Announced on the Top 50 Boutique Hotels Instagram page today (Wednesday 22 November), the newt was crowned number one on the list, up from second place in 2022.
The Newt is nestled in the grounds of an alluring working estate that is home to acres of resplendent gardens, enchanting woodland and traditional cyder orchards.
Both the accommodation and common rooms in the house and surrounding buildings have been sensitively designed to showcase the Newt’s history and there is also a relaxing spa with an indoor-outdoor pool, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms.
Last year’s winner, the Lime Wood Hotel in Lyndhurst, took second place, while the Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windermere, took third place, racing up the list from last year’s number 14.
The Pig chain of hotels has received a major accolade this year as two of its hotels are in the Top 50 with The Pig at Bridge Place, Kent, at number 6 and The Pig on the Beach, Swanage coming in at 37.
In addition, this year’s Highest New Entrant is Boys Hall, nestled in the village of Willesborough near Ashford, which has come in at number 16.
William Reed group director hospitality and manufacturing Chris Lowe said: “We are delighted to be revealing this fantastic new list for 2023.
“This year’s number one is a worthy winner, and the highest new entry shows the innovation taking place within the sector.
“It is so encouraging to see so many new entrants in the Top 50 this year as well as being able to showcase such a range of unique hotel experiences available across the UK.”
Following on the success of the Top 50 Cocktail Bars and Gastropubs lists, the Top 50 Boutique Hotels list includes venues from all corners of the UK, curated and voted for by leading industry experts, travel writers and influencers.
The full list from 1 to 50, including special awards for food and drink and best service is available to view here.
Top 10 Boutique Hotels
1 The Newt, Somerset
2 Lime Wood, Lyndhurst
3 Gilpin Hotel and Lake House Windermere
4 Heckfield Place, Hook
5 Padstow Townhouse, Padstow
6 The Pig at Bridge Place, Kent
7 Lympstone Manor, Exmouth
8 Grantley Hall, Ripon
9 Beaverbrook, Leatherhead
10 Hambleton Hall, Oakham