With some 1.75m of us set to visit England this year, Nicola Brady researches the hottest new UK properties.
Why: After a lengthy renovation by new owners, the Muckrach Country House Hotel will be reopening at the end of April. Inside, you'll find all the touches you want in a country hotel - plush, overstuffed furnishings, well-stocked bookshelves and a bar filled with over 100 whiskies. Incidentally, the area is also home to both the Glenlivet and Glenfiddich distilleries.
How: Nightly rates start at £140 (€192). Fly to Inverness with Flybe (flybe.com).
Foxhill Manor, The Cotswolds
Where: The Cotswolds
Why: The rambling, golden-hued buildings of the Cotswolds are the epitome of British quaintness. And now, there's a new country hotel on the scene: the funky Foxhill Manor. With the feel of a well-loved country house, the hotel is home to grand, mullioned windows, roaring fires and eight bedrooms, some with amazing feature bath-tubs. There's a 'help yourself' pantry stocked with champagne and treats, or you can flop down in the cinema room for popcorn and a movie.
How: Nightly rates start at £295 (€403). Fly to Birmingham with Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com).
Hotel Gotham, Manchester
Why: Manchester is a city often overlooked, but one that is full of funky bars, endless shopping and hot new places to eat. The newest addition to the accomodation scene is Hotel Gotham, which is opening in April. What was an art deco banking building is now a swanky, sultry bolthole, with plenty of dark wood, leather and velvet adorning the rooms. On the seventh floor, you'll find the club bar, where you can cosy up in a booth and enjoy fabulous city views as you sip a Martini.
How: Nightly rates start at £150 (€206). Fly to Manchester with Ryanair (ryanair.com).
The Hospital Club, London
Why: For most of us, the world of London's private members' clubs is a mystery. But one of the city's finest, The Hospital Club, has just opened 15 bedrooms, giving the public the chance to spy on London's creative elite. The rooms are decked out with unique contemporary art and the cocktail trolley is put to good use each evening. Guests have the exclusive chance to attend member events, including comedy nights, networking evenings and masterclasses.
How: Nightly rates start at £180 (€247). Fly to London city with CityJet (cityjet.com).
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