Beautiful Britain

If it wasn’t for environmental pioneers Octavia Hill, Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley we wouldn’t have the National Trust and couldn’t have rescued so many historic properties. Here’s our pick of 17 estates, gardens and countryside within an hour’s drive of a Warner hotel.
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Alvaston Hall, Cheshire

Tatton Park, 40-minute drive from Alvaston Hall Hotel

Tatton Park

40-min drive from Alvaston Hall, WA16 6QN
The huge historic estate is one of the most complete in the UK. The Neo-Classical mansion offers a peek into life upstairs and below stairs with opulent state rooms and servants’ quarters to poke around. The 50-acre garden is a joy to stroll, as is the ancient parkland where red and fallow deer roam freely.

Hare Hill

50-min drive from Alvaston Hall, SK10 4PY
Best known for its walled garden that changes colour with the seasons, this quiet wooded spot in Macclesfield offers picnic spots and walking trails through ancient parkland.

Alvaston Hall Hotel

A half-timbered country house in the middle of Cheshire, just five minutes from the riverside town of Nantwich. This wonderful hotel delivers a memorable experience with its well-kept gardens and impressive historical features.

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Cricket St. Thomas, Somerset

Barrington Court, 25-minute drive from Cricket St. Thomas Hotel

Barrington Court

25-min drive from Cricket St. Thomas, TA19 0NQ
Set in the beautiful Somerset countryside, this sympathetically restored Tudor manor is unusual in that the rooms are empty to allow the architecture to truly shine. The grounds feature vast lawns, orchards, seasonal flowers and tucked-away corners.

Montacute House, 30-minute drive from Cricket St. Thomas Hotel

Montacute House

30-min drive from Cricket St. Thomas, TA15 6XP
The Grade I listed house was built with local ham stone at the end of the 16th century. Its Tudor tapestries, portraits and the longest gallery in the whole of England are as impressive now as they were 400 years ago.

Cricket St. Thomas Hotel

A regency mansion framed by 160 acres of gardens in a West Country spot

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Holme Lacy House, Herefordshire

Brockhampton Estate

35-min drive from Holme Lacy House, WR6 5TB
One of this Herefordshire-based estate’s main draws is a timber-framed medieval manor house that has changed little over the centuries. There’s also a ruined Norman chapel and, outside, orchards and wildflower meadows.

The Weir Garden

30-min drive from Holme Lacy House, HR4 7QF
Bordering the River Wye, the 10-acre garden is filled with ancient trees and local wildlife. It offers peace and a slice of Herefordshire’s most unspoilt countryside.

Holme Lacy House Hotel

A Georgian manor house enjoying listed gardens and views of the Wye Valley

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Littlecote House, Berkshire

Sandham Memorial Chapel, 30-minute drive from Littlecote House Hotel

Sandham Memorial Chapel

30-min drive from Littlecote House, RG20 9JT
Based in Newbury, this Grade I listed 1920s decorated chapel is home to paintings by English artist Stanley Spencer and surrounded by lawns and orchards.

The Chase

30-min drive from Littlecote House, RG20 9TW
The small nature reserve offers 143 acres of woodland with a great choice of walking trails and a lovely stream running through it.

Littlecote House Hotel

Built in the mid-1500s, this beautiful Grade I listed Tudor manor has a truly unique story. History is literally on your doorstep: the stunning location has played host to occupying Romans, a Tudor tryst and even a Civil War army.

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Nidd Hall, North Yorkshire

Brimham Rocks, 20-minute drive from Nidd Hall Hotel

Brimham Rocks

20-min drive from Nidd Hall, HG3 4DW
These weird and wonderful rock formations are older than the dinosaurs but not off limits. Great for climbing and scrambling, they offer views that reach across the Yorkshire countryside as far as Ripon.

Nidd Hall Hotel

One of North Yorkshire's grandest houses with a stand-out setting

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Studley Castle, Warwickshire

Baddesley Clinton, 30-minute drive from Studley Castle Hotel

Baddesley Clinton

30-min drive from Studley Castle, B93 0DQ
The moated manor house near Warwick is from the 18th century and rich with stories about the Ferrers family who lived here for 500 years. Outside, a formal courtyard garden and wildflower and meadow garden offer a variety of walks.

Coughton Court, 10-minute drive from Studley Castle Hotel

Coughton Court

10-min drive from Studley Castle, B49 5JA
Dating from Tudor times, this gracious gatehouse has been a family home for the Throckmorton family for over 20 generations. Surrounded by manicured gardens, it houses a collection of Catholic treasures and one of the UK’s oldest cantilevered staircases.

Charlecote Park, 30-minute drive from Studley Castle Hotel

Charlecote Park

30-min drive from Studley Castle, CV35 9ER
Set in a landscaped deer park on the banks of the River Avon, the country house contains many artefacts brought back from a lavish spending spree in Europe in the 1840s. The kitchen is one of the best examples of its kind from this period.

Studley Castle Hotel

A reinvented castle with Victorian spectacle in the heart of Shakespeare's England

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Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire

Clumber Park, 15-minute drive from Thoresby Hall Hotel

Clumber Park

15-min drive from Thoresby Hall, S80 3AZ
Grade I listed, this is one of the most-visited National Trust places in the country. Immense and flat, it’s perfect walking territory with pathways circling a lake and walled kitchen garden and on to a double avenue of lime trees.

Hardwick Hall, 35-minute drive from Thoresby Hall Hotel

Hardwick Hall

35-min drive from Thoresby Hall, S44 5QJ
One of England’s great show homes, there’s 16th century architecture and style in spades here, plus a serpentine lake and beautiful gardens.

Thoresby Hall Hotel

A Grade I listed stately house and gardens bordering Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest

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Bembridge Coast, Isle of Wight

Bembridge Windmill, 5-minute drive from Bembridge Coast Hotel

Bembridge Windmill

5-min drive from Bembridge Coast, PO35 5SQ
Built around 1700, the windmill is the only surviving one on the Isle of Wight. It was fully operational until 1913 and still has most of its machinery intact. There are four floors to the top, with the climb rewarding with panoramic views.

Bembridge Fort and Downs, 10-minute drive from Bembridge Coast Hotel

Bembridge Fort and Downs

10-min drive from Bembridge Coast, PO36 8QY
With a stunning spot on chalk cliffs, this is an amazing place for views over open downland and across the Solent. The fort itself is rich with Victorian and military history from the First World War. Volunteers offer guided tours.

 

Bembridge Coast

Set on the very edge of the east coast, perfect for watching the sunrise over the Solent
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Norton Grange, Isle of Wight

Compton Bay and Downs, 17-minute drive from Norton Grange Coastal Village

Compton Bay and Downs

17-min drive from Norton Grange, PO30 4HB
The beach here is ranked among the top in the world with the two-mile stretch of sand great for seclusion and sunsets. Dinosaur hunting is also on the agenda – there’s a large three-toed fossil footprint of an iguanodon beneath the cliffs. Back from the coast, a network of footpaths criss-cross the chalk downland.

 

Norton Grange

Perched on a slope on the scenic West Wight, just minutes away from the port of Yarmouth
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