Rebecca Meacham July 12 2023

Welcome to a world where breathtaking landscapes meet unparalleled luxury.

When it comes to exploring Britain’s national parks, finding accommodation that matches the natural splendour becomes an integral part of the adventure. For those seeking an extraordinary experience, here’s a list of exceptional hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guest houses that will whisk you away to a realm of indulgence amidst the beauty of Britain’s most captivating landscapes.


Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Located in the bustling town of Hay-on-Wye at the northern tip of the Brecon Beacons, Radnor House is a hidden gem that epitomizes rustic elegance.

This enchanting B&B combines homely guest accommodation, locally sourced cuisine, and timeless charm. After a day of exploring the park’s cascading waterfalls and lush valleys, retreat to the cosy embrace of Radnor House, where warmth and tranquillity await.

Hay-on-Wye is the official ‘Book Town’ of Wales, making it a haven for bibliophiles. In addition to its literary heritage, the town also boasts delightful cafes, cost pubs, and an eclectic mix of antique shops and boutiques.


The Broads National Park, England

In the serene embrace of the Broads National Park, The Norfolk Mead Hotel stands as a testament to refined luxury. Surrounded by tranquil waterways and picturesque countryside, this idyllic hotel offers a haven of peace and serenity.

From its elegant rooms to its lush gardens, The Norfolk Mead Hotel beckons travellers to unwind and reconnect with nature’s beauty.

This unique corner of eastern England is a paradise for nature lovers. Explore the tranquil waterways by hiring a boat or joining a guided tour, where you can glide through picturesque landscapes, spotting an array of wildlife, including graceful swans, elusive otters, and vibrant bird species.


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Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

As you venture into the dramatic landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park, The Cross at Kingussie emerges as a haven of Scottish charm and contemporary style. This award-winning B&B near the park offers spacious rooms, gourmet dining, and warm hospitality, ensuring a seamless blend of comfort and adventure.

After an exhilarating day exploring the park’s majestic mountains and observing its extraordinary wildlife, retire to The Cross for a truly memorable experience.

The Cairngorms are among the highest mountains in the UK and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Why not explore the area by walking the East Highland Way? This wonderfully undiscovered walking route traverses 82 miles through enchanting forests and unspoilt wilderness.


Dartmoor National Park, England

Perched on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Gidleigh Park reigns as an exquisite country house hotel that exudes luxury and refinement. Immerse yourself in a world of sumptuous rooms, award-winning dining, and extensive spa facilities, where every indulgence awaits.

As you explore the untamed beauty on your doorstep, Gidleigh Park stands as a sanctuary of relaxation, offering a perfect balance between adventure and opulence.

The nearby market town of Chagford serves as a gateway to the wild landscapes of Dartmoor, making it an ideal base for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking and cycling to pony trekking and wildlife spotting, there are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the moors. You can discover the best of Dartmoor on our Devon Explorer road trip.


Eryri National Park (Snowdonia), Wales

Prepare to be captivated by Crafnant House, an enchanting Victorian home nestled in the pretty village of Twefri at the edge of Eryri National Park (Snowdonia). This boutique B&B offers homely accommodation and welcoming service with touches of luxury.

From its bright, individually designed guest rooms to its riverside garden, Crafnant House invites you to relax and unwind in a harmonious blend of elegance and natural splendour. Explore the park’s majestic peaks and picturesque landscapes, then allow Palé Hall to envelop you in a world of refined luxury.

From gentle strolls to challenging treks, this corner of the country is a walker’s paradise. Beyond its stunning natural beauty, the region is dotted with ancient castles and charming Welsh villages. Discover the best of it on our Snowdonia 360 road trip.


Exmoor National Park, England

As you embark on a journey to Exmoor National Park, Kentisbury Grange stands as a beacon of sophistication and charm.

This boutique hotel offers stylish rooms, gourmet dining, and an idyllic countryside setting that perfectly complements the rugged beauty of Exmoor. Discover the park’s untamed landscapes, then retreat to the tranquillity of Kentisbury Grange for a memorable and rejuvenating stay.

Spanning across Somerset and Devon, this protected area boasts dramatic coast, heather-clad hills, and ancient woodlands. Don’t miss visiting the nearby coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, which are also known as Little Switzerland.


