Discover Boutique Hotels in England, United Kingdom

Teeming with swish foodie haunts, grand museums and lashings of street style, London’s the brazenly cool kick-off point for many an English frolic. Make for evergreen hills, rugged coasts, cosy country pubs and flourishing cities: England packs it all in.

Destinations in England

  • Bath provides the perfect English getaway. This is a genteel city soaked in history, which has kept its stiff upper lip but learned how to relax with a cocktail, too.
  • For fine eateries, picturesque countryside and fascinating heritage, the Royal County of Berkshire is hard to beat.
  • Forget kiss-me-quick hats and candyfloss on Palace Pier – with its pretty, terraced squares, Brighton gives Bath a run for its Regency money.
  • Bristol is a great metropolis without the stress. There are friendly bars, amazing restaurants, and a cleaned-up harbourside with art galleries and many a bar-with-a-view.
  • With woodlands fit for a fairytale and country hideaways down almost every lane, Buckinghamshire’s an accessible escape from city life.
  • Chester, a former Roman fort beside the wending River Dee, has a historic racecourse, plentiful shops and cafés and a crumbling cluster of antique monuments; both a living time capsule and the buzzy beating heart of Cheshire.
  • With its soft sand beaches, hot summer sun and spectacularly noisy waves, Cornwall is the stuff of perfect childhood holidays.
  • The quintessentially English Cotswolds is the United Kingdom’s centre of bucolic bliss: luxury villas and boutique hotels abound in chocolate-box villages and evergreen countryside. It’s enough to send Anglophile tourists into apoplexy.
  • For rolling hills dotted with architectural gems head to County Durham: a northern idyll brimming with classic English charm. Wild forest rambles, historic cityscapes and sweeping, pebble-spotted coasts make this corner of Britain a true all-rounder.
  • A classic example of the English countryside’s more rough-and-ready climes, Derbyshire is home to the craggy mountains of the Peak District, the serpentine River Derwent and acres of rolling farmland.
  • Devon is the stuff of childhood dreams. Sun-kissed beaches and quiet little coves hark back to a time when all you needed for a day of unbridled pleasure was a bucket and spade, acres of sand and the promise of an ice-cream before bed.
  • Dorset is a tale of two landscapes: the chalky downlands of Cranborne Chase and the Purbeck Hills, with their pretty villages and grand houses; and the wild, adventure-friendly Jurassic Coast, rebranded but untamed.
  • The East Sussex coast has always attracted crowds; in the height of summer, you may have to fight your way onto the beaches, just as the Romans and Normans once did.
  • Gloucestershire, with its picture-postcard English towns and countryside, is perfect for a romantic weekend.
  • A hop from London, Hampshire has long been the go-to county for urbanite weekenders in need of a rural retreat.
  • Once very rural in character, the Isle of Wight went through something of a renaissance during the 19th century, making for a place that is full of juicy cultural tidbits.
  • Cumbria’s dramatic, brooding landscape has inspired creative souls for centuries: poet William Wordsworth penned many of his most famous works in the Lake District, and it’s where Beatrix Potter settled with her beloved flock of Herdwick sheep.
  • This stately old lady on the banks of the Mersey may have celebrated her 800th birthday, but she’s enjoying an invigorating shake-up these days…
  • England's capital has got it all. And she flaunts it.
  • Mancunians may be too down-to-earth to say it themselves, but the capital of the northwest has come over all Manhattanchester.
  • The famous Broads, the wild and wonder-filled beaches, the huge skies: Norfolk is a remote and inspiring corner of England, just a couple of hours from London.
  • Where wild moors and rolling dales form the backdrop to solid, greystone market towns and idyllic country villages, North Yorkshire is the UK's ultimate antidote to urban life.
  • For film-set-worthy views, historic architectural gems and bucolic English charm, Northumberland is a one-stop-farm-shop for a country break. Explore ancient castles and sweeping coasts, and bring your walking boots for hikes in the majestic Pennines.
  • Tradition and new ideas combine in Oxfordshire to create the best of all worlds.
  • The sheer size and scale of the Peak District makes for much of its mystery. Stretched across northern Derbyshire and rolling into a handful of other counties, it comprises 555 square miles of moors and uplands, dramatic views and drystone walls, plus pubs and tearooms aplenty.
  • A delicious combination of chocolate-box villages, undulating hills and elegant cities (Bath and Wells), Somerset is the sort of place where honey-laden bees buzz lazily through orchards, perhaps pausing on a fallen apple.
  • Flat as a pint of Adnams left in the sun, evocative East Anglia has more in common, topographically at least, with just-across-the-North-Sea Netherlands than the hilly counties to the west.
  • The leafy Surrey countryside swells with cosy pubs and Welly-welcoming hotels.
  • With the cathedral city of Chichester providing its meanest seaside streets, West Sussex is a green and pleasant county, where seasons and hills roll gently, all against the ever-shifting backdrop of the sea.
  • Nothing falls flat in this gorgeous setting of sweeping hills and verdant vales, where folklore, myth and mystery lurk around every curve of the road.
  • Sitting comfortably between the Cotswolds, Warwickshire and the Welsh Marches, Worcestershire is a preserved pocket of tumbling hills, riverside towns and a grand old cathedral city.

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Room 1 at Barnsley House, Cotswolds

Room 1 at Barnsley House, Cotswolds

Judging by the amount of A-list nuptials that take place at this Cotswolds boutique hotel, chocolate-box-pretty countryside combined with cool cutting-edge furnishings seem to be essentials when it comes to it’s-time-to-tie-the-knot allure – just ask Liz Hurley. This spa-spangled manor house understands the value of a decent bathroom, and doesn’t let its 17th-century heritage get in the way of marvellous modern trappings. Perfectly pitched at weekending lovers, light and airy Room 1 is equipped for an especially dirty pair, thanks to a twinset of freestanding tubs (facing a TV so, if conversation stalls, you can watch while you wash).

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The Cardinal Suite at Blakes Hotel, London

The Cardinal Suite at Blakes Hotel, London

The UK’s original boutique hotel (and where the real-life Mr and Mrs Smith spent the first night of their honeymoon), Blakes is a decadent, Orient-inspired oasis in the heart of South Kensington. Designed with exotic exuberance by Anouska Hempel, each room takes its interiors inspiration from a different land – a tour-by-decor of Turkey, Russia, India and more. Room 109, the Cardinal Suite, is the most shamelessly romantic: with heavy, textured fabrics, floral artwork and the kind of ornate, crimson-draped four-poster that makes you reach for the smelling salts, it’s an essay in decorative decadence.

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