Dreamy UK hotels with breathtaking views you'll want to bookmark for 2021 (2023)

Bagging a hotel room with a great view can instantly make your holiday feel that little more special - and the UK is filled with beautiful hotels overlooking seriously dreamy landscapes.

If you're after some staycation inspiration, then the Good Hotel Guide could be ideal.

In fact, this guide book is updated and rewritten every year. The 2021 guide features 750 hotels to choose from, 70 of which are new.

Of course with so much on offer, trying to decide where to start can feel overwhelming - so we've done the leg work for you.

We've picked out our favourite hotels from the guide - check out our top picks below...

(Unless otherwise stated, room rates are for one night in November).

1. Glenfinnan House Hotel, Glenfinnan Highlands

It’s postcard perfect at Glenfinnan House Hotel, on the shore of Loch Shiel and backed by craggy peaks. You can almost hear the skirling of pipes as you look across the water to the Glenfinnan Monument and distant Ben Nevis.

Take in the same sights from some of the 14 rooms, all with traditional furniture and perhaps a tartan-fringed four-poster, but no key, television or telephone.

Downstairs, there are pine-panelled walls, blazing fires and antiques. Eat in an atmospheric bar bristling with antlers, or in the more formal dining room. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Glenfinnan Viaduct for Harry Potter fans.

How much? Doubles from £150, B&B, in October (the hotel closes for winter in November). Find out more here.

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2. Stow House Aysgarth, North Yorkshire

The green sweep of the Yorkshire Dales fans out around this Victorian rectory-turned-B&B on the edge of a Wensleydale village.

Magnificent country views can be seen from all seven of the boutique-chic rooms, with wood floors and exposed beams, and named after the quirky contemporary artwork within – Badger features a badger’s head in a gas mask.

Aysgarth Falls are just a few minutes’ walk away; there are two pubs you can stroll to, and Bolton Castle is a four-mile yomp from the door.

Dogs are also welcome.

How much? Doubles from £115, B&B. Find out more here.

3. The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth Cornwall

There are sublime sea views everywhere in this relaxed adults-only hotel, cleverly designed with tiered rooms built into the rock to make the most of the coastal setting.

Clifftop hot tubs look down over the beach, wide terraces have loungers positioned to soak up the scene, the restaurant and bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows… and the spa pool has a wall of windows so you can swim with a sea view.

Follow coastal paths to Bedruthan Steps and Watergate Bay, or just hang out in this colourful, eco-friendly hotel.

How much? Doubles from £240, B&B. Find out more here.

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4. Belle Tout Lighthouse, Eastbourne Sussex

You’d expect superb sea views from a lighthouse, and Belle Tout has those in spades. Its 360-degree lookout features not only the waters of the English Channel, but also the Seven Sisters and the South Downs.

Decommissioned in 1902, it is now a B&B with six rooms. The only one in the tower is the small, atmospheric Keeper’s Loft, where the bed is reached by a ladder.

Watch sunrises over Beachy Head Lighthouse and sunsets over the Birling Gap from the lounge, with a log fire, or the lantern room, with its outdoor walkway. It’s the perfect place for stargazing too.

Doubles from £170, B&B. Keeper’s Loft £160. Find out more here.

5. Hambleton Hall, Hambleton Rutland

A Michelin-starred meal in sight of Rutland Water makes a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach, at Stefa and Tim Hart’s country house hotel.

The same panorama can be seen from the flower-filled terrace and pretty ornamental gardens, and through the windows of half of the 17 opulently furnished bedrooms.

Of these, the one to book is Fern, its green and white decor framing the vista perfectly (there’s a TV in the bathroom, should you want to stare at something else).

It’s rather lovely downstairs in the handsome Victorian mansion too, with panelled walls and soft sofas in front of open fires in a sweep of public rooms.

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How much? Doubles from £325, B&B, £495 in Fern. Find out more here.

6. Gara Rock, East Portlemouth Devon

You can swim in the pool and see the sun dip into the ocean, or watch boats as you wallow in the hot tub at this clifftop hotel on the coast path between Salcombe and Dartmouth.

The same seascape is shared by most of the rustic-chic rooms and cottages, and many have a balcony or garden.

Romantic loft suites in the main building have outdoor terraces as well as a stand-alone bath and gas fire.

In the all-day bistro, you can watch the waves through a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows as you tuck into tasty but unpretentious dishes such as fish and chips or Salcombe crab.

How much? Doubles from £225, B&B. Find out more here.

7. Pen-y-Dyffryn, Oswestry Shropshire

The stream marking the Welsh border lies at the foot of Pen-y-Dyffryn, whose name means head of the valley – the hotel sits on the last hill in Shropshire.

You can watch the sun set over the Welsh hills from the private patios of some of the 14 rooms; the best are the two new additions in an annexe at the top of the garden. The family-run hotel has some nice touches, such as complimentary tea and cakes, and a newsletter for guests.

Stroll over the border into Wales to work up an appetite for Welsh lamb or Shropshire venison.

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How much? Doubles from £140, B&B. Find out more here.

8. Llanthony Priory Hotel, Llanthony Monmouthshire

The ruins of a medieval abbey form the backdrop to this hotel, in the former prior’s lodging, up the Vale of Ewyas in the Black Mountains. Rooms have a monastic simplicity too, with shared bathrooms, although some feature a four-poster.

Four are in the Grade I-listed tower, up a spiral staircase. The undercroft houses a bar, and hearty food is served in the dining room by an open fire. It is a romantic place, where the lack of TV and wi-fi add to the mood.

How much? Doubles from £100, B&B. Find out more here.

9. Lindeth Fell, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

The gardens already make a perfect picture at this Edwardian house, run as a B&B by the Kennedy family. Add the view of Windermere and the fells, and you won’t want to look away.

Lindeth Fell has the feel of a country house hotel, with wood panelling and log fires. You can also order light meals in the dining room, while the scones at afternoon tea get rave reviews.

Of the 14 rooms, Haweswater on the second floor has the best lake view, although contemporary-style Coniston on the first shares the same outlook and is less expensive.

How much? Doubles, including Coniston, from £144, B&B. Haweswater from £163. Find out more here.

About The Good Hotel Guide 2021

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