Hooked on Downton Abbey? Want to experience an ‘upstairs’ stay without the drama? Here are a few stately home hotels across the countryside that offer guests the opportunity to catch up with the Crawleys from the ancestral seats of the British aristocracy…
Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Matfen, Northumberland
The ancestral home of Sir Hugh & Lady Blackett, Matfen Hall Hotel is a dignified country estate in the rugged Northumberland countryside. It’s surrounded on all sides by 300 acres of pretty parkland & is just half an hours’ drive from Newcastle city centre. The hotel balances old school British tradition & modern luxury, with dining in the grand old library, a spa, an indoor pool & a 27-hole golf course.
The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green, Cotswolds
The historic Manor at Weston-on-the-Green is a magnificent country house hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds, located a short drive from the magical spires of Oxford. The hotel boasts refined interiors, immaculate gardens, a chauffeur service & an award-winning kitchen to trump Miss Patmore!
Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Hintlesham, Suffolk
The toast of Suffolk, Hintlesham Hall is a 16th Century, Grade I listed country house surrounded by beautiful gardens & 175 acre grounds. The hotel features a grand restaurant, superb afternoon teas, public lounges, sophisticated bedrooms & a luxury spa & is adjacent to an 18-hole golf course.
Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa, Kettering, Northamptonshire
The Grade I listed Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa in Northamptonshire is a magnificent 16th century building surrounded by 25 acres of beautiful grounds. With its large lake, croquet lawn & tennis court, these grounds provide the ultimate country escape. The hotel features a gourmet restaurant, a full sized billiard table & the superb Stable Yard Spa – which has its own indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym & range of treatments.
The Ickworth Hotel, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
The Ickworth Hotel is situated in the grounds of the grand Ickworth stately home, a National Trust property which dates back to the early 1700s & is one of the most unusual & spectacular mansions in the country. The house is distinguished by a soaring 100 foot high rotunda & 1800 acres of parkland featuring pristinely maintained Italianate gardens & expanses of wild woodlands.
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