There’s a lot to be said for a chain hotel. The first plus point is you tend to know what you’re getting with a tried and trusted brand – and often, you know that if the service wasn’t quite up to scratch, it will (probably) be dealt with correctly and quickly too.
But with boutique hotels, you really can get anything – but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Just as there are a lot of bonuses to seeking out hotel deals for a chain venue like Premier Inn, there’s something quite exciting about picking somewhere you know very little about.
The fact is, while you can expect some of the home-from-home comforts of larger hotels, you can also get ready for some truly charming touches. To help you select a top boutique hotel here in the UK, we’ve picked out a few we like the look of. Pen and paper at the ready, we may well have selected your next UK break…
Beryl Country House, Somerset – We’re starting with this Somerset-based hotel, because it continues to rank highly on a large number of hotel deals sites.
Standing at the foot of the Mendip Hills, fewer than 2km from Wells Cathedral, this beautiful country house is set in a Victorian gothic mansion. Originally built in 1842, the property has been restored by its present owners and now offers bed and breakfast in a beautiful garden setting.
With 13 acres of parkland and a gorgeously-manicured Victorian walled garden complete with ornamental pond, this country house is a real British gem. Rooms have views of the cathedral and nearby landmarks including the Cheddar Gorge caves, while a varied breakfast menu is served in the elegant dining room. Produce served is all locally-sourced and there’s a wine bar packed with wines and beers. If you’re heading to Somerset, don’t miss it.
Fonab Castle Hotel, Scotland – Scotland is definitely worth a visit for its stunning scenery – and this gorgeous hotel is no exception. A beautiful boutique property – a real hit on hotel booking sites – Fonab Castle enjoys a privileged location overlooking the shores of the river Tummel.
Located in a newly-restored historic castle, the hotel offers five-star boutique accommodation and delicious cuisine. Find a break via hotel booking sites and you won’t be able to wait to head here.
Hazelbank Country House Hotel, Cumbria – At around £120 per night, this is a mid-priced boutique hotel – available to book via some of the UK’s biggest hotel booking sites – but by no means does it lack in character or service offering.
A charming property set in an elegant 19th century mansion originally built in 1840, the country house hotel enjoys breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, alongside spacious and cosy accommodation.
So there you have it; a quick, whistle-stop tour of our top three boutique hotels right now in the UK.
Of course, there are many more to be discovered online. Perhaps you have a firm favourite of your own, too? If not, take a look via Google and snag a deal for the New Year.