The Good Hotel Guide’s top 10 stays for 2019, exclusively revealed

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A castle on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, an Isle of Skye hunting lodge and a restaurant-with-rooms overlooking the Severn Estuary are among this year’s winners of The Good Hotel Guide’s César awards, the Oscars of the hotel industry. 

Here, we exclusively reveal the 2019 winners…

Lord it up: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides

Good lord! Sample the grand life at Lord and Lady Macdonald’s historic hunting lodge at the foot of a mountain and overlooking Loch na Dal

Good lord! Sample the grand life at Lord and Lady Macdonald’s historic hunting lodge at the foot of a mountain and overlooking Loch na Dal

Good lord! Sample the grand life at Lord and Lady Macdonald’s historic hunting lodge at the foot of a mountain and overlooking Loch na Dal

Dream location: The bedrooms at Kinloch Lodge come with tremendous views, as this image shows

Dream location: The bedrooms at Kinloch Lodge come with tremendous views, as this image shows

Dream location: The bedrooms at Kinloch Lodge come with tremendous views, as this image shows

Sample the grand life at Lord and Lady Macdonald’s historic hunting lodge at the foot of a mountain and overlooking Loch na Dal.

Log fires burn in public rooms hung with ancestral portraits and filled with family memorabilia.

Chef Marcello Tully has a Michelin star for dishes with locally sourced ingredients, such as Drumfearn mussels with cucumber and shallot dressing.

Deer stalking, fishing and foraging are all on offer.

Don’t miss: The letter from Queen Victoria to Lady Maria Macdonald displayed in the drawing room.

Details: B&B £120 to £200 (kinloch-lodge.co.uk, or call 01471 833333).

Tasty newcomer: Pentonbridge Inn, Penton, near Carlisle, Cumbria

Pentonbridge Inn has been totally refurbished. It boasts nine bedrooms and is handy for walks across the Scottish moors

Pentonbridge Inn has been totally refurbished. It boasts nine bedrooms and is handy for walks across the Scottish moors

Pentonbridge Inn has been totally refurbished. It boasts nine bedrooms and is handy for walks across the Scottish moors

To create a gourmet destination in a former run-down pub on a lonely crossroads not far from the Scottish moors is a considerable achievement.

The daily changing menu, featuring monk fish, mussels, and rare beef, is guaranteed to tempt the most discriminating of tastebuds.

Totally refurbished with fine countryside views, the nine bedrooms boast flowers, freshly baked biscuits and homemade preserves to take home.

Don’t miss: The scrumptious venison ragout with pappardelle pasta.

Details: B&B £99 to £200 (pentonbridgeinn.co.uk, or call 01228 586636).

Foodie triumph: The Star Inn, Harome, Yorkshire

The Star Inn's Michelin-starred owner-chef, Andrew Pern, specialises in local, foraged and home-grown dishes

The Star Inn's Michelin-starred owner-chef, Andrew Pern, specialises in local, foraged and home-grown dishes

The Star Inn’s Michelin-starred owner-chef, Andrew Pern, specialises in local, foraged and home-grown dishes

The food at The Star Inn is top notch - and so are the bedroom en-suites. One room even has a snooker table

The food at The Star Inn is top notch - and so are the bedroom en-suites. One room even has a snooker table

The food at The Star Inn is top notch – and so are the bedroom en-suites. One room even has a snooker table

This 14th-century thatched gastro-pub has hunting lodge-style modern bedrooms in its hotel across the road — with quirky touches including a rope-slung bed, a piano or a bath at the end of your toes.

Michelin-starred owner-chef, Andrew Pern specialises in local, foraged and home-grown dishes. Try his braised navarin of Yorkshire Dales mutton, with carrots, turnips, roast hazelnut and chicory salad. A foodie triumph.

Don’t miss: The snooker table in room five.

Details: B&B £150 to £260 (thestaratharome.co.uk, or call 01439 770397).

Scottish tipple: Knockendarroch Hotel, Pitlochry, Perthshire

Struan and Louise Lothian’s Victorian stone mansion, in sloping gardens, has views across the Tummel valley towards the surrounding hills

Struan and Louise Lothian’s Victorian stone mansion, in sloping gardens, has views across the Tummel valley towards the surrounding hills

Struan and Louise Lothian’s Victorian stone mansion, in sloping gardens, has views across the Tummel valley towards the surrounding hills

An appealing mix of roaring log fires, books, wide armchairs and a cabinet full of whiskies guarantees a comfortable stay. The views aren't bad, either, as this image shows

An appealing mix of roaring log fires, books, wide armchairs and a cabinet full of whiskies guarantees a comfortable stay. The views aren't bad, either, as this image shows

An appealing mix of roaring log fires, books, wide armchairs and a cabinet full of whiskies guarantees a comfortable stay. The views aren’t bad, either, as this image shows

Rooms at Knockendarroch Hotel cost from £150. Pictured is the rather cosy lounge

Rooms at Knockendarroch Hotel cost from £150. Pictured is the rather cosy lounge

Rooms at Knockendarroch Hotel cost from £150. Pictured is the rather cosy lounge

Struan and Louise Lothian’s Victorian stone mansion, in sloping gardens, has views across the Tummel valley towards the surrounding hills.

