The Newt in Somerset named the UK's best boutique hotel

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The Newt in Somerset has been crowned the best boutique hotel in the UK.

The hotel is set in a Georgian limestone building that has been the seat of the Hobhouse family for more than two centuries and is located within a working country estate of woodland and gardens.

The Newt is known for its blend of traditional and modern architecture. The main house was built in the 17th century before being remodelled in Georgian times with the house and its Stable Yard having 23 guest rooms.

Rooms have been converted from former stables and 18th​ century farm buildings into luxury suites including what was originally a grain store for the farm, with features including roll top baths and wood-burning stoves.

The hotel also has a farmyard beyond its cyder orchards with the original buildings converted into 17 rooms as well as a pool, bar, snug and all-day kitchen.

“We're incredibly proud and shocked to have received first place. We're still very new to the scene, so it's incredible to get such recognition from the industry,” says the hotel’s head of communications Jessica Parkhouse.

“We like to think we offer guests the complete package and it’s great that people are getting what we're doing.

“You can create a beautiful space and rooms, which we have, and are custodians of our land, but it’s the people in our team that really create that guest experience.

“We're quite geeky about what we do, from butchers and bakers to cheesemakers and cidermakers - everyone in our team is so passionate and enthusiastic; and it’s them that make The Newt so special.”

The hotel picked up the award at the Top 50 Boutique Hotels event, sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate, held at Andrew Pern's the Star in the City in York yesterday (25 November).

The south east of England leads the way when it comes to staying over in style with 17 of the top 50 spots, closely followed by the south west with 14. However, the north of England is rapidly growing in popularity with 15 of the list and Scotland with four.

Other winners include Yorebridge House in Bainbridge that picked up the Service Award; Links House at Royal Dornoch in Dornoch, which was named Unique Experience Award Winner; and Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms in Lancashire, the location for Mark Birchall’s award-winning two Michelin-starred restaurant, which was crowned Food & Drink Award Winner.

The list was created thanks to an academy of voters made up of hoteliers, industry experts, travel writers and influencers, who all voted for their top operations in order of preference.

The Top 50 Boutique Hotel list follows on from the success of the Top 50 Cocktail Bars and the long running and ever-popular Top 50 Gastropubs, offering consumers the definitive guide to where to eat, drink and now sleep throughout the UK.

The Top 50 Boutique Hotels list: ​

  1. The Newt, Somerset
  2. Grantley Hall, Yorkshire
  3. The Fife Arms, Braemar
  4. Heckfield Place, Hampshire
  5. Artist Residence London, London
  6. The Pig - at Bridge Place, Kent
  7. The Idle Rocks, St Mawes
  8. Hambleton Hall, Rutland
  9. Yorebridge House, Bainbridge (Service Award Winner)​​
  10. Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes
  11. The Mandrake, London
  12. Applegarth Villa, Cumbria
  13. Chapel House, Penzance
  14. Padstow Townhouse, Padstow
  15. Watergate Bay, Cornwall
  16. Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire
  17. The Queensberry Hotel, Bath
  18. The Gunton Arms, Norwich
  19. Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire
  20. The Mitre, Hampton Court
  21. Titchwell Manor Hotel, Brancaster
  22. Chiltern Firehouse, London
  23. Barnsley House, Gloucester
  24. Thyme, Gloucestershire
  25. Hipping Hall, Lancashire
  26. Links House at Royal Dornoch, Dornoch (Unique Experience Award Winner)​​
  27. Middleton Lodge, Richmond
  28. Homewood, Bath
  29. Cliveden House, Maidenhead
  30. Gravetye Manor, Sussex
  31. Haymarket Hotel, London
  32. The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, London
  33. Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Lancashire (Food & Drink Award Winner)​​
  34. L'oscar London, London
  35. Ockenden Manor, West Sussex
  36. Rothay Manor Hotel, Cumbria
  37. The Wild Rabbit, Oxfordshire
  38. Foyers Lodge, Inverness-shire
  39. The Cottage in the Wood, Cumbria
  40. Strattons Hotel, Norfolk
  41. House of Gods, Edinburgh
  42. The Torridon, Scotland
  43. Number 38 Clifton, Bristol
  44. The Rectory Hotel, Wiltshire
  45. Beaverbrook, Surrey
  46. Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire
  47. The Gallivant, East Sussex
  48. The Yan @ Broadrayne, Cumbria
  49. Losehill Hotel, Derbyshire
  50. The Cavendish Hotel, Derbyshire

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