Ancestral portraits have lined the opulent walls of central England's Stanford Hall since the late 17th century. This immaculate country house draws hordes of visitors to nearby hotels, including a grade II-listed Victorian mansion, a half-timbered former bakery, a Georgian coaching inn with a lovingly restored brick courtyard, and a modern hotel where multi-lingual staff welcome families and their pets.
Kilworth House Hotel
Italianate Kilworth House Hotel, nine minutes from Stanford Hall, boasts an English Heritage grade-II listing. The Victorian-era hotel sits on 38 parkland acres. Guests explore the estate or fish from the stocked lake. Eleven antique-decorated main house rooms bear the names of British literary giants. The J.M. Barrie Room's wood-inlaid gentleman's changing screen has all the whimsy of “Peter Pan.” Like those in the main house, the 33 Garden Rooms have free Wi-Fi, luxury baths and designer toiletries. Massage and beauty treatments are available. Guests have free use of the well-equipped fitness center. Wordsworth Restaurant offers formal dining beneath sparkling chandeliers. Poached venison with pureed truffle potatoes and roasted leeks and salsify is a typical entree. The glass-enclosed, sun-filled Orangery serves international fare.
Greyhound Coaching Inn and Hotel
England's main coaching routes once passed through centrally located Lutterworth. The Georgian, grade II-listed Greyhound Coaching Inn and Hotel sits in the heart of town, 14 minutes from Stanford Hall. An ivy-clad, colorfully landscaped brick courtyard leads to the hotel's entrance and 32 individually proportioned and decorated guest rooms. Some have beamed ceilings, period furniture, four-poster beds or Jacuzzis. All have satellite television and free broadband. The on-site restaurant serves seasonal British and international cuisine. The candle-lit Vaults Bistro provides Italian fare in the hotel’s cellars. The Bar and Lounge, off the courtyard, serves drinks, snacks and informal meals.
Holiday Inn Rugby
The Holiday Inn Rugby sits on tree-shaded lawns in the town of Rugby, 13 minutes south of Stanford Hall. A multi-lingual staff welcomes smokers and nonsmokers to sleek, contemporary decor in 90 rooms and suites. Amenities include satellite television with pay-per-view movies, PlayStation video games and high-speed Internet access (fees apply). Upgraded rooms may have free beverages, newspapers, mini-bars, robes or stereo. Standard rooms welcome pets for a nightly fee. Patrons have free use of the on-site Spirit Health Club's heated, indoor pool. Children younger than 12 and accompanied by a paying adult stay and eat free from the children's menu. Traders Restaurant serves international cuisine; curries and steak and ale pie are house specialties. The Wi-Fi-equipped lounge has a warm-weather, outdoor seating area.
Carlton Hotel and Restaurant
Rugby's Carlton Hotel and Restaurant is in a half-timbered, early 20th-century bakery building 20 minutes from Stanford Hall. Each of its 19 comfortable guest rooms has free Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite television and complimentary mineral water. Boutique rooms offer individual decor, luxury fabrics and oak furnishings. Guests indulge in full English breakfast for a fee. The restaurant serves seasonal menus of French-inspired British cuisine. A la carte and prix fixe meals are available. A sample entrée is oven-roasted duck in amaretto and peach sauce, served with the potato of the day or fresh vegetables.
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