Britain has so many charming towns waiting to be discovered and some of them have really special hotels. Why not combine the two on a weekend break or a few days away at one of our Guru recommended 10 Great Mini-Break Hotels?
The Old Parsonage Hotel is in the heart of Oxford, but still has a characterful, county house feel, and bikes and punts for hire! The Kemp Townhouse in Brighton is another romantic option, with nine boutique rooms and a calm atmosphere right just off the seafront 500m from the Pier.
Woolley Grange in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, is a traditional Jacobean manor house with a lovely spa and pool and a range of activities - they also do kids activities if you’re looking for a great mini-break hotel for families.
The Kennard in Bath is a 12 bedroom townhouse hotel, close to the centre of town and with charming, ornate decor and a pretty garden - and rooms start from a very reasonable £110 per night. Or for an even more reasonable £70 per night, you could stay in The Balmoral Hotel, in Harrogate, Yorkshire, which is a traditional old hotel recently revamped, and close to the centre of town.
Millgate House in Richmond, Yorkshire, is a three bedroom Regency house B&B packed with beautiful art and antiques and with an award winning garden. Thirty Two in Cheltenham is another great escape option, it’s a beautifully designed Regency townhouse with plenty of character and just four B&B rooms.
The Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow is a great hotel, complete with great bar and spa, and well located for all the major sights of Glasgow. If you want to explore York on a mini-break, the Bar Convent Guesthouse is a memorable option, an 18 room guesthouse converted from an convent founded in 1686. You might also like the Jesmond Dene House Hotel in Newcastle, with its grand house feel and leafy setting close to the centre of town.
A luxury boutique hotel in a wonderfully old building. The rooms have simple contemporary design. Bathrooms are pleasingly indulgent. A small but well stocked library is awaiting academics. Punts are available for the stereotypical Oxford experience. The restaurant is excellent. Highly recommended.
A luxury boutique hotel in a great location. Individually designed bedrooms with bold dark fabrics and modern bathrooms, some with freestanding baths. Whiskey is offered on arrival. The restaurant offers modern Scottish cuisine and has an extensive wine list. A stylish option.
A charming Georgian townhouse in the heart of Bath, minutes from the sights. The hotel stays true to its history with ornate decor and a pretty Jane Austen inspired garden. A splendid breakfast is served in the chandelier decked dining room. Perfection, at a very reasonable price.
Regency townhouse, now B&B, in the heart of Richmond known for its award-winning garden, love of art and antiques. Three large bedrooms exude comfort and classic style. Breakfast in the dining room or in the garden. Dinners can be arranged for groups. Charming find in a historic Yorkshire town.
Traditional, charming Harrogate hotel with a splash of the contemporary sitting in beautiful gardens. Unique rooms are plush with colours and design. The lively bistro is a great place to grab a cocktail and feel the buzz. A relaxing place to stay with prime location for local exploring.
Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
Jacobean Manor turned luxury family retreat in stunning gardens with pools. Comfortable, modern rooms are a great welcome after a day of activities. The restaurant caters to all dietary needs and occasions. Children clubs, games rooms, gardens and more gives parents a chance to relax at the spa.
Unusual guesthouse in an elegant living convent. Newly refurbished comfortable rooms, a baroque chapel, Victorian garden and glass roofed entrance hall make this an impressive building. A cafe serves meals until high tea. Best of all is staying amongst the sisters of the convent.
A charming townhouse hotel in the vibrant sea shore area of Kemp Town. The nine elegant rooms are thoughtfully put together featuring original art, large windows and incredibly comfy Indonesian beds. Though there is no restaurant the breakfast is sensational! Understated and utterly heavenly.
A country-house hotel in a city. A quiet, leafy spot, this historic building is full of intriguing corners, grand original features and luxuriously contemporary rooms. The cooking is smart, the atmosphere relaxed and there’s a lovely garden and terrace. An excellent choice.
Beautifully designed Regency townhouse boutique, with plenty of homely touches. Full of character, an intimate and exquisite b+b hideaway for local exploring.