As we start to fall in love with travelling in our own country again, The Good Hotel Guide 2022: Great Britain & Ireland, published this month, provides plenty of inspiration on where to stay for a short break this autumn.
Established in 1978, the Good Hotel Guide, co-edited by Adam and Caroline Raphael, together with the former travel editor and assistant travel editor of The Times, Jane Knight and Kate Quill, is the only truly independent UK hotel guide.
The 2022 Editor’s Choice section highlights the top 10 hotels in 20 categories, with 14 categories in print and online (Foodie, Romantic, Seaside, Spas, Restaurants-with-rooms, Dog-friendly, Country House, Gardens, B&Bs, Budget, Pubs with rooms, Family, Walking and Fishing) and six online-only Editor’s Choice categories (Weddings, Golf, Eco-friendly, Historic, Quirky and Rooms with a view).
The Guide’s Shortlist section features 251 properties, with text and a photograph for each entry. These include new entries of a notable standard and other properties that have received positive reports from customers.
There is only one hotel in the new Guide within Greater Manchester, which features is in the Shortlist section.
The hotel to make the cut for 2022 is Didsbury House.
“Between two parks, this voguish hotel occupies a refurbished Victorian villa within easy reach of the park,” says the guide.
“Vintage prints, statement wallpapers and an impressive stained-glass window form a sophisticated setting for fresh flowers, books, open fires and deep sofas; tasteful bedrooms and suites, set over two levels, retain original high windows and delicate cornices.
“Among up-to-date amenities in the rooms are a butler tray with fresh milk, perhaps a roll-top bath or two.
“Afternoon tea may be taken in one of the two lounges.
“A deli menu accompanies an aperitif or nightcap in the bar or on. the atmospherically lit walled terrace; on the weekend, breakfast is served until late.
“A sister hotel is just up the street.”