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About Leicestershire

Leicestershire’s central position within the UK should make it a useful base, but its gently rolling green countryside is often overlooked now we’re so good at travelling long distances between places. Bosworth Field, Richard II’s final resting place, the National Space Centre, and Melton Mowbray - for the pies, are fantastic sites, but easily reached from outside Leicestershire. Our gurus recommend giving this peaceful old Mercian kingdom a second look, though, because their list of the best places to stay in Leicestershire includes some really charming country house hotels and rural B&Bs, and some great pubs-with-rooms.

Leicester is the main town, and the best place to stay in Leicestershire if you’re looking for Roman ruins, a fantastic foodie, or cultural experience, of a city break. It’s also great for shopping? Some of the old market towns have more charm, though, consider Market Harborough - for stilton cheese especially, or Loughborough, for its textiles. Outside of the major market towns Leicestershire offers you the Bosworth Battle Heritage Centre; a family nature centre called 'Conkers’; acres of green belt in the form of woods, forests and country parks; and an excellent collection of stately homes.

Some of Leicestershire’s grand manor houses are now also some of the best places to stay in Leicestershire. Traditionally Leicestershire was known for its food, farming and engineering, and its County Show, held annually on the May Bank Holiday, is a fantastic place to get the full picture of Leicestershire’s story. There’s impressive livestock showing; show jumping; all sorts of baking and jam-making and foodie festivities; and field sports exhibitions. This is also a great opportunity to try proper pork pie, Red Leicester, stilton, and an impressive range of locally imagined and produced biscuits. Leicestershire even has one of the last commercially working watermills, which produces around 40 different kinds of flour.

The Best Places to Stay in Leicestershire

For a Country House Hotel

  • Kilworth House is a grand country house, looking like a beautiful, full-sized dollhouse in acres of its own gardens and parkland. As well as an elegant facade of pale stone, balustraded balconies and friezes, Kilworth House has peaceful courtyards, and terraces, and its own open-air theatre. Inside are 44 rooms and suites, individually decorated as they would have been when this was still a manor house - with high ceilings, four-poster beds, chandeliers and antique furnishings. Some of the suites are suitable for families. There are four dining options on site too, which certainly helps families out, ranging from casual to fine dining. Definitely special.
  • Stapleford Park is a huge Georgian era country estate close to Melton Mowbray, surrounded by wonderful gardens laid out by Capability Brown. Everything here feels spacious, from the vast windows and large rooms and suites - 55 of them, to the indoor pool, the spa, and dining rooms. Classic country pursuits on offer include shooting and falconry, archery, off-road driving, croquet and tennis, and you can also ply golf on the hotel’s 18 hole course. Very grand indeed.

For a City Break

  • St Martins Lodge has been converted from an elegant Georgian building with a Grade II listing, and is ideally located for a city break, in the centre of historic Leicester, overlooking the gardens of Leicester cathedral. The lodge has 28 rooms and suites, decorated in a classic style in contemporary colours. There’s no restaurant, but you’re surrounded by places to eat and drink.

For Romantics

  • Winstanley House is a stately, red-brick mansion in pristine parkland on the outskirts of Leicester. Its 19 rooms and suites offer a range of decor styles, from traditional to contemporary — all with luxurious bathrooms. The hotel restaurant is fine dining (specialising in steak), and open to non-guests.

Pubs-with-Rooms Picks

  • The Manor House at Quorn is a great little gastropub-with-rooms. There are just seven rooms, all comfortably, and simply decorated. The restaurant serves hearty food, and the overall impression is of cosy comfort. In a pretty village, and close to a couple of golf courses and good fishing spots.

Best B&Bs

  • Breedon Hall is a beautifully converted manor, turned five guest room B&B in the pretty village of Breedon-on-the-Hill, which is close to Calke Abbey, and the market towns of Melbourne and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. There’s a good range of rooms, from romantic options, to twin rooms, and it’s definitely the sort of place you might consider booking in its entirety. The gardens surrounding the property are well kept, and the atmosphere is of country relaxation.
  • The Keepers Lodge is a picturesque B&B set in the pretty village of Swithland. There are just two rooms, both of them light and airy, and decorated with creamy neutrals. The breakfast is indulgent, enough to set you up for a days walking though local Charnwood Forest, or Swithland Woods.

