There are vacationers who shrug at the prospect of staying at a balmy beachside hideaway, a flower-carpeted rainforest lodge, or the newest trendy high-rise lodge. For these people, it’s a fort or nothing. Give them misty mornings, polished paneling, and brass door titties. And after all, England, Scotland, and Ireland haven’t any scarcity of those regal retreats.
Every yr for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on journey experiences round the globe — to share their opinions on the high resorts, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airways, and extra. Hotels were rated on their amenities, location, service, meals, and total worth. Properties have been categorized as metropolis or resort based mostly on their areas and facilities.
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Seven of the properties on this yr’s high 10 record will be discovered in Ireland. “A lovely hotel with an abundance of character and history,” wrote one reader of Dromoland Castle (No. 7), an 1835 constructing with appropriately castellated towers in County Clare. Another voter known as it “a dream getaway with fabulous activities on site. Our kids loved the pedal go-karts and still talk about them a year on.” Set in the distant, atmospheric Connemara area — a “beautiful woodland setting,” mentioned one reader — Ballynahinch (No. 6) is “very romantic, with a tinge of rustic.”
One reader deemed Adare Manor, a 19th-century charmer in County Limerick at the No. four spot, “one of my favorite places in my entire life.” As the fan gushed, “the staff conducts service with pristine grace, kindness, and warmth. It was such a joy and comfort that I changed my plans so that I could stay there longer.” Another reader’s description of Ashford Castle (No. 3), a elegant pile as soon as owned by the Guinness household, sums up the attraction of the enchanted construction succinctly, likening to it to “a comfortable cocoon.”
To see the full record — and which storied property gained this yr’s high accolade — proceed studying.
Cliveden House, Berkshire, England
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Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Torlundy, Scotland
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Ballymaloe House, County Cork, Ireland
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Dromoland Castle, County Clare, Ireland
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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel & Estate, Connemara, Ireland
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Sheen Falls Lodge, County Kerry, Ireland
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Adare Manor, County Limerick, Ireland
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Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
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Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland
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Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland
More info: ballyfin.com
A brief drive from Dublin, this early-19th-century former property retains its No. 1 spot for the third yr in a row. The rooms actually do make you are feeling as if you’re stepping again in time, with canopied beds, interval antiques, and curved home windows that overlook the gardens. But that doesn’t imply that Ballyfin is caught in the previous. The spa and gymnasium are modern and trendy, and the delicacies displays a 21st-century philosophy of contemporary components and wholesome consuming.
See all of our readers’ favourite resorts, cities, airways, cruise strains, and extra in the World’s Best Awards for 2019.