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Country Retreats

A lot of people visit the UK & Ireland for a taste of its idyllic and world famous countryside. Luckily, a stay in the country doesn’t have to be at the expense of the finer things in life. Our collection of country retreats includes some of the best hotels in the region. Whether you’re looking for indulgence (Coworth Park), country-chic (Lime Wood) or the ‘real outdoors’ (Alladale Wilderness Resort), the UK & Ireland has no shortage of options. Once in the countryside make sure to make the most of the endless country pursuits; try your hand at clay-pigeon shooting, fishing, tennis, riding, croquet, archery and much, much more!

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Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen is a luxury country house hotel located on the fringes of the New Forest which dates back from the 18th century. A grand manor house nestled in 130 acres of beautiful English gardens and...

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Coworth Park, A Dorchester Collection Hotel

Part of the luxurious Dorchester Collection, Coworth Park opened in 2010 and is already an beautifully established country retreat. Located just outside Ascot, Berkshire, and set within 240 acres of...

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Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel

A picturesque lodge situated amongst 20 acres of woodland and country gardens, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is a family-run hotel that has been open since 1987. Originally an Edwardian...

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Gleneagles

When it opened in 1924, Gleneagles, inspired by a belle-epoque grand palais, was described as a 'Riveria of the Highlands'. This spectacular hotel, set amidst 850 acres of stunning Perthshire countryside,...

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Inverlochy Castle

Built in 1863, Inverlochy Castle is a striking lakeside property just three miles outside the small Highland's town of Fort William. Set in sprawling grounds in the foothills of Ben...

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Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons

A wonderfully preserved 15th century Chiltern Manor House located just outside Oxford in the small village of Great Milton, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons combines world-class cuisine, beautiful rooms and working...

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Lime Wood

A beautifully converted Regency manor house situated in the New Forest National Park, Lime Wood is one of Britain's finest country retreats. This beautiful hotel manages to combine levels of...

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Lucknam Park

A beautiful Palladian mansion house dating back to 1720, Lucknam Park is a luxurious spa and country retreat, tucked away just outside Bath on the fringes of the Cotswolds. Surrounded...

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Ballyfin

Frequently toasted as the grandest hotel in Ireland, and a firm Ampersand favourite, Ballyfin is just 80 minutes’ drive from Dublin airport, making it perfect to extend on to trips...

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- Jaime Benitez, South India
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Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
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- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
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- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
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