An appealing mix of roaring log fires, books, wide armchairs and a cabinet full of whiskies guarantees a comfortable stay.

The menu includes seared West Coast scallops and Scrabster hake. It is wildly popular with locals.

Don’t miss: Salmon jumping the ladder at Pitlochry dam.

Details: B&B £150 to £295 (knockendarroch.co.uk, or call 01796 473473).

Seaside favourite: The Nare, Veryan-in- Roseland, Cornwall

Perched high above Carne Beach, Toby Ashworth’s venerable hotel, The Nare, on the Roseland peninsula combines old-fashioned virtues with modern hospitality. Pictured is the wonderful swimming pool

Perched high above Carne Beach, Toby Ashworth’s venerable hotel, The Nare, on the Roseland peninsula combines old-fashioned virtues with modern hospitality. Pictured is the wonderful swimming pool

Perched high above Carne Beach, Toby Ashworth’s venerable hotel, The Nare, on the Roseland peninsula combines old-fashioned virtues with modern hospitality. Pictured is the wonderful swimming pool

At The Nare guests can enjoy a soak in a hot tub and gaze at the mesmerising coastline

At The Nare guests can enjoy a soak in a hot tub and gaze at the mesmerising coastline

At The Nare guests can enjoy a soak in a hot tub and gaze at the mesmerising coastline

It’s a popular spot; families (and OAPs) return year after year, The Good Hotel Guide 2019 says

It’s a popular spot; families (and OAPs) return year after year, The Good Hotel Guide 2019 says

It’s a popular spot; families (and OAPs) return year after year, The Good Hotel Guide 2019 says

Perched high above Carne Beach, Toby Ashworth’s venerable hotel on the Roseland peninsula combines old-fashioned virtues with modern hospitality.

Fresh flowers, antiques, expensive toiletries, super-soft towels and comfortable beds make for a cosseted stay.

It’s a popular spot; families (and OAPs) return year after year.

Don’t miss: The feather-light scones and home-made blackcurrant jam at tea.

Details: B&B £295 to £835 (narehotel.co.uk, 01872 501111).

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Country charm: Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Gloucestershire

Enjoy rural bliss at Hari and Colin Fell’s hotel in the Forest of Dean, says The Good Hotel Guide 2019

Enjoy rural bliss at Hari and Colin Fell’s hotel in the Forest of Dean, says The Good Hotel Guide 2019

Enjoy rural bliss at Hari and Colin Fell’s hotel in the Forest of Dean, says The Good Hotel Guide 2019

The former farmhouse, barn and cider house, which has been renovated to a high standard, sits in acres of ancient grassland surrounded by fields grazed by sheep and ponies. Pictured is one of its top-notch bathrooms

The former farmhouse, barn and cider house, which has been renovated to a high standard, sits in acres of ancient grassland surrounded by fields grazed by sheep and ponies. Pictured is one of its top-notch bathrooms

The former farmhouse, barn and cider house, which has been renovated to a high standard, sits in acres of ancient grassland surrounded by fields grazed by sheep and ponies. Pictured is one of its top-notch bathrooms

Enjoy rural bliss at Hari and Colin Fell’s hotel in the Forest of Dean. The former farmhouse, barn and cider house, which has been renovated to a high standard, sits in acres of ancient grassland surrounded by fields grazed by sheep and ponies.

The contemporary bedrooms have an espresso machine and a well-stocked mini-bar.

Don’t miss: A walk with the hotel’s forager Raoul, to go in search of wimberries.

Details: B&B £130 to £250 (tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk or call 01594 833046).

Romantic liaison: The Salutation, Sandwich, Kent

This Queen Anne-style house, designed by Lutyens, has been turned into a romantic hotel by its new owners (who have taken over from Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom)

This Queen Anne-style house, designed by Lutyens, has been turned into a romantic hotel by its new owners (who have taken over from Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom)

This Queen Anne-style house, designed by Lutyens, has been turned into a romantic hotel by its new owners (who have taken over from Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom)

With portraits, antiques, and large bedrooms overlooking a magnificent garden, it’s a masterclass in sheer elegance, The Good Hotel Guide 2019 exclaims

With portraits, antiques, and large bedrooms overlooking a magnificent garden, it’s a masterclass in sheer elegance, The Good Hotel Guide 2019 exclaims

With portraits, antiques, and large bedrooms overlooking a magnificent garden, it’s a masterclass in sheer elegance, The Good Hotel Guide 2019 exclaims

The hotel is just the job for a romantic liaison. Rooms cost from £163 to £335 per night

The hotel is just the job for a romantic liaison. Rooms cost from £163 to £335 per night

The hotel is just the job for a romantic liaison. Rooms cost from £163 to £335 per night

This Queen Anne-style house, designed by Lutyens, has been turned into a romantic hotel by its new owners (who have taken over from Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom). 

