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Small Luxury Hotels of the World Presents Four New UK Hotels

May 5, 2021 Hotel News No Comments

We recently polled the nation on their Top 50 simple pleasures of life, those simple things which we previously took for granted but have all been craving this past year.

Unsurprisingly, our list found many of life’s pleasures are ones often found on holiday, such as seeing a stunning view, waking up to sunshine, taking long walks and discovering new places. It’s on our travels that we’re able to experience an abundance of life’s simple pleasures, so with that Small Luxury Hotels of the World introduces four new UK hotels in Surrey, Belfast, Edinburgh and Dornoch, so we can indulge in more travel ‘simple pleasures’.

City Centre Hotel

Culloden Estate and Spa (Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK)

Reopening end of May 2021

98 rooms from £280 per night including breakfast

Belfast’s most impressive hotel, the Culloden Estate and Spa, joins SLH as the only hotel in Northern Ireland. The Culloden Estate and Spa stands majestically on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the sprawling Country Antrim Coastline. There are 98 well-appointed rooms and suites within the Gothic property, which was once the official palace for the Bishops of Down. Last year the hotel unveiled a significant renovation to its leading spa, which features a Tylarium (steam and sauna combo), large pool, jacuzzi, and curated ESPA treatments. Culloden offers three dining options, fine dining at The Vesper and more relaxed dining at The Lough Bar and Culloden’s own onsite pub – The Cultra Inn. The hotel chimes beautifully within the surrounding 12 acres of secluded gardens and woodland and will reopen its palatial doors on 17th May. Guests will be welcomed back with a new Bridgerton-themed afternoon tea, the return of the hotel’s ‘Art in the Garden’ exhibition in Summer – which will showcase the works of Dali, Picasso, Warhol and Banksy, to name a few – and the introduction of a new outdoor ‘Bollinger Bus’ to heighten the experience of luxury alfresco dining.

SLH Insider Tip: The Country Antrim Coastline is famed for being featured in Game of Thrones and has also been named one of the world’s top 16 coastlines, so hire a Culloden bike and explore it for yourself at leisure.

City Centre Hotel

The Dunstane Houses (Edinburgh, UK)

Reopening on 7th May 2021

35 rooms from £211 per night including breakfast

‘Orkney in the City’ is an apt description of Edinburgh’s much-loved urban retreat, The Dunstane Houses. Although only a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh city centre, the hotel owners hail from Orkney and have brought the spirit of Orkney with them, peppering the hotel with Orcadian gin, whisky, art and even breakfast produce. The hotel is split between two meticulously restored Victorian townhouses which stand across the road from each other (Dunstane House and Hampton House) and provide 35 of the most generously sized rooms and suites Edinburgh has to offer. Think warm hues of ochre, burnt orange, teal and a sumptuous combination of locally made tweeds and velvets, dotted with roll-top baths and open fires. Ba’ Bar is the hotel’s all-day Scottish dining offering and features Edinburgh’s best spirit collection. Beyond the characterful and evocative walls, the city’s Old town awaits, just a 15-minute stroll away, but guests are only a short drive from some of Scotland’s most sought-after beauty spots from the fabled peaks of the nearby Pentland Hills to the mystical shores of Cramond Beach, Gullane or Elie.

SLH Insider Tip: Take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary parking (a bonus for a city-centre property) and enjoy the hotel’s suggested 7–day driving itinerary to discover more of Scotland. Stirling Castle, St. Andres Loch Lommond all await in this inspiring road-trip.

City Centre Hotel

The Mitre Hotel (Surrey, UK)

Reopening on 17th May 2021

36 rooms from £180 per night including breakfast

With its waterfront location and royal connections, The Mitre Hotel can easily be described as ‘fit for a king’ or his friends at least. The Grade II-listed property launched in September 2020 and was originally built in 1665 to accommodate King Charles II’s courtiers. It has been reincarnated numerous times throughout the centuries, currently, as the elegant 36-room hotel. The Mitre Hotel enjoys an enviable position sitting on the banks of the River Thames in Hampton Court and provides a relaxed and stylish retreat where no two guest rooms are the same. Interior designer Nicola Harding has given each room an individual stamp, with clever use of contrast and coordination. Her refreshing palette of bold colours and textures gives the hotel a uniquely playful ambience while paying homage to its heritage and neighbourhood. Rooms and suites come with either views over the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace and garden or picturesque internal courtyards. Food takes centre stage at the hotel with a 60-cover riverside restaurant (1665), a 70-cover brasserie and bar (CopperNose), an 80-cover Orangery, and a large riverside terrace home to the world’s first stand-alone Whispering Angel Bar. The boat house bar is perfect for enjoying sundowners with a cold glass of the world class Whispering Angel rosé in hand. The hotel reopens in May with a packed programme of activities, including bike and private boat picnics, Live Jazz on the Terrace and a ‘Taste of summer’ supper club, amongst other entertainment.

SLH Insider Tip: Enjoy al alfresco breakfast from ‘Polly’ a beautiful vintage Citroen H Van​ and The Mitre’s playful food truck, open daily serving morning pastries, awesome coffee followed by a selection of curated sandwiches, alongside a ‘something sweet’ menu of pastries, ice creams and sorbets.

Country House Hotel

Links House at Royal Dornoch (Dornoch, Scotland, UK)

Reopening on 26th April 2021

15 rooms from £250 per night including breakfast

The award-winning Links House at Royal Dornoch effortlessly fuses tradition with a modern sensibility. The hotel is Scotland’s most northerly luxury destination and sits in the rugged and romantic Scottish Highlands. It boasts 15 luxurious rooms, 8 of which are luxury suites and a lavish penthouse apartment – Glenshiel – the hotel’s most recent addition. All 15 rooms are named after salmon rivers in the North Highlands and feature underfloor heating, Hypnos beds and Italian linen. Links House at Royal Dornoch is enveloped by beautiful grounds and manicured gardens, including a significant herb garden that supplies the hotel’s kitchens. Undoubtedly the allure of golf at the spellbinding Royal Dornoch is a big draw for guests, but beyond golf, Dornoch town has plenty of attractions, including The Dornoch Cathedral and the award-winning Carnegie Whisky Cellars. Further afield, guests can enjoy salmon and trout fishing and drives around the North Coast 500 – a 500-mile route around the top of Scotland. The hotel officially opens on 26th April, with ‘a flavour of Mara’ launching the same day – a new dining concept led by Executive Chef James McDonald designed to celebrate the best of Scotland’s larder. It perfectly complements the hotel’s other eateries, The Courtroom and The Courtyard.

SLH Insider Tip: Dornoch enjoys a microclimate since it lies only 6 degrees south of the Arctic Circle and is circled by the sun so enjoy its sandy beaches and longer days by joining a bike ride with the hotel’s resident Mountain Bike guide.

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