Leicestershire is often overlooked as a destination for luxury staycations. The county is sometimes overshadowed by its more popular neighbours, such as Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. However, there are many appeals, and a plethora of attractions on offer for those who want to explore the area in luxury and style.
Read on to learn more, and be among one of the few who know about this hidden gem, as we answer the question, “What are the best hotels in Leicestershire?”
*Updated March 2022
Amongst our picks of our favourite luxury, boutique and spa hotels in Leicestershire you’ll find some truly spectacular properties. These range widely, from monolithic stately homes, to tranquil Leicestershire cottages; we’ve tried to include something luxurious to suit all tastes and requirements.
With all our choices, keep in mind that you will often get the best prices when booking directly with a hotel or property manager, rather than using a booking website.
Prices for rooms and packages will also often go down closer to the booking date, so don’t hesitate to look for last minute deals if you want to get the best quality accommodation at the lowest available price.
Kilworth House Hotel
Kilworth House Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel located in the south of the county, just a short drive from Lutterworth, with easy access to much of the county via the M1. This beautiful historic country house is known for its’ luxurious interiors, excellent customer service and beautiful grounds.
The 18th century Kilworth House has been renovated to include all the modern amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel, while still preserving its’ original features.
During warmer months, guests may enjoy musical and dramatic performances at the 540 seat Kilworth House Theatre, situated in the ground’s stunning woodlands, which is renowned as one of the UK’s best open-air theatres.
Kilworth House Hotel offers high-quality accommodation for couples seeking romance and families looking for adventure. The hotel’s facilities are extensive, covering health and beauty, outdoor sports and fitness facilities. The hotel’s restaurants have received two AA Rosettes and provide high-quality cuisine in chandelier-lit dining rooms throughout the day.
This hotel is perfect for those who are looking to explore Leicestershire’s hidden gems without needing to leave their hotel grounds.
Guests love... • Exceptional presentation and decor. • Great customer service. • Woodland running route. • Grade II listed Victorian Orangery
Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel
Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel offers a stunning setting for a luxury staycation. Described as the “friendliest Hotel in the Midlands”, it is the perfect location for those who want to spend time away from their busy lives and reconnect with themselves.
The rooms are all individually decorated with a country feel, and have been designed to offer you the best possible comfort. Ceilings are adorned with spectacular joinery, while the en-suite bathrooms have a neutral open relaxing feel.
The Wedding Barn venue can accommodate civil ceremonies for as may as 150 guests, while the Hitching Room is only slightly more modest, suitable for up to 80 people.
This beautiful hotel is just a short distance from Donington race track, surrounded by rolling country, perfect for long walks and picnics in the summer. The hotel is a short drive from the M1 motorway and has easy access to the A46, M6 and M1. Travellers arriving at or departing from East Midlands Airport may also find the hotel convenient, being just a short drive away.
If you’re looking to stay at Donington Park Farm House Hotel, keep in mind they guarantee the best prices by directly booking with them, so get in touch via telephone or their website before using third-party booking websites.
Guests love... • Beautiful surroundings. • Friendly staff. • Unique chic rooms. • Ideal for weddings and parties. • Extensive parking.
Champneys Springs is an award-winning luxury resort located west of Coalville. The spa boasts a wide range of treatments, including beauty, relaxation, fitness and weight loss.
The Champneys brand started in 1906 with a small hydrotherapy spa in Harrogate, Yorkshire. It has since expanded its operations to include over 31 spas in the UK, Europe and Asia.
The resort offers visitors peace and tranquillity amid rolling countryside views. The spa also houses two restaurants, for guests to not only enjoy luxury treatments, but a variety of delicious cuisine whilst staying at the resort.
For guests looking to exert themselves a little more, tennis courts, gym and bike riding facilities are readily available.
Champneys is the perfect luxury spa hotel for those looking for a luxurious staycation outside the city – it combines the best of both worlds, with country charm and modern luxuries on offer.
Guests love... • Excellent food. • Extensive pool and spa facilities.
Stapleford Park is one of Leicestershire’s finest country estates, featuring stunning gardens, which are highly regarded as some of the best in England. The building itself is steeped in history, with a history that stretches back to the 15th century.
The estate is often used for weddings, with many couples using it’s charming aesthetics for unforgettable photographs. The buildings offers endless possibilities for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Golfers are in for a real treat, with a championship course designed by Donald Steel, which provides a stunning way to explore Stapleford Park’s grounds.
For those who love art, there are several sculptures on-site which are exceptionally beautiful, including antique medieval stoneworkings.
An award-winning spa offers heated pools, whirlpool baths and a rich treatment menu for guests to enjoy, with the spa wonderfully located in converted Victorian stable block houses.
