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Ten of the Best Hotels with a View

by Amanda Statham (May 2013)

Hands up who’s booked a room in a posh hotel only to fling open the curtains and find yourself gazing at a car park or fire escape. Gutted. To ensure you’re only ever looking at beautiful lochs, lakes, sea, gardens, rivers or rolling countryside, here are my top ten favourite hotels with a view to thrill.

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Two Bridges Hotel

Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park, Dartmoor

Two Bridges Hotel, Two Bridges, Dartmoor, Devon

You’ll see people reach for their smartphone when they arrive, because it’s one of those places that you can’t help but Instagram from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Its setting in the heart of Dartmoor National Park next to the River Dart, rolling hills and a cluster of trees, is like something out of a fairy-tale. The interior is a little faded yet still magical (it’s not going to win any minimalist design awards!) and while some of the 33 rooms have large ornate beds, all have fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. Locally sourced dishes like pheasant stew with rosemary gnocchi ensure the restaurant is buzzing, which, combined with the panorama, make this a must-visit hotel for a weekend break.

Ackergill Tower, Wick, Highland

A private castle on the edge of a cliff top – what’s not to love? As you’d imagine, this A-list getaway has ah-maze-ing views of windswept beaches on one side and rugged countryside on the other. Book a baronial room for sea views or, if you want to impress or simply be impressed, a deluxe castle room, complete with four-poster and jaw-dropping scenery. Drinks at the new Smuggler’s Saloon are a treat particularly when accompanied by the local haddock served in batter from the bar. For something more sophisticated dine beneath crystal chandeliers and pretend you’re in Harry Potter in the Grand Hall, where sommeliers will talk you through the wines to accompany dishes like roast guinea fowl with parsnip puree and pancetta.

Forest View

Symonds Yat East, Ross-on-Wye

Forest View, Symonds Yat East, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

The name of this four-star B&B is deceptive, as it’s actually the sweeping views of the River Wye that make a lasting impression. Set in an acre of gorgeous gardens dotted with fishponds and perfect lawns sloping down to the river, it’s spot-on for a weekend away from it all. The ten en suite bedrooms all have the view, as does the lounge and bar and if you manage to extract yourself from the memorising vista, there are decent pubs and restaurants within strolling distance.

Solent Forts

The Departure Lounge, Canal Side, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

Solent Forts, The Departure Lounge, Portsmouth, Hampshire

If James Bond opened a hotel, it would probably look a lot like Spitbank Fork, a converted circular maritime fort in the Solent overlooking Portsmouth. The speedboat journey out there gives an indication of just how amazing it is to spend the night completely surrounded by water and the views really are breathtaking, whether at sunset sitting around the circular fire pit, on deck gazing at the twinkling lights of the city by night or during an alfresco breakfast at sunrise with views of the sparkling Solent. It sleeps 16 and you can book one room or hire it privately as a group.

Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa

95 Mudeford, Christchurch

Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, 95 Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset

With picture-postcard views of boats bobbing about in the bay from most windows and a nautical chic décor, it’s little wonder this fabulous hotel was voted in the top 10 coastal hotels in the UK by Sunday Times Travel. The owners really embrace the fact guests are there for the view, hence The Jetty restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows, the Upper Deck Bar (great place for a cocktail) has a spacious terrace at sunset and the garden sweeps right to the water’s edge (choice spot for afternoon tea). Ask for a harbour view bedroom when you book and don’t miss a treatment in the excellent Harbour Spa.

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