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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The Cathedral Hotel

The Cathedral Hotel, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2AJ.

Offering contemporary style and comfort within the heart of historic Salisbury, this city centre hotel dates from the 1700’s. Just a short stroll from the famous St Mary’s Cathedral, a range of traditional English fayre food is served all day.

  • 18th Century

The Hambrough

The Hambrough, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1SQ.

Set above Ventnor Harbour, the Hamborough offers seven boutique-style bedrooms, and fine dining overlooking the bay in an award-winning restaurant. The custom-designed rooms all feature satellite TV, espresso machine, with under-floor heated bathrooms.

  • 19th Century

Pelham House

Pelham House, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UW.

This beautiful listed townhouse dates from the 16th century and now offers award winning accommodation in the heart of historic Lewes. The 32 en-suite rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, whilst retaining many original features.

  • 16th Century

The Bannatyne Spa Hotel

The Bannatyne Spa Hotel, Hastings, East Sussex, TN38 8EA.

Originally built in 1719, the house was substantially remodelled in 1776 by General Sir James Murray, Governor of Quebec. Extensively modernised and refurbished by its current owner; Duncan Bannatyne, the hotel and health club sit in 38 acres of grounds.

  • 18th Century

Greenwoods Hotel and Spa

Greenwoods Hotel and Spa, Stock, Essex, CM4 9BE.

Set in its own large gardens just a few miles outside Chelmsford, this restored 17th century manor house now boasts a spa with indoor pool, gym, steam rooms and saunas. Greenwoods bistro restaurant serves English dishes with a Mediterranean influence.

  • 17th Century

South Lodge Hotel

South Lodge Hotel, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS.

Built in 1883 as a family home South Lodge Hotel still exudes that feel. Inside are 89 exquisitely furnished rooms, some with romantic four-posters, others with bubbling Jacuzzis, and wherever you turn stunning views over the South Downs.

  • 19th Century

Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms

Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6AQ.

Enjoying a idyllic location on the banks of the River Wye, the 16th century Wilton Court is recommended by the Good Hotel Guide. All 10 of the en-suite bedrooms have been individually decorated and the 2 AA Rosetted restaurant features a seasonal menu.

  • 16th Century

Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel

Elmers Court Hotel, Lymington, New Forest, Hampshire, SO41 5ZB.

This magnificent Tudor gabled Manor House is situated on the edge of the New Forest. Build in the early 19th century, the hotel offers individual bedrooms and self catering lodges, as well as a full leisure club. Squash, tennis courts and a bowling green.

  • 19th Century

The Saracens Head Hotel

The Saracens Head Hotel, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1AG.

Welcoming visitors for nearly 400 years, this 16th century coaching inn has been fully modernised and now offers 31 well appointed bedrooms, and access to a private gym. Ideally situated on the high street of Dunmow, just 5 miles from London Stansted.

  • 16th Century

The River Haven Hotel

The River Haven Hotel, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7EL.

Set on the Strand Quay overlooking the River Tillingham, the hotel is just a short walk from the heart of medieval Rye. The conservatory restaurant serves a menu made from locally sourced ingredients and some of the en-suite rooms enjoy scenic river views

  • 19th Century