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Country house hotels in the UK and Ireland

When you're in need of rest and relaxation in elegant and luxurious surroundings, a country house hotel is the only answer.

Many of Britain's outstanding buildings are now country house hotels characterised by beautiful surroundings, top notch service, excellent facilities and fine dining.

Wherever you're thinking of taking a break in Britain and Ireland you'll find a good choice of fine, hand-picked country house hotels with detailed descriptions and photographs.

All can be booked securely online at great rates.

Let us inspire you

If you're not sure where to go we've prepared a shortlist of the best country house hotels in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. You'll find excellent hotels in Keswick in the Lakes District, Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds in fact throughout Britain from Devon to Scotland.

Country house hotel special offers

Many of our featured hotels have excellent special offers including discounts and free nights.

Take a country house hotel break

Arriving at a good country house hotel is an event. Turn off the road and onto the drive and feel the tingle of excitement felt by previous house guests through the centuries. Relax in your luxurious bedroom with tranquil views of idyllic countryside before an indulgent and delicious dinner.

From golf or croquet, horse-riding to fly fishing

Do as much or as little as you feel like. Many of the country house hotels we feature have spas and golf courses, tennis courts, gyms and pools.

Others have croquet lawns. Some specialise in country pursuits - from horse riding to fly fishing. Some give you the opportunity to experience something new like falconry.

Most are set in beautiful landscape, made for life's simple pleasures like a country walk after a good lunch.

Grand architecture in magnificent settings

Of course most of the grandest country house hotels started life as impressive homes for the aristocracy. No expense was spared in their design and construction - now almost impossible to replicate at any price.

Usually set in beautiful countryside, the views were further enhanced by famous landscape gardeners, such as Capability Brown, who created extraordinary parkland vistas. Many of parkland settings are at their finest now, the tree lined avenues having matured over hundreds of years.

These great landscape artists and their visionary patrons were determined to create something of lasting beauty as a lasting testament to their power and wealth.

Browse and book today

Now it's not necessary to have blue blood to enjoy the high life - so browse, book and look forward to a weekend or short break in elegant, tranquil surroundings disturbed only by the occasional cry of a peacock.