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10 Great Mini-Break Hotels

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?

10 Great Mini-Break Hotels

Great Mini-Break Hotels for Romance

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.

Great Mini-Break Hotels to Relax

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.

Great Mini-Break Hotels for Great Value

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.

Great Mini-Break Hotels to Escape to

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.

Great Mini-Break Hotels for Explorers

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.

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10 Great Mini-Break Hotels

  • Old Parsonage Hotel 35 rooms from $347

    Oxford

    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.

    Writing a novel  -  This recently refurbished masterpiece was once home to Oscar Wilde, sit in the luxorious lounge and draw inspiration.
    Great walks  -  Join the complimentary guided walking tours of the city and University Colleges.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit any one of the 38 University Colleges.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens 49 rooms from $248

    Glasgow

    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.

    Foodies  -  The oak-paneled bistro is one of Scotlands finest, serving spectacular cuisine crafted from locally sourced fresh produce.
    City Style  -  Luxury accommodation in one of the best addresses in Glasgow, with superb stained glass windows and opulent style.
    Sights nearby  -  This central location, is just minutes from most of Glasgow's museums, galleries and her Cathedral.
    Great walks  -  Just around the corner is the Glasgow Botanical Gardens, perfect for an afternoon stroll.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • Kennard 12 rooms from $137

    Bath

    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.

    Local markets  -  Nearby Pulteney Bridge is one of a handful of historic bridges in the world with shops built into it.
    Great walks  -  Guests are welcome to take a stroll in the lovely Georgian Garden.
    Sights nearby  -  Just minutes from the Roman baths and Thermae Spa.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over eight years are welcome.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Millgate House 3 rooms from $156

    Richmond, Yorkshire

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Check out Norman-built Richmond Castle and Friary Tower and Gardens, both an easy five minute walk from the property.
    Local markets  -  Explore the cobbled streets of Richmond, orgianlly a market town it remains a gathering point for local producers.
    Great walks  -  Head out to Yorkshire Dales National Park for some fresh air and brisk walking.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children welcome, however good behavour is required.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Balmoral Hotel 23 rooms from $87

    Harrogate, Yorkshire

    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.

    Great walks  -  The moors are at your doorstep.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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  • Woolley Grange 26 rooms from $199

    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.

    Families  -  Ideal for families with babysitting, kids hang out zones, an Ofsted-registered playroom and plenty of activites on the grounds.
    Hideaway  -  With the spa, pool table, table football, extensive grounds, yummy food and homely rooms, you'll find it impossible to leave.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pool
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Bar Convent Guesthouse 19 rooms from $90

    York

    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.

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in this tranquil convent, enjoy afternoon tea in the walled garden and read up on the towns history in the library.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Kemp Townhouse 9 rooms from $118

    Brighton

    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.

    Local markets  -  Wander through The Lanes, a pedestrianised enclave lined with jewellery shops, arty boutiques and funky clothes stores.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the former pleasure palace of King George IV, the Islamist Indian inspired Brighton Pavilion.
    Great walks  -  Just 500m down the road is Brighton Pier, perfect for people watching and candy floss eating.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Jesmond Dene House Hotel 40 rooms from $146

    Newcastle

    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.

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in country estate style with impeccable service, fine dining, roaring fires and long walks through lush parklands.
    Foodies  -  The 3 AA Rosette restaurant serves up locally sourced, seasonal cusine to the highest standard.
    Great walks  -  Walk through the Jesmond Dene Park, a wooded ravine criss-crossed with paths and dotted with rustic bridges.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to city centre attractions including the The Sage Gateshead and Newcastle Arena.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Thirty Two 4 rooms from $193

    Cheltenham

    Beautifully designed Regency townhouse boutique, with plenty of homely touches. Full of character, an intimate and exquisite b+b hideaway for local exploring.

    Views  -  Great view of the Imperial Gardens below.
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 8s only
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide

 

Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Wednesday, 17th February 2010
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