With portraits, antiques, and large bedrooms overlooking a magnificent garden, it’s a masterclass in sheer elegance.

At dinner, watch the chef creating dishes such as turbot with sweetcorn behind a glass wall. Try to stay in the main house.

Don’t miss: Nearby Royal St George’s golf course, home to the British Open.

Details: B&B £163 to £335 (the-salutation.com, 01304 619919).

Michelin-star stay: Restaurant James Sommerin, The Esplanade, Penarth

Restaurant James Sommerin has a coveted Michelin star. The Guide recommends the wild sea bass with langoustines, and partridge with mushrooms

Restaurant James Sommerin has a coveted Michelin star. The Guide recommends the wild sea bass with langoustines, and partridge with mushrooms

Restaurant James Sommerin has a coveted Michelin star. The Guide recommends the wild sea bass with langoustines, and partridge with mushrooms

Restaurant James Sommerin has spectacular views of the Severn estuary. Rooms cost from £150

Restaurant James Sommerin has spectacular views of the Severn estuary. Rooms cost from £150

Restaurant James Sommerin has spectacular views of the Severn estuary. Rooms cost from £150

With a Michelin star and spectacular views of the Severn estuary, this restaurant-with-rooms is a family run affair.

James is in the kitchen with daughter Georgina, while wife Louise is front of house. Try the wild sea bass with langoustines, and partridge with mushrooms.

Don’t miss: The six-course tasting menu for £65.

Details: B&B £150 to £170 (jamessommerinrestaurant.co.uk, 02920 706559).

Best B&B: Stoberry House, Wells, Somerset

The Good Hotel Guide 2019 says of Stoberry House: 'Wrapped in 25 acres of parkland with a fine water garden and glorious views across Wells cathedral to Glastonbury, this luxurious B&B is run charmingly by Tim and Frances Meeres Young'

The Good Hotel Guide 2019 says of Stoberry House: 'Wrapped in 25 acres of parkland with a fine water garden and glorious views across Wells cathedral to Glastonbury, this luxurious B&B is run charmingly by Tim and Frances Meeres Young'

The Good Hotel Guide 2019 says of Stoberry House: ‘Wrapped in 25 acres of parkland with a fine water garden and glorious views across Wells cathedral to Glastonbury, this luxurious B&B is run charmingly by Tim and Frances Meeres Young’

The owners of Stoberry House offer touches such as free tea and cake on arrival and locally made toiletries. The breakfast buffet is amazing, The Guide adds

The owners of Stoberry House offer touches such as free tea and cake on arrival and locally made toiletries. The breakfast buffet is amazing, The Guide adds

The owners of Stoberry House offer touches such as free tea and cake on arrival and locally made toiletries. The breakfast buffet is amazing, The Guide adds

Wrapped in 25 acres of parkland with a fine water garden and glorious views across Wells cathedral to Glastonbury, this luxurious B&B is run charmingly by Tim and Frances Meeres Young. 

They offer touches such as free tea and cake on arrival and locally made toiletries. The breakfast buffet is amazing.

Don’t miss: The garden studio suite which offers a view of the sunset from your bed.

Details: B&B £85-£157 (stoberryhouse.co.uk, 01749 672906).

Wild Ireland: Gregans Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

'This 18th-century manor house on the Wild Atlantic Way,' says The Good Hotel Guide 2019, 'with dramatic views across the Burren hills to Galway Bay, is the epitome of country house living'

'This 18th-century manor house on the Wild Atlantic Way,' says The Good Hotel Guide 2019, 'with dramatic views across the Burren hills to Galway Bay, is the epitome of country house living'

‘This 18th-century manor house on the Wild Atlantic Way,’ says The Good Hotel Guide 2019, ‘with dramatic views across the Burren hills to Galway Bay, is the epitome of country house living’

The bar at Gregans Castle. The Good Hotel Guide 2019 urges guests not to miss the wild boar pudding at breakfast

The bar at Gregans Castle. The Good Hotel Guide 2019 urges guests not to miss the wild boar pudding at breakfast

The bar at Gregans Castle. The Good Hotel Guide 2019 urges guests not to miss the wild boar pudding at breakfast

This 18th-century manor house on the Wild Atlantic Way, with dramatic views across the Burren hills to Galway Bay, is the epitome of country house living. 

The individually decorated bedrooms are filled with books and antiques. Dishes such as roast Kilshanny lamb, wild garlic, morel, asparagus and Madeira jus are inspired by chef Robbie McCauley.

Don’t miss: Wild boar pudding at breakfast.

Details: B&B €280 to €485 (£247 to £428), gregans.ie, 00 353 65 707 7005. 


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