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    The Alma

    Laidback and friendly

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    Coach & Horses

    Refreshing retreat from central London

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    The Hare & Hounds Inn
    Bowland Bridge 

    Lively atmosphere

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    The King’s Head Inn

    Rustic character in a picturesque location

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    The Cricketers

    Excellent food

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    The Carpenters Arms

    Refreshing design in a great location

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    The Wiveton Bell

    Peaceful and intimate

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    Rothay Manor

    Rothay Manor positions itself accurately as Ambleside’s boutique hotel. It is a smart country house with 23 bedrooms and its location on the edge of Ambleside is uniquely appealing and charming. You’re in an oasis of large grounds surrounded by fencing, removed from Lake District tourist razzmatazz, in your own calm world. The main building,… Read more »

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    Creative and sustainable supper club with rooms

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    The Alexandra Hotel
    Lyme Regis  

    Exceptional location

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    The George Hotel

    Friendly and family-run

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    The Royal Oak

    Impressive, sophisticated menu

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    The Three Horseshoes

    Relaxing countryside retreat with excellent food

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    Hôtel Chopin

    Definitely one of our top two-star hotels, with perhaps the most charming façade of all. It stands at the end of Passage Jouffroy, one of the 19thC glass-and-steel roofed arcades which thread this no-frills shopping and theatre neighbourhood, and as you approach you may worry that it will be a tourist trap. Not at all…. Read more »

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    The George Inn

    Copper-bottomed, all-round quality, plus an individual vibe.

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    Burnside Hotel

    Friendly and affordable

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    Castello di Gargonza

    Beautifully restored castle

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    Ballyvolane House

    Grand and homely

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    The Bear

    Characterful Inn

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    The Alice Hawthorn
    Nun Monkton 

    Charming and stylish

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    Leonardslee House
    West Sussex 

    Unique and imaginative country house

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    Fort Road Hotel

    A thoughtful but luxurious regeneration project

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    The Classic Stetteneck

    The name is fair enough: this is a magnificent Tyrolean Art Nouveau mansion that started in 1913 as a butcher’s shop with flats above. Decades later, in 1964, it was converted into a bed and breakfast, before becoming a hotel in 1972. It’s a key feature of the pedestrian zone in the graceful town of… Read more »

  • The Cartford Inn

    In a little-visited corner of the North West, on a peaceful bend of the river Wyre, this place’s real heart, soul and energy is that of owners Patrick and Julie Beame. This husband-wife duo’s passion for their community seeps into every nook of this old 17thC Inn and its assortment of outbuildings. The hotel and… Read more »

  • Terra Rosa

    New to our small but growing Portugal selection, an agriturismo with style and individuality. A collection of farm buildings has recently been converted to provide rustic-chic rooms and delightfully relaxed public spaces. Reliable sunshine in summer, it’s surrounded by vineyards of the Minho region of northern Portugal, bordering Spain. It’s relatively sleepy – slow right… Read more »

  • Les Florets

    This ticks most of our boxes. The hotel stretches across 80 hectares of the Vaucluse, among Gigondas vineyards at the foot of the Dentelles de Monmirail. Expect delightful views of a narrow valley, looking out over hills and vineyards. It has been in the hands of the Bernard family for four generations, and dates back… Read more »

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    Hotel Villa Kastelruth

    What began in 1887 as a ‘thermal guesthouse’ for people passing through Castelrotto on the newly built road quickly developed into a renowned holiday destination. The guesthouse, was developed in 1903 into the then-fashionable villa style, and still combines a breath-taking location with the convenience of being near the centre of charming Castelrotto. It’s also… Read more »

  • Hotel Madrisa
    Gargellen, Austria 

    This long established Vorarlberg institution is outside our usual size range but its ethos and atmosphere is so hard to reproduce that it can’t be ignored. Family run for three generations, the pine clad building stands 25 m or so above the road through Gargellen, a modest, but relatively high resort not especially known to… Read more »

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    Pythouse Kitchen Garden

    Refreshingly different

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    The Angel at Hetton

    The Angel at Hetton has been reborn since the last edition as a superb new contemporary place to stay, worth a detour if only for the food. Chef Michael Wignall (once at Gidleigh Park, Devon) has returned to his northern roots to be awarded a Michelin star for sophisticated, inventive dishes such as squab with… Read more »

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    La Villa Leopoldine

    If you are an enthusiast for off-piste, perhaps whacky hotel experiences, try this place conveniently located in a large but peaceful village 20 mins from Toulouse Airport. It describes itself as a hotel confidential – which means you wouldn’t recognise it immediately as a hotel. For sure, from the street it looks at first glance… Read more »

  • The Jolly Sportsman
    East Chiltington 

    Hidden in the South Downs National Park, the Jolly Sportsman is a warm and homely country pub with a sense of slow living. There are just four adequately sized yet comfortable bedrooms and a terrace for great views of the countryside. We found the team’s dedication to maintaining a low carbon footprint especially impressive. They… Read more »

  • Antonia’s Pearls

    You can’t take a private atmosphere for granted any more on Cornwall’s south coast, but in these nicely restored serviced cottages you can really be yourself. They appeal to independent people who find a homely ambience helps them to relax. You can be fully self catering if you wish, but most prefer to pre-order Antonia’s… Read more »

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    The Lord Poulett Arms
    Hinton Saint George 

    The Lord Poulett Arms is a traditional 17th-century thatched inn located in one of the best-kept villages in Somerset. Part of the Beckford Group, this inn showcases what Dan, Charlie, and Matt do best – warming hospitality, comforting food, great wine, and charming interiors. The place has undergone a gentle and stylish refresh and is… Read more »

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    The Bath Arms at Longleat

    We have known about this Wiltshire institution for a long time – it was one of the first places our series editor Fiona Duncan reviewed for her Telegraph column. We didn’t include it in Charming Small Hotels until now because although good, it wasn’t quite individual enough for our selection. Now Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton,… Read more »

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    Glebe House

    Everything’s about slow living here. There’s a vegetable garden, a swimming pool and a tennis court; farm animals, several hens and two Lop pigs (a rare British pig breed) call this home. The agritourism theme surfaces everywhere – vines grow on the outside walls; a wood burner awaits you in the hall plus the smell… Read more »

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    Another Place, The Lake

    Inspired by its sister hotel, Watergate Bay in Cornwall, Cumbria’s Another Place brings something new to the Lake District. By including it, we go a little off-piste, but what’s provided here is unique. The location between lake and hills is both calming and inspiring. Previously known as Rampsbeck Hotel, the Georgian-style house is next to… Read more »

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    As Janelas Verdes

    Romantic boutique town house in the heart of Lisbon

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    Langar Hall

    A slice of the English idyll in the heart of Nottinghamshire

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    The Loch and The Tyne by Adam Handling
    Old Windsor 

    Luxury pub-with-rooms with a passion for sustainability

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    Casa Galricho

    Restorative and authentic

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    Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

    Bed-and-breakfast with rooftop glamping

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    Brooks Guesthouse Bath

    Cosy boutique bed-and-breakfast, in a Victorian listed building

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    The Falcondale

    Award-winning luxury hotel in the Welsh countryside

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    THE PIG in the South Downs

    Elegant manor in the South Downs

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    THE PIG at Harlyn Bay
    Padstow, Cornwall 

    Historic manor near surfing beach

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    Artist Residence Bristol

    Shabby-chic comfort

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    Resort Fondo la Campagnola
    Gargnano (BS) 

    Exclusive, family-run apartment hotel with panoramic views over Lake Garda