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Inspiring Interiors

If interior design floats your boat, then the amazing array of ‘design’ hotels in the UK & Ireland won’t let you down. Visit Firmdale's arty and hip new Ham Yard Hotel in London, or for something more traditional, Aldourie Castle and Ballyfin score top marks for their authentically historic interiors.

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Aldourie Castle

Straight out of a fairy tale, the beautiful Grade A listed Aldourie Castle is located directly on the scenic banks of Loch Ness. A major social hub for house parties...

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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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Ham Yard

The eighth Firmdale offering in the UK, Ham Yard is the perfect mix of creativity, business and art. From a hypoxic chamber for high altitude training and a state of...

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Blakes

Discreetly tucked-away behind its chic black Victorian townhouse exterior near South Kensington, Blakes, which can boast being the world's first boutique hotel, is a true hidden gem. Opened in 1978...

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Corinthia Hotel

So discreet that you can almost miss it, but magnificent once you enter, Corinthia Hotel London is one of the finest hotels in London. Previously the belle-epoque era Hotel Metropole,...

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St Pancras Renaissance

A Victorian Gothic revival masterpiece situated mere metres from the platforms of St Pancras International Station, the St Pancras Renaissance hotel is one of London's most beautiful and impressive buildings....

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The Connaught

Still buzzing from its £70 million 2007 refurbishment, The Connaught is a firm Ampersand favourite. Opened in 1815 as The Prince of Saxe-Coburg Hotel, nearly a century on The Connaught...

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Rosewood London

This 1914 Edwardian Grade II listed building offers the perfect mix of elegance, comfort and style right in the heart of London. Designed by Tony Chi and Associates, these timeless...

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