Just a trip away: 10 of the UK’s best hotels near railway stations | Travel | So Good News
The Gannet, St Ives, Cornwall
Catch the night train from Paddington to arrive at Carbis Bay station in time for breakfast and a stroll along the sand, before checking into the Gannet – a chic inn with a cozy bar with a fireplace and elegant rooms with cream walls (book a ‘Spot the Gannet’ room for a lovely sea view). Families are welcome, with cots and roll away beds available. St Ives is a spectacular 30 minute coastal walk and the C Spa at the nearby Carbis Bay Hotel offers a range of treatments.
Doubles from £265 B&B; gannetstives.co.uk
The Balmoral, Edinburgh
Splash the cash on a weekend at Rocco Forte’s gorgeous Scottish outpost, just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh’s Waverley station. Originally built as a station hotel, the building features sweeping staircases, intricate plasterwork and classical columns, giving the common rooms an elegant Renaissance feel, despite being Victorian throughout. The rooms are characterized by Olga Polizzi’s lively classicism, making it ideal for relaxing nights after bathing in the 500-variety Whiskey Bar or Simon Lannon’s classic brasserie dishes.
Doubles from £353 B&B; roccofortehotels.com
The Angel, Abergavenny
As the southern gateway to the Brecon Beacons, Abergavenny is an ideal base for exploring the National Park, with walking, cycling and equestrian trails from the town. A classic inn, close to the station, the Angel offers a cozy base with a lively bar and restaurant – and one of Wales’ finest afternoon teas. The rooms are luxurious, with pocket sprung mattresses and Lewis & Wood fabrics.
Double from £160 room only; angelabergavenny.com
Hampton Manor, Hampton in Arden, Solihull
This 19th-century manor house is set in 45 wooded acres, a five-minute walk from Hampton-in-Arden station and 15 minutes from Birmingham by train. A family-run hotel, it is also food heaven, with its own baker and nutritionist among the charming staff. The rooms are elegant, with William Morris wallpaper and antique furniture, but the restaurants are the ultimate treat, whether it’s a Michelin-starred tasting menu in Peel, or hearty charcoal-grilled meats in Smoke.
Doubles from £215 B&B; hamptonmanor.com
The Grand, York
Five minutes’ walk from York station, this grand Edwardian building was the former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway and is now the city’s most luxurious address. Service is everything here; a veritable army of concierges, doormen and waiters is on hand, with fine dining at Legacy – a lovely room with original oak paneling and blueprint murals – or more casual brasserie fare at Rise. The rooms are large and very comfortable.
Doubles from £152 B&B; thegrandyork.co.uk
The Manor House, Moreton-in-Marsh, Cotswolds
One of the few Cotswold towns with a train station, Moreton is only 90 minutes from Paddington, with the delightful Manor House Hotel a few minutes’ walk through town. Dating back to the 16th century, it oozes manorial chic without a hint of chintz, while the Beagle Brasserie and the more formal Mulberry restaurant offer indulgent evening meals after a day of exploring. Dogs are welcome and the walled garden is a blissful retreat.
Doubles from £200 B&B; cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk
The Northcote, Langho, Lancashire
Many visitors to Northcote come for the Michelin-starred dining room, set in a cozy manor house, eight minutes’ walk from Langho station. Room rates include a five-course dinner (and a vegetarian equivalent), with wine pairings available. The spectacular scenery of the Forest of Bowland is on your doorstep, criss-crossed with footpaths, ideal for walking away from those wicked meals.
Doubles from £410 dinner, B&B; northcote.com
The Grand, Brighton
Brighton’s grande dame has lived up to its name since a glittering refurbishment a few years ago, occupying prime position on the seafront, just a 15-minute walk from the train station and with all the city’s neighborhoods – Kemptown, Lanes and the bohemian north. Laine area – right on the doorstep. The bedrooms have a comfortable Art Deco feel, while afternoon tea on the Victoria Terrace is a must – often best on blustery days, when you can watch the waves crash from your seat.
Doubles from £215 B&B; grandbrighton.co.uk
Colwall Park Hotel, Malvern, Worcestershire
A classic country house surrounded by the rolling peaks of the Malvern Hills, Colwall is ideal for those looking for a car-free touring weekend, with Colwall station just moments away. The hotel can offer hiking maps and picnic lunches, with a path through the hotel garden leading directly up to the hills. Back at the base, the 22 rooms are comfortable, with dogs welcome in some. The fire-lit bar and lively restaurant offer hearty pub grub.
Doubles from £85 B&B; colwall.co.uk
Carey’s Manor, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Get off the train at Brockenhurst station and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the New Forest, with ponies passing by and vast tracts of woodland on all sides. Carey’s Manor is just a few minutes’ walk away: a classic manor house that has a first-class spa, complete with full hydrotherapy suite and a Thai restaurant, Zen Garden, along with modern British cuisine at Cambium. The hotel has one of the country’s widest collections of English wines, and there are lovely forest walks right from the door.
Doubles from £180 B&B; careysmanor.com