Budget hotels, taverns, and B&Bs in the Good Hotel Guide 2021.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good deal on a staycation? Jane Knight of the Good Hotel Guide selects the best hotels, pubs, and B&Bs for under £125 a night.
At this 17th-century country house, you get the Peak District without the Peak District prices, so it’s no surprise that tourists return year after year. Expect a mishmash of rooms and passageways, complete with stone mullions and leaded windows.
Traditional furnishings are set against original features such as wood paneling and a large fireplace in the charmingly unpretentious lounge.
The hotel is an excellent starting point for exploring the surrounding countryside and neighbouring estates like Haddon Hall and Chatsworth.
Before dinner in the oak-beamed dining room, there’s real ale in the bar when you return.
The price: double rooms start at £110 per night, B&B, bigginhall.co.uk
The quiet hotel of Gordon Campbell Gray offers excellent sea views across Loch Linnhe to Lismore and Mull.
You can get a lovely rockery-facing room for £125 if you’re content to only enjoy the views from the dining room and sun terrace rather than from your bedroom.
The seafood is inherently superb here, from Loch Leven mussels to Loch Linnhe langoustine stew, with chef Michael Leathley seeking products from within 50 miles – if not 50 feet – of the hotel.
Head to Castle Stalker, which was featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, after a breakfast of Inverawe kippers.
Doubles from £125 per night, B&B, pierhousehotel.co.uk
This 400-year-old manor house, run by the Varley family for 40 years, offers excellent value close to the Lake District’s attractions, with beautiful views on the exterior and traditional amenities on the inside.
The bedrooms are decorated in a country home style, with beams and sloping ceilings on the second floor.
In the Georgian dining room, a high-quality meal is served, featuring classic dishes with a refined twist, such as Scottish mussels in garlic, cream, and wine.
The cost: double rooms start at £99 per night, B&B, aynsomemanorhotel.co.uk
With a 1,000-acre estate, plenty of blazing fireplaces, and a snooker room, The Gunton Arms may have all the trappings of a fancy country hotel, but it’s still a true pub with fairly priced rooms.
Original artwork by Lucian Freud and Tracey Emin abounds, and there’s even a David Bailey photograph in the men’s room.
Antiques add to the Edwardian beauty of the bedrooms. “Brinkwire News Summary.”