BEST OF BRI­TISH

His­tor­i­cal grandeur meets fresh, con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior de­sign in this trio of new ho­tels

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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).

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