8 Luxury English Stays To Make You Feel Like Royalty

BY Harper's BAZAAR Australia / Sep 19 2019 / 13:28 PM

Fit for a princess

8 Luxury English Stays To Make You Feel Like Royalty

There's always something to be said about an ultra-slick modern hotel. From the minimalist décor to the souped-up tech, a fresh-off-the-press stay with all the trimmings is an undeniable siren call for jetsetters.

That said, there are occasions—and locations—that lend themselves to a little old-world elegance.

England (which is filled to the brim with said brand-new boutique hotels, if that's more your speed) is a hot spot where travellers often opt for tradition over modernity.

Luckily, thanks to the country's long (and currently ongoing—God Save the Queen) tradition of monarchs and aristocracy, England is full of refurbished castles, mansions, estates and manors that serve as luxury hotels.

Booking into one isn't just about securing a place to sleep and stash your bags before heading out, but a luxury experience that elevates everything from décor to service to amenities. Each stay has a rich history that often includes a handful of kings, queens and princesses, adding an extra element of extravagance.

If you're headed across the pond any time soon and want to add in a retreat worthy of a queen, we've listed the most luxe below.

Cliveden House

About an hour outside London is the towering Cliveden House.

Nestled into its own 376-acre estate, complete with mazes, forests and a slice of the Thames, Cliveden is an award-winning refurbished Grade I manor, boasting 47 rooms.

At Cliveden, no two rooms are the same. Each suite is custom decorated in the hotel's signature neo-classical style.

After getting lost in the expanse of your room, head to the spa, or the restaurant.

If a royal association would get you over the line, Cliveden has plenty. The manor was purchased by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham as a pleasure manse for his mistress in the 1660s, and has played host to a Prince of Wales, two dukes, an earl and—most recently—Meghan Markle, the night before her wedding to Prince Harry.'

Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Further out in Northamptonshire, Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa is another luxury retreat. Having played host to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I throughout its history, Fawsley is now a 60-room boutique hotel.

Within its 'Tudor, Georgian and Victorian' wings, each suite has its own character and style, balancing classically-influenced décor with the building's own character, including exposed brickwork and original layout.

The Goring

A hotel that attracts both celebrities and royals, The Goring is considered an institute in London. Set in the suburb of Belgravia, the 69-room hotel is classically English. From its scenic wallpaper, to its sharply-dressed footmen, its private garden and sprawling suites, the hotel weaves elements of luxury into every corner.

And we're not the only ones who think so. Kate Middleton chose The Goring as her final stay as a single woman, staying at the hotel the night before her wedding to Prince William in 2011.

Chewton Glen

Described as a "five-star English original," Chewton Glen is a stunning country house which has been converted into a boutique hotel.

Two hours outside of London in New Milton, Chewton is all about understated elegance. Each of its 72 rooms (14 of which are luxury treehouses, FYI) are thoughtfully decorated and share the 130 acres of woodland, forests and garden.

Add in an upscale spa, two eateries, as well as "a 17 metre swimming pool, fitness suite, dance studio, sauna and steam rooms, Nail Studio, hydrotherapy pool and hot tub."

Dukes London

Located in St James' Mayfair, Dukes was originally built as a palace for King Henry VIII in the 16th century. Nowadays, it's an exclusive and discreet hotel filled with open-plan suites, marble en-suites and ritzy restaurants, mixed with modern décor and attentive touches.

Once favoured by Princess Diana for her London stays, Dukes is about as quintessentially British as hotels come.

Hartwell House & Spa

Another stately house—this one, set in Buckinghamshire near Aylesbury—Hartwell House once served as a home to Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France, for over five years.

Opening as a hotel in the late '80s, Hartwell is now divided into three separate buildings: the main house (boasting royal suites, all individually decorated), Hartwell Court (a two-storey building with more spacious suites) and the Old Rectory (a private Georgian house that sleeps seven people).

In addition to the three buildings and 90 acres of parkland, Hartwell also has a spa and a main-house restaurant.

Buckland Manor

As its name suggests, this 15-room manor is set in Buckland. Self-described as feeling like the "home of a friend—a very good friend who produces afternoon tea on request, fine aperitifs before dinner, and doesn't mind how late you get up before serving a hearty breakfast."

Alongside its charming accommodation, Buckland also features ten acres of gardens, a tennis court, croquet lawn (of course), rose gardens and its own stream.

After exploring the gardens and playing a round or two of croquet, relax in Buckland's private drawing rooms or venture into the villages (charmingly named Stow-on-the-Wold, The Oddingtons, Guiting Power and—a little ominously—The Slaughters).

The Stafford London

Another five-star retreat in the heart of London (St James's Place, for specifics), The Stafford is a storied stay known for its British flair and intimate feel.

The 107-room boutique hotel balances contemporary design with classic touches, and also happens to have an award-winning restaurant.

From Harper's Bazaar Australia