Elegant Retreats – A Guide to Luxury Stays in Traditional Manors

Chilston Park provides all the comforts associated with a classic British country house hotel: patterned pelmets, grand paintings and wood-panelled rooms. Visit its lush gardens, sample afternoon tea or admire roaring log fires – this property delivers it all!

This luxurious resort provides more than just an escape from Los Angeles; it also serves as an inviting gateway to the Himalayas with breathtaking snowcapped mountain scenery and ecological-minded hospitality.


Cliveden manor was home to one of Britain’s most powerful families in the 18th Century, but also served as an epicentre of scandal. A duel between Duke of Buckingham and Earl of Shrewsbury took place here; its garden terrace later bears evidence of this duel with swords marking each date of conflict. Nowadays it houses one of England’s finest collections of English art and antiques as well as being surrounded by majestic gardens such as Rose Garden and numerous parterres.

Hotel guests can relax by one of the hotel pools or head to its fabulous spa tucked away behind brick garden walls, featuring state-of-the-art Technogym gym equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna/steam room facilities and two hot tubs. Furthermore, guests can indulge in luxury spa treatments like the Rose Garden Experience (an Ayurvedic foot bathing ritual, pink Himalayan salt body exfoliation with rose oil pouring massage) or Lavender Experience (with Lavender essential oils, full body scrub, hand/arm massage as well as scalp treatment).

For those seeking a more private experience, there are a number of traditional buildings equipped with living rooms, dining/kitchen areas and bedrooms that can be rented as self-catering accommodation in Lake District retreat. Here you will find flawless service combined with interior design and food for an unforgettable stay experience.

Summer Lodge

Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park hosts this boutique hotel, paying tribute to Southern heritage in a luxurious way. Boasting eight beautifully designed rooms divided into two room categories featuring King beds and luxurious bathroom amenities; guests also appreciate being situated within a downtown village location, enjoying a complimentary hot breakfast service as well as personalized attention from attentive service personnel.

At this cozy lakeside hideaway in the Adirondacks, it’s lodge-style relaxation with a unique Adirondack flair. Reclaimed timber design creates a Great Camp vibe, and suites boast forest-inspired decor and amenities like heated bathroom floors. Kids will make lasting memories at the water park or during private wakeboarding lessons on snow, while adults can relax in a wood-burning sauna or treat themselves to massage from our full-service spa.

At this opulent country retreat, a honey-hued Georgian house sits surrounded by lush parkland. Here, guests relax on luxuriously oversize loungers that overlook a reed-fringed lake. Interiors at this villa feature traditional country chintz pelmets and patterned carpets while modern amenities such as yoga studio, football pitch, tennis courts, gym Cowshed spa and an indoor pool can also be found there. Rooms at this retreat boast antique four poster beds, roll top baths and abundant fluffy pillows for ultimate indulgence!

Elcot Park

Once home to Percy Shelley’s mother, this Berkshire Regency mansion has been transformed into an idyllic country-house hotel by Hector Ross’ dynamic new Signet Collection (The Mitre at Hampton Court is the first). Offering all the trappings of luxury accommodation such as croquet and tennis, as well as an outdoor infinity pool – The Shelleys House boasts everything required for an idyllic stay experience!

Interior features include warm colors, high ceilings, antique and contemporary furniture combining for an elegant aesthetic. Rooms are named after historical English figures connected with the house such as Anthony Bushby Bacon’s two-bedroom suite featuring its claw-foot tub in an angled bay window to Percy Shelley Suite’s spacious lounge space decorated with artfully clashing prints.

Out in the grounds, guests can explore a walled garden complete with swan-shaped pond and one of England’s oldest Monkey Puzzle trees, or treat themselves at The Retreat’s cream-on-cream spa, offering Ila treatments, mud rasoul room services and salt floatation pool access.

There’s also The Residences, a collection of nine redeveloped private villas scattered across the hotel grounds – your very own private retreat where you can order from the hotel restaurant directly to your door, walk the dog in surrounding countryside, swim in pool and play croquet in back garden – guaranteed short let income when not visiting, plus access to two restaurants, bar and spa facilities! Ownership comes with guaranteed short let income guaranteed through ownership!

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House stands out as an exquisite resort located a few miles outside Windermere; comprised of two separate houses separated by about one mile; C&TH Editor Helen Nugent found herself completely entranced during her January stay here.

Gilpin Resort has been owned and managed by the Cunliffe family since 1988, showcasing passion and dedication towards their guests. The Lake House offers guests an exquisitely designed home while the Hotel provides an impressive range of rooms. Six Spa Lodges & Suites feature private cedar-wood hot tubs on their garden patios.

Rooms at this property are large and smartly designed with picture windows that face out onto picturesque scenes, flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars and complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity; some even provide Nespresso coffeemakers and can provide made-to-order breakfast. There’s even an indoor swimming pool!

Hotel facilities also include three restaurants, including Michelin-star Source and more relaxed Gilpin Spice, both under Ollie Bridgewater of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame, while Gilpin Spice blends local produce with exotic spices for an exceptional dining experience. Both restaurants belong to Pride of Britain Hotels collection and rank as some of Cumbria’s premier dining experiences.