Hotels in England

Emily Watkins is the chef-owner of this recently refurbished laid back B&B. She gets her quail eggs from a 12-year-old boy down the road as part of her commitment to the locavore movement.

Change has come to the InterContinental London Park Lane. The hotel’s famously posh location— between Hyde and Green parks, with regal views of Buckingham Palace—is now matched by its interiors. The property recently emerged from a $118 million makeover, with rooms swathed in damask and linen.

Gravetye Manor is not only one of the first country houses to transform into a sophisticated hotel, but these 1,000 acres were also once home (and testing ground) to one of England’s most famed gardeners, William Robinson.

The gregarious Joan Brown runs three one-bedroom lodges, each with a four-poster bed, views of the manicured garden, and fresh flowers every day. Guests are treated to a huge breakfast of local eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, and mushrooms.

In the middle of a grand sweep of wedding cake–style buildings known as the Regency Mile, the discreet sign for Drakes is easy to miss. But behind its scarlet lacquered door is a diminutive 20-room inn filled with objets d’art.

The 17th-century Barnsley House was recently the dwelling of Rosemary Verey, the late author and landscape architect (her clients included Elton John and Prince Charles).

If you’re looking to add some intrigue to your next trip, check in to mystery author Agatha Christie’s former summer home, Greenway, in Devonshire, England. The 500-year-old house recently opened to the public after a $7.8 million renovation.

Visitors hoping to amp up the glam in London will be pleased by the 26 stylish yet affordable rooms at the ultra-exclusive, members-only Shoreditch House.

Situated on a tree-lined street between Knightsbridge and Kensington, near Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall, the Gore is a thoroughly British boutique hotel in the Westminster borough.

The staff outnumbers guests two to one at this small boutique hotel, located behind Buckingham Palace.

For clean, no frills accommodations, EasyHotel covers the basics of a bed and a bathroom. Its trademark color, soda-pop orange, reappears everywhere from the street signs to the guest room doors.

Discreet yet stylish, this hotel is the centerpiece of so many must-dos it’s easy to forget about the elegant rooms. Downstairs is Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, while Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Hyde Park are neighbors.