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The best British hotels and B&Bs of 2022, from a former youth hostel to a Michelin-starred mansion

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What makes a really great British hotel? Delicious food and wine are a given, as are stylish rooms. But it’s the personalized service and attention to detail that makes some places really stand out.

At The Good Hotel Guide, we pride ourselves on finding those small, independent hotels that go the extra mile. This year’s Cesar winners include a hotel that completely reinvented the motorway service station and a pub where you might do yoga alongside the owners, Lord and Lady Northampton. . .

BEST COUNTRY HOTEL

The Forest Side, Cumbria

The Good Hotel Guide has announced the 2022 Cesar winners, celebrating ‘truly great’ British hotels. The Forest Side in Cumbria, pictured, wins Best Country Hotel award

The rooms are all different at No. 15 by GuestHouse in Bath, which takes home the Best City Hotel award

The rooms are all different at No. 15 by GuestHouse in Bath, which takes home the Best City Hotel award

Michelin-starred cuisine, elegant bedrooms and red squirrels in the garden are a recipe for success for this 20-room hotel. Chef Paul Leonard gets 90 percent of his products from a radius of 16 kilometers. The light and airy bedrooms have Herdwick wool carpets and Bramley toiletries. The icing on the cake? Glorious walks from the door.

Details: B&B doubles from £199 (theforestside.com).

BEST CITY HOTEL

No. 15 at GuestHouse, Bath

Named after the three Guest brothers who own it, this boutique hotel is housed in a trio of Grade II listed Georgian townhouses.

The rooms are all different, with a touch of whimsy, such as a dollhouse coffee maker or wallpaper inspired by the pergola in Henrietta Park opposite. All rooms have a turntable and access to the free pantry.

Details: B&B doubles from £149 (guesthousehotels.co.uk).

BEST B&B

Cambridge House, Reeth, North Yorkshire

Cambridge House (above) in North Yorkshire takes the title of Best B&B in the prestigious awards.  Guests can look forward to a warm welcome and stunning views over Swaledale

Cambridge House (above) in North Yorkshire takes the title of Best B&B in the prestigious awards. Guests can look forward to a warm welcome and stunning views over Swaledale

A warm welcome with cake isn’t the only thing guests enjoy at Sheila and Robert Mitchell’s B&B. The rooms have stunning views over Swaledale, exposed stone walls, bathrobes and Noble Isle toiletries.

Sheila and Robert can advise you on the area. Particular praise goes to the breakfast, which includes pancakes, smoked haddock, local eggs, croissants from the village bakery and Sheila’s award-winning marmalade.

Details: B&B doubles from £110 (cambridgehousereeth.co.uk).

BEST PUB WITH ROOMS

The Double Red Duke, Clanfield, Oxfordshire

The gong for the best pub with rooms goes to The Double Red Duke in Oxfordshire, where rooms have a country-chic feel

The gong for the best pub with rooms goes to The Double Red Duke in Oxfordshire, where rooms have a country-chic feel

Pubs with rooms are getting more stylish – and the Duke is no exception. The rooms in Georgie and Sam Pearman’s 17th-century inn have a country-chic feel. They grill meat and fish on cherry and apple wood – you can sit at a counter and watch the chefs in action. The pub attracts a glitzy crowd of locals and weekenders alike.

Details: B&B doubles from £180 (countrycreatures.com)

BEST SOUTHERN HOTEL

The Pig at Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire

Pick of the bunch: The Pig in Brockenhurst, named Best Southern Hotel in the awards, has a shabby-chic interior

Pick of the bunch: The Pig in Brockenhurst, named Best Southern Hotel in the awards, has a shabby-chic interior

A whole litter of pigs have come into the world since Robin Hutson opened the first in 2011. While they are all special, it is this mother pig that can claim to have reinvented the English country hotel, with food sourced from a 40-mile radius and his vegetable garden. The ethos is hip, not hooray, and there’s nothing crazy about the shabby-chic interiors.

Details: Double rooms only from £225 (thepighotel.com).