This mansion set in beautiful surroundings effortlessly ranks as one of the best hotels in Leicestershire.
Guests love... • Luxurious AA Rosette restaurant. • Second-to-none sports facilities. • Spa facilities.
Ragdale Hall Spa
One of the many attractions in north Leicestershire is Ragdale Hall Spa. This beautiful and luxurious spar resort, situated in 13 acres of Victoria estate has been ranked as one of the best spas in England.
Located between Melton Mobray and Loughborough, this country retreat offers guests a chance to enjoy both luxury accommodations and an escape from city life.
Ragdale Hall provides all their guests with a full English breakfast each morning and offers numerous dining options throughout the day. They offer a range of treatments for those looking to relax and rejuvenate their minds and souls with yoga classes, massages, reflexology treatment, hydrotherapy baths, or facial treatments.
After indulging in some R&R at this hidden gem of Leicestershire’s scenic countryside it’s time to explore what else this region has to offer.
Guests love... • Calm rural setting. • Luxury swimming. • Bright inviting rooms.
Abbots Oak Hotel
Abbots Oak hotel is a Grade II listed brick and stone build country house hotel, which has been meticulously restored over the years, with many original features remaining intact.
Guests can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the hotel’s beautiful gardens, savour first-class food in the hotel’s restaurant and taste delicious spirits in the gin and wine bar. This secluded location is perfect for those who want to escape their busy lives and explore nature at its finest.
Abbots Oak also features a range of luxury meeting rooms, making it the perfect location for corporate gatherings.
Guests love... • Exceptional restaurant. • Friendly staff. • Ideal wedding venue.
Ullesthorpe Court Hotel
Ullesthorpe Court Hotel is right in the heart of the peaceful south Leicestershire countryside, yet is only a short drive from the historic city of Leicester and the bustling town of Lutterworth.
The hotel was originally a 17th century manor house, and has been refurbished to a high standard, including large function rooms that can be used for conferences, meetings or weddings. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant that serves delicious food and drink throughout the day.
Full spa, gym and swimming facilities make Ullesthorpe Court an ideal location to relax your body and mind.
Guests love... • 18 hole championship golf course and club. • Peaceful rural settings. • Indoor swimming.
Badgers Mount Hotel
Badgers Mount Hotel is a beautiful boutique country hotel, situated in the south of rural Leicestershire, just a short drive from the bustling town of Hinckley. Rooms offer modern, chic interiors, with panoramic views of the wild countryside and the hotel’s gardens.
The Restaurant Glen Watson is the hotel’s restaurant, serving locally-sources meats and vegetables in exquisite style, while guests can enjoy a more laid back atmosphere in Oscar’s Lounge & Bar in the evening, enjoying a wide range of spirits and rare wines.
Badger’s Mount Hotel is also ideal for outdoor events, including weddings and corporate events, with a range of lavish packages available.
Guests love... • Helpful, friendly staff. • Excellent events service. • Outdoor heated swimming pool.
Horseshoe Cottage Farm
Horseshoe Cottage Farm is a luxurious, award-winning boutique B&B, situated just a 2 minute walk from both Cropston Reservoir and the famous Bradgate Park. Guests can enjoy a cosy, warm atmosphere, enhanced by a spectacular cottage aesthetic, in the heart of rural Leicestershire. Delicious meals are prepared using local ingredients, ensuring both excellent quality and environmentally friendly credentials.
Horseshoe Cottage Farm’s location makes accessing the north of Leicester City quick and easy, so visitors hoping to explore locations like the National Space Centre will find it ideal.
Just a ten minute drive away in Mountsorrel, guests can enjoy the renown Michelin Starred restaurant John’s House, offering some of the very best luxury dining available in the region.
Guests love... • Easy access to Bradgate park. • Incredible rural aesthetic. • Log burning fires.
Mallory Meadows is highly rated as luxury glamping destination, located in Kirkby Mallory; with Mallory Park Race Circuit just on your doorstep. Many of the county’s best tourist attractions are just a short drive away including Bosworth Battlefield, Twycross Zoo, Thornton Reservoir and Bradgate Country Park and the city of Leicester itself.
The yurt-style round-houses are fully equipped with all mod cons, including WiFi, TVs and hot-tubs. An ideal choice for those who want to enjoy the outdoors in absolute comfort and style. Mallory Meadows is also a pet-friendly destination, making it ideal for those who don’t want to leave their furry friends with pet-sitters.
During the summer months BBQs are available on-site, allowing for outdoor cooking and entertaining. The rural location and low-light levels during the evening also make it the ideal location to see the stars under the night sky.
