5-Star Hotel Guide

The Home Counties

Luxury beyond the M25

The Home Counties
The Home Counties

5-star hotel guide to the Home Counties

Although London offers the bright lights and 5-star luxury hotels of the capital city, outside of the M25 ring road there are plenty of country escapes to discover in the area around London, known as the 'Home Counties'.

If you live in London, it's not uncommon to want to escape from the city from time-to-time, for a weekend in the country or along the coast. For visitors to the UK, visiting country villages, see the rolling English countryside and experiencing English country house hotels is often high on the agenda.

The Home Counties spans the eight counties immediately around London:  Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Sussex and Surrey, but we have also included Oxfordshire as it hosts our favourite countryside hotel in the South and South East of England.

Our absolute favourite country escape is Raymond Blanc's eponymous Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, a legendary 5-star country house institution. This is a hotel that is, literally, close to our hearts, as our travel editor was married there! Finding peers that match up to this standard is hard, but that's our intention, even though, in the process we have decided not to list many we visit.

Recent additions to the Luxury Explorer collection include the stunning Beaverbrook Hotel in the Surrey Hills and the newly opened and much anticipated Heckfield Place in Hampshire.