Relax at the water's edge when you head for one of our waterside hotels. There are Classic British Hotels overlooking tranquil waters throughout the UK. Head for Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa and take in panoramic views of its stunning surroundings - lake, mountain and forest scenery; or experience the unique location of Waterton Park Hotel, situated on its own island. You may also be interested in our wonderful coastal hotels.
Alfriston/Nr Lewes, South Downs
Set on the banks of the River Cuckmere, at the foot of the South Downs National Park, and four miles from the dramatic white cliffs of the South Coast, Deans Place Country House Hotel is located in the medieval village of Alfriston; Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne are all nearby. Delicious seasonal cuisine prepared from fresh market produce is served in the award-winning restaurant, which looks out across the Cuckmere Valley. In the summer, picnics can be enjoyed in the pretty gardens, and in the winter, log fires blaze in the hotel bar. Watch spectacular performances at the world-famous Glyndebourne, or visit the former country home of the renowned English author Virginia Woolf.
Barns Hotel enjoys a quiet setting in attractive gardens, overlooking the picturesque River Great Ouse and a country park. It is located two miles from Bedford town centre and is easily accessed from the M1 and A1. Once home to the Whitbread brewing family, the hotel has a distinct country house ambience. All bedrooms are non-smoking, feature spacious bathrooms and offer modern facilities including LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi internet access. Many have inspiring river and country park views. The Wineglass Restaurant overlooks the river and offers relaxing surroundings in which to savour delicious cuisine from an inspired menu created in conjunction with a Michelin starred chef. Fine wine is a cornerstone of the Wineglass Restaurant and 40 handpicked wines are available by the glass. Alfresco dining is also available at the water's edge in the summer. Guests have free use of two nearby leisure clubs, both within easy reach of the hotel.
Lake District (Lake Windermere)
Lindeth Howe was once owned by Beatrix Potter. Its hillside setting commands spectacular views of Lake Windermere to the Cumbrian fells beyond - a source of inspiration to the famous children's author and illustrator. The hotel is situated in the very heart of The Lake District, surrounded by its own mature gardens and grounds. The award-winning Dining Room is renowned for its superb cuisine, featuring a mouthwatering menu that changes with the seasons and uses the finest local produce available. Local tours, golf, walking and beauty treatments can all be arranged by the hotel.
Richmond/Hampton Court Palace
The Lensbury Resort is set in manicured lawns on the banks of the River Thames, in leafy Teddington. Twickenham, Richmond and Hampton Court are all nearby; Central London and Heathrow Airport are within easy reach. The Lensbury has outstanding facilities which include an award-winning Spa & Body Wellness Clinic offering an extensive range of spa treatments and therapies. Its health club features a large, 25-metre indoor pool; steam rooms; sauna; state-of-the-art adult gymnasium and a separate youth gym; exercise studio with regular classes; and squash courts. There is also a 6-hole USGA standard golf court on-site, 19 tennis courts and a watersports centre which offers sailing, sculling, kayaking, canoeing and motor boat hire. Guests have the option of dining in the excellent Thames View Restaurant - which has floor to ceiling river and golf course views - or the relaxed, cafÃ©-style Terrace Restaurant. Bedrooms at the hotel are contemporary and all feature free Wi-Fi and LCD digital TVs.
Skipton, Yorkshire Dales
Skipton is known as the 'Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales' - an area of inspiring beauty, rich in wildlife and history. The Rendezvous Hotel is a contemporary hotel built from Yorkshire Stone. It overlooks the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and takes in stunning countryside views. All rooms are spacious with flatscreen TVs. Suites and superior rooms have a sofa and work space and many have fine views. Delicious food is served in the Baby Swan Restaurant and at the hotel pub next door. The on-site leisure club is complimentary to guests and has an indoor pool and gym.
Waterton Park Hotel
Waterton Park Hotel comprises a grand Georgian mansion house on an island and a purpose-built hotel on the mainland, set amidst the world's first nature reserve. The fine dining Bridgewalk Restaurant, brasserie-style Charlie's Bar, leisure club and some bedrooms are located on the island, surrounded by a 26-acre lake. Most bedrooms have lake or golf course views and all offer luxury accommodation. The newly refurbished leisure club features a swimming pool built at lake level.
Brora, Highlands of Scotland
Just an hour north of Inverness, the Royal Marine Hotel is a hidden Highland gem. Designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, this charming hotel overlooks the River Brora and is adjacent to James Braid's famous Brora golf course. Excellent food and fine wine is served in Lorimer's Room, with informal dining in the Bistro or Garden Room. The hotel has comfortable bedrooms, welcoming log fires, a full leisure club and a beauty treatment suite. Two bedroom, self-catering apartments - ideal for golfers - overlook the 18-hole on-site golf course. The area offers fine walking and miles of unspoilt beaches to explore.
Snowdonia National Park, Mid Wales
From its hillside position, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa (pronounced 'Lake Vern Wee'), takes in breathtaking mountain, woodland and lake views. The surrounding estate offers an array of outdoor activities and excellent walking. It is also home to an RSPB bird sanctuary. Award-winning food, including lamb and game from the estate, is served in the Tower Restaurant. The hotel features a superb health spa with treatment rooms, spa pool, sauna and Technogym fitness room. Most premier bedrooms have their own balcony.
Dunadry, County Antrim
This charming country house hotel lies on an ancient site, once a fort and later home to both paper and linen mills, on the banks of The Six Mile Water - a good trout river. Bedrooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a workstation and a seating area. French windows, which open out onto the gardens or the inner courtyard, feature in many rooms. The Linen Mill Restaurant, crowned the best hotel restaurant in County Antrim at the 2011 Irish Awards, serves mouth-watering modern British cuisine. Guests enjoy complimentary access to Dunadry's exclusive country club, featuring a 12.5-metre indoor pool, a gymnasium and a beauty salon. Belfast is just 15 minutes away.