BEST SOUTHWESTERN HOTEL

The Henley, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

South Devon's The Henley (pictured in the foreground), with spectacular sea views, wins Best South-Western Hotel award

South Devon’s The Henley (pictured in the foreground), with spectacular sea views, wins Best South-Western Hotel award

B&B doubles in The Henley (above) are priced from £159

B&B doubles in The Henley (above) are priced from £159

Well worth booking into this seaside loophole just for the view across the sand to Burgh Island. Guests also appreciate the friendliness of the owners, Petra Lampe and Martyn Scarterfield. Take the path to the beach, sit on the wooden deck and enjoy Martyn’s evening meals.

Details: B&B doubles from £159 (thehenleyhotel.co.uk).

BEST EAST ANGLIAN HOTEL

Morston Hall, Holt, Norfolk

Birdwatchers and bon vivants hit a path to Tracy and Galton Blackiston’s Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms, with the Blakeney Nature Reserve on its doorstep. In the evening, enjoy the seven-course menu with local or home-grown produce.

Details: Dinner and B&B from £190 per person (morstonhall.com).

BEST MIDLAND HOTEL

The Falcon, Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire

Take a yoga class or book a nature trail on the grounds of The Falcon in Northamptonshire, voted Best Midlands Hotel

Take a yoga class or book a nature trail on the grounds of The Falcon in Northamptonshire, voted Best Midlands Hotel

There’s a reason they call Lord Northampton the Mystic Marquess. He and his wife have put well-being at the heart of their reinvented 16th-century inn on the Castle Ashby estate. Take a yoga class or gong bath, book a nature trail on the estate’s grounds, and swim in the lake designed by Capability Brown. The beautiful interiors are designed for relaxation, with earthy, mossy tones reflecting the surrounding countryside.

Details: B&B doubles from £165 (thefalcon-castleashby.com).

BEST NORTHERN HOTEL

Westmorland Hotel, Penrith, Cumbria

Westmorland Hotel (pictured) on the M6 ​​in Cumbria, formerly a motorway service station, offers quiet rooms with hillside views.  It deserves the title of Best Northern Hotel

Westmorland Hotel (pictured) on the M6 ​​in Cumbria, formerly a motorway service station, offers quiet rooms with hillside views. It deserves the title of Best Northern Hotel

Bed and breakfast doubles are priced from £111 at Westmorland Hotel

Bed and breakfast doubles are priced from £111 at Westmorland Hotel

Talk about reinventing the highway gas station. Formerly the Tebay Services Hotel, on the M6, this Lake District hotel offers quiet rooms with mountain views. Created by the resourceful Dunning family after the M6 ​​carved out their hillside farm, the delicious yet unfussy food is made up of fresh farm produce.

Details: B&B doubles from £111 (westmorlandhotel.com).

BEST SCOTTISH HOTEL

Eddrachiles, Scourie, Highlands

Eddrachilles (above) in the Highlands - a hotel that was a youth hostel in the 1950s - receives the coveted title of Best Scottish Hotel

Eddrachilles (above) in the Highlands – a hotel that was a youth hostel in the 1950s – receives the coveted title of Best Scottish Hotel

Some rooms even have a view of the lake at Eddrachilles, where B&B doubles are priced from £150

Some rooms even have a view of the lake at Eddrachilles, where B&B doubles are priced from £150

Overlooking Badcall Bay, this spot used to be a youth hostel in the 1950s, but is as far removed from a world of dorm rooms with lumpy beds and even lumpy porridge as you can imagine. Cream tea is served in the conservatory, there is a choice of 60 malt whiskeys in the bar and the menu changes nightly. Some rooms even have a view of the lake.

Details: B&B doubles from £150 (eddrachiles.com).

BEST WELSH HOTEL

Penally Abbey, Penally, Pembrokeshire

Penally Abbey in Pembrokeshire (above) has been voted Best Welsh Hotel.  During your visit, expect antiques, French market finds, blush wallpaper and Persian carpets

Penally Abbey in Pembrokeshire (above) has been voted Best Welsh Hotel. During your visit, expect antiques, French market finds, blush wallpaper and Persian carpets

Owner Melanie Boissevain is an interior designer and it shows in the stylish, restful rooms in this Strawberry Hill Gothic house, a five-minute drive from Tenby. Antiques stand alongside French market finds, bladder-like wallpaper and Persian carpets.

Enjoy modern British cuisine and views across the bay to the Gower Peninsula through the romantic arched windows of the dining room.

Details: B&B doubles from £135 (penally-abbey.com).

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