Sawday’s brand spanking new edition of Special Places to Stay British Hotels & Inns is in bookshops now! The 17th edition presents the cream of the crop with over 300 handpicked hotels and 40 new editions; from the wildly luxurious to wonderfully rustic.
With the arrival of the new book, we like to throw a gong or two at some of our hotels, 15 very special places that typify the Sawday’s ethos. Cue fanfare, announcing the winners of Sawday’s British Hotel Awards. Our very own hotel inspector has journeyed from Penzance to Pitlochry and beyond, seeking out the most Special Places to Stay. It has been a tough call, but here are the 15 winners across five categories: Hotels of the Year, Favourite Newcomers, Old Favourites, Nicely Priced and Fabulous Food.
View the full British Hotels collection here.
We love small, intimate hotels and inns where the art of hospitality is practiced with flair – these three wonders of our world have mastered that art in spades:
Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Gloucestershire
Tiroran House, Isle of Mull, Argyll & Bute
Plas Bodegroes, Pwllheli, Gwynedd
New hotels are hard to find in tough economic times, but that hasn’t stopped creative owners bursting onto the scene with beautiful new places that delight us:
Brocco on the Park, Sheffield, Yorkshire
The Pierhouse, Port Appin, Argyll & Bute
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Richmond, Yorkshire
Like a good red wine, some hotels get better with age – these places have a clear instinct for great hospitality and have
been delighting guests for years:
Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel, Oswestry, Shropshire
The Old Rectory Hotel Exmoor, Barnstaple, Devon
The Traddock, Settle, Yorkshire
There’s nothing like washing up at a lovely small hotel and finding it has a lovely small price, too – here are three that do that with ease:
The Henley Hotel, Kingsbridge, Devon
Penbontbren, Llandysul, Ceredigion
The Black Swan, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
From hot kitchens come small miracles to delight our tastebuds – here are three places where your pleasure receptors will delight in ambrosial food:
The Olive Branch, Oakham, Rutland
A lovely pub in a sleepy Rutland village. Inside, a warm, rustic chic hits the spot perfectly, but there’s more here than cool design. This is a place to come and eat great food, the lovely, local seasonal stuff that’s cooked with passion by Sean and his brigade, perhaps potted pork and stilton with apple jelly, haunch of venison and a boozy rhubarb trifle. Bedrooms in Beech House across the lane are gorgeous.
Read’s Restaurant with Rooms, Faversham, Kent
BridgeHouse Hotel, Beaminster, Dorset
Sawday’s Special Places to Stay: British Hotels & Inns is available from all good bookshops (RRP £15.99) or online directly from Sawday’s (£11.99+ P&P).
For more information on the book or any of the places featured visit www.sawdays.co.uk.