Guests love... • Hot tubs. • Pet-friendly. • Close to many tourist destinations.
Quorn Country Hotel
Quorn Country Hotel is situated on the banks of the picturesque River Soar. The hotel’s luxuriously spacious restaurant, bar and conference rooms make it the ideal location for weddings, parties or corporate events. Originally known as Charnwood House, the site of the hotel dates back to the 11th century, and is surrounded by tranquil gardens, allowing guests to soak in the English countryside.
Shire’s Restaurant, located within the hotel, offers opulent brasserie-style dining with an inventive menu including fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A vast assortment of wines from around the world are also on offer, which go perfectly with the food.
Traditional afternoon tea is served in the hotel’s Orangery for lighter occasions, while the Charnwood Library Bar serves an interesting range of alcoholic cocktails and coffees; the ideal spot to unwind on a hot summer’s night.
Guests love... • Great for events. • Friendly staff. • Beautiful surroundings.
Situated just south of Hinckley, Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa offers a range of packages to help guests unwind and enjoy the best that Leicestershire has to offer.
An indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam rooms, and a fully equipped gymnasium are available on site allowing guests to relax in comfort. Many outdoor and interior spaces are present for entertaining, making the hotel ideal for hosting festivals, weddings, and business functions.
For dining, this luxury hotel features a restaurant, private dining rooms, and a garden bar, giving guests a wide range of options throughout the day.
Guests love... • Relaxing spa. • Spacious rooms. • Wide range of dining options.
Foxton Locks Lodges
Foxton Locks offers some of the best rural walks that Leicestershire has to offer, with spectacular canal-side paths and weaving countryside routes. Nearby you will find Foxton Locks Lodges, a collection of luxury cabins, which are perfect for couples and groups who want to relax in authentic rustic style. Each of the six cabins are individually decorated, with porcelain baths, fully equipped kitchens, hot tubs and outdoor decking areas.
Nearby you’ll find a selection of country pubs, all within walking distance, offering delicious food and drinks with scenic views.
Guests love... • Cosy wooden interiors. • Relaxing outdoor spaces. • Easy access to scenic walks.
Deerpark Lodge is a stunning woodland lodge, located in a forest clearing within the exclusive grounds of Staunton Harold Hall, a historical Georgian home. Guests can enjoy cosy, wood fired stoves, private fishing lakes and a large outdoor decking area for relaxation during the Summer months. Welcome hampers are available on arrival, featuring a range of fresh local foods.
Guests love... • Exclusive access to private estate. • Private fishing. • Cosy wooden interiors.
If you find that the luxury hotels listed here don’t meet your requirements, you may wish to explore accommodation available via Airbnb. While room service and fine dining is typically not available from Airbnbs, there are other advantages: entire properties for hire are common, making it easy and convenient for larger parties, who want privacy and tranquillity. Below are some of our favourite luxury Airbnb properties in Leicestershire.
Rainbow House is a cottage just outside the town of Lutterworth, featuring modern luxury interiors, fully equipped kitchen and a warm, inviting bedroom. The building itself is over 100 years old and reeks of historical charm. The property is ideal for smaller group, hoping to “get away from it all”.
This unique property comprises an entire farmhouse, on the border between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. This alone makes it the ideal location for anyone hoping to visit both counties during their trip. Extensive outdoor space in a secluded enviroment makes it easy to relax and enjoy the great British countryside.
Makins Lodge is a 3-bedroom property, on the border between Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Each of the double bedrooms feature ensuite-bathrooms, with a shared decking areas which includes a private hot tub. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the local fishing lakes.
16th-Century Claybrooke Home
This 16th century farmhouse in Claybrooke Magna is warm and inviting, with 5 bedrooms to accommodate a large group. There are many country walks around the home, including the Leicestershire Rounds and Fosse Meadows Country Park. There’s plenty of wildlife in the gardens throughout the year, including wild birds and squirrels.
This former granary in east Leicestershire is now a lovely Airbnb that sleeps up to four people.
A modern kitchen, dining room, and two double bedrooms are among the highlights. The area is very popular for outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking, with several country pubs and cafes just a short walk away.
This stylish open-plan apartment sleeps as many as 12, with expressive open plan design that is ideal for entertaining large groups. The space include a sauna terrace, with Japanese-style hot tub.
This 9-bedroom converted hunting lodge sleeps as many as 16 guests. Ample outdoor space hosts a full tennis court for guests to enjoy during warmer months. The property is just a 5-minute drive from Melton Mobray, home to some of the county’s best quality rural produce.
Do you have any picks for top stays in Leicestershire? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.