The Top Ten National Park Hotels
by Greg Cook (May 2012)
Britain’s national parks offer a startling variety of landscapes encompassing the countries largest mountains and broadest lakes, rolling moorlands and table-flat wetlands. For nature-lovers they’re a haven, for the outward-bound they’re a playground, and they all provide fresh air in abundance. Fortunately for those who enjoy their creature comforts after a bracing day communing with nature, the national parks of England, Scotland and Wales are now the location of some of Britain’s finest hotels.
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Woodlands Terrace, Grantown-on-Spey
Not only ideally positioned for exploring the Cairgorms, the largest Arctic mountain landscape in the British Isles, Culderan House is also on the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail. Visiting in the Cairgorms peaks in mid-winter when the snow-covered mountains are at their most spectacular and those availing themselves of the ski facilities at the top will be glad of a warming dram back at Culdearn House. Set in 0.75 acres of landscaped garden, this elegantly preserved Victorian bolthol offers six luxury en-suite rooms, cosy surroundings and warm hospitality.
Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park, Dartmoor
Set in the heart of Dartmoor’s 368 square miles of wild, granite strewn moorland, the Two Bridges hotel in Priceton is an oasis of comfort and calm. The 33 room hotel boasts spectacular views all round, and it’s 60 acres of pet-friendly grounds lead down to the very edge of the babbling River Dart. Despite it’s splendid isolation the hotel and accompanying Tors Restaurant has gained a reputation for excellence that draws diners and guests from across Devon and beyond.
The Rothay Garden Hotel is situated in both the geographic and cultural heart of the Lake District, the playground of the 19th century romantic poets and paradise for nature lovers and climbers, walkers and sailors to this day. It’s enduring appeal is quite simply the breathtaking beauty, and the Rothay Garden Hotel, with its 30 elegant rooms, overlooked by the fells in the Vale of Grasmere, is the perfect point from which to explore - or simply relax with a glass of wine while drinking in these spectacular surroundings.
The Square, Drymen, Loch Lomond
The ‘bonny’ banks of Loch Lomond and the surrounding Trossach mountains may well provide the quintessential experience of Scotland’s ruggedly beautiful countryside, and it is here that you’ll find the Winnock Hotel. Perched on the edge of the village green it’s hard to believe this cosy hotel, which was originally built as an Alehouse in the 18th century, actually has 73 rooms! The warm intimate atmosphere has been retained, log fires crackle, food is wholesome and fresh, and stunning scenery beckons beyond.
Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst
The New Forest, spreading across Hampshire and Wiltshire, was first established as a hunting ground by William the Conqueror, and the Rhinefield House Hotel, Heathclub & Spa situated within provides explorers of the forest and heath with suitably majestic accommodation. This breathtaking country mansion is a Tudor and Gothic confection that delivers dramatic reception spaces, elegant rooms, mouth-watering food and a ‘wow’ factor from the moment you catch sight of its façade from the sweeping driveway.
Lose Hill Lane, Edale Road, Hope, Hope Valley
A spectacular green lung between the cities of Manchester and Sheffield, the Peak District offers all it visitors fresh air and the time and space to inhale it. As the only luxury four-star residence located inside the Peak District national park, Losehill House provides the ideal base for those who feel they deserve their creature comforts after a day’s outdoor exercise. The hotel provides this in abundance, from its 23 luxurious rooms, to spa facilities and a heated indoor pool for soothing a hill-walker’s aching legs.
Lady Ediths Drive, North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Scarborough
In terms of location Ox Pasture Hall appears to have it all residing in 17 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens, itself set within the wild sweeping meadows of the North Yorkshire moors, yet only two miles from the coast and historic resort-town of Scarborough. A new breed of country house hotel, Ox Pasture hall provides relaxed, rustically elegant surroundings without a hint of stuffiness or pretense – the proper Yorkshire way! Consistently voted one of the counties best hotels you’d be hard pushed to find a better setting or a warmer welcome.
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