Newt like it: Somerset property ranks number one on the Top 50 Boutique Hotels list

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The Newt ranks number one on the Top 50 Boutique Hotels list

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Trendy Somerset venue The Newt has been named the best boutique hotel in the UK.

The Top 50 Boutique Hotels list was announced earlier today (22 November 2023) on the brand’s Instagram page having been released in unranked form last month. 

Ranked second on the list last year, The Newt (pictured above) is described as being ‘nestled in the grounds of an alluring working estate that is home to acres of resplendent gardens, enchanting woodland and traditional cyder orchards’ with ‘both the accommodation and common rooms in the house and surrounding buildings having been sensitively designed to showcase the Newt’s history’. 

Hampshire’s Lime Wood and Gilpin Hotel and Lake House in Cumbria took second and third place respectively (see full list, below). 

This year’s Highest New Entrant is Boys Hall near Ashford, which has come in at number 16. Highest Climber went to The Grove of Narberth in Pembrokeshire, which went from 49 to 36 and also won the Service Award. 

Raymond Blanc's  Oxfordshire flagship Le Manoir aux Quat’saisons took home the Food & Drink award. Other venues with renowned restaurants to make the list include Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Heckfield Place, Lympstone Manor and Grantley Hall.   

Voted for by the hospitality and travel industry, the Top 50 Boutique Hotels list​ is from the same stable as Top 50 Gastropubs and Top 50 Cocktail Bars.

“We are delighted to be revealing this fantastic new list for 2023,” says group director, hospitality and manufacturing at William Reed Chris Lowe,  This year’s number one The Newt is a worthy winner and the highest new entry Boys Hall shows the innovation taking place within the sector.  It is so encouraging to see so many new entrants in the Top 50 this year as well as being able to showcase such a range of unique hotel experiences available across the UK.”

The Top 50 Boutique Hotels list was conceived in 2020 with the first ‘list reveal’ in November 2021.

Top 50 Boutique Hotels 2023

1. The Newt, Somerset

2. Lime Wood, Lyndhurst

3. Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windermere

4. Heckfield Place, Hook

5. Padstow Townhouse, Padstow

6. The Pig at Bridge Place, Kent

7. Lympstone Manor, Exmouth

8. Grantley Hall, Ripon

9. Beaverbrook, Leatherhead

10. Hambleton Hall, Oakham

11. Dormy House Hotel, Broadway 

12. Hampton Manor, Hampton In Arden

13. Grove of Narberth, Narberth

14. The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

15. Another Place, Ullswater

16. Boys Hall, Ashford

17. Artist Residence Bristol

18. The Mandrake, London

19. The Fife Arms, Braemer

20. Foyers Lodge, Scotland

21. Great Fosters, Egham

22. Middleton Lodge, Ripon

23. Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Lancashire

24. The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone London

25. Yorebridge House, York

26. The Gallivant, Rye

27. The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

28. Estelle Manor, North Leigh

29. Hotel Gotham, Manchester 

30. Links House at Royal Dornoch, Dornoch

31. Palé Hall, Bala, Wales

32. Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

33. Hotel Tresanton, Tresanton

34. Henrietta Hotel, Covent Garden, London

35. Lochgreen House Hotel & Spa, Troon

36. The Harper, Holt

37. The Pig on the Beach, Swanage

38. Rothay Manor, Ambleside 

39. Number One Bruton, Somerset

40. Nomad, Covent Garden, London

41. The Mitre, Hampton Court

42. The Samling Hotel, Lake District

43. House of Gods, Edinburgh

44. The Retreat at Elcot Park, Newbury

45. Farlam Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Brampton

46. Glebe House, Devon

47. Le Manoir aux Quat’saisons, Oxford

48. At the Chapel, Bruton

49. Henry’s Townhouse, Marylebone, London

50. Titchwell Manor, Brancaster

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