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Old Downton Lodge Ludlow is an elegant conversion of barns and farm buildings deep into the countryside

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The home of a 200-year-old Irish harbor master, a Scottish lakeside ferry inn, a former Welsh training inn and a long Derbyshire home are among this year's winners. Good Hotel GuideCesar Awards.

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Baronial Chic: Country Hotel – Old Downton Lodge, Ludlow, Shropshire

Old Downton Lodge Ludlow is an elegant conversion of barns and farm buildings deep into the countryside

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One of the rooms at Old Downton Lodge. The owners, Willem and Pippa Vlok, are practical, while well-trained staff makes for a relaxing stay.

One of the rooms at Old Downton Lodge. The owners, Willem and Pippa Vlok, are practical, while well-trained staff makes for a relaxing stay.

An elegant conversion of barns and farm buildings deep into the countryside is presented around a beautiful formal garden. Old stables make an inviting lounge.

The dining room, the remnant of a large medieval hall with dove windows, dates from the Norman conquest.

The owners, Willem and Pippa Vlok, are practical, while well-trained staff provide a relaxing stay – and the three-course tasting menu (£ 50) is memorable.

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Don't miss it: Ludlow, just 10 kilometers away, described by John Betjeman as "the most perfect city in England".

Details: B&B £ 155- £ 245, (01568 771826, olddowntonlodge.com)

All In Love: Romantic Hotel – Southernhay, Exeter, Devon

Southernhay is a Georgian town house in a beautiful square, a short walk from the cathedral in Exeter.

Southernhay is a Georgian town house in a beautiful square, a short walk from the cathedral in Exeter.

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Rooms at Southernay range from intimate to super king-size. The guide says it combines heritage, urban style and charm.

Rooms at Southernay range from intimate to super king-size. The guide says it combines heritage, urban style and charm.

A Georgian town house in a thin square, a short walk from the cathedral. It combines heritage, urban style and charm.

Belonging to Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard, who previously ran the Burgh Island Hotel, he achieves all the right grades.

Rooms range from intimate to super king size, while the menu includes traditional tomato salad, smoothie feta cheese and polenta croutons.

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Don't miss: a free glass of champagne if you book directly.

Details: B&B £ 110- £ 283 (01392 439 000, southernhayhouse.com)

Yachtie Heaven: Best Newcomer – North House, Cowes, Isle of Wight

The North House in Cowes, pictured, is a boutique hotel on the Isle of Wight, just minutes from the yacht-filled Solent.

The North House in Cowes, pictured, is a boutique hotel on the Isle of Wight, just minutes from the yacht-filled Solent.

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The owners of North House are Luke Staples and Lewis Green. The guide names him the best new hotel for 2020

The owners of North House are Luke Staples and Lewis Green. The guide names him the best new hotel for 2020

Just minutes from the yacht-filled Solent is this immaculately run chic boutique hotel.

Its practical owners, Luke Staples and Lewis Green, generously preside over locally sourced food and charming staff. There is a pretty garden for outdoor dining and a swimming pool.

A good example of how a small hotel should be run.

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Don't miss: Cowes Harbor, with its 250 full-service berths.

Details: B&B £ 145- £ 245 (01983 209453, northhousecowes.co.uk)

Valley View: B&B Winner – Underleigh, Hope, Derbyshire

Underleigh, winner of the best B&B, is a long house overlooking Hope Valley in the Peak District National Park

Underleigh, winner of the best B&B, is a long house overlooking Hope Valley in the Peak District National Park

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The lounge area in Underleigh. The guide says it is a delightful B&B, managed with attention to detail and impeccable green credentials.

The lounge area in Underleigh. The guide says it is a delightful B&B, managed with attention to detail and impeccable green credentials.

A long house overlooking Hope Valley in the Peak District National Park, this charming B&B is run with attention to detail and impeccable green credentials.

Three of the four well-appointed bedrooms are suites. There is a fireplace in the lounge; breakfast is a social affair, served at a refectory table in a former beamed shed with a delicious array of fresh, local produce.

Don't miss: Chatsworth House, the largest of the 17th century houses.

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Details: B&B £ 80- £ 130 (01433 621 372, underleighhouse.co.uk)

Foodie Delight: Inn of the Year – The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton, Yorkshire

Pipe and Glass in South Dalton, Yorkshire is a former inn that has held a Michelin star for over ten years.

Pipe and Glass in South Dalton, Yorkshire is a former inn that has held a Michelin star for over ten years.

In addition to being a gastropub, Pipe and Glass has five comfortable, well-appointed rooms with impressive modern décor.

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In addition to being a gastropub, Pipe and Glass has five comfortable, well-appointed rooms with impressive modern décor.

James and Kate Mackenzie's former inn has been a Michelin star for over ten years.

The light-filled restaurant has Barnsley chops, lamb belly boulangère and venison tartare as specialties. But this gastropub is also applauded for its five comfortable, well-appointed rooms with striking modern décor.

Don't miss it: the beautiful garden where everything from parsley and sage to roses and rosemary is used by James in his kitchen.

