot Hall in or around 1160. The present mansion, nestling in the hamlet of Kents Bank, was built in 1840 and now boasts a wide range of facilities, including a 15m heated indoor swimming pool and a children’s adventure area.
For those relaxing at the hotel, there are well-appointed lounges. Diners are offered a delicious choice of home-cooked dishes, with locally-sourced produce where possible. There are also five self-catering pine lodges in the grounds – so there really is something for everyone.
Abbot Hall Hotel is located on the edge of Morecambe Bay on the Furness Peninsula, near to the pretty Edwardian resort of Grange-over- Sands. The bay and the countryside around the hotel are fascinating places, especially for nature enthusiasts. A tremendous range of birds can be seen, and there are several nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest. Just to the north lies the majestic Lake District, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The foot of Windermere is just a 15-minute drive away and the hotel is an ideal base for exploring the stunning Cumbrian scenery – whether it’s getting out for some serious fell-walking, or just finding a cosy tea-shop or somewhere to admire the view and let the world drift by. And with stately homes and gardens, steam engines, and historic attractions all close by, you’ll never be short of something to do.
Originally built in the 1850s and set in nine acres of wooded gardens on the Welsh-English border, Lindors Country House Hotel is a majestic place to find peace and tranquillity. Sitting above the valley of the River Wye, the hotel offers exquisite gardens with waterfalls and pools. Inside, there are comfortable lounges and crackling log fires in the winter.
You will enjoy fine dining during your stay at Lindors Country House Hotel, and wellappointed bedrooms that offer the modern amenities you’d expect at such a top-class hotel.
There are also five wonderful pine lodges in the grounds offering the choice of selfcatering, or you can enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.
The Welsh – English borderlands around Lindors Country House Hotel are steeped in heritage and history. Offa’s Dyke – named after the 8th Century Mercian king who ordered its construction – runs up the Wye Valley from Chepstow in the south to Monmouth at the northern end and beyond.
There are numerous castles to be found nearby, including Chepstow, Goodrich and Raglan, and the majestic ruins of Tintern Abbey are just a few miles down river – a centre for the Cistercian order from the 1100s until the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid-1500s.
To the east lies the wooded expanse of the Royal Forest of Dean, a royal hunting forest since before the Norman invasion and a centre of iron-working since Roman times. Its unusual blend of nature and industry makes for a fascinating area to explore
The majestic Georgian mansion of Sidholme Hotel, built in 1826, sits in idyllic grounds in the Regency seaside town of Sidmouth.
Inside the resplendent building is the jewel in the crown – a stunning Victorian music room added in 1848, with fine chandeliers and recently restored Gothic-style organ.
As well as welcoming bedrooms and lounges, there is a lot to do for the more active guest. There is a heated indoor swimming pool, a snooker room, table tennis and spacious landscaped grounds, containing many rare species of tropical plants and trees.
With its proximity to the Jurassic Coastline World Heritage site and East Devon’s charming countryside, Sidholme Hotel is perfect for your short break or holiday.
Sidmouth has been a popular seaside resort since Regency times and it’s very easy to see why. Nestling between majestic red cliffs at the end of the beautiful Sid valley, the town boasts delightful gardens, leisurely walks and wonderful beaches.
The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site extends west as far as Exmouth and east into Dorset, and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompasses the surrounding countryside. The wild expanse of Dartmoor is just a short drive away, and the historic city of Exeter lies just to the west, with its impressive cathedral and fascinating underground passages dating back to mediæval times.
There are a host of historic sites within easy reach, including the National Trust properties of Knightshayes and the Killerton Estate with their impressive gardens and expansive grounds.
This superb 19th century manor house, built by Sir Edward Hain, offers you fantastic views across Carbis Bay in the award-winning Cornish coastal resort of St Ives. Set in beautiful gardens, Treloyhan Manor Hotel offers a range of superb bedrooms, free private parking, and delicious home-cooked cuisine with an emphasis on local produce from its fully licensed restaurant, including traditional Cornish cream teas.
The hotel is close to internationally acclaimed sandy beaches and picturesque villages, and you can enjoy the wealth of tourist attractions that this tranquil part of Cornwall has to offer. Hotel facilities include flat-screen televisions and free wi-fi, pool table and table tennis for your enjoyment.
The far south-west peninsula of Cornwall could almost be another country. It basks in an all together warmer climate – allowing plants to grow here that would struggle in most other parts of Britain – and enjoys warmer waters lapping at its abundance of sandy beaches and crashing into its dramatic coves.
A European centre of tin-mining since before even Roman times, there is a wealth of history and heritage embedded in the land, not to mention its fair share of myths and legends. If ‘those feet’ really did walk upon England’s mountains green, Cornwall is the most likely place they would have set down. What is more certain is that they were followed by those of John Wesley in the late 1700s.
Now, millions of feet make the journey along the peninsula each year as Cornwall remains one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations.
This magnificent 18th century Grade II* listed castle is set in sixty acres of grounds, ranging from grassy meadows to limestone crags. Commissioned by the great industrialist, Sir Richard Arkwright, Willersley was completed in 1796. Its most striking feature is the Well Gallery – an oval gallery with a glass dome situated in the centre of the building, with cantilevered galleries on the first and second floors.
The grand building overlooks the picturesque River Derwent and stands on the edge of the stunning Peak District National Park. It is also at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
There is a lot to enjoy in the stately surroundings of the hotel, such as a 15 metre indoor swimming pool, boules court and impressive parkland grounds.
The area around Willersley Castle Hotel offers everything from industrial heritage to stately houses and breath-taking hiking and biking trails.
The historic village of Cromford is right on the doorstep, as is the Victorian spa-town of Matlock Bath, with cable-cars across the limestone gorge of the Derwent Valley up to the Heights of Abraham and the Rutland and Great Masson show caverns.
A few miles up the road you’ll find the 1000 acre Chatsworth Estate, with arguably the most magnificent stately home in the country. It’s just one of the many attractions of the Peak District National Park – a walkers’ paradise full of dramatic moors, hidden dales and delightful villages. Whether you’re looking for an invigorating day of walking and climbing or just somewhere to enjoy a drink and admire the spectacular view, the Peak District has it all.