Hotel Stays in English Manors For a Country Getaway
If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, you'll be able to live out all your Downton Abbey dreams when you visit these grand castles and estates.
Downton Abbey (aka Highclere Castle) is hosting a one-night-only sleepover on Saturday night for fans who couldn't score a ticket. Travelers can find royal-ready retreats in the charming English countryside, which features grand estates and neoclassical manors. A heritage home retains its historical appeal without skimping on modern creature comforts (no one wants outdated plumbing, after all). These homes are expected to have the charm of Downton Abbey's Crawley family, and they definitely deliver.
Among the palatial properties below are Gothic revival, Georgian, Palladian, and English Baroque styles, but Highclere Castle is crafted in Jacobethan style (a mixture of Elizabethan and Jacobethan design elements). Whether you're looking for Tudor arches, high chimneys, or manicured gardens, Rich Report has the best places to stay in the countryside you've ever seen.
Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire
This 17th-century country estate is one of England's greatest treasures and one of the world's finest hotels. With epic gravel drives, pearl-clutching scandals, (in)famous guests, and acres of Italianate gardens and magic woodland, Cliveden House has everything you could ask for in an indulgent country estate.
Since George I, nearly every British monarch has visited Cliveden (pronounced "cliff-den"), which recently hosted Meghan Markle on her last night as a single lady before her wedding to Prince Harry. Cliveden House is warm, welcoming, and filled with quintessential British eccentricities despite its dark wood interiors.
Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire
It has taken three years for Grantley Hall to regain its original Palladian magnificence after three years of refurbishment. Its exterior may evoke the stately home of a Jane Austen character, but its interior is fresh and unexpected, while still harmonious with its historical roots. In addition to thick carpets and shades of white and cream, the property’s 47 rooms and suites feature modern art additions like abstract oil collages and metallic sculptures by local artists, as well as original fireplaces, oak paneling, and cornices that remain in the communal spaces. Additionally, if you've had too many scones, you can work out in a pro-level wellness center.
Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire
On 240 acres of rolling Berkshire countryside, Coworth Park offers 70 ivory-hued rooms in a luxury country hideaway only 45 minutes from London. As the only English hotel with its very own polo fields, Coworth Park hosts polo tournaments and equestrian events throughout the year. Its Georgian-style architecture isn't the only thing that makes this late 18th-century retreat unique. In need of a rural retreat with high style, Coworth Park's Michelin-starred cuisine, a cocooning spa with indoor pool, and a private helipad are essentials.
Beaverbrook, Leatherhead, Surrey
A stately and lavish estate in Surrey, Beaverbrook is filled with Gatsby-era glamour and eccentric English accents. While on a country drive with his friend Rudyard Kipling in 1910, media mogul and wartime cabinet minister Lord Beaverbrook bought this late-Victorian mansion for £30,000. It soon became the place to be for Jazz Age parties. There are plenty of stars in Beaverbrook's guest book, including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ian Fleming.
Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
Originally built as a hunting lodge in the 13th century, Lime Wood is a romantic country house in the New Forest National Park. New Forest ponies can be found roaming freely in the park.
With utmost care being taken to preserve its Regency charm, Lime Wood has been ushered into the 21st century by several talents. Susie Atkinson, a leading interior designer, recently redesigned Lime Wood's three Pavilion Suites, and Martin Brudnizki, a world-renowned interior designer and architect, was responsible for designing the interiors of the Courtyard Bar and Hartnett Holder & Co, an Italian-influenced restaurant headed by Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder.
The Newt, Bruton, Somerset
In addition to its 23 guest rooms, The Newt in Somerset offers much more. There are restaurants, a spa, cultivated gardens, an apple cider press and cellar, as well as farm and garden shops on the recently opened estate. In addition to the Georgian Hadspen House, which has a honey-colored limestone façade, there are outbuildings like the Stable Yard and Clock House that house several guest rooms.
With its grand sash windows and plenty of comfortable drawing rooms and reading nooks, The Newt in Somerset is a charming English mix of old and new under the creative direction of Karen Roos, former editor-in-chief of South Africa's Elle Decoration and creator of South Africa's Babylonstoren.
Lucknam Park, Colerne, Chippenham
There's little that this 500-acre posh pad lacks, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, an award-winning spa, equestrian stables, tennis courts, and croquet lawns. This Georgian manor is nestled in the storybook Cotswolds and only a short drive from the postcard-perfect Bath. The property features four-poster beds, fireplaces, and claw-footed bathtubs.