In the depths of winter, it is easy to forget that the dark evenings will soon give way to the freshness and brightness of spring. Just as some hotels are best suited to warm summer days and others to cosy winter evenings, there are also hotels that are just right for the ‘season of flowers’.
We have chosen the following hotels because they are all places where one can make the most of spring, whether because of their exceptional gardens or the countryside that surrounds them. Most importantly, they all have a certain lightness of touch that perfectly complements the season.
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno, Wales
Situated in over 200 acres of parkland, just 2 miles from the North Wales hub of Llandudno, this hotel offers the best in country house hospitality. The 16th century mansion with a medieval tower gives thrilling views of Conwy Castle, Snowdonia, Anglesey and Great Orme. The award winning gardens are simply spectacular as they come into bloom.
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa offers a quintessential country house style break, perfect for when the seasons change from winter to spring.
Glazebrook House, Dartmoor, England
On the edge of the stunning Dartmoor National Park, Glazebrook house is perfect for people eager to get back into the wild after the darkness and cold of winter. What’s more, the property is decorated in a classy Alice in Wonderland theme, providing a break from the identikit style of many country house hotels. This historic hotel is ideal for a spring getaway with a twist of fantasy.
Plas Bodegroes, Gwynedd, Wales
Located on the Llyn Peninsula in rural North Wales, Plas Bodegroes – Rosehip Hall in English – is a truly stunning springtime destination. This small country hotel sports five acres of secluded gardens. In spring, roses scent the courtyard garden and bluebells carpet the nearby woodland. The hotel is located just a few miles from the coast and there are some excellent walks along the Wales Coastal Path, bracing yet beautiful in spring.
Howard’s House Hotel, Wiltshire, England
Howard’s House is set in the Cranborne Chase, a beautiful and underappreciated stretch of countryside, which runs through North Dorset and South Wiltshire. Spring is one of the best times to visit this corner of the country when the Crab Apple Trees are out in full bloom. The hotel itself is exceptional, with comfortable bedrooms and excellent food. The hotel is easily accessible from the A303 yet feels miles from anywhere. The only sounds you’ll hear are birds and the occasional whack of a croquet mallet.