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Ten of the Best Hotels with a View

by Amanda Statham

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.

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.

The Cormorant Hotel

Golant, Fowey

The Cormorant Hotel, Golant, Fowey, Cornwall

Idyllic is an overused term in hotel reviews, yet The Cormorant really does warrant it. It’s top of the tree when it comes to views as every bedroom and public area looks out on the beautiful Fowey River, thanks to the hotel’s elevated position. All I wanted to do was hang out on the terrace and watch boats glide by, migrating birds swish above and anglers patiently waiting for a catch on the banks. Take a stroll to Fowey on the public path that runs along the top of the hotel’s garden, but be sure to return for dinner at the hotel’s excellent two AA rosette restaurant and maybe a quick nightcap on your balcony.

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