Where I stay and where I eat are two of the most important aspects of travel for me. I love hotels. In particular, I love remarkable hotels. A remarkable hotel elevates the whole travel experience for me and transforms ordinary travel into something exceptional.
We’ve had the pleasure of staying at some of the best hotels in south west England that would make anyone’s jaw drop. We’re not talking run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter hotels here. We’re talking genuinely unique, historically significant, wow-factor hotels. If you’re a hotel person, like me, you’re going to want to stay at these luxury hotels in south west England.
You can actually stay for a short time at each one, with the exception of one really special spot in the Cotswolds. I would suggest staying for at least 2 nights, if you can, because once you get there, you’ll find that one night just isn’t long enough.
If you fly in to London’s Heathrow airport, it’s only a 1.5 hour drive to the first hotel, with attractions like Stonehenge along the way and historic Bath nearby, where you can easily spend two days exploring.
Okay, let’s get to it!
Best Places to Stay in South West England
Lucknam Park Hotel
Set in an 18th-century Palladian mansion on 500 acres, Lucknam Park Hotel is only 10 miles from Bath. It’s the perfect retreat from which to explore Bath for a couple of days. Lucknam Park is a 5-star luxury country estate, with a Michelin-star restaurant and world-class spa facilities. When booking, you have your choice of a number of different types of rooms, including a classic double room in the main house, a garden room in the courtyard, or one of the cottage rooms.
Approaching the house from the long, winding driveway, we were immediately impressed by the exterior, and even more impressed upon entering the cozy front room. Our Grand Suite room was opulent, with a four-poster bed, a separate sitting room, a large bathroom with heated floors and a gorgeous claw-tooth tub. We wouldn’t have ever left that room if the lounge wasn’t calling to us for pre-dinner cocktails, after which we enjoyed an incredible chef’s menu with wine pairings at the Michelin-star Park Restaurant. They offer free parking and wi-fi throughout the grounds.
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Location: Lucknam Park, Bath, Colerne, SN14 8AZ, United Kingdom | Website
Thornbury Castle Hotel
We’ve never stayed in a castle before, much less an infamous Tudor castle where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once stayed on their honeymoon. Thornbury Castle was built by Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham, in the early 1500s, but the castle was confiscated by King Henry after he accused his cousin Edward of treason and ordered him beheaded. The historical significance of the castle is equaled by the architectural details that make it particularly stunning.
Each of the 26 rooms are uniquely decorated, but each combines historical and modern details, like luxurious bedding and comfortable sitting areas. In the room where we stayed, uniquely scalloped windows opened up to a spectacular view of St. Mary’s Church. The hotel is located on the edge of the Cotswolds on meticulously landscaped grounds.
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Location: Castle St, Thornbury, Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS35 1HH, United Kingdom | Website
Glazebrook House Hotel
Of all the places we stayed in the south west of England, Glazebrook House is the one that captured our hearts the most. From the moment we stepped inside the doors of the estate, we were captivated with awe. The design is unlike any hotel I’ve ever stayed at. It is truly a gem. After talking with the owner, we had a better understanding of the dedication and heart that was poured into the project. As a guest, that passion can be felt in every aspect of the stay at Glazebrook. The attention to detail, the incredible decor that was meticulously curated, the personable and welcoming service – it all comes together to make Glazebrook an exceptional place to stay.
I haven’t even mentioned the rooms yet. After much deliberation, the owner chose an Alice in Wonderland theme for the rooms. We stayed in the Mad Hatter room. It was whimsical and fun – from the miniature houses that hung sideways above the bed to the wall of hats hung above the chair, and the chandeliers dangling by thick ropes over the bedside tables. I cannot say enough about this place. It was magical in all the right ways.
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Location: Glazebrook House, South Brent, Devon TQ10 9JE, United Kingdom | Website
The Manor House
I have never driven up to a hotel, turned a corner and slammed on my breaks like I did when we approached The Manor House in the tiny village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds. I did it out of sheer wonderment and awe. Our jaws were on the floor before we even knew what was happening. That’s the best way to describe The Manor House. To call it a luxury country estate is an enormous understatement that would not begin to express its breathtaking beauty. A week there would probably not be enough time to explore and appreciate the immense grounds, which includes a golf club.
After a leisurely pre-dinner cocktail in one of the many comfortable sitting rooms, you find yourself whisked off to the formal, but modern dining room of The Bybrook – a Michelin-star restaurant that excites almost as much as the hotel itself. Foodies come from all around to try the seasonal, ever-changing menu at The Bybrook.
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Location: Castle Combe, Chippenham SN14 7HR, United Kingdom | Website
Jones & Campbell’s Quintessential Cotswolds Experience
This is the one hotel you can’t book for just a few nights. The Cotswolds experience with Jones & Campbell is meant to be a 6-day holiday that is pre-planned for you, complete with excursions to explore the English countryside, gourmet meals, and exceptional service. it is based on the concept for luxury barge cruises that offer a similar experience. You can unpack your bags just once and have a relaxing and wonderful week, being completely taken care of by the staff. The hotel is a luxurious 16th-century stone manor house that is guaranteed to take your breath away. Each room is finely appointed to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
The Cotswolds experience with Jones & Campbell can be booked from spring to fall. Their classic itinerary is perfect for exploring the area at a leisurely pace, while still enjoying the peace and tranquility you’ll find at the manor house. You can book one room in the house, or reserve an entire week for yourself and your family.
For more information on this unique and one-of-a-kind experience in England, visit the Jones & Campbell website. There, you’ll find information about how to book, with prices and availability.
These are all exceptional hotels, that offer the very best experiences in south west England. But don’t stop at these! England is full of fun and quirky hotels. Try one of these 20 unique and unusual hotels in the UK. We’ve got your travel plans covered in England!
(As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own honest reflection on our travel experiences.)