Top 10 Manor Hotels
THE Crawleys will pack their stylish travelling bags and bid farewell to their country estate when Downton Abbey returns to our screens for the final time later this year.
Thanks to the show’s international success, the number of visitors to stately homes has surged – and plenty of them offer overnight accommodation. If you fancy living like a lord for a night or two, our good friends at trivago.ie have compiled a list of the 10 best stately home hotels in Ireland and the U.K.
1. Bovey Castle - Devon, England
A castle only by name, this Art Deco revival has huge stone fireplaces, ornate panelling and soaring ceilings. The 66 texture-rich rooms are brimming with character and offer sweeping views of the moors. Guests can relax in the hotel’s full-service spa and two swimming pools. The 18-hole golf course, designed by JF Abercomby in the 1920s, meanders through the 275 acres of Dartmoor National Park estate. Rooms available from €340.
2. Park Hotel Kenmare - Kerry
Situated on the idyllic Kenmare Bay, this Victorian landmark is the perfect place for a peaceful retreat. Dating from 1897, the hotel is a deluxe spa with cinema and fine dining. The hotel has 12 acres of extensive grounds and is a stone’s throw from the Cork and Kerry Mountains. It is also adjacent to an 18-hole golf course. Rooms available from €378.
3) Luton Hoo
Hertfordshire, eng Once a Tudor mansion, then a neoclassical country house, Luton Hoo had a string of titled owners before it was turned into a five-star hotel a few years ago. Spread luxuriously over 1,065 acres, the hotel is also home to a spa, a fishing lake and a golf course. Each of the rooms is styled in keeping with the decoration of the original house. Bedrooms in the Mansion House include a balcony and boast stunning views of the beautiful Italianate gardens. Rooms available from €263.
4) Cliveden House and Spa - Berkshire, England
Surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent National Trust Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland, for more than three centuries it has been home to English nobility. This elegant hotel boasts classically decorated rooms with panoramic views over the River Thames. The hotel’s restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef André Garrett. Rooms from €824.
5) Castlemartyr resort - County Cork
This impressive 18th-century manor house sits amongst 220 acres of sweeping lawns, where you’ll find streams, a lake, a golf course and the ruins of an 800-year-old castle. Five-star Castlemartyr offers an extensive range of lavishly furnished suites and private rooms. Guests can also treat themselves to a private horse-drawn carriage ride around the grounds. Rooms available from €201.
6) Cromlix House - Perthshire, Scotland
In early 2013, former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray purchased Cromlix House, a Victorian Mansion set in 34 secluded acres three miles from his home town of Dunblane. Following extensive refurbishment, the Cromlix reopened in spring last year as a five-star 15-bedroom hotel. Enjoy open fires, thick pile carpets and a whisky rooms from €799.
7) Stoke Park - Buckinghamshire, England
Founded in 1908, Stoke Park is a country club, spa and hotel spread over a 300-acre estate seven miles from Heathrow Airport. The hotel has 49 rooms and offers three dining options, including the 3 AA Rosette-awarded Humphry’s, which serves modern British cuisine with a twist. Guests can unwind in the treatment room spa, while sports enthusiasts can use the club’s 13 tennis courts and 27-hole Championship golf course. Rooms available from €672.
8) Adare Manor - Limerick
Built in the mid-19th century, this sprawling Gothic manor was converted into a five-star resort in the 1980s. The hotel has an array of evening entertainment options and an internationally-acclaimed restaurant boasting an eight-course tasting menu and a selection of over 300 wines. The hotel also features high Gothic windows, hand-carved fireplaces and four-poster beds for a traditional experience with a touch of Irish indulgence. Rooms available from €220.
9) Coworth Park - Ascot, Eng
Over 240 acres of grounds, Coworth Park offers high-end Georgian style with an air of quietly-confident grandeur. Guests can participate in numerous activities, with tennis courts, an equestrian centre and polo academy all on site. All of the rooms are spacious, with grand garden views as well as lots of natural light. This versatile hotel makes for an idyllic romantic retreat and is perfect for families seeking an adventurous break. Rooms available from €448.
10) Cabra Castle - Cavan
Though not strictly a stately home, this picturesque 19th-century castle hotel is certainly regal, and shrouded in authentic, old-world charm. Guests will marvel at the period features and furnishings, which include hand-painted ceilings and lead-glass windows. Boasting 108 bedrooms, the castle offers a range of luxury accommodations of all shapes and sizes; from medieval-style castle rooms to the artisan accommodations of the courtyard. Rooms available from €138.
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