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Top 10 Hotel Bedrooms in the SW

Pictured above: the Duke of York Master Suite at the Royal Crescent Hotel

The Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset Head here for ultimate indulgence, where every whim catered to but in such a quiet and dignified manner you barely notice.

Georgian grandeur on every turn with four posters, stunning antiques but plenty of contemporary luxury too. In this suite (main image) you'll find an ornate plasterwork ceiling, floor to ceiling picture windows overlooking the Royal Crescent and the garden along with power shower, roll top bath, fluffy bathrobes and the full complement of Penhaligon's bath products. Dog bowls and toy boxes too if you're traveling with company. Don't leave without visiting the heavenly spa with its 12 metre relaxation pool. Love love love.

Lucknam Park, Wiltshire


Sometimes what you need is a little bit of old-school luxury, Downton Abbey meets Pemberley kind of thing. On those days head for wonderful, luxurious Lucknam Park in Wiltshire with its four poster beds, swagged curtains and roaring fires in the room. The antithesis of hip and modern with bathrooms in indulgent marble and breakfast served from silver platters. All rooms have views over the park, the house is Palladian, the hotel is 6 star with a spa for added comfort.



The Pig Hotel, Somerset


The much anticipated  Pig Hotel near Bath is now open offering its particular brand of laid-back chic to the people of Somerset. A 29 bedroomed country house tucked away in the rolling Mendip Hills, the rooms feature roll top baths, oversized sbowers and enormous beds. All are decorated in the Pig's eclectic mix of antique and hip, with Nespresso machines and a larder full of tempting goodies. You'll be here for the stellar food of course,  and perhaps a treatment or two in the Potting Shed.


Hotel Tresanton,Cornwall

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Fifteen years on we love this hotel just as much as when it first opened redefining the boutique hotel and spawning a string of copycats for ever more. Rooms have sea views over St Mawes Bay, uber-comfortable beds, beautiful antique furniture and good Cornish art on the walls. The best rooms have terraces for your morning coffee or early evening champagne. The best suites are 32 and 33 (pictured) with film star bathrooms, luxurious bedrooms and your own antique-stuffed sitting room just because.    


Gidleigh Park, Devon


You're here for the food, courtesy of Michael Caine with his two Michelin stars and after all that gourmet eating, you'll be ready to collapse into your enormous, ridiculously high-end bedroom. The Dartmoor Suite has views across the valley, a huge marble bath and double shower as well as its own sauna and steam room. Oh and a heated bed. Talk about reinventing romance, we're feeling an anniversary stay coming on.  



Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall

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With roll top baths in the bay window overlooking that killer sea view, the bedrooms at Watergate Bay have been designed with serious indulgence in mind. These are truly beautiful rooms with huge vintage style beds, day beds to chill out on and French windows which fold back to let in that fresh, salty air. Bathrooms are majorly luxed up with double 'rainhead' showers and a plethora of gorgeous Other Place products to smother yourself in. A word for the pool which is encased in glass with  sea views all around, so you feel like you're part of the ocean. Be warned, you won't want to leave.


Limewood Hotel, New Forest, Hants


The pampering haven that is Limewood obviously excels at its bedrooms where 'understated opulence' is the theme. Rooms have freestanding roll tops and vast beds, ipods with a well judged selection of music and a whole larder full of munchies just in case you're tempted to eat in between your, very indulgent, meals. You're here to spoil yourself so we'd suggest one of the forest suites, with your own sitting room and stunning views. The spa is legendary.



The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall


We do love the Scarlet, hip, understated and yet oh so incredibly luxurious. The rooms are spectacular, cool with quirky details such as wonderful mosaic freestanding baths for two. Sea views over the Atlantic, beds that are enormous and outstanding but laid back service make this the most romantic place to stay. Adults only, so you don't have to listen to other people's screaming children or your own. Result.

Hotel Endsleigh, Devon


Olga Polizzi's Regency hotel overlooking the Tamar Valley, on the edge of Dartmoor is, as you'd expect, a study in pared-down luxury. Soft colours, fabulous art, antiques you'll wish you could take home with you, much like Hotel Tresanton (the sister hotel), Endsleigh has the relaxed yet indulgent feel of a friend's country house (if, say, your friend had the best possible linen and roll top baths in the room). A well kept secret, this one, don't spread the word.


Bishopstrow House, Wiltshire

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Bishopstrow House, a manor on the banks of the River Wyle set within 27 acres, is totally idyllic. No better place to chill out than here with its wonderful spa and uber-indulgent bedrooms.  Our favourite is the rather regal Master Room, seen here, originally the master bedroom of the house) with large bowed windows and 2 freestanding roll top baths in case you don't want to share. Rooms are huge and you can bring the children, there's even a kids high tea from 5-7 at weekends.    



The Bull Hotel, Dorset


We're big fans of The Bull Hotel in Bridport, the last word in rock n roll chic when it was first opened by two ex-Londoners Richard and Nikki Cooper almost a decade ago. It still cuts it on every level, from Bloody Mary's in secret Venner Bar to delicious food and the warm welcome given to kids and dogs. On a romantic mini-break we'd book into the Red Room with it beautiful Cole & Son wallpaper and huge wooden four poster.Linen is crisp and white, of course, there's a freestanding rolltop bath is painted in vivid Farrow & Ball red and a walk in shower for two. Just dial down for champagne.

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