Character hotels in England
a listing of English hotel accommodation with distinctive character



Amberley Castle

located: Amberley, West Sussex, UK

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Amberley CastleA unique luxury hotel, nestled in the Sussex countryside, at the foot of the South Downs. This magnificent historic castle, dating back to the Doomsday Book, is enclosed by a high curtain wall and portcullis, behind which is an enchanting hotel offering the highest standards.


Arden Hotel Stratford

located: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

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Arden Hotel StratfordAn elegant, contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, sited right opposite the RSC Theatre. The hotel is one from the Eden Hotel Collection; AA Small Hotel Group of the Year in recent years. The hotel has a stylish Waterside Brasserie, Champagne Bar and a Club Bar with private riverside terrace.


Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

located: Keswick Cumbria, UK

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Armathwaite Hall Fine accommodation at one of the original stately homes of England. Armathwaite Hall Country House is now a luxury Lake District hotel and spa, set in the secluded splendour of a 400-acre deer park and woodland near Bassenthwaite Lake.


Camelot Castle Hotel

located: Tintagel, Cornwall, UK

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Camelot Castle HotelIn a remarkable spot right on the Cornish coastline this leading hotel is in Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. The hotel offers a range of traditionally styled rooms with panoramic coastal views. The Camelot Castle Hotel is family and dog friendly.


Cornwall Hotel, Spa & Estate (The)

located: Tregorrick, St Austell, Cornwall, UK

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Cornwall Hotel St AustellAn exquisite 4-star luxury hotel and spa set within tranquil, wooded parkland in St Austell, close to many of Cornwall's most popular sandy beaches and attractions. The hotel offers a range of rooms, from Victorian opulence to contemporary chic, many with balconies and air conditioning.


Cottage in the Wood (The)

located: Whinlatter Forest, Nr Keswick, Cumbria, UK

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Cottage in the Wood A rather special boutique hotel with it's own unique character, sited in England's only mountain forest near the Lake District town of Keswick. This restored C17th coaching inn offers breathtaking mountain views of the Skiddaw range, award-winning guest accommodation with beautiful contemporary decor and an award-winning restaurant.


Crewe Hall Hotel

located: Cheshire, England, UK

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Crewe Hall HotelA magnificent Grade I listed building in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Crewe Hall offers a mix of old historic charm in its indulgent feature bedrooms, combined with modern touches in its comfortable contemporary bedrooms. Guests have use of the modern health club and spa.


Curious Pig in the Parlour (The)

located: Copthorne, Nr Crawley, West Sussex, UK

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Curious Pig in the ParlourAn eccentric name for this lovely stylish boutique accommodation located just seven miles from Gatwick Airport, near Crawley. The Curious Pig in the Parlour is a small pub offering accommodation in warmly decorated rooms with stylish decor and home-from-home comfort. The restaurant serves an interesting menu that includes wood-fired pizzas and steaks cooked in the charcoal oven.


Florence House Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

located: Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

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Florence House Boutique HotelBeautiful small boutique hotel offering fresh clean elegance in a large restored Edwardian house. The hotel has an a la carte restaurant and bistro. A range of spa treatments is also available to guests. Reviews consistently remark on the friendly service, a great place for a celebration stay!


Hartwell House & Spa

located: Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK

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Hartwell HouseA National Trust property and one of Buckinghamshire's most celebrated country houses. The 46 bedrooms, including those in the adjacent Hartwell Court, are individually furnished with fine prints, pictures and antiques for a real country house feel.


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What are Character Hotels?

Character Hotels are part of our Character Series which also includes Cottages & Villas and Bed & Breakfast. They are our special hand-picked selections, the ones with that extra je ne sais quoi that makes them ideal for a special trip, a celebration, a honeymoon, a big birthday or a special family gathering.


Our Character Hotels, which include quality pubs and inns, and restaurants with rooms too, are selected on a host of criteria. They might describe themselves as boutique, design, luxury, romantic or exclusive – all labels to ensure they stand out from the crowd. We check them out and carefully hand-pick our selection. Some the things we take into consideration are as follows:

the building

the decor

the food

the ambiance

ratings, reviews and awards

the location

the service

management style
any historic or architectural interest


We include independently run properties, family owned hotels, traditional guesthouse hotels, historic country houses, noteworthy boutique or design hotels and luxury retreat centres; as well as a selection of the most outstanding hotels from the chains and booking engines.


We look for charm, atmosphere and local character; we look for unique individually styled guest rooms and interesting public spaces. Some hotels will be the small, hard-to-find hidden gems; others will be grand buildings that have retained their character despite their size.


We have a separate B&B section and the distinction is that those will generally be smaller establishments who will not normally offer a restaurant for evening meals – take a look at the Bed & Breakfast section here»