Best Hotels Within Two Hours from London
Once home to a Prince of Wales and the Viscounts Astor; even Queen Victoria was a frequent visitor during her reign with the House's River Cottage being built specifically for her requirements. Guests to Cliveden House can spend hours getting lost spectacular grounds maintained by the National Trust, grounds that also house neighbouring Hedsor house - used as filming location for hit TV show Downtown Abbey. Inside the property one can expect to feel like an Earl or Countess with wonderfully intricate wood work, four poster beds and original fire places. The vast array of original features make it even more remarkable that the hotel managers to fit in the modern amenities of an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa, Michelin Starred chef, club lounge and library bar within its offering.
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Internationally renown as a fully immersive gastronomic experience, Le Manoir was created by celebrated chef Ramond Blanc OBE with a view to become one of Britain's most cherished and prestigious country house hotels. Set in a quaint Oxfordshire village, Le Manoir continues to astound and amaze through its culinary excellence, only using organic, ultra-fresh produce - most of which is grown on site. As well as the brilliant double Michelin-starred restaurant, the manor also offers guests a chance to relax with an in-room spa, extensive gardens to explore and of course a cookery school.
Lauded as the United Kingdom’s finest hotel and it is plain to see why. Framed by the enchanting New Forest in Hampshire, Chewton Glen stands proudly, boasting 130 acres of park and woodland which provide a stunning backdrop for all the hotel has to offer. At only two hours from London and situated to nearby Southampton Airport the hotel is fantastically well connected, making it the perfect escape from hectic city life. Not short on land Chewton offers countless activities to enjoy; guests can explore the perfectly kept hotel gardens before playing the 9 hole golf course which is complimentary to residents. Furthermore, one of the hotel's most famous features, the treehouses, can be found in the tree canopy of a secluded valley only accessible on foot or by buggy. Soft tones and warm natural colours enhance the design and feel of the tree houses all combining to create an oasis of calm among the trees for the essential country break
2. The Rosewood – Grand Manor House Wing (approx. £18,000pn)
6 Bedrooms | Dining Room | Balcony | Kitchen | 585sqm
Despite being opened for less than 6 months the Rosewood’s Grand Manor House Wing can already boast a clientele list teeming with celebrities. The vast 585sqm suite comfortably claims the title of the biggest in London with 100sqm to spare, in fact it is so large that suite has its own postcode. The Manor House features 6 bedrooms, each, of course, with its own Italian marble ensuite, several living rooms, a huge dining room and even a stunning wood panelled library.
Located in a 15th century estate overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse Ellenborough Park is steeped in history. The resort has 62 bedrooms, in a seemingly endless and maze like space. One Elizabethan fine dining restaurant, a more casual brasserie, a superb spa, outdoor pool and countless ‘cosy’s’. Perhaps more suited for an intimate retreat for two than an expansive family, nether the less Ellenborough Park offers plenty for children to do, albeit outside the resort in the gorgeous Cotswold Hills. The rooms are bursting with character - decorated in a tradition English rural style, with exposed beams, heavy drapes and mahogany furniture.
Perfect for those who prefer a more contemporary feel, Cowley Manor can be found amid 55 acres of park and woodland and features 30 rooms each with a unique modern style. A fun and relaxed option, Cowley aims to whisk guests away from city madness, into a British countryside haven in which to unwind and indulge. Equipped with an award winning spa with four treatment rooms specialising in therapeutic and advanced treatments, Cowley also treats its guests to not one but two heated pools, both open all year round.
Lucknam Park’s 500 acre estate really has it all; an award winning spa, Michelin Star restaurant and even an equestrian centre (for those less into horses and more into horsepower luckily there is a race track just 6 miles away). The building is eye catching too, a 17th century Palladian manor that greets dumbfounded guests into its marvellous gothic central hall, filled with curious oddities. It’s a place where kids can be equally as happy as adults by undertaking any of the countless activities on offer; whether it be tennis, croquet, football, riding bicycles or attending the hotels very own cookery school. The rooms are equally as dramatic as the hotel's architecture, many with four poster beds, hand woven tapestries and mahogany furniture.
Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, Calcot Manor offers guests a secluded retreat in which to relax and reboot with its indoor pool, stunning scenic hot tub and glowing log fire. A destination spa hotel, one of the most luxurious the British countryside has to offer, expert therapists are on hand to provide an array of treatments and therapies to have guests feeling their utmost. Set among 220 acres of gorgeous meadows, Calcot makes for a perfect country escape for both couple and families with dedicated accommodation for the latter.
Set in a 17th century farmhouse offering sweeping views of the rolling Cotswold hills, passionate staff and memorable service, it doesn't get much more country than Dormy House. A family owned hotel, having recently undergone a £10 million renovation, guests can look forward to private cottage suites with private courtyard and hot tub as well as the in house spa for some head to toe pampering - and let's not forget the range of exciting outdoor activities including segway safari and archery!
Hidden at the heart of the stunning New Forest National Park, this countryside haven offers a peaceful retreat for those in search of good food, good company, great service and a dash of wholesome rooftop yoga. A collaboration five years in the making, the brainchild of the talented designers David Collins and Charles Morris, beautifully finished by the sumptuous Italian cuisine of Chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder, Lime Wood offers the perfect balance of city glam and country warmth, creating the perfect weekend retreat.
A chocolate box of treasures, Stoke Park occupies an absolutely stunning 18th century mansion, reminiscent of a mini White House, set in wonderful landscaped gardens designed by Humphrey Repton. The picturesque grounds have featured in many films, notably it is where James Bond challenged Goldfinger to round of golf. The accommodations are housed within both the Old Georgian Mansion and a newer, juxtaposing, contemporary block. Facility wise, the hotel boasts a Michelin star restaurant, a renowned golf course and an excellent spa with swimming complex – all located just 1 hour from central London and 15minutes from Heathrow airport.