Our Best Village Hotels
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Britain's bucolic and charming villages conjure up images of chocolate-box village greens, swan-laden ponds, welcoming pubs and luscious fields. The real thing is far prettier. Ideal for rural walking retreats and nostalgic romantic getaways, Britain’s villages are the perfect backdrop to a relaxing holiday in the country. From serene fishing harbours to remote picture-postcard valleys, villages are the heart and soul of the British imagination. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and discover these close-knit communities which draw you in and make you feel at home.
Castle Combe is often considered England’s prettiest village. It’s easy to see why; the village retains an impressive number of medieval buildings which afford it a nostalgic charm. From higgledy-piggledy Tudor inns to honey-coloured stone cottages, the village is as romantic and “olde worlde” as it gets. What better hotel to enjoy this charm in than the Manor House Hotel, an impeccably designed 14th-century manor with connections to William Shakespeare. Rooms are decorated in attractive Tudor detail and the hotel itself is located within well-manicured garden grounds. To stay here is to be transported back in time. Caste Combe is also well situated to larger historic settlements like Bath and Lacock Abbey, although you won't want to leave the village’s alluring riverside views.
Resting in one of Scotland's most gorgeous regions on the banks of Loch Lomond, St Fillians offers excellent access to the Trossachs National Park. As such, the village itself is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with plentiful walking, fishing, kayaking and boating activities in the area. So enchanting is this village that a housing project was once cancelled to avoid irritating the local faeries which are said to live in the mystical surrounds. These surrounds consist of pretty woodlands and hill trails which are ideally explored on foot. In the evening, you can wind down in the local pub with excellent views out over the loch. Achray House itself is ideally located with terraces overlooking the tranquil waters and rolling mountain valleys of the national park.
Escape to one of the Lake District’s most enchanting villages, Grasmere. Grasmere was once home to William Wordsworth, the famed romantic poet who adored the treasure-filled landscape. The Macdonald Swan Hotel was even mentioned in one of Wordsworth’s poems recounting a drunken trip around the Lakes. He would have stayed in the coaching inn during his travels. Today, the hotel does a lovely job of conjuring up images of the romantic period, with cosy and comfortable rooms overlooking the Lake District’s majestic landscape. As for Grasmere, it’s a haven of scenic tea shops, ancient churches and charming stone cottages which are among the most delightful in the country.
Situated in the quiet gem of a countryside village, Clearwell, Tudor Farmhouse is surrounded by the Forest of Dean, a bucolic region of shaded trails and picturesque rivers. The village itself feels like something from a movie; old stone cottages, welcoming locals and two ever-so-charming pubs. What’s more, Clearwell hosts a charming castle and cave attraction within walking distance of the hotel. Made up of a collection of 16th-century buildings, this stone hotel houses its own free-range chickens, a tranquil courtyard and medieval-inspired panelling. If you’re looking for a cockle-warming escape in an English countryside village, this is a perfect option.
Escape to the captivating Yorkshire Dales, one of the UK’s most striking national parks. This hotel is located in the delightful village of Bainbridge, complete with a typical village green, a 15th-century pub and alluring riverside views. This is one of the Dales’ oldest settlements, with the remains of a Roman Fort found nearby. The village itself is situated in the heart of Wensleydale, a gorgeous valley region of rolling fells, waterfalls and, perhaps most famously, cracking cheese. Yorebridge House is the perfect way to explore this vibrant region in luxurious style. The hotel is tastefully decorated in a modern fashion with an excellent restaurant to return to every evening. It's the perfect retreat for walkers and cyclists, with trails leading in and around the local Pennine mountains.
Villages are the centre of the British imagination and the UK boasts an impressive variety of villages to visit. From twee chocolate-box cottages with nostalgic village greens to spectacularly secluded rural retreats, British villages are among the prettiest and most welcoming in the world. You can escape to the country, learn about history or indulge in some much-needed fresh air hiking with village hotels. At Privé, you’ll find the best selection of luxurious village resorts and hotels to stimulate the senses and commemorate a romantic hideaway.