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With the weather beginning to brighten up, now is a great time to bag a British minibreak - and the hip hideaway specialists at i-escape.com have added a raft of brand-new boutique beauties to their ever-expanding UK collection. From seaside chic in Ramsgate to a Georgian mansion in Bath and a pretty pub-with-rooms in the Pennines, these lovely boltholes take in some of the best that Britain has to offer in 2015.
Trewornan Manor, Wadebridge, Cornwall - opened March 2015
This super-chic, adults-only B&B occupies an ancient manor house that was reinvented by owners Paul and Lesley, with the support of English Heritage. Situated near foodie Padstow and the beautiful north Cornwall coast, it’s now a glorious marriage of wooden paneling, Farrow and Ball tones, stunning wallpaper and sleek bathrooms, with 4 romantic rooms, a fire-warmed lounge, and window seats looking out over 25 acres of tranquil parkland.
B&B from £100 per room per night, based on 2 sharing.
Timbrells Yard, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire - opened March 2015
It’s difficult to believe that this beautiful boutique hotel was once a tired riverside boozer. Set among the 17-century cottages of Bradford on Avon (easily accessible via train from London, Bath and elsewhere), it’s stylish, friendly and great-value, with excellent gastro-pub food courtesy of former River Cottage chef Tom Blake. There’s a definite Nordic influence to the interiors, which mix elegant grey tones with signature tiling and bare wood, and the waterside location makes for truly relaxing stays.
B&B from £95 per room per night, based on 2 sharing; 3 nights for the price of 2 during May.
Hotel Gotham, Manchester - opened April 2015
Set in a former bank, this striking hotel brings a slice of the Big Apple to central Manchester. The 60 decadent rooms and suites have a theatrical New York theme, with repro steamer trunks and gold drinks trolleys alongside luxurious beds and swanky rain showers, and staff sport 1940s outfits. There’s also an excellent restaurant, plus a glamorous cocktail bar complete with roof terraces. Best of all, shops, nightlife and transport links are all on the doorstep.
Accommodation only from £105 per room per night, based on 2 sharing.
Albion House, Ramsgate, Kent - opened early 2015
This stunning heritage building has one of the finest settings in Ramsgate, enjoying sunshine through its tall sash windows from dawn until dusk. What was once a municipal office is now a gorgeous boutique hotel with a destination restaurant, an elegant bar, and harbour views from most of its 14 rooms. Every corner has been lovingly refurbished with authentic pieces, and up-and-coming Ramsgate’s art galleries and independent shops are a stone’s throw away.
B&B from £145 per room per night, based on 2 sharing.
Berdoulat and Breakfast, Bath - opened late 2014
Set in the Georgian heart of the city, this intimate B&B has a distinctly Turkish twist. Built by ‘founder of Bath’ John Wood the Elder, it occupies a graceful townhouse that has been renovated by owners Patrick and Neri, who run architectural design practice Berdoulat. The 2 bedrooms combine original features with hammam-style towels and swish bathrooms, and the superb morning feasts reflect Neri’s Istanbul roots. What’s more, the central location is super-handy for the Roman Baths, boutique shopping, pretty parks and the Thermae Spa.
B&B from £150 per room per night, based on 2 sharing. During certain periods the whole house can be booked as a self-catering rental for 8 + kids from £450 per night.
Lord Crewe Arms, County Durham - opened 2014
This ancient coaching inn, set in a beautifully remote Pennine village, is soaked in history. Originally the abbot’s house of a 12th-century monastery, it’s now a wonderfully relaxed mix of hotel and pub, with 21 spoiling rooms, flagstone floors, and fires and candles flickering throughout. Come for excellent food, a great pint of ale, easy access to superb walking, and a blissfully quiet night’s sleep.
B&B from £150 per room per night, based on 2 sharing.