Details: B&B £ 170- £ 260 (01430 810246, pipeandglass.co.uk)

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Lochs away: Scottish Luxury – The Airds Hotel, Port Appin, Argyll and Bute

The Airds Hotel in Argyll and Bute, pictured, is a former ferry inn that is now a stylish gourmet Relais and Chateaux hotel.

The Airds Hotel in Argyll and Bute, pictured, is a former ferry inn that is now a stylish gourmet Relais and Chateaux hotel.

Guests can have a cream tea by the fireplace or drinks on the shores of Loch Linnhe at The Airds Hotel, pictured.

Guests can have a cream tea by the fireplace or drinks on the shores of Loch Linnhe at The Airds Hotel, pictured.

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From a cream tea by the fireplace to drinks on the shores of Loch Linnhe, this former inn, now an elegant gourmet hotel Relais and Chateaux, is a place of indulgence.

Rooms have designer fabrics and Bulgari toiletries. The talented chef works wonders with West Coast products. There are beautiful views of the Morvern Mountains.

Don't miss: the Jacobite steam train with breathtaking scenery from Fort William to Mallaig.

Details: B&B £ 285- £ 550 (01631 730236, airds-hotel.com)

Coastal Classic: Beachfront Hotel – The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall

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Old Coastguard, pictured here, is a Cornwall fishing village inn that buzzes with guests and locals alike.

Old Coastguard, pictured here, is a Cornwall fishing village inn that buzzes with guests and locals alike.

The Old Coast Guard is rebuilding after a devastating fire; will reopen in early 2020

The Old Coast Guard is rebuilding after a devastating fire; will reopen in early 2020

Relaxed and elegant, this Cornwall fishing village inn buzzes with guests and locals alike. The friendly style of the Inkin brothers, Edmund and Charles, is the secret of their success.

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Enjoy sea views and locally-landed fish on the terrace in the palm-lined garden. The inn is rebuilding after a devastating fire; will reopen in early 2020.

Don't miss: The Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives, which has the largest collection of his sculptures.

Details: B&B £ 110- £ 250 (01736 731222, oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk)

Local Hero: Welsh Hotel – The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny is a former family-run coaching inn with friendly staff, eclectic menus, modern artwork and a splendid bar.

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The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny is a former family-run coaching inn with friendly staff, eclectic menus, modern artwork and a splendid bar.

The hotel restaurant. Your afternoon tea with bakery cakes is famous

The hotel restaurant. Your afternoon tea with bakery cakes is famous

Model of an urban hotel, this former family-run coaching inn has friendly staff, eclectic menus, modern artwork and a splendid bar popular with locals.

Comfortable rooms have premium bath amenities (Villeroy & Boch), aromatherapy toiletries and extra soft towels. The hotel's afternoon tea with bakery cakes is famous.

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Don't miss it: the 11th century Abergavenny circular castle, home to many bloody sites.

Details: B&B £ 109- £ 259 (01873 857 121, angelabergavenny.com)

Lovely charming: Irish B&B – The Quay House, Clifden, Co. Galway

Quay House in Clifden, County Galway, is a fun B&B, formerly the harbourmaster's house built in 1820.

Quay House in Clifden, County Galway, is a fun B&B, formerly the harbourmaster's house built in 1820.

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Quay House is run by Julia and Paddy Foyle. According to the guide, the rooms have "great characters full of auction finds, from a bust of Napoleon to a Marie Antoinette clock"

Quay House is run by Julia and Paddy Foyle. According to the guide, the rooms have "great characters full of auction finds, from a bust of Napoleon to a Marie Antoinette clock"

Generosity of spirit abounds in Julia and Paddy Foyle's fun B&B, formerly the Harbor Master's house built in 1820.

The rooms have a great character, full of auction finds, from a bust of Napoleon to a Marie Antoinette watch. Most have harbor views with a terrace or balcony.

Breakfast in the conservatory with freshly squeezed orange juice, home-made bread, perfect poached eggs, breakfast cakes and Irish cheeses.

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Don't miss it: a Killary Harbor cruise where, with luck, you'll see dolphins.

Details: B&B £ 100- £ 120 (thequayhouse.com)

Dining Delight: Restaurant with Rooms – Read's, Faversham, Kent

Read & # 39; s is a Georgian mansion on the outskirts of Faversham, Kent, and is the place for food lovers.

Read & # 39; s is a Georgian mansion on the outskirts of Faversham, Kent, and is the place for food lovers.

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Read's is a restaurant with traditionally decorated and antique-furnished rooms.

Read's is a restaurant with traditionally decorated and antique-furnished rooms.

This elegant restaurant with rooms in a Georgian mansion on the outskirts of a market town is the place for food lovers.

David Pitchford, his classically trained chef, uses produce from the walled garden alongside local game and meat.

The fish comes straight from Whitstable. Excellent dishes include skate wing with capers and lemon and thin slices of Serrano ham and caramelized figs.

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Then stagger into a traditional-style room decorated with antiques. For breakfast, enjoy homemade jams and lemon curd.

Don't miss: Leeds Castle, a spectacular Norman fortress, home to six medieval queens.

Details: B&B £ 140- £ 210 (01795 535344, read.com)

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