Middle England

Grandeur and Stories

The rolling hills and patchwork countryside are home to William Shakespeare and Sherwood forest. A landscape dotted with the grandest of country homes and the prettiest of villages imaginable with babbling brooks and characterful pubs. Its world-famous university towns have inspired a nation.

Middle England at a glance

  • The diverse counties and countrymen of Middle England have been forged by wars and empire building. The countryside is dotted with stone villages and market towns that date back to the middle ages where local folklore frames tales of mythical creatures, outlaws and bands of merry men.
  • Central England abounds with rolling hills and luscious green valleys. Find huge estates of landed gentry with fine stately homes and spectacular landscaped gardens.
  • Renowned for the Peak District National Park, gateway to the Pennines ‘the spine of England’ and the pretty Cotswolds, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Britain’s greatest bard.
  • Visit the iconic University cities of Oxford and Cambridge, absorb the atmosphere created by their unique architecture and follow in the footsteps of famous scholars exploring their cobbled streets.
  • Must do’s include watching a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, punting in Cambridge or Oxford, discovering Blenheim Palace and extraordinary country houses such as Chatsworth and Burghley
  • Middle England’s rich fertile land has always been the centre of our agriculture, feeding a nation through generations. Local delicacies like Melton Mowbray pork pies, Stilton cheese are enjoyed with legendary old English ales. Don’t forget sticky Bakewell tart.
  • This region of England has help define a thriving British food and restaurant scene with leading luminaries such as Raymond Blanc, Sat Bains and Daniel Clifford inspiring a nation of chefs over many years.
  • Easily accessible by rail or road from all areas of the UK along with International airports including Birmingham, Luton and East Midlands Airport.

Barnsley House

The Cotswolds, Middle England

Barnsley House is a romantic country house built in 1697, located in the charming Cotswold Hills village of Barnsley.  Once home to the internationally-acclaimed garden designer Rosemary Verey, this luxury hotel now offers 18 beautiful letting bedrooms, most of which overlook, or open onto the world-famous gardens and include the much photographed Laburnam Arch.  Tucked…

4 AA red Star Country House Hotel
2 AA Rosettes


The Cotswolds, Middle England

Dating back to the 14th century, Calcot is set in over 220 acres of beautiful Cotswolds meadowland. This stylish former Cotswold farmhouse has an enviable reputation for most friendly of welcomes, great food and an outstanding spa. You can choose between The Conservatory restaurant for fine dining and complete relaxation, or The Gumstool Inn for…

4 AA red Star Country House Hotel
2 AA Rosettes

Dormy House

Cotswolds, Middle England

This 17th century farmhouse has become one of the most loved hotels in the Cotswolds, renowned for its personal service and luxuriously laid-back atmosphere. Recently refurbished offering the ultimate in farmhouse chic, it is also perfectly located to enjoy nearby villages of Broadway and Chipping Campden. The sleek spa is a chance to pamper yourself…

4 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Foxhill Manor

The Cotswolds, Middle England

Foxhill is a private manor house hotel overlooking the iconic Cotswolds village of Broadway. An intimate Grade II listed Arts and Crafts country home refreshed and revitalised for the 21st century, Foxhill Manor is a new type of stay where everything revolves around you. All the character and charm of a boutique-hotel hideaway, served up…

5 AA Star Hotel

Hambleton Hall

Oakham, Middle England

With it’s spectacular lakeside setting overlooking Rutland Water, Hambleton Hall is one of Britain’s finest country house hotels.  This is a place to relax in total comfort, style and a real sense of history.  Its restaurant is a haven for gourmets having held its Michelin Star since 1982, the longest retained star in the UK. …

4 AA red Star Country House Hotel
4 AA Rosettes
1 Michelin Star

Old Downton Lodge

Ludlow, Middle England

This 18th-century romantic farmhouse is hidden away in the tranquil Shropshire hills. A unique collection of medieval, half-timbered stables and barns surround a courtyard of herbs and flower borders that looks out over the hills of the Welsh Marches. Originally a dairy farm and cider mill, it is full of character with exposed beams, high…

5 AA gold Star Restaurant with Rooms
3 AA Rosettes

The Peacock

Rowsley, Middle England

The Peacock at Rowsley began life as a manor house in the late 1600s and has been a beacon of hospitality ever since.  Located in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, the chic country inn is set in beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Derwent famed for its excellent fly fishing.  It’s characterful…

3 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Tuddenham Mill

nr. Newmarket, Middle England

This stylish 18th century Suffolk abode is a converted brick and clapboard water mill set on the edge of the millpond within 12 acres of land. The original wheel, its grinding machinery and 53-foot chimney are still in situ. Tuddenham Mill’s restaurant brings together an exceptional environment, a genuine passion for great food and wine and discrete…

4 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes