There’s nothing better than a weekend break to escape the stress of the daily grind – but if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of gorgeous boutique options to choose from that won’t break the bank. From country inns to city hangouts, we’ve whittled down the most stylish – and affordable – boutique hotels in the UK, all for under £150 a night.
The Half Moon, London
Once a buzzing live music venue, now a boutique bolthole, Brixton’s The Half Moon offers top notch pub grub in a stunning setting. The downstairs pub/dining room is as traditional as they come – think wooden floors and wall panels, stained glass windows and cosy armchairs huddled around open fireplaces, where you can devour a delicious selection of seasonal classics from the British-inspired menu. But it's the bedrooms you should really get excited about, each one is individually designed with a unique, stylish feel.
10 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HU, rooms from £100
Artist Residence, Brighton
Overlooking Brighton’s infamous West Pier, the quirky Artist Residence is set in a smart townhouse on Regency Square. A mish-mash of eclectic pieces – every room is designed by a different artist – the hotel features everything from colourful chairs to jars of Brighton rock and collage-printed walls. A seriously cool stay.
33 Regency Square, Brighton, Sussex BN1 2GG, rooms from £110 per night
No. 131, Cheltenham
Anyone with an eye for interiors will be impressed by the decadence of No. 131’s Georgian-themed residence. Pull up a pew at the bar and sink a few dirty martinis or retire to the bedroom to soak inside the Rogeat Lyon roll-top bath.
131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1NW, rooms from £150 per night
Albion House, Ramsgate
With its black and white chequered floors and chic interiors, this stylish seaside retreat is an Instagrammer’s dream, but it’s the views from the bedrooms that will leave you breathless – the hotel overlooks Albion Gardens and the Royal Harbour on one side and sweeping Wellington Crescent on the other.
Albion Place, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8HQ, rooms from £99 per night
Great John Street, Manchester
Once a Victorian school house, now a luxury townhouse in the heart of Manchester with 30 theatrical, loft-style rooms and suites complete with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and cast-iron fireplaces. The epitome of grown-up glamour, expect luxe bedrooms, stylish lounges and a ‘playground’ – a stylish roof terrace – with a hot tub and Alpine-style bar.
Great John Street, Manchester M3 4FD, rooms from £100 per night
Blanch House, Brighton
One of Brighton’s original boho boutiques, this cosy Kemp Town retreat has 12 stylish bedrooms designed in different themes – picture rich colour schemes, bold wallpaper and sumptuous fabrics – for a luxury night away without the hefty price tag. Be sure to sample the killer cocktails at their downstairs bar.
17 Atlingworth St, Brighton, Sussex BN2 1PL, rooms from £89 per night
The Greyhound On The Test, Stockbridge
This award-winning countryside escape is a haven for foodies. The kitchen serves up delicious British fare – think guinea fowl terrine, raisin purée, sourdough and watercress; and Greenfield pork belly with all the trimmings – in the cosiest of settings. Expect low ceilings with original beams and splashes of Farrow & Ball on the walls. If you can drag yourself away from the dining room, outside you'll find glorious views of the Test Valley and the River Test, which runs alongside the pub. The ideal setting for a cosy country retreat.
31 High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6EY, rooms from £145 per night
Beckford Arms, Tisbury
Traditional yet tasteful, this country pub settled on the edge of the rolling parkland of Fonthill Estate in south Wiltshire is just two hours from busy London. Expect classic British food, minimalist stylish bedrooms and a pretty garden and terrace area. There are even two additional lodges just down the road if all eight rooms are full at the inn.
Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6PX, rooms from £95 a night for a small double
The Churchill Arms, Cotswolds
Foodies will enjoy a weekend stay at quaint Cotswolds retreat, The Churchill Arms. With all the charm of a traditional English pub, head chef/owner Nick Deverell-Smith takes his culinary inspiration from hearty British cuisine, so diners can look forward to a dazzling array of wholesome British classics, including Cornish lobster macaroni and cheese; smoked haddock soufflé; and a gigantic beef Wellington to share between two. There are just two rooms in the pub, both kitted out in a boutique-style with original features and a few modern touches to make you feel right at home. Chipping Campden is close by if you’re in the mood for exploring, and The Ebrington Arms is around a 25-minute walk away if you fancy a change of scenery.
Paxford, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6XH, rooms £120 per night
The Sun Inn, Dedham
Tucked away in the heart of Constable country, this friendly pub is brimming with character. Adorned with exposed oak beams and open fireplaces, there’s a laid-back, homely vibe that makes it difficult to leave. The food is outstanding – think rigatoni and Tuscan sausage ragu; pheasant breast and bean stew; and baked whole bream and Jerusalem artichokes with pancetta, thyme and olive tapanade – the rooms are peaceful and quaint, and the surrounding countryside will leave you breathless.
High Street, Dedham, Essex CO7 6DF, rooms from £145 for bed and breakfast
The Mash Inn, Buckinghamshire
The epitome of rustic charm, this newly renovated 18th century inn has everything from roaring wood fires and old, wood carved benches to an open-plan kitchen serving up an array of delicious seasonal dishes, all hand crafted by Chef Jon Parry – formerly of London’s The Bull & Last and Adam Byatt’s Trinity. Curl up beside the fire, sample the delectable range of wines and feast on handmade British classics including local pigeon and partridge chorizo with pickled blackberries and dry-aged British rib of beef with oyster and nettles.
Horseshoe Road, Bennett End, Radnage, Buckinghamshire HP14 4EB, rooms from £130 for bed and breakfast
Tulse Hill Hotel, London
A gastropub with cosy rooms, this is the perfect pitstop for a weekend city break. Explore the bustle of the city by day – Brixton village is just a bus ride away – then by night, retire to the serene setting of the Tulse Hill Hotel, where you can curl up on leather chairs in the wooden clad dining room and devour mouthwatering plates of home-cooked classics, including everything from Korean pork tacos with fennel kimchi; duck ballotine with pickled cherries and lemon and rye toast; wild mushroom ragu; and pork cheek, cider and leek pie.
150 Norwood Road, Tulse Hill, London SE24 9AY, rooms from £85 per night including breakfast
Sign Of The Angel, Lacock
This secluded country retreat is set in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, surrounded by green paddocks, trickling streams and beautifully manicured gardens. Traditional in style with a few modern touches, this 15th century inn has everything from roaring fires to snuggly armchairs – the ideal setting for a romantic break. The food is exquisite, with a focus on locally sourced, sustainable British produce. Delights on the menu include pan-seared breast of wood pigeon with apple, bacon and spring radish salad; baked pastry wrapped pork tenderloin with pea and mint, crackling crumb, pork dripping potatoes and onions and a cider reduction; and steamed plaice fillets with crab and chilli cake, samphire and langoustine sauce.
6 Church St, Lacock, Wiltshire SN15 2LB, rooms from £120 per night including breakfast