BEST OF BRITISH
Historical grandeur meets fresh, contemporary interior design in this trio of new hotels
THE PRINCIPAL, EDINBURGH
Interior design studio Goddard Littlefair has overhauled seven Grade Ii-listed Georgian townhouses on Charlotte Square – a Georgian piazza so beautiful that the area’s been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site – to create a bolthole that’s grand in scale (there are 181 bedrooms and 18 suites) and modern in style. White marble mosaic floors lead to The Garden (above), an orangery-inspired room where guests can dine under the greenery-draped pergola (doubles from £165 per night; phcompany.com).
THE TAMBURLAINE, CAMBRIDGE
This new 155-room hotel has been named after an emperor in a play by Cambridge alumni Christopher Marlowe. Embrace the historical mélange: there’s Renaissance-style stucco on the walls, Persian rugs on a Victorian-inspired hexagonal floor and velvet armchairs in the Garden room (right), where tea is served in rose and gold chinaware by British interior architect Bryan O’sullivan, who oversaw the project (doubles from £155 per night; thetamburlaine.co.uk).
ARTIST RESIDENCE, OXFORDSHIRE
Young hotelier couple Charlotte Newey and Justin Salisbury have turned a 16thcentury inn into a quirky guest house and cosy pub, where flagstone flooring and timber beams are updated with House of Hackney wallpaper and Volga Linen bedsheets. Five of its rooms are up in the eaves, and the magical sixth is an entire barn: its peeling paintwork is original, the woodburning stove is brand new, and dogs are welcome (doubles from £130 per night; artistresidence.co.uk).