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Good Hotel Guide 2015 – And The NW Winner Is Cumbria!

Independent accommodation bible announces the UK’s best regional hotels

Written by . Published on October 25th 2014.


Good Hotel Guide 2015 – And The NW Winner Is Cumbria!

CHEERS to Didsbury House, Eleven Didsbury Park and Velvet, for flying the flag for Manchester in the shortlist section of the Good Hotel Guide 2015.

Then proudly independent “accommodation bible” has not seen fit to feature any of the city’s hotels as a main entry for what seems like aeons – though it doesn’t seem to rub Mancunians up the wrong way like our inexplicable exclusion from Michelin starriness.

Anyway, Cumbria’s much more the GHG’s cup of lapsang souchong. The Howtown Hotel, Ullswater, the Black Swan, Ravenstonedale, Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen, Rothay Manor, Ambleside, Lindeth Fell, Bowness, Cottage In The Wood, Braithwaite and Overwater Hall, Ireby (pictured, this wins a ‘Cesar’ , too, as most dog-friendly hotel) all feature in various ‘Top 200’ Editor’s Choice categories.

Indeed four counties lead the way, with over 25 per cent of the
best regional hotels located in Cornwall, Cumbria, Devon and North Yorkshire.

Penthouse-PageCool lodgings – Penthouse Suite at Velvet on Canal Street

Veteran GHG editor Desmond Balmer says:  “We are entering a new era of hotel-keeping, with a more relaxed style, and at The Good Hotel Guide we've been pleased to see hotels adapt to the public mood. The old formality is giving way to a more flexible approach. Often it is the simpler places – pubs and B&Bs – that we find are leading the way, as they renovate their rooms and drop the old, restrictive rules about what a guest can and cannot do.”

Some 800 hotels, mostly family-owned and run, have been chosen from a total of 50,000 such establishments across Great Britain and Ireland. The choices are based on visits by a team of inspectors as well as reports from well-informed and trusted readers. It’s on merit alone – hotels do not pay to be included in this particular guide.

The Good Hotel Guide 2015: Great Britain & Ireland costs £19 (including p&p) from The Good Hotel Guide, 50 Addison Avenue, London W11 4QP (www.goodhotelguide.com) or priced £20 from all good bookshops.  Vouchers worth a total of £150 are included in each copy of the Good Hotel Guide, enabling a 25 per cent saving off the normal B&B price at participating hotels.

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