A Heritage hotel has been lovingly passed down from previous generations, with each new owner writing his story into the building’s rich tapestry. Many of our Heritage hotels started life as a private residence. Today, they offer guests a tantalising window on the past. Some are listed buildings because of their unique architectural design or historic interest and feature original oak panelled walls and inglenook fireplaces. The Maids Head is perhaps your quintessential Heritage hotel: Originally owned by the early Bishops, in the day of William the Conqueror, the Maids Head Hotel dates back to the 13th Century and is the oldest hotel in the UK, with Queen Elisabeth I among its many guests.