Favourite Best Loved Hotels In National Parks
The UK boasts 15 national parks, each of them extraordinary in its own way. These are the nation’s protected breathing spaces, complete with majestic scenery and a fascinating variety of landscape and wildlife. This week we celebrate Best Loved hotels in or near Britain’s national parks, from Snowdonia to Dartmoor, from the Dales and the Lakes to the South Downs. Whether you are returning to an old favourite or exploring a new area of the country, there’s something here for everyone.
The family friendly Trefeddian Hotel is situated just outside of the seaside village of Aberdovey in the Snowdonia National Park. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture, local history and boasts the highest mountain and largest natural lake in Wales. More than half of Snowdonia’s population speak Welsh, and the park attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy its amazing landscapes and the wealth of outdoor activities on offer.
The 4-star Imperial Hotel in the picturesque seaside town of Llandudno is an ideal base to explore Snowdonia National Park. With nine mountain ranges including Snowdon, Wales’ largest mountain at 3,560ft high, the Park offers visitors a variety of steep river gorges, waterfalls and green valleys as well as stunning beaches. After a day of exploring, guests can unwind in The Imperial’s Health and Fitness Centre with swimming pool, gym, spa bath, sauna and steam room, and in the evening choose from the 2 AA Rosette-winning Chantrey’s Restaurant for fine dining or The Terrace for a more informal and relaxed atmosphere.
The wild and rugged landscapes of Dartmoor, with its granite tors and shrouded moorland, is the magnificent setting for The Ilsington Country House Hotel. Perched on ten acres on the rolling hills of southern Dartmoor, Ilsington offers stunning views towards Haytor, and is the perfect base for exploring the National Park. Afterwards, enjoy some relaxing spa time and excellent dinners in either the 2 AA Rosette-winning restaurant or The Blue Tiger Inn, a wonderfully atmospheric Dartmoor pub.
There’s nothing like a midweek escape to the country. Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, enjoy a walk along the famous South Downs Way and then come to Park House for a luxurious treatment, a delicious dinner and an overnight stay.
An idyllic Dartmoor country house hideaway on the banks of the River Teign. Immerse yourself in the wild glory of Dartmoor either on foot or by bike – Mill End will be delighted to give you tips on the best trails and paths. Enjoy Dartmoor at its very best whether walking through a blanket of bluebells down the River Teign straight from the front door or pottering in the lovely local market towns. Dogs are very welcome at Mill End if you have a canine walking companion. After a day on the moors, enjoy a delicious meal, or simply relax in front of an open fire.
The Traddock is an elegant and convivial 4-star Georgian country house amidst the magnificent scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The ideal Dales location encourages a wide range outdoor activities and an array of walks such as the “Three Peaks” or the Wainwright walk to Crummackdale from the front door.
Appleby Manor Country House Hotel is set in Cumbria within the Eden Valley on the edge of the Lake District National Park, surrounded by the magnificent mountains and fells of the North Pennines and is close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park as well. See the best of the Lakes while avoiding the congestion around Windermere. The new luxury Garden Spa at the manor is the perfect place to relax after a day’s exploration.