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UK hoteliers' top hotels

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Last week The Caterer announced the winners of its inaugural Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list and, unlike most lists, this one was put together by industry experts, including AA inspectors and Travelwrap’s favourite hotel reviewer Fiona Duncan. But do you agree with their choice? Here are the 10 hotels deemed to be the very best in the country. The rest of the list can be viewed on The Caterer’s website.

1 Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hampshire (pictured above)

The Hampshire country house hotel just gets better all the time (we love the recently added treehouse suites) and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 2. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'aisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire

Chef Raymond Blanc’s Oxfordshire gem, now part of the exclusive Belmond stable.3. The Goring, London

Run by the Goring family since it opened in 1910 and famously where the Duchess of Cambridge spent the night before her wedding.

4. Claridge’s, London  

An art-deco masterpiece favoured by royalty and just about everyone else, including Kate Moss who celebrated her 30th birthday here.5. The Dorchester, London

A grande-dame hotel where everything runs like clockwork and the service is second to none.6. Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, Hampshire 

Great food by Angela Hartnett, immaculate service and spoiling facilities in the heart of the New Forest National Park.7. Lucknam Park, Colerne, Wiltshire 

 ‘The Rolls-Royce of country house hotels’, according to Telegraph reviewer Fiona Duncan, which means friendly, elegant and luxurious in gorgeous surroundings.8. Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire

Famous for its sports and leisure facilities, the 92-year-old hotel was described as a ‘Riviera in the Highlands’ when it first opened. The title is every bit as apt today.9. Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly, Sussex 

This Elizabethan manor house is perhaps the loveliest of all England’s country house hotels, with warm and friendly service and fabulous food.10. Clivedon, Taplow, Berkshire

The imposing façade belies the welcoming atmosphere that awaits within. Set in lovely grounds run by the National Trust.

 

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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