10 of the best royal stays

10 of the best royal stays

Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh spent part of their honeymoon in one of the vast state bedrooms at this magnificent mansion in 1947. They loved it so much they often returned to celebrate their anniversary. Other regal visitors include Queen Mary, Edward VII and Lord Mountbatten. Non-royals can indulge in a range of spa treatments and enjoy an afternoon tea fit for a queen.

Rooms from £140 per night based on two sharing. Call 01582 698888 or
visit Luton Hoo

Cross Hands, Gloucestershire

A freak blizzard in 1981 forced the Queen to seek shelter at this charming old posting house. Her Majesty was out delivering Christmas presents when her car got stuck in the snow. She received a warm welcome by the hotel's manager who gave up his top floor flat. It's now popular with country lovers, golfers and couples.

Rooms from £75 per night. Call 01454 313000 or visit Old English Inns

Eastwell Manor, Kent

This country house was home to Queen Victoria and Albert's son Prince Alfred for 20 years. Today, it's the ideal place for a relaxing break, with the hotel's spa offering a variety of treatments as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Rooms from £70 per person, per night based on two sharing. Call 0800 089 3929 or visit Pride of Britain Hotels

Sudeley Castle Cottages, Gloucestershire

Sudeley Castle and Gardens is the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds. The last of Henry VIII's
six wives, Katherine Parr, lived and died in the castle. She is now entombed in a beautiful 15th century church found within the award-winning gardens. Located near the Cotswold Hills, the luxury cottages are an ideal choice for
a walking or touring holiday.

Cottages from £100 per person based on four sharing for seven days. Call 01242 604357 or visit Sudeley Castle

Nidd Hall Hotel,
North Yorkshire

This 16th century mansion is believed to have been the setting for one of the most shocking romances in royal history. It's rumoured King Edward VIII was first introduced to Mrs Wallis Simpson at one of the hotel's lavish soirees. Today Nidd Hall is still known for throwing parties for its guests, and with the Yorkshire Dales on its doorstep it's a walker's paradise.

Rooms from £94 per night based
on two sharing. Call 0844 871 4523 or visit Warner Lesuire Hotels

Prince Rupert Hotel, Shropshire

As its name suggests, this hotel was the former home of Prince Rupert, the grandson of King James I. Visitors can experience the 15th century Tudor-style suites and four-poster beds. It's a perfect base from which to explore Shrewsbury's cobbled streets.

Rooms from £69 per night. Call 01743 499955 or visit The Prince Rupert Hotel

Scalby Lodge Cottages, North Yorkshire

These luxury country cottages are owned by the Queen and were developed by the Duchy of Lancaster – a landed estate that provides a private income for the Sovereign. These 15 cottages are situated on an idyllic clifftop near Scarborough. The stately abodes offer an ideal location from which to explore the North York Moors and Yorkshire's Heritage Coast.

Cottages from £15 per person per
night based on eight sharing. Call 0845 268 1560 or visit here

Ynyshir Hall, Powys

Once owned by Queen Victoria, Ynyshir Hall is a Georgian manor house set in 12 acres of gardens. Much loved by Victoria, it became her shooting lodge and favourite retreat, and she left her mark by refurbishing the interior and redesigning the gardens. Take in the stunning views, or indulge in one of the many spa treatments on offer.

Rooms from £102 per night based on two sharing. Call 01654 781209 or visit Ynyshir Hall

Littlecote House Hotel, Berkshire

It was at this characterful Grade I listed Tudor mansion that
King Henry VIII was first introduced to his third queen-to-be Jane Seymour. A stained glass window in the Great Hall featuring the couples' initials, a lovers' knot and cupid's head marks this romantic royal event. Today there's plenty to explore in the landscaped gardens, and the nearby Roman city of Bath and the ancient Stonehenge are just a short drive away.

Rooms from £91 per night based on two sharing. Call 0844 871 4523 or visit Warner Lesuire Hotels

Plas Dinas, Gwynedd

This country house nestled in the Snowdonia mountains was once home to Princess Margaret as it belonged to the family of her husband Lord Snowdon. The couple spent many happy weekends here hosting lavish parties. Today, guests can enjoy luxury bedrooms, a drawing room filled with royal memorabilia and stunning views.

Rooms from
£109 per night. Call 01286 830214 or visit Plas Dinas