How to determine ultimate luxury?

Star ratings for independent hotels can be confusing. We’re all used to the more stars, the better the hotel. In reality, when it comes to luxury the colour of the stars is often more important. Red stars are the ultimate luxury indicator, and all these hotels below have been recognised as red star deluxe places to stay.

Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa

Luxury Lazy Break just £119.50pp

Set on a private 10 acre estate in the rolling Northumbrian countryside, this luxury hotel offers stylish guest bedrooms, sumptuous fine dining in its 2 AA rosette restaurant, and excellent leisure facilities, with swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room & treatments. Just 45 minutes north of Newcastle and close to the coast, it’s perfect for a romantic break away.

Mallory Court

Gourmet Sparking Break just £167.50pp

This stylish, luxury country hotel, set in acres of landscaped gardens near Leamington Spa in the Warwickshire countryside, features sumptuous elegant bedrooms, relaxing wood-panelled lounges, and two award winning restaurants, one exquisite fine dining, and one brasserie.

Brockencote Hall

Luxury Country Break just £102.50pp

This fine, traditional English country house hotel, in the heart of Worcestershire, won Visit England’s Small Hotel of the Year award for 2015. Fully deserving of its 4 red star status, it offers a choice of dining in the Chaddesley restaurant or more informal lounge bar, elegant guest bedrooms and wonderful lounge areas.

Goldsborough Hall

Gourmet Country Escape just £144pp

With 5 AA gold stars and a choice of award-wining restaurants, Goldsborough Hall, set in 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, offers the finest accommodation in Yorkshire. Family run, and with a wealth of history, the hotel is perfectly located for exploring the local area, or simply enjoy the opulence that the property has to offer.

The Greenway Hotel & Spa

Luxury Escape just £165pp

Located on the outskirts of Cheltenham in the heart of the Cotswolds, this luxurious Elizabethan manor house hotel provides elegant bedrooms, a choice of fine dining or brasserie restaurants, and a luxury spa with indoor hydro-pool and outdoor hot tub.

Bovey Castle

Exclusive Getaway just £234.50pp

Located in Dartmoor National Park, the 5 star luxury Bovey Castle sits majestically on the edge of the valley overlooking the stunning Edwardian gardens and flowing River Bovey. The Great Western restaurant offers exceptional food, immaculate service and a superb atmosphere. There’s an award winning spa and treatment rooms, and an 18 hole golf course on-site.

Langshott Manor

Romantic Country Break just £130pp

Luxurious 16th century boutique hotel in Surrey, surrounded by three acres of private gardens and an ancient moat, with 3 AA rosette fine dining in the Mulberry restaurant, stylish individual character rooms. It’s a perfect choice for those looking for a fine dining break in luxurious surroundings.

Bodysgallen Hall Hotel & Spa

Luxury Escape just £167pp

Standing in 200 acres of its own parkland to the south of Llandudno, Bodysgallen Hall is an outstanding country house hotel, with fine dining restaurant, more casual bistro and a deluxe spa. Beautiful gardens include a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet-scented herbs, a rockery with a cascade, a walled rose garden and several follies.

Swan at Lavenham

Classic Luxury Break just £132.50pp

This 15th century, four red star luxury hotel, situated in Lavenham in the heart of Suffolk, yet just 90 minutes from Central London, has beautiful oak-beamed interiors, cosy nooks, and an award winning 2 AA rosette restaurant. The Swan features a brand new spa with treatment rooms, sauna and steam room.

Armathwaite Hall

Classic Break just £190pp

This former stately home, now a luxury hotel on the banks of Lake Bassenthwaite in the Lake District, is set in 400 acres of grounds with spectacular lake and fell views. Enjoy luxurious spa facilities including indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and more, and a renowned 2 rosette restaurant, it’s a superb base to explore the Lake District.

Hartwell House & Spa

Luxury Country Getaway just £160pp

Hartwell House, one of the finest stately homes in England, is now a beautiful country house hotel standing in 90 acres of gardens and parkland, yet only 2 miles from the town of Aylesbury and one hour from central London. Featuring a fine dining restaurant, traditional luxury bedrooms, and spa with indoor swimming pool.

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