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We have scoured the country to handpick interesting accommodation, packed with history and character and with excellent service, which will not only be a bed for the night but a fantastic part of your UK holiday.

Our focus is on boutique accommodation that provides a unique experience, and ranges from top end, luxury country house hotels to boutique bed & breakfasts, traditional village inns and historic buildings.

We will discuss your accommodation options and pricing with you at the time of booking to ensure that your UK itinerary includes the accommodation most well suited to you.

The choice is yours

Stay in a Tudor castle, a 17th century country house retreat, a Regency townhouse, a 600 year old thatched country inn or an 18th century watermill. Enjoy views from your bedroom of stunning Lakeland Valleys, rolling Yorkshire Dales, sunrise over the Devon coastline or the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford.


Many of our accommodation providers offer room upgrades (subject to availability) and special extras for Great British Escapes customers, to ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Understanding ratings

Accommodation ratings in the UK can be complex and vary depending on the type of accommodation you are looking at. In order to keep things simple our example UK itineraries include pricing for two separate categories of accommodation: ‘classic’ and ‘luxury’.

Typical Classic Accommodation

  • 3 or 4 star Hotels
  • 4 or 5 star:
    • Bed & Breakfasts
    • Pubs with Rooms
    • Restaurants with Rooms
    • Guesthouses

Typical Luxury Accommodation

  • 4 or 5 star Hotels
  • Best rooms in 5 star:
    • Bed & Breakfasts
    • Pubs with Rooms
    • Restaurants with Rooms
    • Guesthouses

When you tell us whether you would prefer ‘classic’ or ‘luxury’ accommodation, we use this as a guide to the budget we are working with. You are in no way limited to a certain type of accommodation. If you want ‘classic’ accommodation for most of your trip but want to splash out on ‘luxury’ as a one off, that is not a problem.

If you are looking for something even grander than our normal luxury properties or rooms, let us know and we will organise something extra special.

Notices and promotions

  • Take a look at our London and the South East itinerary
  • Take a look at our Introduction to Scotland itinerary
  • A UK holiday designed around you

    Whether it's a short break with just a few stops or an action packed two week tour, we can create a custom-made itinerary with fantastic sights and activities, plus some of our favourite hidden gems, to ensure you experience the best Britain has to offer.

    Complete our tailor-made holiday form and we'll do the rest.

  • We had an absolutely fantastic time on our Great British Escape! Everything was arranged perfectly from start to finish and all of our destinations were wonderful...