Short breaks
15/10/2012 16:46 | By Sawdays, contributor, MSN Travel
20 Best British Hotels and Inns

The William Cecil, Stamford, Lincolnshire

The William Cecil, Stamford, Lincolnshire (© Sawdays)
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Holidaying at home won't feel like quite the compromise if you stay in one of these chic pads. Selected from Sawday’s new Special Places to Stay British Hotels & Inns book, £15.99, they are the best showcase of the nation, from locally-sourced food to plump beds, long, scenic walks, to cosy fireside nooks. To buy a copy and for more information on any of the hotels featured go to

The William Cecil, Stamford, Lincolnshire

A sweeping staircase leads to cosy country-house bedrooms, individually designed by Christine Boswell, with big comfy beds, bold fabrics, eclectic furnishings from Rajasthan and fabulous bathrooms; the best have roll top tubs and vast walk-in showers.

Extra touches include organic vodkas by the bed. Downstairs, informality reigns through lounges and wood-floored bar and dining room. The food is local, fresh and delicious, with seasonal delights that include game from the Burghley estate. You might find fried duck egg with girolle mushrooms, grilled sea bass with fenel and blood orange. Walk it all off with a stroll into Stamford or explore the vast estate.

From £125 per night – - 01780 750070

16/10/2012 14:13

Love the Lazy Toad Inn Exeter, page 8, looks lovely and quaint.

Could easily stay at Netherstow House Staffordshire, Page 15, French Chic and Armoires are right up my street.

My favourite though is Chilverbridge House Sussex, page 13. Definitely my cup of tea!

16/10/2012 23:48
not one of those hotels within 180 miles of me so looks like I'll have to my own B+B.
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23/11/2012 10:36
I love visiting British hotels, British Hotels are always my first choice...
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16/10/2012 13:45
, Eastbourne, Sussex, If you can afford the bill there's always Beachy head to your left
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