Prefer a Private Apartment or Cottage?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The closest airport to Leicester is East Midlands Airport, about 25 minutes by car or taxi from the centre of Leicester. London Luton Airport is is probably second closest, about an hour and twenty minutes away by car or taxi, or about two hours on the train. If you’re coming from London, trains leave from St. Pancras, and the direct route takes just an hour and five minutes.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Leicestershire is a busiest during the late spring and early summer months — summers are mild to warm and the winters cool. The cultural calendar is nicely charged with year-round festivals and events too. With the National Space Centre, Leicester Cathedral, Richard III’s burial site, the Roman remains, and a swathe of other attractions, Leicester makes a promising city break destination, with plenty to see and do year round.

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Best Hotels in Leicestershire

  • Breedon Hall Leicestershire 5 rooms from £80

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring the surrounding countryside
    Local markets  -  Visit the local market towns of Melbourne & Ashby de la Zouch.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Full of character
    GardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Charming, luxury B&B. Choose from just five, individually designed elegant and sumptuous rooms, each with an en-suite. Relax in the well-kept garden or get out and about- there's plenty to do in the surrounding area. Book the entire property and host a weekend or event to remember! See More

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  • St Martins Lodge Leicester 28 rooms from £99

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is a short walk from the historic sites in Leicester's city centre
    Weddings  -  The hotel is connected to the Medieval Guildhall, a popular wedding venue
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel overlooks Leicester Cathedral and its serene gardens
    Air conditioningDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    An elegant hotel overlooking the gardens of Leicester Cathedral. Built inside a Grade II listed Georgian building with a modern and elegant interior. Rooms are bright and spacious with a contemporary classic style. No restaurant but plenty close by. A chic stay in the heart of the city. See More

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  • Winstanley House Leicester 19 rooms from £100

    Local exploring  -  A smart country mansion surrounded by glorious parkland and just minutes from Leicester.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the 168 acres of picturesque parkland that surround the property.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Air conditioningRestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    A stately mansion set in pristine parkland on the outskirts of Leicester. Bedrooms mix contemporary and traditional styles with soft hues, contemporary furniture, plush leather headboards and luxurious bathrooms. The fine dining restaurant, specialising in steak, is worthy of a visit alone. See More

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  • The Manor House at Quorn Quorn, Leicestershire 7 rooms from £100

    Country Escape  -  A country pub complete with cosy interiors, hearty food and beautiful surrounding countryside.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the picturesque Beacon Hill Country Park.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A chic rural pub offering luxurious accommodation and exemplary pub restaurant. A handful of individually styled rooms perfectly mix contemporary and traditional styles with exposed brick and beams, simple modern furniture and crisp white linen. A delightful rural escape. See More

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  • Keepers Lodge Loughborough, Leicestershire 2 rooms from £103

    Country Escape  -  A charming country house surrounded by fantastic walking country.
    Great walks  -  Explore scenic walking trails running through the Charnwood Forest, Bradgate Park or Swithland Woods.
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A charming B&B set in the picturesque village of Swithland. The two rooms are light and airy with soft hues, crisp white linen and contemporary bathrooms. The welcome is warm and indulgent English breakfasts are served. A cosy spot from which to explore the local countryside. See More

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  • Kilworth House North Kilworth, Leicestershire 44 rooms from £235

    Country Escape  -  Set in 38-acres of parkland, and with walking and fishing on site, this is a lovely spot for a country break
    Theatre  -  The hotel boasts its own open-air theatre that has been voted one of the best in the country
    Fishing  -  Fish for common carp, mirror carp, perch, roach, pike, tench and bream in the hotel's own fishing lake
    Restaurant  -  There are four dining options ranging from casual to fine dining

    A grand country house hotel set in acres of rolling parkland with its very own open-air theatre. Beautiful rooms are traditionally styled with high ceilings, sash windows, antiques, and chandeliers. With four dining options ranging from casual to fine dining, this is a luxurious rural getaway. See More

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  • Stapleford Park nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire 55 rooms from £288

    Child friendly  -  Mini golf, falconery, archery - and Rutland Water and Twinlakes
    Garden  -  500 acres landscaped by Capability Brown
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    Unusual and massive Georgian country house hotel and sporting estate, popular for weddings and corporate events. Plenty of activities for the active, including golf. See More

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