Best Hotels in Town

What is it? A new place to stay in the Lake District, which is full of traditional hotels but devoid, until recently, of new-wave addresses where you can kick back in style surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the land. Askham Hall, in a little-known area between...
What is it? Somewhere new, exciting and glamorous to stay in Cheltenham. Right on the town's main promenade, it's like a flash of New York cool in the Cotswolds. Exposed-brick walls, pendant lights and a blue pool table blend in with marble fireplaces, cornices, antique doors and a wooden 1940s...
What is it? A large Georgian house in the Mendip Hills, once the lodge to an even grander mansion, the romantic ruins of which can still been seen on the estate. There's a walled kitchen garden Queen Victoria would be proud of, and an 80-strong herd of deer. Previously a...
What is it? A stout, orange-brick pub with rooms in the tiny village of Armscote on the edge of the Cotswolds. Inside, it's surprisingly contemporary, a shot of urban style mixed with sweet-as-pie country charm. There are black-and-white photographs on the walls and caramel-coloured leather armchairs (particularly useful after procuring...
What is it? Formerly the Manor House Hotel, a National Trust property overlooking Studland Bay on Dorset's Jurassic Coast, it's a curious hodgepodge of a place, a jumble of windows, turrets and chimneys mixing up Arts and Craft folkiness with Victorian-Gothic splendour. The outside has had a sunny-yellow facelift (the...
An insider's guide to the top hotels in central Amsterdam, including the best places to stay near Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Dam, canal ring, Royal Palace and the Red Light District. Seven One Seven Amsterdam, Netherlands 8 Telegraph expert rating A sumptuous canal-house mansion with the ambience of a grand...

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