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My Favourite Hotels in England
A selection of hotel reviews and recommendations from all over England for some of my favourite places to stay. From the Art Deco Elegance of the Burgh Island Hotel (inspiration for Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" and her Hercule Poirot mystery "Evil Under The Sun") in the West Country to some more rustic pubs and elegant hotels in romantic places such as The Lake District, famous not only for it's beauty, but also the inspiration of many poets and writers such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Tennyson, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter.
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Hotels in Devon
Burgh Island Hotel - Art Deco Elegance
Sea Tractor to Burgh Island
Dorset, Southwest England
The Casterbridge Hotel in Dorset - Places to Stay in Dorchester, Dorset
The Casterbridge Hotel, named after Thomas Hardy's fictional town of Casterbridge, which was based on his home town of Dorchester, is an excellent old hotel on the main street running through Dorchester. Some of the rooms have four-poster beds and pleasant traditional decoration. There is no restaurant, except for breakfast, but a very inviting lounge with comfortable sofas and a small bar. There are many restaurants in Dorchester and takeaway food may be brought back to the hotel to eat in the dining area (plates etc provided) At the weekend booking a table in the restaurants would be advised. The only criticism of the hotel was slightly obtrusive road noise in the rooms at the front, when the window was open, but otherwise a wonderful place to stay.
49 High East Street,
+33 (0) 1305 264043
Other places to stay. There is a Best Western Hotel just a few doors down from the Casterbridge, which has less charm, but is still a nice historic building in a good location.
Dorchester. The County Town of Dorset
The Cobb Arms, Lyme Regis
If you want a convenient location right next to the harbour, then The Cobb Arms could be ideal. It is right next to the central car parks, beaches and most most of the shops and restaurants. A simple, traditional English pub, with good beer and reasonable food. It is far from luxurious, but reasonably priced.
The Cobb Arms,
+44 (0) 1297 443242
Guidebooks for Dorset
Hotels in Somerset
Hotels in Somerset
The Victoria is a traditional pub just a short walk from the beach in Burnham-on-sea, which is an old Victorian sea-side resort town. The rooms are a reasonable size, newly decorated, with good modern, simple bathrooms. The pub bars are fairly busy at the weekend and there is some noise from them and from the skittles/bowling alley underneath some of the rooms, but the bars close at midnight at the weekend. Traditional pub food is served in the bars all day and a reasonable traditional B&B full English breakfast served in the morning.
The rooms are big enough for two people to move around easily with a double bed or two singles in some of the rooms and a reasonable sized newly fitted bathroom. The rooms are simple and newly decorated with a small TV and DVD player, but no mini-bar or room service and "smelly food" is not allowed in the room. There is no view apart from of the car park or street.
This is a traditional English pub of a Victorian style with two bars. There is no lobby and when checking in you have to go to the bar. The staff were helpful and friendly. The food is basic "pub-grub"; inexpensive and simple. There are no other facilities apart from the small garden or seating area at the front.
There are only six rooms so the ambiance at breakfast time is quieter and more refined than in the evening. The food is simple, basic fried English breakfast.
The immediate surrounding are fairly uninspiring, but the beach is seven miles of golden sand running all the way to Brean Down peninsular. An old wooden lighthouse on stilts stands on the beach and a couple of miles away there is an old wooden wreck and an old, broken, disused Victorian stone paddling pool for when the tide went out. There is a golf club and other sports centres near the town. The shopping opportunities in the town are minimal, but Weston Supermare is a half hour drive away. There are a few other pubs, some with live music. The location is fairly quiet, but there is some noise from the bars and bowling alley.
The Lake District Books
The Lake District, Northern England
The Lake District
There are many wonderful old hotels in the Lake district. Here are few of my favourites:
Applegarth Hotel in Windermere. A great location for the town. Quite old fashioned but very comfortable. A good restaurant and there are plenty more good restaurants nearby in the town.
Bridge Inn, Buttermere. Wonderful location. Not much more than a couple of pubs (This one and the Fish Hotel Pictured above), a lake and some sheep. Nice easy walk round the lake and reasonable packed lunch from the pub/hotel. Either of the pubs would be good for a night or two. The Bridge Inn does a good "5-course" dinner or bar-food. Not much else to do apart from the pubs though (Which is fine by me)
Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere. Posh and old-fashioned. 5-course dinner and pleasant bar etc. right in the centre, with plenty to see without using the car.
Ivy House Hotel, Hawkshead. Very small, friendly, Georgian, Grade 2 listed, but comfortable with great food.
None of these are modern hotels, but they were all comfortable and charming.
There are plenty more to choose from though.
The Lake District
Hotels in Cornwall
Marina Villa Hotel, Fowey - Fowey pronounced "Foy"
The Marina Villa Hotel in Fowey is one of the best hotels in this part of the world: Two houses opposite each other on the Esplanade in Fowey each with a few rooms. The house backing onto the harbour has wonderful views from its terrace and restaurant. The rooms are old fashioned, very comfortable and nicely finished, but the real attraction of this wonderful friendly hotel is the restaurant. Absolutely fantastic (and quite expensive when compared to the reasonably priced rooms, but worth every penny)
Marina Villa Hotel,