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5 Country-House Hotels For A Sumptuous Getaway In The UK

Beaverbrook in Surrey

Take note of these resplendent country-house hotels – from new openings to perennial favorites – where the fires are roaring, the food is homegrown and the rejuvenation opportunities are unparalleled. By KATIE BERRINGTON

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Lime Wood’s elegant Courtyard Bar or wisteria-garlanded terrace are both excellent spots to unwind with a cocktail or afternoon tea

LIME WOOD, Hampshire

The place In the heart of the New Forest National Park, where wild ponies roam, Lime Wood is found at the end of a sweeping drive near the town of Lyndhurst. The incredible surroundings are best soaked up via the glass walls of the hydro pool and sauna in the Herb House Spa.

The style A 13th-century hunting lodge turned into a manor hotel garlanded in wisteria, with elegant and inviting rooms designed by Susie Atkinson.

The rooms The cottages and cabins offer secluded hideaways in the lush grounds. The Lake Cabin is an ultra-romantic “private little island”, which gives guests a sense of floating on water from its almost-wraparound balcony (complete with alfresco bathtub) and picture windows.

The food Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder head up the Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant, jointly crafting an Italian-influenced and locally sourced menu, accompanied by an impressive wine cellar. Beside the spa, the Raw & Cured health-food bar serves a lighter grazing menu of plant-based dishes.

The rest The three-level Herb House Spa is reason alone to visit Lime Wood. In addition to the huge sauna and indoor hydro pools, there is a mud house, an alfresco pool, a state-of-the-art rooftop gym (plus various classes) and an extensive menu that includes Skinesis facials – courtesy of skincare guru Sarah Chapman.

The Newt’s glorious grounds include the Parabola walled garden, which conceals an apple-tree maze

THE NEWT, Somerset

The place A sprawling estate in Bruton, The Newt is practically a village within a village, incorporating hundreds of acres of manicured gardens, wild woods, farmland and orchards.

The style The honey-hued Hadspen House dates back to the 17th century and was remodeled in Georgian times. Bringing an elevated take to the quintessential country escape, the recent renovations (from the husband-and-wife hoteliers behind South Africa’s Babylonstoren) pay immaculate homage to its architectural origins – with playful furnishings weaved in, including plenty of plush seating to sink into after a cider or three.

The rooms With traditional rooms in the main house and a variety of restored former farm buildings in more contemporary style, there are ample accommodation options – the Garden View rooms are particularly special. The recently opened Farmyard, a short stroll (and even shorter bike or buggy ride) from Hadspen, offers a more understated array of rooms housed in the transformed farmhouse, apple loft and cider mill, with its own pool and bar.

The food With a working estate, there is no shortage of tantalizing delicacies to sample here, while you also get an insight into how they are made at the same time. The Garden Café specializes in vegetable-led gastronomy and includes locally reared meat. The Botanical Rooms restaurant is helmed by chef Ben Champkin and showcases a spectacular menu based in farm-to-fork philosophy.

The rest It is impossible to tire of walking the grounds and gardens galore of The Newt but, when you’re ready for some rejuvenation, the spa is a glorious spot to unwind. There is an indoor-outdoor pool, steam room, sauna, hammam and a Medieval-inspired herb garden.

The delectable Garden House Restaurant and Brian Clarke’s kaleidoscopic spa are just two of Beaverbrook’s beguiling attractions

BEAVERBROOK, Surrey

The place Perched among the Surrey hills, the beguiling 470-acre estate offers a far-reaching aspect of rambling English countryside.

The style The rich history of the Beaverbrook estate, once the home of 20th-century politician and media baron Lord Beaverbrook, is brought to life within the lavish interiors of the hotel – created by Susie Atkinson, with an impressive and eclectic art collection adorning the walls.

The rooms The recently opened Garden Suites breathe a sophisticated but whimsical air, and the copper roll-top baths offer a dreamy place to soothe well-walked limbs. For phenomenal views, opt for the Turret rooms, tucked up in the eaves, which have balconies overlooking the endless countryside.

The food There are several dining options to satisfy guests at Beaverbrook, from the Garden House Restaurant, which serves up comforting Mediterranean-influenced cuisine in the English-country-garden setting, to the Japanese Grill (headed up by former Noma chef Wojciech Popow) and the uncomplicated Coach House Deli, with a wood-fire pizza oven. An evening is best rounded off with a signature Smoking Spitfire cocktail in the opulent, art-deco Sir Frank’s Bar.

The rest The beauty of the Surrey views is matched by the iridescent design of the spa at Beaverbrook, which comes courtesy of artist Brian Clarke. You might recognize the vivid stained-glass ceilings and rich-hued tiled walls, which create a beautiful kaleidoscopic effect, from much-posted Instagram documentation.

THE HARPER, Norfolk

The place The Harper is a brand-new slice of heaven on the Norfolk coast. From Stiffkey to Blakeney, every beachside town in this county is picture-postcard pretty and known for delightful harbors – where you can drop anchor for a windswept wander, followed by fish and chips.

The style A charming flint-fronted barn with plush interiors. There is a candlelit bar and snug with an open fire, wine dispenser, board games and armchairs so deep they swallow you whole.

The rooms Each of the 32 rooms is a masterclass in laidback-luxe, with giant beds and an abundance of scatter cushions. Book one of the “biggest” rooms for views over the olive- and fig-tree-lined courtyard, which comes to life with fairy lights as the sun goes down.

The food Given the hotel’s proximity to the ocean, the seafood is so fresh you could shake a stick at it. Enjoy the local fishermen’s daily catch – such as wood-fired sea bass or oyster gratin – as well as an extensive wine list and cocktails to rival any metropolitan cocktail bar.

The rest Skincare specialist Irene Forte has designed a bespoke range of treatments for the hotel, using her signature botanical products – so expect results, not just relaxation. And, for those in need of a detox, there is also a pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna for sweating out any excesses…

Ivy’s at The Harper is the perfect place to relax and put your feet up for elevenses, a daily ritual that is observed with aplomb
With its super-king, four-poster bed, the appropriately named Even Bigger Comfy Luxe Room 2 is the biggest room in the main house at The Pig in the South Downs

THE PIG IN THE SOUTH DOWNS, West Sussex

The place The eighth addition to open under the welcoming umbrella of The Pig is in the small hamlet of Madehurst, high in the rolling South Down hills, and close to the ancient market town of Arundel.

The style In the signature style of the brand, the aesthetic is homey chic, leaning in to mismatched textiles, with pieces reimagined from other objects – all created by the group’s award-winning designer Judy Hutson.

The rooms The sprawling accommodation is comprised of main-house bedrooms, stableyard and courtyard rooms and a few artful alternatives. For something a little different, the Garden and Field Wagons are cozy and full of character. Alternatively, at the bottom of the walled kitchen garden, the original Apple Store is an elegantly rustic hideaway with a super-king four-poster bed, a free-standing bath and a private terrace.

The food The culinary offering is The Pig’s uncomplicated homegrown fare. Served in the traditional Victorian-style greenhouse restaurant is a menu showcasing the brand’s commitment to locality – anything that can’t be grown or produced in-house is sourced from suppliers in the surrounding area. And it goes beyond the food – this is also the first of The Pig properties to boast its own vineyard.

The rest For total relaxation, the two Potting Shed treatment rooms – found amid the meandering kitchen gardens – provide a tranquil spot, with rejuvenating treatments made using only natural and organic ingredients.