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Lake District National Park, England

Nestled in a secluded location but only a few miles from the bustling town of Bowness-on-Windermere, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House offers a blend of luxury, tranquillity, and natural beauty. Indulge in lavish rooms, exquisite cuisine, and breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and mountains.

Whether you explore the park’s enchanting trails or simply unwind amidst the serene atmosphere, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House promises a memorable escape.

Nearby you’ll find some of England’s highest mountains, most beautiful lakes, and historic treasures such as Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House and William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage.


Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland

Nestled on the shores of Loch Lomond, Cameron House invites you to experience the epitome of Scottish hospitality. This elegant hotel offers luxurious rooms, world-class dining, and magnificent views of the loch and surrounding hills.

Delight in the park’s diverse landscapes, from tranquil lochs to rugged mountains, before returning to the comfort and charm of Cameron House.

Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater loch in Scotland, is surrounded by rolling hills and ancient woodlands. Take to the water on a relaxing boat cruise or lace up your walking boots and tackle the legendary West Highland Way, which traverses the eastern side of the loch.


New Forest National Park, England

Within the enchanting embrace of the New Forest National Park lies Lime Wood – a luxurious country retreat that blends contemporary style with timeless elegance.

This idyllic hotel invites you to unwind amidst its stylish rooms, rejuvenate in its tranquil spa, and savour its exceptional cuisine. Embrace the park’s ancient woodlands, heathland, and roaming ponies, then allow Lime Wood to envelop you in a world of serenity and sophistication.


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North York Moors National Park, England

Experience the perfect fusion of gourmet dining, excellent hospitality, and stunning natural surroundings at The Black Swan at Oldstead. Nestled in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, this Michelin-starred pub with rooms offers an intimate and gastronomic retreat amongst nature.

Immerse yourself in the park’s sweeping vistas and ancient woodlands, then return to The Black Swan for an evening of culinary delights and unparalleled comfort.

For history enthusiasts, the medieval market town of Helmsley is a must-visit, boasting an imposing castle, charming shops, and the romantic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey nearby. One of our favourite long-distance trails – the Cleveland Way – winds its way through this wonderful area.


Northumberland National Park, England

Escape to the ecological haven of Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant, a hidden gem near Northumberland National Park. This eco-friendly retreat combines luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining, and a commitment to sustainability.

Embrace the park’s rich history, meandering rivers, and mystical castles, then seek solace at Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant, where comfort and environmental consciousness go hand in hand.

The former northern frontier of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall, is a stone’s throw away. The best way to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site is by walking the length of the wall along Hadrian’s Wall Path.


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Peak District National Park, England

Set amidst the stunning landscapes of the Peak District National Park, Losehill House Hotel & Spa offers a sanctuary of relaxation and adventure. Indulge in its stylish rooms, rejuvenate in its tranquil spa, and immerse yourself in the park’s captivating beauty.

Whether you choose to explore the park’s peaks and valleys or simply bask in the serenity of the surroundings, Losehill House Hotel & Spa guarantees an unforgettable experience.


Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales

Experience a harmonious blend of contemporary design and natural beauty at Twr y Felin Hotel, a unique, eclectic hotel in delightful St Davids – the smallest city in the UK.

Discover its art-inspired rooms, feast on exquisite cuisine, and embark on coastal adventures along the park’s breathtaking shoreline. Twr y Felin Hotel promises a truly remarkable stay, where creativity and coastal splendour intertwine.

This region is home to countless wonderful walking opportunities, including one of Britain’s finest coastal walks – the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.


Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park within the picturesque village of Bainbridge, Low Mill Guest House offers a charming and idyllic retreat for travellers seeking a peaceful countryside escape.

With luxuriously decorated rooms, warm hospitality, and surrounded by rolling countryside, this cosy guest house serves as an idyllic base for unforgettable adventures in the Yorkshire Dales.

Our Classic Yorkshire self-drive itinerary takes in the best of this glorious corner of England, including the stunning fells and moors of the Yorkshire Dales.


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Discover the Great British Outdoors

Why not immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Britain’s national parks while revelling in luxury and comfort?

Absolute Escapes offer award-winning walking holidays and road trips in the UK & Ireland, with our award-winning packages including carefully-selected accommodation. If we can help you plan a memorable adventure then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Rebecca Meacham

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