IT’S been the bible for hotel recommendations for decades, and this year’s edition of The Good Hotel Guide is just out.
As always, it lists the best hotels, as recommended by the guide’s dedicated inspectors and members of the public.
Every year, Good Hotel Guide editors select the country’s top hotels, B&Bs and pubs in different categories, from seaside stays to foodie retreats.
Places that offer good value are always highly prized, especially this year, when many households have reduced incomes due to Covid-19.
Today we exclusively reveal the guide’s top ten hotels for value. The winners all have rooms for less than £120 a night, with the least expensive starting at just £85.
Ees Wyke Country House Hotel, Sawrey
THE young Beatrix Potter, holidaying here with her family, declared that Sawrey in Cumbria was “as near perfect a little place as I ever lived in”, and no wonder.
This country house overlooks Esthwaite Water, and most rooms enjoy views to the Old Man of Coniston peak, the Langdale Pikes and Grizedale Forest.
The friendly ambience is more that of a guest house than a hotel. At night, host Richard Lee cooks a daily-changing three-course menu of local ingredients.
Traditionally styled bedrooms come with complimentary sherry and luxury toiletries.
- B&B double £90-£155, dinner £34.95, 01539 436393, eeswyke.co.uk.
The Beckford Arms, Tisbury, Wilts
THERE’S plenty to like about this stylish pub-with-rooms, including down-to-earth food such as the Beckford beef burger, local game and fish fresh in daily from Cornwall. There is also Beckford Phoenix ale on tap, and wine from the Beckford Bottle Shop in Tisbury.
Simple yet sophisticated rooms have oak flooring, fine Welsh blankets, home-made treats and all-natural Bramley bath products.
You can wander the surrounding Fonthill Estate, discover an Arcadian idyll, and return for tea by the fire in the sitting room.
- B&B doubles from £95, lodges from £175, a la carte £35, 01747 870385, beckfordarms.com.
Mornington House, Multyfarnham
ENJOY the pleasures of a grand, family-owned Irish country manor house – high- ceilinged rooms, Victorian wallpaper, slouchy sofas – but without the eye-watering bill.
“The house loves people,” say owners Anne and Warwick O’Hara, who greet new arrivals at the County Westmeath property with tea and cakes by the fire.
Breakfast, served until 10.30am – noon at weekends – includes fresh-baked bread and home-made jam. Book now for 2021 – they close from the end of October to April 9.
- B&B double from €160 (around £145), single €105 (£95), 00 353 44 937 2191, mornington.ie.
Newbegin House, Beverley, Yorkshire
WALTER and Nicola Sweeney will make you very welcome at their atmospheric Georgian house, with its shuttered sash windows, fine antique furniture, family heirlooms, books, paintings and walled garden. It is just a stroll from the Saturday market and historic Minster.
You will feel as if you’re staying with friends in their grand but lived-in home. The most characterful and huge bedroom has two double beds – and a rocking horse. Sherry, fresh milk and cut flowers are among thoughtful extras.
The award-winning breakfast is a feast.
THIS is the perfect city-centre bolt-hole, just a short hop from the station, shops, restaurants and cultural venues.
Design-conscious bedrooms have hand-made wallpaper, Caledonian oak flooring, a Grohe power shower, smart toiletries and engravings of Glasgow by local artists.
Tea and coffee with fresh cakes are offered on arrival, with free hot drinks available all day. Big, deli-sourced breakfasts include a full Scottish, and Monday to Thursday you can take supper in The Kitchen, the hub of the hotel.
Riverwood, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross
AN Arts And Crafts-style house with sleek, modern interiors (shoes off when you enter), it is set in secluded woodland gardens beside the River Tay.
The bedrooms are spacious and well equipped – four have a patio or terrace.
Wildlife watching need not distract you from a locally sourced breakfast in the river-facing dining room, or from dinner served by candlelight on certain nights.
Guests can enjoy complimentary golf, fish for brown trout on a private stretch of water, or seek sweet treats at the local chocolatier.
Cnapan, Newport, Pembrokeshire
WELCOMING hosts Judith and Michael Cooper settle you into their Georgian home-from-home on the bustling High Street, with tea and Welsh cake, before showing you to a bright and immaculate bedroom.
After a breakfast of kippers, the full Welsh or vegan sausage with chickpea and apricot patties, you can read in the sunny garden or stride out to explore the Pembrokeshire coast and the Preseli hills.
Britannia House, Lymington
RHINELAND-born Tobias Feilke is your genial host at this double-fronted Victorian house overlooking the New Forest town’s marina.
Rooms are lavishly decorated with swags, drapes and plump sofas.
One suite is set over two floors, with sitting room, balcony and views to the Isle of Wight.
A display of hats in the hall hints at charming eccentricity.
Guests have use of on-site parking, the courtyard garden, lounge and kitchen, in which Tobias cooks up a mean breakfast.
Trereife, Penzance, Cornwall
THIS gorgeous Cornish Elizabethan-cum-Queen Anne house delights Guide regulars.
Charming interiors furnished with antiques are complemented by views of the stunning parkland and gardens.
It has been in the Le Grice family for seven generations, and the four guest bedrooms are named after romantic poets, to celebrate the friendship between Charles Valentine Le Grice and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Soon the hosts will be harvesting the medlars to make jelly for your toast in the morning.
Yalbury Cottage, Lower Bockhampton, Dorset
DEEP in Thomas Hardy country, Jamie and Ariane Jones’s small thatched hotel was once home to a shepherd and the keeper of the water meadows.
Cosy bedrooms have splendid countryside views, there is a flower-filled garden with comfortable seating, and in the excellent restaurant Jamie works wonders with West Country produce.
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Children are welcome and under-12s sharing with their parents stay free.
- B&B single £68-£85, double £100-£125. B&B with dinner £105- £120 for single, £175- £200 a double.
- Call 01305 262382 or see yalburycottage.com.
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