A stay fit for a queen! 8 hotels with royal connections
Looking for somewhere to rest your crown? Pack the corgis and head to one of these hotels and holiday homes with the royal stamp of approval.
Cliveden House Hotel, Berks/Bucks border
This Grade I stately home-turned-five-star-hotel has such a royal pedigree, it should come as no surprise that Meghan Markle spent the night before her wedding to Prince Harry here. After all, it was built by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, was once the home of Prince Frederick of Wales, and was visited by both Queen Victoria and King George V (not at the same time, for obvious reasons). Well, if it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for Muddy!
Congham Hall Hotel, Norfolk
Fancy being HRH’s next door neighbour? This idyllic Georgian manor is perched right on the edge of the Queen’s Sandringham estate in King’s Lynn, making it the perfect base to explore the Royals’ country stomping ground. Tours are available at Sandringham House, Garden and Museum – if you can bear to leave Congham Hall’s fabulous spa, that is.
Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire
This historic Bristol castle was once a retreat for Britain’s most notorious king and his then-bride Anne Boleyn. These day you have a choice of royal suites, including Henry VIII Suite (the very room that Henry and Anne Boleyn shared in 1535, above), or there’s also the Henry VII Suite, Jane Seymour Suite and the Catherine of Aragon Suite, featuring 24-carat gilding and the largest four-poster bed in any UK hotel. That’ll do nicely.
The Goring, London
Pretty much the closest you can get to staying in Buckingham Palace without knocking on Liz’s door, The Goring is the only hotel in the world to be bestowed with a Royal Warrant for hospitality. While you’re there, you can sample the Queen Mother’s favourite dish (The Goring Eggs Drumkilbo with native lobster, caviar and roasted tomato), spot the famous Goring Sheep (if you know, you know) or stay in The Royal Suite, where the Duchess of Cambridge stayed the night before her wedding, with your own personal footman to cater to your every whim.
Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire
A Muddy favourite, Soho Farmhouse in Chipping Norton also happens to be the weekend destination of choice for Meghan Markle, who reportedly had a very chilled two-day hen do here before her wedding in 2018, and was pictured cycling around the bucolic grounds with friend Millie Mackintosh way back in 2016. Meet you there for a dip and a facial, Meg?
Coworth Park, Berkshire
This five-star country house hotel on the edge of Ascot was once the favourite haunt of a certain red-headed royal – Prince Harry was often spotted on the hotel’s polo grounds (managed by the Prince Philip-founded Guards Polo Club) and in the top-notch on-site spa. He even reportedly checked into The Dowser House, a Grade II-listed cottage in the grounds, with best man Prince William the night before his wedding – wonder if he cracked into the minibar?
Albert Cottage Hotel, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is well-known for being a royal hangout, as it’s home to Queen Victoria’s old holiday pad, Osborne. While you might not be able to stay there, you can crash at Albert Cottage Hotel, which was bought by (who else) Prince Albert to be part of the Estate and to house Royal guests. The Grade II-listed building is now a bijou 10-bedroom boutique hotel with pleasantly purse-friendly prices – great for getting a little royal bang for your buck.
The Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages, Cornwall
Okay, so not technically a hotel, but these five-star self-catering cottages are owned and run by Prince Charles’s Duchy, so they fit the royal bill pretty nicely! There are 26 to choose from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and they range from romantic one-bedroom boltholes perfect for couples to grand manor houses that can sleep 18. We’re putting Manor House in Restormel on our list (above) – not only is it total IG fodder, it’s just a woodland stroll away from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery.