Think of a quintessentially British luxury hotel and the chances are it’s one of the four properties in Iconic Luxury Hotels’ exclusive collection: Cliveden House, a majestic stately home on the banks of the River Thames; Chewton Glen, a tranquil haven on the edge of the New Forest; historic Lygon Arms in the rolling Cotswolds; or 11 Cadogan Gardens, an urban retreat in the heart of London.
While all the properties in Iconic Luxury Hotels’ collection are different in style, what makes them so successful worldwide is that each shares a commitment to delivering outstanding experiences in exceptional surroundings; to maintaining its own unique, often quirky, style; and above all, to exemplifying what it is to be a truly great hotel.
Immensely proud of its British heritage, Iconic Luxury Hotels partners with other likeminded companies, such as award-winning skincare specialists OSKIA and heritage brand Hunter, as well as many local artisan producers – Hampshire-based Naked Jam even forages in the large kitchen garden at Chewton Glen. Equally, many of the ingredients used in the hotel restaurants are sourced from a matter of miles away, serving to make this a truly British company.
Cliveden House: This five-star National Trust property sits in 376 acres of magnificent Grade I-listed formal gardens and woodlands just 40 minutes from London. The hotel recently unveiled a glorious new spa,
while for those who prefer to be out and about, there’s the option of a leisurely boat trip along the Thames, followed by afternoon tea in the main house. The award-winning André Garrett Restaurant offers a menu of exceptional dishes, while The Astor Grill is perfect for a relaxed lunch.
Chewton Glen: Chewton Glen is a true English original, offering 72 bedrooms, 14 romantic treehouses, an award-winning spa and leisure facilities and a state-of-the art James Martin cookery school. Ninety minutes from London, close to the South Coast and on the edge of the New Forest, the 130 acres of woodland, gardens and parkland that surround the hotel are home to a tennis centre, nine-hole golf course, heritage orchard, 70 working beehives, kitchen garden and croquet lawn.
The Lygon Arms: Set in the pretty village of Broadway, this charming old coaching inn is perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding Cotswolds. Boasting a rich history coloured by the many characters who have stayed here, the hotel offers a range of dining experiences, from brunches and drinks in the Lygon Wine Bar to a seasonal British menu in the Lygon Bar & Grill. There’s also a new spa tucked away in a tranquil corner.
11 Cadogan Gardens: Overlooking a quiet street behind Sloane Square, this boutique property is the ideal London base for a shopping trip, romantic weekend away or a city break. Comprising four townhouses, the hotel is an intriguing maze of corridors and staircases, with interiors as dramatic as they are elegant. The hotel’s new all-day restaurant, Hans’ Bar & Grill, has proved hugely popular with guests and locals alike.