Historic Hotels in the South of England

Although there aren’t many castle hotels in the south of England, this is more than made up for by the many country house hotels throughout Sussex, Kent and Hampshire. Don’t just take our word for it though… scroll down to see for yourself!

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Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa

Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, Climping, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5RW.

Situated adjacent to lovely, undeveloped Climping beach near Arundel, this unusual hotel nestles amongst acres of gardens and features medieval architecture and gothic mullioned windows. There is also a luxurious spa.

  • 13th Century

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Royal Wells Hotel

Royal Wells Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8BE.

Set in a commanding position overlooking Tunbridge Wells Common, each of the 23 en suite rooms have been individually designed complete with period furnishings. Queen Victoria often stayed at the hotel when she was princess at the beginning of the 1800’s.

  • 18th Century

The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa

The Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9NH.

Set in the historic town of Midhurst, the Spread Eagle is an award winning hotel with individually decorated bedrooms, some with four poster beds. Winner of the Johansens Award 2012 for Most Excellent Value for Money.

  • 15th Century

Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells

Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2LY.

This grade II listed mansion is set in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Dating from the 16th century, the building now offers 34 wonderfully decorated bedrooms. The garden terrace enjoys stunning views over to Calverley Park.

  • 18th Century

The Shelleys Hotel

The Shelleys Hotel, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XS.

Tracing origins back to 1588, this Grade II listed property blends modern facilities with Georgian décor and features. A short walk from the Lewes Rail Station, a full à la carte menu is served in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, or on the terrace.

  • 16th Century

Lucknam Park Hotel – Relais & Chateaux

Lucknam Park Hotel, Colerne, Nr Bath, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ.

Lucknam Park is a five star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant, and is theideal hotel for those that want a luxury escape near Bath. All of the bedrooms are individually designed, and there is a newly opened spa with a swimming pool.

  • 17th Century

Ivy Hill Hotel

Ivy Hill Hotel, Margaretting, Essex, CM4 0EH.

A former Victorian country house, Ivy Hill has been sympathetically extended and refurbished, and now offers modern en-suite accommodation across 33 rooms. Standing in 9 acre grounds in the village of Margaretting, between Chelmsford and Brentwood.

  • 19th Century

The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ.

The Royal is the Isle of Wight’s premier AA 4 Star hotel, as well as offering a 2 AA Rosette restaurant serving excellent food and drink. Well positioned for exploring the island, especially with the nearby coastal walks.

  • 19th Century

The Lion Inn

The Lion Inn, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3JA.

Although the Lion has operated as a traditional pub for centuries, it has undergone a sympathetic transformation and now offers an elegant bistro-style restaurant with 15 spacious air-conditioned bedrooms. An independent hotel with a continental feel.

  • 15th Century

The Burlington

The Burlington, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3QL.

Blending Victorian period style with a contemporary interior, the lovingly refurbished Burlington occupies an idyllic position on Worthing promenade. Offering 26 well-appointed bedrooms, relax and enjoy the beautiful sea views from Gio’s bar & restuarant.

  • 19th Century

Salisbury White Hart Hotel

Salisbury White Hart Hotel, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2SD.

Set in the heart of the city, this elegant Georgian hotel boasts modern rooms all with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. Guests can find a restaurant, specialising in British cuisine and an informal lounge serving light meals and cream teas.

  • 18th Century