Best Loved Hotels

The UK boasts 15 national parks, each of them extraordinary in its own way. These are the nation's protected breathing spaces, complete with majestic scenery and a fascinating variety of landscape and wildlife. This week is the first of a two part series celebrating Best Loved hotels in or near Britain's national parks. Whether you are returning to an old favourite, or exploring a new area of the country, there's something here for everyone.

HOTEL DEALS

ILSINGTON COUNTRY HOTEL, DEVON

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The wild and rugged landscapes of Dartmoor, with its granite tors and shrouded moorland, is the magnificent setting for The Ilsington Country House Hotel. Perched on ten acres on the rolling hills of southern Dartmoor, Ilsington offers stunning views towards Haytor, and is the perfect base for exploring the National Park. Afterwards, enjoy some relaxing spa time and excellent dinners in either the 2 AA Rosette-winning restaurant or The Blue Tiger Inn, a wonderfully atmospheric Dartmoor pub.

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2 nights Dinner B&B, a bottle of Prosecco, and your choice of a back, neck or shoulder massage or an Indian Head massage plus a spa lunch from £285 per person.

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SAUNTON SANDS HOTEL, DEVON

Saunton Sands Hotel - photo

An elegant 4-star hotel overlooking one of the finest beaches in North Devon and at the gateway to beautiful Exmoor. During October and November Saunton Sands will be working with the excellent Door to Moor team to provide bespoke trips to beautiful Exmoor. Groups can be taken out together from 2-4 people. They will organise transport, a picnic lunch and an experienced guide will take you to the heart of the moor to see wildlife such as rutting red deer, Exmoor ponies and lots of smaller animals and birds.

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3 night Exmoor Safari: 3 night breaks start from £300 per person to include room, breakfast and a one day safari.

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LOSEHILL HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, DERBYSHIRE

Losehill House Hotel and Spa - photo

An intimate and luxurious country house hotel with exceptional spa facilities and 2 AA Rosette-winning Orangery Restaurant. The exceptional setting overlooking Win Hill means you only have to set out from the front door to explore some wonderful countryside. The hotel is equidistant from the beautiful villages of Castleton and Edale, and is in the midst of some of the best walking and outdoor activity countryside in England.

Losehill House Hotel and Spa - photo

Mid-week break for two, including full use of spa facilities, 3 course menu, B&B in a King Room from £174 per room per night.

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CAVENDISH HOTEL, DERBYSHIRE

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Set on the Chatsworth Estate in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, Cavendish has an ideal location for walkers. The park and gardens hold a key position in the history of English landscape design. The Chatsworth Park covers 1,000 acres and is home to red and fallow deer, sheep, cattle and many wild animals. Excellent views over the Estate and first rate cooking in the 2 AA Rosette-winning restaurant.

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2 or 3 night Autumn Dinner B&B, arriving Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. From £388 per couple for 2 nights (usual price £500).

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THE MAYNARD, DERBYSHIRE

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The Maynard occupies a privileged and peaceful location in the heart of the Peak District National Park. With 10 bedrooms and several different packages, there is something to suit everyone! After a day of rambling and exploring, enjoy locally sourced, seasonal dishes in the AA Rosette-winning restaurant or more informal, dog-friendly bar area.

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Ramblers Break: 2 nights Dinner B&B with 1 packed lunch, walks provided & no extra charge for pets from £92 per person per night. Free upgrade to a superior bedroom when you quote 'Bestlovedramblers'.

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CAREYS MANOR HOTEL & SENSPA, HAMPSHIRE

Careys Manor - photo

There are few places as stunning as the New Forest National Park in autumn with the promise of windswept walks across ancient moorland. The spectacular sunsets transform the woodland into a kaleidoscope of glowing coppers and rich reds, and the forest moors, buzzing and alive with wildlife in the summer, take on a sleepy, mellow tone. Enjoy the crackling log fires and shake off that autumnal chill with a thick woollen blanket in front of a roaring fire pit, sipping a warming Autumn Sunset cocktail.

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Autumn Sunset: Save £100. B&B, autumn sunset cocktail, New Forest autumn walking guide, Dinner at any one of the 3 restaurants and 10% off spa treatments from £199 per room.

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ASHDOWN PARK, SUSSEX

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Stunning 19th century mansion set in 186 acres in the beautiful Ashdown Forest and also near the dramatic eastern end of the South Downs. Perfect for walkers, golfer and cyclists (the Ashdown Forest itself has one of the most picturesque cycle routes in Sussex). After an invigorating day outdoors, enjoy the spa, country club and fine dining in the 2 AA Rosette Anderida Restaurant.

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Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 in October & November and receive a glass of English wine to be enjoyed in the bar on the night of your arrival and walking maps so that you can enjoy the beauty of the Ashdown Forest National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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PARK HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, SUSSEX

Park House Hotel and Spa - photo

There's nothing like a midweek escape to the country. Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, enjoy a walk along the famous South Downs Way and then come to Park House for a luxurious treatment, a delicious dinner and an overnight stay.

Park House Hotel and Spa - photo

Midweek (Sunday-Thursday) dinner, bed and breakfast from £190 per room. Receive a complimentary bedroom upgrade and tea & scones on arrival in the Drawing Room. Full use of all spa facilities and 10% off any pre-booked spa treatments. Please quote blhOct17 when booking.

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LAST WEEK'S WINNER

Congratulations to last week's competition winner, Carol Clements from Brandon who won two nights B&B for two plus dinner on one of the nights at Great National Mulranny Park Hotel in Ireland - spectacular scenery at this beautiful hotel just steps from Mulranny Beach, the Wild Atlantic Way and the stunning Great Western Greenway walking trail. Winner of 2 AA Rosettes and Best Chef in Mayo award.


         


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